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11  Re: Bacon is dandy. (shamefully abundant photos) in Needlework: Completed Projects by MrsBowles on: April 12, 2010 09:00:25 AM
It's true! And Pigling Bland is in fact the fellow on the left. Perfect! However, our Dandy is ever so much fancier...

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12  I guess you'd have to call it a "Wrist-cornu" pincushion in Needlework: Completed Projects by MrsBowles on: March 10, 2010 08:39:05 AM
It's been seven months since my last confession...
But that doesn't mean I haven't been making stuff...it's just been mostly clothing and too much of a hassle to photograph.

So, I teach 4th graders how to make larger versions of these (without the wrist strap) as you can see in this nice piece at Mr. X Stitch thanks to our own TheMistressT  Kiss

I was feeling punky one recent Saturday so I needed an all-hands-in-your-lap kind of thing to do. Isn't it funny how even a bad cold won't let the O/C rest? I know y'all know exactly what I'm talking about!

I made this cross-stitch on 6/in Herta cloth with #5 pearl cotton...

made the biscornu with 100% wool felt backing and sewed it to this yummy organic cotton 2" wide twill tape.

I sewed the velcro onto the back of the biscornu and the end of the strap because I figured that on the back of my wrist is where any stiffness or pokieness would bother me the least.

and one more action shot...

Thanks for looking!
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13  Meditation Ensemble just for me in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by MrsBowles on: August 07, 2009 03:39:13 PM
This was a pretty simple project but it's been forever since I posted anything so I just wanted to throw this up...
I had gotten pretty tired of meditating on my rag-tag hodge-podge of pillows and such so I created this ensemble suited perfectly to my sitting style.

My favorite pillows are stuffed with buckwheat hulls so I went searching online for sources and finally asked the nice people at the Davis (CA) Food Co-op and they ordered a 25lb bag for me.

(the bbq is shown for scale...it's huge!!)

My canning funnel made stuffing a breeze!

Knowing just where I needed support, I made a cover for the base foam cushion; the seat cushion is about 14"x14"; the seat cushion and knee supports were first made with heavy-duty ticking (so cute!)

Here are my two ticking cakes, slightly understuffed so they easily conform to my body:

All of the green cushion covers are removable as such:

I'm very happy with the whole get-up. It's all so comfy...no more squirmy meditations  Smiley

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14  Re: Tiny House Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by MrsBowles on: February 12, 2009 08:11:06 PM
OK...drum roll please....
and just to give even more credit where it's due, my partner, bsonlytoots, took these pictures. She has the macro thing goin' on!.
So, when we first started getting to know each other I told her about one of my favorite architects, Joseph Eichler, and what did she do but actually research the guy and design my house based on one of his designs. Can you believe this chick?
So, anyway, here are a bunch of pictures...but hey! ya got somewhere you gotta be?

approaching the front door:


there's an atrium just inside the entrance...you'll see.

around back:

can you see my dining room table?

the bedroom and bathroom windows:

Off with the roof!

no detail left unattended

the aforementioned atrium:

cozy master bedroom:

I already put my undies in the top drawer of the dresser

the formal dining room:

the china arrive in perfect condition

the kitchen has all the modern conveniences:

the guest room:

and the bath:

and here's a scale shot...and yes, folks, that's a 12 oz beer:

Well, g'night everybody...come back and visit real soon

Sweet dreams, bsonlytoots. And Thank You!  Kiss

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15  Tiny House Swap - Felt Interior in Felting: Completed Projects by MrsBowles on: February 10, 2009 07:21:16 AM
Greetings Felters!
I recently participated in the Tiny House Swap. I decided to create my offering in needle felting. After completing the interior, I realized that my design, a mid-century modern house, needed different materials for the exterior...but I still love the inside and decided to post here.
Hope you like it.

The Interior

Scale Shot

My partner, bsonlytoots, took much better pictures of the finished house which you can see here, if you like.
Thanks for looking  Smiley

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16  Re: Tiny House Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by MrsBowles on: February 09, 2009 07:47:52 AM
You are so welcome. I loved knowing your redecorating plans ahead of time. And I'm sure the foliage was subconciously inspired by knowing you live in a tropical part of the world, too.
Your pictures turned out great. I especially love the surface on which you set it. It's the perfectly modern patio setting  Wink
I hope it shelters you for many love-filled years...and btw, the mortgage is all paid off!  Grin

If you don't mind, I think I'll throw this one up, too. I like it for the scale.

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17  Tea Cozy, Tea Cozy, How do I love thee? in Knitting: Completed Projects by MrsBowles on: December 30, 2008 07:51:17 PM
I think I love thee most because ye was made with nearly instant gratification.

Long, long ago I bought this beautiful yarn off the sale shelf at my LYS. Hand painted, soft, gorgeous. Only 3 balls were to be had so I thought "Oh well, I'll knit a scarf." Well, 3 balls proved to be woefully inadequate for even a scarf. Heartbroken, I tossed it into the basket where I toss such things.
...years went by...
Then one bright and beautiful day I tripped upon this fabulous post by SavageHamster
Elated! Inspired! I proclaimed "I shall have me one of these!"
I started digging through my yarn stash and came upon the long-since-abandon ball-and-a-half of my lovely aforementioned yarn. LIGHT BULB!
To the tossing-basket I went and found the abandond "scarf" still on it's lonely needle. I resumed where I had left off using a seed stitch and these funny "finger fringes" and casting off a hole in the middle for the spout:

I gathered up one side edge creating the "finger fringe pom" on top, and sewed up the ends with room for the handle, and so my cozy was complete.

She had a little modesty issue under the bottom fringe so I picked up and knitted a ribbed underskirt which helps to keep out the draft.

So tomorrow my tea will be, well ... COZY!! Grin

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18  Re: Attack of the 50 Ft. Tall Woman! (several average sized pics of GIANT woman in Halloween Costumes by MrsBowles on: November 03, 2008 06:54:24 PM
Why, thank you!  Boy, wouldn't it have been fun to have a group of giant creatures, though!  Godzilla, King Kong, Jolly Green Giant, the Stay Puff Marshmallow guy...
What a great idea. You should get a group of your friends to do all of these costumes and then take a field trip to Legoland!

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19  Vintage? Retro? New? Recon? I dont know? in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by MrsBowles on: May 11, 2008 06:16:04 PM
I recently turned 50. To celebrate I took 15 of my favorite people to my favorite restaurant. It was a marvelous, surprise-filled evening. I knew I wanted to wear something memorable and unique. The ideas began to form and morph months before the actual event.
I was turning 50I was born in the 50sI had just scored, on eBay, a lot of real vintage ties from the 50s for seven dollars and (you guessed it) 50 cents. Hence, this dress was born.

I created the bodice and sleeves. The skirt and back are from Butterick 6582.
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20  Open Wound Jeans Fix in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by MrsBowles on: March 04, 2008 05:39:47 PM
So my favorite jeans did what favorite jeans do:

And I promised my class that I'd do something interesting with them so...



Yes, I know....silly.  Grin
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