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11  Kermit and the Northern Lights in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by fatewineroses on: December 19, 2016 10:21:31 AM
I have had the Necessary Clutch Wallet pattern for over a year now; but I only just now got around to making one...I mean two. I decided to make one for my boyfriend's sister (who I am meeting for the first time this Christmas) for Christmas...and now I had the excuse to make one for myself. To practice of course!

Kermit is for me. Looking at this I just realized that the bling on the flap is slightly off. Luckily, it is mine and I don't care. My picture does not show the Miss Piggy dangle I got for one of the zippers. I couldn't *possibly* have a Kermit wallet without having Miss Piggy *somewhere*!

This is a SOLID wallet. I used 809 on the body and the card slots. I used 101 on the pockets. I have to make two more after Christmas and might use 809 on the pockets too next time. I like how crisp and solid it makes it feel.

Kermit was made with quilting cotton and denim.

The Northern Lights is for the boyfriend's sister. Since I haven't met her I thought she might be more open to a wallet than a purse. I'm making a purse for his Mom; but I've met her and have seen the type of purse she carries.

This wallet is made with quilting cotton and waxed canvas. It will come with a wrist strap and a shoulder strap.

Man this needs an iron before I give this to her!

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12  Harry Potter Ornaments - Ravenclaw riff, Weasley car and the Burrow Snowglobe in Winter Holidays by fatewineroses on: December 19, 2016 10:12:30 AM
It's always interesting, brainstorming for a swap. That process you go through to figure out the PERFECT thing you want to make. It's in my top three favorite parts of swapping. For the recent HP Ornament swap, I was lucky enough to swap with both Abbeeroad and edelC. People who I have often gushed over their work and always looked forward to their contributions in swaps.

I had received their questionnaires and had been perusing their Pinterests. I have a notebook where I transcribe a lot of the information that might help me narrow down my ideas. I sketch things and circle and underline stuff. Any sketches I make or pictures I trace from elsewhere usually end up stuck in here. It's a visual reminder of all of my swaps and ongoing projects that I undertake.

I was scrolling through Abbeeroad's Pinterest for the thousandth time when the light bulb went off to somehow make a Burrow in a snowglobe. I don't know what came over me. I am NOT a clay person. And she wanted an ornament. Not a knick knack. *sigh* But it wouldn't leave my brain. So I had to make a snowglobe.

The first iteration went horribly wrong. Something on the house (I suspect the sealer) reacted with the water and I not only had cloudy water; but it started *growing* something.  This was the original piece I made. After pulling it out of the jar I scrubbed it clean. I will probably clean it up some more later, paint it and make an ornament out of it for next year.

The final piece was made completely of clay (no paint). No matter what sort of glitter I used it clumped some. I used some glycerin to help the glitter stay suspended. I still don't know if I used too much or too little. I have more jars so maybe I will try out making some more later.

Side view

Rear view

Other side view

Action shot front view!

I had a little harder time with figuring out what to do for edelC. I had a couple ideas; but nothing concrete. Until one afternoon when I was taking a walk and saw this guy.

He was showing off. Taking off from his perch, stretching his wings wide and doing circles in the sky before he landed on his perch again. It brought to mind the heart with wings that Edel mentioned in her questionnaire and I saw multiple times on her Pinterest. And this popped into my head. I grabbed a handful of images of a raven with their wings outspread, and used three to make this image. I stitched it in Ravenclaw blue to black wool felt, felted a heart and stitched an image of Rowena Ravenclaw's diadem to some felt and attached it to the heart. I am not Ravenclaw; but I really like how it turned out.

Before I came up with the two above ideas, I had the below idea after an afternoon of scrolling through Pinterest. I don't often repeat something; but I felt that this one was an exception to that rule.  I might make one for myself as well. After Christmas of course.

I'm showing an image of one of the ornaments I sent; but they are slightly different due to being cut by hand from a basic recipe, stead of a pattern. The original image was a cartoon image of the Weasley's car that I used to base the ornament on. The tree, moon and background were cut out organically. Acrylic paint was used for the dirt around the tires.

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13  Re: Harry Potter Holiday Swap Round 5 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by fatewineroses on: December 14, 2016 10:03:47 AM
I just scrolled through the last bit of the gallery to catch up. So many amazing ornaments and decorations. Thanks so much to edelC and Abbeeroad for inviting me to participate.

I apologize to my partners though. I've been sick for a while now (sinus infections SUCK!) and have not had the opportunity to upload pics of the loveliness they sent to me until now.

