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341  Re: Over 30 Fine Wine Geezer Swap Round 3 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by kittykill on: July 27, 2010 09:17:40 AM
These pictures do not do anything I received justice! I got a cute purse and a great hoodie, a vanilla infuser and a cute little notebook(which is already in my purse). The purse and the hoodie match!

Inside of purse

Bad picture of hoodie

Hood of hoodie

Thank you ariaya! You are great!
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342  Super Bright Rainbow Cupcakes-Image heavy in Dessert by kittykill on: July 15, 2010 12:34:58 PM
I made these awhile ago. The colors turned out SO vivid. I was dying to make rainbow cupcakes. They look so cool. It is so easy. I used boxed cake mix but make sure you use gel food coloring. I love the way the cupcake wrapper looks too. I used a little bit on water on my finger to spread the colors out when I layered them. My hubby helped out with the spooning and layering.

The ingredients

The colors

The spooning.

Toxic bright cupcake!

The guts

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343  Tinted pillowcases in Needlework: Completed Projects by kittykill on: July 11, 2010 05:14:21 PM
I stitched up these pillowcases for a swap. The person wanted flowers and the color blue.
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344  Russian Nesting Dolls in Sublime Stitching Embroidery by kittykill on: July 11, 2010 05:12:03 PM
I stitched up these nesting dolls for Mamaphunk in the Geezer swap. I decided to frame each size in a different style frame.
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345  July's Needlework Feature and Interview in Needlework: Discussion and Questions by kittykill on: July 06, 2010 07:40:47 PM
I am IN LOVE with the Big Lebowski! I can quote just about every line and I don't think there is a month that goes by that I don't watch it. Apparently I am not alone in my love-just check out mafiosagrrl's amazing embroidery! She rocks my socks!

Tell me a little bit about yourself.
Hi, I'm Jacquie but everyone calls me Jackson.  I'm 26 years old and I love in Northern California.  I live in a house filled with robots, vinyl records and artsy, crafty stuff.   I'm a recovering cynic who's trying to adapt to a more positive lifestyle.  However, as a native New Yorker, that's a bit tough for me.  So to cope with changing to a sunny disposition, I spend all of my free time making stuff.  I'm technically an Art Major but really I'm a perpetual student  A student of life, if you will.   Cheesy, I know- don't get me started, I'm full of 'em.  When I'm not stitching, I fumble with paper crafts and I paint.

Tell me a little bit about the piece.
Sam aka Sunnysidey arranged a personal swap for us.  We would both embroider a scene and a quote from a movie and the recipient would have to guess what it was from.  Ok, so my scene was really obvious but I just had to do this piece!  I had drawn the pattern about a year ago and it was just wasting away in the to-do pile waiting for the perfect occasion.  I know, you're thinking anytime is a good time for The Dude... you're right.

I had a lot of fun with this piece.  I usually stitch stuff that's functional so it was different to stitch something for purely decorative purposes.  I just kind of let go, a similar mindset to painting. Rather than fill the whole thing in, I wanted to focus on the parts that I associate with that scene- their hair and her outfit.  Holy copper floss, I went through so much of that stuff, lol.

As for the technical stuff, I used the back, stem, satin, and split stitch.  The only place I got fancy was the hair.  I couched The Dude's hair using individual strands of 5 different colors.  I used three colors for Maude's and braided it using a technique that I posted about in the Discussions section here on Craftster.  The floss width varies from one strand all the way up to six.

How long have you been stitching? Who or what inspires you?

I've been stitching since June of 2007.  I had come across Jenny Hart's embroidered portraits and was so enthralled by them.  I have always loved embroidery, on clothes and household stuff, but that's when I began to think- I want to do this!  So I bought her first book and started stitching little things for my house like tea towels and napkins.  They were a bit of a hot mess but I still love them, we use them all of the time in the kitchen.

I'm inspired by quotes, movies, books, portraits, vintage, kitsch, pop culture... everything really. We already have a talented lady on here named Alwaysinspired but honestly, that's how I feel most of the time.  I want to stitch everything!!  It's almost shameful the stuff I want to stitch...I mean, really, who see's the table flipping scene from The Real Housewives of New Jersey and says, "Oh snap!  That's going to make an epic TV stitch.  Onto the To-do list..."  There's probably something wrong with that but I'm ok with being strange.

Between Craftster and Phat Quarter there are soooo many awesome, talented people who have encouraged or inspired me...  I don't even know where to begin.  As for contemporary stuff that I drool over- I've been admiring the painterly style of folks like William Schaff, lagidgett, Threadstar, Alexcateye, Bascom Hogue and Mimiloveforever.   I would love to be able to branch out and introduce my first love, painting, to embroidery.  I'm envisioning some sort of mutant hybrid of the two.

