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1  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:

2  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Prayer Flag Swap Rd 4 Gallery! on: April 16, 2014 02:41:26 PM
Made by CraftyMamaBee for Wendiek ... Surprise... it's in the mail for you... just because!

Post and Show off all your amazing Prayer Flags here!

Received & Posted Pics
Feedback Given
Sending Late w/ Communication
Contact Organizer

Abbeeroad <---> Smmarrt
Smmarrt <---> Abbeeroad

emilywilde <---> wendiek
wendiek <---> emilywilde

alwaysinmyroom <---> silentblair
silentblair <---> alwaysinmyroom

artsycandice <---> cmarion3
cmarion3 <---> artsycandice

Flyraeven <---> playswithneedles
playswithneedles <---> Flyraeven

rscowtown <---> CraftyMamaBee
CraftyMamaBee <---> rscowtown

Sharalee <--->Averia
Averia <---> Sharalee

3  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Prayer Flag Swap Rd 4 (SIGNUP 4/9/14-4/16/14 ; MAIL BY 5/14/14) on: April 09, 2014 04:08:05 PM

Link to our fabulous Gallery!

One of my favorite Craftster Organizers, Leslieshappyheart started these swaps in 2012. I loved it and well the last one was almost 8 months ago! I thought it was time that we had another!!! So taken directly from the previous 3 rounds here is the info for this new round!

The concept is simple: decorate a rectangle of fabric with words and/or images that convey a personal prayer. It can be all fabric, or a mixed-media piece, it's up to you.

The prayer flag will be a finished size of 5" x 8", so it will be small and easy to mail in an envelope. This will be a NO EXTRAS swap, so it will be doable!(If you and your partner both want extras, you can post pictures in the personal swap gallery).  The send out date is May 14th, 2014. For this round with it being my first organizing it will be just one partner...But with the option of making one or two flags. ( I will try to make sure you are partnered with people who want to make the same number of flags...)

There is a cool blog called Prayer Flag Project that is dedicated to these flags where you can read more on the topic. The original idea is that the prayer flag is hung outdoors to slowly deteriorate and release your prayer into the world.  With that in mind, you can see that it is not expected to be a masterpiece of perfect stitching.  Rather, it is an art piece that is thoughtfully and prayerfully made.

Click Here the gallery from the first swap.
Click Here for the gallery from the 2nd Round
Click Here for the gallery from the 3rd Round

We will use the article about them in Cloth Paper Scissors as our guide; the instructions below are taken from that link:

How to Make Prayer Flags

1. Cut pieces of fabric to 5" x 11". Use materials you already have on hand.
2. Fold the top down on each piece of fabric and stitch in place to create a 3" sleeve, making the flag surface 5" x 8".
3. Paint, stitch, embroider, appliqué, or collage the flags.
4. Add words, journaling, or symbols as desired. You can appliqué letters, add hand stitching, stencil with textile paint, or just write with a permanent marker.
5. Thread the flags onto a string or cord and hang them outdoors so the breeze will catch them and spread your intentions.

Details of swap:
--You will craft one or two prayer flags for your partner, keeping your partner’s preferences in mind.  Extras are NOT allowed.  If you and your partner want to send anything other than the prayer flag, please do not post pictures of those items in the swap thread (but you may post pictures in the personal swap gallery, if you like.)
--You will have four full weeks to craft and send, from April 16th to May 14th.
-- Please post in this thread (or the gallery thread) at least once a week so we know you are still crafting with us.

- No one like to be flaked on, so if you aren't sure if you can do this swap, don't sign up.
- You must get delivery confirmation if sending within the U.S., or a mailing receipt if sending elsewhere.
- If you must send late, let the organizers and your partner know ASAP.
- Good communication is very important. Please stay in touch by posting weekly in the swap thread.
- PM both organizers and your partner when you send and when you receive.
- Please post photos of the package you receive in the gallery, and take pictures of what you make before you send it.

Limited to a certain number of people? Yes, 24 (If more I will need a co-organizer)
Restricted to people who all live in the same country? No
Additional age requirement? No

Craftster members who are organizing this swap: CraftyMamaBee
Sign-up date range: April 9-April 16 (at 1 pm PST)
Date to send item by: May 14, 2014

If you have any questions about this or anything else, please ask your organizer.
If you want to participate, send the questionnaire below to "CraftyMamaBee"


Name of swap: Prayer Flag Swap Rd 4 (SIGNUP 4/9/14-4/16/14 ; MAIL BY 5/14/14)
Craftster username:
Email address:
Your real name:
Mailing address including the country in correct shipping format:

Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country?
Confirm that you are at least 16 years old or, if not, that you have moderator approval (YES/NO)

1. Would you like to make ONE or TWO flags?
2. Do you have any allergies that are strong enough to prevent you from being partnered with certain people?
3. Do you have any other allergies or things to avoid (such as nickel or animal products)?
4. Do you have any allergens (pets, smoke) in your house?
5.  List at least 3 words or phrases for your partner to choose from when making your flag:
6.  Name some of your favorite images/themes that you would enjoy seeing on your flag:
7.  Are there any images/themes that your partner should avoid?
8.  What are your favorite colors, or color combinations?
9.  Are there any colors your partner should avoid?
10. Please add a few more details about yourself and your tastes to help your partner get an idea of who you are. The more information you give, the better she/he can craft for you.  Feel free to add a link to your Pinterest or Wist, or to particular items that would give her/him an idea of your taste.


