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311  Re: Shop the Swap 48 **Discussion Thread** in New Swap Theme Ideas by MissingWillow on: March 03, 2011 01:39:34 PM
Congrats to your friend!  It's been a long time since I had a baby girl.   Cheesy  I forgot to put these antique buttons in my shop.  They measure approx. 3/4 inch across.  The colors are really pretty. They're there now, one point for all. 

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312  Re: Pet Lovers Swap R2 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by MissingWillow on: March 03, 2011 01:22:35 PM
My pets and I received the most lovely things from my partner 1watermonkey today!  First of all, she made peanut butter biscuits for our dogs.  They smell heavenly!  I so very want to try one or at least go make some peanut butter cookies for the humans in the house. 

Jenna approves!

Our new kitten Bindi got some cat toys made from sweaters.  Aren't they cute?  They took her mind off of the toothbrush she stole from the bathroom this morning and has been batting around the hardwood floors all day...

I LOVE LOVE LOVE this wall hanging of our karakachan FiFi. It's my first ever mini wall quilt.  Did I mention I love it?

She made Bindi this absolutely adorable shark bed!  Since she's always chilly, I'm sure she'll enjoy this for many many moons. 

You're an awesome partner, 1watermonkey.  My critters and I thank you so much for everything! 
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313  Re: Shop the Swap 48 **Gallery** in The Swap Gallery by MissingWillow on: March 02, 2011 08:19:24 AM
Sold to pseudo_pix.  Thanks!

Canine Couture Book (new)

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314   Re: Shop the Swap 48 **Shops Only!** in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by MissingWillow on: February 28, 2011 04:40:31 PM

Missing Willow's Shop is Closed

We are a non-smoking household in Virginia with a hairless cat and one indoor dog only allowed in her kennel.

Swarovski Crystal Stitch Markers - 1 point

Knitting Book (new)- 1 point

Tea Cup Pincushion - 2 points

Miniature Witch Curio - 2 points
To get an idea of the scale, the crystal ball is a marble.

Close up of the spell book and the opposite side of the photo frame.  It has a flying monkey on one side and the Wicked Witch of the West on the other.

Rainbow Pet Food Rug - 1 point

An action shot of our Bindi with hers:

Sweater Vase - 1 point
Made from a felted sweater, this container has a plastic cup inside to hold water for flowers or pens/craft supplies.  

Upcycled Toddler Pants - 1 point
Made from merino wool.  They have been washed twice already.  The inseam without the cuff is 8.5 inches.  The elastic is just pinned to assure you can finish it to the needed waist size.  

Homemade Laundry Soap
Two cups for one point.  Contains Fels-Naptha laundry soap, sodium carbonate and sodium tetraborate (borax). Use 1 Tbsp for a regular load, 2 Tbsp for an extra soiled load.    


Strawberry Cream Pie Soap - 1 point
This M&P soap has a vanilla scented crust topped with a layer of cream and strawberries, topped with strawberry glaze.  If you cut it into 4, you can get bath sized bars.  6 slices make guest bath sized soaps.

Panel Skirt - 1 point

This wine colored panel skirt is sewn by me and shown worn with black harem pants.  It ties on one side and is trimmed with kuchi coins.  Should fit a dancer between 5'6" and 5'8".

Jams & Jellies - 1 point each
We had such an abundance of honey from our bees this year, I think I used honey in all of my canning so if you have allergies to honey, please be aware.  Where appropriate, I'm showing the ribbon earned from last month's county fair. These are all half pint jars.  U.S. shipping only please.

Peach Jelly

Peach Jam

Chocolate Raspberry Jam

Cherry Jelly

Blackberry Jelly

Blackberry Jam

Raw Texel Fleece - 16 oz. for 1 point

Indian Coin Necklace - 1 point

Individual Soaps - 1/2 point each
Claim these M&P soaps as follows (clockwise from top left):
Canteloupe ducky
Lavender sheep (contains goats milk)
Cranberry flower
Strawberry sheep (contains goats milk)
Cucumber fish (small fish toy inside)
Chocolate cupcake
Peaches & Cream goat (contains goats milk)

Cigar Boxes for Altering - 1 point each.  Claim either as Sun Grown or Autumn Collection

Bag of Dominoes and Tri-Ominoes - 1 point
You'll receive a bag that contains 20 each of both dominoes and tri-ominoes.  

Choli Pattern (out of print)
1/2 point

Earrings - 1/2 point each

Claim as blue earrings

Claim as green earrings

Claim as red earrings

Claim as orange & black earrings

Sewing Patterns - I inherited these, LMK if you have any questions.  They are 0.25 points each

Size 6-8-10.  Claim as 3597 (uncut).

