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21  Spring is for Prayer Flags! in Completed Projects by cmarion3 on: March 12, 2015 04:40:21 PM
I love Craftster Prayer Flag Swaps...especially when you are in a group of 6 and make a flag for everyone, including yourself and then get amazing flags back in the mail. Words were assigned and away we flew. So here are the prayer flags.

Freedom: Red/green silk back with floss and bead dandelion seeds

Two Grow Flags: Cotton back with rough edge applique and beads. There are two because I made the lighter one first, then realized that my partner did not like pastels, so made the brighter one. They both are wonderful and it was fun to do the same in a different palette...I kept the pastel one, luck me.

Silence: Silk again with torn fabric trees overlaid with organza ribbon machine embroidered with SH-H-H and SILENCE and QUIET. With a few beads.

Create: Cotton back and torn fabric strip and beads. Overlay is an antique lace curtain that has seen better days.

Persistance: Silk back with a rope of various fibers and yarns growing to circle the moon. And beads.

Jump: My word and my flag. Silk and cotton and beads and jump!

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22  Re: Prayer Flag Swap R5: New Year, New Inspiration: Gallery of Goodies in The Swap Gallery by cmarion3 on: March 02, 2015 06:44:12 PM
P_E_S_T hasn't been able to post her flag as Africa had distracted her. I thing FREEDOM fits perfectly.

And Sonjaboo sent me a lovely BALANCE flag. I certainly need it right now. It's cheery and bright and was just what I needed. She says she discovered heat and bond....aren't we lucky!

and the tag:
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23  Re: Prayer Flag Swap R5: New Year, New Inspiration: Gallery of Goodies in The Swap Gallery by cmarion3 on: February 28, 2015 05:49:04 AM

What else can you say, lovely. And the Pray flag and the Give Thanks. I love this swap and I think the multiples was the best idea ever.

And Wulf, you can show the back, I really don't pay much attention to the backs, but yes, they do turn out well sometimes. I am glad you love your quiet woods.

And I received two flags last night and a private swap. I love how they clump. It's mailbox magic.

The first is from jenleahlynn on "Muse". The fabric is "Starry Night" with beads and the sweetest embroidered moon to watch and inspire. See the detail.

And from alwaysinmyroom a breath of fresh air for "Breathe". It is made from a shibori dyed linen napkin. I have some of her dyed fabric I received in a private swap...it is lovely. This flag has little pleats and added dyed details. It's beautiful and restful like a deep, deep breath.

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24  Re: "Tie a string around it" Making beautiful strings. With TUT! in Completed Projects by cmarion3 on: February 27, 2015 09:52:32 AM
The first batch got snapped up for strum sticks and a cigar box diddly bow....So I whipped up a few more just for fun and they are gone too. Who knew everyone needed cool cords!

I also used the method to create part of a prayer flag, ties for a crow mask, an owl's monocle and ......

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25  Magic Muse Wand in Completed Projects by cmarion3 on: February 26, 2015 01:53:21 PM
I am taking a Coursera MOOC* class on Creativity and it's fun to play and learn about something we do here so completely.

One assignment was a "Mini-masterpiece". Take an ordinary object and masterpiece it. I started with a stick, add some thread, paint, paper beads, folded paper, a bottle cap and the foil off the top of a wine bottle. Oh, don't forget the hand painted flat marble "eye".

And now I have my own magic wand. I've seen the concept on Pinterest and just had to make my own version. If you come and visit, I'll bop you on the head with it. We can always find a use for more creativity.

*MOOC are Massive Open Online Classes and are usually free and/or for credit.
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26  Re: Geezers Alive and Kicking, Round 6 - GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by cmarion3 on: February 26, 2015 10:53:50 AM
steiconi asked me all kinds of weird and wonderful question which set my mind in a whirl...what could she be dreaming up? I mean "do you have all your own teeth?" Who knows what a craftster needs to create, right? I do have most of my own teeth, biting of more than I can chew does have it's hazards. Anyway.....

I received a battered box in the mail, must have come by mule train, but the insides were perfect. Look at the goodies...

I unwrapped a lovely little raven/crow. She's my totem so she will find a place in my craftroom to watch over me. She will join another quite a bit larger version so I'll have a murder of crows!

Then I unwrapped this lovely little shrine pin. I have a new lambs wool long green coat and this looks perfect on the lapel. She will keep me company and let me dream of times with leaves on the trees. It's been such a long white winter here. Just look at the detail.

And then the shrine, oh the bits and pieces, the wings, the lovely godess, the crow skull and all. I keep finding new things to look at. Thank you, thank you so much.

Even the backs are pretty darned cool.

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27  Re: Prayer Flag Swap R5: New Year, New Inspiration: Gallery of Goodies in The Swap Gallery by cmarion3 on: February 26, 2015 10:43:00 AM
A typewriter, how cool and so last century! Love it. And Dream and Breathe and all the other mini masterpieces. I love the multiple partners as not only do we get lots of flags, but we get to see so many different flags too. Just lovely.

I finished mine. I figured with the mailing time added...I'm right on time! Not counting of course the one I redid in different colors.

My word ended up being Jump since Wulf appropriated the one assigned to me, and am I glad he did, the Expand flag is so beautiful.

Here we go....JUMP
Again a soft pale green tight woven silk back, a bit of lace, a bit of hand dyed fabric, some beads and my favorite variegated quilting thread.

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28  Re: Prayer Flag Swap R5: New Year, New Inspiration: Gallery of Goodies in The Swap Gallery by cmarion3 on: February 25, 2015 07:45:57 AM
i recieved from cmarion today! this is the second i've recieved in the swap, and both have suited me really well. the word for this one is 'perseverace'

the close up picture shows the variety of thread she used to give it texture. and those signature green glass beads! thanks so much

jenleahlynn's picture did not show up so here is the one I had. "Reaching for the Moon"

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29  Re: Prayer Flag Swap R5: New Year, New Inspiration: Gallery of Goodies in The Swap Gallery by cmarion3 on: February 24, 2015 12:13:10 PM
I made alwaysinmyroom flag first as I immediately had the vision. I have silk remnants from my sister-in-laws framing job. so I went with that. Unfortunately the colors are all muted (they are used to cover mats in framing and so are mostly neutral).

I finished and then read her likes and dislikes in color. I had picked all her "not so fond of" colors. LOL. But I loved it. So I made another one for her, same design, different colors. Then loved them both. So I kept one for me. It is interesting the different feel of the two flags.

The color is a very subtle pale green silk, a weave of bluish and yellowish threads and does not photograph very well. But it is very nice. It also frays nicely on the edges. I also got to play with more stitches on my fairly new sewing machine.

PS: The unifying item was some variegated small green beads I worked into each design. My little trail of me.
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30  Re: I am on pins and needles in Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions by cmarion3 on: February 23, 2015 04:47:25 PM
I have one of those. It's in a drawer somewhere with a few pins in it. The strawberry is a great emery bag on mine. Sure is ugly and about 50 years old and they still make them.

My mother gave me a magnetic pin holder years ago. It's scratched and red and rather ugly, but boy it is useful. I can toss my pins toward it and it grabs them. I spill pins on the floor and I just turn the pin holder over and pick them up. Lovely.

Needles I lose at an amazing rate. But I have a smaller flatter pin cushion I use for needles. Received it in a swap and it works great as I don't loose needle in the cushion. It's the round one, not the car. I keep that one by my chair in the living room for convenience. I think it is just stuffed with polyester fiber fill.

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