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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Latch hooked rag rug - with tutorial on: June 19, 2011 08:52:32 AM
and I think in this day and age, that book would sell!!! Cheesy
2  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Dia de los Muertos / Mexican Folk Art Swap GALLERY (send outs 5/30) on: June 18, 2011 02:17:39 PM
definitely up for another round with this group. Erica, you are an awesome swap leader and once I've settled in from the move and have my craft stuff reorganized and accessible, expect a thank you gift for the awesome stash you sent me!!!!
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Latch hooked rag rug - with tutorial on: June 18, 2011 02:13:18 PM
haha with your sense of humor you probably SHOULD write a how-to book! XD

I love the idea of making a rug but I think I'd be to OCD about anyone stepping on it...

"I MADE THAT!!!! 10,000 STRIPS OF FABRIC you're putting your dirty feet on!!!"

lol you get the idea.
4  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Dia de los Muertos / Mexican Folk Art Swap GALLERY (send outs 5/30) on: June 16, 2011 09:09:03 PM
Just keep in mind that maybe having this swap was the support some folks needed in trying times that would have happened anyway...not that the swap itself was cursed. Smiley

i like that! good call smushi!

Smiley
5  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Dia de los Muertos / Mexican Folk Art Swap GALLERY (send outs 5/30) on: June 16, 2011 02:06:17 PM
great stuff guys...Love that fabric used for the knitting bag, I don't think I've seen that one before! (and I am a hoarder of fabric).

Just keep in mind that maybe having this swap was the support some folks needed in trying times that would have happened anyway...not that the swap itself was cursed. Smiley
6  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Dia de los Muertos / Mexican Folk Art Swap GALLERY (send outs 5/30) on: June 14, 2011 05:14:11 PM
so our wonderful swap leader Erica sent me goodies and I didn't even know they were coming! I didn't get internet back until Thursday which is when I got the package!!!

The whole wonderful lot:


She knew I was into tattoos and tattoo art so I got these awesome original pieces right off the wall of her tattoo shop!!!!

This is so cool, it's on corrugated cardboard and you can even still see the can imprints from soda or something (I LOVE repurposing stuff for art supplies!!!!)


sign:


I believe her sis-in-law made the felted skully and as you can see there are lots of awesome supplies:


And this is so timely because I've been dying to get start some embroidery for my new apartment: lots of line tracings to use as embroidery patterns!!! Most I believe were original and a couple were refined from internet pics (Erica can rephrase that it if I got it wrong, lol). I believe I have the original poster of the skulls embracing design so I can't wait to embroider that for my bedroom! (My hubby and I have a somewhat morbid sense of what is romantic):



Again, thank you so much Erica for helping out my partner in an unexpected and difficult situation! You are awesome!!!!

~smushi





7  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / items I sent to my partner IMG HEAVY on: June 14, 2011 04:55:51 PM
Okay so, I am posting pics of the items I sent to my partner who unfortunately is hospital bound. I only had my crap cell camera at the time, of course, because I was moving! My partner basically wanted stuff to do with Frida Kahlo, likes bright colors and colors paired with white, wanted a shrine, mentioned friendship bracelets...trays and boxes, etc.

So I made her a bottlecap mirror using Loteria images, I had Pinned one and she mentioned wanting one...I did aged the whole shebang, including mirror, so it would look more authentic:



close up:



I also made her a Frida shrine. I worked a long time on this, adding, subtracting...wish the pics were better! I used a photocopy of a postcard pic and altered the image. The glass pebbles read 'viva la vida' across the bottom:



A Frida frame, with the postcard pic in it for lack of something else:



A Frida mini-altoid tin shrine:

Front:

Inside:


A Posada calavera skull tray (I photocopied then aged and colored the image, used black gesso as a base for the tray so it would more closely resemble painted Mexican furniture):


another view from side:


A painted Frida Folk Art picture holder (has those wire thingies to hold pics, can't see in pic): I left this pretty plain to emulate folk art:



Hand colored (with Sharpie) sugar skull tealight holder:



Glass pebble Loteria magnets (these are the larger pebbles):



My version of a friendship bracelet (peyote stitch with a loteria parrot clasp):



Some extras: I made the Ojo de Dios, natch, but the milagros charm is vintage brass from Mexico and the little baby is because my partner was finding the Little Baby Jesus discussion hysterical...



Some more extras (sugar skull stickers and banner):



Hopefully my poor partner will recuperate quickly and can go home soon!

~smushi
8  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Dia de los Muertos / Mexican Folk Art Swap GALLERY (send outs 5/30) on: June 14, 2011 02:13:23 PM
hi guys. i'm home. it's been a long day. about halfway through our 9 hour drive home from vacation my mom called me to say she came over to check on my dogs and someone had let them out of the yard. Melvin was hit on the highway near our home sometime last night or this morning.

he was an idiot; but he was my idiot, and i loved him.

i promise to sit down tomorrow or the next day and get everybody's statuses updated, but i just don't have it in me to do it tonight. thank you for your patience and understanding.

erica

Erica, I am so sorry to hear this. I know how I feel about my dog and I can only imagine what you are going through. You are a lovely, generous person and I send you positive energy during this transition period. (((hugs)))
9  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Dia de los Muertos / Mexican Folk Art Swap GALLERY (send outs 5/30) on: June 09, 2011 10:57:28 AM
even though our awesome swap leader is away on vacay, she managed to get a package out to me first...and I just rec'd it!!!!!

GASP. How awesome is she, you ask??? VERY!!!! I will have pics up tonight hopefully. I found my camera during the move (of course) so I have good pics of her stuff and am trying to get the pics of what I made for DeeDee off my cell and into the inter-ether. Smiley

I feel very lucky that she felt the need to angel me since my partner has taken unexpectedly ill and is in recovery for quite awhile. I hope you will all join me in sending her good wishes of speedy recovery!
10  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Dia de los Muertos / Mexican Folk Art Swap GALLERY (send outs 5/30) on: June 04, 2011 05:04:51 AM
man you guys everything is AWESOME. That bird??? AHHHH...

and my poor partner, who is in the hospital, will not read this before she opens the package so it's not spoilery for her...but I also made one of those bottlecap frame things...although I put a mirror in my mine and aged the whole thing. That was the project I was collecting 'stuff' for forever!

I can't wait for my partner to get her package...her friend who is also on craftster is going to pick up her package and bring it to her to help cheer her up! Smiley
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