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1  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Jackalope & Scissors for Pupper 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.
2  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Got a broken face? A Pixies swap! on: August 02, 2011 12:29:26 PM
Since they're on tour and all... 

I mean, who DOESN'T love the Pixies  *coughbestbandevercough*

I'm new to this whole swap thing, so I have no idea how many points and all...

But there are shirts to be made (#13 on the breast), Eiffel tower embroidery, and heck, maybe someone could figure out how to build a bone machine.
3  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Monorail 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! 

4  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / 2 Disney swap ideas on: July 25, 2011 07:30:30 AM
1) a PIXAR swap.  I'm sure it's been done before.
2) a Disney parks swap.  Crafts about the rides, the food, the music (ahhh... the music!)
5  COOKING / Dessert / Peach Cobbler 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
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Garden at the beach 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:


7  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Scrapbooking: Discussion and Questions / Question about the scrap books on: July 10, 2010 01:32:47 PM
I bought a scrapbook kit from AC Moore this last spring (it was on sale for cheaper than one that didn't come with paper & stickers!)

I'm having trouble condensing a 6 day trip into just a few pages.  It looks like I could add pages to the book, but I'm not sure.  I don't want to go on with my scrapping until I know for sure.  I see these things that kind of look like screws on the binding.  I'm assuming the craft stores sell refill pages too?

Thanks in advance!

-Beka
8  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / I learned something today... 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. 
9  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / lettering? on: June 29, 2010 07:05:58 PM
This is an example of the font I want to use on my next design:
http://www.dafont.com/guttenberg-mf.font

What stitches would you recommend using?  The letters are 1/2-1 inch in height.

TIA
10  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies / Flower Pots for Shower Gift 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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