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11  Re: DOTEES - Mini Art Dolls - Round 6 SEND OUTS Monday 8/10/09 in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by fatewineroses on: August 16, 2009 04:48:42 PM
I am disappointed that since joining this swap I have been unavoidably occupied and thus unable to join in with the banter on the main thread and gallery.  There have been such a plethora of wonderful dolls (the little bunny! the cats! the monsters! Dumbledore! oh my!) and I'm enjoying seeing each and every one of them.

Like others I am unsure that my dotees are quite the right size. I think I might have supersized my dotee dolls.  Regardless, I am still looking forward to seeing if my partners enjoy them.  I know I enjoyed the creative process of coming up with just the right theme for each of the dolls I sent out.

And finally, I am happy to report that I have received 2 out of 3 of the dotees I have been expecting.

sweet_sweet_little_ramona sent me this cute little raindrop dotee. He's tiny and cute and I really like him.

This little cutie was sent to me by lauraann_E. She has a wood face and, although you can't see it clearly here, the most intricate bead dangling below. She's very beautiful and I truly like her.

I'd like to thank both sweet ramona and Laura Ann for the dolls they sent me. I hope they like mine as much as I like theirs!  Oh, and a HUGE thank you out to Smmarrt for organizing this swap.
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12  Re: Disney Swap R9 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by fatewineroses on: June 22, 2009 04:30:18 PM
My partner received a while ago but has been swamped with real life.  So I figured I'd help her out and post pics of what I sent to her.

The package I received from her was just so awesome I had serious swap anxiety. DragonFly4 said that her favorite characters were Tinkerbell and the Princesses and one of her items she wanted to receive art for her walls.  I have done another swap recently where I experimented with using watercolors on a piece of embroidery I did and was really excited to try it again. So this is what I came up with:

And a close up of the Belle one. It turned out to be my favorite because of the 3-D dandelion. I was ecstatic about how it turned out.

I also did a felt tic tac toe game using mickey heads and minnie bows.

My partner seemed to be pretty happy with her package, which makes me happy.  She's lucky.  I finished them up at my Mom's place and I was told several times that I shouldn't send them.  Roll Eyes

Thanks to DragonFly4 for such a great swap and emisaurus for organizing it!
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13  Re: Disney Swap R9 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by fatewineroses on: June 10, 2009 09:53:03 AM
I was seriously blessed by my partner, DragonFly4.  She sent me the swap packages of all swap packages. Thank you SO much Amber. I really appreciate the effort and creativity you put into the items you sent me and I really, truly do love each and every one.

Okay. Onto the pics!

The whole kit and caboodle!

Close up of Stitch tote bag.  She made the bag out of a sturdy canvas and then (excuse the pun) stitched on Stitch. He's made out of felt and I was using him in less than a half hour after recieving him.

Eeyore needlebook. Note the clever tail button that keeps it closed! I LOVE it!

A wallet with a Tinkerbell outline. I'm already using it!

Muppets shrinky dink charms. I love the Muppets and I think Amber got pretty much all of my favorites in here!

Now this piece is truly close to my heart.  She won't be a Disney character you recognize, but I play Disney's online game Toontown and this is Carmel Latte, my main toon I play with. She is beyond cool and my daughter is going to be SOOOO jealous that I'm going to end up making one of her toon too! I love it! See if you can figure out which one is the cutout and which one is the "real" Carmel!  Grin

As usual you can find more pictures and bigger pictures on my Flickr.
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14  Yeti Tea towels in Needlework: Completed Projects by fatewineroses on: May 09, 2009 02:01:50 AM
When I first "discovered" embroidery I had already been a Craftster of a different kind and a stalker extraordinaire. I had peeked in on numerous threads in the swap gallery depicting tea towels that were prettily embroidered and always, in the back of my mind, knew I wanted to participate..some day.

