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31  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Three cats and a laser pointer on: April 24, 2012 08:33:21 PM
Awesome!

I think I'll have to try something similar using silhouettes of my cats.

Of course, one will be ignoring the laser pointer because she doesn't fall for it.  Tongue
32  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Cat Stack Embroidery on: April 22, 2012 09:15:05 PM
My only disappointment in this piece is that the curves weren't as smooth as I would have liked. Then again, I was working on canvas and usually quite late at night (after the kiddo went to bed).

Thanks for all the compliments. Hopefully my needleworking skills will improve with practice...
33  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: The Walking Dead Swap ( Sign-ups until May 15th - Send by June 15th ) on: April 22, 2012 08:24:54 PM
I may have to make a few more posts so I can qualify (punishment for lurking, I suppose)!

Never done a swap before, but Walking Dead is so awesome that I may have to just jump right in. I fear my creativity may be too subpar, though. Sad
34  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: Paper garland on: April 22, 2012 03:27:34 PM
Awww! I may have to do something similar for my 2 year old! She really, REALLY loved when we put streamers and balloons up for her birthday.

[scheming]
35  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Cat Stack Embroidery on: April 22, 2012 01:36:48 PM
My Mom's birthday was this month. Ever since I was 15, I've been rescuing pets, mostly cats. We had never been "cat people." But nearly 15 years later, I've adopted 5 cats and she and my dad have adopted 7 (and fostered several others).

Now 65 and about to retire, I think it's time she embrace her "Crazy Cat Lady" status. This gift a nudge in that general direction.



The image I based this on was found in a meandering Google search for "cat stack" or "cat pile." Like I said... meandering.

I did the cats in a simple split stitch using 6 threads of sequential colors of pink-to-purple from whatever brand of embroidery floss I have. The whiskers and noses are just simple back stitch in a single thread of black. I'd love to say the eyes are French knots, but no... I just did a tight "+" using 6 threads.

Close up of the kitties at the bottom of the totem pole.



The frame was a $1 find at the thrift store. Gorgeous, except the back prongs were missing. So rather than tape the back down I decided to turn to my good friend, hot glue, to secure things.



Hope you like it! My mom loves pink (hence the color choices) and cats (obviously) so I think it's a shoe-in.
36  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: dino-plantasaurus! on: April 22, 2012 01:11:31 PM
I need to do this.

NOW.
37  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: The stuffie throne... or sitting on a pet cemetary (lots'o'pics) on: April 22, 2012 01:10:44 PM
AWESOME! I especially love the octopus hanging out on the back shoulder.  Cheesy
38  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: eye droppers on: April 22, 2012 01:08:19 PM
We've had them ALL OVER the place since my husband got Lasik last spring.

Maybe make a vintage style crystal chandelier (substituting eye drops for crystals, of course) and take photos under it. Then caption it with "Not a dry eye in the house."  Grin
39  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: what should i do with this? on: April 22, 2012 01:04:54 PM
Comic books would look AWESOME!

It may not meet your visions for this current piece, but I think you should check out faux leather decoupage for a piece!
http://thediyclub.com/2011/04/decoart-decoupage-faux-leather-by-gail/
40  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: X-rays or MRI's on: April 22, 2012 12:58:32 PM
I took home a bunch of the scrap Western blots and Southern blots from work (done on film similar to X-rays) and turned them into nifty coasters.

I'm also keep on the head images mentioned earlier. Smiley
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