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11  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Welcome to Night Vale Round 2! on: February 21, 2016 03:02:57 PM

Hello there, faithful listeners. My fellow reporters have informed me that the Night Vale City Council has unanimously announced that the annual Welcome to Night Vale swap is upon us. Please shout into your nearest appliance so that one of the many hidden monitoring devices in your home can inform us of your availability and desire to participate. In order to ensure we receive your comment, please also type a reply below exactly as it was shouted.

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Going off the record - is anyone else super excited for the new show on tour? Smiley No spoilers, please, if you already got to see it Wink
12  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Miniature Kitchen Items - Pantry shelf and more on: January 24, 2016 02:32:15 PM
Last year I was in the "Setting the Scene in Miniature" swap - I can't believe that was in June, whoops! One of my partners requested some items for a kitchen scene, so I made a little pantry shelf and some items to start filling it up.

The shelf is made of balsa wood with a couple layers of scrap paper for the backing - isn't that blue pattern so adorably vintage looking! (the back paper was wood grain - you can see it in the photos of the coffee beans below)

The cutting board was made from a couple of wood chip samples for laminate flooring or something that I got from the Scrap Exchange in Durham, NC. The knife blade was made by cutting a soda can and folding a sheet of metal down to cut into a blade shape. The handle is polymer clay. A little ant decided to be my photo model for helping scale the objects.

One of my favorite things to make was the set of coffee bags and beans. I made the bags using an actual coffee bag from a local roaster/coffee shop, so it was already infused with coffee smell. One of the bags was sealed and had actual coffee beans to help keep the smell around a little longer, and the other bag was left open. I made these super teeny coffee beans out of polymer clay in case my partner wanted to pour some coffee into another miniature Smiley

The cinnamon rolls were my other favorite. I used a candy tin for the baking tray, and followed a tutorial that used acrylic paint and salt for the chunky bits. They looked so yummy Cheesy

A few simpler items were just some vintage printable labels that I slapped onto to cylinders cut from a log of polymer clay, jars of simple candy sticks (also polymer clay), and teeny boxes made from printable vintage labels.

And a ruler for scale Wink

I had so much fun making these. I really hope to do more miniatures in the future Smiley
13  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Up-Inspired Passport Cover on: November 23, 2015 05:24:14 PM
I recently made this for the Passport Cover swap for CraftyMamaBee. I saw an adorable Up hoopla on her Pinterest and absolutely had to make my own. Such an appropriate theme for traveling, right?

Mostly hand embroidered, with some applique balloons.

14  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Rainbow Catching Butterflies Fingerless Gloves on: October 14, 2015 09:51:27 AM
This is the second pair of fingerless gloves that I made using the Catching Butterflies pattern from Woodland Knits, but without the butterflies added this time (and I haven't taken pictures of the first pair Tongue). I picked up the rainbow striping yarn on sale last time I went to Joann's and absolutely loved the mottled bits of colors in each of the stripes. I wasn't completely excited how the stripes turned out in the gloves, but it was pretty enough. I forgot to change needle sizes after doing the ribbing on the first glove, so I wound up just making them a bit small and giving them to my niece. She was with me on a cruise in August, so after I finished them up, we just took a couple of quick photos from the balcony of the room my in-laws were in, so please excuse the weird background.

15  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Needle-Felted Jack the Border Collie on: October 12, 2015 05:39:14 PM
This was a gift I made for an acquaintance as a sort of thank you for being invited to a super cool event for the last couple years. It is a "portrait" of a favorite dog on the farm. He was a super old doggie when I met Jack, and sadly passed before I finished this project. 

16  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Boxy Pencil Pouches on: October 11, 2015 09:54:56 AM
My local crafting group occasionally organizes craft swaps that areround-robin style. This summer, we decided to a do a bulk, make-what-you-want swap where we each made the same small item for all the members in the swap. There are seven of us total that participated, and I decided to make a boxy pencil pouch from the blog I found below. These were a lot of fun, but some of the piecing and quilting took longer than expected, so I exceed the recommended time range (whoops Wink). I went ahead and made an extra pouch so I had one to keep for myself so there were seven total pouches. Smiley

Tutorial from http://pinkxstitches.blogspot.com/2014/01/boxy-pouch-tutorial.html

I might have cheated a little and used paper stuffed into some of the pouches for better "shape" while taking pictures Wink It was a pain getting all that fluff back inside to recycle.

17  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Hiram McDaniels, literally a five-headed, needle-felted Dragon on: October 11, 2015 09:41:37 AM
I made this guy for the Welcome to Night Vale swap earlier this year. Welcome to Night Vale is my favorite podcast about an amazingly nerdy sci-fi-ish world. This is the character Hiram McDaniels, literally a five-headed dragon. Each of his five heads has a different personality, so I also gave them all unique horns (which glow in the dark as an added bonus feature Wink). I got one of the head colors wrong after looking at too much fan art with the wrong colors, but oh well. He is still recognizable. His heads and tale had wire armature for some light posing.

And here's all the other Night Vale swap I sent/made but will have to get around to posting about later:

18  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Minty Striped Needle-felted Dachshund on: October 11, 2015 09:32:47 AM
I don't know how I missed uploading this last year! I made this little guy for LimeRiot for the IYP R27 swap and the end of 2014. I was going through all my photos from the year because I have been extremely negligent on posting my projects lately, and saw these photos of a dachshund that I never posted. Whoops! He's just a little decoration for a shelf or something. I should have put a ribbon on him so he could be an ornament. Oh well.

he background in these photos has me excited for fall to really get going, too.

19  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / I don't love you much, do I? Embroidered Hoop on: May 25, 2015 04:02:41 PM
One of my very good friends is expecting her first child in a month. As well as a pair of applique fox pillows, I also made her this embroidered hoop to add to a collection that will hang on her baby's nursery. The lyric is from a Guy Clark song that she and her husband always quote to each other. The colors match the baby nursery. My favorite part is the little bee Smiley The border is just a design that I free-handed for this purpose.

And this was the first time I used "made by" labels on something! Smiley I did a loose stitching on the back so that it would be easy to take the needlework off the hoop if she wanted to do something different with it later.

20  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Applique Fox Pillows with Quilted Back on: May 05, 2015 07:51:53 PM
I finally am really getting back into the swing of crafting after a several month hiatus to study for a licensure exam I took in April. These pillows were a gift for a good friend that is expecting her first child this summer. We share a love for all things foxy, and when she showed me a couple of applique fox pillows she found online, I knew exactly what I was making her! Smiley The fabrics are all in the colors she is using for her baby's nursery.

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