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1  Nocturnal Choir: 100 Owls in CHALLENGE 100 ENTRIES by mdelilahcarlson on: July 06, 2014 07:16:24 PM
I made a tessellation puzzle for my son to practice numbers made of 100 owls:

I mod-podged old sheet music to mat board, cut out a lot of owls (my finger is still sore!), and painted them bright colors:

The numbers are written on scrapbook paper and mod-podged on. Then I covered each owl with another layer of mod-podge to protect them. Here are a couple of my favorite owls:

Thanks for the challenge! It was a great inspiration.
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2  Re: Twinches Needlework Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by mdelilahcarlson on: June 28, 2014 02:30:15 PM
I have an amazing package from jexxican to share! First, the package itself, beautifully decorated by a pair of small hands Wink:

Here's what first came out of the package:

A trio of lovely felted stones! I have been wanting to try embroidering on felted stones, but have never felted before. These are perfect to ease me into a new craft!

Inside the envelope was this Alice card (I love Alice!):

And, finally, the stinchies:

And, individually, so you can see the lovely felting and stitching on each one:

You are awesome, jexxican! Thank you for making my first swap so great! I will definitely be joining more in the future (and would be honored to have you as a partner).
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3  Re: Twinches Needlework Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by mdelilahcarlson on: June 16, 2014 08:06:34 PM
Glad you like them, jexxican! They were fun to make. I don't know that my photos are any better than yours, but here are the ones I took (spring is not very focused!):

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4  Re: 50 Projects 2014--Let's continue the craftiness! in Craftalongs by mdelilahcarlson on: June 09, 2014 09:25:04 PM
lindyv321, love the mer people!

Here's my photo dump for the past few weeks!

Mother's day gifts, including jewelry pouches:

And a butterfly bookmark:

Black and gold jewelry set (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=433925.0#axzz34CraPVvi):

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5  Bohemian elegance: black and gold jewelry set in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by mdelilahcarlson on: June 09, 2014 09:13:36 PM
I participated in a glass fusing class some time ago, and fused some black glass pieces for making jewelry. I finally got around to finishing them:

Here are a couple of close-ups:

Excited to wear them!
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6  Oriental Blue: my new summer earrings! in CHALLENGE 99 ENTRIES by mdelilahcarlson on: June 09, 2014 09:06:46 PM
Here they are:

I've been wanting to make a pair of blue earrings for some time. This challenge was just the provocation I needed to get to work! I think this photo shows the silver findings a little better:

The finished earrings are just 3 inches long.
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7  The Three 1/2 Year Itch in Needlework Challenge Entries by mdelilahcarlson on: June 01, 2014 09:09:06 PM
Here she is:

I used a piece of fabric left over from making my wedding dress as applique for her dress. I used a new stitch for me, the Palestrina knot, to create an abstract pattern on the underside of her skirt:

Her face is a little wonky, but I'm pretty excited about her hair! I sewed on 6-strand tresses at the "roots," then styled them and sewed them into placed:

The title? I asked my husband for a suggestion, and he thought I should reference the movie, "The Seven Year Itch." Since we've been married for only 3 1/2 years and I had used leftover fabric from my wedding dress, "The Three 1/2 Year Itch" seemed appropriate! Here she is framed and on the wall of my craft room:

Thanks for looking.
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8  Giraffe growth chart in Quilting: Completed Projects by mdelilahcarlson on: May 06, 2014 08:31:00 PM

I created a mixed media growth chart for my sons' room. It was inspired by several pins: http://www.pinterest.com/mdelilahcarlson/growth-chart-inspiration/. I had never tried any mixed media before, so I felt a little timid, but it was super fun to make! Here it is in full:

Giraffes are my favorite animal, and some of my fondest memories are of a semester I spent in Tanzania during medical school. My then-boyfriend (now-husband) and I went on a safari together, so that made the choice of the safari theme even more meaningful.

I got a free-motion foot for my sewing machine and used a combination of Heat-n-Bond, machine embroidery, and hand quilting to combine maps, giraffes salvaged from a Tanzanian wall hanging, and various other items onto a muslin background. On the map at the top of the hanging I added several "clouds" made of white feathers held in place with white mesh:

The ruler is made from a brown paper bag, embellished with calligraphy and machine stitching. Throughout the hanging are painted leaves, applied using cut sponges and a hand-made template. The backing of the hanging was made from a second-hand sheet with a wilderness scene printed on it. It was hung using a piece of thin bamboo, a memento of my childhood in Papua New Guinea (the wild travel theme again!).

At the bottom is a collage of maps of different parts of Africa, including the Olduvai Gorge and the Nile River:

Thanks for looking!
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9  Re: 50 Projects 2014--Let's continue the craftiness! in Craftalongs by mdelilahcarlson on: April 15, 2014 07:34:50 PM
April/May 2014
1. Welcome the change in season projects--spring, pastels, flowers, Easter, new clothes or home decor ...

I created a spring bolero jacket (spring in Minnesota is still a bit nippy!):

(More pictures at http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=432889.msg5185107#msg5185107).

I also made tie-backs for my sons' curtains to let in some sunshine!

(More pictures at http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=432890.0#axzz2z0ksU7vf).
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10  Bright braided curtain tie-backs in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by mdelilahcarlson on: April 15, 2014 07:29:11 PM

I made lined curtains for my sons' room some time ago, but hadn't gotten around to making tie-backs. The lovely spring sunshine inspired me to create these:

They are braided from handmade bias tape.

Did I mention that I learned how to make bias tape?

Here's my older son basking in the sunshine:

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