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21  Re: Ongoing Wish Swap Round 110, 111 & 112 Gallery & Discussion in The Swap Gallery by Acadian Driftwood on: March 22, 2015 11:04:51 AM
Lo{ve} sent me some beautiful black lace and a great assortment of crochet hooks. The big ones are size Q and S!!

Thanks so much for this generous package!
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22  Re: HP Craftalong ~ Spring Semester Mar 1-May 31, 2015 ~ JOIN ANYTIME! in Craftalongs by Acadian Driftwood on: March 15, 2015 08:01:02 PM
Challenge: Bertie Bott's - Vanilla
SPEW: n/a
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: 3 zipper pouch
Project Page Link: http://aquilterstable.blogspot.com/2012/08/triple-zip-pouch-tutorial.html (tutorial)
Brief Description: Inspired by the vanilla vine, I made this little bag with viney fabric. Sent it out in the OWS 112. Smiley

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23  Re: HP Craftalong ~ Spring Semester Mar 1-May 31, 2015 ~ JOIN ANYTIME! in Craftalongs by Acadian Driftwood on: March 13, 2015 10:58:41 AM
Class: Charms
SPEW: n/a
House: Hufflepuff all the way
Project Name: Altered journal pages
Brief Description: I used many permanent sticking charms for these pages in a shared altered journal, with glue and with permanent markers. ChameleonHound and I pass this book back and forth, and my pages were way overdue.

Class: Divination
SPEW: n/a
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Pencil sketch and paper embroidery
Brief Description: My birth flower is the forget-me-not, which symbolizes daintiness, patience, and affection. On one side of this journal spread is a light colored pencil sketch of my dear friend ChamelonHound's avatar, and on the other are some dainty lazy daisies stitched in colored thread. I had to take my time and be sure of where my needle was going, so I wouldn't get unwanted holes in my paper.

Class: Potions
SPEW: n/a
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Artificial flowers
Project Page Link: http://duhbe.com/blog/2009/07/how-to-make-duhbe-fabric-roses/ (tutorial)
Brief Description: Timing is crucial for these flowers. You need to hold the edges of the fabric up to a flame for enough time that they melt - but stay close to the heat for a second too long, and they'll catch fire. After I made two last term for a dotee, I wanted some of my own! One has a yellow center fading to red petals, another is pure red, and the third is undyed.

Class: Study of Ancient Runes
SPEW: n/a
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: String quilt squares
Project Page Link: http://www.psiquilt.com/2009/05/block-o-strings-tutorial.html (tutorial)
Brief Description: My mother taught me to use her singer sewing machine at a young age - I still remember piecing random bits of fabric together trying to make a canoe. Not sure how I thought that would work... I've learned a lot since then, but I'm grateful that she gave me a good start. I made these string squares for rscowtown in the Ongoing Wish Swap 112.

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24  Re: FOC Second Chance Wishlist Swap 2015 GALLERY! in The Swap Gallery by Acadian Driftwood on: February 28, 2015 02:06:39 PM
I received a wonderful package from StainedMushroom! She sent mushroom notecards with matching envelopes, homemade pumpkin apple butter, an octopus locket necklace, and 3 cute hair clips!

The felt tree is such a cool design:

I love this stamp!

This will be amazing with my pirate costume. And the locket has a magnet instead of a clasp, which is really neat. I'm considering putting cat pictures in there. Tongue

I haven't opened this yet, but I'll let you know when I do, SM. It looks fabulous.

Thank you again StainedMushroom! This was such a fun treat to get.
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25  Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2014/2015~ JOIN ANYTIME! in Craftalongs by Acadian Driftwood on: February 28, 2015 11:11:56 AM
Challenge: Bertie Bott's Black Pepper
SPEW: n/a
House: Hufflepuffnstuff
Project Name: Lattice embroidery state maps
Brief Description: I overlayed the states of Virginia and Vermont, lining up the towns where my partner and I were born. The black embroidery floss gives the color scheme a little punch up, like pepper does for food.

