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11  Harry Potter Napkins in Machine Embroidery: Completed Projects by MissingWillow on: April 25, 2014 08:44:53 AM
I made a complete set of Harry Potter stitched napkins for pottermouth for IYP 25.  My daughter now, of course, wants a set of her own.   Cheesy

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12  Botanical Kitchen Towels in Machine Embroidery: Completed Projects by MissingWillow on: April 25, 2014 08:41:43 AM
I stitched these up for rackycoo in the most recent Invite Your Partner swap.  They are botanical raspberries and cranberries.  I think I need a set, too. 

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13  Re: IYP (invite your partner) 25 - Silver Jubilee Gallery in The Swap Gallery by MissingWillow on: April 24, 2014 06:06:08 PM
I just got home from vacation to a lovely surprise- my IYP package from rackycoo.  I received some crazy amazing things from her, and am absolutely thrilled!

First of all, what could be better than receiving an altoid tin of bits and bobs from such an amazing altered artist??  A tiny glow in the dark skeleton, an eye(!), cigar band, rusty stuff, dresden trim, cool graphics, so much awesome stuff to play with. 

She made me a gorgeous bee themed book box with matching tags (my hubby and I are beekeepers).  I love the colors and papers she used and the flowers on the front are beautiful. 

When you open it, there's a little pearl-lined opening that showcases a bee with the most amazing patina on it.  The interior paper is honeycomb.  It's just perfect!

But the best part... there is a tealight set into the base that allows me to put a spotlight on the bee!  I had a really hard time getting photos today. I couldn't wait to share what I received!  I'll bug rackycoo to post each and everything she made me in a separate thread with her own photos so the rest of Craftster can ooh and ahh.   Smiley

Prepare to be jealous.  She made me a peg doll.  A ZOMBIE peg doll!  She's holding a severed hand.  How awesome is this?!  I'm such a dork, I'd much prefer a zombie peg doll than a cutesy one.  She's awesome.

And most amazing of all... she painted a portrait of my cat Bindi.  The PERFECT likeness of her.  This is an absolute treasure that already has a spot in my living room...

Right next to the perfect painting she did of our dog Jenna a few years ago right before she passed away.  I am so lucky.  Thank you from the bottom of my heart, rackycoo.   Kiss

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14  Re: IYP (invite your partner) 25 - Silver Jubilee Gallery in The Swap Gallery by MissingWillow on: April 15, 2014 01:56:47 PM
Pottermouth's magic box of awesome arrived today.  Sorry for the weird outdoor photos but the weather and natural light is terrible here this afternoon.  I couldn't resist posting the treasures she sent me! 

Funky washcloths which I plan to use as trivets year around.  Love the colors.  They remind me of Halloween.  You'll probably notice this is the start of a theme.  I love Halloween.

A chunky Halloween house to add to my neighborhood!  It's one of two things I collect.  More on that in a moment. 

Here's the back of the house, it's as nice as the front.  I think Pottermouth needs to join the chunky house swap this year, just saying!

A homemade recipe box and a stamp for making my own recipe cards.  I can't wait to try this.  I think I may be stamping challenged, so am up for any tips/hints any of you paper goddesses have for me. 

A prim skeleton shrine.  How cool is this?  A card arrived announcing their names are Stuart and Nelson.  Nelson also goes by the name Bob.   Cheesy

Aren't they great!?

An altered spooky house with 13 hidden eyeballs.  I've yet to find them all, need to get hubby to help. 

I almost keeled over and passed out when I opened this box.  The only other thing I collect is zombie sheep and I have only talked 3 people into tackling that theme over my years at Craftster (because you can't typically find them at the mall...).  I asked for a pincushion and check out what she sent me!!!

The sign is awesome. 

You are so talented, Pottermouth.  LMK if you need better photos when our weather clears.  Everything you sent needs their own threads!  Thank you, thank you, thank you!

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15  Super Exfoliating Melt and Pour Glycerine Soap in Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects by MissingWillow on: April 01, 2014 04:27:01 AM
I've been dying to try some of the soaps containing crushed walnut shells I've seen on pinterest lately.  This winter has been really bad for dry skin so I thought I'd give it a try.  I didn't want to dull my Cuisinart by chopping up the shells up so decided to go for a little more chunky bar.  The peanut shells are leftover from my Floating Candle Tutorial and the hickory shells are from our yard.  This batch isn't scented.  For my next batch, I think I'll try a fragrance that reminds me of springtime.  Also, I won't use shells from salted peanuts, the soap kind of scratches and the salt isn't any fun.