What are you working on right now?
HA, what am I not working on right now?!  There are 3 big ones at the moment.  One is another Big Lebowski piece for Shannon aka GigglyMama...The Jesus.  Another is a handwritten piece that was a prophecy received by Miki aka Threadstar.  The last biggie is a sampler that is made up 100, 1 inch boxes.  It was inspired by the "Counting My Blessings" Stitchalong.  However, mine is dedicated to a special person in my life, so it's a secret project   Wink  My to-do list is also filled up with swap stuff, I have 4 embroidery swaps going on right now.  Between all of that I'm still trying to stitch up stuff for my etsy too.  I like to stay busy, lol. One of the few positive things that has come out of being unemployed is having lots of time to work on my art and stitching.  Thank goodness that embroidery supplies are cheap!  Paint on the other hand Cheesy

What advice would you give to someone just starting out?
Don't be afraid to make mistakes and to experiment.  We are our own worst critics.  So learn to give that part of you up or at least send it on vacation while your creating.  You can't learn without making mistakes or letting yourself go for a little while.  If you get so caught up in worrying about a tiny crooked stitch or how your piece doesn't look the same as a veteran's piece you'll forget why you started in the first place- to have fun and make stuff you like.  I had an art teacher that used to say, "In the beginning it should be about quantity over quality!"  I used to think that was a flawed statement but then I realized if you stay on one thing, obsessing over every little detail you never get the chance to move on and actually learn other things.  The more you practice, the better you get!  So go make stuff, lots of it    Kiss

What is your favorite line from the movie?

Ohhh, that's a tough one, there are so many.  It's especially hard since I have to keep it clean on Craftster.  I'll be honest, I have a mouth like a Sailor's.   Grin
Of appropriate ones, probably-
"Smokey, this is not 'Nam.  This is bowling.  There are rules."
"No, Donny, these men are nihilists. There's nothing to be afraid of."

Acckkk, I could go on forever... I'll have to stop of I'll ending up reciting the whole movie!
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346  Re: another (old fashioned) random gallery!! in The Swap Gallery by kittykill on: June 10, 2010 08:12:12 PM
I received from princessacademy. Thank you for everything! You are a sweetheart.
A pillow, picture, spats, and a smaller picture. The bigger picture is a little bird with musical notes and the smaller one has a strawberry on it.

Crazy star t-shirt

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347  Vintage Tinted lady with beads in Needlework: Completed Projects by kittykill on: May 25, 2010 08:27:40 PM
I did this for a swap. I really hope my partner likes it. She loves vintage stuff. It is tinted with crayons and the inside of the flowers are beads.

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348  Re: FrugALong 2010 April theme on First Post in Craftalongs by kittykill on: April 19, 2010 02:28:05 PM
Awesome! Here is the bed we built yesterday. I'll post before and afters of the back area once it's completely done.

We had helpers....

We now have 3 beds. One strictly for raspberries and then two others for veggies and fruits. We have our strawberries in a container and they are doing well too. The one that the dogs are playing in needed to be weeded so bad.
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349  Re: Random Acts of Kindness/Positive Thinking Craftalong in Craftalongs by kittykill on: April 18, 2010 09:30:03 AM
I'm so happy that I leave for a day and have so much to catch up on! A little while ago, I decided to leave random notes around town. The first place was at my favorite little dive restaurant. We know the owners and they are so super sweet so I left them a little note.

The next one was a dessert bar. Our waiter had the worst table behind us. I felt so bad that they were so rude to him. So I left him a little note.

I now carry little note cards with me to leave in secret places or give to wait staff-cause everyone needs a smile.
I got these at Kind over Matter but we are so crafty here-we could make up our own Cheesy

I love the idea of being a penpal to a sick child. That is so sweet.
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350  April Featured Project and Interview in Needlework: Discussion and Questions by kittykill on: April 07, 2010 07:03:17 AM

This month's featured project comes to us via Mistress T.-She is an amazing embroiderer and all around sassy gal! Check it out!

Tell me a little bit about yourself.
I feel pretty boring, but not dull.  Im tall, but not as tall as people seem to think.  The only person I mind grey hair on is me. I really like a lot of different things in different styles, but dont want hardly any of them.  I crack wise all the time, but am actually a pretty serious person sometimes too much so. I wish I had more carpincho in my life and less lawn.

Tell me a little bit about the piece.
Id been mulling over how to stitch a lake monster for Beefranck for months.  I went through several plans in my head, but none of them stuck until I came upon the stash of little matching frames in my craft room.  I realized one was too small and just after that thought diptych!  I knew I wanted Nessie to be shiny like she was wet and scaly like a reptile, so I decided to mix the metallic thread with the regular.  I took a remarkably long time at the store selecting all of the shades of brown.  My current project has benefited from that time, too, however.  Wink

You are so inspiring-what or who inspires you and why?
Me? [looks over both shoulders, confused]  .  I know if I name names that Ill leave someone out.  I am inspired by the stitchers on craftster, the flickr groups I belong to, the blogs I read (and contribute to) and then by the people in my life who make me laugh and cry and think and love.  .  I feel really lucky to have gotten to know such skilled and talented embroiderers (and manbroiderers) and to have been included in different online projects with them and to meet some in person.  I dabble in several crafts, so its a real honor to be included with real stitchers.  I may never have stitched a Nessie if I hadnt been inspired to by Beefranck to make her something.  Same for my other stitches I havent finished a stitch for myself since grade school, theyre all for others or for a group challenge.

What's your favorite DMC color and type of material?
I know its lame, but I dont have a favorite DMC color I have the same belief for floss colors as I do for paint colors (my day job): every color is right for something. I dont have enough experience to have a favorite material. Im terrible at favorites at least partly because I believe that once I choose a favorite I need to stick to it, or it wasnt a real favorite.

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