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1  Re: 2015 Annual DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by cmouse01 on: June 27, 2015 04:43:02 PM
My June entry (for Orange).  I made this cowl for my sister.  It was my first and probably only time using Red Heart Boutique Magical.  It's too odd for me, but knowing my sister she'll love it.  I won the Magical yarn along with the tangerine I combined it with last year in a contest.

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2  Re: 50 Projects 2015 --POST YOUR 2015 Lists in Craftalongs by cmouse01 on: June 01, 2015 11:34:23 AM
I broke the 50-craft barrier in May and am actually up to 59!  I don't remember how many I posted pictures of this month (full list here), but I can show some highlights from the past couple weeks.

I continued to make a bunch of chemo hats for my sister in law.  Each of the last few have a tab on the side and I made quite a few different flowers with bobby pins that she can use to change the look (the extra tab was so the bobby pin wouldn't rub against her head).

This is my all-time favorite.  I took an old, beat-up dresser we had and made something cute for our daughter's bedroom

And this weekend I finished a long project - designing my first shrug.  I love how lacy and soft it turned out.
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3  Re: Yarnies Vs Sewists Spring 2015 - Gallery in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by cmouse01 on: May 23, 2015 07:19:13 PM
A small start, but a start nonetheless to our first fairy garden(s).   Smiley  My daughter kept going outside to see if the fairies had arrived for a visit.

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4  Re: 50 Projects 2015 --POST YOUR 2015 Lists in Craftalongs by cmouse01 on: May 11, 2015 07:40:01 AM
Ooo - strawberries!  We have blossoms, but it will be a while before we get fruit.

I can finally post pictures of my first official Craftster swap - Yarnies vs Sewists.  My partner actually begged the organizer for my name as she loves to spoil newbies, and boy did she ever!  You can check out the pics of the wonderful supplies she sent

I, on the other hand, just followed the minimum requirements.  She had requested some A5 bags for her barn (a craft/therapy area).  She was thinking something long but my bags went the other direction (more wide) and are very much like pencil pouches.  I wasn't sure what she was going to do with them, so I included some zippers she could add.

This first bag is very simple and plain.

The second bag was more fun - I did stripes in a variety of green cotton yarns as she prefers natural fibers and colors.

For my medium project I grabbed a rainbow of colors from my stash and made her a freeform butterfly.  She loves butterflies.

I have a few more details here
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5  freeform butterfly in Crochet: Completed Projects by cmouse01 on: May 11, 2015 07:13:16 AM

I recently participated in my first Craftster swap - Yarnies vs Sewists.  My sewing skills are quite lacking so I was a yarnie. My partner said she liked artistic or functional items, using natural materials and colors.  I sent her some simple pencil-style pouches for my small item but I wanted something with a bit more flair for the medium item.  

She likes butterflies and even has a butterfly tattoo.  I started with this pile of rainbow-ish yarns from my stash and came up with a way to use all except the red recycled silk in lower left and the dark green in the upper right.

Most of these are natural fibers - cotton, wool, bamboo, angora.  I don't have much orange in my stash so that ended up to be a rayon thread but it has a great sheen to it.  I also grabbed the black fuzzy yarn (polyester) because I thought it would make a great body for the butterfly with the gold thread running through it.

I just picked a couple of crochet stitches and started working.  I did take careful notes as I had to make two large wings and two small ones and they were supposed to match Cheesy

I struggled to figure out how to bring the butterfly together and ended up putting thick black felt on the back ... which I won't show here because, did I mention my hand-sewing is terrible too?

I forgot to take measurements before sending it off to my partner but I believe it ended up approximately 7" in height and 9" wide.
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6  Re: Yarnies Vs Sewists Spring 2015 - Gallery in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by cmouse01 on: May 09, 2015 07:59:50 PM
I apparently had forgotten to bookmark and check back on the gallery.  Such wonderful packages were exchanged!

My package arrived today! My daughter and I were so excited over the package we had to open it immediately.  Look at what a great job P_E_S_T did in the presentation of everything!

She had everything wrapped in lovely pink tissue paper, tied with ribbons and beautiful tags.  The first package I opened intrigued me because it said "... because every swapper needs them..."  Several sets of lovely tags that I can use for future swaps!

The second package was a holder; possible suggestion: for needles.  Hard to believe that beauty was made entirely from scraps!

I had been asked to send a picture of my favorite drawing my daughter had done - even better if it was one from our family.  It took a bit of coaxing but I was able to get a drawing from my daughter.  For some reason I had thought maybe a hoop or something similar was coming ... but check out these incredible pillow covers!  The designs are hand-embroidered. 

I let my daughter open that package.  She said "It's beautiful!  What is it?"  LOL.   One includes the family portrait and the other was my 4-year-old's self drawing, complete with a gold crown! 

I'm not sure if that was my favorite of the items, or if it was the one package that surprised me the most.  My partner did a good job of stalking me and found out that one wish I had was to make a fairy garden with my daughter.  I'm in awe of the mushrooms, wings, bunting, pinwheels, etc. that she sent to get us started! 

I'm thinking tomorrow - or at least sometime very soon, we need to find a nice garden vessel and start building a place for our fairies to live.  After we opened the fairy garden package, my daughter picked up one of the tags and said: "This says 'Welcome fairies!'." (it didn't, but she makes up her own stories)  Smiley

P_E_S_T - you really did spoil me with this first swap, but I loved it!  Thank you!!!
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7  Re: 2015 Annual DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by cmouse01 on: May 06, 2015 09:07:35 AM
kbrison and AIMR - the flower pattern I chose for the hats is really quite simple. Free pattern called Gratitude Flower.  You basically create a mesh bottom (ch/dc) and then it's one row of varying height stitches (sc, hdc, dc, tr and back down) packed in tightly to create the flower petal.  It starts to curl in on itself as you work along which makes it easier to wind up and sew together.  This is what it looks like before sewing:

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8  Re: 2015 Annual DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by cmouse01 on: April 29, 2015 01:09:32 PM
I just realized that the flowers I made might qualify for this month's "nature" theme.

The group of four flowers were meant to be interchangeable on a white chemo hat I made for my sister-in-law.

Technically the lilac one isn't "stash" since I purchased it this month; but I bought it with the idea to make a hat (also for my SIL) and the flower was made from some of the leftovers. 

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9  Re: 50 Projects 2015 --POST YOUR 2015 Lists in Craftalongs by cmouse01 on: April 29, 2015 12:57:43 PM
I just updated my list for the month, projects 28-42!!  Granted, some of them were small like this group of flowers I made for a hat for my sister-in-law

I made the hat with a separate outer "tab" and the flowers have bobby pins in them so she can interchange the flowers as she wishes.  I also made her a different hat that has permanent flowers.

I participated in my first swap (on Craftster) this month. I never realized the toughest part of the swap would be not being able to show the pictures until my package arrived! Cheesy
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10  Re: 50 Projects 2015 --POST YOUR 2015 Lists in Craftalongs by cmouse01 on: April 15, 2015 05:16:33 PM
Stayed home due to a nasty cold today but that meant I not only finished my doily, I had the opportunity to block it too.

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