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1  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Finished Christmas Presents (swear words inside) on: November 20, 2012 10:10:38 PM
Having long been fond of making pieces along the same lines myself, I welcome you to the fold! Well done!!
2  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Mercury glass and newspaper origami wreath with mini-tutorial on: November 20, 2012 10:00:36 PM
This is so pretty, and such a great story behind it! Well done!!
3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: The Abandoned House on: September 20, 2012 09:20:26 PM
I'm so glad you saved it! Reminds me (loosely) of the dollhouse my grandpa built for me when I was 13, which he literally finished days before he died. I can't believe someone was just going to throw that out!!

And, as a spooky person, I love what you did with it Smiley
4  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Spooky tea cozy on: March 14, 2012 02:08:07 PM
Thanks, all!
5  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Spooky tea cozy on: March 09, 2012 11:34:46 AM
So I've never really done any quilting before. I had all this awesome fabric and was in need of a tea cozy. I had a book with a basic pattern and modified it.

Here is the first side, which was a simplification of the basic pattern:


And here is the other side, which I designed myself - the patches in the skull area are one inch square.


And finally, the cozy in action!


This was all hand sewing, by the way, as there was nowhere to set up my machine (not to mention that my machine skills are...optimistic novice, shall we say?). I used a neon green thread for the actual quilting, which of course only shows when really close up. I learned tons, and perhaps someday I'll tackle something a little larger...

6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Final Fantasy Bead Sprites on: June 30, 2010 06:36:55 PM
I totally did a double take when I saw these - I made a set of plastic canvas needlepoint coasters for my cousin for Christmas along identical lines - only I made them square with a black background and white border (wound up a bit too small for a drink otherwise). He and I used to play that game on the rare occasions we saw each other (families live in different states) - he'd play, I'd read the maps and monster guides.
And just to really bring it full circle, now he's working at Blizzard! Have fun, and awesome job!
7  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Valentine's Day / Re: A Quick Valentine Shrine! Dancing throught the night with you... on: March 25, 2010 07:34:20 PM
A very late comment, I've not been on in awhile. I love the idea of the piece and the story and all, very cute and cool, but what really struck me was the movie thing. My husband and I have a similar thing with the movie "Angus" - about the awkward overweight kid and his nerdy friend and his crush on the skinny cheerleader. It came out in 1995 (I just had to look it up). We rented it about 6-7 months into the relationship (we're now a bit over 11 years) and at a really sad part I was all teary, and glanced at him and so was he. It was a great moment.
And I'm glad to see we're not the only nerds out there Wink
8  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: A bunch (5 pics) of samplers given as xmas presents on: January 05, 2010 11:27:15 AM
Thanks guys!
My mom (and husband, and aunt) all quote the movie year-round. It's just hilarious. I was also going to make my mom one that said "In many ways you're far superior to my cocker spaniel" as well (since she has a dog) but alas, ran out of time.
9  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: A bunch (5 pics) of samplers given as xmas presents on: January 03, 2010 09:35:09 AM
Thank you both! I just used a pre-existing strawberry pattern and made part of it brown, but I think it got the job done Smiley And I am very jealous of the snow. Here in Seattle it's like high 40s.
10  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / A bunch (5 pics) of samplers given as xmas presents on: January 01, 2010 08:54:58 PM
So this is my first time posting here, hope I do it right.

Inspired by all the awesome samplers I saw on here of quotes and fun R-rated phrases, I decided to do something similar for some of my friends and family for Christmas presents. I have sadly fallen into that trap of always feeling like I have to make my presents, rather than just buying stuff. I also framed them all (mostly in dollar-store frames which I then spent WAY too long repainting and customizing to go with the piece). They were all huge hits.

The nitty-gritty details: all are stitched on Aida of varying sizes with good ol' cotton floss. For a few of them I blended in some metallic thread (a trick someone taught me is to buy metallic threads in the regular thread section, rather than buying blending filaments - great selection, possibly cheaper!). I designed out all the samplers on graph paper first, using alphabets and borders found in pattern books. I did design the high heeled shoe myself, however. I worked on these off and on from late October, and am glad I started so early. I was literally framing them the day before they were unwrapped.

First off, based on an episode of The Office of which my friend is very fond, "Classy." With chocolate-dipped strawberries.


Next up, a set of three pieces inspired by White Christmas, which is one of my mom's and aunt's (and mine, for that matter) movies.
For my mom, "With not so much as a kiss my foot or have an apple."


For my aunt who loves snow, "Vermont should be beautiful this time of year. All that snow."


And for the two of them to keep in their office, because they are some of the closest sisters in the world, "Lord help the mister who comes between me and my sister."


And finally, for my husband, because it's one of his favorite action movie quotes. "Shit just got real."


Thanks for looking!!
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