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3601  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: IYP 9: Midsummer Masquerade Gallery! on: July 15, 2008 04:01:35 PM
I am SO glad (and relieved) that you like it Mimi!  Whew!  Also relieved that it got there as soon as it did.  The trunk is my favorite part, too!  I tell you what, it is HARD to deliberately sew wonky, but wonky-just-so!  I don't know what those little tucks or pleats are called, but it was my first time doing that kind of thing and I liked the challenge. 

Recently some friends sold the house they had when their 2 girls were born and they have to move away from the door jamb that they'd been marking the girls' heights on.  SO SAD!  I thought that shipping a wood one would be difficult (and expensive) so I was really glad when I was looking through Mimi's wists as saw several trees... I had an ah-ha moment! 
3602  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / Re: A Surprise in Every Monkey! on: July 15, 2008 03:36:37 PM
LOL! This is hilarious ... I love the text message you ... imagine someone readng it that had no idea of your craftiness! Cheesy
The next one was better!  I asked if she had any special response and he said "There was a brain on the floor when I came in."
3603  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Minty Rice Heating Bag on: July 14, 2008 09:16:24 PM
I'm curious how thick and how heavy these are?  Is one type of filling significantly lighter than others?  I'd like one for my cramps, which I feel through my back.  Currently I use an electric heating pad and completely disregard directions by sleeping on top of it or tucking it under my t-shirt so I can sleep on my side, too.  But it's hazardous and probably wasteful of energy so if I could make one of these thin enough to be comfortable and stiff enough to hold it's shape while I laid on my side then I'd like to switch over.  I have the hot water bottle cover that my mom made for me when I was a kid, but think a hot water bottle would be too thick to have under my back when laying on my back.
3604  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / Re: A Surprise in Every Monkey! (UPDATE pg 3) on: July 14, 2008 09:03:36 PM
Well, the whole thing has been rather anti-climatic.  As is her way, she chewed off the nose right away.  A couple weeks passed and she pulled the brown stomach out through the nose (the hole is about an inch in diameter at most) and when The ManFlesh found it he asked me if it was one of my Varmint Voodoo dolls.   Cry  So, I explained the how Dr. Zayas's secret was about spilling his guts and he got a little more excited about it and put the stomach back in so she could get it out again which she did promptly.  However, a few more weeks passed before she pulled the intestines out.  He didn't witness it, but they made for good tug o' war play time and were shredded themselves by one of her dog friends. I got a text message yesterday that said "you'll be pleased to know that she got that monkey's brains out today" - I think she's still pulling everything out through the nose, Egyptian-style.  Wink Dr. Zayas has 2 femurs left and then he'll be completely gutted.
3605  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Thread Catcher with removable Pin Cushion on: July 14, 2008 04:07:32 PM
That looks just like my new thread catcher!  Wait!  It is my new thread catcher!  Let me tell you guys, it is SO awesome.  Not only does it look really good - mimiw knows how to combine her fabrics AND is a top-notch sewer - it's super handy and fits perfectly right where I need a pin cushion next to my machine aaaaaaand right over the spot on my floor where my threads used to end up!  YEY!

THANK YOU, MIMI!
3606  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: IYP 9: Midsummer Masquerade Gallery! on: July 13, 2008 05:27:16 PM
So!  Color me spoiled in blues and greens!  My neighbor received this box yesterday and brought it to me at the end of the day.  I was shocked as it somehow made it clear across the US in just 2 days!  I stared at it a bit, thinking that I should maybe wait until mimiw's package was at least in her region.



Well after a couple of hours (maybe 10 minutes) I thought, "heck with that!" and brought it to the nice, cool basement so I could really enjoy unwrapping it.

Here's the whole* package; photo taken in the crummy light of the basement:

I almost wish I could have recorded the audio of me unwrapping everything because I was all ooos and aaahs and squees and gasps as I took each piece out of the tissue and examined them one by one.  I could've made a how-to for bridal showers or something except mine were all completely genuine and no one was here to hear them except free-loader cats.

The basement light wasn't doing these lovelies justice so I moved out into the sun to shoot them, which also didn't do them justice. Mimi really read my bio, asked questions and checked out my wists and did a great job of making me things that I wanted and/or needed and in my taste.

A have shirt like this one on my wists!  I wore it when The ManFlesh was over last night for chillaxin in the shade with cards and cocktails and he got a kick out of it, saying that it had multiple meanings.  You see I'm a (naturally) buxom faux finisher.  HA!


And an awesome wristlet in awesome colors and awesome fabrics with an awesomely padded-ish wrist loop for my comfort and ease-of-use!  This is my favorite side:

No wait, this is my favorite side:

 I can't decide!  I took it to brunch today and it worked out great and looked so cute sitting on the table at the semi-fancy, hip n trendy restaurant!  It will also go with pretty much my entire summer casual wardrobe as it's all greens, blues, purples and browns/tans.  I have to mention that it's lined with a dark denim and maybe has interfacing as it holds it's shape very nicely.  It's SO well sewn!

And finally the thread catcher for my sewing area!  I had to move back into the basement to my sewing area so I could show you it installed - I already caught some threads, too, because I had no shortage of them scattered around there!

You can see how nicely the fabrics she chose go with my paint in there, too, even thought the flash has the colors a little off in the picture! 

That's a nicely weighted pin cushion on the table that is removable with Velcro and full of magically delicious pins that she sent!  She sent many more colorful pins, but I was too excited to install them all right then.


(here's mimiw's post with better photos of it: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=257125.0 )
THANK YOU, MIMI for inviting me!  I sure hope you like your package at least half as much as I like mine!  I think the swap anxiety is now at maximum.  Arrrrrrgh!

*I received word last night that mimiw found a small that was accidentally separated from the herd!  More?  For me?  I am spoiled.
3607  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Midsummer Masquerade!!! Invite your partner swap round 9! send by 7-18 on: July 12, 2008 05:38:14 PM
Weeeheeeheehee! Bahahahahaha!  My package from mimiw arrived today!  Just yesterday I tracked it on the USPS website and they had never heard of it.  And it didn't come with my mail today around 2p... it was delivered to the neighbors who brought it over around 4:30p! 

I'll post photos later.  I remembered to take them as I unwrapped, but I have to prepare for a gentleman caller, so posting will have to wait.  What can't wait is a huge THANK YOU!!! to mimiw, because I LOVE all of it!
3608  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Wedding dress to LBD - but have I done the right thing? on: July 12, 2008 03:52:05 PM
In all honesty, I think you rocked it!  It's hard to see if the fabric dyed nicely, but if it did then you have a pretty little dress there, Mrs!  If it were mine I'd do a different color sash/belt, but that's just because I'm not a big fan of red/black/white color combination for me and I'd feel like going a little less traditional with coral or teal or something.
3609  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Home sweet... SOLD!!~ Window Treatments **Fat with picture goodness* on: July 11, 2008 09:29:32 PM
Congratulations!  You did some clever work there and it seems to have done the trick!
3610  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Re: Can Tab Shoes on: July 11, 2008 08:58:39 PM
Wowzers!  It's like chain maille pajamas for your feet!  Like Hugh Hefner would wear if he was a knight or something. 
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