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1  TR Mack inspired wall hanging in Needlework: Completed Projects by javamama on: November 02, 2009 12:23:03 PM
I have been longing for a painting from this Etsy shop for quite some time:
http://www.etsy.com/shop/TRMACKSTUDIO
The specific painting I have been drooling over is this one:
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=27569490

And decided I would use it as inspiration to fill a recycled frame that has needed artwork in it for my craft room. I managed to make the whole thing out of my stash, only purchasing some foamcore board to mount it on. I tried to use the garage sale painting that was in the frame before as the base, but it was falling apart.

So here is the wall hanging just by itself:

The fabrics used are recycled felted wool (all the blues), quilting cotton, and the lime green is a recycled linen jacket. The brown trunks and circles are a suede-like material. Some of the medium green is a short nap upholstery velvet.

Here is a close up of the sky:


And a close up of a tree with trunk:


I have been interested in penny rugs and felting wool sweaters lately, so this all just came together really quickly. The painting by TR Mack that this is strongly influenced by has been rolling around in my brain for 6-8 months. I had a Sunday afternoon to myself, and just started cutting circles and trees out. The whole thing was laid out in about 6 hours, and was stitched together in about 2 weeks. I was very motivated, so the fingers were flying! The overall size is about 18 inches by 24 inches.

There is some batting to provide a little shaping under certain layers including the trees and the lower ground layers. This shows up just a little in this picture:

The stuffing was much more apparent before I framed it, but I am still pleased with the overall effect. It is subtle shaping, but prevents parts from caving in that would have detracted otherwise.

Here is a picture of it in the frame I got from a white elephant gift exchange: (painted and fixed up a little!)

This picture is a little washed out, but you can see it with the frame.

Thanks for looking! This was really fun to make.


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2  Re: Tree Swap Round 2 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by javamama on: April 11, 2009 02:15:55 PM
OK so the mail lady had to back her truck up in my driveway to deliver my box from dharma_rebel- I was so excited! Then I opened it up and was even more excited! I know I won't do it justice, but hope you will get a taste for how wonderful everything is.

We decided to swap things for our kids too, and she sent a lovely bag for each of my daughters with a crayon roll embroidered with their name, notepads, stickers, and other goodies inside. The younger one was sleeping, so I only have one model:


Then here are some great bark texture votives, crayons, and a felted pin cushion that I love-- I love the texture of the felt when you put the pin in!



Here is a close up of the push pins for my bulletin board just like on my wist- and look at the button ones! So cool!


Then here are a beautiful necklace and bracelet- the necklace goes perfect with what I'm wearing tomorrow for easter.
They were both wrapped in beautiful hand made paper boxes


She did so much work- here is a close up of a really lovely stitched pillow cover- her stitches are all even and so delicate:


And here is a picture of the pillow cover that will zip on- you can see the blue fabric on the back, along with a coffee cup sleeve (the cup is full of chocolate yum yum! ), some great bookmarks, a hand made paper envelope, and a headband in the fun tree fabric.


And then this gorgeous storage basket and magnetic organizer strip. All the little round bins stick with magnets to the metal strip, and dharma_rebel lined them all with paper.


Then, just because it was so much fun, here is a peek at the tags and wrapping. Each item had a note decorated with birds or acorns:


Thank you so much dharma_rebel! I have really enjoyed swapping with you, and love everything you sent!
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3  Cheap wall art in Interior Decorating: Completed Projects by javamama on: April 09, 2009 06:51:37 PM
Hi I was recently inspired by this:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=296509.msg3376018#msg3376018
and am in desperate need of wall art for my home. I love original artwork, but don't have the wallet to match my tastes most days. So this is what we came up with instead:



It is 2 by 4 feet. Each sheet of paper is 12" square. the frame is 1 x 2" wood with the 2" part being the depth. I covered it with foamcore but had also considered cardboard. The white peeking through is not as obvious in person, although I wish I would have painted the seams brown when I painted the frame before hot gluing the paper down.  The paper has great texture. I have been considering doing something else over the top, but haven't decided yet. Will update with another pic if I make any significant changes.

