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11  Quilted Bird Mobile (with mini-tute) in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by Gumption on: June 30, 2011 09:56:10 AM
First off, the finished project:

With close-ups:



These birds are cotton fabric with 2 layers of fleece in between to give them more "body."  I drew a bird shape, then zig-zag stitched all around, then cut out the finished "quilted" bird:




The hard part was getting them lined up on the strings, and then sewing them onto the strings so they would hang straight:

I used embroidery floss and beads to attach the birds.  

I stuck the needle up from the bottom of the bird, between the fleece layers so you couldn't see the string.  It went in the bottom and out the top.  To find these spots, I stuck a needle through the top, near the middle and then let the string dangle.  This is where the top and bottom insertion points would be. (Does that make sense?)

Then, I just tied the strings to a wooden embroidery hoop, and covered the hoop with left-over scraps from the birds.
Whew!  It took a while, but I think it was worth it in the end!
Let me know if you have questions.
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12  Objects Improved By Googley-Eyes in Completed Projects by Gumption on: April 21, 2011 12:56:17 PM
I have a tendency to anthropomorphize things.  I think it's all because of "The Brave Little Toaster."  So, lately I've been seeing things in my house.  They were looking at me.  Except they didn't have eyes.  Well, the do now! 
The scrubby-brush:

The baby wipee warmer:

Child-proof door lock:

Baby monitor (sense a theme?):

Space heater:

Oh, my god, you're going to put my head where??!!


I'd like to give a tip of the hat to Amy Sedaris for putting googley-eyes on a peanut. 
http://www.amazon.com/Simple-Times-Crafts-Poor-People/dp/044655703X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1303415662&sr=8-1

So, what are YOU putting Googley-eyes on?
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13  Bacon Bouquet in Valentine's Day by Gumption on: February 14, 2011 03:03:40 PM
I saw this on the web somewhere.  It was incredibly easy to do!  Just roll up some bacon, insert toothpick, bake on broiler pan at 400 degrees F for 30 minutes, then stick on the end of a skewer.  Hubby was ABSOLUTELY thrilled!



Mmmmmmm.....Bacon!
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14  Re: One Tiny Bob Dylan Thing Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Gumption on: February 01, 2011 06:01:41 PM
Hi!  Since the package intended for Cassadee was lost, I volunteered to be her Angel.  However, I haven't heard from her.  Here is what I sent:
First up is the picture of everything:  A freezer-paper stenciled pillowcase, a hand-drawn card, and a hemp bracelet.

A closeup of the card (drawn with Sharpies):

A more straight-forward pic of the stencil.  The pillowcase is a green heather t-shirt material.  Incredibly soft!  This picture is an incorrect representation of the colors, but a nice shot of the stencil.


Anyway, I had fun making this.  I just hope Cassadee received it and enjoyed it, too!
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15  New Year's Embroidered Cards **New Card Added** in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by Gumption on: January 01, 2011 03:47:00 PM
I have embroidered on paper only a couple of times before, for postcards, and I really liked it.  I thought I could make a few Happy New Year's Cards this year, because I never get around to doing things in time for Christmas.  I find that the week between Christmas and New Year's is my most productive time each year.  So, I made 3 cards, sitting in front of the fire, listening to an audiobook ("The Elegance of the Hedgehog," if you care to know).

All 3 together:

My favorite, the Bird:

The Owl:

The Year:

Close-up of the Bird's wing:

Moustachioed Popsicle (Inside reads:  Be cool in 2011) It's an orangey color, hard to see here.


