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1  Jackalope & Scissors for Pupper in Needlework: Completed Projects by CarrottessSparklepaws on: September 23, 2011 04:47:47 PM
'K, so this was my 1st swap & I was a tad nervous about the whole thing.  After much Pinterest stalking, I came up with the idea to do a jackalope.  then I got the message that Pupper likes spring colors & was secretly wishing for a pair of Victorian scissors.  While the idea of stitching a 6" pair of scissors was unappealing, I knew I had to do it when I saw a tiny 3" hoop at the craft store. 

"Enough yammering Beka, show us the goods!"

action shot:


So the little guy's kinda pissed that he got caught.  Did you know that they can be quite vicious?


closer up:


And the scissors:

Some of those stitches are *tiny*.  One little thread width apart on the fabric tiny. 

C&C welcome.
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2  Re: Embroidery Hoopla Rnd 6 Gallery!! (Send 9/12/11) in The Swap Gallery by CarrottessSparklepaws on: September 23, 2011 03:51:25 AM
Here's the hoop Pupper sent:



LOVE the pattern!  And it's done in metallic thread <3
I'm still trying to find the perfect place to display it that'll keep my toddler's grubby hands off.
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3  Re: Embroidery Hoopla Rnd 6 Gallery!! (Send 9/12/11) in The Swap Gallery by CarrottessSparklepaws on: September 13, 2011 08:03:34 AM
I'll go ahead & post since my partner received.





Pupper had a Jackalope folder on her Pinterest & said she likes spring colors, so.... 

I think he looks mighty pissed that he was caught.  If y'all know anything about those ornery beasts, ya know they're hard to catch!

But then I had to go & do this:

just for shits & giggles.
Pupper said she wished for a pair of Victorian scissors.  The idea of doing a 6" pair of scissors bored be a little, but when I saw this tiny hoop & knew it was perfect for a pair!  Plus, it's something I would never do on my own, so I welcomed the challenge.
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4  Re: Garden at the beach in Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects by CarrottessSparklepaws on: August 17, 2011 06:17:10 PM
Wanted to update with a few more pics.  It's been SUPER hot & dry here at the beach & the poor garden has suffered terribly.  On eof the tomato plants is dead & the bell peppers are barely hanging on.  We got a lot of peppers off the Serrano plant, and I was surprised a few days ago when I picked 14 more off of it! 

Here's the Big Mamma serrano that I picked:

I had to put it next to a glue stick to give ya'll a good idea of the size!  Serranos don't get too big, but this one did!

More pretty flowers from the garden:





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5  Monorail in Needlework: Discussion and Questions by CarrottessSparklepaws on: July 29, 2011 06:00:47 AM
I was looking back through my old posts & realized I've been working on this dang thing for a year! 

I had started the monorail last July here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=352596.msg4118485#msg4118485
but I wasn't happy at all with how it was turning out.  I decided I needed to simplify.

The letters are being 1st done in backstitch, then a satin stitch over that to give it some height.  The monorail & tracks are backstitch.  Lord, I'm getting tired of those! 

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6  Re: Garden at the beach in Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects by CarrottessSparklepaws on: July 22, 2011 06:46:49 PM
Just had to share 2 more photos from today!

Look at all the tiny baby okras!


And the pretty sweet potato flower that'll probably open tomorrow:
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7  Peach Cobbler in Dessert by CarrottessSparklepaws on: July 22, 2011 08:05:59 AM
I used Paula Deen's recipe found here:
http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/paula-deen/peach-cobbler-recipe/index.html

Next time I'll only melt 1 stick of butter in the pan, not 2.  I felt the butter flavor overpowered the peaches.

I started with a sink full of fresh, local grown SC peaches:

(If you 1st soak them in HOT water briefly, then transfer to cool, it'll make them easier to peel!)

After peeling & slicing 4 cups worth, I cooked them with some sugar & water:


The finished result:


Nom nom nom
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8  Garden at the beach in Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects by CarrottessSparklepaws on: July 16, 2011 11:34:46 AM
I reckon I'll get this started.  Pic heavy!

Our onions:



Tomatoes on the vine:






"Beka", you ask, "Why aren't your tomatoes red?"  Well, that's because there are some birds sabotaging my crop.  They peck holes in the tomatoes, which the attracts large black flies.  Yuck.  So I have to pick them when they're orange, & let them ripen indoors.  Thank god I live in the south so we can have fried green tomatoes on our BLTs.


Okra:




The sweet potatoes put out the prettiest flowers:



Bell peppers:


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9  I learned something today... in Needlework: Discussion and Questions by CarrottessSparklepaws on: July 02, 2010 03:32:38 PM
Taking cold medicine & trying to make satin stitches is a colossal waste of time & floss.   Tongue

Now I have to re-figure how I'm gonna do my latest project.


Yes, it's the WDW monorail.  I want the monorail in satin stitches.  I guess the stitches will have to be smaller on the windows.  It's just too difficult to figure out while on cold medicine. 
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10  Flower Pots for Shower Gift in Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies by CarrottessSparklepaws on: June 28, 2010 07:41:54 PM
I painted baby blocks with the baby's name:


And the rest of the pot to match the nursery's decor:


Detail:


I usually fill these with little outfits, and smaller things (teethers, pacis, etc.) that Mom may need.

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