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281  First Embroidery Post - Simple in Needlework: Completed Projects by TheMistressT on: March 02, 2008 05:01:52 PM
I can't believe I'm posting on the needlework forum!  I've been wanting to take up embroidery again for years and finally started a few projects last autumn.  This is my first completed project since I did some kits in grade school many many years ago.  It's an initial "C" on two mismatched napkins for part of a swap package I sent off last week.  The outline and fine lines are backstitch; it's filled in with long and short stitch.



I'm kind of proud about how tidy the back is, actually.  I went old-school and didn't use any knots, which helped a lot.

The mismatched pair:

I'm not nearly so enamored of the purple one.  It's nice enough from the front, but the back is not at all tidy.  I sewed a circular patch of the same fabric over the back to hide it.  Interestingly, it's the second one I did.

Any helpful tips n tricks or constructive criticism are welcomed!

Thanks for lookin!
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282  Re: Beautiful Use Swap. Signups Closed. Sendouts 2/29/08. in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by TheMistressT on: February 27, 2008 02:46:10 PM
Good, because I sent it anyway!   Shocked  I just couldn't wait, because my package arrived and I didn't feel right opening it until I'd at least sent.  I opened and have posted in the gallery!  THANK YOU, CAMELAMA!

As a teaser, I'm including here a photo of the beautifully useful hop blossoms I received.
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283  Re: Beautiful Use Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by TheMistressT on: February 27, 2008 02:40:49 PM
Hoo-eee!  Looky what I got today from camelama! 

Embroidered Dish Towels for Beautiful Dishes.  SO CUTE!

Embroidered Unbleached Muslin for created sachets (her family situation didn't allow her to sew them up)...

Yey, Bigfoot!  Yey, Buttons!

She sent along some organic hops and homegrown lavender to fill them! 

Nice smelling box to open, let me tell ya'.

Paper house-shaped boxes for me to decorate!  Camelama really read my profile and paid attention to my wists.

These are dangerous as they may jump to the top of my To-Do Queue.

Vintage Pyrex Refrigerator Dish!

I was concentrating on trying to get the background crocus into the picture, I didn't notice I was casting a shadow in the dish.  It's so unbelievably nice out today I HAD to take pictures outside.

Lampwork frog bead!  I'm going to have to learn how to do something with beads because he's so cute!

He's posed on the bottom of the Pyrex, so you  can see the nifty speckle pattern on the side.

Pretties to put on baked goods.  Nothing is less useful than ugly cupcakes!

Soap - I don't know which of my so-called friends she contacted, but no matter what they told her, I don't stink.  I don't!

Some postcards from her collection and the leftovers from the tags she thoughtfully used to label all these things!

I feel spoiled.  I know annacharlotte requested we post pics of each thing individually, but I hope the small groupings were close enough.  I wouldn't want the other swappers to get jealous of my package by posting THAT many shots (20).  I do have some closer-up photos if people are interested.
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284  Re: Beautiful Use Swap. Signups Closed. Sendouts 2/29/08. in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by TheMistressT on: February 17, 2008 02:32:48 PM
Some things are beautiful simply because they are so useful and become relied upon.  This is my 11-in-1 Painters' Tool.  I don't use it for all 11 of it's reported uses, but I use it for at least 8 all the time or at least more than once.  Wink

1. Opening paint cans
2. Closing paint cans
3. Scraping caulk, etc. off surfaces
4. Pre-cleaning paint rollers
5. Philips head screw installation and removal
6. Flat head screw installation and removal
7. Nail removal
8. Getting old whatever out of cracks
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285  Re: Hot Dish! [Shirtless Cowboy Edition] in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by TheMistressT on: February 17, 2008 09:41:56 AM
Those are great!!!   Cheesy What a funny gift!  Do you think your MIL and mom will use or display the potholders and towel??

My ex MIL told me that she's not using them, because she's displaying them.  My own mom is more into her accessories matching her kitchen, so I just made her hot pads (no towel).  I don't think they're on display, but she did take them to work to show off.

I'm making more today for a girlfriend for her birthday.

Here they are!  I think I've used each of the fellas on at least one thing now.  Wouldn't want to play favorites, you know.

