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21  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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22  Re: Butterfly swap gallery in The Swap Gallery by Gumption on: August 02, 2010 09:17:20 AM
Wow!  Waiting for a package from England is hard to do!  Here are the great items I received from pinkmichk:
Starting with everything:

In this picture you will find:
A recycled junk-mail collage picture, lovingly framed, too!
A tote with sparkly butterflies sewed on.
A zippered pouch with a very nice zipper pull.
A bracelet with a bottle-cap charm (more pics below).
A MUCH NEEDED tissue cover.
And a very cute pen/pencil/ruler set.  That will be awesome when school starts in 2 weeks. (eeek!!)


And, of course, and ACTION SHOT of the bracelet:


Thanks so much, pinkmichk!!  It was so fun to open up this package.  This swap really had a lot going for it, didn't it!!??  Great job everybody!
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23  Dr. Who Placemat??!! in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by Gumption on: July 30, 2010 07:55:45 AM
(I guess this goes here?)

So, I bought a couple of cheap placemats at Big Lots to make re-useable Ziploc bags ala http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=342887.0.

I cut up half of the placemat and was left with this:

I couldn't shake the feeling that I'd seen those cheese graters before.  They just looked...tooo...familiar...somehow.
It's because they are Daleks!  Aaaaahhhhhh!
EXTERMINATE!!!

Don't know what I'm talking about?  Go here:www.bbc.co.uk/doctorwho/dw

Thanks for letting me share!
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24  Dr. Who, New Logo in Stenciling: Completed Projects by Gumption on: July 29, 2010 08:10:08 PM
My Hubby has been a Dr. Who fan since forever.  I just started this year.  (I am soooo sad to have missed the David Tennant years!)  He really likes the new logo, so I made this for his birthday.  It is a freezer paper stencil, of course, painted with acrylic paints.

A little better close-up:

Hope you like it!  It seems Dr. Who is very popular on Craftster!
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25  Cross-over purse of Doom (pic obese) in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Gumption on: July 18, 2010 04:38:54 PM
To begin with, here is the finished product:  Pretty nice you might say.  How hard could that be, you ask.

Okay, you know how you have a brilliant idea at 2 am and then can't wait to get to it the next day?  Well, this purse was like that for me.  I wanted to have a stylish, cross-over purse, kinda like the front of a dress.  I also just used bias tape for the 1st time the day before, so I knew I wanted that on the purse.  So, I went fabric shopping and came up with a gorgeous retro floral, with a deep green as a lining.  So, I started. 

I wanted the lining to look pretty on the inside, so I started sewing the lining inside-out.  And made some pockets.

Then I started sewing the shell wrong-side out so those seams wouldn't show.  Then, I tried to put them together.  That is where the doom started.  It turned out to be a topological nightmare.  It was like a Mobius strip.  Every outside was also an inside!  ARRRGGHH!  Miserable.  I took most of it apart and then sewed it by hand while watching Anthony Bourdain.  That at least made it a little better.  Here's a shot of the inside.

More detail of how the cross-over part looks:

Overhead view of the inside:

So, to sum-up:  This purse would've been better as a dress top.  It was very difficult, even though I really like the looks of it.  Also I don't know what to do about the top, whether to leave it open, or add a clasp.  Not ready for that yet. Wow, that was a long story. 
Thanks for looking!



Here
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26  Nok-Nok! Pingu! in Needlework: Completed Projects by Gumption on: July 12, 2010 03:45:45 PM
I am a a little embarassed to say that this little thing has been sitting unfinished in my to-do pile for about a year and a half.  All I needed to do was the white parts, but was avoiding it because it hurts my eyes to sew white thread. 

Anyway, here is a tiny Pingu, about 3-4 inches tall.  I don't know what to do with him.  I was thinking of making it into a patch for my backpack.  The picture came from an online coloring pages site.  I don't remember where.

I hope you like it!


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27  Johnny Cash Drawing in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by Gumption on: June 26, 2010 02:52:19 PM
This is my first post over here in MoreArt,LessCraft.  I am definitely more of a crafter, but I don't suck at drawing either, I guess.

I drew this last week, and then the place I work for was having a silent auction to raise funds, so I gave it to them.  It made $45, which isn't bad!

I drew this from a black and white photo I found on the web.





Hope you like it.  C+C appreciated!
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28  "You're Not a Vegetarian!" in Needlework: Completed Projects by Gumption on: June 26, 2010 02:43:30 PM
So, I had been working and eating lunch with a co-worker/friend for about 10 months.  We went out for drinks/apps one afternoon and I ordered a tapa with Prosciutto on it.  I offered it to my friend who said, "I don't eat meat."  I said to her, "You're not a Vegetarian!!".  She laughed and laughed at me, b/c of course she was, except that I hadn't noticed the entire time we had been eating our lunches together.  It was her birthday yesterday, so I whipped this up the night before to be her birthday present.  She loved it. 

It's not exactly a masterpiece, but the story behind it is funny to us.  (The carrot is, of course, from Sublime Stitching.)  So, without further ado:


Thanks for looking!

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29  Re: Tutorial: Pleated tote bag made from vintage fabric. (Picture heavy) in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Gumption on: March 26, 2010 02:03:32 PM
Thanks for the tute!  Here is my take on your purse.  I lined it and added pockets inside!  The fabric was a present from my MIL when she travelled to India.

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30  Sticky Photo Postcards with Ribbons in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by Gumption on: December 17, 2009 08:15:27 AM
This was just too easy not to share.  I think it turned out rather pretty, too.  I just love ribbons!
The completed postcard:

The "supplies"

Basically, I just laid the ribbons across the sticky part of the postcard where the photo should go, then trimmed them at the end.  I burned the edges of the ribbons so they wouldn't fray.
I hope you like it.
-Gumption.
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