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11  Re: Need some advice - re: what to do with finished cross-sitch in Needlework: Discussion and Questions by btlgrl on: April 25, 2005 08:27:19 AM
I got kind of tired of the tuck pillow route, so I make mine into small bagsor totes depending on size.  I also make tissue box covers. 

Like this:



close up of 2 of them:




tote example:



Knitting/yarn stash holder I made.  Took an old beat up yard saling find and turned it into this.  I keep current projects in it.  (deatils says, If I stitch fast enough, dos it count as aerobic exercise?)


At one time I had a tutorial designed for the tissue boxes (I used to teach them at the local shop)  I'll see if I can find it if anyone is interested.

I also make just simple hanging pieces (think tuck pillows without the fluff) and needle roll pillows and neck roll pillows.  A nice different take on those.  I have pics of those too if anyone wants to see.

CJ
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12  Re: Embroidery floss organizer in Needlework: Discussion and Questions by btlgrl on: April 25, 2005 08:19:13 AM
This is my system.  I use 2 Plano tackle systems.  They are 2 sided and hold my entire collection of DMC floss, plus all my specialties, variagateds, needles, scissors, fobs, beeswax, etc.  Here's a pic



They are all wound on cardboard bobbins (I don't like the plastic). They are in order as well.   My extras (at least one of every DMC color) are stored by color family in quart sized freezer ziplocs in a large box.  They are indexed by color and when I remove one I mark the color off.  Whenever I start a project I check my back up supply.  If I don't have a color in back up and supply is low in the box, I buy a new skein.  All my hand-dyed and more expensive flosses are kept in a wooden box wrapped in acid free tissue paper.  I don't like winding them, as they get kind of marked up and it affects the colors. 

The picture shows one side full of bobbins, and the extra side of one that has my varigateds, scissors and such.  My DH got me the first box at Lowes and I needed another, of course we couldn't find one, so I ordered mine directly from plano.  The compartments are perfectly sized!

I know a couple friends that use those Matchbox Jammers cases (for the little Hot Wheels/Mathcbox cars)  but my boys use those for ahhhh matchboxes and I didn't like the way the lids latched, so I wenty this route!  Been toting them like this for about 6 years or so now. They have handles, so it's a nice grab and go thing!!

CJ
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13  My Beatles cross stitch projects in Needlework: Completed Projects by btlgrl on: April 25, 2005 07:57:25 AM
I have these all over the house.  Thought I'd share a few.

The first one is the Beatles in black and white.  This is absoultey gorgeous.  Picture doesn't do it justice.  Swore it would be the last black and white I did (all those greys!!)  I lied though cause I started another shortly thereafter!! It is huge, about 16 inches square.



Next is my favorite!!  This is the cartoon Beatles.  (If I ever got a tattoo, it would be of a cartoon beatle image!!)  I made it into a pillow.  It measures 8X12 inches or so.



Next is a color blocked Beatles For Sale.  Paul's face looks all wonky.  Same color of floss, not sure why it appears there is a stripe, not there in real life!!



Next is With the Beatles   (no this isn't the other B&W I started.  This was all white floss on black aida, another pain in the arse, but doable!  I changed it up a little and put Ringo in a line with the others.  Afterthought, I wish I hadn't since his face looks out of proportion to the others, but I wnted a long slender finished piece instead of a square.  It is also long, about  12 inches by 6 inches or so.



Last, is an ornament I made.  It is a Beatles boot, with some extra adornment!



I have a lot more made (yellow sub, sub guys, Sgt Pepper, etc)  But I don't have them scanned in.  I forgot to take care of all my images when photoisland went under, so I'm still trying to upload everything I need to.  I miss having all my stitching pics in one place.

So, whatcha think?

CJ


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14  Dresser and potty chair revamp in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by btlgrl on: April 22, 2005 10:10:18 AM
Hello!  This is my first ppost, although I've been a lurker for over a year!  I wanted to show a pic of the dresser I revamped for the girls room (mod podged with Strawberry Shortcake fabric)  This dresser was mine when I was a baby, so it had seen it's better days.  I painted it white and added some cheapie drawer pulls.

The potty is painted and mod pdged with some Care bear fabric.  I thought it would convince DD to actually use it more Smiley

I'm not sure I'm posting these pics right, but I'll give her a go



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