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286  Hot Dish! [Shirtless Cowboy Edition]-UPDATED in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by TheMistressT on: February 16, 2008 07:07:14 PM
Wee!  For xmas I made my ex MIL and my mom these http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=211202.msg2266008#msg2266008.  I had asked The ManFlesh if he wanted a pair for his mom and he said "If they had fabric with cowboys."  Well, I knew that Alexander Henry had a cowboy beefcake pattern (is that redundant?), but I could never find it at my local stores.  Well, yesterday I found it!  And here they are:

Appliqud onto a double-thick flour sack towel:

Sewn to Insulbrite, that quilted, insulated, silver-on-one side stuff:

I included with all of them a paper wrap that said in a kitschy font, printed in ink to coordinate with the specific fabric.  I threw together an example because I love the font.  The real ones said, "...who's handy in the kitchen."  Not "... that's handy in the kitchen."  I'm not objectifying them that much.

Thanks for looking!
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287  Canned "Love" in Valentine's Day by TheMistressT on: February 09, 2008 01:02:24 PM
So, I like to give my special vendors and businesses that refer clients to me a little something to show my appreciation.  They are often loaded down with sweets in December, so this year I decided to give them Valentines.

I made labels with PhotoShop and covered Hershey's Nuggets with them.  There are 6 styles of labels randomly placed on 4 flavors of Nuggets.

These are pint-sized, unused paint cans purchased at the hardware store.  The paper wrap is actually opalescent and the lighter-weight version of the paper my business cards are printed on and is attached with 2-sided tape.  I got lucky that the diameter of the can is 10.5 inches so I could get 2 wraps out of letter-sized sheet.  I made these clear labels with Word using jpg files I'd already made in Photo Shop and regular word processing. 

I punched a small hole in my business card, ran some red curling ribbon through it and attached the ribbon to the can lid with 2-sided tape, then topped it with a red bow. There are about 30 chocolates in the cans, at least enough for the whole crew at any of these businesses.

Thanks for looking and Happy Valentine's Day!

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288  Re: Beautiful Use Swap. Signups 1/1/08....1/30/08. Sendouts 2/29/08. in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by TheMistressT on: January 22, 2008 03:28:20 PM
Some beauseful items around the house.

Porcelain toothbrush/paste holder (at least that's what it holds at my house).

Stainless steel espresso pot from Italy.

Copper plated picture rail hook.

Hot Pot Rest of collected corks and plumbing hardware.

Small mirror in acrylic (-ish) frame, with hinged handle/stand.
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289  Re: Beautiful Use Swap. Signups 1/1/08....1/30/08. Sendouts 2/29/08. in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by TheMistressT on: January 21, 2008 04:29:38 PM
Some photos from a trip to the Czech Republic last spring of useful things that I found to have their own beauty.

Wooden casks in the kilometers of hand dug cellars under the Pilsner Urquell brewery in Plsen.

Foot Reflexology poster in Prague.  I like those kinds of posters anywhere and one night when we wondered I noticed that and had to take a shot.  Not the highest photo quality, but still.

Dispenser of bags for collecting dog poop.  The bags themselves come with a disposable paper dustpan-like scoop for getting the poop into the paper bags.  They generally had humorous drawings of dogs on the dispensers and the bags.

I don't know how much this counts, but it was so darn striking.  This is the bark on a tree fallen across the trail at a national park up near the border with Poland.  It's useful for the tree, right?
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290  Gunna Pickup Chicks. in Completed Projects by TheMistressT on: January 01, 2008 01:57:25 PM
Some friends of mine have a whole bunch of chickens of various kinds that they are quite fond of.  I saw a wall sculpture thingy kind of like this that was out of my budget, but couldn't get out of my head as a gift for these friends.  So, I decided to reinterpret the idea in craft felt.

The only things that aren't felt are the chicks' beaks, eyes, combs, the loose feathers and the dust kicked up by the pick up.  Those are hand embroidered with DMC embroidery floss, 2-3 strands, if I remember correctly.  All the felt is machine sewn.  It's in an inexpensive frame; I just used spray adhesive to attach the finished product to the glass that came with the frame, trimmed the edges and put the frame back together.

Close up of the feathers flyin':

Close up of where the rubber meets the road.

Thanks for looking!
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