Shoulder pads (!) and a Parsons School of Design bridal veil pattern.  Both uncut.

These are juniors 3/4 thru 9/10.  Claim as 5666 or 3501 uncut).

Youth patterns.  Claim as 9936 or 3338.

Kids clothing.  Claim as 2885 (sizes 1-2-3, uncut), 6362 (size 2 Toddler), 3343 robe (size 4, uncut) or 7790 (18 months, uncut)

These are size S-XL.  All are uncut. Claim as 4808, 6835 or 7150.

Size 8-10-12.  Claim as 3227 (uncut), 5642 (uncut) or 6415.

Size 14-16-18.  Claim as 3135, 3444 (uncut) or 4463 (uncut)

These are size 12-14-16. Claim as 4004, 6879 or 5577 (uncut).

Size 12.  Albert Nipon.  I actually owned this dress in the 80s.  Uncut.

Size 10-12-14.  Claim as 3007 (uncut)

Size 14.  Claim as 9091

Claims from me:
pseudo_pix - Canine Couture Book (1)
pseudo_pix - Antique Buttons (1)
A2K - 2 Yards of Timeless Treasures Moon Fabric (1)
pseudo_pix - Vintage toddler clothing: McCall (uncut) and vintage toddler simplicity.
Kids clothing:  6362 (size 2 Toddler) and 7790 (18 months, uncut)
Four patterns for 1 point
A2K -Michael Miller Fabric Panels (2)
A2K - Low sugar peach jam (1)

Claims by me
mimiw - Japanese Fabric Wristlet - (1)
A2K -Pile 'O Fabric for Missing Willow (1)
A2K - Quilted Boxbag (1)

Starting Points - 3
Current Points - 7
Pending Points - 0
Total Points - 7
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315  Make Your Own Rainbow Patchwork Skirt - Tutorial in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by MissingWillow on: February 28, 2011 11:24:52 AM

I made a rainbow patchwork skirt for the Be Awesome Again swap.  I've never made one before and couldn't find a pattern I liked so I figured it out on my own.  Since I don't sew much, I don't have many fabric scraps. I purchased all of the fabric for this project. I decided to do six layers (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple) with two bold fabrics per layer. Since I liked all of the fabrics I selected, I made sure I got a little bit extra to do some scrap projects with the remainder.  I've already made some rainbow pet food bowl 'mug' rugs with my scraps.  Here's the yardage I purchased:
Reds: 1/2 yard each
Oranges: 1/2 yard each
Yellows: 1/2 yard each
Greens: 2/3 yard each
Blues: 3/4 yard each
Purples: 1 yard each  

Here's the pattern I worked out. The top layer is a bit longer to accommodate the waistband. It's also tapered to keep the waistband from being too bunchy.  I cut an additional 2 inch wide strip of one of the reds for the drawstring casing, too.  The bottom layer is the longest.  This extra is to allow for the hem.  Here's how many of each I cut:
Reds: 5 each of the top layer pattern
Oranges: 7 each of the 'all other layers' pattern
Yellows: 9 each of the 'all other layers' pattern
Greens: 11 each of the 'all other layers' pattern
Blues: 13 each of the 'all other layers' pattern
Purples: 15 each of the bottom layer pattern

The first thing I did was sew all of the like colors together in rows, alternating the squares.  This gave me the tiers of the skirt.  With the additional 2 inch strip I cut of one of the reds, I sewed in the drawstring casing to the very top of the skirt.  This photo shows how I've folded and pinned it to prepare it for sewing to make the casing.

I pinned the second layer to the first, right sides to right sides and sewed them together, taking just 1-2 small tucks per square for the gathering.  All of my seams for this project were 1/2 inch.  

I used the same process to sew the next layer and so on.

Here's a close up of a few squares to show how minimal the gathering really is.

To finish it off, I hemmed it and added a drawstring embellished with a few colorful beads.  

I'm guessing it would fit between a size 10-16 because of the adjustibility of the drawstring waist, and is hemmed for someone 5'6" tall.  If you want to replicate this for your own measurements, just adjust the math on the pattern.  You'll want the finished waist to be at least 5 inches wider than your waist measurement for the drawstring.  Don't forget to include 1/2 inch seam allowances on your squares. Have fun!  Smiley

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316  Re: The Awesome Swap Gallery of the "Be Awesome" Swap in The Swap Gallery by MissingWillow on: February 28, 2011 06:18:18 AM
Hi jennilocker, I'm so relieved it fits!  I love your house guest checking out the drawstring.  It's impolite not to taste it, right??  I already received a request from someone who saw your photo and is interested in making one herself so am going to post a tutorial.  Enjoy!

