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1  Sugar Skull and Variegated Cat in Needlework: Completed Projects by kittykill on: September 28, 2014 05:03:05 AM
I love this sugar skull design so much so I knew I had to stitch it up. It is mounted on a crochet doily



This kitty reminds me of one of those sand paintings from the 60's and 70's.
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2  Octopus Embroidery...Under the Sea in Needlework: Completed Projects by kittykill on: September 28, 2014 04:58:42 AM


I stitched this up but couldn't figure out how to frame it so I decided to make an "ocean". The suckers on the tentacles glow in the dark.
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3  Anatomy Swap: S/U: 9/25-10/2, S/O: 11/3/14 in Craft Swaps by kittykill on: September 25, 2014 10:47:13 AM

Swap name: Anatomy Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: kittykill
Sign-up date range: 9/25-10/2/14
Date to send item by: 11/3/14

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional):

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? YES/NO
If so, which country?

Additional Age requirement?

Swap Organizer himself/herself meets these conditions:
- Has fully read the Swap Info Guide: YES
- Has successfully completed two swaps as a participant: YES
- Is not organizing more than three swaps right now: NO
- Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a Swap Moderator if this swap has more than 25 participants: YES
- Is at least 18 years old: YES/

Swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions:
- Has been a member for at least one month: YES
- Has posted at least 15 times: YES
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YES
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: YES
- Does not have any negative feedback: YES
- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 16 years old: YES
- If within the US, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES
- If outside the US, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES

Details of swap:
Are you willing to give your heart away? Do you only have eyes for that special person? Want to lend a hand? This is the swap for you. Time to craft your favorite part of the anatomy. You will be crafting ONE MEDIUM project for your partner.

If you want to participate, information to send to organizer:

QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER:
Name of swap
Craftster username
Email address
Your real name
Mailing address including the country
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country?
Confirm that are at least 16 years old: (YES/NO)
What is your favorite part of the anatomy?
Do you want realistic or comical body part?
What kind of craft would you like to receive?
What kind of craft can you do?
Do you have pinterest or a blog?
Are you willing to check in every week?
Any other information you want to spill?


IF YOU WANT TO PARTICIPATE, REMEMBER TO SEND YOUR INFO TO ORGANIZER VIA PRIVATE MESSAGE AND NOT TO REPLY WITH IT HERE.


Also, remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find other rules about participating in a swap.

AFTER PEOPLE HAVE SIGNED UP AND BEEN APPROVED, LIST THE PARTICIPANTS HERE AND WHO IS SENDING TO WHOM:
...

Participants:
Ludi
BriannaB03
rscowtown
whenindoubtsew
manja_is
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4  Dyeing Floss Tutoral -Lots of Pics in Needlework: Completed Projects by kittykill on: September 21, 2014 02:06:57 PM

 I have always wanted to dye my own floss but have been very leery about the whole process. I just knew that I would end up with a tied dyed mess and my counters and house would be stained with a vomit pea green. I finally decided to put aside my fears and go for it. After a couple of tries, I got the hang of it and now I want to dye everything in sight. 

Are you ready for an adventure in floss dyeing? No need to be scared. If I can do it, you can too! 


Since this was my first try, I didn't want to put a lot of money into dye so I went with a very simple commercial dye.

White floss
Rit Dye
Squirt Bottles (I found these in the kitchen section of my local store)
plastic gloves (I used vinyl gloves like they use in the hospital)
plastic wrap
salt


 For dyeing floss, I didn't want to make up the entire batch of dye. I only wanted to make enough to fill the squirt bottles. I also wanted to do this so I could make variegated floss. I added two cups of hot water to the squirt bottle, then added 1 tablespoon salt, and started adding dye, about 1/4 of the packet. The salt is for cotton fabrics and floss. It helps the dye adhere to the floss better.  If you want the dye to be a stronger color, you can keep adding to it. To check and see how vibrant the color was, I tested a little squirt on a paper towel.


 To prepare the area and the floss, I put down plastic wrap to cover my area, not too much, just enough to cover the area and lay the floss on top. I then took my floss and ran it under hot water. I squeezed out the excess water and laid it on my plastic wrap.


 Now the fun part! Squirt your dye onto the floss.  Be prepared, it will run! As you can see from the picture, the colors did bleed into eachother, which is fine since I wanted variegated floss.


 One way to stop the dye from bleeding onto the floss is to add a little at a time, pick up the plastic wrap and then mix into the floss. Continue to add your colors.


 After you have all the colors you want on your floss, wrap it up with the plastic wrap. The color will darker over time. You can let it sit for a day and have dark vibrant colors, or let it sit for a few minutes and have muted tones. It is up to you and experiment with color. Have fun with shades .


 After you have your desired color, rinse out your floss and let it air dry. You certainly can dry it in the dryer but I prefer to air dry.  Once it is dry, have fun and get to stitching with your one of a kind floss.

This is just one way to dye floss. You can use natural dyes or different foods to obtain a spectrum of colors. The only thing stopping you is your imagination!


