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1  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: fall/Autumn hoopla on: November 12, 2014 10:12:56 AM
I love this so much!  It is my first collected hoopla!  Thanks again!

2  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Yet Another TM Patch Swap R3!- Gallery on: November 01, 2014 08:35:29 AM
Yesterday I receive two beautiful patches from elderflower.  The first was for "Hobbit" theme and was a wonderful surprise.  A embroidered Smaug with his hoard!

I got out my copy of the Hobbit and found Tolkien's drawing and knew I was right!  This is my second patch in the Hobbit theme and so I'm so happy.  

A little closer look at Smaug.  The beading of his hoard would tempt any dragon !  I love the fabric it is subdued almost like the dragons breath has caused a fog.

The second patch is of a kitten which elderflower crocheted with such tiny thread.  Filet crochet is not easy to achieve and her stitches are impressively even.  Maybe if I ever get to that part of the world I can meet her and get a lesson.

The kitten is so sweet and the little ribbon a nice touch.

The kit elderflower sent was over the top!  Here are some pictures.

She sent some crocheted kittens, purple ribbon and hand dyed threads in lovely purples.  I have been wanting some hand dyed threads from South Africa for a long time!  Thank you!

She also sent some lovely fabric pieces including a lovely black velvet and some stones.  I think they are amazonite and amethyst.  Also included was some stuffing and she put it in a plastic case from Air Zimbabwe.  I love collecting containers like this, Thank you again for all the thought and work you put into such a lovely swap.

3  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Fall themed hoopla on: October 26, 2014 01:10:55 PM
In the recent hoopla swap I made my first hoopla.  Taking a water color my mom painted, I scanned and print a portion onto fabric.  Then using a technique called opus plumarium, stitched on large leaf leaving the rest plain.  I thought that the contrast of the flat background and the stitched DMC thread leaf came out beautifully.  I will definitely try this technique again.

Thanks for looking.

4  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Yet Another TM Patch Swap R3! SU:CLOSED; SO: Nov. 3, 2014 on: October 23, 2014 10:48:30 AM
Hi!  I'm still alive but just!  I've been down for three weeks and the doctors finally stopped doing tests.  Barium!  It has been hard to keep up with everything but I finally had an idea for TM swap patches!  So when I finish making 31 things for an October advent project I will be free again!  Actually I am very excited with the topics my partner picked.  Definitely a challenge!  Then I can get back to making TM patches for an Edgar Alan Poe tote.  Seriously need to cut down on the number of projects I've started!

5  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Embroidery Hoopla Rnd 12 - SEASONS - Gallery on: October 16, 2014 10:58:08 AM
I received a wonderful Fall Hoopla from pinkmichk.  Beautiful stitching and my favorite Fall activities combined to make a wonderfully personalized hoop.  I absolutely love it, thanks pinkmichk!  Beware, lots of pictures.

Over all image of hoop.

Oven with mitt.



Apple tree in the back yard!

Thanks for a great swap!  Thank you Homerof2 for hosting!

6  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Embroidery Hoopla Rnd 12 - SEASONS - send by Oct 15/14 on: October 16, 2014 10:16:05 AM
We should've called this round Embroidery Hoopla Rnd 12-PROCRASTINATORS. LOL! We're terrible. I am completely finished now and will have it in the mail tomorrow :)

My problem is I always forget the custom form!  This time I will get some extras so my boyfriend doesn't have to come back with one to fill out!  Either that or stop swapping with crafters in other countries.

7  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Embroidery Hoopla Rnd 12 - SEASONS - send by Oct 15/14 on: October 15, 2014 03:34:09 PM
Missed the post but will mail tomorrow 10/16/2014!

8  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: OTT October Holidays 6 GALLERY on: October 15, 2014 10:21:25 AM
I received my OTT from Calabaza yesterday.  At first I didn't even see the box on the porch it was so small!  She sent me a lovely pumpkin ornament.  The pumpkin was made by wrapping thread through a bead and was very well done!  She placed it on a spool decorated with homespun yarn and seed beads.  Thank you Calabaza for a very sweet ornament.

Thank you all, especially irid3sc3nt for hosting this fun swap!

9  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Lexophiles Unite! swap gallery on: October 10, 2014 09:08:04 AM
First I owe Crazyda79 an apology for not posting the cute magnet she sent with the other goodies.  I have been completely brain dead lately and I'm so sorry to keep you waiting.

I wanted to say thank you again for everything!  I loved swapping with you!

10  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Yet Another TM Patch Swap R3! SU:CLOSED; SO: Nov. 3, 2014 on: October 10, 2014 08:50:10 AM
I thought I would post to prove I am still kicking!  So far I haven't a clue what to make.  Just need to sit and play and I'm sure something will come too me.  Glad to be in this swap again!

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