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41  Re: Hockey quilt! in Quilting: Completed Projects by onetomatotwo on: May 11, 2006 10:27:09 PM
Your wish is my command! I didn't really do anything "Wings" related for this block... I tried to make this quilt entirely from my stash, and, well... I didn't have anything wing-y around.



The only "treatment" this block got is barely visible in this photo... there's a small square of a different fabric along the bottom of the outer border. This is kind of dorky, but here goes: the fabric on that square is hearts. I chose that because my boyfriend is from Detroit (we both are, but I moved away when I was young) and his friends and family are still back there. So, even though neither of us are really Wings fans (we don't have any specific team that we favor -- we just like hockey), there's always a part of our hearts in Detroit. Awww.

Okay. I told you that was dorky. Sorry if I made anyone sick with that. Whee! I'm sappy!

Oh, but I was a Wings fan "in utero" -- my parents used to go to games when my mom was pregnant with me!
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42  Hockey quilt! in Quilting: Completed Projects by onetomatotwo on: May 09, 2006 06:12:20 PM
I've been meaning to post this for awhile, but since it's hockey playoff time, now seems like a perfect opportunity. I made this quilt for my boyfriend a couple of years ago -- he's a huge hockey fan. I got the fabric for the center squares (all goalie masks for NHL teams) off of ebay and I think it might have been a sheet. Hard to say exactly when it's from, as some of these teams no longer exist and some have different logos now, but it's within the last 10 years.

After I made each of the blocks to match each team's colors, I put them together and realized it was pretty darned garish. But my boyfriend doesn't care -- it's hockey!

Here's a picture of the entire quilt:



I did a little something special to each of the blocks and here are a couple of detailed shots. Where I could, I used a theme-y fabric (like a flame-y looking fabric for the Flames or water-y looking for the Whalers). Otherwise, I just took the colors and did little things like patches or cut-outs. Just something to make it a little more interesting (and, possibly, garish).

For the Stars, I used a star fabric for the outer border. Also, that little green patch on the inner border has stars (although it's hard to see):



For the St. Louis Blues, I got some musical notes that I pieced into the inner border:



These are just a couple of closeups that show zero allegiance to either team. Wink
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43  Re: Cupcake swap gallery in The Swap Gallery by onetomatotwo on: May 08, 2006 09:25:54 AM
A_Patchwork_Orange, I'm so glad you liked everything!! The cupcake frosting was, I believe, made with Berroco Plush. Yes, it's incredibly soft!

Those cards were hard to get photos of! I got a good photo of one set, but a blurry photo of the second. Regardless, I'll post 'em. Here's the first set (yes, I did make the envelopes -- the rectangles you see behind the cards are labels, since it's hard to write on stripes):



And here's the blurry photo. I went ahead with some of the hated "candle cupcakes," and made some matching "Happy Birthday" envelopes to go with them. I used a punch to cut out the shapes, then glued contrasting punched-out shapes inside of the card, so you see the shape from the front (through the cutout), and then you open the card, and the shapes are inside. I can't take credit for this idea. My friend (and fellow craftster mickim88) came up with it and I think it's really cute!

Sorry for the blurriness... you get the idea:



Whew! I'm glad you liked everything. I really had Swapper's Anxiety with this one! Everything everyone has made in this swap has been so great!
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44  Re: Black Cat Swap Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by onetomatotwo on: May 06, 2006 06:43:20 PM
I think I got it at Petco. But they also sell them here.

It's definitely the favorite "toy" in our household. When Biscuit first came to live with us (Kaesea is 10. Biscuit is 3), they fought all the time. The only time there was a truce was when there was nip on the 'spa.

Of course... sometimes, there was still fighting:

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45  Re: Black Cat Swap Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by onetomatotwo on: May 06, 2006 05:53:40 PM
devilninny -- Im so glad that you (and mario, eli, and bean) enjoyed your stuff! Great shots of them! It was hard for me to let that bag go -- its one of my favorite things that Ive ever crafted.

Meanwhile, I got my package today and its great!! First of all, the wonderful things that devilninny made me:



I got a full set of those notecards in the front -- theyre fabulous! Did you use a stamp for that image, devilninny? I love them! And how did you make the kitty in the frame? Is that handmade paper? Hes really cool!

Heres a closeup of  some of the handmade items. The jar is painted on all sides and says A home without a cat is only a house on another side and there are paw prints on the third. Inside of that jar... home-grown catnip! Whee! The kitties loved that (pics below). Also, she made me a darling little fimo black cat w/ beads for eyes. It fits perfectly with my miniature collection! And check out this pin cushion -- with pins for whiskers! Its great!



