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1  Re: Ultimate Recycled Idea site! in What the heck can I do with THIS? by stillatthetop on: March 02, 2015 11:13:10 AM
I happened to think of this last night. There are other sites with tutoials that make their's a bit different. I don't know if this link is where I originally saw it, but I love Chica and Joe.


Enjoy  Grin

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2  I am on pins and needles in Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions by stillatthetop on: February 23, 2015 12:34:53 PM

I hate the stinking tomato/strawberry pincushions.

I have an old one that belonged to my mother when I was young. I am 47. It has somehow lost it's strawberry along the way. It wants to eat my pins and needles. They just won't stay firmly in place.

I have a newer larger one with strawberry. It has the same issue. Is this one just a cheepie model. I don't remember where I got it or how much I paid for it.

I am dying to cut open the old one and find out how many needles it has eaten over the years  Grin I try to keep thread in my needles, so I can yank them back out..but the thread is messy and gets tangled into everything.

What do other members use, and do your pins stay put and not get swallowed to the tops of them? Thanks. I need some new suggestions.

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3  Re: 3D bug swap in New Swap Theme Ideas by stillatthetop on: September 03, 2014 11:26:47 AM
Not in this swap, but one back at you...this would make a great broach, or embroidery?

Snagged off of here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sphingidae

I love bugs, too  Grin

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4  Re: Ideas to save money at the holidays in Winter Holidays by stillatthetop on: August 31, 2014 10:00:04 AM
I think I should be allowed to double post here  Grin

This is a neat snag off the internet {sorry, but the sources do not always accompany the ideas, if I could give credit I would, but these are out from the depths of my computer, and long since fell off the history}

M & M's puts out holiday colors in the red, green, white variety. Those are Twix cookie bars around the outside.
M & M Mars company will also sell you specific colors to match a wedding party or other prom event, etc. I am sure they have a website for that. Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness events?

We are celebrating all holidays here, so don't feel that this is just Christmas.

I will add some Halloween here soon, too. That is my favorite holiday. I make some "wicked" finger sandwiches and Witch finger cheese straws. I have to "dig" up the recipes  Grin

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5  Ideas to save money at the holidays in Winter Holidays by stillatthetop on: August 30, 2014 04:18:13 PM
I am in America, so Christmas is usually our holiday. But I know other craftsters who like to make homespun gifts for their families...gifts from the heart. I hope we can use this post to celebrate the reason for the season...LOVE.

I need to save money this year, and giving all my hard earned cash to the "cash cows" that promote crazy things are not for me. I would rather spend the dollars on items to make hand-made candles, soaps, pillows, and food goodies. Son is getting PJs. {along with a few toys}. Some of those materials will come out of my stash. (I save old candles and re-melt them  Wink)

This is not my photo...snagged somewhere off the internet, but it looks like it could be made with leftover {used and broken} sweaters, and be good to use as package toppings and tree ornaments. That way you can skip the bow...those just add to our never ending garbage dump at this time of year.

Embroidery floss to wrap the hands and ankles. Small foam ball for the head {you could add a face if you wished with fabric paint?} easy to trace and make your own pattern. Looks like it would be easy to stitch by hand, and the more handmade it looks, the better. Charming.

My gifts will be wrapped in brown paper bags. With garden twine on them. Oh, of course I will rubber stamp some fun designs  Grin

I also go to our local newspaper printing place, and for $2.00 I get an "off-roll" with lots of unprinted newsprint. It is great for making larger fabric patterns, or protecting the table when the kids do their crafts. Or at Birthday parties I bring out the markers, and they all get to draw on the 'tablecloth'  Grin

Another holiday idea for everyone is to put a white linen cloth on the table, and let all the guests sign it with  fine-line sharpie...then embroider it later for a keepsake. Great at weddings. Just ideas.

Now I would love to hear yours!

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6  Re: Yet Another TM Patch Swap R2- Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by stillatthetop on: August 21, 2014 07:16:34 PM
smileyyogini received my patches, so here they are. The last one is a WIP, as daughter was early for the pictures, but you can imagine the final product. It had lazy daisy embroidered flowers around it, and a few finishing touches. The border resembles the style of the other two.

