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1  Re: 50 Projects 2016---Busy Hands are Happy Hands! in Craftalongs by sheepBlue on: August 28, 2016 05:11:54 PM
Brace yourself for an epic craft dump - I met up with sloth003 today and we exchanged swap packages  Grin It was way too fun crafting for that lady.

First a great hoopla that expresses a sentiment that we can both get behind.

Whimsy art....I guess I had a lot of fun with sweary words in this swap package haha

I printed up a ton of fabrics for her since she is one of the queen of quilts around these parts...this also includes 2 yards of personalized logo fabric for her to cut up into labels for her finished projects. Should be good for....oh over 140 quilts or so.

And when she runs out of those, she can stamp some more with this personalized stamp I made her.

There was also some stumpwork...this is special though, because this is the finished flower that I brought as an example to the Canada craftster meet up back in June.

Also there was crochet (why I got the urge in the middle of summer, I don't know, but a good time was had)..

And beer mitts!

That's all for now. Whew! It's nice to be able to share this finally  Smiley
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2  Re: IYP 29: summer swing along Gallery in The Swap Gallery by sheepBlue on: August 28, 2016 04:57:38 PM
Today was an awesome day  Grin I met up with sloth003 and her hubs; beers were had, great convo, and best of all, epic swappage!

The first thing I opened was the smallest package - freaking hand-knitted socks! Made by sloth's mom (such a great mom!) - my feet are going to be toasty this winter! And super cheerful. I love the rainbow colorway. So me.

Next was even better...a flipping Harry Potter wall quilt!! The tiny details in this boggle the mind! I love how each piece of fabric ties into the HP world and it is amazing  Shocked Grin I can barely sew a straight-forward square quilt so this is impressive beyond imagining.

And if you think that can't be topped, sloth did it anyway.

STAINED GLASS!! I GOT STAINED GLASS!! The pictures hardly do it justice; the whole thing is iridescent and a gorgeous swirl of blues and black. This will be hung up on our patio out back to catch the sun. This is definitely a feature piece in our backyard now.

Thank you thank you thank you sloth!!! You continue to be an epic rockstar craftster and I'm so happy to have been able to get to know you more  Grin Grin Grin
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3  Re: 50 Projects 2016---Busy Hands are Happy Hands! in Craftalongs by sheepBlue on: August 04, 2016 02:11:39 PM
Thanks Lindy! Your shirts look great  Smiley

I pulled out some fabric paint too to create this shirt I got a sudden urge to make...

I also made this bits and bobs mobile for my mom's birthday

And a shawl for the STS swap that is made from scraps of handspun yarn that I've had in my stash for years.

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4  Re: 50 Projects 2016---Busy Hands are Happy Hands! in Craftalongs by sheepBlue on: August 01, 2016 07:16:36 PM
My friend's wedding was this last weekend and I was able to get pictures of my whole get-up - none of the clothes are sewn because that is not a talent I have but I did make all the accessories haha. Lots more details and pictures on the thread.

I present - the Three Eyed Raven!

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5  Three Eyed Raven cosplay in Costumes: Completed Projects by sheepBlue on: August 01, 2016 07:13:13 PM

I have awesome friends. Let me just start with that. One of my friends just got married and when she and her now-husband were deciding how to approach their wedding day, they decided prove their awesomeness by making it a Game of Thrones themed wedding  Cheesy I, of course, had to meet their awesomeness by planning out some sort of costume...

A note: I really can't sew clothes unfortunately. It is one of my crafting blind spots. So unlike two of my other friends who are epic and sewed their costumes from scratch (!!!) I set about procuring items (much like a raven would) and making accessories to complete my outfit.

So I brainstormed for a while on what I could reasonably accomplish with my limited sewing skills, while staying in the theme of GoT. And finally decided to do a representation of the Three-Eyed Raven, slightly more glam than grunge since it was for a wedding...

I acquired a black skirt, black leather underbust corset, and fringe feather neck drape (for my top I just wore a plain black tank top I already owned). I decided I needed something for my hair and made a feathered fascinator for that. I also made a simple pendant necklace with a double claw focal piece and an eye inset in the middle. Honesty time: it was a super cheap plastic eye, but surprisingly looks pretty good. I'm never one to pass a bargin  Cheesy

Then to give the skirt a little oomph, I made a super super simple tulle wrap skirt to go over.

And lastly, just for fun, I bought a tree temporary tattoo and then embellished further with some red sharpie for the weirwood leaves  Grin

I love how it turned out - not literal at all, but still capturing the flavor of the character I think.

Here's a glut of pictures I have showing off the different elements. The first is probably the best overall picture of the entire costume (ignore the messy background)..

And here's a picture of some of my friends who were epic and sewed their own costumes!!! Left is Lady Tyrell and middle is Lady Sansa. Right is The Unburnt! Daenerys - she originally was going to try to sew her own dress but ended up buying this one instead - glad to know I was not alone in that boat.

And because I am a nerd I realized that I had all the perfect wrapping supplies to keep the wedding present wrapped on theme! Red and blue are the bride's house colors (Tully represent!) and the snow is because WINTER IS COMING!!!

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6  Re: Hoopla A-Long 2013-until the END OF TIME in Needlework: Stitchalongs by sheepBlue on: July 27, 2016 04:49:31 PM
Whew! Almost forgot to post my hoop!

In honor of "Threading the Needle" Day  I present this....

'Nuff said  Wink
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7  Re: Harry Potter - I Want to Live in the Burrow Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by sheepBlue on: July 13, 2016 04:45:12 PM
I received from Mistress Jennie today!!! The notification on my phone that the package had been delivered late morning was taunting me all day at work which was torture but it was sweet gratification when I was able to see all the fantastic things that Jennie cooked up for me  Grin

Seriously this was the box that kept on giving hehe.

