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41  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Embroidery Hoopla R9 - The Not Just Thread Round (SU closed, SO Mar 5) on: February 11, 2013 08:32:32 AM
choices, choices...my partner gave some great inspiration to work with  Smiley  toughest part is picking which way to go!!
42  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Rainbow ticker tape. on: February 10, 2013 03:40:36 AM
great job, this is beautiful!  I agree I love the colors and mosaic feel Smiley
43  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Embroidery Hoopla R9 - The Not Just Thread Round (SU Jan28-Feb9, SO Mar 5) on: February 06, 2013 05:17:00 PM
so excited!  just finished unpacking the craft room in our new house and have been dying to break my swap hiatus Smiley
44  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Kids travel kit on: February 04, 2013 07:27:22 AM
thank you both!  it was a fun project to do Smiley
45  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Kids travel kit on: February 01, 2013 07:06:14 AM
i was very torn as to where to post this, so i apologize in advance if it should be somewhere else!
my husband and i are on a tight budget this year, so i decided to do more home-made christmas gifts than store-bought.  i had an idea to make a "travel kit" for my two cousins (age 10 and 11), to keep everything together when they travel.  i started with a "page" for markers/crayons and a coloring book:

i found a set of 20 washable markers, so i divied them up so each had 10 colors.  the sleeve is large enough to hold a small coloring book, and i made a booklet out of blank paper for them to doodle on.  then, when you flip the "page":

i also wanted a section for their toy cars/spaceships, which they do not leave home without.  the "sky" side is a zippered pouch to keep the toys/planes when not in use, and then the opposite is a background to play on with a looping road (it's hard to see in this pic, but the road was stitched with yellow thread for "traffic lanes").  then when they are done, they can close it up and carry away:

i learned a lot in creating this project.  mostly that i need to improve my choices of "boy fabrics" in my stash Smiley  i'll be trying another one this month for another cousin's birthday with a few changes and modifications (improvements...), so i will create a tutorial for it if it works out how i want Smiley
hope you enjoy!
46  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Mug Rug set on: February 01, 2013 06:36:45 AM
this year was all about the home-made christmas gift, so for my grandparents i decided on a set of mug rugs:

closeup of the front:

i had forgotten how much i loved making these things until i whipped up this set, i can see quite a few more of these being made in the near future Smiley
47  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Scrabble Tile Magnets on: February 01, 2013 06:32:34 AM

After creating a set of Scrabble Tile Coasters for a Christmas gift, I had tiles leftover.  I decided to use the remaining letters to make a set of magnets as another gift.  I glued the tiles to strips of cork, used modge podge and a clear coating to seal them, and then stuck a magnet strip on the back, and voila!
48  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Sheldon's Kitty Song on: December 31, 2012 07:07:55 AM
great job!  i LOVE the text/font-VERY impressive for a first try Smiley
49  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / Re: Mustache Mugs on: December 17, 2012 12:16:50 PM
thank you!!
although I do have to add: i have been told they did NOT hold up to the dishawasher, but were fine for handwashing Smiley
50  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / Re: Mustache Mugs on: December 12, 2012 09:37:53 AM
Really much like.  Is the baked harpie drawing permanent?
yep!  bake at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes and the sharpie will be smudge-proof and safe to wash Smiley
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