Challenge: House Pride
SPEW: n/a
House: Hufflep-diddy
Project Name: Rose dotee for Ludi
Project Page Link: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=438176.0 (swap gallery)
Brief Description: In the spirit of beloved Hufflepuff head of house Professor Sprout, I spent some time in the greenhouse and made this magical flower dotee in the February MDS. The roses are dyed polyester, and there's a tutorial link on page 2 of the gallery. The buds are on ribbon-wrapped wire.

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26  Re: Monthly Theme Dotee Gallery - February 2015 in The Swap Gallery by Acadian Driftwood on: February 28, 2015 09:55:28 AM
Thank you! The buds are on wire wrapped in the same ribbon as the hanger loop.

The rose was fun to make - I used this tutorial DuhBe: http://duhbe.com/blog/2009/07/how-to-make-duhbe-fabric-roses/
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27  Re: Hoopla A-Long 2013-2015 in Needlework: Stitchalongs by Acadian Driftwood on: February 26, 2015 08:56:23 PM
This month I wanted to dive into pretty fill stitches, so I learned three kinds of lattice work. I designed this pattern to line up the towns in Virginia and Vermont where my partner and I were born. Still deciding if I want to put a little button or something on the exact spot or leave it less obvious...

Mary Corbet's needle 'n thread website was so helpful! I used lattice with french knots for Vermont, griffin stitch for Virginia, and battlement couching for the overlap. Battlement couching also worked to blend my two color schemes together, which I thought was neat.

I'm considering mounting the finished piece Ludi-style, or maybe sewing a border around it and making a throw pillow? Not sure yet!
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28  Re: Monthly Theme Dotee Gallery - February 2015 in The Swap Gallery by Acadian Driftwood on: February 24, 2015 10:34:33 AM
And I'm first to receive this month too! Lucky me to get this gorgeous strawberry dotee from the esteemed Ludi:

Lovely stitching and details as usual:

I love the unripe berry on the side, and the flower is on a thread-wrapped wire:

Thank you so much Ludi! It's such a wonderful thing to look at when the view out my window is all white and brown. It'll be four long months until I'm elbows deep in this again (picture from last season on the farm):

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29  Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2014/2015~ JOIN ANYTIME! in Craftalongs by Acadian Driftwood on: February 22, 2015 06:56:43 PM
Class: Astronomy
SPEW: n/a
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Craft room redo
Brief Description: It's hard to see clearly when you're working at a small and poorly-lit desk. My workspace was a mess after every project because there just wasn't room! Look at my little desk crowded with a sewing machine, serger, and tools:

And I just had the one lamp above the desk, with all the natural light by the window wasted with messy storage:

As luck would have it (shh don't tell I might have used a drop of Felix Felicis), my partner bought himself a new computer desk and gave me his old one! So I completely reorganized my craftroom setup to fit in the new desk, putting both of them by the window and adding another lamp that I can move around as I need.

I feel like my vision has been completely cleared! I love spending time in there now, and I've gotten a bunch of things done already just because I'm hanging out at the desk with my laptop. Also I can watch the birds at the feeder right out the window. Smiley

Class: Charms
SPEW: n/a
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: New bed for Chili
Brief Description: I made a bed for our ferret to keep him nice and warm this winter. His old one was falling apart, so I scavenged the clips from it and tried to copy the pattern. I used an old fleece jacket with a broken zipper for the fabric, with layers of fleece inside for extra insulation.

Challenge: Headmistress Challenge (February)
SPEW: n/a
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Mint chocolate chip ice cream
Project Page Link: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/91127592436564600/
Brief Description: After receiving the kitchen aid attachment for Christmas, I finally jumped into ice cream making using a pinned recipe by Brown Eyed Baker. The results were quite delicious, and gone within the week despite below freezing temperatures outside. In fact, the recipe calls for you to cool part of the mixture in an ice bath, and I just went outside and put it in the snowbank!

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30  Monthly Theme Dotee Gallery - February 2015 in The Swap Gallery by Acadian Driftwood on: February 19, 2015 12:57:06 PM

Dotee made by Ludi in the Fall Round

Swap thread: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=437928.0

blue = sent
green = received
purple = sent and received
orange = sending late with communication
strikethrough = feedback given

Acadian Driftwood - Ludi
Wile E Songdog - dulcet
alwaysinmyroom - La Chapa
Alittlemusthave - Wulf
emilywilde - blupaisan
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