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11  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!
12  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!!!
13  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Under the Sea Siren with a Twist on: August 29, 2011 03:57:42 PM
I made this lady for Ffrogg526 in the Ongoing Hoopla Swap Rd 3.  I decided to do a combo of her themes as she listed some really great ones that got my imagination rolling.  She has received and posted so it's safe, she knows.  The Steampunk Mermaid...

There are some sublte bubbles around her, hope you can see them.

I didn't use too many stitches, mostly backstitch, french knots and for her hair I think I used the split stitch.  I used from 1 to 3 strings on her.  Hope you dig her  Wink
14  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / A "Buttercup" Thank you! on: August 01, 2011 01:42:20 PM
So, I made this Buttercup cuteness as a thank you gift for someone.  Kind of funny, cause this someone doesn't even like me, but she actually did a good deed and helped when needed Shocked. I always try to do the right thing, and the right thing for me is to show a gesture of thanks.  These pictures aren't so great, taken with my phone as the gift is already packaged.  I included some yummy smells, soaps and candles from good ol' Bath & Body.

This was my second time making the Buttercup bag, made my first for the "For the Love of Cupcakes" swap.  What I did do different with this one is use some interfacing to strengthen the bag.  I think I want one for myself now Cheesy  I like the combo of fabrics.  Hope you like it.
15  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / The Empress - She's in Charge! on: July 19, 2011 08:57:17 AM
I would like to share with you, The Empress.  This is a hoopla I stitched up for spookygrrly in the Ongoing Hoopla Swap Round 2.  She received, so it is now safe to share.  One of the topics she listed was Tarot and I have been wanting to stitch up some tarot card artwork, so thought this to be the perfect opportunity!  I have also been wanting to dabble in using paint on fabric, so I set the artwork to the fabric with pencil (not my artwork), I then painted the art with watered down acrylic and set to stitching.  It was really fun...I taught myself several new stitches while working on this lady.  I used satin, backstitch, feather stitch, chain, split and I can't remember the name of the one with the white and rose color right now.  I gave her crown jewels with seed beads.  It was fun to make those teeny tiny tassles, they make me giggle.  I finished her off by adding some ribbon to frame her.  I have to say after spending so much time with her, she was hard to mail away.

Any comments are most appreciated!!
16  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Her name is Flo, but she doesn't sell Insurance. on: July 01, 2011 07:55:34 AM
I'd like to introduce you to Flo!  I made this little gal for Pearliepie in the Ongoing Hoopla Swap Round 2.  She's posted it in the gallery, so it's safe for me to post here now.  It was inspired from an item on her wist list..or a link she had (I can't remember which exactly).

This picture is borrowed from Pearliepie...

And the backside...I couldn't help but to leave it open.  I was very proud of my neatness.

I don't think it's too obvious, but I gave her a little dimple on her right (our left) cheek.  I painted the hoop...used a chain stitch to attach the felt to the fabric, satin stitch for her luscious lips, backstitch for the eye area...french knots for the green and some "x's" for the dark pink border...I sewed up a little piece of lace for her hair and hot glued on the shiny's!  Oh! Her beautiful make-up was done with chalk...hee hee  Wink
17  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Dia de los Muertos Swap - Mucho photos - 1st swap ever! on: June 03, 2011 04:09:18 PM
 Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy So this was me as I sat at the table to open my box that my partner, miss ChristieAnn sent me.  This is my very first swap with crafster and I am so stoked on it!!  My partner did some spoiling!!!!

What I saw when I first opened the box...honestly, I was in awe.  All this for me?

All wrapped up!!! My boyfriend thought I was a super-goob for taking pictures of the process of opening the package...ahahaha. I truly am though.

The spread, all uwrapped...fabric I could make something fun with and...and...and


Earrings...marigold seed packets, fun fuzzy stickers, flowers for my hair or flops and the most awesome tin with magnets of THE Frida Kahlo!!!

I heart this purse!!!  Seriously, I am so rocking it every chance I get!!

An altar!!!!  This is a close-up.  How awesomesauce is that teeny tiny papel?

I took a ton more pictures, but I will spare you all.  Thank you to the moon and back Miss ChristieAnn!!!  I only hope you are fond of what you receive from me.  I'm bouncing up and down...*boing*boing*boing*!!!  Thank you erica_tattoos for organizing this awesomesauce swap! <3

18  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Cherry Blossom Applique on: April 26, 2011 10:54:07 AM
So I've been wanting to create something with cherry blossoms as the subject for quite some time.  This last Friday night while relaxing with my guy and wathcing movies, I busted out some felt, embroidery floss, scissors, a needle and went to work.  I pulled out my phone googled up an image of cherry blossoms and worked from that.  I intended to make a little pattern, but it didn't quite work out because the blossoms ended up being so tiny (about the tip of my pinky finger).  I was going to stitch this up into a little coin purse (that's why I cut it into a triangle shape), but my guy thought that the felt would probably not last so long being thrown around in someones purse and with all my little stitches maybe I should do something else with it.  I may frame it or make up a little tote bag or something to apply it to. Still not sure.  So, I just drew on my felt squares with a pen and then cut for the blossoms, for the single petals and leaves I just cut directly and didn't bother drawing them first.  I used backstitch to get the branches started, then went over them with a sort of zig zag stitch.  I wanted to give the branches some dimension.  I used french knots for the centers.  I think I'm actually not finished, want to stitch a bit more detail on the calyx of a couple of the blossoms.  I should have taken a picture of how I intended it to look...folded up, in 3 parts kinda...the front of the coinpurse, split in 2 as the top of the closure and the bottom and then the back.  I had the petals falling on both sides.  Well, thank you for looking.

19  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Thelma holds pencils..or whatever! on: April 20, 2011 09:27:29 AM
Howdy!! This is my first post to this community Smiley.  I was browsing crafster last week and came upon http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=370033.0  I thought my boyfriends daughter would enjoy making something like this as she like to get crafty with me.  So Sunday she says..."I feel like make something crafty. Do you want to make something?" I then showed her the link to the cute lilttle monster pencil bags and she LOVED them.  I didn't have any zippers to work with, so we made do with the supplies we had on hand & did a little alternate sort of bag.  We put a little loop so she can put it in her binder for school, (her idea). I didn't get a chance to take a picture of hers, she made a cute little yellow monster girl with a couple of teeth jutting up, a tongue sticking out, two loops for "ponytails" and multi-colored polka dots all over.  I made this purple gal, who I am calling Thelma.  I gave mine to one of my volleyball girls last night at practice, (My boyfriend and I coach his daughters volleyball team). She was pretty excited about it.  I just made a little pattern for the body, freehand cut her rosy cheeks, lips, nose and eyebrows, used felt, googly eyes and velcro for the closure and hand sewed her up.  It was funny when my boyfriends daughter learned that we were going to hand sew, she loses patience when it comes to something taking tooooo long.  She made very big stitches..heehee.  Thanks for looking  Cheesy

20  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / La Sirena = The Mermaid on: April 12, 2011 11:53:45 AM
This is my stitched up version of "La Sirena" (The Mermaid) from the Loteria (Mexican Bingo).  I plan on stitching up a few more of the cards, but she is my favorite and couldn't wait to put her to fabric.  There are dozens of versions of this card, different artists. My Momma is going to be part of a craft show thingy and asked me to make some stuff, this is one of the pieces I came up with.  I think I may frame her, not sure yet.  I used backstitch, 1 and 2 strings again. for the tail I combined an orange and yellow string and free handed her scales and the waves in her hair.  She is just a tick or two above 3" in height.

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