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41  Re: PQR ATC Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by fatewineroses on: November 18, 2008 08:28:51 PM
I've received my card from Ma Rut!  I knew from looking at her other ATC cards that she's posted that it would be good, but I swear that this must be one of her best to date.  The only other one I've seen of hers I like quite as much as this one is the Lovers.

So without further ado let me introduce: "Q is for Quarters"



Thank you SO much Ma Rut.  I am absolutely in love with this card.
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42  Re: Christmas Ornament Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by fatewineroses on: November 16, 2008 12:03:03 PM
Awwww.  Love the snowman!  He's so cute!

I've received from elvissatx! but am trying to get the pictures off of my lovely phone.  The system is being...stubborn.   Angry

I LOVE everything sent and hope to have everything posted very soon!


I was SO excited to receive from elvissatx!  I opened up my package to find:

  • A cute little Santa card.
    The cutest Christmas soap!
    The most wonderful, smoothest, fantastic Christmas taffies!
    An adorable package of Christmas tissue for *those* days...
    And last but not least...the most exquisitely made little book ornament.

The pictures do none of it justice.  Elvissatx, if you have better pictures, please do feel free to post.  My new camera is due in soon, so I'm hoping to replace these pictures with really nice ones once I get that in.

Christmas soap


Taffies!!! (Their gone now. Where'd you get them! I want more! LoL)


Christmas tissues


THE ORNAMENT!!!






Thank you SO much elvissatx!  I really do love it all.

Note: Within all of these pics is a teaser of one of the extras I'm making for my partners!  Grin
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43  Re: PQR ATC Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by fatewineroses on: November 13, 2008 11:54:44 AM
I received from sajona!  Yay!  The title is "Red" and the subject is (duh) the letter 'R'.  This scan does NOT do it justice.  She used ribbon, a metallic heart cutout, cutout from magazines and what looks (and feels) like handmade paper.  It's beautiful and especially so because it is the FIRST ATC card I've received..ever.



I finished stitching up the last of my cards and now just have to construct them tonight and send them out tomorrow.  Grin

Thanks to sajona for the beautiful card and to TwiztidBlood for organizing.  Smiley
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44  Empower yourself - Breast Cancer Awareness piece in Needlework: Completed Projects by fatewineroses on: November 02, 2008 11:34:31 AM
It's a couple of days late for Breast Cancer Awareness month, but I created a piece in honor of the month and finally finished it.

After doing a lot of research and looking for pictures for inspiration I decided to concentrate on what a woman can do to help herself, thus the self exam pics.
The self exam pics were taken from here: http://mammoscan.com/screening.htm

All other elements were created by myself and the layout/design/coloring was my own.  I used split, back, whipped back, long/short, stem and satin stitches.  I used a common color on the swirls to tie it all together, but graduated the coloring within them from dark to light, symbolizing the use knowledge and power.  The dragonfly was added as a symbol of strength and self awareness. It was stitched on a cotton/poly blend and embellished with white embroidered felt.

The pictures used here are crap but I hope to take these down and replace them with some better pictures sometime soon. I have no idea what I want to do with it yet. I was thinking about putting it on a canvas and seeing if a Dr's office might be interested in displaying it...but for now I haven't a clue.

 I loved using my creativity to express myself.  This is something I really enjoy about embroidery.  This is my second piece (ambitious) and therefore the stitches are far from imperfect if you are looking closely.  Luckily (another thing I like about embroidery) the medium is very forgiving from far away.  I'm very happy with the overall look of this piece.









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45  Empower yourself in Needlework: Stitchalongs by fatewineroses on: November 02, 2008 11:00:51 AM
I know it's late but I finally finished my piece and I wanted to post it.  After doing a lot of research and looking for pictures for inspiration I decided to concentrate on what a woman can do to help herself, thus the self exam pics.

The self exam pics were taken from here: http://mammoscan.com/screening.htm

All other elements were created by myself and the layout/design/coloring was my own.  I used split, back, whipped back, long/short, stem and satin stitches.  I used a common color on the swirls to tie it all together, but graduated the coloring within them from dark to light, symbolizing the use knowledge and power.  The dragonfly was added as a symbol of strength and self awareness. It was stitched on a cotton/poly blend and embellished with white embroidered felt.

