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1  SEWING IN GENERAL / Machine Embroidery: Completed Projects / Dino party favor bags on: June 19, 2018 03:12:18 PM
As the photo hosting outage drags on, I just realized I uploaded these pictures months ago & never made a thread for them! 

My daughter wanted a dinosaur party for her 5th birthday (see also the dino digs we made, over on the party board) and there was this pack of cute Mesozoic designs at Embroidery Library, so of course I had to make goodie bags.  Bags were a cheap multi-pack off the internet, which then didn't fit on machine's hoop, so I did the embroidery on felt squares & then sewed them in.

All the patterns, finished!  Fun with colors (my favorite is the all green one); we only had six kids, so everyone got to make a choice.

Child-approved, helping me spread them out for photos.

On bags, dino names written on with fabric markers. 

And some detail shots: 

My child claimed the T-Rex before I even started stitching, so of course I had to make it pink.
2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / fun snack bags on: May 12, 2018 11:37:58 AM

I've been intending to make more snack bags for ages, ever since the owl-themed ones we picked up on sale ages ago started to need washing more often & my daughter discovered where the ziplock snack bags were kept & began getting out a new one every time...  These are based off of this tutorial: http://www.maubys.net/2011/11/ultimate-re-usable-snack-bag-machine.html but slightly smaller.  

Fun with machine embroidery!  And purple carrots! Smiley  I made this one because my mother admired the first orange one, so I did this as a mothers' day present.  (always good to have something you know will get appreciated/used!)

The orange ones are lined in PUL.  The velcro is pieced from leftover diaper wrap velcro tabs, since I can't figure out where I put the ordinary kind.  (I think I have some somewhere...)

Squared off bottom, good size for baby carrots/carrot sticks.

The pink one is lined with a bit of cereal bag liner; I think it's going to be dry snacks only so I don't have to worry about washing it as often, but aside from being a bit noisy, it seems to work fine so far.  

"I am a Magical Unicorn Funtime Sparkle of Joy (sometimes)", courtesy of Urban Threads. Smiley
3  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / what do you use for your base layers before junk journaling? on: April 13, 2018 06:14:31 PM
What do people use for covering up the previous writing/etc on a book page before writing/drawing/whatever so that you don't just end up with an illegible muddle?  I'm thinking particularly about something I could use to prep a whole bunch of pages relatively quickly to use later, but mostly want to know what the good options are that will make book pages or the scrappiest pages of a scrap journal into something I can write on.  Gesso? Paints? Thoughts?? Help?
4  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Machine embroidery meets paper! (img heavy!!) on: April 13, 2018 01:44:59 PM
I did a thread of these on the machine embroidery board already (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=454762.msg5486867#msg5486867) but I thought the papercraft board could use some love, too!  I've been super obsessed with my embroidery machine, and have been trying things out on some miscellaneous fancy paper scraps my husband brought me back from Japan.

washi paper & roses:

In which we learn that the embroidery frame is not symmetrical (oops):

Sashiko waves (I love these):

Not enough stabilizer:

Plenty of stabilizer, pushing the limits of how much stitching the paper will take:

Tiedye paper, skeleton heart hands, glow-in-the-dark thread, why not?

Crane!  (I have no idea what this paper is)

Anyway, I'm having great fun, but I have no idea what I'm going to do with them all.  What would you use these for?
5  SEWING IN GENERAL / Machine Embroidery: Completed Projects / Machine embroidery on paper! (img heavy!!) on: April 12, 2018 02:58:06 PM
I signed up for the latest Happy Mail swap and then decided I needed to do something with my embroidery machine, so I've been playing with embroidering paper and paper-like options.  

This is a square of mid-weight cut-away stabilizer, embroidered and then colored with watercolor pencils.

Stabilizer with alcohol ink background and then embroidery.  

Then I broke out the fancy papers my husband brought me back from Japan (I asked for non-square origami paper & got all sorts of weird stuff instead...)  They were all done by hooping a piece of stabilizer, marking out the edges of the embroidery area, and then taping the paper where I wanted it with a couple bits of washi tape.  

I have no idea what this is; it's in traditional origami paper colors & patterns, but has a feel almost like a tyvek envelope.  Weird.  Anyway, it goes through the machine beautifully, but maybe would work better with a heavier/simpler stitching pattern.

The rest of these are from a little packet mysteriously labeled "Slip of Washi" (I recently learned that washi paper is a heavyweight decorative paper, but there were a whole bunch of different kinds of things in the package, so I'm not sure how this works--ETA: apparently washi refers to the paper making methods, so it's usually heavyweight but can be made of a bunch of different things.)

