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1  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Battlestar Galactica inspired card on: March 31, 2011 09:50:54 AM
Front of the card:

Inside of the card:

I decided this year on Valentine's Day to express my geekly love in the form of a hand stitched card.  I'm not a paper crafter and I've never stitched on cards before, but I've seen some of the cool things people have posted here, so I decided to just wing it.  (I've since seen there are plenty of instructions out there and some even in the books I have in my own collection...I could have saved myself a lot of mistakes, frustration and possibly my sore fingers!)  Anyway, I wanted it to look like a hand written love note, so instead of using a computer font, I just wrote the words out by hand in pencil and then stitched over them. In the end, despite the paper not staying down the way I wanted it to and the glue making the multiple layers of paper/cardstock a little wonky, I was happy how it turned it and I learned a lot for next time.  My husband loved it too...I guess we're two peas in a geeky little pod!
2  NEEDLEWORK / Sublime Stitching Embroidery / The Tea Towel That Really Tied The Room Together on: March 25, 2011 12:26:54 PM

A couple of weeks before Christmas, my husband and I saw The Big Lebowski for the first time as a part of a local movie theater's cult classic series.  Needless to say, we thought it was an awesome movie and wondered what the hell had taken us so long to see it.  I also decided my husband, who loves coffee and is a fan of vodka, would probably be also be a fan of The Dude's iconic drink.  So, I decided to embroider him this tea towel along to go with a little bottle of vodka and Kahlua as a stocking stuffer for Christmas.  The funny thing is, I couldn't sneak away before Christmas to the liquor store, so I called my mom and asked her to pick the stuff up.  They didn't have the small bottles, so she just went ahead and got two BIG bottles.  So instead of having "stocking stuffers" my husband got two "stocking besiders" with the tea towel draped over them! He thought it was Very Dude.  He continues to abide.

I used the Sublime Stitching Epic Alphabet pattern.  I bought the pdf instead of the iron on and it worked out really well.  Instead of physically cutting them, I just cut and pasted from the pdf onto microsoft word and re-sized as I wanted, printed it out and then traced the image using their carbon tracing stuff.  It worked like a charm!

3  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / What to do with pie pumpkins? on: September 28, 2010 08:24:24 PM
I got 2 pie pumpkins in my CSA box and I don't know what to do with them.  I don't want to make a pie, so I'm looking for relatively easy vegetarian or vegan recipes.  Any ideas?  Thanks!
4  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Embroidery - Laundry Disaster on: February 24, 2010 03:29:06 PM
So here's the situation.  I embroidered a sheet with a few small images (Sublime Stitching Xmas and Winter images) and used it as a Christmas tree skirt.  I followed the suggestions from a previous thread I started about washing embroidered items (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=303961.0).  I washed and dried the sheet on high before stitching it.  I made periodic knots on the back.  I washed it on delicate and dried it in the no heat cycle.  Unfortunately, when I took it out of the dryer I found that more than half the thread on the front had SHREDDED.  It didn't seem like it unraveled from the back...the knots seemed intact.  It was only my third project and I was so bummed.

The sheet was an inexpensive one from Target...only 250 thread count.  Was that the problem? 

Any other thoughts about what went wrong?  Thanks for any help anyone can provide!!

5  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / NSFW - Tea Towel With Attitude on: November 09, 2009 09:18:19 AM
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This is my first piece of embroidery on a decent piece of fabric (my second try at embroidery over all).  I love all the "mature content" pieces of needlework I've seen here on Craftster, so when I saw this phrase on a t-shirt, I knew it needed to be on a tea towel.  I realized about half way through that I might have picked the wrong type of stitch for the words...or maybe I just have a long way to go until my stitches are right! But, overall I'm pleased enough to keep trying!
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / Chicken-Sicles! on: October 01, 2009 10:23:47 AM

I wanted to make a nice treat for my dogs to enjoy on those hot summer days, so I made Chicken-sicles! 

I just boiled some cut up chicken and froze the pieces with some of the broth in individual containers. I try to be as green as possible, so the containers were all recycled.  The big container is a plastic container I saved from a take-out Chinese food and the smaller containers are the little plastic cups that used for salad dressing etc in take out. 

Both of our dogs loved them!  They ate them very quickly, so next time I might use bigger individual containers.

Here's an action shot of one of my dogs chowing down!
7  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / How should I protect fabric-covered canvas? on: July 14, 2009 11:10:51 AM
I want to make some wall decorations by covering framed canvas (the kind artists use to paint pictures) with fabric.  I'd love to finish them with some kind of coating to make them easy to clean. I want to be able to dust them easily or maybe clean them with a damp cloth. If possible, I'd like them to have a bit of a shiny look to them.  Any ideas about what sort of coating of finishing spray spray would work?  Thanks for any input!
8  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Discussion and Questions / Where can I find grapefruit beads? on: May 19, 2009 07:19:35 PM
Does anyone know where I can find grapefruit beads?  I'm talking about beads that look like actual grapefruits, not just beads that are that color. They can be whole, sliced, pink, yellow, glass, plastic, clay...anything will work.  I need them for a Jimmy Buffett themed necklace I'm making to wear to a concert (he has a song about grapefruit and Juicyfruit being good for the soul).  And if you've ever been to a Buffett concert, you know they don't have to be subtle or classy!

Or, if I can't buy them, any thoughts about an easy way to make a credible looking grapefruit bead?

Thanks for any input!
9  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / How do you wash embroidered fabric? on: May 06, 2009 08:49:32 PM
I'm brand spankin' new to embroidery (just took a class last night) and I have a question. Can you wash hand embroidered fabric (tea towels, napkins, jeans)? If so, what do you do to keep the thread from unraveling?  Do you have to wash by hand or can things go in the washing machine?

Thanks for any input!!
10  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Questions about making stencils to use for etching glass on: April 29, 2009 03:41:35 PM
I've done a bit of glass etching (with the cream), but I've always used stickers or pre-made stencils.  I'd like to try my hand at making my own stencils, but I have a few questions.

1. I've read some posts in which people suggested using contact paper...is that the same contact paper you can get at the grocery to line shelves or is it something different?

2.  Can you put contact paper through a printer?  I can't draw to save my life and my writing isn't much better, so computer generated images are a must!

3.  Has anyone ever tried making stencils out of address labels?  If so, how did it work?

4.  When using an exacto knife, do you have to use one of those cutting boards they sell with them or can you use some other surface (I was thinking about cutting my stencils on an empty cereal box or something.)

Thanks for any suggestions or advice you have!
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