I didn't get pics of the extra kit that I sent, but I made a 6" x 6"+ panel that she could use for her mug rug idea that she wishes to make. {If she likes it. Or she can do her own thing to match.} It is a flower on felt. And also I sent a choice of backing fabrics. And beads. I experimented for that panel with the alcohol Sharpie ink method, and I am liking that! fun and easy.  Grin

Hope you enjoy!

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7  Re: GALLERY: Craft My Pet For Me in The Swap Gallery by stillatthetop on: August 07, 2014 05:11:21 AM
Yeah! I learned something new this morning  Grin Drag and Drop! I got the photos in.
The top photo is part of what I received from rantyhippy. Two of the cat toys went missing. But they look similar to the mouse. One was a fish, and another mouse. The cats are having a ball with them, so who knows where they batted them around.

This hoopla is the first one that I have received that is not made by me, or family. And looks really much like Jose. It made me cry. I miss her so. I included photos of her, so you can see the wonderful work that rantyhippy did to capture her likeness. I love the silly smirk on the face. Jose often smiled at me like that. The colors are truer to life, but daughter's phone did not capture them that clearly. And she is always in a hurry, so just getting this photo was a crap shoot.

The pink little smudge is daughter and puppy dog and kitty to each side of her. Daughter was about 5 then, now 23. Jose lived 20 years.

~T Ooops...and thank you rantyhippy, even though I already did before  Grin
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8  Re: Diamond Dye Rug Book 1899 in Vintage Craft Projects by stillatthetop on: July 25, 2014 08:09:01 PM
Great score! I especially love the night moth {nope...that is not a butterfly},
and the maple leaves. I have never tried to hook rug. but they are beautiful vintage patterns all the same.
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9  Re: Altered Puzzle Pieces, Round 8 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by stillatthetop on: July 06, 2014 03:33:38 PM
Let's see if I can get these to load.

This is all of the pieces (minus 3 that I intend to do private trades to finish, and 1 that I intend to make myself.) I gave credit on this pallet with the members who shared their art with me.

Next up is the puzzle almost done, and put together, with the frame I intend to use after I paint and alter the frame a touch.

Happy sharing!


PM me if you are interested in my other 3 pieces for a trade. To finish off my puzzle. Theme is nature/color. 3_D is fine. My pieces are tiny compared to the others that I crafted for members in this swap.
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10  My iSpy quilt/hexie pattern questions in Quilting: Discussion and Questions by stillatthetop on: June 15, 2014 01:17:18 AM
I am building an iSpy quilt for my future grandbaby {not yet in the oven, but I am ahead of the game}  Grin
I have done some private fabric trades, and am getting my stash together. Things are moving along nicely.
I need help knowing the best, easiest, and most importantly...how to do them so the points come out nice.
You know...all lined up and square-ish...not wonky. I know there is an easy way to piece the top, but I don't have cable, and can't watch all those good quilting shows.

If anyone can share links for things that address the hexie pattern, it would be greatly appreciated. Or if you know how to do them, and could just share that? And the sashing will be an issue, too. I have a hint of what I am wanting in my signature line, so you can see what I wish for..sort of. Mine will look similar, but different. Got the photo in  Grin

And I am open for fabric trades for this. I have a huge selection of fabrics {cottons} for quilting. If you have any iSpy type fabrics, I would be happy to trade out. Just PM me, and we can work out details.

For those not knowing iSpy...each quilt hexie has a different image that children can study and find. As in, "I Spy a banana, I spy a rooster, I spy a lollypop, I spy a green monster." That sort of thing. It is a lay on the floor board game for young ones, basically. Good for about 2 years old to 5. You can start a bit younger, you just have to help them learn how to pick things out. And start with the easier images that they know the names of.  Grin And do a lot of repeating, where they remember and gain confidence to keep trying.

It is fun with kids. I look forward to this project. I just need to learn how to get my quilt started. Any helpers  Roll Eyes


This one is not mine...I snagged it off the internet. But, yeah! I got a photo to go in! Cheesy
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