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1  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Dragon Age Origins- Big Dang Cross Stitch on: January 14, 2015 05:42:19 PM
I'm obsessed with Dragon Age.  Origins is the first game in the series and if you haven't played it, you should.  I'd venture as far as to say it's my favorite video game of all time.  So when I got PC Stitch I wanted to make a DA cross stitch design.  I chose the image on the game cover.  I started this in June 2014 and had to take about 3 months off when I was sewing for a craft fair.  Finished design size is about 12" by 12" give or take.  The colors are more vibrant in real life, but I couldn't get my camera to pick up on it even though I tried different variations of lighting.  So keep in mind that the reds are more red, but they're showing up a little pink in the pictures.







Here's the original picture for reference
http://static.gronkh.de/media/cover/soundtracks/dragon-age-origins.jpg

I'm so happy that I actually finished something this big and I'm really pleased with how it came out.

2  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Evil Dead Hoopla- Another Work by My Crafty BF! on: January 12, 2015 04:17:16 PM
I got my boyfriend hooked on cross stitching!  I found this pattern for him on Etsy and gave it to him as a birthday gift.  He didn't want to start it until after he was done with his big Disneyland project.  Compared to that, this went very quickly for him.

It's on red aida, but my camera made it look kind of pink.


His stitches are so tidy


I read all the feedback to him since he doesn't have his own Craftster account.  Smiley
3  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Animal Crossing Leaf Necklace on: December 31, 2014 06:48:29 PM
I found these neat kits at the craft store that came with little pendants and chains.  I didn't really like any of the designs, so I made my own.  I really like Animal Crossing and I thought a leaf would be cute. 





4  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / My boyfriend's first big project! Disneyland! on: December 27, 2014 01:00:13 PM
We love Disneyland.  My boyfriend wanted to learn how to cross stitch after he saw me doing it, and he chose this for his first big project.  I think he did a great job! 



Look how neat his stitches are!


And here it is framed


It took him a little over a year, but he didn't work on it every day.  I love having a crafty boyfriend.  Smiley
5  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Monster High Ice Princess and a Bunch of Clothes (pic chubby) on: October 29, 2014 08:32:41 PM
This custom has been mostly done for a while.  She started out with a crocheted skirt and scarf, but I raided my mom's Christmas fabric and found this cool snowflake stuff.  Her crown is a belt that came with an Abbey Bominable doll.




Some Christmas/winter dresses also made from fabric raided from Mom's stash


Trippy warped checkers


Halter dress


Leggings and a halter top because I didn't like the clothes this doll came with


And an uncharacteristic (for MH) sundress


I'm glad I was finally able to finish the Ice Princess.  I had a lot of fun making all of this stuff.
6  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Monster High Gallery on: October 29, 2014 11:13:21 AM
Post pics when you get your stuff!

Participants:
1. amigurl55- sent and received from rantyhippie
2. Greys Princess- received
3. AniMei (Canada)- sent
4. whenindoubtsew (Australia)
5. rantyhippie- sent and received


Partners:
whenindoubtsew <--> AniMei
rantyhippie <--> amigurl55
GreysPrincess <--> amigurl55


7  COOKING / Dessert / Halloween Cupcakes (Pic Chubby) on: October 15, 2014 07:06:30 PM
The people at work kept asking me to bring in more cupcakes, so I decided to make some Halloween ones.  The knives and grave stones are from Wilton and the writing on the stones is food-safe marker.











They were really fun to make and very tasty! 
8  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Monster High Round 2! Send-outs 11/15 on: September 25, 2014 06:04:41 PM


Swap name: Monster High Round 2
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: amigurl55
Sign-up date range: until October 10, 2014
Date to send item by: on or before November 15, 2014

Limited to a certain number of people?: up to 20 people

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? NO


Additional Age requirement? At least 16 years old.

