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11  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / Talk About The Swap Process / Does anybody know the cheapest way to ship to Canada? on: March 08, 2014 03:01:02 PM
I would like Canadian partners more often, but, the cost of shipping usually prohibits me.  Does anybody know the cheapest way to ship to Canada?  Thank you in advance.
12  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Chocolate Easter Bunny.... on: March 03, 2014 12:56:17 PM
So, I'm totally in love/obsessed w/Rodney the Reindeer and his family from the 80's, made by Hallmark, and a Burger King kid's meal toy.  So much so, that I've been trying to collect the entire line.  I'm also totally in love with/obsessed w/reindeer.  I have a large stuffed Annalee greeter reindeer that hangs out in my front entryway all year round.  My husband likes to sigh, deeply, because he stays there all year round.  But, he makes me smile whenever I walk in my front door.  Out of the corner of my eye, I've caught a crooked smile on my husband's face, when he sees me smiling at the reindeer.  I was skipping along through Pinterest, when I found a free pattern for making Rodney Reindeer look alike stuffed animals. I squealed w/delight and pinned it.  I was looking at the pattern yesterday.  While I could make stuffed reindeer all year round, I was in an Easter bunny kind of mood.  And, voila!  I made rabbit ears instead, and a little round tail.  What came to life from the reindeer pattern was a chocolate Easter bunny.  I love his quirky little face so much!  He didn't come out exactly like the picture, so, I tweaked my pattern a little.  Trimming off some of the hind end, and adding a little length to the underbody.  Regardless, I still think the bunny turned out fabulous!   Grin  I hope you all enjoy him as much as I do.  He is looking for a new  home.  He is made from very soft fleece. 

13  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / 2 Pet Portraits A Greyhound and 2 Italian Greyhounds on: February 26, 2014 11:58:10 AM
I drew these two pet portraits for Sharalee, in the Huge, Giant, Enormous swap.  One is her late, beloved greyhound, and the other 2 are of her beloved Italian greyhounds.  I sketched them out w/a pencil 1st, then colored them in w/oil pastels.  Then, blended in the oil pastels. 

14  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Sock Bunnies!!! AKA Party Favors for My Niece's 1st Birthday Party... on: February 22, 2014 06:22:19 PM
I made these sock bunnies as party favors for my niece's 1st birthday party.  My little sister asked me to make some rabbit party favors for my niece's 1st birthday.  It's a spring theme, not so much an Easter theme, even though my niece's birthday is close to Easter.  I racked my brains for a rabbit toy that I liked.  I ran across the sock bunnies the other day, and said, "Aha!  That's it!  I'll make my niece and her friends some sock bunnies!  Perfect, just perfect!"  They were quick and easy to make.  No small pieces for a baby to choke on.  Their eyes are french knots.  I looked up a how to tutorial on YouTube.  I already had the socks.  I bought them on clearance after Easter like a year or so ago.  Just found out I need to make 2 more.  Good thing I have another pair of new Easteresque socks.  Grin  Enjoy!
15  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / It's a bird, it's a plane, no it's a rainbow trout! on: December 26, 2013 09:40:29 AM
I made this watercolor painting for quaggy in the mini 12 days of Christmas swap.  She said she had a trailer at the lake, and that inspired me to get back into watercolors, and paint this picture for her.  I was also inspired by somebody else's painting, and made this one my own. 
16  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Halloween Watercolor on: October 01, 2013 06:19:19 PM
I painted this picture for my partner in the Vintage Halloween swap.  She said she liked cats, and pumpkins.  I found a similar painting, and made my own less detailed watercolor painting based off of it.  I'm pretty happy w/how it turned out, since it's been a long, long time since I painted w/watercolors.  I hope you all enjoy it.  I hope my partner did too.

17  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Mixed Media Bear in the Woods on: October 01, 2013 06:59:50 AM
I made this mixed media piece for my bathroom.  I was inspired by the shower curtain in our bathroom.  I used a canvas I got at a garage sale, that somebody had started something on it.  Then I glued down 2 pieces of left over card stock paper I had used on previous projects.  The trees I free hand cut from a white cardboard box.  The clouds were free hand cut from a tissue box.  The sun is a paper heart doily that I cut to look like the sun.  The bear is made from left over bits of clay that I rolled together w/a rolling pin.  Then I used an exacto knife to cut out the bear.  I put the bear in the oven, then spray painted him black after he had cooled off.  I used E6000 glue, to glue him down.  I painted all sides of the canvas brown.  I really like how it turned out.  I think I'm going to continue working on mixed media projects.  I had a lot of fun "free handing/styling" as I went along, w/no real plan in mind.  Just letting inspiration free flow.
18  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Girly Crocodile on: September 15, 2013 11:55:44 AM
So, to satisfy my need to make alligators and crocodiles, I made a pink, girly crocodile.  I received the pink minky and the lime green camo under body fabric from Nolansmomster in the, "Make a Friend" swap, 2nd package.  I've been busy putting the fabric I received from her to good use.  Smiley  The brown minky she sent me, went into making 2 whales, one being a taggie whale.  I LOVE minky!  I really love how she turned out.  I think this crocodile, and her patchwork alligator brother will be going to a family in need, for Christmas.  I have 1 more pattern I want to try.  But, I have to enlarge it 1st.  So, that means a trip to the copy shop, as the pattern is too long for my tracer machine.  Otherwise, I would enlarge it myself, as I usually do.  I'll probably use fabric I received from texscrapper, in the, "OWS Round 96" for that crocodile/alligator.  He will go to the same family.  I'll post a pic of him, when I finish him. Enjoy!
19  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / A Patchwork Pal on: September 14, 2013 12:18:20 PM
I don't know what has gotten into me lately, but, I've been in the mood to make alligators and crocodiles!  I've made this one before.  But, I think he turned out even better this time around!  Patch work fabric is so expensive in the store.  So, I sorted through my scraps bin, and made my own.  Smiley  I added the underbody gusset, to give him more depth.  I made this alligator w/a ric rack mouth.  The previous alligator, I stitched his mouth.  I like the mouth either way.  His pupils are an embroidery stitch from my sewing machine.  He is completely baby/kid proof.  I go out of my way to make the toys I make safe for both babies and kids.  He is lovable, and cuddly!  I enlarge the pattern quite a bit.  I like a huggable size.  Don't know who he will be going to.  Just made him to fill a desire to make alligators and crocodiles.  I have 2 other patterns I'm going to try next.  1 needs enlarging though.  I'll post pics of them too, when I finish them. I'm going to use fabric I got from both texscrapper and Nolansmomster on them.  Enjoy!

20  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / What the heck are these things? on: August 30, 2013 10:28:52 AM
And what are they used for? 

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