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1  i embroidered a whale. a whole whale!! in Needlework: Completed Projects by k8thagr8 on: December 08, 2008 04:29:07 PM
it's time for our annual family quilt again.  my sister-in-law sends us all a little square of muslin, gives us a theme, and then we're to do whatever we want.  then she sews the whole ding danged thing together. 

last year (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=208356.msg2229693#msg2229693), the theme was places.  and this is what i came up with:



this year, the theme is water.  and this is what i came up with:



it's based on a pacific northwest indian idea of a whale in a totem pole.  i pretty much winged the design and pattern.  i wish i had more time to put more effort into it.  i would have put more "characters" around the whale and probably embroidered the white space.  i wish i hadn't added the blue, also.  i did the red first and really liked how the red and black worked together, but i was afraid it would be too boring.  oh well.  in the end, i dig it.  here are some closer shots:








happy embroidering!!  Smiley
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2  Re: Post Secret Swap Round 5 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by k8thagr8 on: July 08, 2008 02:49:43 PM
i got my last one today.  what a great swap.  thanks everyone for baring your souls!

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3  Re: Post Secret Swap Round 5 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by k8thagr8 on: June 17, 2008 12:29:17 PM
two more found their way into my mailbox yesterday.  Smiley



reads:

FOR FOUR YEARS,
I've been in love

WITH A MAN
I've never met



this one came with a kickass red bracelet:


the front reads:
I wear a red bracelet to show my strength.
My bracelet tells the people around me what I am.
The ribbon around my wrist says no to gluttony.
I use red as my code.
I feel strong in red.

I wear a red bracelet to show my weakness.
My bracelet tells the people around me that I need help.
The ribbon around my wrist says no to food.
I use red as my SOS.
I feel weak in red.


the back reads:
This bracelet helped me destroy my life, it was also the reason I got the help I needed.

and the aforementioned kickass bracelet:
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4  Re: Post Secret Swap Round 5 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by k8thagr8 on: June 16, 2008 01:16:10 PM
i was out of town this past weekend and while i was away, i received a couple more.  Smiley



reads:
I WISH MY DADDY COULD BE HERE

R.I.P
1962-1994

ALWAYS USE PROTECTION!







reads (front):
MY PARENTS CANT AFFORD ANYTING! AND I RESENT THEM FOR THAT.

(back):
not to sound like a spoiled OC-teen, but Im sure my MOMS SHOPPING, TRIPS & other costly crap are costing more than my AP tests and senior Prom!
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5  Re: Post Secret Swap Round 5 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by k8thagr8 on: June 11, 2008 11:02:58 AM
hooray....another:



reads: I WANT TO LIVE A REAL LIFE
and then specifically: I WANT: My own car. My own business. A retirement fund. A second child. Thick, luxurious hair. To be loved by someone I love. To lose 100 lbs. A sewing machine that works. To keep my feet. A college degree. Kickass heels. To sleep all day + work all night. Simplicity. A Nintendo DS. Orthodic flip flops. Prescription sun glasses. Superwash yarn. A Montblanc pen. A cottage on the beach. An underground house. Brown refills by Cross. To like making socks. No more neuropathy. No more Carpal Tunnel. A harem of men, just for me. Black hair - naturally. 5 inches added to my height. A travelling studio. To visit Israel. To move to Canada. A pushup bra in my size. No more stalking! Purple ink standard in the work place. Carbs not to turn to sugar. Love!
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6  Re: Post Secret Swap Round 5 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by k8thagr8 on: June 10, 2008 10:32:38 AM
got one yesterday:

(front and back)
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7  Re: Post Secret Swap Round 5 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by k8thagr8 on: June 06, 2008 12:39:28 PM
got another one yesterday.  a little residual glue-age on the postcard.  i tried to remove as much as i could, but didn't want to destroy the card. 

feeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeet...
(front and....back)
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8  Re: Post Secret Swap Round 5 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by k8thagr8 on: June 03, 2008 12:36:45 PM
guess who got some cards.

meeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee.  Cheesy

first one (front & back):


(front):
"IM NOT SORRY I LIED BECAUSE IT GOT YOU OUT OF MY LIFE
IM SORRY YOU HURT MY FRIEND IN RETALIATION FOR MY ACTIONS THOUGH
"

(back):
"That was 4 years ago -
I'm still angry now, but I'll never be sorry.
Just wish my friend didn't get hurt because of it.
(She knows, and we're still close though!)
He thinks I'm sorry.
"

second one (front & back):


(front):
"I practice partial arts so that I don't take my anger out on innocent bystanders.
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
"

(back):
"It works.  Haven't been in a fight since high school"
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9  Re: lovebot of substandard quality. in Needlework: Completed Projects by k8thagr8 on: February 18, 2008 11:32:25 PM
maybe we should hook 'em up...



i love your robot.  i can't decide if i like her eyes or her belly computer the best.  Smiley
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10  because who doesn't love embroidered onesies?! (pic-fat) in Needlework: Completed Projects by k8thagr8 on: January 22, 2008 11:30:51 PM
my girlfriend had her first baby on sunday and we're all overjoyed at his arrival.  she is "older", miscarried her first pregnancy, and had a rocky time with this one (lots of bedrest early on).  so she was a high risk pregnancy and we all had our beady little eyes on her just hoping she'd marinade that kid until he was healthy and ready to do a meet and greet with us.  much to our pleasure and with the help of some happy drugs, he was two days overdue.  hooray.  when i found out she was having a boy, i made these:



here are some closeups:

of course you need the mom tattoo.


they're way into music.  she has sung at the grand ole opry and both of them are very talented people, musically.  they even named him after sebastian bach.  her singing is my happy place.


more music-related.  originally i was going to fill this in with black.  then i changed my mind, but the thread shed in the fabric so now i'm thinking i may go back and fill it in again.  don't know if washing it will make it come out. 


who doesn't love a quirky robot?


goldfish...big lips and all.


i think i'd propose to this robot if i was made of metal and buttons.  so here's more robot love:


they brought him home from the hospital today hopefully next week i'll get to go spend some more time with him and give him these.  i've got another pack of shirts to make, but school started back up today, so we'll see if that happens.  i'm so happy for them, i could just spit.
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