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301  Re: Wee House Craftalong-Ongoing 2011 in Craftalongs by MissingWillow on: October 07, 2011 10:53:29 AM
I decided my sunny upstairs parlour (still not glued together) needed a beaded curtain to separate it from the tarot room next door.  I got out my jewelry supplies again and here's what I came up with.  It's strung on an antique pin I had laying around.  It's not installed yet.  I want to hang it on a hook or something vs. glue it to the wall, just in case one of the bead strands breaks some day.

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302  Re: Wee House Craftalong-Ongoing 2011 in Craftalongs by MissingWillow on: October 05, 2011 01:46:57 PM
Sure, here ya go! 

Hobby Lobby has a sale this week on all of their unfinished wood.  These were tiny blocks that came in a bag.  I painted them with pearlized white and pewter paint, glued a jewelry spacer finding on top for the lid (that was my third option, the first two were very sad looking), printed some tiny labels and added a poly clay fingernail decoration I got off of etsy a few months ago.

The giant nickle is just a joke.   Cheesy
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303  Re: Wee House Craftalong-Ongoing 2011 in Craftalongs by MissingWillow on: October 05, 2011 10:56:59 AM
I'm not putting my house together until I've got everything installed on the walls that I plan to put up.  I added a ledge shelf today and made some tiny tea containers for my tea shop.  This is way too much fun!

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304  My Very Own Candy Jar Quilt in Quilting: Completed Projects by MissingWillow on: September 29, 2011 04:32:00 PM
When funthreads posted her snack attack quilt back in February, I fell head over heels in love!  Here's the link:  http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=373162.msg4391903#msg4391903

I started looking for candy and snack fabrics online, ordered a few, then realized I had no clue how to applique or finish a quilt.  However, I had a brand new sewing machine and was determined to make something fabulous and this had inspired me so much.  I sent funthreads basically a crazy fan note telling how inspired I was and she offered to do a personal swap with me for the pattern and some important fabrics so I could make my own.  How generous was that?!  She also included a wonderful 'how to applique' primer so I'd have something to practice on.

The pattern and instructions were very easy to follow and I had the top done within a few months of starting it.  Finishing it required me taking several quilt finishing classes in August at my local sewing studio.  Here's the finished product, as a non-quilter, I'm extremely proud of how it turned out!

And the best part?  I took home 3rd place at my county fair last week! 

If you want to try your own snack attack quilt, there's a link to the pattern and tutorial on funthreads' original post above.  The moral of this story is don't be afraid to tell someone you admire their work, they might just help you make your own version.  Thank you so much, funthreads!

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305  Re: Wee House Craftalong-Ongoing 2011 in Craftalongs by MissingWillow on: September 29, 2011 11:08:55 AM
I got over my paralysis/fear of messing up my interiors and just dove right in.  Here's the first view of my floors and walls. I'm not done fussing with it, please ignore the fact that it's not really assembled.   

The bottom right is going to be a tea shop. Next to it will be a little autumn themed tea room.  Upstairs on the right is a sunny waiting room/parlor.  The large upstairs room on the left is going to be a tea reading and tarot room.  This is too much fun, thanks so much for starting this, Knickertwist!
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306  Re: Chunky Houses Halloween Edition Rnd 2 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by MissingWillow on: September 27, 2011 07:16:10 AM
My turn to post a wee pumpkin from Aisy.  The bat was knocked loose in it's envelope on the trip south but not to worry, I have a ton of glue.  Thanks for adding to my collection Aisy!

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307  Re: September 2011 Birthday Discussion and Gallery in The Swap Gallery by MissingWillow on: September 22, 2011 04:18:42 PM
Look at these absolutely adorable mittens I received this afternoon from StickerChic87.  They fit me perfectly and have sheep(!) on them.   Cheesy  My husband told me I wouldn't want to wear them on our sheep farm for chores this winter and he's right.  They're awesome and I love them, so perfect!  Thank you so much, StickerChic87!

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308  Re: 2011 r3 mini 13 days of Halloween Gallery in The Swap Gallery by MissingWillow on: September 21, 2011 02:12:48 PM
Ffrogg526 and I met up today to swap packages!  Here's my booty all set to go.  She wrapped them so beautifully!  We've agreed to start opening on October 1st.  Is it October 1st yet??

Day 1
My container is this awesome crocheted bag lined with a gorgeous batik fabric.  I think these are granny squares, said the extremely impressed non-crocheter... Thank you so much, Ffrogg526!

