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1  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Stitchalongs / Re: Teesha Moore Type Journal.. anyone want to play?? on: August 22, 2010 09:56:29 AM
I found a good place online to buy DMC pearl cotton thread from.  They ship all over the world for a very reasonable amount.  I did a test of 5 balls and the shipping to Canada was only $3.49 Canadian dollars.  http://www.123stitch.com  You can get 141 yard balls pearl cotton size #12 for $2.15 each or 90 yard balls of #8 for $2.15 each.  I'm not sure what size you need for this but I know the higher the number the thiner the thread.  The #8 is available in more colors including lots of varigated.  The #12 is much more limited with colors.    I did some quick calculations in my head and it's half the price of DMC floss here in the states.  One of our Canadia friends said the floss available in her area was $1 per skein.  the pearl cotton thread would be a 75% discount for her. 
2  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Stitchalongs / Re: Teesha Moore Type Journal.. anyone want to play?? on: August 21, 2010 06:25:04 AM
only 10 little pillows?  I'd be taking more if I were you.  You never know how those ladies will get addicted.  LOL
3  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Stitchalongs / Re: Teesha Moore Type Journal.. anyone want to play?? on: August 20, 2010 08:47:20 PM
Firstly.. That lady does need some relaxation.... sheesh!
Secondly I'm jealous of your time alone on the couch with your sewing in complete silence.... I need some silence!

I added more stuff to my post so you might want to read that too.   

My situation is definitly unique.  In some ways it really sucks but I have to look at the positives too (like having the time and silence to do this stuff).  I'm thankful to have these creative things to do to help fill the time when I'm not at the class or going to appointments. 
4  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Stitchalongs / Re: Teesha Moore Type Journal.. anyone want to play?? on: August 20, 2010 08:32:00 PM
I was quilting some of my pillows before a class (I have to get there early because of the bus) and this lady inquired about what I was doing.  I told her I was making them into a quilt.  She got a bit snippy with me and said "well that's not the way quilting is usually done" (said with a heavy dose of smart-mouth sarcasm in her voice).  Then she was like "how do you get all the sides of the quilt straight and even?"  silly people....  I think she could use some theraputic relaxation making some of these wonderful things.   I was wondering about some of the logistics of making these into a quilt and the use of it after it's finished.  Then I though about how easy it will be to take a pillow or pillows out and replace with new pillows if they become stained or torn or whatever.  And it would be easy to add on to later if I want it wider or longer.  I'm liking the quilt idea more and more.  Once I have a hundred or so all done I'll start putting some of them together.  I'm done with about 40 now.  After I get my apartment cleaned and more organized I'll devote a lot more time to this project.  It's hard to work around the boxes and mess.  I'm one of those chronically disorganized people.  Thankfully I'll be getting help again soon from a mental health rehab person.  I have not had one for a few months because of budget cuts and insurance issues but now that's cleared up.  WOOT!!

This may sound weird and quite strange, but I love sitting lotus style on my couch (I'm not very flexible but for some reason I can still sit this way) and stitching away with no tv (I don't have one anyhow) and no music...  just silence, for hours at a time.   The silence helps quiet my mind down.  I'd rather be making little quilted pillows than taking anti-anxiety meds.  Too bad insurance doesn't recognize the value of this project and buy my supplies, they are way cheaper than pharmacutical drugs.  I live by myself so it's a lot easier for me to do than most.  
5  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: A happy little snail on: August 20, 2010 07:59:42 AM
awwww  he's sooooo cute!  you can't help but smile when you see him1
6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Teesha Moore style bag, extremely simplified version. A Super Scrap Buster! on: August 18, 2010 09:36:45 PM
wooo hooo, you made in on to the Featured Projects section!  I'm loving making my little pillows by hand but I do want to make some craftylittlemonkey style too!
7  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Stitchalongs / Re: Teesha Moore Type Journal.. anyone want to play?? on: August 15, 2010 11:48:07 PM
I've been having a lot of fun with my little pillows this weekend.  I had almost 60 panels sewn and whipped stitched and ready for quilting.  My original plan for these panels was to make a wallhanging with a quote embroidered on the pillows, but when I arranged them I realized it wouldn't work out that way.  No bid deal so I'm using them for the quilt I have planned for my bed.  I got 17 quilted.  some of them I took 2+ hours to quilt.  Since this is a quilt for my bed I'm not going to do embelishments, just the quilting.  I'm not much of an embelishment person anyhow.  One of the favorites I did  is a tulip.  I have some thin line fabric markers and find they are just right for marking the fabric and the thread covers the line up.  I don't have a disapearing marker so these work well.   I love being able to pick a color of floss or craft thread and have at it and do whatever comes to my mind.  some of the pillows "talk" to me and tell me what to do with them, as is the case with the tulip (30's repro fabric with little flowers and some are tulips). 

I'm going to try to get my camera and computer to communicate again so I can post pics. 
8  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Teesha Moore style bag, extremely simplified version. A Super Scrap Buster! on: August 11, 2010 03:21:55 AM
I totally need a pretty tote to carry my stuff instead of a plain canvas bag.  I like being totally original and making people drool of the awesomeness of stuff I made.  LOL
9  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Teesha Moore style bag, extremely simplified version. A Super Scrap Buster! on: August 09, 2010 06:16:54 PM
CLM, this is TOTALLY different than I was imagining it would be. It totally ROCKS!!  and yes I'm clicking "this rocks" because it totally does. 

and quit calling it teesha moore style cuz it isn't it's craftylittlemonkey style!!
10  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Stitchalongs / Re: Teesha Moore Type Journal.. anyone want to play?? on: August 09, 2010 05:55:22 PM
Bella and CLM (and any of our other international peeps),

I sent the two of you a PM but I thought I'd post this here for everyone.  Overstock.com has the large multi-packs of embroidery floss (I didn't see the craft thread).  $11.05 for 105 skeins and I also saw a pack of 150 for $16.97.  Their standard shipping to the US is $2.95.  I know it will be more to Canada but these are small and fairly lightweight packages so I don't think shipping would cost too much. 

I hope this help our international peeps.  I hate to see anyone not participate just because the supplies in their country is so expensive.  Also, I like to make people happy and love to google! 
 
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