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331  Checker board in Quilting: Completed Projects by jexxican on: October 15, 2010 06:07:14 AM
Disclaimer: I'm not a quilter.

I found a tute for felting stones at Resurrection Fern and really wanted to make them but I can't just make things to be pretty (usually) so I decided to make a lot of them, dye them in Kool-Aid, and make a checker's board to go with them. For my niece. For Christmas. (mind you I thought of this in like May or June)

So I attempted a mini quilt a couple weeks ago for the checkers board! AH! Not great, but it serves it's purpose AND I don't even have to wrap it. Check it out:

There's 3 different shades of rock per side, but you can tell they are all supposed to be pink/blue.

All wrapped up for Christmas! The ribbon is sewn into the side.

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332  Fiber Friday 15 Oct 2010 in Spinning: Completed Projects by jexxican on: October 15, 2010 05:25:05 AM
I have never started one but here I go! I am so excited!
First, the less exciting one: I got some blacks from the Sheep Shed Studio and the last of them have been sitting in my drawer for some time now so I pull them out, spun 'em up, and started to loom-knit a scarf (cause I was excited!) and then I ran out and now I am waiting for more...

AND NOW THE EXCITING STUFF! A lady I know from MOPS gave me some fleece last year right off her own sheep that her dad won't let her wash SO...
I washed it.
I carded some of it (I think I need combs instead of cards).
I spun it.
I plied it.
And since there was still some grassy stuff in there, I set the twist using tea instead of regular water so it hides the gunk and gives it a really nice sepia tone.

and for a better sense of the color:

Disclaimer: I know this might not be all the great compared to some of you veteran sheep washers but I am really proud of this yarn! It has lots of the little tiny bumps of wool and is very "slubby" but that's why I said maybe I need combs?
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333  Re: October MOH Gallery in The Swap Gallery by jexxican on: September 27, 2010 02:47:21 PM
Oh wow, hawk eyes girl really did a good job. So anxious! I know mine for her is nothing that great, but that's why I'm on swap hiatus for a while...

I received from Najaorama!
There was no note so let's see if I can place each of the items with their OH.

For ROCKtober there are some great guitars for my wreath along with a Rex Manning Day ornament:

For dictionary day, a hot pad (?) with a word for each letter with great definitions like "Jury: Twelve men chosen to decide who has the better lawyer" and "Keyhole: a frequent test for sobriety." The backing fabric makes me happy.

And as an extra she sent some picture stickers for Free Thought day (I think).
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334  Re: September Monthly Odd Holidays Gallery - send out August 23 in The Swap Gallery by jexxican on: September 15, 2010 04:50:27 PM
I celebrated lace making day with the loom (and patterns) that Gebah sent me and here's what happened:


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335  Re: Perfect Pin-Up Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by jexxican on: September 14, 2010 07:39:36 PM
I got my box today when I got home from our trip. I've already taken pictures and I will post them maybe tomorrow if I get them loaded!

EDIT: Here they are!
A tote bag with a pin up outline painted on

A shirt for my baby, so she can be a little pin up

and then some: a box, some earrings, a necklace, a bath fizzy, and a key chain
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336  October Monthly Odd Holidays (MOH) (SOs Sep 22) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by jexxican on: August 30, 2010 12:29:03 PM

Swap name:    October Monthly Odd Holiday (MOH) Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap:  Jexxican
Sign-up date range: August 30, 2010 September 8
Date to send item by: September 22, 2010
Limited to a certain number of people (optional)? : 25
Restricted to people who all live in the same country? NO
Additional Age requirement? No age requirement (other then Craftster requirements of 16 or  older)

Swap Organizer himself/herself meets these conditions:
- Has fully read the Swap Info Guide: YES/NO   YES
- Has successfully completed two swaps as a participant: YES/NO  YES
- Is not organizing more than three swaps right now: YES/NO   YES
- Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a Swap Moderator if this swap has more than 25 participants: YES/NO  YES
- Is at least 18 years old: YES/NO  YES

Swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions:
- Has been a member for at least one month: YES/NO  YES
- Has posted at least 15 times: YES/NO  YES
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YES/NO  YES
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: YES/NO  YES
- Does not have any negative feedback: YES/NO YES
- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 16 years old: YES/NO  YES
- If within the US, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES/NO   YES
- If outside the US, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES/NO   YES

Details of swap:
...Did you know that each month is dedicated to something... unusual?  October is National Roller Skating Month!  How cool is that!  There are also holidays celebrating Free thought, Menopause, Moles, Frankenstein, Funerals, Haunted refrigerators, and so many more then I could possibly list.  Go have a look!

This swap is to celebrate those unknown or unusual holidays. Each swapper will chose 6 holidays from the lists provided. Each partner will choose from those 6 holidays and craft 3 small items for their partner. A small item is defined as: by time-2 or less hours; by size-earrings, stickers, wallets, pouches, bookmarks, magnets; by price-$10 or less. U.S. packages MUST have a DC#, and international packages must have a receipt. Please provide both to the organizer when you ship. Shipping priority is suggested but not a requirement.

In order for this to be a monthly swap we MUST have a fast turn around time. Due to the fast turn around time, the organizer reserves the right to not add someone to the swap if there has been a documented history of repeated late sending. Please do not sign up for this swap unless you are prepared to send on time, if not early, and post pictures as soon as your package arrives.

Communication is a must! You must check in on the original thread and the gallery thread at least once a week. You also must check in with your partner once a week. Poor communication or lack thereof will be noted in feedback.  You MUST PM Jexxican with your questionnaire,  received, late sending, and any other questions or concerns.

