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1  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Mother Nature on: November 02, 2009 07:46:38 AM
I love your Mother Nature costume.  Darn, if only I'd thought of that.  And the comment above is correct about the margarine commercial.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LLrTPrp-fW8 Here's the link for it, too! Smiley
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Ladybug Apron! on: September 03, 2009 06:24:12 AM
I love your story for your very helpful friend!  I think it's awesome that your husband helped you with the idea and everything.  Great job with the apron, it looks beautiful.  Congratulations on your marriage too.  Grin
3  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: My new Harry Potter Tank Top on: July 21, 2009 08:05:37 PM
Wow! This is amazing.  Well, not wonder that lady wanted to buy you another shirt.  I think you have new meaning to "I'll give you the shirt off my back."  Do you have patterns for either of these?  If you don't yet, could you please write them up?  I mean, they ROCK!
4  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: Zen-thingies on: July 11, 2009 03:06:50 PM
These are awesome! I want to know how you do them too.  They seem cathartic even if I don't draw.  Grin
5  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: I love embroidery! Okay...I'm new to it. on: June 30, 2009 06:45:02 AM
Thank you for the encouragement everybody! I will definitely continue to embroider.  This is a particular art that I thought I would find too tedious to deal with and I'm pleased to find it so soothing and stimulating.  I have to keep my hands in motion or else I get jittery, this is perfect.  Any more advice that you all have I am happy to hear.   Grin
6  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / I love embroidery! Okay...I'm new to it. on: June 23, 2009 03:34:35 PM
This was my first attempt at doing some embroidery.  I chose to do it on felt because of the following post here on Crafster. https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=193085.0I don't have an embroidery hoop, so I needed some stiff fabric in order to try this.  I had the goal of making this into a bracelet, though mine is not nearly as good as https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=57051 I'm confident that I can improve my skills.

This first picture was when I initially started to embroider on this piece of felt.  That brown swirly design in the middle was supposed to be a tree (doesn't make sense to me either now that I look at it), but then I thought i could make it into a tree stump. 

For this darker green portion I used chain stitch.  I was trying to create leaves for tree branches, but again I went about it all backwards because I should have started with brown. 

With the lighter green stitches I used fern stitch.  I varied the length to create smaller ferns and larger ferns.  They're so cute I think! 

I picked out all the stitches from my "tree stump" and created a new one.  I used backstitch with the darker brown and split stitch for the tan color.

So, what do you think?  For all you embroiderers out there, what can I do to improve my stitches?  Also, what does this look like to you guys?  I mean, I kind of just stitched because I wanted to keep my hands busy.  The picture in my head didn't turn out exactly how I wanted it to.  Oh, well! 

7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Green Bag (FIRST POST) on: June 14, 2009 08:06:17 AM
I have lurked on Craftster for YEARS!  While I know the crafty community is very accepting, I have never felt the inclination to post any of my projects until this very day.  My mother taught me to sew when I was a little girl and I haven't been able to stop.  Of course, there have been lapses in my sewing so I could learn new crafty things (college, relationships, moving, etc.),but I never leave it for very long. 

My latest (completed) project is the following green bag.  It's absolutely huge and I would recommend cutting down the size to make something more manageable as an every day bag.  I love purses, but I don't carry large ones as it becomes too heavy to carry. 

Here's the whole bag!

The details of the fabric. 

The fabric on the handles is pretty cool.  It makes the whole bag seem like a tree!

If you would like to read more about it and see the link to the pattern just follow my http://knititinthebud.blogspot.com/2009/06/crafter-fo-evah.html blog.  You'll have to read about my adventures in growing plants first, but the actual blog post is in the second half of that post. 

I'd appreciate any feedback you have for me.  Thank you all in advance. 
8  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Turning leaves for my mother outlaw on: February 24, 2009 04:48:22 PM
Did this come from a pattern?  This is gorgeous.  I would love a pattern if you made it or maybe you can tell me where you found the pattern.  Beautiful work and great colors!
9  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: The Weekender in a weekend on: February 16, 2009 05:38:02 AM
Okay, I love seeing people make this bag.  Now, where do i get Amy Butler fabric?  Seriously, I don't get it.  I only have a Joann's fabric store around here. 
10  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Re: My first needle felted object. on: January 25, 2009 02:16:13 PM
The way to get a great smooth finish in needle felting is to use a razor.  All you need are those cheap disposable razors from the store.  Just use it like you would use a razor on any part of your body.  It does create a pile of fuzzies, but it will give you that smooth finish.  There may be other ways to do this, but I picked this tip up from some place that I cannot remember.  Try it out because I'm sure you'll love it. 

Also,  I love that flower!  It's very beautiful. 
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