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1  Re: Vikings, Pirates, & Ninjas Swap Rd 2 GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by edelC on: May 16, 2017 01:54:51 AM
yay!!! we had given up the package from RovingAnarchist for lost, it has taken weeks, i am not sure what corner it got hung up in, but it is finally, unexpectedly here and boy was it worth the wait. She completely spoiled me.

She incredibly generously made garb for me and my SO!!! Viking garb for reneactment.
 First out was this viking apron for me with a matching hood.
 In my colours and with my family motif embroidered on both the apron and the hood.
 I love love love this and it would be completely more than enough by itself.

but there is more.
Another embroidered item, this time a tunic for my SO, his jaw dropped when he saw it, the battle axes are his family symbol, he loves this.

and of course that is way more than enough right?

not in RovingAnarchist's head, (she was an awesome partner)

She made this amazing smelling moisturiser and infused it with lots of viking magic, I wish this were a scratch and sniff screen, because it smells divine!! Plus some more viking magic in a grisgris bag.

And if that weren't enough some candy a brilliant huge chocolate coin and maple syrup candy (yum) plus some smarties and kitkats...also very yummy.

And even more!!! I know! This really interesting book of legends. And some gorgeous smelling cinnamon candles.

Thank you so much RovingA This package rocks, and I am so glad that after all the work you put into it that it is in my gleeful hands and not in some dusty post office somewhere.

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2  The flamingos are escaping (new house number) and a flock in my bedroom in Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects by edelC on: April 27, 2017 02:26:43 PM
So I have a minor flamingo obsession, it started with lawn ones, because I like the kitschyness, mostly I have kept the rest of my collection to my bedroom. But these escaped

I live at number 8, but I haven't gotten around to getting a number, people are always moaning that they can't find the house. So in a fit of inspiration today, I free handed these. Crappy paints so I'll have to do something to protect them. But no-one is going to lose my house now!

I wasn't kidding about my bedroom. It's very small only about 10'x10' but there is a very substantial flamingo flock

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3  Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong - Ostara Term 2017*~ Join anytime! in Craftalongs by edelC on: April 25, 2017 04:27:31 AM
Woohoo my partner received, so my final lot of homework coming up

Class/Challenge/House Pride: COMC
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name:  Chainmaille bracelet
Brief Description: Made from silver coloured links. I swapped with the always amazing RovingAnarchist in the recent vikings and ninjas swap, we did an exclusively viking themed swap, I made her this chainmaille bracelet
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Flying
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name:  wrap apron with embroidery
Brief Description: I used a rune for the ebroidery and it is very much a besom, twig shape. I loved the style of this apron so much that I made two, one for me and I use it all the time now, it keeps me clean and I am a messy pup when it comes to cooking.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: History of magic
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name:  Raven stamped fabric
Brief Description: for me ravens always figure in important times of my life, the tend to signify endings- good ones, where the old crap gets cleaned away. My partner in the swap loves ravens and celtic knotwork, so I made a lino cut from a design I found online. I stamped her up some fabric to use.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: SOAR
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name:  Shrine to Odin
Brief Description: making shrines is something that I adore, definitely something I was born to do as it brings together a lot of my different favourite craft techniques, this involved poly clay for the runes, sewing for the pouch, painting and decoupage for the shrine itself.

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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Headmistress challenge April
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: 
Brief Description: Journal
Project Picture: This was hand stitched (no glue) it has a leather cover and will hopefully be very helpful to the recipent.

Class/Challenge/House Pride: floo-shell cottage
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name:  pillowcases
Brief Description: I find fabric printing very relaxing, the repetative movements focusing on where to put the next print (I eyeball everything!) keeps me deep in the crafting zone, very peaceful. Sewing is second nature to me, so the whole process of making these was very calming.