I was amazed that edelC's ornament arrived intact!  She packaged it cleverly and the glass pinecone arrived with no problems. I *absolutely* love it.


She also sent some extras in the form of chocolates, a broom necklace (which I promptly threw over neck), a lumos/nox sticker and some mushrooms. Thank you so much Edel!

Abbeeroad sent me a fabulous burnt wood egg in the fashion of the Goblet of Fire third clue. (Which happens to be the book I am currently reading.) This was the extra.

And for the ornament, she made me a phoenix. When I unwrapped this, my eyes got very big and I let out a "ooooh." Because it is fabulous. Just stunning. Thank you so much Abbie. I just think it's wonderful.

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14  Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong Yule Term 2016/2017*~ Join anytime! in Craftalongs by fatewineroses on: November 29, 2016 04:35:26 PM
I have not seemed to have the time to sit down and do a good post to comment on everyone's crafting. I am always so very amazed at everyone's work. Things are somewhat dying down here at work (for the moment) so hopefully I will have time later this week. I *do* have a couple minutes to do a quick project dump.

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Divination
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Advent Tree
Project Page Link (if available): https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450908.0
Brief Description: This Advent Calendar was made about eight years ago originally. Originally it was made for my niece and nephew. My SIL never used it and it was given back to my mom. Recently, she gave it back to me in hopes of having my bf's kids use it. Unfortunately we just don't have the room for a full sized tree, so I just couldn't use it. A friend from high school had another child a couple years ago and mentioned on FB that they needed to get an advent calendar. I offered this one. I cleaned it up and realized I needed to make six ornaments to replace some that were ruined over the years. I mailed it off last week and am very happy my friend's family will use it to make memories.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Hagrid's 12 Christmas Tree Challenge - Star
Project Name: Molly Weasley Embroidered Clock
Project Page Link (if available): https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450662.0
Brief Description: My most favorite craft has to be embroidery. I absolutely LOVE taking on new challenges and doing things no one else has done; or taking an idea and making it my own. I believe that this piece let my embroidery skills and creativity shine.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Transfiguration
Project Name: Gilmore Girl purse
Project Page Link (if available): https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450905.0
Brief Description: To make the pleats on this purse, I had to take the original pattern and increase it enough to make the pleats. Not something I was super familiar with. I used a tutorial to make the increases and created a new, altered pattern piece to use.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Hagrid's 12 Christmas Tree Challenge - Candles
Project Name: Luke's Cup Ornament
Project Page Link (if available): https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450906.0
Brief Description: For some of us, Gilmore Girls is a happy place. I know that my partner really enjoyed this ornament and intended to hang it in her car, instead of using it as a Christmas ornament. That gave *me* a warm glow as well.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Hagrid's 12 Christmas Tree Challenge - Tree Skirt
Project Name: Mixer cover, pt two
Project Page Link (if available): https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450907.0
Brief Description: I made a cover for my bf's mixer cover using fabric that resonated with him. He picked it out, I crafted it.
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15  Advent Calendar in Winter Holidays by fatewineroses on: November 29, 2016 03:30:19 PM
When my nephew was a toddler, my Mom and I collaborated to make this advent calendar. Sadly, due to conflicts with the then SIL, it was never, ever used. My Mom finally gave it to me last year, thinking that maybe my bf's kids would use it. Unfortunately, they are just not at our house enough and we don't have a full sized tree due to lack of space.

Then, about three weeks ago one of my friends from high school who had a late (LATE) baby (we are in our forties!) mentioned something on FB to her husband about getting an advent calendar for her daughter. I *immediately* offered her this and she said YES! So I washed the back, counted and checked all of the ornaments. There were six that needed to be replaced.

One of the new ones was the Golden Gate Bridge. We are from the San Francisco Bay Area and I wanted one to remind them of home (They are in Colorado now.) I love how it turned out!

Please excuse my EXTREMELY wonky embroidery. This really was one of my very first embroidery projects and my stitches leave something to be desired. I also cannot seem to sew an actual circle.  Roll Eyes

I mailed it off to her last Monday and she received it the day after Thanksgiving. That's the day they get their tree and decorate. She loved it and had a great appreciation for sharing something like this with her family. I was just extremely happy to see it used and enjoyed.

Since I originally made it for the 25 days of December, my friend will be making little ornaments to go on the felt tree. That way she can tell her daughter that we collaborated to make this special thing for her. Which makes me very happy.