Swap Organizer himself/herself meets these conditions:
- Has fully read the Swap Info Guide: YES
- Has successfully completed two swaps as a participant: YES
- Is not organizing more than three swaps right now: YES
- Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a Swap Moderator if this swap has more than 25 participants: YES
- Is at least 18 years old: YES

Swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions:
- Has been a member for at least one month: YES
- Has posted at least 15 times: YES
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YES
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: YES
- Does not have any negative feedback: YES
- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 16 years old: YES
- If within the US, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES
- If outside the US, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES

Details of swap: Monster High Round 2!  This will be a 5 point swap.  
1 point- small item or short crafting time
2 points- medium item or moderate crafting time
3 points- large item or long crafting time.

Those of you who like Ever After High are also welcome to join this swap.  If you sew, I can provide a link to an Etsy seller that has cross-over patterns that will fit both Monster High and Ever After High.  Be creative!  You can make clothes, accessories, furniture... anything goes as long as it's related to Monster High and/or Ever After High.  Round 1 gallery is here http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=421952.0#axzz3AwnOslYE

PLEASE READ
-Communication is incredibly important (as well as helpful) to me as an organizer.  Please post once in this thread before sending your swap questionnaire.  Something like "sending now" or "I'm so doing this swap" is fine, as long as you post in the thread.  Please post in the thread at least once a week until you send out so we know that you're alive and crafting.  If you have to back out of the swap or need to send late, please let me and your partner know IMMEDIATELY.
- If you are sending your swap package within the US, you MUST get tracking (formerly known as delivery confirmation).  If for some reason the post office is unable to provide tracking, or if you are sending to a different country, please keep your receipt as proof of sending.
- I know it's not a Craftster rule, but please post pictures of the items you receive from your partner.  We all want to see the cool loot you got, and I want to avoid any hurt feelings ("she didn't post pictures of the stuff I sent her, she must hate it").  It doesn't take long to snap a couple pictures and post them.  Please also take pictures of what you send to your partner in case they cannot post pictures themselves.
- I know it's expensive to send out of the country.  If you only want to send within your own country, that's fine.  But please keep in mind that I pair people up based on allergies/allergens, then sending preference, then similar interests.  If you limit yourself to only sending within the country, you may not have a lot in common with your partner.  Again, it's not a requirement that you send outside of your own country.


If you want to participate, information to send to organizer:

QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER:
Name of swap: Monster High Round 2
Craftster username:
Email address:
Your real name (first and last):
Mailing address including the country (please type address as it would appear on an envelope or package):
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country?
Confirm that are at least 16 years old: (YES/NO)
What are your favorite Monster High characters?
Do you like Ever After High?  If so, what are your favorite Ever After High characters?
What are your favorite colors and patterns?
What are your lease favorite colors and patterns?
What kind of things do you collect?
What would you like to receive?
Anything you don't want to receive?
Do you have any allergies?
Do you have any allergens in your home (pets, smokers, etc)?

As always, if you have ANY questions or concerns please do not hesitate to PM me.  I'm a friendly and helpful person and I promise I don't bite. Smiley
9  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Monster High Halloween and a Pair of BJD Leggings- More Stuff Added 10/1 on: September 24, 2014 04:16:49 PM
I didn't feel like sewing for a while, but I found some cute Halloween fabric at the store and thought it would be fun to make more clothes.

The bat cape.  Made from a sheer fabric and lined with cotton.




Spider dress.  Same type of sheer fabric as the cape, lined with cotton.


Spider cape


And a pair of leggings for my ball jointed doll.


*More Stuff!*

Halloween Halter


Skeleton Halter


Retro Halloween Dress


Skull Dress


I had a lot of fun making these!  I got more Halloween fabric, I just haven't cut anything else out yet.
10  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Cross Stitch Accessories for Guys? on: August 28, 2014 04:06:52 PM
I got my boyfriend into cross stitching and he really enjoys it. He wants a sort of project bag but the only ones we've found are old lady floral or really girly. Anyone know where I can get project bags, needle holders, and anything else that's not super girly?
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