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11  Re: Mini 12 Days Of Christmas 2011 (signup to 09/01/11; sendout 12/01/11) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by noelle on: December 09, 2011 08:11:13 PM
here's a sneak peak of the goodies i sent to zigg13pra... tracking said the package was delivered on wednesday.

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12  Re: Mini 12 Days Of Christmas 2011 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by noelle on: November 13, 2011 06:00:07 PM
received a bunch of lovely packages from zigg13pra!

opened the last gift a day early as i'm traveling today. thanks for everything, zigg13pra!! it was fun being your swap partner.  Smiley

Day 12: embroidered button picture off my wist. this is SO. AWESOME. and the background is super soft.  Grin
here's a pic with flash and one without. the true color is somewhere in between the two.

... and a detail shot

Day 11: recycled magazine artwork from my wist!

Dat 10: a Deathly Hallows etched glass! this is great, as i was just thinking i need more proper sized glasses.

Day 9: stocking with a bunch of goodies. i adore the santa socks!

Day 8: blue and pink bracelets

Day 7: DIY whale stuffie kit  Smiley

Day 6: wire-wrapped candles

Day 5: winter fabric

Day 4: snowflake soap

Day 3: texas horseshoe ornament (i'll be going to texas for christmas soon! very excited)

Day 2: pretty purple coasters

Day 1: an awesome set of Christmas cards.. did you use Cricut for this? they're so perfect!
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13  Re: Sock Monkey/ Sock Critter Swap Round 4 - Gallery in The Swap Gallery by noelle on: October 29, 2011 12:26:46 PM
wow! all the monkeys are great!

speaking of which, i received from mini_mum today, who chose my regency theme! meet my beautiful new monkey! she is made out of the softest loveliest socks imaginable and is looking very proper with her empire waist dress and reticule.

after her trans-atlantic journey, she paused to examine the wild grandeur of scenery in california:

she was feeling a bit homesick at first, but i think the BBC shelf cheered her up. although i fear she's already being changed by america, as she's showing a shocking amount of ankle!

oh well, at least her hair is still nice & tidy!

thanks mini_mum! she's beautiful.. i just need to name her now.. any suggestions?
oh, i also received a matching bag for me!

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14  Jasmine Sock Monkey in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by noelle on: October 26, 2011 07:51:38 PM
my first ever sock monkey! made this for the Sock Monkey/Critter swap. my original partner had a "Disney Princess" theme on her list, so i decided to go with Jasmine. (unfortunately my first partner flaked, but mini_mum was gracious enough to be my replacement partner and give this monkey a loving home. thanks!)

everything is fabric except for the button eyes. facial features and belly button were drawn in micron pen

lounging with her magic carpet

watchin' some tv in my studio apartment.. can i just say? the shoes took me like 3 drafts to get right. phew!

i used a second pair of socks to make her hair. they had some woven stripes and diamonds that made me think of braiding.

there was a lot of experimentation involved in this project, but i'm pleased with how it finally turned out.  Smiley
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15  Re: stuffed sea turtle *Tutorial Added* in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by noelle on: August 30, 2011 08:10:33 PM
How big is the little one you made?

the shell's about 8 inches long.
here's a pic for scale:

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16  stuffed sea turtle *Tutorial Added* in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by noelle on: August 22, 2011 01:18:25 AM
made this a couple years ago for a swap, but somehow forgot to post it.
he's almost life-sized.

turtle 'tocks

all the brown spots on top were fussy-cut and then fused into place.


Print the pattern out at whatever size you want. Add seam allowance. (Im doing a smaller version so I added )

Make sure to mark your darts and notches (black lines), and copy the quilting pattern onto the muslin shell piece. I like transfer paper for this, but you can also use pins or a lightbox.

Cut out your pieces.

Stitch your darts. On the head pieces, make sure to stitch around the corner to the notch, as shown. Clip diagonally to the notch.

Now sandwich some batting between the outer shell fabric and the muslin layer. A big rectangle will do. Safety pin together, matching centers and edges as best as you can (this is a little tricky since the pieces are curved).

Quilt on the machine, following the markings and unpinning as needed. Its best to start from the center and work your way out, so things dont bunch up and get wonky. I used a zigzag with the stitch length at around .5

Trim the batting, and attach the head to the shell along the top edge. Add eyes if you want (on the big version I used animal noses with glued-on fabric eyelids. French knots are probably fine for a small version like this). Set aside.

Attach legs to neck, side gussets and tail as shown (the leg notches go on the outside, away from the belly).

You should end up with this:

Sandwich together and stitch JUST THE LEGS. Turn the legs right-side out.

Pin the belly, matching notches to seams and stitch, leaving some space open near the neck for turning.

Now pin together the shell and underside, making sure the legs are inside and out of the way. Stitch.

Turn through the neck opening.

Stuff and stitch the neck closed by hand. (I seem to be out of stuffing, but you get the idea)

Voila! Tiny turtle-kins.
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17  another felt name book in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by noelle on: August 22, 2011 01:04:07 AM
it's been forever since i posted something.. i finally got around to trying the felt name book thing, for my nephew last christmas.
i decided to do all animals, and use his first and middle names. here are some of my favorite pages:

i made the book a little more substantial with some plastic canvas and some batting, and added some velcro closures.

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18  Re: Coraline Rd 2 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by noelle on: November 01, 2009 08:18:20 PM
i've got a couple of pictures of what i sent to usagi-chan.

first there's a cat & mouse bracelet made with shrinky dinks:

then i made her a skirt inspired by the other mother's, in some of usagi-chan's favorite colors. here's the back, which is the interesting part. i haven't finished hemming in the pictures.

the front is just a regular straight skirt.

 (usagi-chan, you have to let me know if it fits! i'm dying to know Tongue)

and i also made a little coraline doll.. she had very messy hair in the back since i'd never tried doll hair before.. haha!

i forgot to take a decent pic of coraline with her messenger bag. this will have to do.
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19  Re: Coraline Rd 2 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by noelle on: October 18, 2009 10:47:01 AM
wow! everyone's stuff is awesome!

i received a bunch of things from usagi-chan.. thanks so much!!
she made me coraline stationary and address labels, a couple of postcards, two lovely painted canvas pictures, and a hand-carved cat stamp!

here's a closeup of the stamp:

thanks, usagi-chan!  Cheesy
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20  Re: Sea Life Swap Gallery Under the Sea in The Swap Gallery by noelle on: September 28, 2009 07:00:28 AM
woah. look at the horde i got from leslieyam!
thank you thank you thank you!

two little sparkly collage pictures in frames

an amazing hand-painted cuff bracelet!

(and here it is, on me)

next, a twisty tentacly clay octopus!

a lantern fish fridge magnet! this one's my FAVORITE.  Cheesy

and the big item i had asked for.. a cuttlefish stuffie! his eyes are soooo cute!

she also gave me the leftover supplies to make a cuttlefish baby.

one last shot of everything!

pssh! i'm so silly. i was so busy working on the crosswords leslieyam sent, that i almost forgot to include the sea life cover she made for them!

what an awesome partner  Grin
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