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21  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Snow Day Gnomes on: December 19, 2016 12:51:01 PM
Simply adorable. So many possibilities too.  Smiley
22  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Blues Brothers Cross Stitch on: December 19, 2016 12:22:00 PM
Love it!!!!
23  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Kermit and the Northern Lights on: December 19, 2016 11:08:25 AM
They are FANTASTIC! Really, just wow. What an incredible gift.

Now I'm looking up that pattern...

If you want to make one and are on FB, join the FB group "NCW Addicts." They have A LOT of expertise that they are willing to share, and all sort of files to give you add ons, and changes to the original pattern.
24  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Kermit and the Northern Lights on: December 19, 2016 10:21:31 AM
I have had the Necessary Clutch Wallet pattern for over a year now; but I only just now got around to making one...I mean two. I decided to make one for my boyfriend's sister (who I am meeting for the first time this Christmas) for Christmas...and now I had the excuse to make one for myself. To practice of course!

Kermit is for me. Looking at this I just realized that the bling on the flap is slightly off. Luckily, it is mine and I don't care. My picture does not show the Miss Piggy dangle I got for one of the zippers. I couldn't *possibly* have a Kermit wallet without having Miss Piggy *somewhere*!

This is a SOLID wallet. I used 809 on the body and the card slots. I used 101 on the pockets. I have to make two more after Christmas and might use 809 on the pockets too next time. I like how crisp and solid it makes it feel.

Kermit was made with quilting cotton and denim.





The Northern Lights is for the boyfriend's sister. Since I haven't met her I thought she might be more open to a wallet than a purse. I'm making a purse for his Mom; but I've met her and have seen the type of purse she carries.

This wallet is made with quilting cotton and waxed canvas. It will come with a wrist strap and a shoulder strap.



Man this needs an iron before I give this to her!


25  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Harry Potter Ornaments - Ravenclaw riff, Weasley car and the Burrow Snowglobe on: December 19, 2016 10:12:30 AM
It's always interesting, brainstorming for a swap. That process you go through to figure out the PERFECT thing you want to make. It's in my top three favorite parts of swapping. For the recent HP Ornament swap, I was lucky enough to swap with both Abbeeroad and edelC. People who I have often gushed over their work and always looked forward to their contributions in swaps.

I had received their questionnaires and had been perusing their Pinterests. I have a notebook where I transcribe a lot of the information that might help me narrow down my ideas. I sketch things and circle and underline stuff. Any sketches I make or pictures I trace from elsewhere usually end up stuck in here. It's a visual reminder of all of my swaps and ongoing projects that I undertake.

I was scrolling through Abbeeroad's Pinterest for the thousandth time when the light bulb went off to somehow make a Burrow in a snowglobe. I don't know what came over me. I am NOT a clay person. And she wanted an ornament. Not a knick knack. *sigh* But it wouldn't leave my brain. So I had to make a snowglobe.

The first iteration went horribly wrong. Something on the house (I suspect the sealer) reacted with the water and I not only had cloudy water; but it started *growing* something.  This was the original piece I made. After pulling it out of the jar I scrubbed it clean. I will probably clean it up some more later, paint it and make an ornament out of it for next year.



The final piece was made completely of clay (no paint). No matter what sort of glitter I used it clumped some. I used some glycerin to help the glitter stay suspended. I still don't know if I used too much or too little. I have more jars so maybe I will try out making some more later.

Side view


Rear view


Other side view


Action shot front view!


I had a little harder time with figuring out what to do for edelC. I had a couple ideas; but nothing concrete. Until one afternoon when I was taking a walk and saw this guy.



He was showing off. Taking off from his perch, stretching his wings wide and doing circles in the sky before he landed on his perch again. It brought to mind the heart with wings that Edel mentioned in her questionnaire and I saw multiple times on her Pinterest. And this popped into my head. I grabbed a handful of images of a raven with their wings outspread, and used three to make this image. I stitched it in Ravenclaw blue to black wool felt, felted a heart and stitched an image of Rowena Ravenclaw's diadem to some felt and attached it to the heart. I am not Ravenclaw; but I really like how it turned out.







Before I came up with the two above ideas, I had the below idea after an afternoon of scrolling through Pinterest. I don't often repeat something; but I felt that this one was an exception to that rule.  I might make one for myself as well. After Christmas of course.

I'm showing an image of one of the ornaments I sent; but they are slightly different due to being cut by hand from a basic recipe, stead of a pattern. The original image was a cartoon image of the Weasley's car that I used to base the ornament on. The tree, moon and background were cut out organically. Acrylic paint was used for the dirt around the tires.



26  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Harry Potter Holiday Swap Round 5 Gallery on: December 19, 2016 09:06:44 AM
I really like the scarf in the middle of being knitted. Totally cool. And the McGonagall frog card is amazing.
27  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Harry Potter Holiday Swap Round 5 Gallery on: December 15, 2016 04:51:49 PM
I am massively relieved that it arrived in one piece. And that you like it. That makes me happy.  Smiley Thanks for swapping with me Abbeeroad. It was a wonderful time.
28  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Peace sign ticker tape quilt on: December 15, 2016 08:45:55 AM
This is so wonderful. Did you interface the pieces at all so they wouldn't fray?
29  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Wood slice ornaments on: December 14, 2016 12:36:33 PM
Love these! I especially like the mountains with snowflakes. Makes me smile.
30  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: My First Cosplay Part II: Dr. Potter's Medicine Show... THE SUIT on: December 14, 2016 11:30:53 AM
I am totally impressed. And jealous. I want to make clothes.
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