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1  Re: Slow cloth/boro embroidery patches - Gallery in The Swap Gallery by craftylittlemonkey on: December 02, 2016 04:06:41 PM
Oh no, the sicky is everywhere lately! We had terrible coughs for weeks and weeks and now that we seemed to be recovering the sniffles set in, ugh. Feel better soon my friend Smiley.

I feel as if, when stitched together, there is a front and back yard with tiny stitches, too!

Oh Em Gee, you are brilliant! I did not even think of that but I did choose a yardy looking background of flowers to put the (yes it is!) wee house on. I thought to stitch those bits as well for a potential future scrappy project if AIMR wished but I can now see it becoming a 4-patch yard. A happy accident, how fun!

I am so eager to see it assembled, The house might be around 2" tall or so. I envisioned with each panel but also tried to keep it something that could stay flat if desired. Too, too much entertainment working out the teeny bits for that. I really enjoyed it, and this swap! Thank you all, and our lovely organizer Smiley.

Maybe the front door and teeny round window are my favourite part, I couldn't really decide. I realize I forgot a door handle, I know you've got a teeny seed bead hanging around your craft room somewhere AIMR Cheesy.
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2  Have you made gingerbread? in Recipes and Cooking Tips by craftylittlemonkey on: December 01, 2016 12:34:33 PM
Not the stuff of houses but an actual loaf? A friend brought this to dinner one time and I begged the recipe from her, it was so good. Thick and sticky, delish with barely sweetened whipped cream.


I'm thinking about something to bring to neighbours and serve in case someone drops by over the holidays. I think this might be nice with crushed a crushed candy cane topping or dried fruit added, maybe cranberries. I'd love to hear if you've made something like this another way, or if you've got a favourite seasonal loaf recipe of a different sort to share.
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3  Easy banana bread, add whatever extras you want! in Recipes and Cooking Tips by craftylittlemonkey on: November 30, 2016 04:33:30 PM
I looked online for a recipe and tried a simple looking one. It called for creaming the butter with the sugar then adding the eggs, etc etc but I had frozen butter and didn't want to wait for it to soften. Some other kinds of loaves I've been baking lately call for melting the butter so I thought I'd try it and it turned out great! Here's my altered recipe:

For each 2 to 3 very ripe bananas (depending on how many you want to use, I usually increase the recipe by 5 so I use around 15) melt 1/2 cup of butter over low heat and let cool down just a bit.
Mash your bananas, stir in 1/2 to 3/4 cup of brown sugar, 2 beaten eggs, 1/2 tsp vanilla, then add the melted butter. Mix until smooth.

In another bowl combine 2 cups all-purpose flour (or any combo of flours you wish, I've used half whole wheat, some oat, a little quinoa, etc) with 1 teaspoon baking soda and 1/4 teaspoon salt (unless you used salted butter, in which case omit the salt).

Spices are optional, I use lots of cinnamon and occasionally mix it up with a little clove, allspice, nutmeg, cardamom, &/or ginger.
You can also stir in 1/2 cup of chocolate chips &/or nuts, sometimes I use sunflower and pumpkin seeds for a school safe version. Take note though, the baking soda may react with the chlorophyll in the sunflower seeds turning them a brilliant emerald green. It happened to me, it was freaky!

Bake at 350 in a buttered loaf pan for 1 hour or until a toothpick inserted into the centre comes out clean. It will rise quite a bit so fill to just about half-way, a tad more is ok.


I've made it a few times, it always turns out great and makes the house smell terrific. I can fit about 6 of these small loaf pans into the oven at once, it freezes well and makes nice neighbour gifts Smiley.

I don't actually like bananas so I am assuming from the rate my family eats this at that it is tasty. If you try the recipe, you'll have to tell me what you think Cheesy.
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4  Stitched moth in Needlework: Completed Projects by craftylittlemonkey on: November 30, 2016 07:27:25 AM
There are a lot of really lovely fabric moths out there and I've wanted to try stitching one myself. Since she seems to enjoy the ooky things, I sent this to Ludi as an extra in a recent swap.
Here's a progress shot, I sort of used stumpwork principles but cut away the white fabric in the hoop from under the base fabric. On top of that I stitched some sheer sparkly ribbon then added some murky paints and glue to stiffen it up for shaping.

