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1  Re: The Happy Housewife Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by SewFixated on: September 15, 2008 06:37:56 AM
I'm sorry this post took so long.  I tried for a couple hours last night to get it to post but my computer/internet service/craftster (pick one) was not cooperating last night.



Here is my FUN swap package from Krazy4Katz!  On the left you see the fairy pillow that she made for my DD for Christmas.  DD was there when I opened the package and when she saw the pillow she grabbed it, told me she needed it, and then took it into her room.  On the right is the cat ornament she made out of beeswax and it smells yummy!  In the middle you can see the 4 dishcloths, 2 doilies, and the flower pillow she crocheted for me.  The dish towel in the middle is embroidered with an applesauce recipe (which I will be trying) and the towel is oversized!  I love it!  The doilies will be displayed throughout my home and so will the ornament and pillow. 



Here's a close-up of the applesauce embroidery.  Didn't she do a FANTASTIC job??



Here are a few of the items on display in my kitchen.  You'll have to excuse the fire extinguisher being in the picture.  I find it's more effective to have it out in the open on the opposite end of the kitchen in case of a grease fire.  (We learned a tiny lesson once while making German pancakes.) 



My DD could barely stand the fact that I needed to take pictures of her pillow!



Here's an action shot of my new applesauce dish towel.



Katz:  I don't know why you don't like this doily.  I love it!



Do you see the little hearts in the center of the doily?  How cute!



This pillow looks like it was made out of wool yarn.  It is so sweet with the flower on it and it is very comfy.   It is sitting on my shelf in my kitchen.

Thank you so much Katz!  I love everything and had a blast crafting with you! 
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2  Re: The Happy Housewife Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by SewFixated on: August 29, 2008 10:50:09 PM
Here are some pictures I took of the stuff I sent to Krazy4Katz.



This is the apron that I made from the pattern book More Retro Aprons by Cindy Taylor Oates.  The picture on the left is the front of the apron and the other is the back.  The apron is lined and can be tied in the front or the back.  I think it is a cute pattern and I really like when it's tied in the front.  Katz told me her favorite colors are burgundy, sage green, and purple.  I couldn't find a fabric that had all the colors but I did find this cute fabric.



I was very excited to make this book cover for Katz' Bible.  I really liked the lace and the gold ribbon. The back looks the same except it does not have her name on it.  I made this because I noticed on her blog that she is a very faithful person and wanted to make a book cover for her Bible.



This was very fun to make!  It's a teapot cozy and my daughter tried to claim it as her own.  Katz told me her home is country farmhouse and she likes ginger-peach tea so I had to make this when I saw it in a book. 



She was not happy when I told her that I did not make it for her.  Whenever I finish making something she thinks I made it especially for her.  Smiley



Here is the tea towel that I made using a Sunbonnet Sue iron-on transfer.  Sunbonnet Sue is one of my favorite things and the kitten is obviously for Krazy4Katz.  I made the tea towel out of a cotton/linen blend fabric and appliqued the bonnet with a blanket stitch.  I am not too familiar with embroidery but do have a book that shows different stitches so I hope I did ok with this.  My grandma taught me how to do a French knot when I was 11, just before she passed away.  It's silly but I always think of her when I do a French knot and just the fact that she taught me how to do it means a lot to me.  (I don't have many memories of her.)  I decided to make a tea towel for Katz because she said she has a valance in her kitchen that she uses to display her tea towels.

There you have it.  I made each gift with Katz in mind and I had a blast doing it!

Thank you Rira for organizing!

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3  Re: The Happy Homemaker Swap.- CLOSED-Sendout 9-13 in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by SewFixated on: August 27, 2008 08:31:55 PM
Here's a teaser photo for Katz!

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4  Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag) in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by SewFixated on: June 03, 2008 12:16:41 PM
First I want to say thank you for posting this tutorial.  I have wanted to make these bags for months now.  Since I just entered my first swap and my partner said she would like one of these bags I made one for her.  Then, a bunch of ladies in my neighborhood saw the bag and wanted to make them too.  So we got together and I showed everyone how to make them. 

Because of that class I made 9 more in different stages of completion to demonstrate how they are made.  Here are 6 that I finished, I have given 2 away which are not pictured and have 2 more to finish.  I think I would like to have 2 more this size (they hold 2 gallons of milk very nicely) and then I will be making smaller ones for library books, lunch bags, and smaller picnic bags.



I find myself using these for everything, even a diaper bag.  (I hate diaper bags)  I do plan on altering this pattern to make a diaper bag until I can find that one perfect diaper bag pattern.  If you know of any smallish diaper bags that don't look like diaper bags let me know.  I do have the hillbilly diaper bag on my favorites and am considering making one.

Thank you!
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5  Re: Newbies Only Swap Round 9 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by SewFixated on: May 25, 2008 03:56:23 PM
In my excitement and mad dash to Photoshop to crop and label the photos of my super-awesome gifts and then another mad dash to post all the photos on Craftster I forgot to include ANOTHER, yes another, cool gift from Diablita. 