Close up on what the final product looked like all stitched up
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5  Lounging Nook in Interior Decorating: Completed Projects by kittykill on: September 07, 2014 04:13:57 PM


Front view


I told my husband that I wanted a fort in my craft room. After I sat through his giggles, he said he thought it was a neat idea. My first thought was to build a teepee and I even found some cool curtains to use but then when I got home and realized that my ceiling was too low and the slope was too much. I decided to build a nook instead.

I went around town and found some pallets, sanded them down and then went to the home improvement store and bought two foam mattresses. I had a feather mattress and put that on top. The foam and the mattress are a little shorter than the pallets so I also made a place for a light, books and pictures.

For the curtains, I used bamboo that we had in our yard. Each year we thin it out and save the canes to dry. It was perfect for this. The curtains went up and the lace is vintage along with the hankies.

The hoop was from an old table cloth  I found that was completely destroyed except for the embroidery.

I love it! I can hang out, drink some tea, stitch, listening to old radio show and have the pups up to snuggle or just have some "me" time.

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6  Vintage Halloween Swap 2014 Sign up: 9/5-9/12. Send Out: 10/13 in ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED by kittykill on: September 05, 2014 08:26:28 AM


Swap name:Vintage Halloween Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: kittykill,
Sign-up date range:9/5-9-12/2014
Date to send item by:10/13/2014

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional):nope

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? NO
If so, which country?

Additional Age requirement? no

Swap Organizer himself/herself meets these conditions:
- Has fully read the Swap Info Guide: YES
- Has successfully completed two swaps as a participant: YES
- Is not organizing more than three swaps right now: YES
- Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a Swap Moderator if this swap has more than 25 participants: YES
- Is at least 18 years old: YES

Swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions:
- Has been a member for at least one month: YES
- Has posted at least 15 times: YES
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YES
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: YES
- Does not have any negative feedback: YES
- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 16 years old: YES
- If within the US, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES
- If outside the US, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES

IF YOU WANT TO PARTICIPATE, REMEMBER TO SEND YOUR INFO TO ORGANIZER VIA PRIVATE MESSAGE AND NOT TO REPLY WITH IT HERE.


Also, remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find other rules about participating in a swap.


***********************************************************************************
Details of swap:

It's back! Like a spirit in the night that just won't go away, the vintage Halloween swap is back for another round. Come all you guys and gouls...come celebrate our favorite time of year with some spooky crafting. It will be simply dismal (okay, I should really stop listening to the goth music while typing this out). Come play with us...forever, and ever, and ever!  Tongue

You will need to craft ONE MEDIUM ITEM


If you want to participate, information to send to organizer:

QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER:
Name of swap:
Craftster username:
Email address:
Your real name:
Mailing address including the country:
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country?:
What are your favorite Halloween things? (pumpkins,trick or treaters,cats,bats,colors,etc.)
What year vintage holloween do you like? Victorian? 1940s? 1980s?
What types of things are you interested in making?
I would love to have this.
I would scream in fear if I got this, so please dont send it to me
Allergies:
Favorite colors:
Least favorite colors:
Do you like cute, creepy or scary Halloween?
Are you willing to check in every week and thank you partner in the gallery?
Let your partner know a little bit about yourself! Style, favorite things, are you a vintage collector, pinterest or blog links.

preg_replace('/(.{49})/', '$1 ', '____________________________________________________________________________________________')
Participants:
kittykill
holistic knitter
cabaute
KarenLouiseM
The Raging Sloth
irid3sc3nt
rockingbearranch
I Sew Cute
SonjaBoo
kiimmmmyy
stitchzBstitchz
whenindoubtsew
Ludi
La Chapa
gotgrey
beeker


sent
partner received
late with communication
MIA- a pox on you

Partners:
kittykill-Ludi
cabaute-gotgrey
Sonjaboo-StitchzBstitchz
I Sew Cute-RockingbearRanch
La Chapa-The Raging Sloth
holistic knitter-KarenLouiseM
Beeker-Kiimmmmyy
whenindoubtsew-irid3sc3nt

Gallery:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=435811.0#axzz3E9Y6ONSk
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7  Re: Ongoing Wish Swap 106 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by kittykill on: September 03, 2014 10:49:43 AM
I received from jemimah and ActsofCraftiness!

First from jemimah:

A beautiful picture for my boho bedroom, wonderful cards sparkly washi tape and mug rugs! Love the colors!




Next, From ActsofCraftiness, I received a crochet mandala. I am obsessed with these and the colors are wonderful.


Thanks guys! You totally made my day!
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8  Re: Mini 13 Days of Halloween Round 6 in The Swap Gallery by kittykill on: September 02, 2014 12:20:12 PM
My goodies from Fiberartsy!
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9  Re: Anatomical Swap in New Swap Theme Ideas by kittykill on: August 21, 2014 10:39:25 AM
I stitched up this pattern a lot in 2007
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10  Rabbit Heart Girl in Needlework: Completed Projects by kittykill on: August 13, 2014 03:05:07 PM
I have been dying to stitch this up and this month's Hoopla Along was the perfect time to do it. It is a pattern from Cherry and Cinnamon entitled Rabbit Heart Girl.

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