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1  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: "Bugs" on: November 17, 2014 01:47:56 PM
Oh my!  The spider is…..stunning!  What a fantastic swap!

Of course, as soon as I saw the thumbnail I just knew it was going to be yours.
2  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Yokai costume on: October 23, 2014 01:37:56 PM
Holy amazingness!!
3  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Floral Hoop on: October 03, 2014 06:30:53 AM
Beautifully done!
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: The GIANT project on: September 11, 2014 07:00:51 PM
Thanks guys!  I've been working hard on this house since December.........it seems like forever ago!
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / The GIANT project on: September 10, 2014 06:42:27 PM
SO MUCH STUFF DONE! (and so much still left to do)

All four of these rooms kind of wound up being one entire project.  Because the new floor was the same floor in all four rooms they kind of had to all be done at once so…..this is my GIANT project.  It's so nice to not have nearly the entire first floor ripped apart right now!

First, is the super-tiny "office". I don't have any before photos except for this one that we took before we moved into the place:

Added a light in the ceiling and a switch (the only light available before was a plug-in lamp, new trim, new floor & repaired wiring. This is also one of the rooms that was affected by the ice dam. So there is a new ceiling and the entire wall on the left was replaced. We moved all the stuff that was in there to storage, so right now it's being used as a "cat room" to house the litter box & cat food. I have a throw rug on the floor to protect the new floor until we move:

Next is the living room and again, I don't have any photos of it except the pre-move in photo. What we HAD done to this room previously was paint it in a muted orange, remove the carpet (it was glued down) and sand down the floors. However, the floors are white pine and don't wear well so this time we decided to just replace them. Before:

And after replacing the front door, putting in a new beam (the old beam was only 3 2" x 6" boards nailed together that were sagging because they'd removed a load-bearing wall….we had to put in a new LVL beam), new floor, new trim, new light and new paint. This room was also damaged by the ice dam so the ceiling and wall closest to the door was replaced. The stairwell got new paint, new stair rail and new stair treads.  The angled "ledge" that runs up the stairwell used to be a flat ledge, but we had to cut it out because we couldn't fit a queen-size bed up the stairs with that ledge there.  Again, our stuff was put in storage to be moved to the new house so there isn't much in here now. I figure I'll let the buyer get drapes. After:

The dining room had nothing done to it until now. This is a pre-move-in photo so it pretty much looked like this, but without that furniture:

Removed the wallpaper border, new paint, new trim, new floor, new exterior door, widened the door to the kitchen (we can open the fridge ALL the way now), new light and some new wiring. Sadly, the yellow looks kind of lemony in the photos, but it's a real pale buttery yellow (looks almost cream in most lighting). The table is just a temporary thing we used to have at the cabin (it folds down to almost nothing and the chairs store inside of it) so it's not exactly stylish, but it's at least something:

This is the main floor bedroom before we moved in:

This is what it looked like for a short while when I had my studio in there.  We'd removed the wallpaper border, painted the room and painted the floor in a pattern because we couldn't afford to replace the floor and it was in bad visual shape):

And this is what it looks like now after new floor, new paint, new trim & new shades. The closet needed a LOT of work because it was made from some kind of thin board that was falling apart. It had to be gutted and drywalled:

There is only one more area to do on the main floor now, but I need to get some things done upstairs first. There isn't a whole lot I'll be doing up there except in the "walk-in closet", but there's plenty to do in that closet.
6  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Completed Projects / Re: Whale Scarf - Batik on Silk with Embroidery & Buttons on: September 10, 2014 06:48:20 AM
Congratulations! This has been chosen as a Featured Project! Smiley
Oh cool!  Thank you!

And thank you everyone for your kind words.
7  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: The Carnivorous Plant Swap GALLERY! on: September 08, 2014 09:06:55 AM
I ended up having to learn most of it on the job, and my degree was not needed in my profession (movie monster making).  Tongue
  Oh my…….a DREAM JOB!!
8  COOKING / Dessert / Re: Labor Day Cake on: September 01, 2014 08:01:13 AM
Every time I see a beautifully made cake I want to take a decorating class…..now I REALLY want to take a decorating class!  Well done!
9  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Completed Projects / Whale Scarf - Batik on Silk with Embroidery & Buttons on: September 01, 2014 07:53:07 AM
My swap partner finally received so I can post!  Crafted for the Under the Sea Swap for Alittlemusthave.

Batiked silk scarf with simple embroidery and buttons.  Alittlemusthave had a whale on her swap list and so I decided to do a batik of the largest animal alongside the smallest (microscopic and single-celled animals).  The batik was done in 7 steps, preserving white, light teal, light cornflower blue, another bath of cornflower blue to create a darker blue, magenta, another bath of cornflower blue to create a dark purple and a bath of burgundy. 

Unfortunately, my sink was too small for batiking (can hardly wait to get to the new house so I actually have proper facilities!!) so the whites got a bit dirty because the wax pulled off in a few areas, but for the most part, it turned out just about how I was expecting.  I also didn't get one of the corners heat sealed quite enough before sending it off to the cleaners for the final wax removal so it faded a bit, but it's not too terribly bad.

Then, I embroidered……a lot.  I kept the embroidery simple (running stitches, chain stitches, satin stitches and a few random stitches) but it still took FOREVER!  In addition, I added a few buttons.

My camera had some sort of filter added to most of the photos so the color is off.  I corrected it somewhat, but this first photo is the closest to the original color (the only one left on the camera that I was able to remove the filter before uploading).  Enjoy!

The entire scarf (sure wish I'd measured it before I sent it…..can't remember the exact size, but it's about 4' long):

The whale had so much detail in the batik that I didn't add much in the way of embroidery….I tried to keep it simple so it wouldn't get overwhelming:

and details (this area didn't get much damage to the white):

These areas got a little bleed-through of the magenta:

This bottom section probably got the most bleed-through, however, you can kind of see the variety of stitches I used:

10  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Under the Sea gallery! on: September 01, 2014 05:36:05 AM
I'm glad you like it!  It's actually a batik (it took 6 dye layers to complete - light teal, light cornflower, dark blue, magenta, dark blue, mahogany).  With so many layers and such a small sink the whites got a bit dirty where the wax pulled away (can hardly wait to get to the new house where I can do these things RIGHT), but otherwise it turned out about how I expected.  I thought I'd ironed everything well enough to set the dye, but it appears I missed a corner so when I sent it to the cleaners to remove the rest of the wax the bottom corner faded.  I was so disappointed.

I wanted to do so much more embroidery on it, but it's so large I didn't have the time to get any farther.  I was also hoping to get it set up as a wall hanging since you didn't want wearables, but I needed to get it sent out.  Well, at least this way you can do with it what you'd like.

I never thought of sea urchins…..interesting.  Since you had whales on your list I decided to do the largest and smallest animals….whales and single-celled/microscopic organisms.

I just looked at the photos I took of it before sending…..unfortunately, there was some sort of "filter" on the camera so it killed the color.  Sad
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