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21  Re: Wizard of Oz Sign Ups Jan 21 Jan 31 in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by leslieyam on: January 22, 2010 05:27:23 PM
I'm really excited to be a part of this one!  I've always loved OZ.  When I was a kid I watched the movie so many times I nearly wore out the laser disc.  Yeah, that's right...laser disc ha ha.  Is anyone else out there a fan of Return to OZ with Faruza Balk as Dorothy?  It was so dark and freaky and awesome.
I really loved Return to Oz, but I haven't seen it since I was really little. But I do remember that the "wheelies" scared the crap out of me!! lol
You mean these guys?  Totally scary....not to mention the witch with the closet full of heads!

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22  Re: Sea Life Swap Gallery Under the Sea in The Swap Gallery by leslieyam on: September 28, 2009 06:39:16 PM
I received a wonderful, fantastic, and truly amazing package from noelle today!  I was jumping up and down with excitement.  My husband even paused his video game to look at my new treasures.  The first thing out of the box was this huge sea turtle.

Here is a close up of his face.  No wonder noelle had trouble parting with this guy.  He's freakin' adorable!

Next was the wall hanging I'd asked for in my questionnaire, but this was above and beyond what I expected.

Here are some close ups of the detail.  It's like I have a quilted aquarium.  Way cool!






I also got this little fuzzy fishie purse.

Here's a front view.  The lining is poka dot.

And another little giftie...a Grow a Fish.

I am so happy with everything!  noelle is a great crafter and a great partner.  This was only my first swap, but I think it might have been the best ever and now I am totally hooked...like a fish...get it?
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23  Re: Sea Life Swap (SLS) Round 1 Signups CLOSED Sendout 9/30/09 in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by leslieyam on: September 27, 2009 12:02:30 PM
Finally figured it out.  Here is your tease!

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24  Re: Sea Life Swap (SLS) Round 1 Signups CLOSED Sendout 9/30/09 in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by leslieyam on: September 26, 2009 03:28:02 PM
sendy send sent to leslieyam today  Smiley

i unexpectedly fell in love with one of the projects, and didn't want to give it up. sigh.. but i hope you love everything!

mini-tease:


I can't wait!  Yours was sent on thursday via priority mail.  I hope you like your stuff too.  I'll see if I can figure out his teaser thing and maybe I can post one for you.
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25  Bracelet from clear plastic scarf hanger loop thingie (4 images) in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by leslieyam on: June 11, 2009 09:44:31 PM
I'm sure I'm not the first one to think of this, but Target sells their lightweight scarves on these clear plastic rings that are the perfect size for a bracelet.  I bought this scarf and set out to make a cool bracelet out of the plastic loop.

I used some rainbow colored cotton yarn.  I just knotted it like I used to make friendship bracelets when I was a kid and secured the knot at the end with some craft glue.
Here are the materials:

Here's the finished product:

Here's an action Shot:

Thanks for looking.  Maybe I'll use ribbon for the next one.  Whadda ya think?
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26  Star Trek Box with Tribble in Completed Projects by leslieyam on: February 09, 2009 07:18:01 PM
My mom really likes classic star trek, so I made her this.  I recycled a wooden box I had that was all scratched up.  I sanded off the shelac and painted it with acrylics.  For the tribble I cut the fur trim off a sweater purchased at the thrift store.  Then I hand sewed it and stuffed it with polyfill. 
Here's the top:

Here's the inside:

Here's the tribble:

Here's the whole package:

Thanks for taking a peek.  Comments welcome Smiley
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27  Kitchen rug made of recycled t-shirts in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by leslieyam on: February 03, 2009 09:35:15 PM
I made this small kitchen rug out of 13 old t-shirts.  I was inspired by this post:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=246454.0

For mine I decided to braid and then weave the braids to make a small rectangle (sort of).  Then I wanted give the edge a more finished look, so I trimmed it with grosgrain ribbon.  I had trouble sewing through the braided t-shirts on my sewing machine, so I used "stitch witchery", that iron on stuff to fuse the t-shirts to the ribbon, then I hand sewed it all the way around.  The only thing I was actually able to use the machine for was finishing the edge of the ribbon so it didn't fray.  It took me a while, but I was really casual about finishing it.  I switched techniques half way through the braiding process.  At first I was making my husband hold the ends while I braided (which annoyed him), then I learned I could sit on the couch and step on the ends with my heel while I braided (which kinda gave me a cramp in the back if I did it for a long time without a break.





In retrospect, I could have made the weave tighter and I could have tried to make the rectangle less lopsided, but that's difficult when using all different textures of t-shirt.  Maybe next time I'll make sure I have all the same kind.

Comments welcome!
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28  Jeans pocket remote holder in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by leslieyam on: January 13, 2009 08:44:06 PM
I made this remote holder out of recycled jeans pockets, a khaki pant leg and a piece of corrugated plastic left over from the construction of my guinea pig cage.  It works perfectly to hold the remotes and my A/V geek husband loves it, but I can't help thinking it's a bit too plain.  I would like to add some embellishments.  Does anybody have any suggestions?  


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29  Owl note holder in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by leslieyam on: January 11, 2009 06:28:51 PM
I got a Singer Basic sewing machine for Christmas and the first thing I made with it was this owl note / coupon holder.  I didn't use a pattern and I tried to use mostly fabric I had on hand.  He has button eyes and his "claws" are tiny wooden clothes pins glued on with Sobo fabric glue.  His pouch is just big enough for a pack of post-it notes.  The project took me about 2 1/2 hours to complete.  He's crooked in places and the hand sewn parts are a little uneven, but I these imperfections give him a lot of character.  I've got him hanging on my wall next to the front door so I'll notice the notes or coupons he's holding when I'm on my way out.  Cute and functional!
Here's a close-up of the feet:
Here's a close-up of the head:
Comments welcome.  Thanks!
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