Also, remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find other rules about participating in a swap

1. CraftyMamaBee

4  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Prayer Flag Swap Anyone?! on: April 01, 2014 01:30:30 AM
I think it's been quite awhile since I noticed a Prayer Flag Swap..... Anyone interested in one?

I was thinking just sending a flag and no extras necessary... I'm enjoying Spring and realized I would love some flags to put up again....

Choose between 1 or 2 partners?

This would be my first time organizing ... If it becomes a reality would anyone want to co-organize if need be???

SIGN UP is now open!!!!
5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Victorian Netted Necklace on: March 12, 2014 02:03:03 PM
Last year a friend asked me to create a necklace for her that had a few certain colors and reminded her of the movie "Marie Antoinette" with Kirsten Dunst... So I watched the movie and listened to the soundtrack several times and this is what I came up with!

She wanted the back to tie with a ribbon...

The black neck portion was done with freeform peyote stitch and crystals and vintage pieces.

Here is what it looks like being worn!

I'm happy to say she really loves it! The cameo was a vintage piece I picked up and beaded. There is a piece of pink suede on the back of it. I made the black neck piece first and then added on the netting. It actually is not that heavy of a piece! This is the last thing I completed last year... I am now on to bigger pieces to enter in our fair this summer!
6  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / "Whale of a Tale" Baby Quilt made partially from a Bridesmaid Gown on: January 06, 2014 07:36:38 AM
Well a few months ago a friend gave me two bridesmaid dresses she wore at two different friends weddings who are now having babies… As it turns out the one gown was blue and the woman is having a boy! How perfect is that. So I took a simple quilt pattern and a piece of the dress and a simple paper pieced block and made the following quilt.

The darker blue sateen fabric is from this dress

This was the block used throughout the blanket

The whale block was from ProtoQuilt that I found through craftsy.com in their pattern gallery…

THe backing is a simple snuggle flannel and it measures 36" square. It was super simple to piece and I did super simple quilting on it. The second blanket is for a girl and I had a coral/pink dress to work with… I am currently finishing that blanket up and will post as soon as I finish it! I'm having to finish all my special orders for friends before I have a baby at the end of January! Not much time!
7  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Cinderella Art Quilt on: October 28, 2013 08:02:04 AM
Well my daughter is turning 3 on the 30th of October and she just had a Cinderella themed party this last weekend. I wanted to have a special wall hanging for her party and made this Cinderella Silhouette Quilted wall hanging last week just for her party!
I had attached the binding but hadn't finished attaching it to the back in this photo

The background all started as Charm squares. I used 4 white Fat Quarters of different white/white tonal prints and 2 Teal and Cream 1/4 yd. cuts of fabric. I then cut all the charms into 2 1/2in. squares. I pieced and quilted the backdrop first. This I attached the silhouette with Heat n Bond and stitched around the perimeter.

It measures 24"x36" completed… and here is what the final product looked like at her party!

Now it will be moved into her "Big Girl" room for her to enjoy year round!
8  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Crafty Charitable/Social Causes / Journal Pages of Hope on: July 03, 2013 06:58:53 AM
I am hoping this is the right location for this. In February a friend's mom went through a horrible medical ordeal. We almost lost her and there was a couple comas... she is now on a very slow journey of recovery and having to relearn EVERYTHING! My friend is traveling to visit her next week and asked all of her crafty friends if they would make a 8x10" picture of encouragement and hope for her. She will compile all the pages in an art journal for her mother.

It took me a couple days to fully complete my page and here is the completed project:

Everything was sewn on to the ivory cardstock backing. This will make is easier to glue my page into the journal.

I used a lighter and distress inks on the burlap and scraps of fabric and freezer paper stencils for the branch and the word, "Hope". I found a scrap of printer fabric for the lettering of the quote. And bird feathers for the birds tail feathers.

I am hoping to finish a memory style quilt before she leaves and one more journal page..... here's hoping! I hope you enjoyed!
9  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Lalaloopsy Cinder Slippers Name Badge on: May 29, 2013 09:05:49 PM
So for my monthly quilt guild meeting we all have made our own name badges. I had made a very simple one and thought it was time to make a better one.... that included my love of Lalaloopsy! Also on the back I attached a piece of vinyl so that I could keep a few dollars or my business cards for at the meetings!

The chain is attached with lobster claw clasps so I could always change them out in the future!

This was the very first time I tried free motion quilting... and boy have I been missing out! I don't know if I'll quilt any other way!
10  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / The Secret Garden on: May 22, 2013 12:30:55 PM
I just literally finished this necklace about 30 minutes before I had to take it to the fair grounds. I have entered it into the San Diego County Fair for 2013. It is made of a beaded, netted base with 9 handmade flowers attached, 1 leaf, and a bunch of little Leafettes."
Now that it's done I think it kind of reminds me of a lei.... but nonetheless this is my "secret garden"...

Each flower was handmade bead-by-bead, petal-by-petal... Each flower is about an hour to an hour and a half from start to completion.

I wasn't really sure how to close the back... and then I remembered I received some buttons in a craft swap and used a couple of them to make the "clasp" for the back

Here are just some pictures with different aspects

And finally what it looks like on!

Let me know what you think! Enjoy!
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