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41  Re: Quilt Block Swap Round 6 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by kbrison on: August 09, 2014 01:50:02 PM

Is this it? Yes, yes, I think it is! This is my spot.  Grin

Group 1
Sloth003 - block 1 & block 3

Stellou - Friendship Star blocks

Sparkledust - Anvil blocks  Even though two of the blocks look blue, I promise they're really purple. I had hoped that photographing them outdoors would give true colors, but guess the problem is with my camera rather than the lighting.

Alwaysinmyroom - Garden Fence blocks

Group 2
Carolmb - Road to Oklahoma blocks. My paternal grandmother was born in Indian Territories, which became eastern Oklahoma, the first member of her family not to be born in France. My paternal grandfather immigrated here from Italy. My maternal grandfather came from St. Louis but his mother came from Bohemia. My maternal grandmother was born in Texas, but her ancestry traces back to Scotland, Ireland, Wales, a co-author of the Declaration of Independence, and a signer of that document. So the Road to Oklahoma block truly does represent the paths my family took to arrive here. The background looks like dust swirls, which reminds me of the Dust Bowl that ravaged western Oklahoma in the 1920s and 30s. The green represents our trees and grasslands. Oklahoma is home to one of the largest and last untouched grassland prairies left in the US and my part of the state is referred to as Green Country.

Melladh - cats

Cursive_Queen - Halloween stars

Emisaurus - Broken Herringbone

Group 3
Sloth003 - blocks 2 & 4

Emisaurus - Broken Herringbone


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42  Re: Fake Swap Craftalong for Swap Junkies!!! 2014 in Craftalongs by kbrison on: August 08, 2014 08:26:47 PM
Skatergirl, now you need to do Lilo so Stitch isn't lonely.  Cheesy

My partner finally sent all her crafted notecards, so I got mine this morning. Yeah! She said she tried to use a different style for each of her partners (She had 5 counting me, so we'll see how she did when the others arrive in Canada, Texas, and Oregon). She said she's been on a scalloped lace and flowers kick, so that's the style she used on most of mine.

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43  Re: 2014 DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by kbrison on: August 04, 2014 04:36:20 PM
Have been making a ton of cards (mostly but not entirely from stash). Was getting burnt out last night so I whipped out some beads and memory wire for some 'change of pace' projects.

Made two bracelets for myself and two garden whimseys. Sorry but the garden whimseys tend to blend in with my crepe myrtle a little too well, so they're hard to see. Basically they're just longer versions of my bracelets.
I've also been trying to use up the partial skeins of sock yarn in my stash. Have made another three miniature pouches. Think they'll make good doll purses.
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44  Re: 50 Projects 2014--Let's continue the craftiness! in Craftalongs by kbrison on: July 13, 2014 07:20:10 PM
Love the quilts, especially the diagonally striped one. Cute pillow cases. Kids will love those fabrics.
UTM, those necklaces are ve-e-e-ery nice!
Not familiar with Moonrise Kingdom, but the stitching looks very well done. Reminds me of the stitch samplers our ancestors made, but with a bright modern take.

Our Dutch oven group had its monthly cookout yesterday, so thought I'd share with you what I made. Everything we make is done in cast iron Dutch ovens using charcoal as our heat source. Makes controlling the heat a challenge, especially when it's very cold, windy, or raining. A cherry upside down cake made from some of the fresh cherries I've been processing this week (No, not the brandied ones or the ones in vodka.  Cheesy Just plain ol' cherries.) And to keep things simple since it's so hot here, Italian sausages braised with bell peppers and sweet onions.
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45  Re: 50 Projects 2014--Let's continue the craftiness! in Craftalongs by kbrison on: July 09, 2014 02:23:01 PM
Challenge entry:
1/2 gallon of brandied cherries that I made yesterday. I still have about 8 lbs. of cherries to deal with, so am going to preserve some in vodka, dehydrate some, freeze some, and make the rest into jelly or jam. Not sure which I'll like best so that's why I'm planning to preserve them in so many ways. I think these brandied cherries may ultimately become Cherries Jubilee over ice cream or pound cake in a month or so.

Some plain gift tags I received in the Box of Sunshine Swap, then what I did to them yesterday.

My most recent market bag. AIMR, I changed the pattern slightly. I made the handle 10 stitches across rather than 8 and put 4 hdc between petals on round 24 rather than 2 hdc. It opens the mouth of the bag up a little more and widening the handle gives more support to the top of the bag.
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46  Re: Sweat Shoppe Swap Round 34 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by kbrison on: June 27, 2014 11:37:25 PM
Finally downloaded a batch of photos to my computer, so now I can post the bracelet I received from Ratfinkz several days ago.

Thank you so much! I know the intended recipient is going to love it. Green is her favorite color and she often wears jewelry, so it's going to be a double win. Love that heart embellished clasp.
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47  Mini-mini Twinches in Needlework: Completed Projects by kbrison on: June 23, 2014 09:33:35 PM
Close up shots of the petit point emblems I stitched for the Twinches Swap. They were mounted into a square reversible pendant, then attached to a book thong for my partner Tapestrymlp. I used 40 count silk gauze, a size 28 needle,  and a single strand of DMC thread throughout. The pendant case and domes are from Epiphany Crafts: Charm Settings Square 25 and Shape Studio Square 25. I did have to manually trim the finished pieces though because the matching punch wouldn't cut fabric.

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48  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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49  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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50  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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