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51  Re: Birds are beautiful swap round 3 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by mlheran on: November 21, 2008 08:20:24 PM
I mailed to doyouloveanapple today, here's a teaser!!  Grin

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52  Re: Crazy Cat Lover's swap 2 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by mlheran on: October 15, 2008 10:52:47 AM
Amazing items (and massive pics) AHOY!!  Grin

Here are all the fabulous items I received from the talented HHjamie...
First off, a wonderful blue denim tube/tunnel that is lined with super cozy white "fur" and trimmed with orange pom-poms. Mr.Poo climbed right in this last night (with his new toys)...

And was out for hours...

A better shot of the full cozy, when he got up this morning...

Jingly felt fish...

ADORABLE crocheted happy poo!  Grin

How beautiful is this pin cushion?!

And the pièce(s) de résistance... a felt top hat, bowtie, and CUFF set! Can you believe it?! I was half-joking when I suggested it since I figured no-one would be crazy enough to make it, but look how awesomely adorable and hilarious it is!!

As dapper as he now looks, he was not terribly impressed, LOL...

Be careful when kissing a disgruntled cat...

"Poo, Mr. Poo. I'd like my mousetini shaken -not stirred."

THANK YOU, HHjamie -you are an amazingly crafty swapper!!

(And I'm so glad you and Apa liked your items -he's such a handsome cat!)
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53  Re: Crazy Cat Lover's swap 2 -Signups CLOSED Sendouts 10/10/08 in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by mlheran on: October 10, 2008 10:47:00 AM
Teaser for Jamie and Apa!  Grin

Heading off to the PO now... *excited*
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54  Re: Crazy Cat Lover's swap 2 -Signups 9/1/08-9/10/08,Sendouts 10/10/08 in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by mlheran on: September 09, 2008 05:17:16 PM
YAY, I got accepted!  Grin

Mr.Poo is thrilled too. No, really.

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55  Re: Crazy Cat Lover's swap 2 -Signups 9/1/08-9/10/08,Sendouts 10/10/08 in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by mlheran on: September 08, 2008 02:59:30 PM
Oops, missed the "newbie swap" thing... but I hope it's okay for this to be my first, I just sent my info! Can't resist a cat swap!  Grin

Here's my Mr.Poo, employing some camouflage...

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56  "I like you America" Gun Cozy in CHALLENGE 30 ENTRIES by mlheran on: September 05, 2008 11:33:25 AM
So it looks like I'll have to be the one to go there...  Wink

First off, this is my first project ever posted on Craftster, but I've been lurking and enjoying all the creative people for some time now. This challenge struck me because I just recently purchased my first handgun. Please understand that I'm not a crazy gun person; I'm a white, rural-CA-dwelling, violence and crime disdaining, 32-year-old woman who had never fired a gun before taking a handgun safety class earlier this year. I was quite pleased that I'm a bit of a "natural" and completely LOVE target shooting on the range!

Anyway, I thought for sure someone else would do a gun cozy! The few I googled were knitted and more pocket-like, but I wanted something a little different...

First I started with a literal scrap of this amazing fabric I found in a bin of clothes in the reuse-recycle area of our dump. How great is this?!

From there I traced my shiny new Glock 19 to create a pattern blank which I can use for many types of "cozies."

Close-up of the pattern with my notations...

I wanted something that revealed a bit of what was in it, for textural and visual contrast, and I also wanted to be able to use it while the gun was locked. A bit of the irony is due to the fact that when the cozy is on the gun is almost completely inoperable.  Wink

And then there's the whole message on the fabric! How can that not impart irony?! Actually, I've learned that it can go a few ways -my intention was to have the cozy almost be like a straightjacket that says, in effect, "thank you for keeping me safe" while rendering the gun useless. Other people I've shown it to have read it as being pro-gun and pro-America (which it IS, but...). BAH! We're not here for politics, bring on the craft!!

After several hours sewing tiny seams and hand-tacking rick-rack...

Snaps in the back...

(They're "antiqued," not cracked!  Grin)

Fully functional snaps, at that!

The right side has the same message...

The all-important open area for the chamber...

And with the slide unlocked -much more familiar looking...

Ready to go to the range! Can't wait to hear what they'll say when they see this...   Roll Eyes

I'm looking forward to making many more of these -fleece, lace, vinyl, the possibilites are endless!!

(And I do hope this post doesn't spark controversy. I know guns, gun safety, and gun rights are generally touchy issues, but let's focus on the silly cozy, okay?)
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