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16  Another reversible mixer cover in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by fatewineroses on: November 29, 2016 03:19:40 PM
I got my bf a mixer a couple years ago and it was getting dusty. So when I was making a mixer cover for my Mom, I made one for him. Two of his loves are candy and the Simpsons.  Roll Eyes Sadly, after cutting it out, it sat for over a year before I got back to sew it. But finally it is done! I think it is better that I took so long because I have learned A LOT about sewing and making things in the last year or so because of the bags I have been making. I think it turned out much better for that knowledge.

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17  Gilmore Girls, Luke's Diner Mug Ornament in Needlework: Completed Projects by fatewineroses on: November 29, 2016 03:15:41 PM
For a couple of years I have had this adorable mug ornament (https://www.etsy.com/transaction/1199958176) on my Pinterest; but never got around to making one. When I was planning out what to make for the recent Gilmore Girls swap I had the brilliant idea to make a Luke's cup!!!!

Normally I would try and figure out how to make it myself; but in the interest of time, I actually bought the pattern. A little pricey in my opinion; but it was well put together and pretty comprehensive. Main thing I really needed were dimensions. the main part of the cup is wrapped around a toilet paper or paper towel roll.

The pattern goes together with glue for the most part; but I didn't like that look. I used fabric glue to secure the top around the cardboard roll and glued on the handle; but stitched pretty much everything else. The pattern calls for a flat piece of felt for the hot chocolate; but Lorelai would never drink that! Instead I cut some brown and just a *touch* of cream colored felt and wrapped them in a circle and stuck it down into the tube. I put glue on the bottom to make sure it wouldn't come out.

I thought about using a ribbon for the hanger; but after trying out a couple, it really distracts from the cup. So I used the called for bakers twine in red/white. I did *not* put it through the cup. Way too hard to get it through the cardboard. Instead I made a big knot, stuck some fabric glue down the side of the "coffee" and let it dry. Works perfectly unless you're really really going to play tugowar with it.

Wow. That was a long post for such a little thing. But I have to say both my partner and I LOVED it! I loved it so much I made one for myself. (Well, I cut it out and embroidered the Luke's) And I never do that. I hope you like it too.

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18  Gilmore Girls purse in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by fatewineroses on: November 29, 2016 02:58:35 PM
While obsessing over what to make for the recent Gilmore Girls swap, I found this absolutely fabulous fabric (http://modernyardage.com/Stars-Hollow_c_94.html) and I knew I had to make something with it. My partner had a cute pleated clutch on her Pinterest; but I substituted Swoon Patterns small Coraline with pleats and added an adjustable strap. I *love* how it turned out! You might not be able to see it; but all along the outside of the strap you can see repeats of Luke's Diner sign. It made me giddy just looking at it!

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19  Re: Gilmore Girls Revival Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by fatewineroses on: November 23, 2016 01:53:23 PM
Hi everybody!! I have to apologize to my swap partner. I received over the weekend; but we had my bf'a boys and those weekends just are crazy. Today is the first day I have had the opportunity to get here to post anything.

Many thanks to kwality for coordinating! This was a super fun swap and really got me ready to watch the new stuff. I am SO excited!!!!

My partner did a great job! She cross stitched up one of my favorite quotes, sewed up a tea wallet (including tea and hot chocolate!) and a hot pad! 

I am almost hopeless at cross stitch (if you get cross stitch from me, feel very lucky!), so I am always very appreciative when I receive a cross stitch piece. My partner doesn't know it; but I have been meaning to stitch me one of these tea wallets! I carry two bags and usually like to keep a bag or two handy. Just in case! It'/ already in my day bag! And my boyfriend's place is sorely short of hot pads to place food on the table. I can always use one of these.

I'' so glad you like everything Brandi! I really loved making the purse and the coffee cup made me giddy! I can't wait to make mine!

I found the fabric at:

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20  Molly Weasley embroidered clock in Needlework: Completed Projects by fatewineroses on: November 02, 2016 04:05:42 PM
So. I participated last term in the Harry Potter Craftalong for the first time. I had a great time participating and wanted to give back. So when they asked about members offering up prizes for end of term, I offered to do a custom Harry Potter hoopla. The lucky winner was the wonderful Mistress Jennie! After some conversation and stalking, this popped in my brain.

After working on this for weeks, I got too close to it. I wasn't entirely happy with it. I forgot to take pictures before I sent it out! Jennie kindly took pictures for me once she received it though. I tell you, seeing it from another's perspective has given me greater appreciation for it. She also took better pictures thank probably would have been able to take.  Grin

It is a working clock.

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