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11  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Spirit/Intention Doll Swap (S.U. CLOSED!; MAIL BY 6/2/14) on: May 30, 2014 04:20:54 PM
Woo-hoo all done and in the mailbox! Won't be picked up tip tomorrow though...
12  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Twinches Needlework Swap Sign Up 5/15-5/22, Send Out 6/23/14 on: May 29, 2014 09:00:47 PM
Well I have a pencil and paper out... I have my ideas and hoping to work on it this weekend so the hubby can help with the kiddos... I can't wait!
13  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Spirit/Intention Doll Swap (S.U. CLOSED!; MAIL BY 6/2/14) on: May 29, 2014 08:59:06 PM
Well I have a face and a body and am hoping to send out by Saturday... tomorrow should be a good day to work on it... I have my hubby home to help with the kiddos
14  Category Challenges / Needlework Challenge Entries / Re: Tattoo Flash Marilyn on: May 29, 2014 05:20:13 PM
I love the detail in those small stitches! Simply amazing! What an awesome idea!
15  Category Challenges / Needlework Challenge Entries / Re: Sew Lovely Challenge-Old Hollywood Glamour Entries Due 5/28-6/3 on: May 29, 2014 09:53:13 AM
This was so much fun! I never would have embroidered something like this before! I love being challenged to try something new and push the envelope a little bit! My mind was blown!
16  Category Challenges / Needlework Challenge Entries / Re: "Elsa Monroe" (Warning: Pic Heavy) on: May 29, 2014 09:51:07 AM
Thanks! I knew that this "Frozen" addiction would payoff somehow! Now maybe I will stop seeing Elsa in everything!
17  Category Challenges / Needlework Challenge Entries / "Elsa Monroe" (Warning: Pic Heavy) on: May 29, 2014 09:33:25 AM
This is what happens when your 3.5 year old watches "Frozen"  every day of the week... and sometimes asks to watch it a second time in the same day! You begin seeing Anna and Elsa everywhere! When I first saw the picture of Marilyn I was trying to figure out what I could change about her slightly without completely changing the picture... Just then "Let it Go" started playing in the movie and as I looked up and watched Elsa change in the movie I totally looked down at the print out I had of the Marilyn and started turning her into Elsa!

She measures just about 6"x12". She is in a 12"x16" frame

I changed her hair just slightly to look better with a braid coming down. I also had to change the top of the dress from a halter to a sweetheart. And then also added the flowing sleeves and cape to the dress. I used a shiny metallic DMC floss... which might I add is a b***ch to work with... Definitely not my favorite, but it looks so nice! For her hair I used a couple different yellows. At times I would use one or the other and for quite a bit I used strands of each together so it would blend nicely.

For the detail in the breezy skirt I used 3 different flosses. 1 strand of white, the pale blue metallic, and a strand of the blue/teal I used for the main color of the dress. I wanted the breezy detail to look like the underneath of the dress. It showed all the colors at slightly different places... It worked out better than I thought it would!

For her shoes I used yet another metallic floss and then when it was completed I thought hey why not add some sparkly beads to those shoes?! It became the only beaded portion. I had thought of adding more to the dress, but I didn't want to hide any of those little detail stitches.

Sorry, I tried getting the best photos, but last night I thought they had a little too much yellow in some and today the lighting wasn't best outside... So I tried to use the best from both photos... I thought the shoes photo from night was more true to color than the one from the day, but I included both!

I used colored pencils to lightly color in the dress and to highlight her hair and skin tone. Here is a picture of her a little more closely...


This is her in the frame I found at Target... It actually opens so you can change out the picture and store more inside the frame (like a little folder)... I am actually thinking about changing the same Marilyn to look like Anna from the movie so that way I have a set. That way I can change it out from time to time.

I hope you like this... well I know I LOVE it! And I'm not one to hang too much of my own work, much less frame it! This is the largest piece I have ever embroidered! I learned a few things to do differently next time. Also I fused fleece to the back of it. It added a nice "cushy" look close up. And hid the fact that I forgot to put a stabilizer on the back first... it helped to hide some of the "puckering" that occurred... Like I said I learned a few things for next time!

Here's some of the "night" photos, before I added a little colored pencil...

Here is the original image and my drawing of how I altered it:


Enjoy!
18  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Stitching INCHIES Craftalong *starting June 1st, 2014* on: May 28, 2014 02:11:39 PM
Woo-hoo! This sounds like a lot of fun! I am thinking I will stick to how old I am... (only because it's less than 39, so fewer themed squares to try to come up with) Not like it's that many less! Ha ha!

I'm thinking about making mine themed.... but not exactly sure... I am thinking about drawing up a paper model and then just transferring it to linen to stitch up in one big piece.... that way I can frame it and put it up in my craft room!
19  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Spirit/Intention Doll Swap - GALLERY on: May 25, 2014 06:13:52 PM
Oh I just love the colors on the new doll! She is very unique and fun! And were those button arms?! I love all the little extra bits too!
20  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Prayer Flag Swap Rd 4 Gallery! on: May 25, 2014 06:11:11 PM
Thank you all for participating in this lovely swap! It made organizing for the first time so very easy and fun! I hope to see you all back in a month for possibly another round of prayer flags, or maybe something else! What lovely flags everyone made! I have mine proudly displayed in my formal living room/craft room! I couldn't bear to put them outside! At least not yet!
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