These pillow cases were sent to my partner in the viking swap.
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4  Re: Rise of the Cougars Geezer Swap, Round 7 GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by edelC on: April 13, 2017 03:54:32 PM
I received! It's late here (way past bedtime) but i wanted to show you what i got. My partner went with my flamingo theme. She sent a zipped pouch and a pillowslip from flamingo fabric. She also sent the extra fabric in case i could use it. For extras she sent a scarf with a flamingo print, beaded earrings and a Peter rabbit pendant. Thanks partner! This one took ages for the mail gods to send.

The whole package

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5  Re: 2017 QuiltAlong in Quilting: Discussion and Questions by edelC on: April 12, 2017 04:44:28 AM
Challenge 1, my collage (OK I have just realised that one of those is a 2017 quilt, it is the sweater quilt -top right-for the geezer swap, I plan to make one similar for me)

there is a close up showing fabric I printed with my daughters initial, that quilt is on her bed, the rest were craftster swaps or gifts.

The hexxie was my first (and last) hexxie attempt, it is over printed with a bee lino cut. The pouches in the corner of the collage, also have some printed fabric, Mushrooms in red and butterflies in grey.

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6  Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong - Ostara Term 2017*~ Join anytime! in Craftalongs by edelC on: March 13, 2017 05:23:23 AM
 Go noodle that is awesome.

So many gorgeous projects posted recently
Inselaeffchen I love those teeshirts.
seeuudee that hoopla. Major want!
Jennie I love your nasty women bracelets. they are excellent.

I am really inspired by your die making, I am going to give it a go, you make it look doable. I really want to get into doing some leather stamping as it would be a great adjunct to my book binding, and your dies look great.
Audania1 your potions look really good, I will have to check out that book

Project dump to follow.

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Apparition
Project Name: re-enactor pants
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Brief Description: I botched this up when making it, this was part of the new outfit for an SCA friend, the pants were perfect until I laid something else down on them and managed to chop a piece into the leg...arrgh! But I figured mended and patched clothing is perfectly appropriate for medieval times, so I patched it, as it turned out you can't see the repair as the tunic is so long. But he was thrilled with his new garb-photo take from the back to preserve his privacy
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Divination
Project Name: T-tunic
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Brief Description: This was the final part of his ensemble, a tunic to go over the white under tunic, this is simple construction but it involved a lot of hand sewing around the key-hole neckline so that machine stitching wouldn't be too obvious. This fits the prompt becuase it is a gorgeously soft cotton and so feels lovely, but also the recipient felt comforted by being dressed similar to everyone else, rather than not having appropriate garb to wear

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Herbology
Project Name: Viking hat
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Brief Description: This is a hat made to measure for my Mister, he recently cut all his hair off so it is definitely needed in a chilly spring

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Muggle Studies
Project Name: Booksafe
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Brief Description: I don't want to offend anyone with this belief and this craft, because I respect everyones right to their own beliefs and opinions. My opinions and beliefs about scientology are not positive and I believe that the dianetics book is best used for something other than reading. So I made it into a booksafe.

and finally, resubmitting this as homework under a different class

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Potions
Project Name: re-enactor pants
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Brief Description: Flamingos are inherently ridiculous, silly and daft and nonsense and I love them..A journal for me.
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7  Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong - Ostara Term 2017*~ Join anytime! in Craftalongs by edelC on: February 27, 2017 04:57:06 AM
Class: Charms
<REMOVED> because I have already done this class.

Class: DADA
House: ravenclaw
Project Name: Orange flapjacks
Project Description: something to keep you going, this certainly is that, there is so much sugar and calories in this that it will keep you going for ever. This was for my SO for his week ahead as they are a keeping kind of slice.
Project Pic:Not pretty but delicious


200g butter
200g sugar
150g golden syrup
zest of an orange

melt all of these together in a saucepan then add in

450g old fashioned porridge oats

stir well and put into a lined 10" square tin and bake at 180c for 30 minutes

when almost cool melt 3 tablespoons of orange marmalde with the juice from the zested orange in a saucepan and pour over the flapjacks. It helps to mark them into squares at this point.