When PMing the organizer please start pms with the following:  MOH October

For inspiration, see the following:
Februarys Swap Thread
Februarys Swap Gallery
Marchs Swap Thread
Marchs Swap Gallery
April's Swap Thread
April's Swap Gallery
May's Swap Thread
May's Swap Gallery
June's Swap Thread
June's Swap Gallery
July's Swap thread
July's Swap Gallery
August's Swap Thread
August's Swap Gallery
Septembers Swap Thread
Septembers Swap Gallery

Lists of Odd Holidays:

If you want to participate, information to send to organizer:

Name of swap
Craftster username
Email address
Your real name
Mailing address including the country
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country?
Confirm that are at least 16 years old or, if not, that you have moderator approval(YES/NO)

Take a look at the lists at these sites for the month of OCTOBER. Please pick 6 holidays you will be celebrating/are interested in. There are holidays for the month, for a week, or for a particular day. Feel free to chose any type of holiday. Some holidays may be deemed as distasteful to someone. Some holidays may have religious/political connotations for someone. Please be aware of this when choosing your holidays.


Do you have any allergies?
Do you have any allergens in your home (dogs, cats, smoke, ect.)?
What do you craft?
Anything that you really don't want to receive?
Anything that you'd really, really, really love to receive?
Do you have a wist?
Any other websites that your partner may find useful for stalking you?
What is your favourite colour/pattern?
What is your least favourite colour/pattern?
Anything else that you want your partner to know?

After being partnered:
Please understand that there are holidays that you may find distasteful or that may have religious/political connotations for you. You have 6 holidays to chose from for crafting 3 items.  The organizer does not have the time or mental faculties to look through each holiday and determine if "most" people would find that holiday offensive in any way. If you don't like a holiday your partner chose, then don't craft for it.


Also, remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find other rules about participating in a swap.


1. Jexxican
2. Najaorama
3. hawkeyes_girl
4. sloanlaw
5. frootiloopz08
6. crazyda79
7. squire_inaria

Round robin: najaorama ->jexxican -> hawkeyes_girl
sloan_law <-> frootiloopz08
crazyda79 <-> squire_inaria
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337  Roller derby, Odd holidays, and a dragonfly in Needlework: Completed Projects by jexxican on: August 28, 2010 03:33:38 PM
This is everything I've completed since my first embroidery, found here

First up, for the 3rd package on the Make a Friend swap I embroidered the logo for the roller derby league my new friend is a part of. I had a hard time on the face on the face and the skates. Meh, I'm learning.

For the latest odd holiday swap (September) I embroidered some mushrooms on an apron for Mushroom month:

I don't know if I did so many French knots because I like them or if I told myself I would like them because I had already planned it that way.

And this is one of the things I made for Punctuation Day next month. It was a lot of fun!

And for my pen pal (whom I met through Post Secret) I made a very simple negative space dragonfly!

And I'm almost done with something for another swap I'm in but I can't post pics yet because I can't! AH! I like it, though. Be expecting something new (and totally awesome if I don't mess it up completely) from me in a few weeks!
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338  Re: September Monthly Odd Holidays Gallery - send out August 23 in The Swap Gallery by jexxican on: August 28, 2010 03:10:24 PM
Yay! She liked it! I was really not anxious about this swap,like I knew she would love it all. And then I received mine today and holy cow, I received way better than what I sent. Sad

Here's a little of what I sent her:
The punctuation day embroidery:

and the embroidered apron for mushroom month:

I had a lot of fun with those. I love seeing how my creations look in their new homes, though, so I'll let her post the rest on Monday.

And now here's the crazy loot she sent me!!!
There's a learning to make hairpin lace kit for Lace Making Day inside this, which uses fabric for Talk like a pirate day and preserve the ozone layer day (it even looks like she put beads on the "planet green" square for where we are in relation to each other in the US!):


Everything was so nicely done! Like, the notes for each item and the instructions for the hairpin lace (found online) were matted and tied on with pretty blue ribbons. SEE?!

And then, since I love the MOHs so much, she sent me a nice wreathe with removable interchangeable ornaments. Velcro on most, like the lace flowers for lace making day:

though the earth one for preserve the ozone layer day was attached to a ribbon and there were pins on it so I could pin it on. AND THERE IS A PIRATE FOR PIRATE DAY! ARRRR!

Isn't Gebah awesome?!
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339  Well knock me down and steel muh teef! in Needlework: Completed Projects by jexxican on: August 14, 2010 11:40:55 AM

Translation: "Well, knock me down and steal my teeth!"
This is my first ever embroidery! I made it back in June for the July Odd Holiday American Redneck Day. Sent it for a swap. Whadya think?
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340  Re: Monthly Odd Holidays - August Gallery in The Swap Gallery by jexxican on: August 04, 2010 07:35:19 AM
I got my box Monday after my vacation and here is my loot!
For Sister's day Spitz sent a necklace with a jar with with with mine and my sister's names written on it. How CRAZY AWESOME is that?! This is my favorite! And Sister's Day was Monday, but I forgot to call, I'm a loser.

Closeup, it has oil and glitter int he jar too.

For Toasted Marshmallow Day I got a tin (that looks like a marshmallow who is not happy about being toasted) full of HOMEMADE MARSHMALLOWS! Alton Brown's recipe, too. I love him. They are a little gooey from the trip, but oh so nommy...

And for dog day she sent a picture frame decorated with Milk Bones and some homemade peanut butter dog treats, which is really funny because I also sent her some PB homemade dog treats. I think it's the same recipe but hers came out my cakey than mine.

I have decided I really like Spitz.
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