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11  Busy Stitching in Needlework: Completed Projects by Helena Puck on: April 23, 2014 07:12:12 PM
When participating in the places hoopla swap, I decided to make Chameleon Hound a wild west theme hoop. I picked up Stitcher's Revolution: Wild West iron-on transfer and selected a neat little moonshine design. My husband, the western novel writer, approved of the design.

For pinkmichk, I decided to use the Down the Rabbit Hole theme. I had so many ideas. A spiral with a rabbit at the end, a close up of Alice following the rabbit, Alice falling. But I thought those ideas had more to do with the characters so I thought about the rabbit hole as a place. I kept seeing a keyhole in my head, like someone looking through a window to a whole new place, almost a portal. Here is what I came up with.

The tight satin stitches were a little tricky for me, so I used the unicorn hoop I received from Onyxnox.

I made this cute little scissors fob for my facebook swap friend. It's a little sawdust filled pincushion made of aida. The ribbon can be looped around a pair of scissors.
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12  Re: Embroidery Hoopla Round 10 - Places - GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by Helena Puck on: April 17, 2014 06:54:18 AM
Here are all my new hoops proudly displayed on my wall.

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13  She-Ra Belt in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by Helena Puck on: April 17, 2014 06:44:48 AM
My husband bought some pants that included a belt that he didn't want and crazyda79 sent me some She-Ra ribbon that I've been saving for a fun project. I put the two together to make a fun accessory.

It was surprisingly simple. I sewed the ribbon onto the belt at the top and bottom. I cut the belt to size and folded and hemmed in the fraid edge. I probably should have used a matching thread but I'm still happy with it.

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14  Re: Embroidery Hoopla Round 10 - Places - GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by Helena Puck on: April 17, 2014 06:36:46 AM
Here is the amazing hoop set that ChameleonHound made me. She connected two 3 inch hoops to make a set of binoculars. The hoops represent the Battle of Mill Springs, then and now, with a needlefelt background.

Here is a close up of the amazing detail. Love the cannon!

Aren't they beautiful!!
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15  Re: Embroidery Hoopla Round 10 - Places - GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by Helena Puck on: April 14, 2014 05:20:55 PM
Wow! What a great gallery! You all have really inspired me to try new things.

And speaking of beautiful things, look what I received today from pinkmichk.

It's based on Route 66.

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16  Re: Common Ground Round 2 swap gallery in The Swap Gallery by Helena Puck on: April 08, 2014 09:10:53 AM
I received from bunny1kenobi yesterday but I had some trouble uploading photos so I had to wait until today. I think I duplicated one photo four times. If anyone knows how to fix that, please let me know.

Anyway, back to my goodies from bunny1kenobi! She sent me some really wonderful things: A stenciled mermaid shirt with the words "Save the Mermaids. Keep our oceans clean" painted on it, two containers of lip balm: one of She-ra and another of Wonder Woman, beautiful religious artwork, a mini lamp, mini colored pencils, and a tiny book, two pairs of earrings: one in red and copper that I am wearing now and another of abstract painted blue cubes, two I-spy bags for my boys, lace up cuffs, and a fairy tale frog prince art card.

After work, I immediately put on the shirt. The shirt is comfy and fits perfect. Sorry, the picture turned when I uploaded.

Love the earrings. Nice and big but light weight.

Lace up cuffs in a pretty bag and a frog prince art card.

I put the lipbalm with my other chapstick tubes on my trinket shelf. I keep my chapstick visible so I won't lose them. Now, I have pretty chapstick tubes worthy of display Smiley

Here is a close up of the neat miniatures. We both have a love minis. The little lamp is really inventive. It looks like it is made up a tack, headpin, and beads stacked together to create the lamp shape. The minis are also on my trinket shelf.

I-Spy Bags!

Here is the religious art. It is of the Jesus walking through the crowds when the woman who touched him to ask for help. It is beautiful and will be a wonderful addition to my home among all my religious art. I treasure this! It is already framed and matted using my favorite snap together frame where the backing is flat and the glass slides into the practically invisible base.