Flash forward to the most recent tea towel swap being featured in the swap gallery right now. When I received my eagerly anticipated partner I was happy to see she had listed a variety of topics she was interested in, many of which would do nicely embroidered on a tea towel to be neatly hung on the fridge or stove (where my mom keeps the ones I embroidered her for xmas  Roll Eyes). Then we begin the back and forth conversation. She asks me a couple of questions, I ask her a couple of questions...and in her reply she says, "oh all of those are great but what I REALLY want is Yeti's."

Yeti's?  Shocked What the heck? What the hell am I suppose to do with that? I looked and looked and...let me tell you. There's a lot of cute stuff out there using Yeti's and Big Foots (or is it Feet) and Sasquatch and a bunch of other names the guy goes by but I just don't remember.  But I really didn't want to go for cute.  It was too easy. Really.

I must have searched high and low for something to spark my creativity. Something..anything to move me forward and make me happy with the output. Nothing. Every single time I sat down at a computer I searched.

Finally I found the inspiration I was looking for. One simple picture of Big Foot. Done as a portrait like you'd see done at Sear's.

My partner told me she didn't expect to use the towels in the kitchen, so while they are stitched on 100% cotton kitchen towels, they were created to be hung on the wall versus over the handle of the stove. She received them today and seems to be as much in love with them as I am. She's lucky I sent them.  Wink

George Sasquatch (Stitched on 100% cotton, painted with watercolors)

Close up of face

The Yeti (Stitched on 100% cotton, painted with watercolors)

Big Foot Xing (Stitched on 100% cotton, embellished with acrylic felt)

I hope you like them! As usual, to see more photos of this work please pop over to my Flickr photostream.
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15  Re: Set of Embroidered Tea Towels Round 2 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by fatewineroses on: May 09, 2009 01:32:07 AM
No fair. I received first, sent last and due to my silly schedule she beat me to posting! lol Due to Life I haven't had the chance to comment, just peek in a couple times to see what was going on and I have to say that I absolutely am SO glad I decided to do this swap.  Not only do I get to receive some AWESOMELY embroidered tea towels, I was privileged to be able to wring some creativity out of my brain AND I get to have my work posted along side some really great ladies. So, so lucky.

Comment Goodness...I wanted to go through and comment on everyone's beautiful work:

~Glenda - I love the vibrant colors you used! Someone asked about the towels...Colonial Patterns have them in sets of 3, 7 or 50. No singles though. Kind of pricey but I love the weave.

Sonja - Love love love the owls!  I've seen those on the Vintage Hoop Group and have been wanting to stitch 'em up. I love the colors you used.

fiberartsy - Love that 50s housewife! Classic!

Beetastic - I always seem to love your stuff so it's no wonder I love the towels you stitched up! I absolutely love the colors you used and the flower pattern and the snowflake thingy..just great.

vmfein - Cute cute cute!

kittykill - Love the retro feel to those..and the ricrac on the orange one? Excellent!

elvissatx - Of course I know what a great partner you are..but you really outdid yourself on those! I love it! (The robot one is my fave!)

jesa - OMG those are adorable! I love the cupcake fishing for the piece of cake! Just so cute!

lalalaurenn - So cute! Chicken and rice..one of my favorite meals! LoL And that sushi one is just great!

Savage Pixie - Absolutely in love with Harley Quinn! Awesome job!!

And now I get to show off my partner's work...AWESOME!  I asked for pin ups and my partner was kind enough to do some military pin ups for me (I used to serve). May I introduce you to...


Aye-aye Sergeant!

And finally, my favorite...

Semper Ferocious!

And my extras...

I swear this girl was stalking me! I had *just* given my good set of needles to my daughter because she wanted to try out doing some embroidery and I keep meaning to make a needlebook.  Cheesy Ask and ye shall receive!   Grin

I almost didn't send George to her. I fell in love with him as I stitched and painted him. I had the hardest time deciding on exactly what to do for these "towels." Now, note that my partner told me beforehand that she would not be using them as "towels" and thus, while they are created on "towels" they are not meant to be used in the kitchen (except maybe as decoration). Two of them were stitched and then watercolors were used to finish them off. The third one used craft felt to make the colored signs, based on a real life sign.  If you want to see more pictures, feel free to check out my Flickr.