She also bought me (and Kaesea and Biscuit) some fun stuff: two sets of notecards, two little figurines that look like Kaesea and Biscuit (I think Im the only one who signed up for this swap who doesnt actually have a black cat -- but I like em!) and some tasty treats, which have already been sampled and approved.




Kaesea and Biscuit have never had home-grown nip, so I put some on the Cat Spa (yes, that is the actual name of the product... I like to sing Rock the Cat Spa when I put nip on it... Im a dork!) First, here they are checking it out:



And the nip is deemed... GOOD! Heres Biscuit all blissed out on it:



And Kaesea snuggling up: I love you, Cat Spa. I love you, catnip. I love you, Miss Devilninny, whoever you are.



Hee hee!  A good time was had by all!

Sorry were a tough crew to craft for, devilninny -- Biscuit has an unfortunate addiction to chewing fabric things. Like, you know, knit things, or felt things... things that you would typically make cat toys out of. So he can be a pain to make toys for. But theyre definitely nip addicts and love treats, so your gifts were perfect! Thanks again!
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46  Re: Cupcake swap gallery in The Swap Gallery by onetomatotwo on: May 04, 2006 11:21:00 AM
I got my package from A_Patchwork_Orange yesterday! WOW! I wish I could recall the package that I sent her and add more stuff to it! I might just have to send another package...

All right! Here's what I got!

First of all, everything was wrapped very cutely in tissue paper w/ fabric strips as ribbon (I'm probably going to use those fabric strips for something!):



Here is a shot of all of the crafted items she sent me... a lovely bag (you do way better cupcake appliques than I do...), a cupcake journal, and some darling cupcake earrings! I'm wearing them today! They've already got several compliments!



Here is a shot of the interior of the bag -- check that zippered pocket! And her label! This thing is flawless... really nicely done:



(BTW -- what kind of interfacing do you use for the bag? And did you use something under the cupcake applique to make it a little puffy? Me likey!)

I realized after I took the above shot of everything that I left out one of my favorite items -- the box that the earrings came in! I love sprinkles! (Seriously -- I carry a jar of them in my car all of the time so that I have sprinkles ready wherever there is soft-serve ice cream. Once, I bought a cone at IKEA and took my sprinkles in with me and everyone who saw my sprinkled ice cream said, "They have sprinkles?!" I probably could have made some dough there, selling sprinkles. I love 'em! I'm sure you've gotten that by now, sooo... back to the pictures!)

I must know how you made this box! It's perfect and beautiful and... I need to make one! Can you give a tutorial or point me in the direction of directions or something? Must learn to make this cute little box!



Now we get to the storebought stuff (and the focus of my late-night interest yesterday). In the foreground, you see cute cupcake wrappers. In the background... yes... cupcakes! Sort of. Check it out:



I had been trying to figure out a way to include actual cupcakes in my package and A_Patchwork_Orange actually did! Again, sort of. These are "no bake" cupcakes. Really?! She wrote me a note saying she hoped they didn't test my baking abilities... haha... but then, they kinda did. Keep reading for more info..

Here is the contents of the box. Note the quarter to show scale -- each "cupcake" is about the size of a quarter:



So I read the directions, got it... just add water (seriously). I'm going to make yellow cupcakes to start because, well, that's what I like. Here's where my skills in the kitchen actually fail me while making "no bake" cupcakes (see directions, above: just add water)... the recipe calls for 4 teaspoons of water. Somehow, I read this wrong and come up with 4 tablespoons. Only after I have a soupy mess going do I realize, "Whoops. Wrong measurement!" (I really do suck in the kitchen!)

Fortunately, there's a second pack! So chocolate it is. I say to my boyfriend, "Hey, you like chocolate!" He says, "There's no way I am eating that." Aw... where's your sense of adventure, honey? Wink

So I mix up my second batch and scoop it into my little cupcake pan. I give you "raw" cupcakes:



While those are "uncooking" (Directions: "let sit for 15-20 minutes"), I whip up the "frosting." When I pour out the dry mix for the frosting, it doesn't look too bad... just like powdered sugar, actually. And hey! That's good for frosting! I almost feel a twinge of promise. Then, I add water... and... the frosting actually turns bright yellow as it reacts to the water. I have to admit, this was a bit unnerving. Here you can see a photo of the frosting, halfway mixed -- note white powder turning to yellow goo:



Till I read the package again -- oh it does say "Yellow Icing Mix." And here it is -- yellow. But... how? (I'm not really looking for a chemistry answer, although I'm sure plenty of readers here could provide one... it's just freaky. That's enough for me.)

