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21  Re: Ongoing ATC swap - April 2015 - GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by cmarion3 on: April 23, 2015 06:15:06 PM
And two awesome cards from.......

Rockingbearranch...on my goddess theme, and did she cover the subject. Lions and moons and snakes and jewels and triangle and ..... It is lovely and rich and I love it.

And from bluepaisan, I love her humor and she added in my garden and I am going to paint this sign for my garden. I can always use more compost.

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22  Re: Ongoing ATC swap - April 2015 - GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by cmarion3 on: April 19, 2015 06:34:34 AM
I am really enjoying all the illustrated cards this April. You all are amazing!

I received from pottermouth for my movable theme. At first I thought hmmm, this is not movable. Ha, just open from the left silly! Made me laugh and think out side the grave! And then I laughed some more at "Jiggy Bones". The bones dance as you open the card. Yay!

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23  Community Quilt "What I Love" squares in Quilting: Completed Projects by cmarion3 on: April 12, 2015 04:12:00 PM
Every year I participate in a community quilt for Michigan Womyn's Music Festival. A large group of women donate quilt squares to make an amazing quilt that is raffled off during the festival. The money goes to keep the festival going and provide  funds to help all women who want to, attend.

This year, the 40th anniversary, is all about love, what you love about the festival, the land the women, the performers and the amazing community that is built every year for one glorious week.

4-29-15: I just added two more, the quilt needs a few more squares and it is coming together a bit differently than imagined. Ain't that just the way. See below.

This is "Singing Circle", both are 6" x 6" finished.

And "Goddess"

This one is "Heartbeat". This drummer woman was conceived in 2010 for that year's quilt and she just begged to come back and get the going.

And "Whispering Ferns". The land where the festival is held has acres of ferns, just starting to dry and rustle in the breeze in August as you wander through them.
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24  Re: The Crow Bros in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by cmarion3 on: April 09, 2015 03:34:22 PM
I have their sister! What wonderful and cheeky birds! Tabzilla sent me one in the pretty bird swap....pretty, well maybe to Harley and Dexter. I envy you chicken and bird makers. These are so wonderful! And I love the photo shoot.

by Tabzilla.
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25  Re: How Did You Find Craftster? / Craftster Sightings! in Craftster Itself by cmarion3 on: April 09, 2015 03:21:26 PM
Ha, just found this thread....fun to read all the discovery posts.

I found Craftster through a search for wrap skirt pattern, one that wouldn't make me look frumpy. Found this post http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=237248.0

Then drafted a pattern from her pictures and made my own longer skirt and posted the pattern. I was hooked!

And my life, thank goodness, has never been the same. I've learned and grown and keep having so much fun. And I've met the nicest, funnest, craziest and occasionally snarkiest (only for snarky swaps and ATC's) bunch of obsessed friends ever.

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26  Faery doors are popping up everywhere! in Polymer Clay: Completed Projects by cmarion3 on: April 07, 2015 06:37:16 PM
I think we have a faery invasion...they are popping up everywhere. I sent this one to my partner in the Geezers, Alive and Kicking swap. It was a long winter, I figured my partner needed some fun. http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=438192.0

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27  Circles in blue (and purple and teal) for a lap of comfort. in Quilting: Completed Projects by cmarion3 on: April 07, 2015 06:32:58 PM
My partner in the Geezers, Alive and Kicking swap....http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=438192.0....mentioned wanting a lap quilt and blue and circles. In searching the web I saw a Circle of Hope quilt and fell in love with it. I drafted a pattern, pawed through my stash, worked out the colors and set to it. I did purchase some bits to fill in the colors as well as the trim and backing fabric.

This is only the second small quilt I have made. My grandson got the first one and it was smaller. This is lap size, about 50" x 50" and I made the squares big! I did try my hand at free motion quilting, but needed more practice than I had time for...so stitching in the ditch had to do.

When I took these photos we still had a foot of snow in the front yard. Yes, that is snow in some of the pictures. I mailed on March 28th in a snow flurry. Today there is no snow and it rained...a beautiful spring rain.

I made a pouch from a sample square I had made and included a little bonus.....

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28  Re: Black and White and Read all over in Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) by cmarion3 on: April 06, 2015 04:30:07 PM
Whoo - hoo

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29  Fascinators for Easter or Mother's Day Tea - With Tut! in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by cmarion3 on: April 04, 2015 01:30:16 PM
My Easter plans changed and suddenly I needed to dress up. Who me? My jeans and shirt just would not do. I found a dress, but wanted to dress up even more with a hat. A little fun fascinator! My friends thought it was a great idea too, so grab the scissors and a cereal box and get going.

I did not have time to get proper hat materials, but my trusty stash supplied most the bits. I just purchased veil fabric and some little extras.

You will need:
  • Scissors
  • Cereal box or cracker box
  • Needle and thread
  • Hot glue
  • Batting or felt
  • Fashion fabric
  • Felt
  • Hair comb or head band
  • Embellishments, flowers, feathers, beads, buttons. I made my flowers out of fabric.

Cut a circle approx 4.25 inches from cardboard, try a tear drop shape. Cut a line to the center and overlap about 1/2 inch and glue. This will create a dome shape. Do not worry about the slight point at the top, it will be covered by embellishments.

Cut batting a 1/2 inch larger than the hat and cut your fabric a bit bigger than the batting. Using a running stitch, gather the edge and shape around the hat smoothing the fabric and avoiding obvious gathers on the top. Then hot glue to the cardboard shape.

Cut a piece of felt smaller than the hat and hot glue to inside of hat. I used felt because it doesn't slip as easily as a smooth fabric.

Stitch the combs or headband to a piece of felt, then glue the felt to the hat. You want some movement of the comb or headband to help attach to your head.

Rough place your flowers or main embellishments. Do not attach yet. I made flowers out of fabric, beads and buttons but you could use silk flowers or any embellishments. Don't forget feathers, spiky things, beads, more buttons, pearls....have fun.

Start with the veil fabric or netting, gather and attach with needle and thread. Then attach your larger items with hot glue and fill in with feathers and small flowers. Dress up and enjoy!
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30  Re: Use What You Have Swap Round 2 - Gallery in The Swap Gallery by cmarion3 on: April 03, 2015 06:19:26 AM
I received from Helena Puck! Two very cute pouches...I've already stuffed one with misc items and it is in my work bag...the other? I think it is going in my travel kit (I do overnighters on a random basis for work and try to keep a to go pack ready).

Fun fabrics, bats and sculls...just perfect. and a bit of the universe in the small one. Both are quilted and very well made. And can you spot it.....a bonus!

Yes, peeking out of one of the pouches are......little felted birds, one is an owl and the other...well, she's not telling me yet. But they cheered me up and let me know that yes, spring is here.

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