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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Painted Peg Dolls on: June 08, 2009 07:14:25 PM
I made these sweet peg dolls for a swap recently. I decided to take photos of them with a doll that I most recently posted.

They take wonderful photos.

2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Frida Kahlo Peg on: June 05, 2009 07:48:48 PM
I made this for my mother in law. She is really into day of the dead, so as I wonderful surprise I have made her just that. I used regular acrylic paint and some high gloss varnish to give it the shine. I will be giving it to her this weekend. I hope she loves it! *UPDATE* I forgot to mention I used small stamps. The swirls, and the little checkers on the bottom of her dress. 

3  SEWING IN GENERAL / Machine Embroidery: Completed Projects / PipBoy Embroidery on: April 23, 2009 09:56:13 PM
My Husband has been complaining that since I bought my embroidery machine I have only made things that he would never wear. So as a challenge I told him that I would digitize PipBoy from Fallout 3 the video game for him. I finished and he is so happy... now he cannot complain that I have not made anything for him. Next Challenge is digitizing The Thundercats.
Here is the Emblem:

Here he is wearing it.

Here he is being chased in the jungle by a tiger. Action Shot~!

4  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / Talk About The Swap Process / Good Swapper Woes on: February 16, 2009 11:14:59 PM
I have been in several swaps for a little over a year now. My first experience was absolutely wonderful, I had a great partner that held my hand the whole way. I immediately went for another swap... same thing happened. I couldn't have asked for a better partner.

Sometime in the middle/later in the year (08') the swap experience began to dry out for me. The partners I was paired up with were not so great. The communication and the packages started to get poorer quality. No matter how much I tried to pry them out of their shell, they were not going to budge.

I had some good partners in between bad partners... so I prayed the next one would get better. It is slowly getting better much better than several swaps ago. (not saying which one) When I say bad partners... I think of partners who do not communicate, send late and do not actually spend time or thought into their crafts they send you. I have yet to experience a flaker... to which I am very fortunate.

So I asked a partner recently why she has been so poor with communicating... she said that for the last few partners that she has had, have been bad experiences and her expectations are low. So she has been worried that I too was going to be another let down. She isn't the only one that feels that way... my friends who swap feel the same way as she does. I have the same worries as they all do.

I am sure that this has been a topic that has been discussed many times over. I am hoping on finding a renewed confidence in good swappers. We are the swappers who do not ask much, some of us are quite chatty and others try not to bother too much. Even though some of our partners do not follow all the rules/guidelines of the swap, we honestly fear that if we complain, we may not get anything back. Maybe this is my worry, I just can't help it. I love swapping, and I want great partners again. The same ones that I can chat with, and get to know and look forward to their packages. I miss that... no more worries, just pleasant experiences.

Am I selfish in wanting better experiences? Are there more people who want the same? Am I alone in this?
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Fabulous Apron, Gorgeous Colors on: May 10, 2008 12:02:28 AM
I found this wonderful Alexander Henry Fabric at a local fabric store and fell in love with it. I had to make an apron out of it. I made a few alterations to the pattern once again with pleats and a larger pocket.

6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Fun Blue Apron on: May 05, 2008 03:26:03 PM
I have been making aprons for the last few months and I decided to try using a part of one pattern and putting pleats on the bottom. I didn't realize how long it would actually take, but the end result turned out fantastic. I will now need to make my process go a little faster now.

Next is also a pattern, however I pieced it with a higher waist.

7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Sweet Pink Apron on: April 27, 2008 09:35:21 PM
I really need to get a female model... as my roommate doesn't have the curves that would showcase this apron. I have the pattern from Sewing Simple, however I wanted to change a few things on it. This is what I have. I hope ya'll like it.

8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Simple reversible Apron on: February 21, 2008 07:00:15 PM
I made a reversible Apron with pockets... it is the first with pockets. I had my roomie model it for me, what a great sport! He really liked the pockets and the apron wrapped around him so while he was doing dishes he wouldn't worry about getting his shirt wet. LOL I think the pattern fits him.  Grin I think next time I will be a little more observant when it comes to material patterns. I was going for cleaning and gardening...

9  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Summer Dress on: January 12, 2008 07:27:57 PM
I made this dress for my good friend who will be having a little girl in May. I am helping her with her nesting. This is my first baby dress I have ever made... more to come.

10  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / My first carry ALL! on: January 01, 2008 09:57:39 PM
This is the first time I have ever constructed a carry all. I did it from scratch with no pattern, so I am surprised it came out looking like a bag. My husband is just pleased that I am attempting to make my own bags rather than buying from a department store.

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