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1  Random Awesomeness in pillow form in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by quid_pro_quo on: April 03, 2011 10:55:34 PM
I made this pillow for a friend. 


We were chatting one night when she dropped this little gem and I knew that it needed to be memorialized on a pillow. 


The center of the pillow is done in cross-stitch (designed by me), the middle is a white minkey, and the outside is a .... suggestive .... cotton print. 


Don't overlook the saucy tassels in the corner. 

I
 finished the back with a simple envelope closure. 


The finished size is 12"x12", but it's awesomeness is UNLIMITED!
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2  Super-fast baby quilt in Quilting: Completed Projects by quid_pro_quo on: April 11, 2008 09:18:41 AM
I've seen a few of these on the board and thought "hey, I can do that!"I've done an actual quilt with the cutting and piecing and batting and whatnot, but I needed to do a quick one for a friend who had her first girl.

This was my first time using a binding, first time using a satin binding, and first time doing mitred corners -- overall I think it looks great (as long as you don't at the corners). I'm especially proud that I managed to keep the binding pucker-free.


I couldn't find a good position to show the full blanket, so here it is folded in half.


Opened to show both sides, I used the same fabric on both.


A detail shot of the best corner. I should do a comparison shot with the worst so that I don't give off the false idea that I do this very well yet.  Smiley
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3  Cheery Cherry Sundress in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by quid_pro_quo on: April 11, 2008 06:46:40 AM
This is my first post on this board. It is my first attempt at sewing clothes for my 3 year old. In another lifetime I did some re-conning of clothes and sewed a few pieces from patterns, but both now and then I would consider myself a very beginning (self-taught) sewer.

This dress is from New Look #_____?, using the dress from view A and the straps from view B. The pattern didn't call for it but I crossed the straps because otherwise they would be falling off her shoulders all the time and generally being annoying. Although I took careful measurements before cutting the fabric, and I used the suggested seam allowance, this thing was like a tent before I did major taking in. Now it fits better but is difficult to get on and off because there isn't a zipper or buttons. I might do some more alterations until I find a happy medium there.



The front


Showing off the back straps


A modeled shot. FYI, those are pj shorts peeking out from the bottom of the dress, not a wonky hem.


The back, which would have been more useful had I moved the pony tail.
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4  Re: "My Country/Region Doesn't Have That" Round 10 - GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by quid_pro_quo on: April 09, 2008 07:27:48 PM
Below are pictures of the items I sent to littlehummingbird, she asked for shark items and cooking ingredients.






The shark items are self explanatory. I tried to send her some distinctively Cuban ingredients, such as the guava paste and the coffee, the juices I picked up because I honestly had never seen them before moving to Miami (I'm not entirely sure what the pictured produce is).
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5  "Graffitti" knitting -- or -- Trees like sweaters too! in Knitting: Discussion and Questions by quid_pro_quo on: April 02, 2008 07:01:28 AM
I'm not a knitter, I would like to learn how but have discovered that it is one of the things I have not been able to teach myself from a book. So it is with a bit of chagrin and some amount of awe that I'm even posting on this board.

That being said, I saw the below linked article and thought I would share. I'm familiar with the town discussed in it, Yellow Springs, Ohio, it's a very artsy and independent area, so I wasn't at all surprised that its residents would be involved in renegade cozy-ing of trees and such. Perhaps others on this board are involved in such activities as well?

The pictures below are not mine, they are from the linked article, but they were too much fun not to post  Smiley





Article: http://www.komotv.com/news/offbeat/16447826.html
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6  Re: "My Country/Region Doesn't Have That" Round 10 - GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by quid_pro_quo on: March 28, 2008 09:14:06 PM
Ok, I've finally stopped stuffing my face with Canadian chocolate long enough to post some pictures. Here are the wonderful goodies I received from Psyche


Chocolates! Note the smarties, the real Canadian-type smarties, little candy-coated pieces of chocolate heaven! When I lived in Ohio I actually drove up to Windsor (more than once) solely to purchase Smarties, the drive is a little too far from my current locale (Southern Florida).