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317  Re: Altered Puzzle Pieces - Round 3 GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by MissingWillow on: February 26, 2011 08:31:00 AM
I received my first finished pieces from JillHogan.  Aren't they great??  My theme is bees (stating the obvious...)  Thanks so much!

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318  Grow Your Own Tomatoes from Seed in Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects by MissingWillow on: February 23, 2011 10:07:01 AM
If you've always wanted to start your own tomato seedlings rather than purchase plants at a nursery, here are a few pointers.  We live in gardening zone 7 and have a greenhouse so are able to get a jump on seed starting for our area.  Let me start by saying we grow on a largeish scale, but you should be able to downsize to fit your needs.  This process works for any kind of tomatoes, but we grow only heirlooms for a few reasons; they taste so much better than hybrids, my customers at the farmer's market want them, and you can save their seeds to plant next year.  Here are some of last year's harvest.

We don't have large dinner parties between New Years and Easter because our dining room becomes seed-land.  We lay down shower curtain liners and set up a utility table on them.  We hang shop lights both above and below the table's surface.  We don't use expensive grow bulbs, just regular shop lights.  They're on a 14 hour timer.  We have no (zero) sun in our house thanks to a wrap around porch.  If you have a sunny windowsill, that will work just fine!

We use seed starting flats and a seed starting potting mix.  You can find both in lots of places including WalMart and home improvement stores.  Following the instructions on your seed packet regarding the time to start your seeds and the depth to plant them, plant 2-3 seeds in each of your tray's compartment.  We spritz them daily with water and keep the lids on the trays until the plants get to be about an inch tall. 

See how all three seeds came up in this compartment?  I take my tiny sewing scissors and cut two of the three, you only want one plant per compartment.  If you try to pull the other two out, you run the risk of damaging the roots of the plant you want to keep.

When your plants have three sets of leaves, it's time to transplant them.  It took five weeks from the day I planted the seeds for the plants to get this tall. 

If you've planned your planting dates such that your last frost date has passed, you can put these outside either in a planter or into the ground.  We're still two months from our last frost date so these are going into one cup sized peat pots.  I write right on the pots with a sharpie.  These are brandywine tomatoes (BW).  I'm also experimenting this year with wooden swizzle stick plant markers.  I'm writing on those and sealing my writing with clear nail polish.  We'll see how it goes. 

Before you try to remove them from their compartment cells, water thoroughly.  This will hold the roots in the potting medium and make the plant easy to remove.  I use a fork to remove the plant from the cell and place it into the peat pot.  Never touch the stem of a plant, just the dirt and leaves if you must.  For tomatoes, it's important to plant them as deep as possible.  The stems will grow more roots and improve the stability of your plants.  I fill the pot with a 50/50 mixture of seed starting mix and potting soil with a few Soil Moist crystals thrown in to help maintain moisture.  They're hard to find and expensive but we use them.  I've found them both online and in a very upscale garden center. 

Here a photo of our back deck from last summer, just to show you it's possible to have tomatoes in pots!  We grow about 50% in pots and 50% in raised beds.  If you have any questions about our process, I'll do my best to answer.

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319  Warhol Chihuahuas in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by MissingWillow on: February 11, 2011 04:31:44 PM
My partner in the Pet Lovers swap, 1watermonkey, has the cutest chihuahua's EVER.  Deedlit, Cosette and Loki. She sent me adorable photos of them all for crafting inspiration and I knew immediately I wanted to do something with their images as one of my swap items.  I was brainstorming with Cackle and she suggested Andy Warhol portraits.  I didn't know how to make it happen but knew I wanted to try.  My daughter walked me through some of the features of Photoshop (this was my first time using it) and this is what I came up with.  They are printed images glued onto wooden bases painted gold with wires affixed to the back for hanging on the wall.  I'm in love with this craft, and plan to do a series featuring some of our sheep.

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320  A Wearable Koi Pond in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by MissingWillow on: February 04, 2011 07:16:43 AM
My partner in the IYP17 swap, CamOovas, loves koi.  She had several koi-related things on her wist, including a box with sculpted fish and lily pads on the lid.  I had an empty pocket watch case lying around and thought it would make a lovely piece of jewelry with a sculpted koi and lily flower set inside. 

The fish and water are sculpted from polymer clay, the clay flower has a swarovski detail in the center. The water was coated in diamond glaze to give it a fluid sheen.  The piece was finished off with a watch chain in a length suitable to wear this as a necklace.  I also think it would make a lovely Christmas tree ornament.

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