Here it is... my too cool Vintage Valentine's Day cards to add to my collection!  The two cards on the sides are tri-fold.  The one in the middle has a name written on it from when some child passed it around at Valentine's Day.  I love it!



I will swap with Diablita anytime!

Oh... can someone please tell me what <3 means?  It has been driving me crazy!  Roll Eyes
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6  Re: Newbies Only Swap Round 9 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by SewFixated on: May 24, 2008 07:13:45 PM
I have to show you this picture.  Ella really wanted the necklace that I made for Diablita so I let her wear it just long enough to take a picture.  Can you see how excited she is for jewelry?  What am I in for when she is a teenager?  Cheesy

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7  Re: Newbies Only Swap Round 9 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by SewFixated on: May 24, 2008 06:45:23 PM
I have to tell everyone that Diablita has won the award for being the Most Amazing Swap Partner!  I really lucked out and am so thrilled with my treasures! Grin

I can tell that Diablita really researched my Wists and my Blog to be able to send me such perfect gifts. 

Here are the gifts all wrapped up in their pretty packaging.  Notice the vintage Christmas light box and the vintage cigar box.  These two items are going straight into my kitchen along with all my other antiques.  Diablita paid attention to my favorite colors red and black, and to the fact that I like all things vintage, and even down to the pattern on the flannel wrapping.  Only my sister and DH could pick such perfect things for me!



This is the handmade card and super cute envelope.



Here is a cool pincushion that has custom shrinky dink straight pins in it.  I think I may have put one shrinky dink pin on my wist and I was really hoping to get some and Diablita somehow knew to make them for me!  Talk about lucky!  When I was digging through buttons in an antique store for one of Diablita's gifts I saw some buttons that were just like the one that is on top of this pincushion and I bought them.  How cool is that?  I love this pincushion and it is sitting by my sewing machine right now.



Elephants.  I love elephants!  I don't need to say more about this too cute stuffie that has joined me in my sewing room!



This and the vintage Christmas light box was a PERFECT way to wrap my gifts!  I love them!



Elephants.  Vintage designed Days of the Week embroidered dish towels.  I have not seen elephants combined with the Days of the Week patterns!  If I would have seen this first, I would have made it myself!  How perfect!



And to top it all off Diablita made something for my little girl!  She made the cutest vintage style apron with a heart pocket and added a vintage kid's cookbook.  Thank you so much for this gift.  We love it!



When the package arrived my DH called me at work.  I had to go about my day wishing I could leave work so I could open my package!  It was waiting for me on our table.  My DH and DD sat on chairs around the table as I opened everything.  Ella was very happy to see presents and even more thrilled to see she had a present too.  She also loves the elephant stuffie!

Thank you so much Diablita.  You really made my day!






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8  Crazy Quilt Stocking! in Winter Holidays by SewFixated on: April 29, 2008 07:07:42 AM
I made this during the summer for a gift exchange at a female only family reunion.  The theme was socks and since I do not know how to knit (props to knitters!) and did not want to buy a pair of socks I decided to make a Christmas *sock*.  I have always admired crazy quilts and have planned on making one for a long time so I thought this would be a good opportunity to practice.  I did not have a pattern and just made it up as I went.  Crazy quilting is a lot harder than I thought!  This took me a long time to make and I like the way it turned out but I have not made one since and I did give it away.  Someday I'll make some for my family, after all my other *somedays* are taken care of!

I had left over crazy quilted fabric that I COULD not throw away so I made an ornament out of it.   On the stocking I listed all my great aunts names, the year of the reunion, and the theme of the gift exchange. 

Thanks for looking!

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9  LOVE these Placemats--Easy! in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by SewFixated on: April 29, 2008 06:58:48 AM
I made these for Christmas a couple years ago for my SILs and MIL.  I made a total of 22 placemats and I was thankful that I started them in June, long before Christmas.  They are very easy to make and are quilted as you go.  I really like the color and fabric pattern of the bright red placemats.  The second set was made for my MIL.   I plan on making them either matching potholders or a table runner sometime.





Thanks for looking!
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10  LOVE this Apron! in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by SewFixated on: April 29, 2008 06:50:17 AM
Every year my Mom's family has the coolest family reunion.  It is only for females 18 and older and we stay in a cabin for 3 days and have fun.  One of the activities we have is a gift exchange where almost everyone makes something.  The theme this year was aprons.  I searched all over the internet until I found this great pattern and then found some fun fabric for it.  This is the most difficult thing I have sewn as of today.  I had to have my sewing terms definitions next to me since I have only used a pattern once before.  It took me 7 hours to make and was SO FUN to do.  The ribbing around the panels was the hard part for me but it turned out ok, just don't look too closely!  Smiley   It was hard for me to give it up once it was finished but the girl who received it LOVED it so much it made it all worth while.  Thanks for looking.

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