Thanks so much to my partner and our wonderful organizers!
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16  Re: Fabric ATC Swap R4 GALLERY! in The Swap Gallery by fatewineroses on: May 06, 2009 12:17:20 PM
This has been a wonderful swap! Such amazing work!  I'm so glad I joined!

I received my cards a week ago but life has been hectic and so this is the first chance I've had to post. Please forgive my delay.  My partners are absolutely AMAZING artists and I was privileged to be able to swap with them. Thank you so much ladies for sharing your work with me.

Hoo-hoo by Wignatz
I must admit, when I saw the title for this one I blinked. LoL My mind is in the gutter!

Ghana by Goat Goddess
I couldn't find a title on this one so I called it "Ghana." I love the colors on this.  Very much my palette.

Laugh by spookshowbaby77
He makes me smile. Thanks.

corduroy cat - Nope. I can't claim that I did. Both of them are classics that I found on the web. I've been considering looking for/making some others on a larger scale as I really enjoyed these two! If you're interested in the topic as a potential subject for your work, do a search for "visual illusions."  Some are more complex that wouldn't work well with embroidery (if you do make them work be sure to let me know!) and some are "simple" line drawings. Facinating stuff!

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17  Re: Alphabet ATC V,W,X Gallery in The Swap Gallery by fatewineroses on: May 06, 2009 11:59:54 AM
This is a happy thing because we thought aada's card was lost in the mail.  I am SO sorry I did not post sooner. I received a week ago but life has been hectic! I love this little weasel.  He's so cute! Thank you aada! And thanks to Twiztid and CraftyDame for keeping the ball rolling! Yay!

Witty Weasel Walks!

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18  Embroidered ATC - Before beer, after beer in Needlework: Completed Projects by fatewineroses on: April 27, 2009 08:56:02 PM

So....I have this thread in the ATC forum where I put all of my ATCS and that was cool...until they recently moved it under papercrafts...and GOSH DARN IT, I don't use paper for my ATCs!  (At least not yet.)  All of my ATCs have been embroidered up to this point and I haven't had time to really embroider much anything else except my ATCs and so I haven't been feeling like I've been posting here EVEN THOUGH this is where I love to post the most....

Okay. I'm done rambling now.  This ATC was made for the most recent Fabric ATC swap (if you haven't seen any of them yet you MUST go look: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=299240.0).  I did three cards, two of which were visual illusions. 

Hope you like it!
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19  Voodoo doll/pincushion in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by fatewineroses on: April 15, 2009 01:53:54 AM
While on a visit at my mom's something happened that made my 13 y.o. very angry.  I was angry as well about the whole thing and was brooding over it and trying to figure out how to make it all more bearable for my daughter. Of course I turned to crafting.  I had been wanting to make myself a voodoo doll for some time, but have never gotten around to it.  This was the perfect time.

So, I pulled out the bits and pieces I always take with me, cut out a crude doll form and started stitching. I made everything up as I went along, finalizing the shape of the doll, cutting out a heart and then putting it all back together again, cutting off the leg and sewing that back on, etc.

In the end, after the last stitch was sewn, I was much calmer and ended the evening with a big ole' grin cause I think she's so cute.  My daughter was very happy with her as well so we both came out the other side much better than before.  Thank GOD for the cathartic process of creating!

I hope you get a smile out of her like we did.

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20  Re: Alphabet ATC V,W,X Gallery in The Swap Gallery by fatewineroses on: March 29, 2009 11:55:37 PM
Yay! More awesome cards!  I really love this round!  Is that material being used on the "Video Night" card? And the watchdog is great! I love him!

And I received my X card from QueenNinjaMonkey. Be prepared for some jealousy!

X is for X-ray!

The x-ray is hand drawn and is wonderful! I love it!!!!

She was nice enough to send me some paper extras. (Don't know what happened to my pic of those. I'll have to look for it later.) I swear I love my partners. I do fabric ATCs right now but by the time I've done the whole alphabet I should have enough ephemera to start doing paper ATCs with all the extra goodies they've sent to me!  How cool is that!
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