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1  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Snow White's cottage on: April 10, 2015 01:30:42 PM
I had never made a doll house until it was a request in the Geezer Swap. I used a free online pattern as a loose basis for my idea. Since a little girl would be carrying it around, I wanted to make it lightweight yet as durable as possible. I used heavy weight template plastic to create the structure since it can stand up to a lot of abuse yet can be cut with scissors. A heavy weight sewing machine needle and slow speed also allowed it to be machine-stitched when necessary. I rounded the corners and padded the pieces with quilt batting to protect the fabric from any tears caused by the plastic.
It needed a handle that would be sturdy yet would be disquised so I covered a piece of nylon strap webbing with some of the roof fabric. 
The original pattern used buttons and ponytail elastic as closures. Since elastic can sometimes quickly lose its stretch, I substituted side and roof flaps plus Velcro to keep it kid-friendly but make it last.
I thought a chimney would be appropriate, so I added one that would extend slightly above the roof line.
2  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Mini-mini Twinches 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.


3  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / A Cup of Warmth cards on: February 05, 2014 02:59:53 PM
I used an old Regency romance novel as the background for several of these cards and a stamp set and technique from a scrapbooking conference I attended. In winter I like to curl up in a recliner with a good book and a cup of hot chocolate, so I used that as the inspiration for these cards.
4  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Fingerless gloves project on: October 28, 2013 03:19:54 PM
I've made two sets of fingerless gloves this past week, one set for myself, the other set for a niece. Our crochet club is thinking about taking these on as a project for dialysis patients, so I've been trying out various patterns to see which are easiest for us to do.
5  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / MYB Shawl on: October 04, 2013 09:48:36 AM
I finally finished the shawl that I started several months ago. Yeah! I received half the yarn from a Magic Yarn Ball Swap earlier this year, then searched for months to find enough of the same yarn to finish it. It's large enough to use as a foot quilt on our bed but most of the time I use it in my office to keep from freezing. The rest of my household loves to be cold, so when it was 100 degrees outside they'd have the air-conditioning cranked way down. Br-r-r-r!
I'm only going to post a close-up of the pattern since all rectangular shawls look pretty much the same and what most of us ask to see anyway is a close-up of the design. Grin
6  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Flower Medallion Market Bag on: August 07, 2013 12:51:04 PM
This is the second flower medallion market bag I've made. It can be made in less than a day and only uses two balls of Peaches & Cream cotton yarn. If you use Sugar & Cream yarn, it will take more skeins since those balls hold 20 yards less yarn than the Peaches & Cream brand. Otherwise, the yarns are interchangeable. I changed colors on rows 6 and 22. The design is the Mum Market Bag by Emily Bittel and is a free download.
7  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Market Bag on: July 10, 2013 09:55:05 PM
I've crocheted market bags for other people, but finally crocheted one for myself!
8  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Quick ruffled scarf on: May 19, 2013 12:09:37 PM
This is the scarf I made for my DD#1 using Red Heart Boutique Sashay yarn in the Conga colorway.
This shows the scarf doubled over.
Am going to make more for the Sweat Shoppe Swap.
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