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1  Re:Geezer Swap package in The Swap Gallery by alwaysinmyroom on: April 14, 2015 07:17:30 AM
OK...I know that in each questionnaire, I put down that I love art and that I think felting is magic...I took off any supplies for felting because in my heart of hearts, I know that this is not something I will ever do...well, Belladune must have paid attention to my plight, because....here is what she made me!!!

May I introduce, Agatha and her forever companion, Henri (Henry for you English-speaking people! Grin):

I hope Bella will do a separate post, as I am not even sure how she did this, but I am told that her coat is wet felted and that she is jointed (which means she can sit and pose!)...

I tried to get a good pic of her face...the eyes, lips, and eyebrows are not painted...they are felted in!!!

The tiny turtle has tiny bead eyes!

Thank you, Bella for my art doll...she will join the art doll made for me by Phizzychick when I first came to Craftster long ago! (yes, a tiny collection, but hopefully, a growing one!)

Oh, and I can't stop touching her hair!  It feels like it still has lanolin in it...so soft and wild!
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2  Re: 50 Projects 2015 --POST YOUR 2015 Lists in Craftalongs by alwaysinmyroom on: April 14, 2015 06:55:43 AM
carol--it is good when a young person likes something that is handmade!  The dress is very nice and is quite the rage in that age group!  Lovely job on getting it to come together with so many details, ie. ruffles!!!

Mixedpibbles---love the wax tote bag...so large...the inset is a nice way to show off that special fabric...and you have given me an idea of how to use some beautiful African fabric sent to me by elderflower!

Also, I totally understand not wanting to can that much...I cut my canning in half, at least due to the amount of work!  lol I tell people that if they want a jar next year, they have to bring me back their old ones...believe me, I get most of my jars back and only have to buy the tops! Grin

that1girl--what a mix of items!  I love your bright combo of pinks and turquoise yarn! Grin

why? Because brights are my new favorites now as well!  Here are two mandalas I crocheted:

A baby afghan for yet another baby boy "great-nephew":

I think that puts me at 53 Projects! Grin
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3  Mandala Band Wagon in Crochet: Completed Projects by alwaysinmyroom on: April 14, 2015 06:24:57 AM
I generally do not have cotton yarn on hand, so I had to order some in order to make these...and now that I have made a couple, following some excellent patterns (one purchased and one free), I am so addicted!  Basically, they are a fancy, colorful doily, sewn onto a hoop...easy peasy...and you can probably use just about any doily pattern, so I plan on rummaging through some vintage patterns to see what else I can make!

I used a bit larger hook, since the tiny hooks were hard using the spitty yarn...so I had to buy a bigger hoop than was called for in the pattern.  Pretty easy to adapt to whatever size you want!  I also learned a few new crochet techniques, including how to crochet into rows below, how to make crochet bobbles, and how to weave in as I crocheted...pretty good stuff!

This one was the free...I'll post a link here as soon as I find it! FREE pattern on Ravelry

This one I purchased from Etsy member,ATERGcrochet

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4  Re: 50 Projects 2015 --POST YOUR 2015 Lists in Craftalongs by alwaysinmyroom on: April 04, 2015 05:41:51 PM
I made a couple of pillows for the Geezer swap.  One is quilted and the other is aran knit with big cables.

I posted the quilted pillow story here
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5  Vintage Japanese Quilting Pattern in Quilting: Completed Projects by alwaysinmyroom on: April 04, 2015 05:31:29 PM
I was paired with Averia in the Geezer Swap.  One of the things on her questionnaire of things she would like to receive was a quilted art piece.

It just so happened that I was cleaning out a bunch of my mom's old books and magazines and came across an old crafting book of hers.  Inside, there was this quilting pattern.  It was written in Japanese, but the drawings were so good that I could figure out how to do it.  I traced the patterns and then sized them for a standard USA pillow form, about 14 inches.

To be really honest, it was a tough pattern because of the sewn curves...I had to clip every 1/8 inch or so on each curved piece.  I was so glad it came together nicely, despite the few times I had to start over and the massive amounts of cussing! Cheesy

The white is linen and then I chose more modern fabrics to make the old pattern a bit fresher.  The back is envelope style so that the cover can be removed for cleaning.  I made the bias piping myself.  The quilting was very basic, just following some of the curves and around the circle.  I lined the inside to cover up the stitching and to make the cushion stronger as Averia has kids.  I believe a family should enjoy the things in their home and that nothing should be so precious.

Here is Averia's picture of the pillow in her home, along side the one I knitted for her.

Can anyone guess her favorite color? Grin

Thanks for looking!
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6  Re: 50 Projects 2015 --POST YOUR 2015 Lists in Craftalongs by alwaysinmyroom on: April 03, 2015 08:32:47 AM
I made another waxed piece for the geezer swap:

I am at 47 projects at the end of March! Grin It must have been a horrible winter of being inside and boredom! Grin
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7  Re: Waxed Coffee and more in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by alwaysinmyroom on: April 03, 2015 08:26:03 AM
OK--can't stop waxing everything!  Grin

I made this for Averia in the Geezer Swap:

old canvas board, paper, ink, bakers twine, markers, paint, and lots of wax! Grin
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8  Re: Geezers Alive and Kicking, Round 6 - chainswarm in The Swap Gallery by alwaysinmyroom on: April 02, 2015 08:24:42 PM
ha ha ha -- at least you can make the brights disappear with help from the kids...you are a good sport!

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9  Re: 50 Projects 2015 --POST YOUR 2015 Lists in Craftalongs by alwaysinmyroom on: April 01, 2015 06:11:03 PM
So glad to see you playing with watercolors!  You really just have to jump in and experiment...you have a nice series going...flowers and plants and coral...I eat your set of colors as well...

Can't wait to see your skills evolve and more projects....thanks for sharing your watercolor journey!

My partner in the March theme dotee received a day early!  The theme was celestial so I made her a universe dotee.  Bleach painted the fabric, felt balls, plastic ring,star buttons, and gold thread.  The little dangling felt ball is pluto...which will always be a planet to me! Grin

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10  Re: Geezers Alive and Kicking, Round 6 (CLOSED, Send by Mar 31) in ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED by alwaysinmyroom on: April 01, 2015 12:41:46 PM

oh LBABB, you are so squishy!
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