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1  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Felt Mascot or Little Stuffie Swap R3 Foods! -- Gallery on: May 01, 2007 10:59:40 AM
Please excuse my tardiness!  I just wanted to publicly say how much I enjoyed receiving those olives from flanman  Grin  I didn't even say what my fave foods are, but olives ARE definitely one of my faves, and something I would never thought of to make stuffies.

You can't tell so much from the photo, but they are very cleverly made.  One thing I found, when I started to work on this swap, was that I have no idea how to make things in 3-D, never having made stuffies before.  So, I could not even have conceived how to make a thing that  actually has a "pocket" like that, where the pit and the pimiento go.  When I saw that I could pull that pit out and it had its own little face, I'm pretty sure I made a goofy noise  Wink

Thank you again!

Melinda
2  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Maps and Stamps ATC Swap Gallery on: April 24, 2007 08:08:59 AM
I have a great 1963 yearbook from a school in Louisville, which I found for a couple of bucks one time -- the lady in front of the bus on my "Solo on the Road" card came from that yearbook, too.  Diane Sawyer is in the yearbook too! 

I was excited to find that I had a TEEN magazine from 1963, too, which is where I found the awesome ad excerpted at the side of the card, where you can send away for "a step-by-step Dance Instruction Booklet showing you how to dance the Bossa Nova, Twist, Limbo, Madison, Hully-Gully, and Mashed Potato"  Grin

Melinda
3  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Maps and Stamps ATC Swap Gallery on: April 18, 2007 10:53:22 AM
What did you use to stick in those flowers? Lovely card by the way.

The flowers are pink iridescent sequins, which are sewn on with thread and seed beads, the same way you'd sew them onto fabric.  Really cool!

Melinda
4  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Maps and Stamps ATC Swap Gallery on: April 18, 2007 08:05:13 AM
Okay, here finally are all 3 of the cards I received.  They are all fabulous!  Very fun for my first ATC swap  Grin  Please pardon my photos -- I don't have a scanner, just a camera and a verrry steeaady hand...

From Tristitia, similar to one already posted, but slightly different -- you can't really get how many layers of texture are on this one, with the paint techniques:


From Lilbandade, a very cute take on the theme:


And from Ptarmic Wumpus, a beautiful card with sequins, beads, and stitching, that reminded me of when I lived in DC in college:


Tristitia and Ptarmic Wumpus, both of you put some kind of sealant on your cards.  Is this the Future floor wax, or Mod Podge, or what?  They look like they might not be using the same technique...

Thanks to all my partners!

Melinda
5  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Maps and Stamps ATC Swap Gallery on: April 16, 2007 07:40:40 AM
I'm going to post photos of the 3 awesome cards I received ASAP (as in, probably tonight) but I wanted to post to say that I did receive them.

Also, I wanted to let my swap partners know that it turns out my cards did NOT get mailed out when I thought they did  Embarrassed but I am mailing them out TODAY I promise promise promise.  My first swap back after a 2-year hiatus, and I've screwed up already.  I'm really sorry!

Melinda
6  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Modified vintagey cardigan on: April 12, 2007 11:30:01 AM
That is gorgeous!  I have never heard of that book, but I'd like to look for it now, because that is the type of pattern I have been looking for.  Of course, I would need to modify it *UP* a size, probably, from what's written, but it looks like the type of pattern that might be easy to modify (nothing too unusual in the shaping).

I love the color you chose, too.

Melinda
7  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: granny square pattern I made up -- opinions? on: April 11, 2007 10:01:17 AM
Okay!  I think I have fixed the problem with Round 5.  It's kind of an important round, because that's where the square "rotates" so that the center square is diagonal.  If you go to the first post in this thread, you will see my changes in RED text.

If there are other problems or questions, let me know!  This inspires me to try to make up more squares, because the process of making up something and then trying to write it out so that others can understand it is a tricky (but fun) challenge.

Thanks again,

Melinda
8  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: granny square pattern I made up -- opinions? on: April 10, 2007 01:44:35 PM
It's funny to me that this OLD OLD post has gotten dredged back up!  How nice that anyone is still looking  Wink

I maintain that color choice is really a subjective thing.  I personally like a lot of different colors, and I like a couple of colors that are contrasting and unexpected.  But you know, any time you do a crochet patter, whether it's a granny square or whatever, you can choose the colors and yarns that you like.  I think this pattern would look just as nice in varying shades of blue, or if the rounds were reassigned to just a couple of different colors.  Personalize it!

About the "hdtr", it's a "half-double-triple", and I swear I didn't make it up, but I can't remember where I got it from.  I have a lot of vintage crochet patterns...  I have found a few different things online, but they're not all the same, and I can't remember exactly what I did.  Let me work on it tonight, and I'll get back to you!

Sorry for the confusion!

Melinda
9  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / Re: Enamel Glass on Copper House numbers with crows on: April 05, 2007 08:56:40 AM
Your website is beautiful!  Oh, I wish I had a lot more money  Wink

I especially love your charm of Union Terminal!  I have lived most of my life in Lexington, Ky, about an hour south of Cincinnati.  When I was a kid, we used to drive up I-75 to visit my relatives in Detroit, and I always loved when we passed the train station.  I've only been inside it one time, but it's a really cool building.

All your jewelry is gorgeous.  I also love your husband's wedding ring, and your tiny version of Cupid and Psyche -- I saw that sculpture last year in Paris.

Melinda
10  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / Re: Enamel Glass on Copper House numbers with crows on: April 04, 2007 01:20:24 PM
Wow, those are AMAZING!  Do you sell this kind of thing, or was this just by special request?

Melinda
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