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1  Zen Tangled Paper Birdhouse in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by Chuckiegirl on: October 19, 2013 07:37:31 AM
I made this paper birdhouse in September, inspired by my girls starting an Arts and Crafts Club in their school. The teacher who graciously volunteered to be their advisor is obsessed with Zen Tangles. She has books and books and books on them and they fascinated me. I wanted to try it out and here is what I came up with.










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2  Re: NEWBIE CRAFTALONG in Craftalongs by Chuckiegirl on: October 19, 2013 07:35:33 AM
I have been remiss in posting my crafts. I have done a few but really have not felt too crafty lately. I just seem to go in these spurts!

Here is a paper birdhouse I made in September, inspired by my girls starting an Arts and Crafts Club in their school. The teacher who graciously volunteered to be their advisor is obsessed with Zen Tangles. She has books and books and books on them and they fascinated me. I wanted to try it out and here is what I came up with.









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3  My first (sucessful) quilt: Disappearing 9 Patch lap quilt in Quilting: Completed Projects by Chuckiegirl on: September 05, 2013 05:53:38 PM
I love quilts! And by no stretch of the imagination do I consider myself a quilter because all my prior attempts have been, well, duds. They never seemed to work out right for a multitude of reasons. So I just put that in the failed sewing attempts pile and do so enjoy oohing and aahing over others quilty creations.

Then I read this tutorial by MareMare on the Disappearing 9 Patch (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=422253.0#axzz2dgUNUHtM) and thought what the heck! Why not give it another go. MareMares directions were so easy to follow!!!

Im super, duper excited about this Disappearing 9 Patch lap quilt!!! Some of my seams dont match and the back and binding are a little off but I love it all the same. I am going to keep it for sitting on the sofa watching tv during the winter.
Here it is in all its imperfected glory!



Here is the top finished before backing and binding. I used black polar fleece for the backing and made the binding from 3 strips of plain red fabric from the stash. The fabrics for the topper were fat quarters by Mary Engelbritt and some others from my stash.



I learned so much and am schemingI mean planning, on using this pattern for some baby blankets and my girls each want to make one for their beds.
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4  Re: NEWBIE CRAFTALONG in Craftalongs by Chuckiegirl on: September 05, 2013 05:33:47 PM
I must say that I am quite impressed by the talent of all who dwell here!

CraftyLadyMJ--I like your mermaid!

Im on vacation this week and my goal has been to finish 3 projects. 3 down, 2 in the hopper, 1 to startDang, dont tell my boss I've been productive. He may expect more at work!!!

The project Im super, duper excited about is this Disappearing 9 Patch lap quilt!!! I learned how to do it from this tutorial by MareMare: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=422253.0#axzz2dgUNUHtM

Here it is in all my imperfected glory! I still have some things to learn about quilting but I am much happier with this quilting attempt than all my others.



Second down was trying to do some canning. Since June our 1 green and 2 yellow zucchini plants have produced about 25-30 zucchiniscant give them away anymore! I learned to read, read, read and reread directions for canning. I am so happy they seem to be working. The lids are indented!!! SO here is some zucchini relish.



Third project was a no brainer but Im counting it anyways cause its my vacation and I can do what I want to! Simple oatmeal craisin/raisin cookies for my Hubby. He is on vacation this week too and went for a motorcycle trip and wanted some snacks. So there you have it!



So this is how I spent my summer vacation...
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5  Re: NEWBIE CRAFTALONG in Craftalongs by Chuckiegirl on: September 01, 2013 04:02:33 PM
I jumped in with both feet and got swallowed up to my ears!! I really enjoy Craftster and have been more of a troll over the past 2 months. Burning myself out was not a good idea. (Nor having a craptastic 2 months of living nightmares at work!) Since I am taking a mental health vacation, Hubby is taking a vacation and the kids are back in school, I feel more relaxed and not so overwhelmed. But here is what I have actually worked on trying to not go too far round the bend in the last two months. So sorry about the dumping and crummy photos, someday Ill set up the tripod so I dont have shaky pictures!

This was for the Summer Nerd Games August Battle but I didnt finish it until today. It is inspired by R2D2 as Star Wars is the tie that binds my big family! All generations!


Inspired by Alice in Wonderland, a quote that I have often spoken in the hell realm that is my workplace. I didnt like the blue with teal so I took out all my blue stitches and restitched with orange. I am working on a foam board frame for this so I can hang it at my desk.



I like the look of pressed flowers and had pansies coming up like dandelions this year. All volunteers from last years plantings that went to seed. They are so pretty and I am planning (adding this to the 17 volumes of Crafts I plan to do before I die books) on making paper with the petals in it. So here is the second pressing from this year (I have 4 pressings from last year).


I dont like to quiltIve made them badly in the past. But I LOVE quilts. I found this amazing tutorial for a Disappearing 9 Patch quilt here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=422253.0#axzz2dgUNUHtM. I had to try it because the directions were so simple and perfection seemed to be optional. I did it and my mom, who is a master of everything she tries, was blown away by the top and said she wants me to show her how to do it!!! A big honor in my heart! Now I just have 3 steps left: 1. Sew on a binding/edging of sorts; 2. Sew on the polar fleece I got for a backing; 3. Tie, tie, tie!!!


