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471  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 Projects 2014--Let's continue the craftiness! on: August 15, 2014 07:57:11 PM
Wow, Mio! Each time you post a new afghan I say that it's my favorite, so I hate to be repetitive but I absolutely adore the newest one! you just keep getting more and more impressive.

Little Man sounds like a hoot. Lucky to have you in his life making him feel so special.

And I agree with everyone else. I like the harp in the center much better than off to the side as it was originally.
472  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Mini 12 Days of Christmas Swap 2014 - SO 11/12/14 on: August 15, 2014 07:32:47 PM
Going to a scrapbooking convention tomorrow, so hope to pick up a certain supply there. Picked some up at a scrapbooking convention in Arlington, Texas earlier this summer, but don't have enough for what I'd like to do.
473  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Quilt Block Swap Round 6 Gallery on: August 15, 2014 06:51:16 PM
I love it, Carol, especially the yellow smiley face fabric! That certainly nails my propensity for using smiley icons.

I just bought a few small pieces of fabric this evening. I needed some more variety for Emisaurus's blocks so picked up two fat quarters. Then, except for the black, I didn't have solids or fabrics that read as solid for Homerof2, so I picked up a half yard of each of those as well. OK, I know 1/4 yard of each would have been plenty, but you can't buy just 1/4 yard, can you? Grin

Most of the blocks have been cut out now, so should start sewing next week. Going to a scrapbook convention tomorrow, so know I'll be playing with paper the rest of this weekend.  Grin Grin
474  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Fake Swap Craftalong for Swap Junkies!!! 2014 on: August 15, 2014 06:21:01 PM
Your cousin's daughter may not be old enough now to understand just how very special a gift her quilt is, but as she gets older and hears its history, I'm sure she'll love it even more. Lucky girl!
475  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Lexophiles unite! on: August 15, 2014 02:45:45 PM
Here are a few more, but by no means all:
baited - bated
weight - wait
eight - ate
rite - write - right
principal - principle
stationary - stationery
alter - altar
you - ewe - yew
air - ere - heir
dear - deer
knew - new
and add cite to site and sight

A good source for homonyms is Scholastic Dictionary of Synonyms, Antonyms, and Homonyms, published by Scholastic, Inc. 2001. There may be a newer edition, but this is the one I used in my classroom.

While I was teaching, I often suggested the Midnighter's series by Scott Westerfeld to my students who liked sci-fi. One of the things I liked best in the books was that tridecalogisms were magical words because they had 13 letters and could be used as protection against the shape shifters. I began giving my students bonus points for every tridecalogism they could find that wasn't already on my list (I had collected 500+). It made them read more, expanded their vocabularies, made them more aware of language, plus it was fun to find a word I didn't have and score one off their teacher. My two favorites: tridecalogism and schoolteacher! Grin
476  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Mini 12 Days of Christmas Swap 2014 - SO 11/12/14 on: August 14, 2014 11:10:01 PM
Have some major projects that have to be finished by Labor Day, so am just plotting for now. Hope to get started crafting soon.
477  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2014 DeStash-Along on: August 14, 2014 11:05:14 PM
The baby blankets are sweet, but I know from personal experience how much your aunt will appreciate the prayer shawl. I was always cold when I was going through chemo. Having a prayer shawl will not only bless her but will also help her stay warm. You might also consider some fingerless gloves and a warm hat if you're looking for gifts for her. And if food becomes hard for her to tolerate, I suggest trying hominy grits. The lye which is used to make hominy is a strong base and helps to balance the caustic acids in some treatments. Have added your aunt to my prayer list.
478  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Crafted Notecards Round 3 GALLERY! on: August 14, 2014 02:18:01 PM
Kfad, these are the shots I took. Just one technical comment: I used aluminum heating and air-conditioning duct tape for the steampunk cards. It can be embossed, painted, sanded, and die-cut among other techniques, comes in several widths and has a paper-coated adhesive backing. It can be found at home supply stores like Lowe's, Home Depot, Atwood's. This was my first time to use it and I'm in love with all it can do, so thought I'd spread the word so the rest of you can try it, too.
479  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Days for Girls on: August 14, 2014 11:18:13 AM
Might work well if you treated it like a Givers and Needers Swap with just a small thank you item for the supply giver.
480  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Crafted Notecards Round 3 GALLERY! on: August 14, 2014 11:12:19 AM

Kathy - the dark brown leaves are actually clear embossing - I love to use clear powder on bright or dark card stock because it then looks like a deeper tone on tone embossing and it really stands out.  then you never have to worry about having the perfect matching embossing powder too.
Looks like I need to pull out my clear embossing powder and try that. Thanks for the info.
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