Here is a full view:



thanks for looking! I think the total cost came to $12-13 dollars.
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4  Re: Bargain hunter rd2 in The Swap Gallery by javamama on: September 28, 2007 01:29:34 PM
Hi!  I received my package from Sezouli yesterday.. I was so excited!  The mailman came to my door and said.. 'I hope this thing is supposed to make a bunch of noise- 'cause it does!'  All I could say is, I hope it is supposed to too.. and smiled and took the package!  Nothing was broken.. but I will show you what was jingling..

On the very top of the box was this beautiful reconstructed purse with fun pockets and ribbon ties, the left over fabric, and some more pink fabric to play with.

Back detail of pockets.. aren't they fun?

Then the noisy culprit.....

A vintage purse with metal chain handle... enough to make any postman cringe with fear! She also sent sequins, squares of plastic canvas perfect for upcoming christmas ornaments I need to make, and a 'we love grandma' cross stitch .. I have a grandma home for that as soon as I can whip it up!


Then, some great organizational goodies.. I told her I have been trying to work on my organizational skills.. a jewelry roll for traveling, a cute leather wallet, a like new letter organizer, and also a great deal of a frame.. and a zipper!

then even more fun stuff..

Wonderful beads and charms, and some keychain and toggle findings.  I am going to have fun with these.. I especially like the blue daisy beads.

So I had an 'awww... ' moment when I opened these.. my 2 yr old daughter is just starting to discover the fun of pretending.. (eating pretend cookies, giving mommy a cookie, etc. ) and when I opened the package she picked up the black purse since I was trying on the pink one, and said she wanted to 'go to the store'.. so we spent the next HALF HOUR (a long time when you're 2) pretending to go to a restaurant, the library, and to the store, and also taking pretend cookies and books in and out of our purses that we read to each other. (Imagine opening hands and making up story) Anyway, a thoroughly joyful mom moment! 

So before you get too tired of my gushing and skip to the next post, here is the lowdown on the money Sezouli spent..

mail organizer..................... 1.00
rings (on skirt purse) ..........   .25
zipper..............................    .25
bag of craft goodies............  1.00
pic frame ..........................   .25
pink fabric.........................  1.20
beads/findings (2@1.00) .....  2.00
black purse........................  1.50
mushroom wallet ................  1.00
jewelry roll .......................    .50
purse (skirt) .....................  1.00

Total.................................. 9.95

Thank you Sezouli!  I know you were worried, but I really liked what you sent!
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5  Manly Dad Bag in CHALLENGE 20 ENTRIES by javamama on: August 04, 2007 09:06:15 PM
So here it is!! I'm so excited.. this is the first project I've posted, and the first challenge. I actually found Craftster looking for a pattern for a reusable grocery bag, so it is very appropriate that I start off in this challenge!!
This is going to be a birthday gift for my Dad, so I wanted it to be understated and professional looking.  He definitely values efforts to reduce waste, etc. in the landfill.
The lining fabric is left over from another project, the stencil paint and brush were all things I had, and the outside fabric I bought for $1.00 a yard. 


So here it is in all its glory.. full of groceries. When I make some for myself I think I'll oversize one to hold 2 gallons of milk.

This is my first stencilling project in a long time..

Recycling arrow stencil detail

Full view, empty-- I went back and stencilled the pocket to match after it was sewn on.
I've never used a french seam before, so that was fun to learn! It was a challenge with the thicker fabric I used.

Inside view modeled by my daughter and Betty Crocker

All folded up in the pocket.. this is one of the features that sold me on this pattern. I am hoping to make more bags for myself, and maybe use them for Christmas gifts. 

The pattern tutorial link is: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=177482.0
by queenofdiy-  It's a great tut, and easy to follow.
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