Here it is in my hand for an idea of size.

I added bits of feather to the back and antenna to give it that wispy mothy appearance and iridescent beads for eyes.

The body is fuzzy black pipecleaner and glue stiffened twine for the legs and antenna.
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5  Slow cloth/boro box in Needlework: Completed Projects by craftylittlemonkey on: November 29, 2016 11:29:46 AM
For Ludi in the slow cloth/boro swap. We were supposed to make patches and while the sides of this can be cut apart into separate pieces, I had a hard time with the "making something that is nothing" aspect of the project.

It's about 4ish inches tall.

I used a few different stitches, some buttons and beads, sparkly embroidery thread sent to me by kbrison as a surprise just in time to be added to this. The clear bead holding closed the strings on top is artisan made hot glass from BC, a little treasure from my stash.

The bottom, I think this is a Canadian song bird. A friend recognized it as such anyhow. Neat Smiley.
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6  Re: Slow cloth/boro embroidery patches - Gallery in The Swap Gallery by craftylittlemonkey on: November 29, 2016 11:19:03 AM
I am so excited to see what AIMR does with the thing I sent her and am patiently waiting for pics but in the meantime I thought I'd show you this little teaser. It's probably less than a 1" square patch, I went teeny weeny and super detailed.
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7  Teeny weeny gnome dome. in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by craftylittlemonkey on: November 28, 2016 02:33:31 PM
I have been itching to post this but had to wait until it was received and darn cross-border post takes forever!

Gozer sent me a box of awesome fussy cut fabric http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=442382.msg5410907#msg5410907 in return for a random item. Stalking her pins yielded way too many ideas but finally I settled on this one.
I had the gnome bead, used Knickertwist's mushroom making tutorial http://blog.pixiehill.com/2012/02/how-to-make-teeny-weeny-mushrooms.html, and found the rest of the bits and bobs at a craft store. Some hot-glue-burning-my-fingertips time later I had this:

My kids decided they LOVED it so I used the rest of the domes in the package plus a little bottle to make some more. I'm waiting on an order of more wee gnome beads to complete this bunch and have another package of domes to make a few more for xmas gifts.

This was so much of a good time. Thanks for the swap Gozer! XO  Kiss
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8  Plain old vanilla sock monkey. in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by craftylittlemonkey on: November 28, 2016 01:01:07 PM
I need one all of a sudden for a quick trade, good thing I made all those blanks! All I had to do was sew on the button eyes. No embellishments requested, not even a smile or a little heart. I did add nostrils though, heh.
Here she is in the studio which is under deep reconstruction, she's busy brightening up the place Smiley.

Plain Jane but still so stinking cute Wink.

Ay, I am acursed with the sideways photo affliction!
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9  Ode to Chicken, for Quaggy :) in Needlework: Completed Projects by craftylittlemonkey on: November 26, 2016 04:46:28 PM
Sometimes you're in a swap with somebody who is not even your partner but you just get the itch to stitch for them, ye know? And sometimes you've made friends with somebody else who might just have that person's address and trust you with it... it happens now and then Wink.

This was for Quaggy, inspired by something in her pins that I really liked a lot and wanted to recreate, not exactly, just an inspired-by piece. It's been received now so I'm posting to see how many of you also have the quilt detail in your pins, ha ha.

Do you recognize the quilt detail it's from? The whole thing is really amazing, I could make little flags of every part of it! http://kimzsewing.blogspot.ca/2015/09/round-garden-with-wendy-williams.html

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10  Re: Slow cloth/boro embroidery patches - Gallery in The Swap Gallery by craftylittlemonkey on: November 24, 2016 02:36:26 PM
This bit of gorgeous showed up in the mailbox today. Forgive the lighting, the fabric is in fact a deep midnight indigo. Forgive also the sideways images.

Look at the scattered seed stitch, the spirals, trees from vintage kimono fabric.

Snow capped mountain.

Moon, stars, & sparkly bead embellished tree.

It's so spectacularly pretty that I'm going to frame it & hang it in our home. I only wish it was signed, I'll bring it to our next meet up AIMR Smiley. Thank you so much. What an incredible swap!
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