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11  Re: 50 Projects 2014--Let's continue the craftiness! in Craftalongs by alwaysinmyroom on: June 20, 2014 06:53:59 PM
I made this zakka style pillow for the Friends of Craftster raffle. Used linen and batik fabrics and did a simple spiral quilting to hold the circles down.

The back is just a simple envelope so that the pillow can be taken out and the top washed.


My partner in the Altered Spool Swap received this little tropical spool:



More details can be found here.

I finally send bushbaby a random yarn scarf for her charity.  I managed to get about six feet done.


That takes me to 75 projects at the half way mark--can you believe half of 2014 is almost gone?
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12  Re: AARG! Almost Paradise Altered Spool in Completed Projects by alwaysinmyroom on: June 20, 2014 06:40:23 PM
I found the coconuts and the picture of our two beach themed spoolies!



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13  AARG! Almost Paradise Altered Spool in Completed Projects by alwaysinmyroom on: June 20, 2014 01:33:55 PM
I made this for rackycoo in the first Altered Spool Swap.  It was weird because we both picked ocean/beach themes for each other...we must have summer and vacation on the brain! Grin

I am using one of her pictures because it is way better than anything I took...



The spool is from my mom's sewing kit from the 1960's.  It originally had dusty blue thread, but that is not a color I like, so I wrapped two other blues over it...I think it gave the spool some depth and the feeling of water...of course, I had to add waves, hence the beads...and a few baubles like Mr. Crab, who has been waiting in my first ever Archie McFee jar of whimsies from way back when...

The hole in the top of the spool was begging for something...and I was destashing all of my fake floral stuff when lo and behold, a few things fell onto the floor...magically, they looked like palm tree tops!  So I used some wire, floral tape, and paper twist to create a palm tree...distressed it with ink...you can't see in any of the pics, but I also added bead "coconuts".

The sand is really artificial snow, painted cream...when I put the tree in, the spool would not stay upright, so I used an old rusty washer glued to the bottom to give it weight...the washer was found in the roots of my poor fallen 60 year old apple tree...and I found it 15 years ago! Grin

No room for a real treasure chest on such a little space, so I used broken pieces of wood leftover from my wee house.  Just pretend the chest got busted up when the bad pirate dug it up in his haste to get rich quick!

Oh, and poor pirate...he forgot to tie up his row boat, so it drifted away...leaving him on the island with loads of treasure, but no way off...oops...

The little flag was cut from a pirate print that I have had for some time...but it had skulls everywhere...well, say hello to my little friend, Mr. Black Sharpie...I colored them all in except one... Grin.

More pictures can be seen in the swap gallery, courtesy of Ms. Rackycoo, my awesome partner...

I would have loved to keep this to go with the Mermaid Spoolie she made me, but alas, it was not meant to be...I did take pictures of the two together...they made a nice beach scene! *sigh* I wish I were going to the beach now!
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14  Re: 50 Projects 2014--Let's continue the craftiness! in Craftalongs by alwaysinmyroom on: June 16, 2014 07:21:02 AM
Yes, you can!  Lucky you!

Here is the picture of the black pleated bag I made for a swap--huge!  It is lined in a bright and happy pink so things don't get too lost in a black hole... Grin



*Picture snatched from my partner, anna.wahnsinn!*
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15  Re: Very simple Father's Day gifts! in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by alwaysinmyroom on: June 16, 2014 07:17:39 AM
Did you know that if you go into your Craftster Photo Hosting, click on your picture and then hit edit, that you can flip, rotate etc. your photo?  keeps your fellow craftsters from straining their necks to see... ha!

Like this! Grin

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16  Re: 50 Projects 2014--Let's continue the craftiness! in Craftalongs by alwaysinmyroom on: June 13, 2014 07:13:00 AM
yes, Virginia, there is an outside... Grin.



Craft something for your garden or a friend's garden...or bring the outdoors in with a planter, terrarium, etc.  Make a windchime...a suncatcher...it will be one of the challenges for June/July!!!
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17  Re: 50 Projects 2014--Let's continue the craftiness! in Craftalongs by alwaysinmyroom on: June 13, 2014 06:57:06 AM
A couple more stinchies...not doing much else...summer is here! Grin

Get out and enjoy the weather, your family, and friends!

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18  Re: Stitching INCHIES Craftalong *JOIN IN ANYTIME!!* in Craftalongs by alwaysinmyroom on: June 13, 2014 06:37:33 AM
I actually managed to squeeze in three more squares...I will have to take a small break to do a major clean-up of our workshop/furnace room...seems like one of the cats dragged in something that died in there...we have to clear everything out to find it, as it stinks and the flies are all over! UGH!!!!!

Anyway, after that major gross thought, here are my completed squares so far:

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19  Re: 50 Projects 2014--Let's continue the craftiness! in Craftalongs by alwaysinmyroom on: June 11, 2014 04:50:43 AM
I just love how you combine the different sizes of squares!!  The first one appeals to me because of the brightness, but the softer ones are perfect for babies...you are quite generous in what you donate...I am not sure I could give all of those away!!

I have been doing the Stinchies Craftalong...not sure how to count this as a project...maybe when I am all done! Grin

But, so I don't seem like a slacker, I will post a few progress pictures:

My first two squares:

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20  Re: Stitching INCHIES Craftalong *starting June 1st, 2014* in Craftalongs by alwaysinmyroom on: June 10, 2014 09:37:42 PM
I finally got a semi-decent picture of the two squares I completed.  I decided not to outline everything in advance because I am going to try different stitches.  These first two are done with chain stitch, using the second technique provided to us...

I am doing mixed media, so I have used beads, clay and thread...going to do most of my squares like this as it is what I like.

The moon and the sun.  I am actually more of a moon person, so I gave more emphasis to the moon.



Close-up of moon.  I used backstitch and "stab" stitch:


Close-up of sun. Trying to get better at those pesky French knots! Grin.



I am mostly winging it...drawing right on my fabric with a pencil and then stitching...I am going to try stem stitch tomorrow.
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