First I found these delicious smelling ingredients to add to my kitchen. The chive salt is so savory smelling I can't wait to try it the next time we cook! Jennie also sent along some mulling spices which will be fantastic to play around with - I've never made anything mulled before.

Also, she thoughtfully included a Mad-Eye Moody crocheted dish cloth to keep on eye on any magical mischief going on in the kitchen.

The next thing I pulled out of the box was a fun bluebell flame jar, nodding to my love of Hermione. This will be a wonderful addition to brighten up my back patio in the summer evenings  Cheesy

Next, I found out I was one of the lucky receipients of one of Jennie's trademark Owl Post bookmarks! I remember seeing her post before when she first made them, and thought they were the cutest thing ever - and now I own one! This is perfect because I'm trying to get back to reading more physical books and am woefully short on bookmarks. The charms are all so different but marry together so well. Jennie truly is a master of the charms and baubles and pretty things  Grin

The next item I found, I squeed at so much! I was secretly hoping I might get one of her fantastic dreamcatchers!!!! And to think that this was a last minute addition. I love it so much and promptly found the perfect place to hang it over my bed. My pictures are woefully inadequate - the yarns sparkle more in the light and there are a great mixture of charms throughout the strands. It's so beautiful and I love it a lot.

And finally, the piece de resistence! A ginormous Molly Weasley blanket! Jennie said she originally was planning on making a lapghan but strangely it grew in size to be much more of a comfortable snuggle blanket. I think Molly would approve. It is such a nice heavy weight and I know it will be fantastic to snuggle under in the winter. I love the colors - they reminded me of Mrs. Weasley's multicolored sweaters immediately.

The only place I could think to try to get pictures of the whole blanket spread out is on my bed which is a queen. This blanket is not small people. Look at it!

Thank you so so so much Jennie for agreeing to swap with me! You are a joy to chat with, and I love all the things you sent to make my house even more Burrow-ific!  Grin
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8  Mosaic Star lazy susan - my first mosaic piece and what I learned [pic heavy] in Glass Crafts: Completed Projects by sheepBlue on: July 09, 2016 07:02:00 PM

So. The story begins when I asked Mistress Jennie to be my partner in the recent HP Housewares swap. MJ is an awesome crafter, one of my longtime craftster crushes, and an all-around phenomenal human so immediately I felt the need to up my crafting game and tackle something completely new to me. Why did I do that? Silly me, I can never resist a challenge, especially when the inspiration is there driving me.

Anyway, I decided I want to try to put together a real mosaic with glass and grout and the whole nine yards. I went to the thrift store and found a good basic lazy susan - very boring but a blank canvas to work with. I thank my lucky stars (haha pun intended) that the base cooperated throughout the whole process, because it wasn't until I was waiting for the grout to set, that I did a little internet research and discovered that some wooden bases can flex and buckle when dealing with the water content of the grout (!!). I had no trouble with this though. I painted the base and underside of the lazy susan black, and then started laying out a star design for the middle.

Here are some progress pictures as I went.

Ahh, the terrifying part of adding the grout! I am probably more lucky than anything else that this whole thing worked out to be honest. I am really a "jump into a project" kind of person.

Lessons I learned through this process:

1. Be very patient - cutting all the glass and ceramic bits and fitting them into place took forever!! I had to give myself a pep talk mid-way through and allow for slightly bigger gaps between the pieces because it was driving me nuts.

2. Read the labels on things before using them. I somehow ended up buying white E6000 - I didn't even know that existed. Thankfully I was only using it on parts where you wouldn't be able to see the glue, but it could have been disaster!

3. Resin makes everything better  Grin The grout wouldn't stop rubbing a black color off on my fingers so I had a moment of panic before I decided that I'd cover the whole thing with resin. Thankfully that covered everything  and made it all look awesome!! (even if the resin did set somewhat lopsided....I like to think it gives the whole thing more personality).

A giant thank you to LeapFeetFirst who was a huge resource to me in this adventure, not to mention an awesome cheerleader. Also to Abbeeroad who also boosted my spirits when I thought I was crazy to try to take this on  Cheesy
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9  Re: 50 Projects 2016---Busy Hands are Happy Hands! in Craftalongs by sheepBlue on: July 09, 2016 04:05:16 PM
Fun Xmas in July stuff Lindy!  Smiley

I item for the Harry Potter Housewares swap was just received today so I can share!

My first time doing a real mosaic!

This craft is no joke as I learned along the way. I'm sure I made a million mistakes but it worked out well in the end which is what counts hah  Grin I'll be doing a longer, more in depth post of its own soon, but I wanted t share it here first  Wink
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10  Re: 50 Projects 2016---Busy Hands are Happy Hands! in Craftalongs by sheepBlue on: June 27, 2016 04:35:41 AM
Whew! I'm back from a whirlwind weekend at the Craftster meet up in Hamilton ON! And I can finally share some items I've been sitting on for months in order not to spoil the surprise.

First a stumpwork butterfly - Redeye Flats (Chaetocneme denitza). I'm kicking myself because I swore that I got better pictures than this, but I can't find them now. Oh well. This is a quick shot comparing my stumpwork to the image I was working with as reference.

And second is a two-part felt/velvet name badge I made for LeapFeetFirst for the meet up. My inspiration came from an amazing textile artist named Dog-Daisy Chains. I couldn't bring myself to put writing on the big leaf because I couldn't figure out how to fit it in so I just did a second smaller one.

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