Day 2
Today I opened a cute glass container that's decorated with swirls in Halloween colors.  I'd love to see a tutorial for this, love it!

Day 3
This project has been on my favorite projects list forever.  Ffrogg526 made me an entire village of ouija board chunky houses!  I love chunky houses and only collect Halloween-related ones.  This seriously pushed my tiny village into a respectable sized town, thanks so much!

Day 4
Holy cow!  A Halloween charm bracelet! She included some handmade as well as metal charms and chunkied it up with beads in Halloween colors.  LOVE!  I just have to say I'm so very impressed with my partner's talents.  It appears she can do everything!

Day 5
OK, so my talented partner is evidently an origami expert as well as everything else she does!  Holy moly, check this box out, it opens into four different levels and each level had a pair of earrings in it.  I swear, there's nothing my partner can't do!  Thank you so much, Rebecca!

Day 6
A hoop!  This is Ffrogg526's specialty and it's so very nicely done.  I love the tiny stitches and need some lessons from her.  Isn't it awesome?!

Day 7
Today on my way to steal socks from my husband, I picked up my package and, behold, it contained socks!  I wore a pair to the farmer's market this morning, and also my new bracelet.  It was nice to show them off!

Day 8
Today was a treat day, and it's my favorite...flavored coffee!  I may have to make a second pot to try this out today.  Thanks Rebecca!

Day 9
Today's package revealed an adorable little hand painted jack o'lantern basket.  Too cute!

Day 10
Today I received some really cute Halloween wine glass charms.  They're packaged on a pumpkin themed cardboard wine glass.  I love that!

Day 11
How clever is this??  Stamped polymer clay bowls.  I'm totally stealing this idea!  

Day 12
Straight off of my wist, a patchwork table runner.  It looks great with my bat photo!  Thanks so much, Ffrogg526, LOVE it!

Day 13
Because my partner is an overachiever, I had two things to open today!  First of all, the world's longest Halloween bunting that fits perfectly onto our Evita balcony.  How did Ffrogg526 know this?  We swapped in person, I'm sure she had a look around and crafted this for our space. LOVE it!  And it matches the table runner from yesterday!

And... a scarf that's reminiscent of Beetlejuice.  Since I can't knit or crochet, I can really appreciate the work that went into this.  I love love love it, thank you for being my partner, Ffrogg526!
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309  Muppet Show Necklace in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by MissingWillow on: September 21, 2011 07:27:34 AM
My partner in the latest round of the bead soup swap, kimchery, loves The Muppet Show.  When thinking about what kind of crafted jewelry item I could do for her, I came up with this Muppet Show necklace.  The base for each image is poly clay and the images are secured with diamond glaze.  I drilled the holes after they were glued together (oooh... power tools!).  It was completed with basic jewelry skills. 

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310  Re: FoC Acrylic-Free Bead Soup Swap (Round 5) GALLERY! in The Swap Gallery by MissingWillow on: September 20, 2011 07:01:19 AM
That's a fantastic haul, Sheep!  Now it's my turn.   Smiley  It's raining here with no end in sight so I grabbed the sunniest spot in my house and a white background for photos of what our fantastic organizer sent me.

Look at these beads in Fall colors.  My head is spinning with the possibilities.  They are gorgeous!

The ones at the top of this photo are focals, the loose ones at the bottom are all pairs.  Earrings!  I think the ones on the right are Turkish eyes.  The blues in the middle are to die for! 

Findings!  Keys!  Inspirational coins!  Clock, moon, watch, crown and White Rabbit charms!

A bag of assorted charms, I just need to figure out how I'm going to use them.  Love them!

OK, and now something to absolutely die for... a Halloween loaded charm bracelet.  I was like are you kidding me??  This is so very me (you have no idea) and so very fabulous!  I'm not sure how you take those incredible photos of your work, Jennie.  I need some pointers!  Although I'm sure I'd do better with improved lighting and minus a dinner plate.   Cheesy

Here's an attempt to move the charms to the center of the bracelet so you can see them better.  She included a bat, several pumpkins, a 'beware' sign, a 'double double toil and trouble fire burn and cauldron bubble' sign, a wolf howling at the moon, a witch, a cauldron and a witch's hat, and owl and, my favorite, vampire teeth!

I am incredibly honored to own one of Jennie's masterpieces (and I'm not taking it off!).  Thank you so much, Jennie, you are awesome!   
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