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6  Re: Summer Nerd Games --May15, 2013-September 2, 2013-- JOIN ANY TIME! in Craftalongs by Chuckiegirl on: July 14, 2013 03:55:29 PM
I've been a big troll lately! All of the projects are so awesome. My daughters love to stand behind me and see what everyone is posting. We are really enjoying ourselves being trolls! Here is what I've been up to. Sorry about the pic quality. I need to use tripod and some light would be nice.

Challenge/Battle/Alert: June Multimedia--DISCO
Team/Ninja: Team Music
Project Geekdom (if any): Only if you count that birds sing!
Bonus Points: None, this time!
Project Name: Embroidered applique needle book
Project Page Link (if available):http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=425645.msg5065824#msg5065824
Brief Description: Inspired by a card that read: If we were birds, we'd be the brightest, chattiest birds. We would not, however, be early birds. The card was covered in glittery bright birds! I used iridescent thread on the bird and feather and for french knots on the front. (They are not my best french knots. I had issues with the thread snagging.) I lined the book with gold splatter fabric and two pages for needles.
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Challenge/Battle/Alert: July Multimedia--Multiples
Team/Ninja: Team Music
Project Geekdom (if any): Not this time.
Bonus Points: None, this time around
Project Name: Blank Card Set
Project Page Link (if available):http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=425644.msg5065819#msg5065819
Brief Description: I made a set of 4 blank (on the inside) cards for a friend. Each card has multiple embellishments. Better pics on the project post.
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7  Embroidered applique needle book in Needlework: Completed Projects by Chuckiegirl on: July 14, 2013 03:28:22 PM
I work in a small office with the boss man and two kindred spirits! One of the ladies enjoys cross stitch. So as a nice little bit, I made her a needle book inspired by a card she gave me. It was decorated with birds and said: If we were birds, we would be the brightest, chattiest birds. We would not, however, be early birds! Very appropriate for the two of us. (Since the card is by a major brand, I am not going to post a pic...copy right laws and all that!) Sorry about the pic quality. I need to use a tripod and some light would be nice!








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8  Blank card set--Multiple Pics in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by Chuckiegirl on: July 14, 2013 03:13:14 PM
I work in a small office with my boss man and two very kindred spirits! One of the ladies likes to hand write letters and loves to send cards (she may be single handedly keeping the postal service and Hallmark in business!). She really loves handmade items as well. She says she has not one ounce of crafty in her. So I love to make her little bits. I used DOTS stamps for the wording and a variety of other brands for the papers and embellishments. I always sign my cards with a stamp of Chucky by DOTS. I am just including plain envelopes with these cards. (Sorry about the picture quality. I really need a tripod! and LIGHT!)












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9  Re: Summer Nerd Games --May15, 2013-September 2, 2013-- JOIN ANY TIME! in Craftalongs by Chuckiegirl on: June 30, 2013 11:06:42 AM
Challenge/Battle/Alert: June--Romance
Team/Ninja: Team Music
Project Geekdom (if any): Romance, Outdoors (if that's geeky)
Bonus Points:
Project Name: Anniversary Card
Project Page Link (if available):
Brief Description: I had to go with Romance because I'm very romantic at heart. And the hubby and I's anniversary is on June 17th (17 years!!! WAHOOO!). I made him an anniversary card that reflects who he is: an outdoorsman. He loves to be outdoors and he loves to the kiddos and I with him. (sorry bout the pic quality. i was having taking photos issues today!)
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Challenge/Battle/Alert: June--Textbook
Team/Ninja: Team Music
Project Geekdom (if any): Music
Bonus Points: Super Nerdy Bonus, Discovery
Project Name: Musical Embroidery
Project Page Link (if available):
Brief Description: Musical waves make me happy! I love music and have two blessedly musical children. The oldest daughter claimed this for a music bag...I was going to make one for her as a surprise anyways! I made this embroidery from a iron on transfer from Stitcher's Revolution SR4 Rock'n & Roll'n. I've never done that before, don't know if I like it. The image shifted while ironing in some parts and didn't transfer well in others. I have never used an embroidery hoop and cotton fabric for my projects either, I usually use felt that is stiff. I did like the hoop though and will definitely use one more often.
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10  Re: Summer Nerd Games --May15, 2013-September 2, 2013-- JOIN ANY TIME! in Craftalongs by Chuckiegirl on: June 15, 2013 10:27:17 PM
silentblair--that is AWESOME!!!!

Challenge/Battle/Alert: June-Wordy
Team/Ninja: Team Music
Project Geekdom (if any): Bookworm!!
Bonus Points: Nerdy
Project Name:Some Pig Embroidery
Project Page Link (if available):
Brief Description:When I read the prompt for this challenge, the first thing that popped into my head was Charlotte's Web by E B White. A little back story: I'm dyslexic. I struggled learning to read and didn't fully learn until I was in the fourth grade a second time. When I finally did learn what a joy reading is and how it can transform you and the world, I read and read and read. I spent most of my babysitting money on books. I didn't read Charlotte's Web until I was 16 and my best friend told me that classics were just as important as modern books. This book still grabs my attention when I am searching for a boredom buster! I am drawn to children's/young adult literature. Being dyslexic made learning difficult but learning to read has been the best gift in the world!
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