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21  Journal Keeper in Quilting: Completed Projects by cmarion3 on: March 25, 2015 05:58:59 PM
I embellished an art journal that I had purchased several years ago and never used to add to the fun in a Use What You Have Swap. (Swap here http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=438413.0)

But the journal needed a snugly cover to keep it warm. Those are needle keepers on the side, find them here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=438632.0

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22  Mind Your Needles, Monster in Needlework: Completed Projects by cmarion3 on: March 25, 2015 05:53:49 PM
I made up a few needle minders for the Use What You Have swap. I was inspired by this tutorial http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=437736.0 and since I had made a couple of monsters, kept with the theme for the needle minders. Swap is here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=438413.0

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23  One horned, one (and two eyed) not so purple people eaters in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by cmarion3 on: March 25, 2015 05:49:15 PM
In the Use What You Have Swap, I dug into my stash of monster horns (I always make a few extra, you never know when you will need them) and monster eyes (ditto). Sorted through my fabric scraps and two little monsters popped out!

Check out the swap: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=438413.0

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24  Wave a Muse Wand in the air! in Completed Projects by cmarion3 on: March 25, 2015 05:44:39 PM
Joining an AWESOME swap really makes you wish for a Muse Wand to help you on your journey. I created two wands to send to my partner and her daughter, underthemountain.

A few sticks from the yard, a doll arm or two, some hand painted eyes, some aluminum from a soda can and lots of glue and yarn and beads.

The eyes are hand painted backs with flat marbles glued on top. I cut the eyelids from the can and hand embossed them and antiqued them with lots of paint rubbed on and sanded off. I painted some vintage lace to get the colors needed and started assembling. The sticks were wrapped in yarn and wire and then painted and sanded as well.

I inserted small dowels in the stick ends to help hold and glue the arms to. Add a few beads, nail on an embossed metal name plate, add some beads and there you go.

I also made custom velvet bags and boxed to hold them. I wanted to make sure that the wands arrived in one piece! Find the swap here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=438407.0

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25  Re: Prayer Flag Swap R5: New Year, New Inspiration: Gallery of Goodies in The Swap Gallery by cmarion3 on: March 25, 2015 02:05:53 PM
And the first of P_E_S_T's wandering prayer flags arrives. And it is wonderful. The word was windows, they have always fascinated me, the way they frame things and give a peek into a different world. She sees windows as a transition. And look at this wonderful flag. Beads and knots and hand stitched women. Lots of machine stitching to frame the cutout windows and even a little flowerpot to plant little flowers in. An awesome finish to an amazing swap.

And here they all are, two from me and the rest from some truely wonderful people.

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26  Re: Be AWESOME (Redux) GALLERY! (Sendout March 23) in The Swap Gallery by cmarion3 on: March 25, 2015 01:59:07 PM
And more AWESOMENESS from underthemountain. She made a wonderful Junker Jane style dolly and her companion. She likes to take long walks in the forest, is thrifty and always picks up little oddities she uncovers...and look what was in her bag! I'm still grinning and happy and jumping for joy. I love her and her friends. I have to name her...I've almost got it.

First the dolly with lovely stringy hair and a woebegone, but not lost look. She has a little collecting bag. Her friend has a big heart and follows her everywhere. They are coffee stained and still carry a tiny bit of a coffee aura...yummy.

and look what little goody she found in the forest. A little clockwork insect all ready to pin on my favorite jacket. Do I hear ticking?

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27  Re: Curiosity Cabinet Gallery in The Swap Gallery by cmarion3 on: March 14, 2015 04:11:04 PM
I finished and hung my curiosity cabinet. It's not very big and I've practically filled it already. Another swap and I'll be in trouble! But it fills a small empty wall space and I'm happy with it.

More to see here....http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=438467.new#new

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28  Curiosity Cabinet Transformation! in Completed Projects by cmarion3 on: March 14, 2015 04:06:17 PM
I had such fun in the Curiosity Cabinet Swap, and was amazed by the creations. See http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=437697.0

I needed a cabinet to display my curious and creepy objects. I knew I had a small display shelf stashed away in the basement and managed to unearth it. It was not inspiring. Sigh.

So several layers of paint, lots of glue, some soul satisfying distressing, here you go.

Original shelf. Next is the addition of objects and texture and a coat of black paint.

Then several coats of white and off-white and lots of shellac which gave it a nice aged look.

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29  How to make 110 prayer flags in an afternoon. With TUT in Completed Projects by cmarion3 on: March 12, 2015 05:16:12 PM
A friend and former music director of our church recently died unexpectedly. We decided to give the congregation the opportunity to write messages on prayer flags and hang in our memorial garden until summer. Since it was my idea, I volunteered to sew the flags. We estimated we would need about a 100 + flags.

I raided my stash and came up with 4 of the pastels we wanted to use and a quick trip to the fabric store scored the other two colors. Yellow, pink, blue, green, peach and lavendar...all spring colors. Finals were 8" x 5".

I tore 11" strips, two from each color. I ironed over a 3 inch hem and sewed across the width doing a bit of a back stitch dance at each 5 " mark and cut 5 inch widths. Luckily most cottons come in 45" widths so I got 9 out of each strip. Some were slightly shorter, so I just spread the difference over several flags.

We supplied waterproof pens and oil crayons and a covered table for two Sundays. Everyone appreciated the chance to say goodbye and send their wishes. We used about 65 of the flags. Now that the snow has melted to a manageable level, I will be putting on my boots and traipsing out to hang some flags.

I zigzaged the flags, about 13 per 9 foot length of clothesline, figuring that we could tie them together as needed and tie to additional rope around the trees. I've strung flags before and in the wind they tend to slide to the center so the zigzagging will hold them in place and make them easier to hang.

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30  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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