Hope you like these!  I truly enjoyed making them.  They will be hard to part with!
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16  Bat with Red Glowy LED Eyes in Halloween Decor and Parties by Gumption on: October 20, 2010 08:10:47 PM
I have been wanting to try out the LED light sewing kit found here:
http://sternlab.org/2009/11/ledsewing/
When I mail-ordered the kit, it came with 2 red LEDs, so that helped determine what I would make.  I decided on a bat, what with the 'Howliday' season coming up and all.  The switch is a snap, so I decided to make the moon the switch:  Just snap it on to turn on the eyes.  (There is a better picture of that at the bottom).
Here is the result.  Please bear in mind that this is REALLY hard to photograph!
Finished project:

With a flash, to show some more detail:

The Work In Progress.  You can see how the moon detaches to turn off the eyes.  Also, since you need conductive thread, I tried to make it a little cloud-like leading up to the moon, to add some ambience.


Hope you like it!
Happy Halloween.

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17  Curry Butternut Squash Soup in Recipes and Cooking Tips by Gumption on: September 27, 2010 07:30:00 PM
I basically made up the recipe for this soup.  You can add or subtract ingredient as needed.  But it's mighty tasty!
It occurs to me that I don't have a picture of this wonderful creation, so here is a lovely scenic picture of last weekend to get you in the fall food mood.


2 Butternut Squash, raw, peeled and sliced into 2-in chunks. (Alton Brown bakes his first before putting  them in the soup, but I didn't take the time for that.)

3 Cups Stock:  I used homemade Chicken Stock, but canned or Veggie would work, I'm sure.

Put these in a large pot and start cooking.

Add these spices while it is starting to boil:
1/2 tsp ginger
1/2 tsp coriander
1/2 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp turmeric
1/4 tsp onion pwdr
1/4 garlic pwdr
1/2 tsp curry pwdr (essentially all of the above is curry pwdr, right?  It's just adding extra flavor)
1 Tbsp lemon juice
salt to taste
cayenne to taste

Stir occasionally.  After the squash are soft, Use a potato masher or fork to mash them all up.  I guess other people with more kitchen gadgets could use one of those little hand-held whippers.  Add in about 1/2 cup plain yogurt to make it creamier and a little tarter.


That's it!  Hope you find some time to try it out!
p.s. Let me know if it can be improved.  I'd really like to know!
p.p.s.  This is my 1st post in the Cooking section.  I'm usually a stitcher... Hello, everybody!
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18  Re: TTTPT Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by Gumption on: September 26, 2010 12:58:02 PM
Ok!  I am posting pics of the package I received from Sloth003.  Sorry it's taken a couple of days.  Life and all that...
Here is a pic of the 2 things together, with the beautiful postcard:

A closer image of the infamous Granny quote that she put on a notebook cover:

A closeup of the travel sewing kit, some "promo swag" from Discworld as Sloth called it:

YETH MATHTER!  The sewing kit opened up, with my very 1st pair of folding scissors:


These are so cool!  I'm very happy to get the sewing kit, I've been needing one.  I plan on keeping the journal in my purse, I just hope I can find a replacement notebook once I'm done with the 1st!   Thanks for swapping, sloth003!
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19  Pi Crayons! Geeks can be creative, too! in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by Gumption on: September 06, 2010 11:28:19 AM
 A couple of years ago, Hubby bought me a Silicone mold with a bunch of little Pi's (I know that apostrophe doesn't belong there, but it looks weird without it.)  In the past, we've only used the mold for making Pi ice cubes for cocktails.  I thought I could use it for something else, but couldn't decide.  Then it came to me!  As many parents do, we have buckets of old, broken, used-up Crayons lying around the house.  I decided to melt them down, as we fellow Craftsters are wont to do. So, after all that, here are some pics:

With the mold:

The backs of the Crayons really looked cool:


More of the backsides.  As you can see, they were difficult to get out, so a few of them broke:


Hope you had fun looking!
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20  Watermelon Jack-o-lantern in Completed Projects by Gumption on: August 02, 2010 03:54:38 PM
We went camping this past weekend with a bunch of friends and all of our young children.  I thought this would be fun to take along:

And, an attempt at taking a photo of it glowing:

I know I'm not the first to do this, but it sure was fun!  The kids liked it, and we all ate the watermelon from inside.
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