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11  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: a hoop within a hoop on: March 31, 2011 07:45:34 PM
Thank you! Now my mind is boggling with the possibilities! Darn you! I have like five different projects on the line and now this!  Shocked Hah!
12  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Queen of Everything Crown on: March 31, 2011 07:41:40 PM
Thanks everyone.

@kittykill - Why yes my dear, I think you do!  If I can actually bear to part with this one I might have to make a crown for myself to wear to work!  Grin
13  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: darth vader sugar skulls. on: March 31, 2011 05:53:34 PM
14  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Queen of Everything Crown on: March 31, 2011 05:51:58 PM
A bit more than a year ago I started a new job and in the beginning I had a real rough patch with some other women on the floor.  My boss introduced me to Mona, who does admin work like me, but on the "other" coast. Since then she has been a mentor, inspiration and release valve.

I love how inspiration happens sometimes. After a conversation we had that morphed somehow into what would happen if we came into the office wearing a crown, (I admitted I would get questions, but would be left alone otherwise; while my friend boasted that no one would dare ask her why or comment on her wearing a crown to work.), came the thought to make her a crown. It bounced around in my head for a while and I toyed with several different ideas (mixed media, beads, office supplies) until I remembered a card a dear friend gave me many years ago. On the front it said, "You are the Queen of Everything." Perfect! Despite my interest in exploring other mediums, in the end I fell back on my first love..embroidery.

The crown is heavy cotton fabric painted with watercolors, embroidered onto felt to give it the stiffness it needed to stand on it's own. The design is my own and each symbol has it's own significance.

Front 1 - The crown reads "Queen of Everything" in the center, with a paperclip chain running across the bottom.  Here you can see the "rays" radiating from the center of the crown. For the energy that my friend puts off at work. I added some bi-cone crystals in light yellow and aurora clear to give it some "sparkle."

Front 2 - More of the "rays" and paperclip chain. The rays were embroidered onto a double layer of felt. It gives the front a bit of a "quilted" look and helps keep it standing tall. Yes. She *is* the queen of everything...on her coast. On my coast it's definitely my title. Wink

Side 1 - On this side you can see a hen perching on one paperclip, denoting her "mothering" attitude towards me, the butterflies floating above a symbol of her wonderful spirit. The CG emblem had to be there somewhere, as we both work for the CG and she is a CG spouse.

Side 2 - On this side I put the most common "rates" we work with and support.

Inside view - I picked the paisley cotton to back the crown with because of the rich colors and "regal" look to it.

Over the course of about two months I put in about 20 plus hours of work into this, including design and execution.

Mona comes into town next week and we finally get to meet in person for the first time. I can't wait to give her the crown!
15  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Seussical Stitching on: January 19, 2011 08:13:50 PM
This is wonderful. Really truly some awesome stitching.
16  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Monster Bulbs and Playing Around With Felt on: December 14, 2010 10:00:35 AM
Two years ago I was blessed to join in a Christmas ornament swap and had so much fun designing my ornaments that I've made it a habit.

This year I did a quick private swap with one of my favorite people, spookshowbaby77! We've done several swaps over the past couple of years and I love making new things for her and know that I'll always get awesomeness in return!

I ended up designing two new ornaments this year, (another one made it to the cutwork phase but was never completed), and wanted to share.

Monster Christmas light bulb 1
I'm still not sure why this guy is pissed. I figured because either he got left off the string of lights this year, or because he doesn't want to be on the string of lights this year? Regardless, boy is he irked!

Monster Christmas light bulb 1
No matter how much I fiddled with this guy's face, he looked bored. I think that he was angry for so long his face froze like this and now he's just bored of being angry.

WIP - monster light bulbs in cutwork phase with their inspiration piece. I made this brooch last year and while perusing my material for ideas he caught my eye. I thought he'd make a great ornament!

I saw an ornament on flickr using *real* scrabble tiles and thought it would be cool to do a couple in felt. I have one in a baggie spelling out "peace" waiting to be sewn together and stuffed.

Ornaments from previous years:
House Ornament - 2008
Etch A Sketch Ornament - 2008
Barrel of Monkeys Ornament - 2009
17  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Ben 10 watch on: August 04, 2010 11:05:13 PM
Thanks. I'll have to see if I can find my notebook with my sketches in it. That and some of my observations might help you put it together. It really wasn't that hard. In fact, it was pretty cool watching it all come together. I know I wanted to make ME one!

@Soledad - Yes. I sure hope so. I didn't really get to know him very well until I lived with them briefly. Now we're pals. It's pretty awesome.
18  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Ben 10 watch on: July 31, 2010 04:34:02 PM
For a while, at the beginning of the year, I lived with my brother and family.  During that time my nephew, Kyle, got me hooked on the cartoon Ben 10.  He's a little kid that finds a watch that can turn him into different aliens. We're both a touch obsessed with it and watch it together on a regular basis. As a matter of a fact, they save them until I can come down and watch them with him and my brother. We're a bit of Ben 10 geeks and obsess over the tiniest details! LoL

So, I had the idea of making Ben's watch for him.  It's made completely of felt with a velcro closure and is 3D.

