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21  Reclaimed Vintage Water Pitcher in Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects by chimes on: August 30, 2009 08:38:25 AM
I haven't made many ceramic pieces lately, but I had this gorgeous pitcher lying around for the past 3 months and I've been meaning to do SOMETHING to it.  I finally got around to painting it a couple days ago.  And I took some photos today. I've never taken advantage of my lovely enclosed porch for photos before (silly me). 

What do you think?

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22  megadeth and gods of metal magnets (from coworker craft swap) in Completed Projects by chimes on: August 19, 2009 04:44:06 PM
Technically I didn't make these, but my friend/coworker did, and I HAVE to share!

So a while ago my coworker and I decided to do a craft swap.  I made him some tattoo mugs and he knows how much I LOVE metal ... and Megadeth.

So he made Megadeth and gods of metal magnets. 


Gods of Metal Magnets these are hard to photograph, but clockwise from the top Dave Mustaine, Cliff Burton, Dio, Scott Ian, Kerry King and Lemmy

He also made me a buttload of screen printed shirts and a Megadeth kichen set.
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23  Megadeth Kitchen Set (from coworker craft swap) in Screen Printing: Completed Projects by chimes on: August 19, 2009 04:42:18 PM
Technically I didn't make these, but my friend/coworker did, and I HAVE to share!

So a while ago my coworker and I decided to do a craft swap.  I made him some tattoo mugs and I had given him a bag of shirts I had lying around because I knew he screenprinted, and he knows how I feel about Megadeth.

Soooo he made me a screenprinted Megadeth kitchen set. Dave is in bleach. He tried doing him in white but it just didn't look right (some things don't go well reversed!)

2 tea towels and 2 potholders

A Dave-pron (Or Megapron?)  

He said he'd tried doing Dave in white but he didn't like how it turned out, so he ended up bleaching it in. I love how he's on there but it's really subtle. Yayyy! Dave Mustaine is my hero!

He also made me a bunch of screenprinted shirts, Megadeth album cover magnets and some Metal Gods magnets.
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24  Bounty of Screenprinted shirts from a Coworker craft swap in Screen Printing: Completed Projects by chimes on: August 19, 2009 04:39:12 PM
Technically I didn't make these, but my friend/coworker did, and I HAVE to share!

So a while ago my coworker and I decided to do a craft swap.  I made him some tattoo mugs and I had given him a bag of shirts I had lying around because I knew he screenprinted...

... and boy did he go to town!

Here's all the awesomeness I received.  I'm planning to recon most of these into not-t-shirts b/c they're all 1-2 sizes big for me.

Gotta love this. Probably my favorite one.

An old Looney Tunes cartoon (I love to singa... about the moona and the juna and the springa)

Ramona Quimby

Snidely Whiplash

Cute flowering tree with a side-placement.

And of course ... his band's logo shirt.

Also this was only PART of what I received.  I also got a Megadeth kichen set, Megadeth album cover magnets and some Metal Gods magnets.

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25  Re: Summer is for... \../ METAL \../ - A Gallery of Hardcore Craftiness in The Swap Gallery by chimes on: August 12, 2009 06:24:06 PM
Sooooo I finally got an awesome package from Bezoona (and PS my dear, don't feel bad for sending late!  I got something cool, so that's all that matters!)

Anywho, here ya go!  I decided to go all drama queen on the photos to show my appreciation. I took the pix w/ my mac, so some are flipped and some are not (didn't flip the ones that didn't need it b/c of words). Anywho. yeah. Smiley

Alexi Laiho towel based on (I'm guessing!) this pic:

what I've deemed a Dethpouch (zippy pouch with the Dethklok logo x-stitched on) so very timely because I JUST bought Dethklok (w/Mastadon/Converge/High on Fire) tix on Friday! They are coming to Des Moines, IA! We never get anything good. Tongue

Inside the dethpouch. No, there wasn't any cocaine in there ... or Duncan Hills Coffee beans ... or BBQ sauce. Just a cool kick-ass pouch. Smiley

Nathan Explosion plushie head.  I've got a few ideas where this guy is going to go.... Might have to figure out a way to get him strapped on to my iPod for when I'm running (motivation people!).  We shall see.

Some additional cool stuffs (patch and some beaded safety pins)


Okay so I told Bezoona that I recently had to quit running (I'm a 10-year distance runner... every day... 5-7 miles, this time last year 7-10... marathon last year). Anywho, the only thing that got me through any of my runs when I was able to start running again and starting from square one again is HARD  was "Are You Dead Yet?" by Children of Bodom.  At one point I was only able to run the duration of the song, which was a feat for me when I hadn't been able to run for 3 months.  Now I'm back (kind of) still injured, but working on it, but back up to 3-5 miles a day, which is okay, but COB is what gets me through.

Anywho, that's the back story on this.

Coolest thing evar  x-stitched Are You Dead Yet? triptych lyrics!

These are getting put right above my desk so I can see them every day when I get done with my workouts (I always plug in the iPod to download my runs to nikeplus.com) ... and when I'm sitting here not wanting to work out or run, I'll be able to see them. YAY MOTIVATION! 

