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1  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Abducted Cow...My first ever embroidery! on: July 16, 2011 08:26:21 PM
I've been stalking Urban Threads for a good long time now, and finally decided to try a small pattern.  I <3 the little alien who <3's the cow!! I have no idea what I'm going to do with him now....any project suggestions?  I'm not sure I just want to frame/hoopla him....but I'm not sure I want to put him on a purse or journal or something where he'll take wear and tear Sad

The pattern is here: Abducted

Yay! I hope you like him!  I had fun playing with the textures and doing lots of stitch googling, lol Smiley
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Cactus Pincushions! on: April 16, 2011 08:54:57 AM
So....my wish swap partner had this cactus pincushion on her wists, and it was just sooo cute I had to give it a try!

My first attempt at machine sewing with flannel instead of felt ended with a terribly twisted mutant cactus (apparently stuffie sewing is not in my future!). So I salvaged what I could and cut one of the "arms" off and stuck it in a pot for myself to use as a mini-pincushion:

The final result was made from felt and I machine sewed each piece then hand stitched them together:

I mixed gold/brown toned seed beads with craft glue that dried clear for the "sand" to fill in around the base of the cactus a little and help glue him in place.

My husband was also highly amused by the stuffing of the cactus, lol...

3  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Bleep...Klang....Zoop!! Robot Greeting Card! on: April 16, 2011 08:12:27 AM
He's part of an "Ongoing Wish Swap" package from a while back and about 5x7" watercolor and pen.  I love watercolor paper greeting cards!  Unfortunately, the Jerry's Artarama near our house seems to have stopped carrying them  Cry

Original robot snagged from here:
4  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Completed Projects / Knockers for your Knockers!! on: April 14, 2011 05:03:02 AM
My partner in the Labyrinth swap received, so I can finally share!

Silk screened Labyrinth knockers on your....knockers! Lol!  I had fun with this one...took me a little while to mix up a good bronzey gold color Smiley  

(rockin' the bathroom mirror/iPhone over face shot!)

I'll pull a better photo off my camera after work....I didn't realize the printing itself was so unclear on that photo until after I wrote all this out  Tongue

New -Close up- Photo!

If anyone wants one, pm me.....we can probably arrange a personal swap Smiley  I'm not offering freebies anymore after having someone abuse my generosity.
5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Rainbow Fabric Origami Crane Mobile on: October 09, 2010 08:24:39 PM
I got this idea yesterday and just had to make it happen!  I used wonder-under to make 7" squares of double sided calico "paper", and folded the cranes with the help of my iron for creasing.  It's all held together with little bows which might be hard to make out in the photos.  The only thing I had to bust out the sewing machine for was the casing on the ring...which I stuffed with fiber fill.  A few scorched finger tips later....

Please excuse the dark photos...it's 10pm and the lights in my house are not so hot. I just couldn't wait to post it...

Do you think it would be a good gift for a baby's room? (er...imagine it in a not-quite-so-dark setting >.< )
6  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Where in the World is Bready Krueger? on: February 06, 2010 08:31:03 AM
Hi there!

A friend of mine started Bready Krueger while at the culinary academy. He is a sourdough bread starter (live yeast - Think Amish friendship bread but for professional baking).  Her mission is to spread Bready around the world.  Kept in the fridge, he only needs to be fed every couple weeks.


I happen to have some of Bready dried and ready for shipping should anyone be interested in furthering the spread of the bread Wink  PM me if you're interested!

7  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Frenchie Portrait on: February 04, 2010 07:26:17 PM
I thought she was so insanely cute I had to share!

11x14" Watercolor
8  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Pet Portraits for Christmas! on: December 23, 2009 05:25:58 AM
Just thought I'd share a few from my Christmas paintings (a little early I know...I hope I don't ruin any surprises!) They're all 11x14" watercolors.

Dot the Catahoula:

Troop the Boxer:

Little Buddy the Tabby:

There are a ton more, but these are my most recent favorites.  I enjoy doing the ones with more texture and fur patterning and think I'm better at it than the smooth/solid colored ones.  They're all from photos btw, I don't have an eidetic memory Wink

Oh, and an older one for the road...this is my baby Gizmo:
9  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Fantastic Fireplace and bonus Purple Chair ;) Pic heavy-ish on: February 07, 2009 12:02:38 PM
My husband and I moved into our first house last summer and knew the fireplace was high on the list of changes we wanted to make.  The honey is a carpenter, so sometimes we get leftovers from job sites, like the fantastic charcoal gray 1" tiles that were the inspiration for the whole thing. You'll notice there's also a fence of sorts in the plant's pot.  That is the ONLY way we could keep the cat from climbing my Dracina and eating all the leaves.  It's two pieces of a decorative garden border that I bent into arcs and fit into the pot. Here's the final product:

And the before-ish (we had already removed the previous owner's hideous home made mantle).  Complete with roast stuffed chicken straight from the claw machine:

On a side note, the purple chair was re-upholstered a while back as well.  I got the chair as a hand-me-down from my parents and the purple striped silk for $2 at a garage sale  Cheesy

Chair before:

Chair after:

Anyway, back to the fireplace!  I got to tile the whole thing myself, and the hubby and I poured, stained, and finished the concrete hearth.  We poured it in the garage and schlepped it into the living room.

Kimby tiling, lol:

And the soon-to-be hearth drying in the cluttered garage:

Yay!  The next project is the guest bathroom, then the backyard....
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Random gauge question :) on: December 27, 2007 05:21:01 PM
I want someone to double check my logic here because my brain doesn't always do what I want...

The pattern's gauge is 18st(24rows)/4".  I'm at 18st(24 rows)/4.5".  So I'm gaining .5" per 4".  If the bust on my sweater is supposed to be 40"  I'll end up with 45"....soooo the question is this:  Is there any reason I can't just knit this thing with the next pattern size smaller (36" bust) and end up with the correct size? I'm going to knit another swatch on smaller needles to see what I get, but I do like the feel of the fabric at this gauge.

Thanks for your help!  Smiley
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