The pictures used here are crap but I hope to take these down and replace them with some better pictures sometime soon. I have no idea what I want to do with it yet. I was thinking about putting it on a canvas and seeing if a Dr's office might be interested in displaying it...but for now I haven't a clue.

 I loved using my creativity to express myself.  This is something I really enjoy about embroidery.  This is my second piece (ambitious) and therefore the stitches are far from imperfect if you are looking closely.  Luckily (another thing I like about embroidery) the medium is very forgiving from far away.  I'm very happy with the overall look of this piece.









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46  Owl Pouch - 1st Project in Needlework: Completed Projects by fatewineroses on: October 23, 2008 08:45:47 PM
I recently participated in my 1st swap, the Jar of Whimsies swap.  I stalked my partner for a while and found out that she loves owls.  I've been wanted to try embroidery after stalking this board on and off for months now, and this was finally a good reason to try it out.  My partner received today, so it's finally safe to post!

I batted around several ideas about what I wanted to do with an owl, what part I wanted to embroider, different ideas for owls, what I wanted to embroider it on, etc etc.  Before I post this I'll say that I am NOT a sewer.  The last thing that I sewed was some sort of pouch in Home Economics my sophomore year of high school.  And my 20 Year reunion was this month.  Roll Eyes  And even back then I remember being the only person in the room that took my project to my teacher for help, only to have her look up at me sadly and shake her head.  It was a complete loss.  Cheesy  (Sorry for the rambling.)

The pouch was made from brown cotton fabric, a pink paisley fat quarter and felt.  I used split stitch, satin stitch, back stitch, blanket stitch and a stitch I have no idea what it's called (around his eyes). 

It all started with my cute little owl.  At first he was all alone.  Then I realized that he's happily dreaming and I had to find out what he was dreaming about.  I thought about it and realized that owls must dream of mice...and thus the thought bubble came about.  Unfortunately the mice are hard to see.  I could use some advice about satin stitch because I could not remember for the life of me anything I had read about satin stitch and basic guidelines like how far across you really should or shouldn't go, etc etc.

The pouch closes with velcro and is a decent size. You can't see it very well, but I stitched "Hoot" on the flap in orange.  I really hope my partner liked it.  I almost didn't send it because I liked it so much.

Please excuse the pictures.  I took pictures before it was complete.  Any marks you see are on the solvy and were not on the final product.

Front/Back

Flap

Inside
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47  Re: Jar of Whimsies Round 3 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by fatewineroses on: September 25, 2008 01:26:59 AM
Who knew being sick would turn out so well? LoL  I was home sick today and was able to drag myself out of bed long enough to go down to the post office and pick up my package from nullgal.

This post is fat and happy.  Please excuse the quality of my pics, I had to sell my camera recently and so I'm using my camera phone.


It was a compact package...deceptively so.


After ripping the packaging off I found a very cute sewing box with a very red top (you can't tell how red it is from the pics) that looks like the top of a tomato or strawberry.  The actual box part is wonderfully faded blue with green vines and red flowers. This is very cool because I'm trying to learn how to sew...better. I know the basics but want to get a sewing machine and learn how to use it.


The whimsies laid out in all their glory.


I couldn't possibly pick out ONE or even TWO favorites.  The big pics are some of my MANY favorites. 

...a small dog figurine, a robot with guns blazing, a running football player and a skull that looks like it should fit on the end of a pencil.


A lego gerbil (or hamster?), a lego guy, a very small All Terrain Armored Transport (AT-AT) Walkers from Star Wars and another robot. No guns on this one.


A very small fighter jet, what looks like a miniature Monopoly car and two microchip bugs. (Very cute!)


A small bag stenciled with "Free Hugs" on it.  I know nullgal does some stenciling...did you do this one? 


An eraser that looks like a 'Delete' key, a medal for music, a miniature elephant and a very cool origami dollar bill that looks like a man's shirt.


A *very* tiny pyramid die, a small rifle, a small plastic sword, a snake ring and a drove of pigs.


You can click the below thumbnails for a better look at my goodies, but they range from buttons with funny sayings, actual buttons, hair clips, embroidery needles (I'm trying out embroidery too!), lace, embroidery thread,  an embroidery pattern (which, eerily, I was looking at this exact pattern in JoAnn's over the weekend), denim cuff with stars, strawberries, a butterfly wall hook, an owl keychain, other various little dewdaws and probably another favorite that I couldn't get a good picture of: a restroom token from Indianapolis, Indiana.

