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1  Re: Alphabet inchies Round 2 - gallery in The Swap Gallery by deathchicken on: October 05, 2011 02:14:29 PM
I got my last set of inchies from Dragonflower today, so now I've got a complete set!

Haha, "violent" is so...well....violent? Thanks, I love them!

Hooray for my nice, colorful alphabet!

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2  Rosh Hashanah challah! in Recipes and Cooking Tips by deathchicken on: September 29, 2011 11:13:43 AM
This is my very first attempt at making challah in the round braided style used for Rosh Hashanah.

It was a lot less complicated to braid than I'd feared, and it turned out all deliciousness! This is a good thing, because the first time I ever tried making challah itself, it kinda turned out more like a braided brick and scared me off bread-making for a while.  Embarrassed

The recipe I used was from the New Good Housekeeping Cookbook-- it was pretty simple to follow. The directions for how to braid I got from here.

It's...already half gone. Not starting off the new year with much willpower....
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3  Re: Alphabet inchies Round 2 - gallery in The Swap Gallery by deathchicken on: September 22, 2011 04:31:54 PM
Received from pantsafari and crimescene!

These are pantsafari's:

and there are crimescene's:

I love how crimescene made her N (or is it Z? ;-) ) three-dimensional, and I love pantsafari's F for Fire-- the texture is so neat.

Thank you both!
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4  Re: Alphabet inchies Round 2 - gallery in The Swap Gallery by deathchicken on: September 16, 2011 01:08:14 PM
I've received not one, not two, but THREE sets of inchies in the mail since yesterday! Hooray!

Here they are--from top to bottom--from Smmarrt, mantisbh, and mintdawn:

And a close-up:

They are super-cute, guys-- thanks! I love the kanji, since I'm learning Japanese myself, and I love the O(wl), W and M(otherhood) especially!
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5  Just some inchies... in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by deathchicken on: September 04, 2011 07:29:35 AM

I decided I wanted to make an inchie mosaic, kind of like Llisaredd's project, so I decided to make some of my own to go with the ones I received in the Beginner Inchie swap long loooong ago.

I used mostly watercolor and ink, with some collage there as well. A small beginning to a (hopefully) big end!
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6  Taste the Rainbow (yeah, creative, I know) in Needlework: Completed Projects by deathchicken on: September 04, 2011 07:13:42 AM
I love the trend of hanging embroidery projects still in their hoops, so I've decided to make my own hoop-y wall! This is numero uno.

It took me about six hours of stitching from start to finish, because I got in the zone like a maniac and wouldn't stop even for food. God help me if I ever try to do a really big project. >_<

I used chain stitch, bullion, whipped spider wheels, French knots, and the like. Really pretty simple. :-D
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7  Re: Beginners inchie swap gallery (send out by 16th Feb) in The Swap Gallery by deathchicken on: February 22, 2011 12:33:23 PM
Hooray, I received my inchies from YumJello!

Look how adorable they are! She did such a great job illustrating my visual loves. :-)
I think my favorites are the buttons and the maneki neko. Thank you, YumJello!

Everyone's made such awesome inchies-- you'd never know we were beginners! Thanks, everyone!
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8  Table quilt in Quilting: Completed Projects by deathchicken on: January 27, 2011 04:47:12 AM
I have made exactly one quilted thing in my life-- a table runner that was constructed during a quilting class looong ago. So this table quilt (made to keep my coffee table from getting more scratched up) was a big undertaking for me. I winged the whole thing, which I'm very proud of even though the design is so simple it will probably make you experienced quilters weep with boredom. :-D

Please excuse the rather blurry pictures...apparently taking shots indoors at night is not such a good thing.  Roll Eyes
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9  Re: Holiday Handmade Crusade 2011 :: ONGOING in Craftalongs by deathchicken on: January 22, 2011 08:31:54 AM
Welp, I made three little things...

Three ornaments for my yule tree, to replace three others I got rid of last year that weren't to my taste. Apparently my taste is nerdy. I'm not overly happy with the block-- if I had to do it again, I'd stiffen the sides with some interfacing so they don't bow outwards like that, but oh well, better luck next time.

...and finished making a big thing.

All my holiday cards! My family celebrates Hanukah and my husband's celebrates Christmas, so I got to try making two designs. Then I added a third just because I'm a masochist.

Now to make three scarves, six rice handwarmers, six potholders, and come up with a bajillion other things...
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10  Wreaths and plushies and sachets, oh my! in Winter Holidays by deathchicken on: December 09, 2010 05:00:08 AM
I don't think I've posted on craftster in years, but I want to start back. And since I've made a whole lot of stuff for the holidays, why not now?  Grin Warning in advance-- the photos are not the best, but at least you can sort of make out what it all is, if you squint.


A wreath I decorated:

I just got a cheap wreath form last year and put some felt and fabric flower brooches on it (http://blog.betzwhite.com/2007/01/felted-brooch-tutorial.html). The design was definitely influenced by the look of this one (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=281660.0) and another one I can't locate. Oh well.

I made several plushies for friends and family, but since I don't want to repost these images ten gazillion times, I'll just link to the post I made about them. There are squirrels, a microbe, and, um, Lady Gaga in Borg wear. ...The people I know are weird.


The squirrels were for a married couple I know who is obsessed with squirrels and other fuzzy creatures. Here is all of what I made them:

They had some $16 lavender sachets on their amazon wishlist. Screw that. I can make that.

And I did.
A handful of delicious pie-flavored Lara bars completed the present, and now it's all set to be mailed. Hooray!
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