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1  Re: 50 Projects 2015 --POST YOUR 2015 Lists in Craftalongs by edelC on: August 23, 2015 05:22:55 AM
This year (as with every year) I intend to do more painting. A swap with lindyv321 gave me the perfect excuse to paint this. (inspired by a painting that she had on her pinterest.

It has it's own thread here

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2  patronus (harry potter) from a painting on pinterest in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by edelC on: August 22, 2015 10:27:24 AM
I recently did a personal swap with the fabulous lindyV321. She had this painting on pinterest and I painted a copy of it, my version is not exactly the same as I modified the antlers a tiny bit. Unfortunately I cannot find the name of the original artist to credit her/him here. This is the pinterest link

this is my version

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3  Re: OMG - I need a drink swap GALLERY (send outs July 10) in The Swap Gallery by edelC on: August 22, 2015 10:17:40 AM
So Holistic Knitter triumphed over the postal demons. Her first package to me got lost along the way somewhere. but the second one (she made a second one, isn't she great!) arrived. It was worth the wait.

She sent me this awesome tee-shirt. I really love it!! and it fits perfectly.

Then this great set of coasters and a larger coaster for a jug of cocktails-if that isn't an invitation to test some of the recipies in this cocktail book then I don't know what is.

Also these fun cocktail glasses and shots, plus this awesome set of notecards, with very funny captions.

Thanks so much HolisticKnitter and to our awesome organiser!!
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4  Re: I Love Musicals Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by edelC on: August 16, 2015 08:08:44 AM
MoriarT my daughter finally got her hands on the hoodie and tee-shirt. She LOVED them, especially the tee shirt. She is going to use it as a code at college, if anyone comes up to her and admires the tee shirt, she will know that they are of the musicals family.

Here she is modelling them. They fit perfectly.

thanks again MoriarT and thanks spikefan for organising this

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5  Re: I Love Musicals Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by edelC on: August 08, 2015 05:35:42 AM
I received from MoriarT The package was for my daughter and she is away until the middle of next week, so she hasn't seen it yet, she will be thrilled.

First out is this great hoodie, I love it (and may steal it occasionally) it will fit perfectly and she will love everything about it. (there is a shine on this picture, the sun is not shining -crappy crappy summer here in Ireland- but for some reason despite its refusal to shine, it is still making a shine on my photos!)

Then this tee-shirt ( more shine!). She will also love this, mostly because a lot of people won't have a clue what it means, but the ones that do, it will be like a secret club at her Uni.

and then nicest of all (for me) was that MoriarT included this gorgeous picture for me. I have a wall in my kitchen full of items related to love and this is to be added. I love the colours and the lyrics, it is perfect.

Thank you so much for this, it has been great fun.  and thanks spikefan for organising.
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6  Re: 2015 Annual DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by edelC on: August 04, 2015 10:26:01 AM
I had a wonderful day of crafting, finished one item for the 13 days of halloween, which I cannot show you, (it turned out great!) Started another item for lindyI had a wonderful day of crafting, finished one item for the 13 days of halloween, which I cannot show you, (it turned out great!) Started another item for lindyv (which I also cannot show you!)
 Pretty much all of my crafting at the moment is for swaps.

but I did some linocut printing,

 it has it's own thread

And I am food stash busting, with an awesome tasting chickpea, sweet potato, coconut curry-all from my ridiculous food supply.
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7  Crows (corvids) new lino cut, fruits of a wonderfully crafty day alone in Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects by edelC on: August 04, 2015 10:10:27 AM
For the first time in ages I had the day alone, at home, no DD no SO, no work! And I got to print these lino cuts. I have been cutting them at odd moments over the last week and so I had a bash. I quite like how they turned out.

Corvids is the general family of crows, ravens, magpies etc. Did you know that their intelligence is equated to that of a 7 year old?

This fabric is an ikea one, with green and white banding, that is not a shadow along the bottom, it is a wash of darkish green..thought it might be interesting for this print.

They live in large social, hierarchical  groups, the babies, get to be babies for a while and play all sorts of games to learn to use their huge (relatively) brain. Pairs often mate for years.

They make and use tools. They have excellent facial recognition and pass on information about friendly and not friendly humans to other corvids. Some researchers believe they have a theory of mind.

another IKEA fabric, red and white this time, crying out for some printing.

Comments and advice welcome.
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8  Re: 2015 Annual DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by edelC on: July 28, 2015 03:09:11 PM
I did some destashing today, mind you I did buy this quilt (in a thrift store) to make the top. However I did use 5FQ..It was kind of a cheats quilt, it has it's own thread here

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9  how to cheat at quilting, aka turn a thrift store find into a quick stripy quilt in Quilting: Completed Projects by edelC on: July 28, 2015 02:37:39 PM
 I received a bundle of 5 FQ in a swap, they were all US flag themed fabrics. I have an american friend who lives nearby who will be returning from a holiday in the US soon, leaving her siblings behind and so she'll be homesick.

these two things were meant to be together. It is about a double bed size and lovely and soft.

I also scored this very good condition quilt-store bought, not handmade- in a thrift shop for 5euro,  appliques of sporting motifs are not my style, or that of anyone else I know. It got a good wash and line dry, so it smells glorious.

5FQ are not a lot of fabric, but I chopped them up into rectangles all of the rectangles were the same size, I basically trimmed all the fq so they were the same size and got the largest rectangles I could, 8 from each. plus a few from a smaller bit of fabric I had. I went for reasonable precision, without doing my nut over each millimeter

Sewed them together with some white banding, this was to echo the actual stars and stripes and because I didn't have enough fabric. I wanted to cover the original motifs, but leave the edge of each block, so it would look pieced. This was what I came up with

safety pinned it down, so it was all square. And did some quick quilting, across each set of blocks and in the ditch on the long sides, turning under the raw edges. Of course as these things inevitably go, they started square and ended up all askew. As you can see in this one.

There was no way I was ripping it off and starting again, because without tacking the whole lot down, it was only going to move again-the quilt underneath is not perfectly flat, so it was never going to be pucker free. Instead I embraced the chaos with a couple of appliqued hearts on the corners, to hopefully distract the eye from the lack of alignment!

all done..all in all it took about 4 hours. Including this..

don't do this my friends, it really doesn't help the progress

Comments and criticism most welcome
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10  Re: Terry Pratchett tribute swap GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by edelC on: July 16, 2015 11:52:44 AM
finally the post gods have delivered, I finally got my package from slothy. She sent it 6 weeks ago, I think it took the long way around the world. But it was really really worth the wait. I got completely spoiled

She sent me this great box of dried frog pills, with the most delicious frog pills inside (allegedly cider candy..omg soo good)

Also this fabulous wine carrier, this is excellent and I love the fabric, so cool and this will be really useful.

Check out not just one but two great tee-shirts. I actually was just listening to lords and ladies on audio book in the car before I collected this parcel, so this is perfect. I love the witches!!

Also there was two lovely jars of home made jam (jelly), a dutch apple butter and a luscious pineapple one..NOM!

and the piece de resistance, this amazing throw pillow, With brilliant cross stitch. She also choose fabrics appropriate to the individual witches, hedgehog, cats and the crazy colours for magrat

Totally worth the wait. Thank you so much sloth

and thank you all for making this a great, flake free swap. Everyone should have all their feedback up to date, please let me know if there are any problems.
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