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16  Floating Candle Tutorial in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by MissingWillow on: April 01, 2014 04:25:15 AM
I have a special dinner coming up and wanted to make a fun centerpiece for the table.  I decided to make floating peanut candles, you can too!

Start with candle wax and wicks.  I used soy wax because it's fancy. 

The wick bottoms are too large to fit inside of the peanut shells so I took cutters to make them smaller.

Melt the wax in a double boiler.  I used a chopstick as a stirrer.  Once the wax is melted, carefully pour it into the peanut shells.  Once it cools trim the wicks and you are done!

Here's an action shot.  The whole process only took a little over an hour from start to finish. 
C & C welcome!
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17  First Quarter 2014 Featured Machine Embroidery Projects in SEWING IN GENERAL by MissingWillow on: March 25, 2014 06:37:54 AM
1Q2014 Featured Machine Embroidery Projects

The Anatomy of an (Embroidered) Electric Eel by BrocadeLion   

New Embroidery Designs by amarok   

Avengers Towel Set by texscrapper   

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18  Fun With Pottery and Glass in Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects by MissingWillow on: March 14, 2014 08:01:23 AM
I ordered a terrazzo sampler from americanspecialtyglass.com to embellish the occasional piece of pottery.  This is one of my first experiments, I'm quite pleased with the results.  That Amaco turquoise glaze is a new one, too. 

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19  Cruelty Free Butterfly Display in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by MissingWillow on: March 03, 2014 09:22:13 AM
I made this display for jo_mama for the Ongoing Wish round 100 swap.  I was inspired by something on her wish list: a crafted butterfly taxidermy shadow box.  This is what I came up with. 

And since she listed Breaking Bad as one of the things she loves in her wish list, I had to come up with a few references to the show in some of the butterfly latin names.   Smiley

Here's a link to the OWS 100 gallery - http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=430467.msg5151416#msg5151416
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20  Where I Work: Our Pottery Trailer in Interior Decorating: Completed Projects by MissingWillow on: February 28, 2014 04:39:34 AM
When our next door neighbor called to tell us she would like to sell to us for a super cheap price we jumped at it.  It has acreage, a pasture, a small barn, a well and an older mobile home.  We tried for about a year to sell the trailer to someone who would relocate it but no luck so we had the entire place fenced in as an auxiliary pasture for our sheep and goats. 

At the time, my husband and I were driving 90 minutes every week to pottery class.  One of the draws of the class was free open studio time 7 days/week which we could never take advantage of being so far away.  So... we decided to take the plunge and turn our trailer into our own pottery studio.  Let me show you what we've done with the place.   Smiley 

We tore the carpet out of one of the bedrooms, put down cheap vinyl flooring, added a wheel and some wire shelving and turned this into our 'throwing' room.  The table on the far side is for wedging clay and is made from a slab of wood on top of a metal base we already had.

We put a kiln in the bedroom next door.  We didn't remove the carpet here but set down a base of brick and tile for the kiln to sit on.  My husband, who is a genius, did the wiring himself. 

The kitchen makes the perfect glaze area.  We moved the fridge to the back deck of our house.  It left an open spot to store dipping glazes.  The cabinets store all other glaze materials.  The counterspace works really well for drying pieces.

The dining room is great for hand building.  Our herding dog Jack, who is confined to his indoor kennel at our house, gets the complete run of the trailer and can usually be found underfoot. 

Santa surprised me with a portable slab roller for Christmas this year.  I never would have asked for one but am in love with it.

I had an epiphany a few months ago... We had a VCR and ancient TV in our attic and I had never gotten rid of our VHS tape collection.  They all live in the studio's living room now where we listen to 80s and 90s movies we haven't seen in forever while we work.

The lovely HSG left me a Craftster momento when a bunch of the mods visited for a meet-up.  We set up lots of stations in the studio and taught each other stuff.  There may have been wine involved, just saying. It sits on the fireplace mantle.   

The very best part is the view from every window when our sheep are visiting! 

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