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1  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Little Visitor Round 21 Gallery on: September 30, 2015 01:02:45 AM
Yay extension!  Was going to post that I'd be late sending Mel and Tom home and had a big "Phew!" moment seeing Wildfyre's post.

Apologies for my absence from the gallery for such a long time.  The second half of this round has been packed with a more than usual number of long days of film and TV work (time-engulfing but great!), plus my office job, as well as chairing the committee for my union's extensive office building, and of course a personal issue or two...on top of which a protracted heat wave has sapped most of my remaining energy (no air conditioning at home, ughhhh).  Thus, since July much of Mel and Tom's visit has been spent on movie and TV locations and soundstages, although we've also managed to slip in a few outings (including two Dodger baseball games!) and pictures have been taken throughout -- I just haven't had the wherewithal to get them selected, uploaded, written about, and posted.

Once Mel and Tom are on their way back to koalascout I hope to be able to do some catch up posting; until then, here's a little video of them enjoying the 7th inning stretch at one of the Dodger games we attended:


And whatever you decide about the timing of the next round, Wildfyre, is OK by me.
2  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Sock Monkey/ Sock Critter Swap Round 9 - Gallery!! on: August 31, 2015 08:12:50 PM
angielou I'm so glad you like her!  Forgot to let you know that the outfit is easily removed, with snaps down the front of the, um, gown, and a tiny one on the headdress where the neck piece attaches to the helmet on the right side (Maleficent's right, that is).

And thanks everybody for the lovely compliments!
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Nebula Jean Jacket on: August 31, 2015 07:56:46 PM
Beautiful!  And not flashy at all, it's gorgeously celestial -- heavenly, in fact!
4  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Sock Monkey/ Sock Critter Swap Round 9 - Gallery!! on: August 11, 2015 02:20:18 AM
I've been PMing with bobbiemay and angielou1 but wanted to apologize to the group as well for being so very late in getting my partner's monkey done and in her hands.  A week or two into the crafting period I got a job on a movie, and since we were shooting offset weeks (Wednesday through Sunday), on my days off I was also going to my office job.  Work on movies and TV shows is a 12-13 hour (or more) day, so there was no time for crafting.  But I had made the monkey and fabric had been purchased for the outfit; all I lacked was time to put the latter together.

We wrapped the movie last week and this past weekend I had my first days off in more than a month.  Phew!  Yesterday I got to spend time on the outfit (and then was up until after 1 AM picking out half my stitches -- arghh!).  Although I'll be working a few days on a couple of TV shows (am on what is for me an unusually good run of film work), I'm hopeful of getting angielou's monkey in the mail to her this week.

Again my sincerest apologies for the delay, and many thanks to angielou1 and to bobbiemay for their patience.  I don't do a lot of swaps anymore and this is my very favorite, so I hope I can remain in good standing and will be allowed to participate in future rounds.
5  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.
6  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!
7  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....
8  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!
9  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:

10  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....
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