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331  Re: Spun to finished photos in Spinning: Completed Projects by jexxican on: January 09, 2011 07:23:25 AM
I finally have something to contribute here! I am so happy!
Here's the yarn, well, before i plied it with some redish cotton thread:

And here is the scarflette I made out of it!

I love the texture of it. I am so sad to say goodbye; I made it for a swap.

ETA: I forgot to say that I got the roving from SpinningAwesomeGood on Etsy. She made roving flowers and they were amazing to work with! I am so glad I had them to work with on my first spinning projects!
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332  Re: Scarf Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by jexxican on: January 09, 2011 07:12:39 AM
I finally finished for Irish Ditz and got to open the box she sent me. She up-cycled a sweater and included instructions should I wish to do the same.


Arm warmers

Little bags

Thanks! I'll be sending Monday (hopefully).
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333  Re: Embroidery Hoopla Round 3 - OTT Edition! (SignUps CLOSED, SendOuts 1/10) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by jexxican on: December 29, 2010 07:36:17 PM
Hey my last ink spot was a ladybug too!

Just because I can. Now you have all met my sister Kimmy!

On a swap realted note, I still have no idea what's up for disposableactor's hoop. I do have a 3" and a 4" hoop that I can use, but I don't even know the size I'm going for! Good thing we have 2 more weeks, eh?
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334  Paper mache wig stands in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by jexxican on: November 16, 2010 11:06:46 AM
So... I think these would go here!

My husband commented the other day that we are building a collection of wigs and it's probably not best for them  just lay in piles but where would be get wig stands? Hee hee hee... silly man. I took the initiative and made some! I covered some balloons in paper mache (like I was making pinatas) and then put them on cups and covered those as well. It was tricky getting the cups out but I did it, mostly. (OK, the one glass cup I used is still in there but the other 3 were plastic so with a little convincing from a knife they cooperated.) I made 4 because we had 4 wigs, but when it came time to wig them, I couldn't find my Betty Page wig! Sadface!

All of them together.

This wig was used in my scandalous pregnant pictures from last year

This one was for my Betty wig, but since I couldn't find it I put my husband's dreads on it, which he cut off about 6 months before w got married and I strung on a ribbon for him. I think he is happy to have these on display, and maybe a little sad too. He cried when we cut them off!

Princess Peach wig from this year's Halloween.

Hook wig from last year's Halloween.

What do you think?
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335  Mario! in Halloween Costumes by jexxican on: November 03, 2010 03:55:01 PM
Oh my goodness, there were so many Marios on Halloween! BUT None of the ones I saw looked as good (read: authentic) as ours, and none of them had Peach or Toadette or even Luigi for that matter. What the heck, guys?

First off, their overalls are blue because they are DENIM people, come on...

For my boys I made their hats and their mustaches. That's all. But you don't really need to make much for those two, right?

I couldn't really get a good pic of Toadette. I made her pants and shirt from a McCall's pattern. I crocheted her hat using a generic slouchy hat pattern with some generic balls for her braids or whatever she has. I stuffed it with polyfil and used the sleeve of a shirt sewn into a head shape to keep the stuffing in. I think it came out pretty rad. For her vest I just traced a shirt of hers onto some red fabric and used that for the pattern.
She was awesome! Her costume was my favorite. (Yes, Toadette is a real character, and yes some of the younger kids at the Trunk-or-Treat we went to actually knew who she was without being told!)

I know, that's not an authentic Peach pose. Bah.
For MY costume, I made the dress from a pattern that I altered slightly. I think it was a Queen of Hearts dress with long sleeves? Yeah, and I made the crown and I made the jewel on the front of the dress, attached with some hot-glue on a safety pin.
And this lady I know has everything in her, like she really has built 3 more buildings just to keep all the stuff she has in (all of your craftsters would die of joy if you were given the option of rummaging, I'm sure) and she happened to have
-my husband's overalls
-a crinoline
-and a PINK UMBRELLA! Holy cow!
I'm not kidding, so much stuff. If only I'd thought of visiting her before I shopped for ANY of it...

I forgot!

G even made the candy box and carved the pumpkins to match our theme!

I don't care about winning this contest, I don't think anyone will vote for me at all, but I did feel the need to share this somewhere and why not here?
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336  What to do? in Quilting: Discussion and Questions by jexxican on: November 03, 2010 03:11:12 PM
So we were cleaning out my mom's old house which has turned into a really nasty storage receptacle and we found this sealed in a nice clean plastic bag:

I brought it home because I thought it was a cross stitch quilt my sister was working on back in the day, but it's not! It's like someone bought this little Precious Moments quilt, ripped off the trim, and cut it into 5 pieces! In fact, I'm pretty sure that's exactly what happened. My questions:
1) Why would anyone do that?
2) What so I do with it?
Anyone have an answer to either of those?
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337  Apple Bucket Pin Up in Needlework: Completed Projects by jexxican on: October 15, 2010 06:28:59 AM
I was in the Pin Up swap and I wanted to make an apron for my partner and I found some apple fabric in my stash and hey, she made candy apples for a living so what better fabric? So I looked for an image that would work and found this. Dude, I hope I don't get in trouble for embroidering it.

Yay! learning to embroider is fun!
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338  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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339  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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340  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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