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1  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Re: Altered Puzzle Pieces, Round 8; Sign ups to 3/10; Final Send out 04/14 on: April 17, 2014 09:20:08 PM
Darn it...I hate my mail people! They never deliver to me when I want them to.  Grin

But glad that members are getting mine for them. The gallery is full of lots of wonderful bits. I am loving all the eye candy popping up there.

Still deciding on final touches for Sushipanda. Then, hair dryer...wax paper...shipped  Wink It looks totally messy, but I like it. It freed me out of my element. A happy little crazy monster. Just a few touch ups...and it shall send.


Another edit: Don't wish to double post.
My last pieces mailed today. And whew...have I learned a lot from this swap. But it has been a fun ride. And drew me out of my depressions. I thank you all for swapping with me, and hope my little works of art give you interesting eye candy in your days of Muse need. NOW WHERE ARE THE REST OF MY PIECES??? Like a kid in the candy store...I can't wait...I will eat it wrapper and all!  Grin
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Discussion and Questions / Re: Hedge's - Yay or Nay? on: April 17, 2014 05:47:50 PM
Hostas. They grow great, as do Caladium in your zone. Hostas is one that will come back year after year.

Caladium will not. Don't think like I did, that you killed it  Grin Caladium dies yearly {an annual, not perennial}.

But they are pretty.  Cheesy And they fill in the flower bed well. And grow well in the shade underneath shrubs and such. For both of these. No special flowers...just the "meat" in between to background the pretty stuff.

Then plant your pretty flowery plants beside them. Out to the front edge. At least that is how I would do it.  Cheesy

I hope you get your fancy house a hopping.

3  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Discussion and Questions / Re: Hedge's - Yay or Nay? on: April 16, 2014 11:11:42 PM
Grew up in Florida...KEEP THE HEDGE!! Anything that grows good is NOT a weed. Just figure how to shape it better, or cut it away from the house, if need be. You are better to leave the original than start again. Trim it, mulch it nicely...add some pansy or marigolds around the base, or another flower of choice...show palace theatre.  Grin My two cents. Of course my yard looks like crap right now. We just got snow yesterday!  Roll Eyes


Whoops. Should add that I am in Tennessee, now. For all the head scratchers thinking...it doesn't snow in Florida  Shocked

Edit: I agree it looks a bit "dated", but that may appeal to certain people {old farts}. And if they wish to change it up, they can still look at the footprint, and pick what they like to fix it for themself.

I know about the appeal of the "drive by" purchase, but people who are serious look beyond the little stuff. When they see the sign and are wanting the neighborhood, they will sniff it out!

If you want to sell, get rid of all your extras...YARD SALE TIME!!!  Grin You don't have to paint walls. Nix whatever your sales agent tells you. People want to pick their own colors. Just wash the walls so they look nice. And clean out the clutter so the house looks large  Cheesy An echo works good here.

Just ideas. I have sold several homes and worked with several realty companies.

Hope these ideas help!

4  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Altered Puzzle Pieces, Round 8 Gallery on: April 16, 2014 10:27:03 PM
Thanks for the codos, Sammy, and Mr. Buck. I tried my best. As you both know, I am a newbie to this one. Still learning. But I believe I balanced a mark. It is neat to be recognized. Kind of like having your name on the front page of the newspaper  Grin For a good way...not as a Wanted poster  Shocked

Loving all the pieces. I can't wait to see them all together.

5  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: IYP (invite your partner) 25 - Silver Jubilee Gallery on: April 16, 2014 01:17:51 PM
MissingWillow is a wonderful member. I enjoy all of her works. As well as several other regulars here.
And just an idea, turn the broken plate into something...mosaic bird bath...a little garden something like a fairy garden? Frogs love the shade.  Grin Turn it on it's good side, and plant a succulent inside? Nothing is wasted on my property. If I can't glue it or duct tape it... then it goes to trash, but I hardly throw too much away.


