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21  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: NCIS Abbie- finally done (with a slightly depressing twist). on: February 02, 2016 07:50:33 AM
O.O  I...don't really know what to say.  I appreciate the kind words and support so much! 

I definitely plan of crafting more.   My therapist hinted at "maybe you could take up painting or something..." and I laughed and told her about the "craft hoard".   So now, my therapist demanded it.  If you've dealt with therapists, you know how they can get.  Smiley Argue with them at your own risk, because they will call you on your BS in a heart beat! 

It's been hard to "admit" to having PTSD.  It's still pretty "new", and I am still adjusting to it, so to speak. I must admit, though... Once it was said, it clicked and made me think "oh!  So that's what it is...why didn't I see it for myself?"

I am so...glad? that others are out there, chugging away and able to keep going.    It makes it a little easier to know that I can do that, too. 

You all are amazing! 

22  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Oh So Many Wine Charms! (pic HEAVY) on: February 02, 2016 04:14:10 AM
Holy crud!  These are amazing! 
23  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 Projects 2016---Busy Hands are Happy Hands! on: February 02, 2016 04:08:46 AM
alwaysinmyroom those hats are adorable!  I'd be pleased as punch to receive those!

dewshinesdopp, I'm sorry for whatever is going on but I love your work!  Thank you for sharing and keep your chin up

aww, thanks!  <3
24  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Thing-A-Day February 2016 Craftalong on: February 02, 2016 04:00:28 AM
That is so beautiful. 
25  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Thing-A-Day February 2016 Craftalong on: February 02, 2016 03:55:22 AM
Thing 1, from yesterday is not complete.  Somehow, I successfully have 6 huge totes of fabric, a broken sewing machine and no fusible webbing.  So, that will become Thing 2, instead. 

In any case my NEW thing 1 was completed on day 2.  It's the dreaded year too late WIP I spoke of. 
26  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 Projects 2016---Busy Hands are Happy Hands! on: February 02, 2016 03:52:12 AM
Okay, so the Abbie has a long and depressing story with her.  The tl;dr is that I was hip deep in making her when something happened.  Upside:  I got a diagnosis.  Down side:  I am permanently banned from swapping.  But that's okay.  Because I now know WHY I kept randomly having problems completing things in my life. 

Here she is, a year too late, but done: 
27  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / NCIS Abbie- finally done (with a slightly depressing twist). on: February 02, 2016 03:46:31 AM
Hi all.  I am super proud of this.  You see, about a year ago, I was part of the Second Chance Swap. 

Aaaannnd...I botched it.  Life is complex for me, sometimes, and I never really knew why.  Well, right around the same time that I had this 3/4 done, life did the thing that it does for me and I just...stopped.

I had this completed to here:

Well.  I was diagnosed with PTSD shortly thereafter. 

And I have sat there and stared at this completely pathetic 15 minutes worth of crafting, feeling terrible about myself, for about a year.

This morning, I finally did it.  It won't change the fact that I am permanently banned from swapping.  It stinks, and it stings. But, it's for the best.  I know that I have not, and most likely will not, be a reliable swap partner.  But, at least I now know why. 

Here's to always moving forward. 

Here's the final product.  I'm proud of her, and proud of me. 

28  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: American McGee's Cheshire Cat on: February 01, 2016 08:26:00 AM
That is so AMAZING!
29  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 Projects 2016---Busy Hands are Happy Hands! on: February 01, 2016 04:27:08 AM
Okay, so it's February.  I have yet to actually complete a 50 projects.  But...is it too late to join in?  

If I can, let me know, and I'll post my list.  I was told I could join, so here's my list:  

My 50 things will start with my shameful WIPS:


2) the table runner for my dresser.  
3) the never ending half finished jewelry projects
4) finish painting the water pistol steampunk style

My 50 things will move into the obligatory gifts section:

4) the Stitch wreath that I have been swearing for over a decade that I would make
5) the far more likely Stitch hoopla for the BFF
6) Dragon Ball Z hoopla for the hubster
7) fire flower from Mario Brothers hoopla for the boyo
Cool Jack Skellington hoopla for the second daughter
9) cigar box jewelry case for the boyo
10) Those dang goblet candle holders for the MIL
11) ....insert something here for the first daughter...

For me- because crafting is supposed to be theraputic:
12) the xray painting--to paint my pain
13) the stupid LOST puzzles..just put them together already.  I know it's not a "craft", per se, but...  

Tearing apart the craft room for the remainder.  It shall be called the "I meant to try that project..." section:

14) Found the...classic? It's from 1994...iron-on transfer Thanksgiving thing that I got for 50 cents and thought...I can do something with it.  Decided to turn it into a banner.  Of course, I can't find the fusible webbing.  How can someone have 6 huge totes full of fabric, but no fusible webbing???  Anyway, this is now officially a WIP until I get the fusible webbing.
15) put the scrapbooks back together.  They do NOT need to be in chronological order.  Tongue
16) make an altered puzzle.  The puzzle book literally fell open with the puzzle upside down and complete.  Number the dumb thing, and start that altered puzzle.  Finally.  
17) do something will all those cigar boxes.  There's like...20 of them.  Seriously.
18) Build the darn dollhouse, already.
19) take that beat up nativity scene and turn it into a fairy house.  
20) Denim bracelets.  Really.  Finally do them.  
21) Take the top hat and turn it steam punk.  You promised her like a year ago you'd do it.  
22) turn the ornaments into Star Wars and Doctor Who ornaments.  
23) witch boots.  You bought the dumb things, now alter them.  For goodness sake.  Just do it.

30  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Thing-A-Day February 2016 Craftalong on: February 01, 2016 04:21:37 AM
I'm in.  Maybe this will help me out with some of those WIPs and Resolutions and promises I made to myself and others for years. 

In point of fact, I know what I am going to do today:  A WIP that should have been completed about a year ago.  Tongue
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