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21  Re: Quilt Block Swap Round 4 (Sign Ups 7/1-7/31, Sendouts 9/30) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by Melladh on: July 06, 2013 06:36:57 AM
Since I'm continuing from last swap, I thought I'd provide a photo of the blocks I got last time! Man, it's hard to get colors looking right  Lips sealed

Unfortunately it's not so much of a sunny pic as a semi-cloudy-and-in-the-shade pic...
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22  Re: Embroidery Swap R9- Not just thread! (SO Mar 5) in The Swap Gallery by Melladh on: March 10, 2013 05:39:56 AM
I received from noodle-bug!

First she made this really cool hoop

...and for some reason I don't understand she wasn't satisfied with it, but I'm greedily happy that she wasn't because it resulted in me getting TWO hoops Cheesy

The other one being this epic Shades of Grey piece

With my very own spoon and everything! I feel so rich. I'm super happy about it, thank you noodle-bug Cheesy
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23  Re: Embroidery Hoopla R9 - The Not Just Thread Round (SU closed, SO Mar 5) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by Melladh on: February 21, 2013 01:41:02 PM
I've found a new favorite way of doing my backings - a taggy piece of fabric with sharpie writing on it, basted to the felt that i stitch on...

"name" of piece censored

Oh, and in other news, I'M DONE. Might send this weekend, though I suspect I'll send on monday - tomorrow I'll buy packaging, because I can't put it in a padded envelope like I usually do Cheesy This has probably been the quickest, most interesting, and "best" hoop I've made so far (because the motif is from/about/regarding something I think is really awesome). I'm pretty happy with it!
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24  Re: Quilt Block Swap Round 3 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Melladh on: February 20, 2013 12:20:51 PM

donniesgirl - 11'' Textured Quilt Blocks in yellows & solid white

Fabric Origami

Double Controlled Pleats with Center Ripple Effect

Lozenge Smocking

Homerof2 - Friendship Star Block black background and bright foreground

carolmb - Shoo Fly Block in cream/tan tone on tone background, and random foreground

danynn - Bookshelf blocks, random colorful books with solid black background (no shelves)

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25  Butterfly key hanger (pic heavy) in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by Melladh on: February 14, 2013 07:35:14 AM
I'm not sure it's relevant to warn with "pic heavy" anymore like it was when I joined back in 2004 or something, but instinct says... Cheesy

Long story short: Needed keyhanger. Made keyhanger.

Short story long:

Had a bit of wood left over from another project, which I painted white and then decoupaged with russian newspaper and helpful cats >_>

Looking all bubbly and newspapered and a bit off

Thin, uneven coat of white, just to make things flow together better

Started butterfly!

Now this is where I got in the zone and forgot to take pictures, but essentially I outlined the butterfly in pale blue, and when I was happy with the outline, I filled that in with black (just the lines mind you). When that was done, I started filling in the background. Sloppy as ever, but with a handful of different colors and being pale enough, it will blend into the background well enough. I used the same pale blue, pale green, pale gray, white, and slightly darker blue. It just needed some background noise to not look quite as glued on.
Then I filled in the butterfly with slightly darker blue, and started filling in the black bits. First the thicker outline, then the lines across the wings.

Finished butterfly includes white dots and a dark blue wash around the outer bits of the blue, for just ever so slightly more depth. (the top right wing got all washed over...)

Overview before the lacquer

Lacquered with polyurethane to withstand the scraping of the keys, and screws added (I drilled holes with my dremel first, because.. it's very thin wood!)

The hanging is on the sides, because at first I wanted it up top, but realized this is probably going to be very side-heavy as soon as you take one of the keys off, and it's a VERY thin piece, so "ears" it is

And complete!
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26  Re: Quilt Block Swap Round 3 (Sign Ups Jan 20 Feb 20, Send Outs April 20) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by Melladh on: January 29, 2013 11:10:03 PM
Yeees, yeees... I will have FOREVER to finish.. it won't be a problem at all... >_>

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27  Re: Embroidery Hoopla Swap Round 9? in New Swap Theme Ideas by Melladh on: January 18, 2013 06:21:46 AM
I just have to share what my hoopla wall looks like right now... Angry

That horrible and adorable little furry demon that we added to the pack last fall is the getting-on-top-of-things type, and she's decided that the best way to get off the high shelf (which she isn't supposed to be on to begin with) is to sort of skid down along the hoopla pinboard.

All the hoops are safe, they just have to live in a pile on my craft table until she gets bored of that shelf. (it's not a sleeping-on shelf, it's a get-on-mommy's-nerves shelf)

But still. She's lucky she's cute. Angry
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28  Doily table runner in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by Melladh on: January 18, 2013 06:16:01 AM

Pardon the cardboard boxes, my table just isn't that long. Cheesy My mom has been keeping these doilies in a bureau for years, inherited bits too precious for a crafter to throw away, but not that useful.

She does however use table runners a whole lot, so when I saw this pin I had to grab them.

The original project says she just tied them together, which seems a little unreliable to me, so I bought some wash-away interfacting, pinned everything to that, and just machined some seams in the middle of every intersection. Throwing it in the washer also removed all the stabilizer from the doilies, but it seems to dry flat enough after some ironing. Cheesy

I didn't quite get the charming, random look of the original, because the engineer in me went for filling in all uneven spaces to get a proper rectangle, but it might be good enough. Smiley
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29  Christmas Crackers ...but.. without.. crack >_> in Winter Holidays by Melladh on: December 16, 2012 04:51:09 AM
We used to make these all the time when I was a kid, but only for decorations to hang on the tree - there was nothing in them, and we'd usually glue bookmarks on them rather than take the shortcut of using stickers (it sort of makes me sound older than I am - we had stickers, but that wasn't how it was done!)

For this christmas I had the urge to make a load of them, and put candy in them this time around. Still nothing that make them into the "cracker" bit of the name though, but I feel candy suffices Wink

Because I have no christmas tree for them, they're just all over the apartment, making it look like a cheerleader gathering, which also means I can't get them into one shot, soooo SPAM TIME

(boyfriend made this one!)

Fluffy reindeer isn't part of the cracker, it's just hanging out of the way of the cats... (and I like fluffy reindeer, but I did NOT buy him myself, it's an odd gift from mom)

Different style when my friend did hers this way which reminded me that's how we used to make them... but I prefer straight tassles

Sooo, yeah. I've got three hanging from my lamp (the last three, one of which didn't show up against the backlight of the window so I had to hold it against the fridge to take a pic), five hanging from my kitchen shelf, and five on my magnetic note board... Cheesy I'm going to have to make my parents buy a christmas tree soon and dump six of them on their tree Wink
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30  Christmas cards in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by Melladh on: December 15, 2012 03:04:54 AM
Stamped, highlighted, cut, and mounted. Cheesy I'm pretty satisfied with them. (right click and hit View Image for full size)

The camera bugged out a bit on the combined blue and yellow light from my window and lamp, and decided to overcompensate the yellow, so imagine them a bit "warmer" looking. More vintage brownish-red than wine red. Cheesy

Since it's two layers of paper, they won't hold up on their own in the mail, so I stamped some envelopes to go with them

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