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11  Re: Fabric ATC Swap R4 GALLERY! in The Swap Gallery by summertimerolls on: April 22, 2009 06:57:26 AM
Hi everyone!  Corduroy Cat asked me to post a picture of the ATC I sent her.  I know her and Twiztidblood have received so I'm going to post both just because I already have them here.

First, an Octopus for Corduroy Cat.  I made the suckers from french knots.

Next is a cat watching a sunset for Twiztidblood. 

The colors are a tad washed out.  I used some sparkly thread on the cat one around the sun that you can't see.  For my first ATC ever, these were so much fun.
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12  Jesus in/out of the tomb snacks in Dessert by summertimerolls on: April 12, 2009 10:27:27 AM
These are super simple, and kid friendly to make.  I made them for my son's preschool and everyone loved them...they aren't super sweet, you can actually taste the biscuit in there.

I'll start with the finished snack:

Now here is the deal:
You start with a marshmellow in the middle of a squished biscuit.  Then sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar...not too much just a little.

Wrap up and seal in the marshmellow or Jesus if you will.  Put the seam side down and sprinkle just a bit more cinnamon to help out the brown color.

Bake according to biscuit directions.  I use the 10 in a can bisuits. 
the marshmellows leak out (Jesus leaving the tomb) and you are left with an empty tomb, and a yummy snack.
I tried to get a picture of the empty tomb.

Enjoy.  Feel free to ask any questions!

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13  Re: Fabric ATC Swap R4 GALLERY! in The Swap Gallery by summertimerolls on: April 11, 2009 09:30:13 AM
I received from corduroy cat!  A super cute and sweet card.  The top of the mushroom has sparkly dots, and the antenna are made from a sparkly thread.  Thank you so much, I love it.  This has been a great first ATC swap!

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14  Re: Fabric ATC Swap R4 GALLERY! in The Swap Gallery by summertimerolls on: April 05, 2009 07:37:18 AM
I received from Twiztidblood and it is AWESOME.  So cute and so me.  I love it.  It is also my first ATC ever received.

I just realized I didn't flip the image.  Sorry.
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15  Inchie sunshine in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by summertimerolls on: April 05, 2009 07:22:20 AM
This is my first project using inchies.  I had to make a present in about an hour, and this is what I came up with.

My father (yes I still at 32 make gifts for my parents) loves sunshines.  So I simply took our fingerprints and made suns out of them.  Simple and I think personal, which is the key.

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16  Re: Sock Monkey and link to the free pattern in Amigurumi: Completed Projects by summertimerolls on: March 14, 2009 07:31:01 AM
I made one of these (normally I would put some explicitives here) monkeys for my friend's son who is a monkey freak.  I'm sure I didn't have a corrected pattern...but even if I did I'm sure it would have still sucked.  It was one of my first animals, and I had a horrible time stuffing it... it turned out scary.  Here's mine.
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17  A quilt of many colors in CHALLENGE 36 ENTRIES by summertimerolls on: March 04, 2009 06:00:30 PM
I worked hard, but didn't get finished.
I'm sorry but this might be a 'story'.
A while back I decided that I wanted to make I spy quilts for my kids.  I wanted 2 inch squares made into 1 foot square blocks.....that's 36 squares per block.  Each quilt would have 24 blocks....that's 36x24=864 blocks per quilt....2 quilts =1728 squares.  Here's the kicker...I wanted them all to be different.  It didn't take long for me to figure out that they couldn't all be different.  So, I had to settle for each blanket not having 2 of the same squares.  Now, where to find 864 fabrics?
The good people of craftster donated, I bought scraps, friends, etc.   I cut fabric for almost 3 months...then this challenge came along and I thought I could piece together a top before the deadline, but I was wrong.  So, I didn't get the tops pieced together...I did get 24 blocks finished, half his and half hers...

All while I was sewing the song Coat of Many Colors by Dolly Parton came to mind A LOT.  (My parents like country music and when I was a kid this was ALWAYS on the radio).

Back through the years
I go wonderin once again
Back to the seasons of my youth
I recall a box of rags that someone gave us
And how my momma put the rags to use
There were rags of many colors
Every piece was small

And I didnt have a coat
And it was way down in the fall
Momma sewed the rags together
Sewin every piece with love

She made my coat of many colors
That I was so proud of
As she sewed, she told a story
From the bible, she had read
About a coat of many colors
Joseph wore and then she said
Perhaps this coat will bring you
Good luck and happiness
And I just couldnt wait to wear it
And momma blessed it with a kiss

My coat of many colors
That my momma made for me
Made only from rags
But I wore it so proudly
Although we had no money
I was rich as I could be
In my coat of many colors
My momma made for me
So with patches on my britches
Holes in both my shoes
In my coat of many colors
I hurried off to school
Just to find the others laughing
And making fun of me
In my coat of many colors
My momma made for me

And oh I couldnt understand it
For I felt I was rich
And I told them of the love
My momma sewed in every stitch

And I told em all the story
Momma told me while she sewed
And how my coat of many colors
Was worth more than all their clothes

But they didnt understand it
And I tried to make them see
That one is only poor
Only if they choose to be
Now I know we had no money
But I was rich as I could be
In my coat of many colors
My momma made for me
Made just for me
The lyrics in teal are the ones that I felt really represented this project.
So here are the pictures. I probably shouldn't even be entered into the voting...or no one should vote for this b/c I didn't get finished, but I worked so hard I wanted to share.