I cut this into about 30 squares and calculate each square to be about 150 cals. Such a small square for so many calories, so it is best to get them out of the house asap
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8  Re: Box of Sunshine Swap (SIGNUP 2017 Jan 27-Feb 4 ; MAIL BY Feb 17 2017). Gallery in The Swap Gallery by edelC on: February 27, 2017 04:46:43 AM
I got a great package in the mail today well timed I assure you as I have been having a fight with my SO. Not an actual row as such, just a pre-fight, fight, in my head, because he did something monumentally stupid and I haven't seen him in the flesh yet to have it out with him. So This box was well timed!

On to the goodies, I was spoiled.

First out this gorgeous oil burner with some (flamingo!) scented melts, these smell yummy, I am looking forward to lighting this up.


And then seeing as my partner can't count, Tongue I got a ton of stuff. this is all the purchased stuff, some lovely buttons and felt embellisments. I love this fabric, the colour is brilliant. A great candle, some really pretty ribbon and paint. And chocolate (sorely needed this morning!!) A relly cute chicken pencil sharpener and a citrussy notebook, both of whom will live on my desk in future.

And onto the crafted items, this beautiful scrubby. I love the colours!! and a soap holder (with soap) I am guessing you use this with the soap as a kind of a scrub?? And a lovely little embroidered keyring and some earrings which I am wearing now.

Inevitably my favourites from both packages are the flamingos!! some darling little flamingo charms and this great flamingo coaster.

Thank you so much for being the bright spot in my day

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9  Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong - Ostara Term 2017*~ Join anytime! in Craftalongs by edelC on: February 23, 2017 02:27:06 AM

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Charms
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Recycled sweater quilt
Project Page Link (if available): https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=451683.0
Brief Description: This was definitely slow, so it got it's own thread. It was for my partner in the geezer swap and she has received now. I made it from about 6 sweaters (jumpers as we would call them) Squares were cut and pieced, then it was hand quilted. I never hand quilt as it is really slow, but this needed it as being a stretchy fabric it is inherently misbehaved.
Once I had finished tieing the corners and a few lines of quilting, I set to and did a few motifs to embellish it. I LOVE how it turned out and it was really hard to give away. The colours are somewhat limited (due to the sweaters I had) and they look better in life than in this photograph. But what I love about it is that because of the nature of the fabric it is really soft and really drapeable. It feels like a big hug when you have it on your lap- as I did for hours when I was blanket stitching around the edge. I will be making one for me. It is backed by two fleece blankets for extra hugginess.

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10  recycled sweater quilt, tied, hand quilted in Quilting: Completed Projects by edelC on: February 23, 2017 02:20:05 AM
I made this for my partner in the geezer swap, she has received so I can post it now.

 There are a few in progress shots too. But the technique is fairly simple, lots of sweaters (I used about 6) cut them apart including the sleeves, I cut approx 10" squares, but I tried to keep interesting detail like shoulder decreases, or with cable sweaters, where the cables changed direction.

Sew together, this takes time as you do need to be a bit careful not to stretch the squares, Use a small stitch to prevent fraying.

When pieced it is heavy (this fits a queen bed) , And it didn't need any wadding, so I used two fleece blankets for the back.

Machine quilting was impossible as it would stretch too much. So I laid it flat on the floor, with the top facing up. Safetly pinned it together and then tied the corners of all the blocks (Using cotton knitting yarn and a darning needle)

laid out ready to trim the backing and hand quilt

I embellished it with lots of hand sewing, large running stitch to create quilting lines and a few motifs here and there.

The whole lot was finished with a blanket stitch around the edge, which I have to admit is not great stitching, but it looks honest and hand made.

It turned out way better than I thought part way through. It has incredible drapeablilty, it is heavy and so it is really cosy. I plan on making one for me next.
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