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221  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / The Inseperable Gertrude and Hank on: February 13, 2010 08:41:36 PM
I made Gertrude and Hank for my lovely partner in the Creepy Cute swap. She's received so I thought I'd introduce them to you all.

I used a pattern from the book, The Knitted Odd Bunch with a few minor tweaks. They were SO fun to make and I think my partner is enjoying their company.





They were made with bamboo yarn (which I loved working with) and have a finished height of nearly 12".

Thanks for looking!
222  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Brain Eating Octopus Zombie on: February 11, 2010 10:36:07 AM
If this isn't the right category for this project please move it to a better spot.

I made this zombie octopus for my partner in the Creepy Cute swap. Since he's officially arrived at his new home I thought I'd share him with you Smiley.

He's made from felt, embroidery floss and a bit of quilt batting.






223  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Pygmy Hippo Baby Amigurumi on: February 08, 2010 09:12:32 PM
There have been so many cute teeny-tiny projects posted lately that I was inspired to make something of my own. With my newly acquired crochet skills I tried my hand at amigurumi.

I used embroidery floss and a little teeny hook that I found in a box I inherited from Grandma to make this little guy. My hands cramped and my eyes crossed looking at the little stitches but I think he turned out cute.





Here he is with his older (more guinea-pig looking) brother...



Thanks for looking!!
224  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Deep Thoughts by Jack Handy Swap? on: February 01, 2010 08:03:46 PM
To me, clowns aren't funny. In fact, they're kind of scary. I've wondered where this started and I think it goes back to the time I went to the circus, and a clown killed my dad.

Even though I was their captive, the Indians allowed me quite a bit of freedom. I could walk freely, make my own meals, and even hurl large rocks at their heads. It was only later that I discovered that they were not Indians at all but only dirty-clothes hampers.

The crows seemed to be calling his name, thought Caw.

These are just a few of my favorite Jack Handy quotes from the Deep Thoughts sketches on SNL. I find them all irresistibly laugh-out-loud funny.

I think there's some potential for a fun swap here. Anyone else?
225  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Animal Fat - Where can I get it?? on: January 07, 2010 04:09:33 PM
This is going to sound weird but for a swap project I'm working on I need animal fat. Don't worry, I'm not sending my partner a block of lard.

I know I could make my own but I'm wondering if it's possible to buy it and if so, where I might find it.

I'm trying to be a little vague since there is a slim chance my partner might see this post but if additional details are required to answer the question I'm happy to post them Smiley.

Thanks for any advice you can provide!
226  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / First Quilt Fabric Choices...What Was I Thinking? UPDATED w/ Pics of Quilt Top on: January 05, 2010 09:44:23 PM
UPDATE!! With your encouragement, I kept chugging along on the quilt and just now finished the top. I haven't pressed the sashing seams yet but you can get an idea of what the final product will look like Smiley.

I was SO close to using yellow for the sashing (even bought the fabric) but changed my mind at the last minute. My friend is decorating her nursery in a shabby-chic-sort-of style and using a lot of rustic white colors so I used this natural color instead.



It's far from perfect but I learned a ton and really had fun. Now to make my quilt sandwich!!

Thanks for your advice and support!

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My best friend is having a baby in May. I've been crafting away like mad for the little one and recently decided that it was a great opportunity for me to try to make my first quilt.

I'm using Oh Frannsons MixTape pattern. I spent hours at the store trying to choose the right fabrics. I finally selected, cut and sewed all 48 blocks and now I hate the choices I made Sad.

I think I was focused so much on color that I failed to see that maybe the patterns were all wrong. Dots, stripes, swirls, florals, solids, modern, geometric...WHAT WAS I THINKING???!!?!?!



I really need some advice. Is it as bad as I think it is? Should I start over with new fabric? I have extra of all of these so I suppose I could narrow it down to 6 or 8 fabrics instead of using all 12.

Ughhh - if I survive this whole thing and make another quilt I will think about fabric selection TOTALLY differently.

I appreciate your help. Honest opinions won't hurt my feelings Smiley.
227  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Mom's 50 year old Girl Scout sash - any crafty ideas?? UPDATED with Pics on: January 04, 2010 10:09:36 PM
My Mom is the opposite of a hoarder - she's constantly cleaning and organizing and throwing things away (which drives my pack-rat Father bonkers). I was home over the holidays and saw my Mom tossing her old Girl Scout sash from over 50 years ago complete with all kinds of fantastic badges and pins.

Since I inherited my Dad's "collecting" genes, I snatched it up before it hit the dumpster.

Anyone have any ideas of something fun to make out of the sash and/or badges? I'd love to make something for my very practical Mom but truthfully, she'd probably be more thrilled if I were to make something for myself out of the badges Smiley.

Thanks for any crafty suggestions!
228  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Large/Giant Breed Dog Swap? on: January 03, 2010 04:12:34 PM
I am participating in the Dachshund Lovers swap right now and having SOOO much fun! The only problem is that I'm feeling a little guilty about my doxies getting so much attention when I also have two wonderful great danes and a lab at home.

I thought I'd suggest a large/giant breed dog swap tailored specifically to the needs of big doggies and big doggy lovers. Some possible crafts might be martingale collars, hip/joint treats,  traffic leashes or a hand-knit sweater for my 150 lb dane (just kidding!!). Of course we could also craft for the dog lovers too...t-shirts, bags applique'd with your favorite mutt, or embroidered tea towels are just a few ideas.

Anyone interested?
229  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Craft for my Favorite Charity on: December 09, 2009 09:52:17 PM
One of the ways I try to maintain my sanity in the midst of holiday madness is to spend time crafting for local charities. I was thinking that it might be fun and rewarding to create something for a charity that a fellow craftster is passionate about. We could make items that our partners charity is in need of...hats for cancer patients, hand-crafted item to be offered at a charity auction, craft supplies for local schools...just a few ideas.

Anyone interested?
230  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Seven Splendid Snowy Seasonal Stockings on: December 01, 2009 07:34:03 PM
My family consists of 1 Fiance, 1 Black Lab, 2 Great Danes and 2 Mini Dachshunds. When I saw Moda's Xmas fabric (Figgy I think??) on sale at Hancocks of Paducah I decided I'd make us all new stockings! Each one is made with a different fabric, cuff and lining. The hardest part was figuring out how to make the combos work without any repeats!



A couple of shots with the xmas lights on...




My Fiance likes them. The dogs don't seem to care at this point but by the time they are filled with toys and treats they will LOVE them Wink. Thanks for looking - I hope you like them!



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