Here is a sample of a block.  In each block there is one square that I drew...this one is the sign for I love you.


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18  Melting is FUN! in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by summertimerolls on: March 04, 2009 12:08:24 PM
So, I've melted down old crayons before and made new ones, but this time I used fun molds.  I'm going to a 2yo B-day party Saturday so I made her some crayons.

this one you can tell the faces are raised.

Here is what I did since my molds couldn't go in the oven.
Not safe by any means...so if you are going to do this at home...please be careful.  Tins get hot, flames start fires...you've been disclaimered.

Yummy, yummy pinks mixing.
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19  i spy madness-update FINISHED WITH ONE! in Quilting: Completed Projects by summertimerolls on: February 19, 2009 05:40:17 PM
So, it has been so long since I started this and posted, I'll give a little update.
I have this problem that no project is ever too big.  My idea: twin size ispy quilts.
The hardest part was finding and fussy cutting all of the 1728 squares for the two quilts.  
I did a quilt as you go method for putting it all together, which also made it reversible.  My daughter's will be pink on the back.  I messed up more than I got things right, but I couldn't be more happy with the results.  For my daughter's quilt I have all of the front, batting and backing squares cut, I just have to quilt and assemble, but I couldn't wait to post pictures.  This is the biggest project I've ever done!

I'll post the finished picture at the top of this old post:  NO TWO SQUARES ARE THE SAME ON THIS QUILT!


Here are a few close ups of the squares to get an idea of the images.

Old post:
So, I had the crazy idea that I wanted to make each of my kids i spy quilts.  That in itself isn't crazy, but I decided I wanted 2 in squares, and no repeating pictures...and twin size.  I did decide that I would make big squares out of the little squares and border them to break it up a bit....so if my math is right that equals:  864 2 inch squares a quilt, 1728 squares total.  Yep, I'm crazy.
However...with lots of money spent on ebay buying up fabric, lots of nice people here sending me scraps with my swaps, and PATIENCE I got them cut.
oh, I also made a few with white fabric and fabric markers...special things I couldn't have found pictures of.

This is them sorted into baggies.
stacks of duplicates that one of each can go on each quilt
Stacks of singles to be divided between boy and girl.  
My favorite part was seeing them all organized.

Next was to sort them, per quilt.  Two shoe boxes did nicely.

Lay them out in 6x6 grid.

Two blocks sewn. So each block will be 1 sq. foot.

Now, here are my questions.  I'm a long time from needing answers...but...
1.  What color borders should I use?  Should I do all black, which is my gut.  Or blue for him and pink for her?
2.  What kind of quilting?  I haven't done any quilting, and I'll probably have someone do it.  My favorite 'look' is the stippling.  But would that distort the pictures too much?  Stitch in the ditch?  
3.  I'm trying to get all my seams to lay the same way, but I get random 'oops' ones, will this matter much?

Thanks for taking the time...please feel free to throw any suggestions you have my way.
Oh, and I've made 7 blocks so far.

I've now made 20 blocks.  Here are the ones that would fit on my dinning room table to give you an idea...and a close up.

The I love you hand sign in the middle is one of the ones I painted.
Also a delightful surprise has happened.  Now everyone in the family has become involved.  The kids love helping pick out which little squares will go in the next block and they even sit down and play I spy with just the blocks. My daughter and son have both asked to help sew.  My daughter is old enough to do it by herself (with just a little help) and my son just runs the pedal.   I hope they can hold on to some of these memories!  
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20  Super easy, quick and clean Valentine's for kids in Valentine's Day by summertimerolls on: February 09, 2009 06:56:33 PM
So, I'm sure this is not an original idea...but I came up with this for my son and daughter's classroom valentines.  Little heart notebooks.

1.  Felt
2.  Scrap paper
3.  Pencil
4.  Felt Heart stickers

You are the "write" friend for me.

I just cut a heart on the fold of the felt.  Cut two little slits in the back for the pencil. 
My daughter traced and cut out (some) of the paper (scrap).  Staple the paper inside the heart (we used about 7 pieces of paper)  I'm sure that if you wanted you could bind it more beautifully, but I was going for quick and simple.  Plus they will end up in the garbage almost immediately because there is no candy  Wink 
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