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1  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / THE MARIO QUILT-- an update. on: March 27, 2007 07:49:58 PM
many moons ago, i completed a quilt, far exceeding my expectations of awesomeness. it was, the mario quilt of 2004 (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=11325.msg88387#msg88387). i submitted it to craftster not thinking anyone would really undertstand my quirkiness, my humor in the old meets new... but from there it seemed to sort of spark a following?? of sorts, and inspired many a craftster in their quilting and thinking outside the box. for that, i am happy and flattered that so many thought it was such a great idea and wanted to try out the technique for themselves!

but here's the problem.



this has been its home for the past, oh... 2 years. my tastes have changed and while i still think it's super rad, it doesn't go with my decor and it just doesn't fit anywhere.

so my question is, what shall i do with this piece of art? i really love it and it would take a lot for me to sell it, seeing as though i consider it my proudest creative achievement... but it really doesn't do any justice at all sitting in my hall closet. does anyone have any ideas at all?
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / help with a project for boucle yarn! on: May 23, 2006 08:12:39 PM
my darling mother, thinking of me the knitter, picked up some delightfully drab boucle yarn at a garage sale for .25 a skein. 5 skeins of light beige boucle at 140 g per skein.

basically, what can i do with this massive amount of unbelievably plain yarn? i feel like it consumes me... any ideas??
3  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Tips for Participating in Craft Fairs / first craft fair in a month, help?? on: April 03, 2005 12:01:09 PM
Hey guys, i am going to be selling my wares at my first craft fair coming up on May 8th. i plan on selling purses, felt flowers, record bowls and tees, but the main thing will be my purses. my question is, how much merch should i bring? are there any other pointers you could give me that would make this a pleasant experience?? it is a craft fair of about 3-4,000 in a small village, but it is very artsy.

i was thinking 25-30 purses, 30-40 felt flowers (since they are priced cheaply), 5-10 tees, 10-15 record bowls.

thanks in advance!
4  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / love means never having to say you're sorry... a v-day shirt on: February 13, 2005 07:34:25 PM
my favorite movie ever... now in t-shirt form! my first stenciled project. the letters and hearts were painted freehand, mainly because cursive is so hard to do as a stencil and i added the hearts as an afterthought.










5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / cabone counter rings as cool wristband! on: January 14, 2005 08:31:13 PM
i got some of these knitting counter rings for christmas, and while making a belt i looked at them and thought, they'd make a great tiny belt! so i put the tiny belt on my wrist Smiley

http://www.puppies-and-rainbows.net/crafts/DSC01543.jpg

6  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / eyelash yarn... what to do? on: December 26, 2004 12:11:33 AM
so i got this CRAZY eyelash yarn today for christmas... 5 skeins from my awesome aunt... the problem is, i am not the biggest fan of eyelash. i think it looks kind of generic, or something... i don't know. but i have ALL this yarn, but i have no idea what to do with it :| i feel bad just letting it sit there, but i am not a big fan of those "boa" scarves or things that are obviously made to look "hip" or "trendy"... what else could i make without it looking this way?
7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / just a little grungy messenger bag on: December 06, 2004 10:02:08 AM
umm, i got this fabric at jo-anns in clearance. the plaid is flannel and the grey is a wool blend, of some sort. i wanted a new school bag to carry my books in, and i love the messenger style. so, i worked on this last night for about 2 hours, while listening to some jolly christmas music Smiley it was quite enjoyable.

http://www.puppies-and-rainbows.net/pictures/DSC01450.jpg

eww... sorry about the gross mirror

http://www.puppies-and-rainbows.net/pictures/DSC01451.jpg

i got the outside wool and inside flannel for 2 bucks a yard... used pellon extra stiff interfacing that i should have put on the lining, but i put it on the outer fabric... that's ok though, the inside is extra soft and extra 1995.

http://www.puppies-and-rainbows.net/pictures/DSC01452.jpg

inside flannel. i love this print, i dunno why. i wonder if they have any left??
8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / HELP! need halloween costume!! on: October 26, 2004 06:33:39 PM
well, i wasn't planning on dressing up (nowhere to go) but, this guy that i've had a crush on for a while invited me to his halloween party this weekend, and now i must have a costume! eek! i need something good... i was thinking something classic, like a 1940's WWII USO type of girl. i have a slim build and long, brown hair and think i could pull off the waves quite well... anything else good, but classy, you can think of? or maybe help me elaborate on the 40's girl idea, so people aren't like... what are you?? lol, thanks!!
9  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / MARIO QUILT-- my summer project on: August 15, 2004 06:21:05 PM
UGH! FINALLY!! my mario quilt is complete. i started working at my aunt's quilt shop this summer and have been quilting for quite a few years (started when i was 16, i am now 19) and the environment i was in all summer totally rubbed off on me. i NEEDED a huge project to accomplish. i needed to quilt. i got the itches, so to say! i just finished the top tonight and i am going to quilt it tomorrow on my aunt's sweet sixteen longarm... but i wanted to post pics of it before quilting so i can show the back! it is insane. i used tiny 1 1/2 inch pieces for everything. and i couldn't strip quilt it, either. anyway, for my quilt i wanted something fun and kitchy, and not so much grandma-y. i also think making quilts out of pictures is toatlly cool. so, i was thinking... pixels would be the best route to start out with. and who better than our pixelated friend MARIO to be featured?? so i went online for some screencaps of games, then graphed the picture out into pixels on Paint Shop Pro 8. the rest, is history.










how big the squares were, compared to my hand.


graphed out picture of what i wanted the quilt to look like.


the remnants of my squares. Wink

anyway, although it was time consuming (took me over 3 months), it was really simple once i graphed it all out. i laid out the squares for the specific block i was working on on the table next to my machine, and i picked them up as i went along. you should all try it and see how it goes! just make sure all your seams match up Wink
10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / question?? oasis for roseball on: June 15, 2004 01:11:11 PM
hi, i do flowers for weddings, and i have a problem with my oasis for living roseballs. everytime i soak the green oaisis in water to keep the roses alive and fresh, it breaks apart. is there any easier and more efficent way to do a roseball oasis?? or a roseball in general? any responses would be appreciated Smiley thanks.
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