I just want to say a BIG THANK YOU to nullgal.  I loved it all!  Thanks for making my first swap awesome.  I can only hope you like what I send (when I finally can send it) as much as I like what you sent to me.  I think what I like most about what you sent was that it was full of duality.  The duality of the peace buttons along side the gun toting robot, and the fact that you fit in my interests along side yours.  Thanks. 







Teaser for nullgal:


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48  PE Bag with STANK-AWAY (IMG HEAVY) in Crochet: Completed Projects by fatewineroses on: October 27, 2007 03:37:19 AM
My daughter started Jr. High this year and you know what that means!  Stanky PE lockers where you keep your PE clothes ALL WEEK LONG!!!  Shocked  On top of that, she has to SHARE her PE locker with someone else..so DOUBLE the STANK!!  Shocked Shocked

After watching her try to stuff her PE stuff into her already overloaded backpack, I thought I'd take a stab at making her a little bag to carry her PE stuff back and forth, that would also work to keep her PE clothes in during the week.

I started with a couple of granny squares, and freeformed the rest of the bag.  It has two compartments, one for her shoes, and another for her clothes.

I tried to make it pretty airy, so that all the STANK could get out, but then I thought about ways to help keep the stank at bay during the week and came up with some straps on the inside of each compartment that would hold a laundry sheet.

It's not as pretty as a lot of the stuff that I see posted here, but because of the STANK-AWAY idea, I thought I'd share.

My daughter LOVES it.  In the end, that's all that matters.

FRONT OF THE BAG - It has a draw string at the top, a flap that can be buttoned down, and a wide strap to carry it around.


BACK OF THE BAG - Two pretty grannys to let the stank out.


THE INSIDE - The inside of the bag, when full.


COMPARTMENTS - With the STANK AWAY holder full.  Pick your favorite scent of laundry sheet to put here, and at the end of the week, use them in your laundry!!!




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49  Picture Wall Lamp in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by fatewineroses on: April 09, 2006 06:25:14 PM
I remember walking through a mall and seeing a wonderful black and white lampshade in a high end furniture store.  I just thought it was super cool and wanted to figure out how to make one for my mom using family pictures.  Then I went farther and thought what a great Christmas gift this would make for my family!.  So I set about trying to figure out how to do what I wanted.

IKEA to the rescue!

At Ikea I found a cheap wall lamp that was ideally suited for my purpose. 




The Tyft wall lamp is onlly $9.99 and is easy to put together.  The great thing about it though is that it comes with four different colored plastic covers that you can change out, as well as a clear one.

So, I simply took my pictures and printed them on transparancies, (remember to set your printer so that it knows it's printing on transparancies.  It makes a HUGE difference.), punched holes in the corners and put them on top of the white shade and covered it with the clear shade. 

Well, that was nice, but then I thought . . wouldn't it be cool if you didn't KNOW that there was a picture there until you turned it on?  Cool.  So I switched it so that the white was on the outside layer, then the picture, then the clear shade for protection. 


Below is what you get:

LIGHT OFF


LIGHT ON


I made about four for each family for Christmas.  One of the lamps for each family was a special picture of the family member with my Grandmother, who passed away just two weeks before Christmas.  They were a huge hit and my mom is planning a wall-full of these lamps set on a random timer that will randomly light up a different picture every minute or so.

Note:  Pick pictures with simple lines.  I found that details were washed out with a picture that had too many things going on. 

Hope you like this!
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50  Help finding baby blanket pattern? in Crochet: Discussion and Questions by fatewineroses on: September 06, 2005 06:33:40 PM
Hi!  I have a baby blanket that I've made three times in the last year for three different babies.  Now I have another baby to be born in the next three months and I haven't been able to find the pattern since I moved.  Of course, I *could* do a different baby blanket, but this blanket has been such a hit I've pretty much made it my signature baby blanket.  Not to mention it is *such* and easy pattern once I get in the groove of things that I can do a center panel in a half hour; which makes it an easy (but intense) weekend project.  Just what a busy college student needs.

So.  I recreated what it looks like in hopes that someone here might remember who makes the pattern so I can look it up and buy the pattern again.  My *preference* would be to find my own pattern, but if I have to buy it again so be it. 

Thanks for looking!

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