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11  Re: Twinches Needlework Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by kbrison on: June 23, 2014 09:15:29 PM
I don't think my photos are very good, but this is what the petit point pieces looked like before they were mounted into the reversible pendant case.They were stitched on 40 count silk gauze. Each piece graphed out to 28 x 28, so 784 stitches each plus the black outline stitches. And, no, I didn't use a magnifying glass nor did I go blind! Grin  I did use an OTT light though so I could see the holes for stitch placement.


Pottermouth, ask me about that in another zillion years or so.
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12  Re: 50 Projects 2014--Let's continue the craftiness! in Craftalongs by kbrison on: June 21, 2014 05:09:15 PM
Ditto Renstar. The last time I received a notification was 20 pages ago (3 weeks+). I've been so caught up in other things that I didn't realize how long it had been until I uploaded some photos to post. How pathetic is that?

These are the tiny bags I crocheted as medicine pouches/keychain pouches. They measure 2 1/2" - 3 1/2" in length.

The rest of the items were from the 10 Minute Swap: A tissue holder and small zippered pouch made from a vintage handerchief.

Two flower and lace barrettes, a decal enhanced letter, a small journal, 2 small magnetic picture frames, and a floral soap.

Four crackers with goodies inside that my partner wanted. I used one of my new tools to make the white embellishments, a Fiskars AdvantEdge Punch System. It let me punch the entire length of a 12" x 12" page without moving the paper; no more messed up borders.

Two surprise balls that my partner had also requested.

A bunny hoopla.

And a vintage Christmas wall hanging.
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13  Re: Sweat Shoppe Swap Round 34 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by kbrison on: June 21, 2014 03:09:02 PM
Received my mug mat from Thimbles71 and coasters from bec99. They're going to be awesome together! And the coasters are about the size of a large grapefruit, so they're perfect for large mugs. Love the pat of butter on the slice of toast. Thank you both so much!
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14  Re: Twinches Needlework Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by kbrison on: June 04, 2014 03:31:36 PM
Yeah! I've received! The first photo is just slightly larger than real life, but I wanted to show more of the details, so I'm posting an enlarged close up, too. The necklace is longer than it appears in the shot. The leaves are actually a beautiful spring green and the beads appear more golden in reality, but the camera seems to have washed out the color. Tapestrymlp stitched the petals over a fine wire so they're shapeable and stand up from the surface.



I was so lucky to have Tapestrymlp for my partner! I know I'll be wearing this necklace often and am sure her work will receive a ton of compliments! Thank you so much!
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15  Re: Ten minute swap round 4 - Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by kbrison on: June 03, 2014 04:26:03 PM
Yesterday I received a great package from adrienne_bowers. We've been swap partners before, so we decided to send extras.
Group shot:

The quilted backing for the crocheted, pink washcloth.

Four hand carved stamps and the cute containers they arrived in. I LOVE handcarved stamps!

The gift that had me squealing - lots and lots of roving and directions for making a spindle so I can make my own yarn - all of it packed in a personalized tote bag.

A felted owl and a tiny box (pansies are some of my favorite flowers). This is the second felted owl I've received in swaps, so he'll have a friend to keep him company.

A close-up of the stamps and two of the clothespins.

A very large doily that definitely took more than an hour and will probably find a home on the antique buffet I inherited from my maternal grandmother. Grin

A pair of vintage boxes in which many of the things were packed, a bag of candle wicks, and a cute plastic bin.

An amigurumi pattern book - - - - written in Japanese! Fortunately I can read the symbols used in the diagrams and one of my daughters can read some of the kanji. Think I'll be able to figure out all the patterns. Not bad for French-Italian-Scottish Americans!

Everything is wonderful but the roving is what keeps calling my name. Think learning to spin my own yarn may have just moved to the top of the "Things I Really Want to Learn to Do" list.
Thank you so much, Adrienne! I'm ready to do this with you again!
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16  Re: Sweat Shoppe Swap Round 34 (signup by 5/26, send by 6/23) in ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED by kbrison on: May 26, 2014 12:37:29 PM
Finally sent in my questionnaire. I'll be offering three crocheted market bags. Each measures approximately 12" wide by 16" long (without 7 1/2" handle), is made of 100% cotton yarn, and is fully washable.
Red bag

Blue bag

Beige and white bag
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17  Re: 50 Projects 2014--Let's continue the craftiness! in Craftalongs by kbrison on: May 24, 2014 03:51:12 AM
My swap partner has received, so this is what I made Hawkeyes_girl for the Use What You Have Swap:
3 infinity scarves, a quilted pouch, a crocheted mini pouch, a portable beach, and a set of ocean notecards.

Larger photos are posted on the Destash Craftalong.
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18  Re: 2014 DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by kbrison on: May 24, 2014 03:43:23 AM
My partner in the Use What You Have Swap has received, so now I can post what I made for her from my stash.
A set of 6 ocean themed notecards plus I made 2 others (not shown) for myself

A blue, sheer, embroidered chiffon infinity scarf

A purple, embroidered, crinkle gauze infinity scarf plus a quilted pouch made from strips left over from the most recent round of the Quilt Block Swap

A screen printed chiffon infinity scarf with images that resemble a Tuscan village, a crocheted mini pouch (the yarn was a gift from a swap partner), and a portable beach (sand leftover from a Zen garden I made this partner 2 years ago, shells from my stash, and a tin that pellets for dh's pellet gun came in)

All together I used up more than 4 yards of fabric. Yeah!
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19  Re: Use What You Have Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by kbrison on: May 22, 2014 08:31:44 PM
Awesome haul? Not in comparison to all you sent me! Grin

First a group shot:


Then close-ups:

DD #1 has already claimed all the teas on the top row as her own.

A spring wreath of forsythia blossoms that could be worn as a necklace (it opens where the green tendrils are), on the head like the floral wreaths I wore in my hippie days, or used as home decor. Think I'll probably use it on an interior door.

A gorgeous hand-stitched journal with about 7 signatures, which translates to a ton of pages. In this case a signature represents the 4-8 pages that are folded together and stitched to form a section of a book. Love the nature theme!!!

A very delicate looking gold and amber beaded necklace, a matching memory wire bracelet, and a sweet purple flower with two green leaves that I may add a jump ring to and use as a pendant on a necklace.

Much as I love everything else, I have to admit that I was hoping Hawkeyes_girl would make me another bar of her fabulous soap. She didn't. She made me four bars! She got me hooked on handmade soaps almost two years ago, and now it's what I prefer over store brands.  I've never seen a beer soap, but I'm guessing dh will become a big fan of it. Cheesy

Just had to take a shot of the lavendar soap to show how pretty it really is since the group photo makes it look almost black.
And for some reason Craftster would upload everything else, but wouldn't recognize the patchwork pillow and fat quarter photo as a jpg file. The pillow is a perfect size to use as a wrist support at my computer, so it's already in its new home. Oh, and the sack of red things are scented wax hearts. They smell delicious!

Thanks again, Hawkeyes_girl! You're such a generous swapper!
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20  Re: 50 Projects 2014--Let's continue the craftiness! in Craftalongs by kbrison on: April 19, 2014 06:12:02 AM
Recently made three, lined and reversible Mors-style bags as angel projects for the Sweat Shoppe Swap and included tissue covers made from the scraps.


Have also been trying some new recipes. Baby bok choy with mushroom sauce. . . recipe says to put bok choy into boiling water to cook them, but they turned out watery. Think I'll steam them next time instead. The mushroom sauce was awesome.


Sauteed brussel sprouts with lemon and garlic. Hard to get a good photo because they were steaming hot.
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