I gave it to him for his birthday this year and I'm told he wears it pretty regularly.

19  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Our Blythe of Guadalupe on: July 31, 2010 03:16:38 PM
Good Lord I haven't been here in fo-evah! Last swap was Jan of this year and I've missed it! But...the trade off was getting a real job and making enough money to move back to the SF Bay Area. In the end, the trade off is worth the time away.

I realized though that I had been doing swaps here but haven't been posting my work over here to share once it is all done and over with. I love sharing over here as I enjoy seeing everyone else's work and hearing what others who do what I do think of my work.

I'm sharing a piece I did for a IYP swap here in December. spookshowbaby77 invited me to be her partner, of which I was eternally grateful. I have swapped several times with Kerry and have enjoyed each time. She's my all-time favorite swap partner.

I posted this on my Flickr, so the below is excerpted from that posting:

Embroidered piece of artwork done for craftster swap (IYP with spookshowbaby77). Crayon and watercolor tinted, hand embroidered. It's probably my first piece that wasn't mostly traced and then embroidered.

While the artwork is true to the original iconic painting, because I used Blythe's face as the base I had to completely rework the entire thing to look proportionate. I am not an "artist" so doing this is not my forte usually. Note: My brother reworked the hands as I was having a dicken of a time reworking them to look "correct."

Kerry, my partner who is receiving this, loves dolls and had many on her "favorites" here on Flickr. She also had a couple of Lady of Guadalupe statues in her favorites as well, so as I was perusing all of her information to come up with an idea of what to do for this swap I had a flash of...well, I hope it was brilliance..because the idea came together perfectly at that moment.

If you look closely you might note that the angel below Blythe's feet was reworked slightly to make him look like Elvis. Sacreligious? Absolutely I'm sure.

The piece was sent to her as a raw piece of artwork for her to do what she wants with it. I hope she likes it as much as I do. :-)

IP pics

20  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: IYP 14 gallery of fabulousness!! on: December 15, 2009 03:56:32 PM
It makes perfect sense to me that this swap would turn out some amazing work. Amazing craftsters inviting other amazing crafsters to swap? What else could it be but amazing???  Grin  I love most everything I've seen so far! The poppet with the snail? Beautiful spider scarf? Several amazing and beautiful knit and crocheted projects? Wonderfully colored yarns and rovings? The pirate bags! Altered books! Resin jewelry! So many other beautiful projects!

I was lucky enough to have spookshowbaby77 invite me to swap with her and I will be forever grateful. We had done a couple of small swaps with each other both on craftster and flickr, and I think we've gotten pretty good at making things each other will love. I've enjoyed each swap we've done, but this round was particularly wonderful. I recently had some hard changes happen in my life, and doing this swap kept me focused on something positive and creative. I will be ever grateful to Kerry for the invite.

Then, on top of that, she went and sent me the most AMAZING package of stuff EVER! I received like a week ago and Kerry has been so patient with my situation (it's taken 3 days to get the pics uploaded), so I'm SO happy to show you what she sent me!

It would be almost impossible to take one picture of this swap package, so you are forewarned that this is pic heavy.

My one request made was for a tote. I asked for a very large one with handles long enough to throw over my shoulder. Boy did she deliver and then some! I love Professor X!

These two brooches were attached to my wonderful tote! I keep crossing my fingers that my teenager will not realize that they come off. Grin

An adorable clothes pin doll with a cute cardinal perched on her head and cuddling a moose in her arms.

A saucy angel ornament that reminds me of Pinky from Grease. Shell be hanging out in my car that I just bought to help keep me safe. She has a beaded halo and sparkles on her dress. I love her!

A great jar pincushion that Im already using! It was filled with little bits of whimsy that I love.

Heres the whimsy I was talking about.

This group shot shows a handkerchief embroidered with Kermit (my favorite Muppet) and a crocheted edge, some peace sign fabric and a bulldog named Semper Fidelis.  Im not sure if she crocheted it herself or if she bought it vintage. I love the colors though. Im also not sure if she knows (but Im guessing she does) that the bulldog is significant to me. Im a former Marine, so Semper Fidelis is the perfect companion.

The package actually came with TWO owl ornaments, which I had previously admired on Kerrys flickrstream. Unfortunately my daughter saw them and snatched one right out of the box!

An old Snoopy book that I pick up at least once a day to get a giggle, a MS felt flower kit (I LOVE MS), and a handful of trading cards.  Cards include everything from old school Battlestar Galatica, Star Wars (Han Solo!!!), XMen (Storm and Nightcrawler!!!), Powerpuff Girls, Batman and some others I can't remember off the top of my head. I love trading cards! My daughter thinks I'm a dork for getting so excited about them, and I'm okay with that.

Amazingly enough, Im almost positive Im missing something! Thank you SO much spookshowbaby77, for inviting me to swap with you and a HUGE thanks to Superduperhooker for organizing this herd of cats..I mean craftsters!
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