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321  Re: 2011 r3 mini 13 days of Halloween(signups CLOSED. Send outs 25/9) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by MissingWillow on: August 06, 2011 07:11:25 PM
And my pretty baby Bindi.

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322  Button Purse! in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by MissingWillow on: August 03, 2011 12:18:10 PM
I've never sewn a purse before, so of course I'd have to tackle a button purse as my first adventure!  My partner for the Make a Friend swap, thisbirdsabsurd, had one on her wist so I sourced a pattern, some fabric and a ton of buttons.  I originally had buttons on the bottom, too, but it weighed it down too much so ended up with buttons only on the sides. 
Here's a view of the front:

And a view of the back:

The lining.  I had to think about this project a bit before starting it.  I knew I didn't want the buttons sewn through the lining.

The gratuitous close-up:
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323  Saving Heirloom Tomato Seeds - A Turorial in Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects by MissingWillow on: July 29, 2011 12:28:47 PM
Saving heirloom tomato seeds for next year's garden is super easy.  We do it every year and have great success with it.  It's important to save only heirloom, not hybrid tomato seeds because hybrids won't produce true in the next generation.  We select the very best specimens of each variety while they are still on the vine.  You're trying to replicate, so make sure you're replicating the very best.  I usually pick them at ripe then further kind of over-ripen them on my windowsill. 

The first step is to remove the seeds along with the jelly stuff that surrounds them.  I put it all in a clear water glass and throw out the remaining pulp and skins.  If they're not too over-ripe, you can have a snack!

Pour about a half cup of water on top of the seeds and put them on your windowsill.  Leave them for a couple of days to ferment. 

This is what the seeds/water mixture will look like when it's fermented, stuff rises to the top of the water.  This is the yucky part.  I get in there with my fingers and squish what is floating around so the seeds fall to the bottom of the glass.  Carefully pour off the water and yucky stuff and add some more fresh water.  I let this sit for a half hour or so then pour the water off of the seeds again and replenish it. 

Keep refreshing the water until you get what you see in the glass to the right.  Basically seeds and clearish water.  If any seeds continuously float to the top, go ahead and get rid of them.  No need to waste any effort next year trying to grow bad seeds.

Take a strainer and pour the entire glass of water into it and give them a rinse under running water. 

Dump your strainer onto a piece of newspaper, spread the seeds out so they are in a single layer then put it aside and forget about it for 2 weeks.  At that time, the seeds will be fully dry and ready to be stored until planting time again.  Happy gardening!

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324  Re: Shop the Swap 52 **Gallery** in The Swap Gallery by MissingWillow on: July 23, 2011 10:46:17 AM
Claimed by ptarmic wumpus

Blackberry Jam

She also claimed four sewing patterns, including the Vogue Couture shoulder pads so if you were eyeballing that one, you're out of luck.    Wink  Cheesy
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325  Home Sweet Home Great Garden Challenge - 2011 in Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Discussion and Questions by MissingWillow on: July 16, 2011 05:30:55 AM

All of you fabulous gardeners, it's time for this year's Great Garden Challenge!  Post pictures of your gorgeous tomatoes, giant zucchini, delicate flowers, raised beds, cornfield, rooftop container garden jungle - whatever you've got!

The Rules:

-This challenge is open to all Craftster members.

-You must be posting your 2011 garden, prior years are not eligible.

-Each participant may enter just one time (but you can post multiple things in your one entry).

-Post your garden photos from how through August 13th, 2011.  The contest is closed to entries on midnight Saturday, August 13th.  Go to our Challenge Entries spot and select NEW TOPIC in the upper right.  http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?board=406.0   Send MissingWillow a PM if you have any questions or difficulties posting.

-Voting will be open from August 14-21, 2011

The winner of this challenge will receive a Craftster USB card! It holds 1.86 GB.

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326  Re: Shop the Swap 52 **Gallery** in The Swap Gallery by MissingWillow on: July 12, 2011 11:14:02 AM
Claimed by TSM, thanks so much!

Quilting Cotton - Pink/Gray, One Yard
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327  Re: Shop the Swap 52 **Gallery** in The Swap Gallery by MissingWillow on: July 12, 2011 09:19:59 AM
Claimed by lapoli.  Thanks Cheryl!

Redwork Embroidery Designs

Over 25 vintage line art nursery thyme designs for quilting and sewing projects
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328  Re: Shop the Swap 52 **Discussion Thread** in New Swap Theme Ideas by MissingWillow on: July 12, 2011 08:51:15 AM
I just added a bunch of stuff to my shop, and am still running my sale.   Smiley

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Redwork Embroidery Designs
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Over 25 vintage line art nursery thyme designs for quilting and sewing projects

Frogz Frenzy Quilt Pattern - (1 point)
The finished size is a wall hanging 46 by 49 inches, but you can easily add or subtract frogs to make whatever size you like. 

Crochet Throw Sweater Jacket Pattern
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Pattern runs small thru XL.  Please note you start with a finished crochet throw.  Crochet instructions are not included. 

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Beeswax Candles, Set of Three - (1 point)
Beeswax from our hives!
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329  Re: Shop the Swap 52 **Gallery** in The Swap Gallery by MissingWillow on: July 02, 2011 04:03:35 PM
Sold to A2K, thanks so much for the claims!

Cherry Jelly

1 yard of Moda quilting cotton

1 yard of Moda quilting cotton
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330  Re: Shop the Swap 52 **Gallery** in The Swap Gallery by MissingWillow on: July 02, 2011 11:58:32 AM
Sold to Sarahj2001 - Thanks so much for the claims!

Swarovski Crystal Stitch Markers

Knitting Book (new)

Cigar Boxes for Altering

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