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21  This little piggie in Needlework: Completed Projects by Helena Puck on: May 14, 2014 04:26:54 PM
Jumped rope...

I finished this tiny little cross stitch design from the World of Cross Stitch magazine. After I finished stitching on the 14 count aida, I used a staple gun to wrap it around a 3x3 canvas square. Now, I finally know what to do with all the tiny things I want to stitch!
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22  kids craft swap in New Swap Theme Ideas by Helena Puck on: May 11, 2014 09:11:19 AM

For the past two summers, I've been organizing a summer kids' craft swap where the children are grouped with other children around their age to make things for each other. It is a 5 point swap. One large or medium is made with the assistance of an adult.

My kids look forward to it each year. Since there were so many snow days, my kids won't be out of school until the first week of June. What dates are others interested in? I'm thinking we need about a month of crafting time.

Here was last year's Kids Craft Swap: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=423853.0#axzz2WijJusXY

This is a really fun swap and gives me the opportunity to introduce my boys to new crafts. It is really neat to see what the kids come up with for each other.

It was funny; the other day, my boys were in the bedroom playing with their pom pom ball angry bird set and i-spy container that their partners made, my youngest still talks about the friends he's made, and the teachers have gotten really familiar with my oldest's favorite shirt, a handpainted Fluffy, made by another partner.

Let me know if there is an interest and what dates are available for you. Also, I may need a co-organizer since I'm taking some courses this summer.
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23  Washi Tape Cookie Cutter Ornament in Winter Holidays by Helena Puck on: May 02, 2014 06:07:31 PM
After being inspired by a pinterest pin, I finally know what to do with some of the oversize cookie cutters I've been hording.

I love collecting cookie cutters but some are so big that I don't really use them when I bake because the dough expands and loses the original cutter shape. So, I have about a dozen cutters sitting in a drawer that I original thought would make an interest wreath but when I put them together, the interest shapes were not noticeable.

Instead, I made these neat washi tape wrapped ornaments which I absolutely love. I used two different patterned washi tape rolls for each cutter. I folded the washi tape around the sharp side of the cutter by cutting little slits so the tape would fold in the corners flat.

So simple and fun!
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24  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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25  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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26  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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27  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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28  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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29  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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30  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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