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1  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / First Swap for a crafster newbie - A wee bit pic heavy on: July 13, 2012 10:17:11 AM
I saw a post by likls, who is fairly new to crafster, with her very first hoop not too long ago. She is too young to officially join in on the hoopla swap fun so I asked if she would be interested in a personal swap with my fella's daughter, new crafster lola, and myself.  likls agreed to the swap so we swapped lists and went to town.  Everyone has received their hoops so it is safe to post. I've been a little late to post pics because we are in the middle of a big move from Las Vegas to Texas..wish us luck!

I created a hoop with a combo theme of her love for OKGO and nail polish...



 

lola went with a combo of OKGO colors and ugly sweater theme...



I dig how she used sequence..cool look and new twist.

We received these coolio hoops from likls...
a cow theme for lola...



a Dr. Who bowtie theme for me



Thank you for the swap likls!!! We were happy to be part of your first swap here on crafster!  Cheesy
2  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / My Teenager's stitching and an Jose Pulido Star Wars thank you on: June 21, 2012 08:52:45 AM
Okie dokie...so I've posted about my fella's daughter wanting to participate in swaps and I've been doing personal swaps with her.  Dewshinesdopp was generous enough to volunteer for a personal swap and we set things in motion for the swap.  All has been sent and received so it is safe to post  Grin

Little Miss just turned 14 and I've been teaching her different crafts for some time.  From the list Dewshinesdopp provided for the swap she chose to stitch up a Fineas & Ferb hoop...



She painted the fabric and used backstitch & satin stitch, painted the hoop and finished up the back of the hoop with some felt and cute Thank you in sequence.  I just happen to think she did an excellent job.



As an extra little thank you we did some pinterest stalking of Dewshinesdopp and I stitched something up for her as well.  I must say that I have wanted to stich up a Jose Pulido Star Wars Day of the Dead design for a looooooong time, so this was great for me  Wink



I used backstitch, a little satin stich and split stitch.



I bought some more of the "spacey" fabric and plan to stitch up more Jose Pulido's and frame them for my nephew.

Thank you so much Dewshinesdopp!!!  I will post a pic of the hoop you so kindly stitched up for the swap asap...it happens to be on another memory card, which of course is at home right now.
3  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Onesies for my Godchild on: May 16, 2012 03:12:09 PM
Hey ya'll! I stitched up these onesies for my Cousin who moved to Baltimore from California.  She is removed from all the family because of the move so I decided to have a virtual babyshower for her....I made some cute invitations and stitched that cute little cherry pie for each one (about 20), and made magnets of them as a favor. With the invitation, I also sent everyone onesies and/or bibs for them to decorate and send to her for the new "Sweetie Pie".







And because my Cousin has a major love for Elvis...


C&C Welcome!  Thank you for looking Cheesy
4  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / The Teenager wanted to do a Swap on: May 07, 2012 10:31:19 AM
My boyfriend's daughter is 13, a week away from 14.  She is the cutest little buddy I have and we do lots of crafts together.  I absolutely love spending time with her and teaching her different crafty things, how to sew, paint and how to have patience (something she is working on).  

She gets excited when I participate in swaps here on crafster and other blogs I visit and can't wait to see what I make and in turn what I receive from somewhere around the world and from someone I don't know.  We went to Joann's Friday night just to browse  Wink and I asked if there are any projects she wants to do, birthday presents to make for anyone, things like that.  She said no, but then said "I want to do a hoopla swap, one like you do."  We just happened to be in the embroidery floss/hoop area.  I asked if she wanted to do a hoopla swap with me and her eyes lit up and that cute smile stretched from ear to ear...so cute.  We bought a few supplies, went home to make our theme lists and exchanged to get started.  

Her list had a bunch of fun things.  I chose bike, cupcakes & candy...



I mostly used satin stitch on this project, with a bit of backstitching, chain and made some fun tassles for the handlebars.

My partner went with zombie, old school microphone and music for mine...



She used backstitch and got creative with some painting action and a fun cartoonie zombie.





We decided this is going to continue and this was just our first round.  We have 2 weeks to work on our next hoop, not the weekend like this one.  She absolutely can't wait to have a full fledged "Hoopla Wall."

C&C most welcome!  Thank you for looking.
5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Rockin' Rockabilly Tote Bag on: April 27, 2012 11:32:24 AM
Hey ya'll!  My cousin in the Bay Area commissioned me to stitch up some tote bags for her because of the BYOB ordinance in San Jose, CA.  If you are unaware you must bring your own bags to all stores in San Jose unless you care to pay for the stores plastic bags.  Very green  Cheesy  Anyhow, my cousin asked if I'd make some bags.  This is what I came up with...


This handsome Rockabilly Fella..



I created my own pattern for the tote bag.  It is about the size of an ol' paper bag if you remember those.  The handles, bottom and lining are all turquoise and I sturdied it up using some sturdy-quilty interfacing.  I used an Urban Threads embroidery patterns and had some fun with felt to put him together.

Close-up...



I also created this one for her as well as a couple t-shirt tote bags that I squared up the bottom of.  The heart with wings is kinda my thing. I free handed cutting that out and stitched it with the machine rather than by hand.