I have to be honest; while I was at work, I checked pinterest and saw the mermaid shirt pinned on pinterest and almost repined it until I saw it was made by bunnyikenobi. Instead, I was secretly hoping it was for me. After going to the link and seeing the lipbalm, I was pretty certain they were. Then, I got home to open my goodies. THANK YOU!!! It is exactly what I wanted even before I knew it was all for me Smiley
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17  Re: Complete Nonsense Swap - Gallery (Sign-ups Feb 14-28... Send Outs March 28) in The Swap Gallery by Helena Puck on: March 29, 2014 07:29:58 PM
I received from our amazing swap organizer, Onyxnox. She spoiled me with over-the-top awesome!

Here is all the awesomeness received:

A painting with hammered grommet hangers of the Scarecrow with my all-time-favorite quote,

a beautiful and impressively stitched hoopla of a unicorn with a wood burned Shel Silverstein quote around the wooden frame,

a beautiful copper etched cuff of Shel Silverstein's quote from the poem "Love" with the illustration,

a Nonsense necklace with Alice,

a copper necklace on a red cord of Alice with a crochet flamingo (which I mentioned was one of my favorites. Because I love the crazy flamingo crochet), and a bonus Mustache drawing set. For some reason, my last pictures were messed up. So, I'll try to update with a picture of the mustache set and a new or the copper Alice necklace soon. I just didn't want to delay too much.

I love everything! Everything was beautiful, carefully, and artistically made. Onyxnox, I would absolutely love some pointers because I desperately want to learn how you made these beautiful etching on copper and the fancy stitching you used on the unicorn.  What type of material was used on the cuff? It is really comfy against my skin, and I love the pattern too. I love the thick copper textured loops. I mean, every detail is absolutely amazing.
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18  Wedding Gift in Needlework: Completed Projects by Helena Puck on: March 20, 2014 02:51:26 PM
I just finished my dad's wedding gift. They said no gifts but I wanted to show my support.

I stitched the Mr & Mrs Wee One pattern by Heart in Hand on hand dye 14 count ale aida. I mounted the completed design on a Pres-On adhesive board cut to size and put it in a glassless 5x5 primitive green frame with a square piece of cardboard for the backing. Since the frame was thick enough for the fabric, adhesive board, and cardboard, everything was pretty snug but I decided to use my staple gun around the sides to hold the card board. 

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19  Re: 2014 Affirmation Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Helena Puck on: February 27, 2014 10:15:23 AM
I just receive a WONDERFULLY AWESOME package from Melissa, honeyd. She knew exactly what I needed today. I was in the middle of grading and completing a project when the mail came but I would let myself open it until I was done.

And when I opened it, I literally cried. She Stitched my all-time favorite Shel Silverstein quote on canvas. Here it is. And, I really did cry when I saw it. It means so much to me. No fairy godmother or wishing on a star for me, I did things my da&n self. Definitely an affirming quotation!

For some reason, the photo shifted when I uploaded it. So everyone, tilt your head or turn your screen. It's an awesome work of art Smiley

Here is a close up of that amazing stitching.

And to top it off, she included a washi tape journal (perfect for this crazy list writer) and a washi mini print with the words, "Bee You" with a nifty Oz card. I'm going to hang it next to my Tim Burton Alice in Wonderland birthday card.

Thank you again honeyd!!
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20  Cross stitch Hoops (3 pictures) in Needlework: Completed Projects by Helena Puck on: February 24, 2014 01:01:10 PM
Recently, I made a few cross stitch projects for my swap partners.

I made this little Dorothy. The design in by Brooke's Books Publishing. I love the design, especially the intricate way the shades of blue simulated plaid. I hope to complete the whole Oz series for myself.

I think my favorite is the silver shoes. I ended up adding some more backstitching because I used white aida that blended with the sleeves and apron.

For the Box of Sunshine swap, I stitched Funshine Bear because we both love 80's cartoons and a Mill Hill Sun ornament.

This was my first attempt at beadwork. I had to customize the pattern because I struggled with the bead colors which makes it one of a kind.
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