Some scrapping stuff (yea!) and postcards, love the Mennonites who are inadvertently covered up, and a souvenir thimble.


Some souvenir maple leaf notepads, which have already been put to use -- I never seem to have paper handy in my purse and I'm tired of scribbling notes on old receipts. Also some play food for my daughter, which is very timely as we had purchased a set of play food for her for Christmas but had it put away until earlier this week.


Last, but not least, some wonderful cherry fabric. I'm so excited to find a sundress pattern to use this with for my daughter, who has grown out of everything recently.


Thanks so much Psyche!!! You're a super swapper!
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7  Re: Postsecret Swap Round 3 GALLERY!! in The Swap Gallery by quid_pro_quo on: March 09, 2008 06:19:09 PM
This one fell apart a bit, fortunately all the pieces looked like they were in the envelope so I did a quick tape job.



"I lie awake at night, reliving my most embarassing moments."
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8  Re: Postsecret Swap Round 3 GALLERY!! in The Swap Gallery by quid_pro_quo on: February 29, 2008 06:03:57 AM
I got five more this week:


"Earwigs scare me!"


"I want to be her. She's perfect"
This card was really dark and hard to read in real life, so it's not the picture.


Front: "I am tired of all my secres. Dont tell! Shhhhh!"
Back: "Maybe it's time to let them go?"


Front: "Maybe if you had listened to what we were telling you, you could have helped me but instead you just wrote me off as stupid. Thanks ___ [illegible]___! IQ score: 122!"
Back: "A note on the IQ score. This is from a KAT test. I didn't make it up. And that's the good _____[illegible]_____ too!"


Front: "Our house has a dirt basement so in the summer we have a big bug problem"
Back: "It really bothers my Mum when she visits, but I think its the little pests keeping the big pests at bay"
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9  Re: Postsecret Swap Round 3 GALLERY!! in The Swap Gallery by quid_pro_quo on: February 20, 2008 06:32:09 PM
And some more ....


"I wish I was flexible enough to try more bondage positions"


"I lied about... everthing. Sorry."


"I sometimes buy toiletries just because I like the packaging"
Oooh, me too, me too!  I'm such a sucker for packaging.


"I don't leave tips for shitty service at restraunts. You know what that means ... I hardly ever tip after a meal. And I don't feel bad at all Smiley"
I'm guilty at times of not being a great tipper, but I never leave without tipping anything unless it was so bad that I felt the need to speak with a manager. I think sometimes people look for things that are wrong to justify not tipping...


"Report Card Semester 1:
English: F
Politics: F
I failed my first semester of college. My parents don't know or care."
Back says "I wish I could show you the real report card. I was ashamed and threw it away."
The first time I failed anything was my first semester in college. Adversity builds character, and I think I learned more from failing that class than I would have if I had passed it (which I did the second time around with an A). The only thing to be ashamed of in failing is if you don't learn from it. And parents like that, yeah, I've got some too -- they didn't even care enough to show up for my graduation from college or law school. What can you do, it's not like you can pick your parents. If your family isn't there for you I hope you have some friends who are.


"The best part of me. My husband. & to think I almost married someone else."
I think the sender meant this as a happy secret, but it would make me soooo sad to think that the best part of me was someone else.
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10  Re: Postsecret Swap Round 3 GALLERY!! in The Swap Gallery by quid_pro_quo on: February 17, 2008 08:14:26 PM
I got four this weekend. There seems to be a theme here:


"My mom told me that she had been sexually abused by her older brother. Then she ased if my brother had done the same to me. I started crying. Later I got angry at her. She figured it out. She should have known sooner. She should have stopped it from happening. She should have protected me."






 "My boyfriend has had sex with 100's of men since we got together it's ok so have I"
The back says: "We're in an open relationship, it's great to be with someone who I can finally be honest to!"



"The only time I ever loved myself is when I could smell you on my skin."
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