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1  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Chocolate Crocheted Penis (NSFW) on: June 23, 2009 10:02:53 AM
LOL I wonder if Vanna ever had this in mind with her yarn. Wink  It certainly is an awesome use of it. Smiley  WELL HUNG!  I mean... well DONE! Cheesy
2  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: Fiber Friday 5/1/09 on: May 04, 2009 05:18:30 PM
that's purty

Agreed.... its beautiful!
3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Some teeny tiny wallets (image heavy) on: April 20, 2009 12:49:04 AM
I am loving these!! Smiley
4  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Watercolor Stencil Portrait + TUTORIAL on: April 15, 2009 08:34:32 PM
This is INCREDIBLE.  I love it!!!!  Absolutely brilliant. Smiley
5  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: First Raw Fleece: Picking, Washing & A Question on: April 10, 2009 11:49:09 PM
Hand carding can be really fun and rewarding if you know how to do it.  I use big dog brushes, like described before.  Here is a great tutorial on making rolags from raw fleece using hand-carders.
6  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Trio of Tree Paintings on Upcycled Book pages on: April 01, 2009 11:54:35 PM
I have some pretty serious tree love and these are right up my alley.  Beautifully done!
7  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: Fiber Friday, 3/13/2009 Friday the 13th!! on: March 14, 2009 08:31:45 AM
There are SO many beautiful yarns this week!! Smiley   Here are mine:

1. 100% camel yarn.  This was so much fun to spin, and turned out so beautiful, spun thin.  It is its natural color.



2. This is some yarn that I overspun to look "romantic" - sortof curly and unpredictable, yet soft.



This is what it looks like dyed and rolled up in a ball:



3. Here are some other things I've been spinning lately:



And one of them dyed up using clothing dye (love how it gives a pastel color!)



I have some gorgeous pink that I dyed as well, but I don't have a picture at the moment.

Love seeing everyone's yarns!
8  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: Recovered Scrapbook Tote on: March 11, 2009 11:20:31 PM
Thanks guys!!  I had a lot of fun redoing it!
9  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Recovered Scrapbook Tote on: March 10, 2009 12:54:19 PM
I'm not 100% sure if this is the right place, but since I use this ONLY for my paper craft supplies, I thought I'd share here. Smiley

I have been slowly revamping my creative space.  One of the banes of my creative existence has been my scrapbook tote.  It has served me well, as an amazing gift from from my best friend, years ago, but frankly, I had beaten the hell out of it.  We'll just say it had been well loved.

I wanted to continue to use it because it functioned well, aside from a few torn pockets and busted zippers... it just looked like it had been used and abused (which it had).  I tried cleaning it off, but it seemed to only get worse, and that did not remedy the broken zippers & ripped pockets issue.  I really couldn't take it to a crop without feeling self conscious either.  I'm hard on my equipment, apparently.

So, in the spirit of revamping my creative space, I decided that I needed to give my tote a makeover.  Take a deep breath... here's what it looked like before:







I feel bad... truly.  Its a good tote - and one of the biggest things that has lasted for me year after year.  I'm a bad tote-mama.

To redeem myself, I went and picked out a pretty upholstery style fabric.  Can't beat the price either at $2/yd!

Then I sewed and sewed and sewed....



After many long hours of sewing, hot-gluing, and cursing a little bit (I have a few blisters), here are the results:





Isn't she beautiful?  I made a huge pocket on the front, double-seamed for durability and with plenty of give for storage.  There are NO ZIPPERS on the outside pocket.  On one side you can see that I sewed a couple of elastic strips on as well, that I use to store my pens & scissors for easy transport.  As a little something extra, I stuffed dried lavender blossoms between the fabric and the tote itself so it smells wonderful, too.

I love that this beautiful tote won't wind up in a landfill somewhere, and that I was able to revamp it for less than $5 worth of fabric (seriously took less than 2 yards of the $2/yd fabric!).  I have enough of the fabric leftover that I may make a tote or two that coordinate with it to hold extra scrap goodies for crops! 
10  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: "I kiss better than I cook" painting for kitchen on: March 10, 2009 12:05:34 PM
I love this - its really inspiring!! Smiley
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