I still have some time for the cakes to finish "unbaking," so I set the frosting aside. Bad, bad, idea. During this short time, the frosting turns to... well... think "Silly Putty."

And then I see that my cupcakes are ready:



(See how they've risen?)

I decide to add a little more water to the frosting to loosen it up a bit. Rather than helping, this seems to anger it. But I forge on ahead anyway.

Getting the cupcakes out of the "pan" was a bit of a trick... sort of like getting sticky jello out of a mold. Spreading the Silly Putty-like frosting was no cakewalk (cupcakewalk?) either, but I got it on there somehow. Please note that the package contained an icing bag... you know, for piping and such. But there was no way that any of this "icing" was going into this bag and coming out of any tiny hole (again, think "Silly Putty"). So I used a knife. And, of course, the sprinkles!

In my package to A_Patchwork_Orange, there is a picture that I drew of a cupcake. I labeled that cupcake "The ugliest cupcake in the world." I was wrong. Oh so wrong. I give you... The Ugliest Cupcakes in the World:



I'm not sure how much of their ugliness I can blame on the "no-bake" part and how much I can blame on my lack of kitchen skills, actually.

And now, to answer the big question: Did I eat one? Yes, yes I did. It was...gummy. The first ingredient in the frosting, cupcake, and sprinkles was "sugar." So it was very sweet. And, um... gummy. Did I mention that they were gummy? Okay -- just wanted to make that clear. But I'm still alive today to tell the story!

Thanks, A_Patchwork_Orange, for the fabulous crafts and an entertaining evening activity! This was great!
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47  Re: Ongoing Fabric Swap in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by onetomatotwo on: May 04, 2006 08:46:46 AM
Oh! I'll take the white/brown batik fabric! 1/2 yard, please! I have it in a different color and it made a darling bag. Here's my list...

All of these fabrics  are 100% cotton. Varying quality -- I've tried to note this in the descriptions.



1. Black and white cow print. Not the highest quality cotton (kinda thin). Quarter shows scale. 1/2 yd or FQ
2. Aqua stamp print. High quality cotton. Same pattern as #4, but in turquoise. High quality cotton. 1/2 yd or FQ
3. Little guitars/ukes on cream background. Another thinner cotton. Guitars are about 1.25 long. 1/2 yd or FQ
4. Pink stamp print. High quality cotton. Same print as #2, in hot pink. 1/2 yd or FQ



Lets Garden!
5. Veggies pattern by Debbie Mumm. Veggies included are: carrots, sugar snap peas, squash, sweet corn, cabbage and tomatoes. High quality cotton. Each rectangle (seed pack, I guess) is 5x7. 1/2 yd or FQ
6. Herb garden. Rosemary, thyme, lavender and chives. Each square o herb is about 6 x 6. You can't see it too well in this photo, but the names of the herbs are written in cursive around the pictures of them. Also, those little dark spots on the brownish squares are cute little bugs (printed on the fabric, not actual bugs). This fabric is kind of thin. 1/2 yd or FQ
7. Gardening tools. Matches the Herb garden fabric -- same colors and quality. Trowels, wheelbarrows, watering cans, etc. 1/2 yd or FQ



Merry Christmas!
8. Christmas trees, bells, snowmen on cream. "Joann Fabrics" quality. FQ only.
9. Snowmen on red. The snowmen are about 3/4 tall each. "Joann Fabrics" quality. FQ only.
10. Folksy Christmas trees, angels, and stars on cream. "Joann Fabrics" quality. FQ only.
11. Santa on green. Santa is shown in a heart, as well as skiing. The heart santa is about 4 tall. "Joann Fabrics" quality. FQ only.
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48  Re: FOC secret swap in The Swap Gallery by onetomatotwo on: May 02, 2006 03:56:52 PM
Sooo.... I never got a thank you note from this swap, but when hertrigger asked me if I wanted an angel, I said, "no." I mean, the craft was optional anyway, so... it's not like I really got "flaked" on, right? My partner's note probably just got lost in the mail... no biggie.

This past weekend, I met TheBon in person. And she hands me a bag of goodies -- it's a surprise angel gift! Hertrigger sent out the call and TheBon responded, so I got these totally awesome etched glasses with tomatoes on them (I have a tomato-themed kitchen -- they're perfect):



So then I get home from my trip and there's a mysterious envelope waiting for me. I open up and Surprise! Lasandri is also my angel?! WOW. I didn't even expect one angel gift, let alone two. I'm not sure how it happened, but I'm absolutely thrilled with what she sent me, as well:



She says that they're "handmade but not by [her]."

