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1  Re: Show me your craft "room"!! in Interior Decorating: Completed Projects by mthompson828 on: August 08, 2005 10:36:16 AM
I'm lucky enough to have a room all of my own just for crafting.  And yet, somehow it becomes a dumping ground for materials, and I do all of my "work" in the living room.  Anyway, as I was looking at some of the other pics it inspired me to organize my area.  To make myself accountable, I'm posting the before pics now, and then I'll go work on spiffing it up.

Yep, it's disgusting.  Look for an update soon.
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2  Re: Ziploc Doodad Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by mthompson828 on: July 23, 2005 12:34:31 PM
Hey everyone,
Here's the great stuff I got from philodendron5:

Among the goodies are
- a whole horde of plastic monkeys, which I plan to make into something for my sister, who pretty much IS a monkey
- a string of pretty shell beads
-an adorable Squirt (I think that's his name?) bath toy from "Finding Nemo"
- a little tiny devil duck
-rubber snakes and bugs, which will be perfect for a practical joke I'm planning...
- a tote that is ideal sized for carrying around a paperback, bookmark, and sunglasses for beach reads!
- a matching hairband (matches the lining on the inside of the tote)
Much, much, much more!  (In the future, I will not be using gingham checked cloth as a background fabric! So sorry if it's a little hard on the eyes!)

Sweets4ever, your box is ready to go.  I'm going to make a trip to the post office on Monday with three swaps worth of stuff  (this one, the black and white swap, and a swap angel package for the color swap).  Enjoy!
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3  Yet another first sock monkey post in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by mthompson828 on: June 24, 2005 08:23:59 PM
I was a little intimidated by the sock monkey pattern.  But I was in wally-world, found a pair of sturdy socks on clearance for $1.50, and decided it would be worth a try.  My "little" sister's big on monkeys, so I'm going to send it to her along with some other stuff I've been crafting with her in mind.

Things I learned:
1.  Make sure all of your pieces are right-sides together when sewing them.  I don't know if you can tell from the pic, but one of the poor guys ears is actually inside out because I sewed it wrong-sides together.  Too much work to unpick the stitches, so it stayed that way.
2. It's important to pin the heck out of your seams, and also watch your stitch tension, or you'll end up with misaligned stripes.
3. If you're going to use the kind of eyes that snap in to a piece on the inside of the fabric, this MUST MUST MUST be done before you stuff and seal your monkey body.  I ended up having to go out and buy buttons because I forgot to add the eyes before stuffing.
4. Stitches really show on this project.  I used white thread for the crotch seam, thinking it would disappear, but it just looks like he had some major surgery instead!  Next time I will definitely make sure all of my seams match my socks!

Other than that, I'm really pleased with the way he came out.  I did a rough stitching around the ears about an eighth of an inch in from the seam, which gives them a lot of character.  I keep looking at him with "I can't believe I made this eyes.  I was back at walmart today and discovered they had one more pair of those socks, so I think this guy's going to have a sister soon!!
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4  Re: Color Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by mthompson828 on: June 09, 2005 12:57:31 PM
Guess my partner didn't get a chance to post pics of her blue crafts so here's what I sent laurb:

Mommy bunny and baby

Stamped Card

Bear Magnet

Jordy-style bag

A peek inside the bag

I also sent her enough materials to make another magnet, some pipe cleaners and...I think that's it.

Sorry it's so image heavy - next time I will take a group picture of everything!
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5  Re: Color Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by mthompson828 on: May 27, 2005 12:23:59 PM
SMELL THIS PICTURE!!!  I got my nifty stuff from Lauren today.  Thanks so much!   I got a sweet little sachet filled with lavender which made my mailbox smell lovely, an orange-lavender soap (homemade I think), a key-fob made from ribbon, a pretty wrist cuff, and some pretty lavender yarn.   Thanks again - you rock!
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6  Mom's Day Card in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by mthompson828 on: May 07, 2005 05:46:09 PM
I made two of these cards, one for my mother and one for my MIL.  I ran the cardstock through my printer to create a "Happy Mother's Day" message inside for each, cut the stock in half, then added the details.  The lavender is cardstock, the rest is origami paper.  Hope you like!

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7  Re: mohair bunny in Knitting: Completed Projects by mthompson828 on: May 05, 2005 12:24:35 PM
This is an awesome pattern!  Great for a beginner.  I love that the only knitting is done flat.  Little thinking involved.  I made my first one last night in about an hour of tv watching.  I just garter-stitched my square.  As I look at the ridges this created on his back, I'm thinking an armadillo mod may be in my future.  I used Jiffy mohair-look yarn (beats those allergies nicely!) in a color called Kitty Hawk that I picked up in Charlotte over Christmas.  I didn't have proper stuffing, so used cotton balls.  I think they worked nicely.  I also used the pompom tail - great idea!  I'm going to make my mom one for mother's day (shhh...don't tell!) and am scenting the cotton balls with some lavender to make it smell pretty.

If you're intimidated by knitting toys/stuffies, this is a great first pattern.  As someone who tends to overthink things, I highly recommend following the directions exactly the first time.  I didn't believe it was going to come out anything like a bunny, and was amazed when it came out so well!  Once you understand the mechanics you can modify it, but TRUST THE PATTERN!  IMHO, anyway...

Only my second picture post...hope this works....


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8  My First Stuffy Ever in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by mthompson828 on: February 06, 2005 07:39:51 PM
After looking at Nina's felt monster tutorial http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=5843.msg45119#msg45119, I felt inspired to try one of my own.  I have never tried a stuffy before, but think he came out pretty cute.

This is my first pic post so hope it works.

I made "Cleavis" using blue felt (duh), sew-on eyes, a scrap of orange fleece for the nose, embroidered the mouth, and used blue fun fur brand yarn for the hair.  Having never done a stuffy before, I discovered I didn't have any batting or fill of any kind, so his arms, legs, ears and horns are stuffed with fabric and yarn scraps, and the body and head contain two improvised bean bags.  He's pretty heavy, and I wouldn't give him to a child b/c of all the choking hazards, but I'm pretty proud of myself.  Hope you like!
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