C&C Welcome.  Thank you for looking  Cheesy
6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Nurse Leila Tote Bag on: April 27, 2012 11:18:15 AM
I'd like to share a tote bag with you all that I created for my Sister Leila.  My Sister's birthday is coming up and I've been sewing bunches lately. I had created a pattern for a tote bag for another project and thought I would make my Sissy something fun to carry around.  She has decided to use this as a sort of everyday bag and plans on taking it to work too  Cheesy

Action Shot...



As you can see, it's quite large. The pattern on the bag is a combo of a couple Urban Threads embroidery patterns. I had some fun with it, used felt, and added eyebrows, lashes & switched up the hair a bit Wink to girlie it up just right!  I gave it to my Sister early because I was going to be back in California (I currently live in Las Vegas), and I rarely get to see when someone opens a present I handmade for them because I mail them all.

A Close-up, please excuse the shot.  It's the only close-up I took and it was with my dang camera phone.



C&C most welcome!  Thank you for looking!
7  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Isn't She Lovely...a phone case. on: October 11, 2011 03:49:39 PM
Hello Crafster buddies!!  So I actually made myself something!!!  It's something that I just don't do...I make for family, friends, for swaps and never me...until now.  I bought myself a cute little new phone and as is someone's law...whichever phone I buy for myself I can never find a phone case to fit!  I drop my phone quite often and I didn't want to hurt the new poor fella.  I decided to remedy that and stitch something up.  I googled up some images and found this lovely lady...I'm sorry, but I can't remember where I found her.  I was afraid at first that I would not be able to stitch her up in the right size..there is a lot of detail on the image.  I managed to get her to the perfect size though. I used backstitch, satin and chain stitch. This little phone case measures 4 1/2" x nearly 3".  I hand embroidered the images...just kinda winged it on the opposite side of the case with the little microphone and SJ Love...that's me and my guy  Cheesy  The lining is music notes...matching the loop, or the loop is matching the lining rather. The loop can be used to attach to my keys or simply to just to pull out the case from my purse.  I put a pocket on one side for ID/Debit Card/Money..whatever.  Hope you like it!!  Any comments and critz are welcome!!



The pocket side...


Isnt' she lovely?
8  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Pin-up Goodness Phone Case on: October 11, 2011 03:41:53 PM
Hello Crafster buddies!!  So I actually made myself something!!!  It's something that I just don't do...I make for family, friends, for swaps and never me...until now.  I bought myself a cute little new phone and as is someone's law...whichever phone I buy for myself I can never find a phone case to fit!  I drop my phone quite often and I didn't want to hurt the new poor fella.  I decided to remedy that and stitch something up.  I googled up some images and found this lovely lady...I'm sorry, but I can't remember where I found her.  I was afraid at first that I would not be able to stitch her up in the right size..there is a lot of detail on the image.  I managed to get her to the perfect size though. This little phone case measures 4 1/2" x nearly 3".  I hand embroidered the images...just kinda winged it on the opposite side of the case with the little microphone and SJ Love...that's me and my guy  Cheesy  The lining is music notes...matching the loop, or the loop is matching the lining rather. The loop can be used to attach to my keys or simply to just to pull out the case from my purse.  I put a pocket on one side for ID/Debit Card/Money..whatever.  Hope you like it!!  Any comments and critz are welcome!!



The pocket side...


Isnt' she lovely?
9  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Matroyska from a Wist List on: September 14, 2011 08:29:18 AM
Hola!!  I stitched this up for ZidishaLuxe in the Ongoing Hoopla Swap Round 3...she has received and posted in the forum so now I can share with you all.  I chose to stitch this for her because she had this piece of art on her wist list and I thought it was interesting.





I painted white fabric to get that background color, to match the artwork...used felt and stitched on with split stitch, used backstitch, french knots, satin and chain stitch.  I used chalk for the white color on the skulls eyesockets and actual blush and lipliner for her face.  I would do something different from the chalk next time for shading.  Hope you dig her!
10  COOKING / Dessert / Itty Bitty Cherry and Apple Pies on: September 08, 2011 10:37:16 AM
sHello Cooking Crafsters!  This is my first post to the Cooking Board!  I spend a bunch of my time on the needlepoint community.  When I don't have the needle and thread to some fabric I do quite a bit of baking and sharing my goodies with co-workers and have orders here and there for cakes and cake pops, which are super fun to create.  

Soooo...I put together a farewell potluck for work, my boss is hitting the road as well as another co-worker.  Of course I had to make some kind of dessert, but didn't want to go with my regular goods.  I decided on mini cheesecakes, a fave, and then since I always go overboard decided to also make mini pies.  I heart mini things, don't you?





Anyhow, I thought I would share a peek.  I decided to make apple and cherry....mmmmm.  For this first attempt I used a store bought dough, used a glass as a cutter for just the right size crust to fit into my mini muffin tins.  I wasn't quite sure how much filling to put in, so for the cherry I used  2 cherries and some cherry "goo" an for the apple I chose to fill it to the brim, since apples do cook down, I even sliced the apples up into itty bitty pieces.  I cut another piece of dough for the top crust and made a little cut out for the vent with a tiny fondant cutter.  Put them in the oven at 375 F for 10 - 15 minutes and TADA!!  My handsome fella was the royal taster and his eyes lit up when he popped 'em in his mouth, so I'll say that was a good sign  Wink  I hope my co-workers dig 'em.

Group shot!!



My next mini pie adventure I am going to make some sweet potato and pumpkin, holidays are just around the corner  Wink  Thanks for looking!!!
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