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1  Re: Stash swap gallery in The Swap Gallery by JS on: Today at 12:09:44 PM
Today I received a fabulous box filled with all sorts of wonderfulness from kbrison!  A lovely card topped a stack of gorgeous fabrics, and supplies nested at the bottom.  I had no idea a box could hold so much!

Floral prints and pretty solids ... yards and yards for projects that are sure to keep me busy for quite some time

Here is a closer peek at the border print, which I intend to make into a summery maxi dress.  The actual color is a navy, like the pic above.  I don't know why my phone camera discolored this shot. 

She also sent these: a much needed seam ripper; hot glue sticks; bobbins that already have different colored threads on them; straight pins that have colorful balls on the heads for easy gripping; and a charming stuffed flower pin cushion.

Thank you so much, kbrison!  You are an absolute angel and I appreciate everything that you sent!  Smiley

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2  Re: 12 crafty things for ME along! in Craftalongs by JS on: July 27, 2015 05:04:18 AM
My recycled band geek tee tote bag with wipeoffable laminate:

I like that I can set this bag down and not worry about mud getting on it.

A peek at the inside zipper pocket (sorry for the bad pic, I can't hold, aim, and click at the same time lol):

I used part of an old towel for the handle.
It is far from perfect but was a great learning experience and I'm tickled with the result Smiley
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3  Re: 12 crafty things for ME along! in Craftalongs by JS on: July 26, 2015 08:09:19 PM
I made a tote bag for myself!  As soon as my phone charges up, I'll get some photos.  I'm uber excited about it because it is from my band geek son's band tee shirt from last year (point for recycling), plus I laminated it with iron-on waterproof Heat-n-Bond (point for trying something new).  It also has a zipper pocket that was violated out of an old purse.

I also made a bingo game for the upcoming family reunion.  Instead of the usual numbers on the game boards, there are things associated with the family and with reunions.  DH's father was one of 12 kids.  Each of those names, plus their parents' names, are on the cards... along with other relatives, picnic foods, activities, and locations of some of the families.  It's a blast to play and we look forward to it.  During our move I lost the other set and had to make this new one.
Tip: jigsaw puzzle pieces work well for bingo markers!  Not hard to find a 1500 piece puzzle at a yard sale, and it doesn't matter if there are pieces missing.

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4  Re: 2015 Annual DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by JS on: July 21, 2015 04:43:58 PM
LOL @ that pic of fabric fluffypants!

Recently I received wonderful mug organizers from scarlet_nights, made with stash-fabric fabric!  If you look closely at the material, you can see stacks of folded fabrics!  As I exclaimed to my MIL, "Lookie, it's a stash!!  That is so brilliant!!  And gorgeous!!  And awesome!!"  MIL did not understand my enthusiasm.
* points at the pic down below V

For whatthepuck (and the rest of us addicts as we go through withdrawls):
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5  Re: OWS Round 113, 114 & 115 Gallery & Discussion in The Swap Gallery by JS on: July 10, 2015 05:12:22 PM
Yay for strike being over and for fun Halloween packages!

Today I received my organizers from scarlet_nights and ooh are they ever adorable!  She made ones that wrap around a mug, and have pockets on both the inside and outside.  I've never seen anything like them but they are already being put to use in my craft room and on my desk.  I love the cheerful crafty fabrics she chose too Smiley

Thank you very much for these awesome pressies, scarlet_nights! Smiley
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6  Re: OWS Round 113, 114 & 115 Gallery & Discussion in The Swap Gallery by JS on: June 25, 2015 02:50:52 PM
Awesome items, everyone! 

Today the postal carrier delivered my apron and potholders from scarlet_nights, and they are simply stunning!  The apron is a vintage style that I love, with pretty purple floral fabric and roomy pockets.  I've been prancing and twirling around Smiley  The matching potholders will definitely get lots of use.

... or maybe not.... They are too pretty to use and I wouldnt want them to get messy!

Thank you so much scarlet_nights for these wonderful gifts! Smiley
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7  Re: 12 crafty things for ME along 2013! in Craftalongs by JS on: June 24, 2015 05:15:44 PM
Glad you two are making progress and are not giving up! Smiley  Antidigger I hope you find that big table soon.  Alteredmommy it's great that you have your finished painting.

