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1  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Little Visitor Round 21 Gallery on: July 22, 2015 11:02:17 PM
Sorry not to have posted in a while, I've been working on a movie the last few weeks (which means 13-14 hour or more days) and, since we're shooting offset weeks that include weekends, have been going to my office job on our days off (I won't have an actual day off for another couple of weeks).  But Mel and Tom have been with me every day, getting a good look at the inner workings of shooting a "small" (aka low budget) movie, and we've been taking lots of pictures that I just haven't had time to go through.  Working on this project has been a pleasure: we have a lovely cast and crew and a nice script, and we're shooting most of it in a huge Victorian mansion...with the one exception that taking it meant I had to cancel a trip to Hawaii that I'd been looking forward to for a year.  Ah well, the islands will be there for a future visit whereas this job was only coming around once.  We're off for three days next week before starting our final week of shooting, so hopefully I'll be able to post something then.
2  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Little Visitor Round 21 Gallery on: July 08, 2015 10:45:30 AM
So great to see such a wonderful movie palace brought back to life!  We have a street in downtown Los Angeles that has a bunch of them spread out over a several blocks.  Sadly, a number of them have been turned into storefronts and indoor open air type malls, all selling cheap imported goods.  Happily, though, some have been refurbished or restored, but none to the extent of the Tampa!
3  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Re: Sock Monkey/ Sock Critter Swap Rd 9 (SU June 1-15; SO July 17) on: July 08, 2015 10:39:19 AM
Monkey is almost done (had to wait on specially ordered socks) and have a good idea on how to construct most of the outfit, though looking through my stash it looks like I'm going to have to do a little fabric shopping before construction can begin....
4  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Sock Monkey/ Sock Critter Swap Round 9 - Gallery!! on: July 05, 2015 11:57:58 PM
Carmen Miranda was a Brazilian singer/actress who made a number of very popular American musicals throughout the 1940s.  She was famous for her flamboyant costumes and turban-style headwear that overflowed with fruit and flowers.  If youre not familiar with her, heres a link to a Google result with lots o pictures: http://tinyurl.com/p9x6aon.  When I was in college, my friend Conrad and I watched a lot of movies from that era and became quite fond of Carmen for her firey characters, wonderfully outrageous style and persona, and the great music in her movies.

And of course Im telling you all this because she was on my list and is what angielou1 chose to monkify, so without further ado, I present to you Carmen Monkranda:

This is angielou's first sock monkey, but she's a proficient poppet maker so Carmen has some poppet-type construction with dimpled knees and elbows, defined fingers and toes, and a womanly bosom to boot.

Her wraparound top has little puffy sleeves that tie:

Her headdress doesnt have any fruit on it, but its a right proper turban:

(I think there's a full head of up-swirled hair under there, but I'm afraid if I remove the turban I won't get it back on properly!)

Beneath her shimmery, ball-fringed outfit she sports a pair of wraparound leopard print panties

and a matching leopard-and-lace bra:

angielou also made another of Carmens signature fashion pieces, a pair of platform sandals:

When I put Carmen on my list I thought that if someone made her Id give her to my friend Conrad who was not only my co-fan but who also introduced me to sock monkeys via the one made for him by an aunt when he was a child.  Right now, though, I'm not so sure....

Thanks, angielou!
5  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Mixed washed and unwashed fabrics on: July 05, 2015 01:54:48 AM
Thanks for your input, donniesgirl.  In addition to some washed and some not, the fabric is also a mixed bag in terms of quality.  The blocks are all the same: a 9 patch, sliced diagonally in both directions, the resulting triangles mixed and matched for a great scrappy look.  It's been a great group project, with everybody contributing fabric, making squares, sewing 9 patches, and cutting triangles, all mixed together.

I've got the first top almost done (just want to add some borders) and it's been...interesting putting the blocks together as the triangles weren't all the same size because there's apparently a bit of a range in our members' interpretations of "1/4 inch seam"...!  Fortunately, even with the seam differences I've been able to trim all the blocks to the 12-1/2 inches, and while not all the squares on adjoining blocks match up, the scapiliciousness and visual patterning created by the combination of squares and triangles provides plenty of distraction:

6  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Re: Sock Monkey/ Sock Critter Swap Rd 9 (SU June 1-15; SO July 17) on: June 30, 2015 12:33:02 PM
Have been researching the outfit while crafting for another swap which should be going out tomorrow, after which I can get down to some serious monkey business!  Looks like angielou will really be putting me to shame, speed-of-creation-wise....
7  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Mixed washed and unwashed fabrics on: June 26, 2015 10:45:10 AM
Thanks, jnicodemus, that all makes sense to me.  Am also going to get some kind of color "catcher" or dye setter and wash the quilts before donating them, just to be on the extra safe side.
8  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Little Visitor Round 21 Gallery on: June 26, 2015 10:38:57 AM
What a treat that Alby had a chance to get (relatively) up close and personal with Blue Angels aircraft!  Saw the Angels at an air show when I was kid and will never forget the thrill of seeing their tremendous piloting skills first-hand.  From the picture it looks like this was at an aircraft museum or display...?

And I had no idea there was a Lodge store; might not be as exciting as the Blue Angels, but an excursion I'd be happy to take myself!
9  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Re: Quotes Quotes Quotes (SIGNUP 5/13/15-5/27/15; MAIL BY 6/24/15) on: June 25, 2015 09:17:35 PM
Thanks so much for the deadline extension; with the slow start I got I'd never have been done yesterday (and wasn't), but am on track to be able to send out on Saturday -- phew!
10  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Little Visitor Round 21 Gallery on: June 23, 2015 11:41:11 PM
Mel and Tom joined me for a day on the TV show Awkward and got a chance to see a soundstage with permanent sets.  On the other side of these walls are several rooms of the lead character's house, and at the far end is the backyard:

This is behind the backyard wall, with trees that can be seen over the top of the fence and a backdrop that looks like neighboring homes beyond:

Here's a peek into the foyer and hall after we'd wrapped for the day; the "Hot Set" tape lets people know to keep away, but if they must enter not to disturb anything as there is more shooting to be done with the furniture and set dressing just the way they are now:

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