Thank you... thank you... THANK YOU, Bezoona!  Great swap!
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26  Giant MJ Glove Stuffie (looks more like ET than MJ!) in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by chimes on: August 05, 2009 07:43:01 AM

YES.  This is a giant MJ sequin glove. No this is not for the MJ swap (not good enough for that!), but it was an attempt to see if I could work with the material for something ELSE for the swap.

Okay. I admit. I actually saw this thing on craftastrophe.net and HAD to make it myself. I thought to myself, man, what a great idea!  And yes. Craftastrophe.net is a blog about exactly what it sounds like it would be about. Crafty catastrophes.  However, somebody on etsy sells these for $40 a pop! Crazy. Ill make my own, thanks.  Cut, pin, stitch, stuff. Done in 30 minutes.

I've never made a stuffie before in my life, so this was kind of a learning process. Plus, I am used to working with quilting fabric, and this fabric was stretchy.  So I learned a couple things.

1) Need to make the fingers wider to allow for seam allowances.
2) Use a light fusible interfacing so that the fabric doesn't stretch when stitching.
3) MAKE IT BIGGER!  This guy is 1.5 feet x 1 foot. This thing would be more ridiculous and hilarious the bigger it is.


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27  Re: Michael Jackson We love the Gloved one swap su 7/3-7-13 in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by chimes on: August 05, 2009 06:56:49 AM
Dear deadbathducky ...

Here's a teaser for your viewing pleasure ... but what on earth could these things BE??  Guess you'll have to wait and see!  I'm having sooo much fun with this!

3-4 points done. Not sure if I'm considering one of these things 2 or 1 point.  For me, it's 2 points ... most people, it'd be one point. Different craft than I usually do, so time-consuming.
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28  MJ Pendant + Vintage chain = WIN in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by chimes on: August 03, 2009 12:52:40 PM
I'm participating in the MJ swap (no, deadbathducky, this one isn't for you your stuff is going to be WAY cooler) ... anyway, I was in the MJ spirit (no pun intended) and got to crafting up some shrink jewelry.

I made up this awesome pendant with MJ and the Beat It jacket.  It's about 2.5 inches x 1 inch.  I didn't know what to do with it since I hate plain chains, so I went through my jewelry collection and found the perfect vintage chain.  Smiley

Anyway, here it is.

I've never really worked with shrink plastic. This is the first time I came up with something that didn't just look cheesy.  I don't know how people do it and do it well, but kudos to you who do!
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29  first (100% all by me) completed quilt! deconstructed rock/punk/metal t-shirts in Quilting: Completed Projects by chimes on: August 02, 2009 07:56:26 PM

Okay, so I post a ton of tops here and I call them completed because I usually send them off to blue-haired land (no offense) to get them quilted since I am by no means a professional AND I have very minimal patience.

Back story on the hardcore quilt top: I wanted to get rid of some band shirts I'd acquired and wanted to create something where you couldn't always recognize the band logo/name/etc. So I decided to go the deconstructivist route and cut up the shirts into smaller pieces and put them back together in random orders (this one is more random than the first one I did since these were the 'dud' blocks). Also, the goal was to have it work as a piece from any side (no correct up or down). This one doesn't work as well, but oh well. It's a quilt now.

Welllll... today, I decided to go for it. I had a hardcore quilt top I posted a while back and some leftover blocks that I hadn't used.  I took the leftover blocks from the rock/metal/punk/crappy band t-shirts and made a 2nd quilt top. I hit up Hancock Fabrics and got some batting and backing (which was on sale, BTW!) and went to town.

I just did the classic perpendicular diagonals since it was my first try at quilting something larger than a potholder. I used tape to guide my stitching so I wouldn't get too far off from being straight.

Here's photos of the progress and the finished quilt!

Basting and taping ...

Ready to quilt!

Here's where my bobbin ran out of thread and I took a break to take a walk for an hour or so ... came back refreshed and ready to conquer the beast!

extreme close-up WHOAAAAAA


Sorry... had to do the Wayne's World reference there...

And my favorite picture of all... Cheesy

Okay... the back is totally gross because it picked up fuzz from the batting. I'm washing this thing first thing tomorrow.

Oh, and I totally also sewed the binding on backwards. AND I zig-zag stitched it on instead of hand-stitching cuz that's how I roll.

Thanks for looking!
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30  New Quilt Top charms of fun designer fabric in Quilting: Completed Projects by chimes on: August 01, 2009 01:54:09 PM
A while back I was going to participate in the charm pack swap, but didn't realize that  hey  I have to complete a swap before I can do two at a time ... and I really wanted to rock the metal swap. 

Anywho, I bought a buttload of fabric and made a bunch of charm packs to send out.  I decided today to make a quilt top (I have a 2nd one in the works) out of the charm packs I'd put together.

Enjoy!  There's some Amy Butler, Michael Miller, Kaffe Fassett and MUCH more. Cheesy

Had to put the pretty fabric teaser picture up front!

I think I'm going to do an oatmeal/cream backing and do a pink polkadot border (from the Wonderland fabric set). I'm wanting to do an all-over stitching pattern with either stippling or some sort of floral.

I consider this a completed project since this is as far as I ever take a quilt. I haven't mustered up the courage to do the quilting myself, so I'll be sending this off to a quilting lady to work her magic.
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