We had a few things sidetrack our crafting plans.  Our huge picture window that bows outward (loved that view) was so heavy that it was falling outward/downward and pulling the wall with it.  Replacing it became a higher priority.  The size made things tricky, since that size is no longer made (gimongous x huge ... 12 feet wide by 6 feet tall).  A special custom unit frame had to be ordered that contains 3 smaller windows.  The soonest it could be installed was on New Years Eve.  Imagine having a huge hole in the living room wall, the size of 2 open garage doors during the holidays!  Luckily the weather wasn't as bitter at that point.   

This is before: (taken when we first bought the house-- the window seat is almost 2 feet deep)

After (still a work in progress, as trim is needed):

In addition, DH had a stroke in March that paralyzed his left side.  He has since recovered most of his strength with a few residuals.  Priorities and ways of doing things have changed.  I've been able to make a few crafty items and am trying to destash as I have several totes filled with fabric.   Life is good, God is awesome! Smiley

To make a long story short, I'm not done with my list lol
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8  Re: OWS Round 113, 114 & 115 Gallery & Discussion in The Swap Gallery by JS on: June 14, 2015 07:08:51 PM
Here is a little sneak peak for JS.

The material is actually brighter and darker than this but my camera washed it out.

Oh you teaser! This is more exciting than Christmas Eve lol

Speaking of sneak peeks, here is a teaser for Grab a coffee: 

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9  Re: 12 crafty things for ME along 2013! in Craftalongs by JS on: May 05, 2013 05:19:23 PM
Thank you, ladies, for the encouragement and good wishes!  kbrison, your velcro suggestion for the window coverings is brilliant.  I forgot to explain how such a huge project could possibly be befitting for a ME-along.  Our current home is roughly 900 sq ft, with no real claimable space for sewing and crafting.  The routine goes something like this: give kidlets breakfast at dining room table, shoo them off to school, get out a project, spread it out on the table, clear everything off the table when school lets out so kids can do homework at the table, serve dinner and clear, drag out the project, move it so laundry can be folded, ...  lather, rinse, repeat... Hubby heard an earful about my wanting a house with more rooms than what we have now.  Our realtor patiently showed us several places before this one.  I cashed in my meager retirement to buy it.  My very own space, with my name titled first on the deed, since it is "mine."  Selfish? Absolutely.  Deserved?  You betcha! lol

Here is a look at the stained kitchen cabinets and paint color:

Proper pics will be posted when everything is done.
(Kitchen before:

Hubby was thrilled when he pulled up the carpet and discovered those wonderful hardwood floors:

Sometimes the magnitude of work needed seems overwhelming.  We are trying to be patient and prioritize the projects.  Hopefully things won't be too costly.  Oh guess what- the neighbors think that the detached garage is encroaching on their property by ten feet. *sigh*  
I hope all of you are having an awesome day!
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10  Re: 12 crafty things for ME along 2013! in Craftalongs by JS on: May 04, 2013 07:02:13 PM
Each and every project mentioned in this thread has my wish list growing.  Where else can I troll a thread containing such diverse talents (aside from the combined rest of this board of course lol)?!  The creativity is awesome - dollmakers who painstakingly insert itty bitty hairs into scalps, quilt artists who cut up perfectly good fabric in order to sew it back together, spinners, stencilers, recyclers, ... the list is endless.  It is exciting and inspiring.

My ME-list might be changing somewhat.  You see, there is a house that was sitting all empty and abandoned.   Roomy, with a bit of yard for the kidlets, not in the city, and in need of TLC.  After a lengthy buying process, we became official owners and have begun the task (tasks!  many, many tasks!) of renovating.  At the moment there are no "after" pics but there are some "befores."   Without further ado, please meet my new project:


This bowed window is 12 feet wide by 6 feet tall.  It cannot be replaced because window manufacturers only make up to 117 inches wide these days.  In order to replace, it would need modified into multiple smaller sized windows grouped together.

We are doing the kitchen walls in a sort of minty retro-ish green.  We love the woodwork of the stairs and are trying to match the cupboard stain to the golden oak of the stairs.

These are bedroom pics, before the carpet was pulled up.  We planned to paint and replace the carpet.   

However, we were thrilled to discover beautiful hardwood floors underneath the carpet!  Gorgeous, thick, real hardwood floors - not prefabricated layment or fancy, easy care stuff.  Pics to follow soon.  And work.  Lots and lots of work.

Suggestions appreciated.  Thanks for looking Smiley
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