Thank you, Lasandri! Thank you, TheBon! Thank you, Hertrigger for finding me two swap angels!

Meanwhile, how crazy is swapping? Now I feel like I should send them both some stuff back... maybe I will! "Thank you for the 'thank you' craft!" "Oh... thank you for the thank you for the thank you craft!" etc, etc.

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49  Re: Ongoing Fabric Swap in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by onetomatotwo on: April 27, 2006 12:07:23 PM
All right, groschveux -- I can't resist the pink boucle suiting. I'll take a 1/2 yard.  Here's my list again!

All of these fabrics  are 100% cotton. Varying quality -- I've tried to note this in the descriptions.



1. Black and white cow print. Not the highest quality cotton (kinda thin). Quarter shows scale. 1/2 yd or FQ
2. Aqua stamp print. High quality cotton. Same pattern as #4, but in turquoise. High quality cotton. 1/2 yd or FQ
3. Little guitars/ukes on cream background. Another thinner cotton. Guitars are about 1.25 long. 1/2 yd or FQ
4. Pink stamp print. High quality cotton. Same print as #2, in hot pink. 1/2 yd or FQ



Lets Garden!
5. Veggies pattern by Debbie Mumm. Veggies included are: carrots, sugar snap peas, squash, sweet corn, cabbage and tomatoes. High quality cotton. Each rectangle (seed pack, I guess) is 5x7. 1/2 yd or FQ
6. Herb garden. Rosemary, thyme, lavender and chives. Each square o herb is about 6 x 6. You can't see it too well in this photo, but the names of the herbs are written in cursive around the pictures of them. Also, those little dark spots on the brownish squares are cute little bugs (printed on the fabric, not actual bugs). This fabric is kind of thin. 1/2 yd or FQ
7. Gardening tools. Matches the Herb garden fabric -- same colors and quality. Trowels, wheelbarrows, watering cans, etc. 1/2 yd or FQ



Merry Christmas!
8. Christmas trees, bells, snowmen on cream. "Joann Fabrics" quality. FQ only.
9. Snowmen on red. The snowmen are about 3/4 tall each. "Joann Fabrics" quality. FQ only.
10. Folksy Christmas trees, angels, and stars on cream. "Joann Fabrics" quality. FQ only.
11. Santa on green. Santa is shown in a heart, as well as skiing. The heart santa is about 4 tall. "Joann Fabrics" quality. FQ only.
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50  Re: Ongoing Fabric Swap in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by onetomatotwo on: April 19, 2006 10:27:25 AM
All right! I'll claim 1 FQ of that (21. Cotton Cards and Drinks) plus some Domokun skin (I only need an FQ of that, if you want to save some for yourself).

Here's my list:

All of these fabrics  are 100% cotton. Varying quality -- I've tried to note this in the descriptions.



1. Black and white cow print. Not the highest quality cotton (kinda thin). Quarter shows scale. 1/2 yd or FQ
2. Aqua stamp print. High quality cotton. Same pattern as #4, but in turquoise. High quality cotton. 1/2 yd or FQ
3. Little guitars/ukes on cream background. Another thinner cotton. Guitars are about 1.25 long. 1/2 yd or FQ
4. Pink stamp print. High quality cotton. Same print as #2, in hot pink. 1/2 yd or FQ



Lets Garden!
5. Veggies pattern by Debbie Mumm. Veggies included are: carrots, sugar snap peas, squash, sweet corn, cabbage and tomatoes. High quality cotton. Each rectangle (seed pack, I guess) is 5x7. 1/2 yd or FQ
6. Herb garden. Rosemary, thyme, lavender and chives. Each square o herb is about 6 x 6. You can't see it too well in this photo, but the names of the herbs are written in cursive around the pictures of them. Also, those little dark spots on the brownish squares are cute little bugs (printed on the fabric, not actual bugs). This fabric is kind of thin. 1/2 yd or FQ
7. Gardening tools. Matches the Herb garden fabric -- same colors and quality. Trowels, wheelbarrows, watering cans, etc. 1/2 yd or FQ



Merry Christmas!
8. Christmas trees, bells, snowmen on cream. "Joann Fabrics" quality. FQ only.
9. Snowmen on red. The snowmen are about 3/4 tall each. "Joann Fabrics" quality. FQ only.
10. Folksy Christmas trees, angels, and stars on cream. "Joann Fabrics" quality. FQ only.
11. Santa on green. Santa is shown in a heart, as well as skiing. The heart santa is about 4 tall. "Joann Fabrics" quality. FQ only.

edited to actually show the photos in my post because it's way more exciting to see pics of fabrics than a link. Wink
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