Just ideas. Nice job MissingWillow. And sweet of you to re-do the bowl. I would treasure one, too.
6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Spring Nerd Battles --March 1, 2014 - May 31, 2014-- Join anytime! on: April 16, 2014 08:11:54 AM
Ludi, you never cease to amaze! What a beautiful embroidery. Do you have fingers left??  Cheesy
That is wonderful!!! I love your mermaid. And such wonderful lettering. I hope to swap with you one day. your eye for detail is great! And I love your color choices. Now quit playing with your hair, and get back to stitching!  Grin

7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: NEWBIE CRAFTALONG on: April 15, 2014 11:13:44 PM
I have been on here lots of years, but still consider myself somewhat of a Craftster Newbie. Not that I am new to crafts...just this site. And I learn new things here everyday. All over the boards.  Wink

Loving what I am seeing.  Roll Eyes Shocked Roll Eyes

Interesting jewelry, lovely hollow dictionary books. And if your dragons are what I have seen Alex...don't give it up! Just take a rest and step back into it later... ever hear of fondant? Similar to clay, but you can make neat cake and cupcake details there. Just the icing on the cake  Cheesy And tasty!

8  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Altered Puzzle Pieces, Round 8 Gallery on: April 15, 2014 08:30:53 PM
I learned quite a bit through Loteria. I think all of us girls should try to lift Mr. Buck up on a chair. That theme seems to be one of the faves. Not that the other themes are not cute, either. I am enjoying them all.

Darn it, Sushi...I just can't make a cute panda monster  Angry I might change up the idea from this one..
And then got to thinking...you don't want your whole puzzle panda. And other members will be adding that.

I think I am going to wing it, and make a Sushi based/crazy style monster. Something else I can draw. I am better at cutting, and just adding paint on the sides...but yours is definately giving me a challenge. No worries. I like to be brought out of my elements.

Still enjoying the gallery! I go back for more eye candy {think re-runs  Grin} just to see them again. Still on task.

Oh, and hazelly...I have noticed how you do your borders. With the puzzle outline, and background paper cut just within. Great idea! These shapes are hard to keep to the margins on the outside of the piece. Say it together..."pain in the butt" for paper  Grin. I will have to try this technique next time. Me and my Exacto are no longer friends...even with a sharp blade  Roll Eyes Going for paint next time.


Eureeka...the Muse is Loose! Yes, I was in bed talking to myself  Grin
Sushi is getting a smiley monster  Cheesy I will work on it when I get up again.
How cute can that be?? You all know how I love my smilies  Roll Eyes Squee. I will dream about it. And hopefully catch the postman today.
9  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Wee Scotties Quilt on: April 15, 2014 07:21:04 PM
Awww. I LOVE your Scottie Dogs! I love the little bows, and the prints you chose to ask for, and mixed in for those. And your color choices.

The backing does not look that wonky. And plaids are fun to sew with {non bias}...you don't even have to draw any lines  Grin Depending on the fabric pattern, mind you.

Some are printed on the bias. As in a diamond grid to the proper grain of fabric. *see note:
That way, if you cut on bias, you straighten out the grid. And it goes square again. Like a regular plaid.

*Note: if you don't purchase the more expensive stuff  Roll Eyes Good luck getting IT square  Cheesy Your cheaper fabrics are often printed "off of salvage"...always check your bolt edge. If it is wonky...your fabric will be, too.
Not that you can't use it. Just pick something where you don't have to line it up squarely. An example would be a lining on a purse. Nobody notices there! Or Christmas ornaments...somethi ng like that. Otherwise, you will rip your hair out and blame yourself  Cheesy

You did wonderful! And I love how you put the "names" into the quilting. Your friends are sure to love it. I remember the scottie dogs, too. We must be of similar age  Roll Eyes

10  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Altered Puzzle Pieces, Round 8 Gallery on: April 14, 2014 08:16:12 PM
I really love the pieces from sushipanda. She also has a steady hand, and good eye for detail. Considering that I sent her baby pieces. I don't have a favorite. I love them both.

I am still working on finishing for two swappers, but they will go out tomorrow or Wednesday. I have Pm'ed them, so they know I am not a flake. The other 8 members I mailed today, so you should get them shortly.

I am loving all the shares here...great job everyone! I can't wait to see the final "collage" of mess of wonderful artworks for all the puzzles. I hope to get my daughter here to take pictures for mine when it is {almost} finished.
I still have four pieces to do private trades for. Ahem...PM if you are interested.

Off to glue my fingers together  Grin Just taking a slight break from life.

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