Single run waterlilies with blue variegated thread on thick ricepaper.  (love this one!)

...and what happens when you mark the space backwards and discover that it's not symmetrical, oops.

Combining half-size papers to make a whole design.  

Ran out of the yellow, had to do 2 halves of the green.

Something lightweightish (which could perhaps have used a little heavier stabilizer) that was folded and dyed...

...and tiedye paper!

The fairy is a little subtle, but I really liked how well her moon fit in the circle.  

these (except the misaligned one) all went out with swap packages, but stand by for link to more, probably on a papercraft board Papercraft thread here: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=454764.new#new
6  SEWING IN GENERAL / Machine Embroidery: Completed Projects / (timely!) Punk Unicorn Posse Patches on: April 01, 2018 04:19:51 PM
So I started making these for my 5-year-old & her friends this morning, and then discovered that craftster had been unicornized, so clearly I had to post:

Three finished so far (I may add more once I get color preferences from some of the other girls)  Pattern from Urban Threads, & I embroidered names on the bottoms (hence why that's covered up.)

For my pink-obsessed child who has just discovered turquoise as a color name.  (but she "doesn't like blue," go figure)

For a classmate who keeps admiring any bright rainbow project I work on.

And my kid's bestie/birthday buddy from down the street, who prefers purple.

4/12-Next Batch:

One for me! "Punk Pony Posse Parent"

7  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Party Planning / 5th birthday party dinosaur digs (with tutorial) on: March 01, 2018 12:13:24 PM
My daughter wanted a dinosaur birthday party, so obviously we had to excavate "fossils."  Just about everything I found on pinterest involved making salt dough eggs, tho, and I refuse to use large amounts of 1-time-use kitchen stuff on something I can't put in the compost, so we did some experiments and this is what we ended up with:

*1 part sand
*1 part corn starch
*1 part black tea (for coloring, and to make it smell nice, according to my child; instant coffee would probably work well, too)
*a few drops food coloring if you want your dig to be darker or redder
*Treasures!  (For each kid we had 3 dinosaur skeletons, 2 garden rocks, a whole bunch of marbles, & some natural colored fishtank gravel to give a little more texture)
*Something to use as molds (I pulled out a stack of old takeout containers)

Divide up your treasures into even portions if you're doing this for a bunch of kids.  Then mix up your sand, tea, & corn starch.

Stir!  (a mess will be made...)  

Stir more, until everything comes together into sandy textured goop.  Remember it will get much paler as it dries, and decide if you want to add more coloring.  

Half-fill your molds with sandy goop, then press your treasures into it.  Spread them out so that not everything is in the same place.

Once you're happy with the distribution, pour on enough more goop to bury everything.  A few legs or marble tops sticking out is good, but you don't want to know where everything is when you start digging! Smiley  (We had to mix up another batch of goop at this point, so I added food coloring: 2 drops red, 1 blue, 1 yellow for a red-brown tint.  More might have been better.)

Put them somewhere out of the way and let everything dry.  We did these a week before the party, just in case, but dry times will depend on your humidity.  This dries more quickly than any of the other options we tested.

...And then get out all your toy hammers & crab mallets, paintbrushes, maybe some toy screwdrivers or pliers to pry with, and have at.  For some reason I don't have any pictures of wrangling six small children through disassembling these, but whacking it with a toy hammer seemed to work just fine, & little fingers can crumble up chunks of it with no problems.  

As the kids got done excavating, I dumped each person's container out onto an old metal window screen over a bucket to push the rest of the sand/cornstarch through & make sure they hadn't missed anything fun. The bucket got emptied into the compost, & I spent a minute to sweep the porch before we went on to painting fossil casts.
8  SEWING IN GENERAL / Machine Embroidery: Completed Projects / Positive affirmation projects on: February 16, 2018 07:44:00 AM
I haven't posted a real thread in *ages*... so here's some love for the machine embroidery board, since I might be a bit obsessed with the embroidery machine I got in November. 

I did these for the Positive Affirmations Swap; each of my partners got a little patch and a larger quilt-pieced bit.

Here's a shot of all three of the big pieces:

"Be Kind to Yourself" mug rug for loves2experiment

"Be someone who makes you happy" mug rug for LadybugsandBumblebees (backed with ladybug fabric, of course...)

And "Be the kind of person that you want to meet" TM-style patch for BigBangMomma

Here are the patches (recipients' color choices on fleece) and an extra tree I stitched out but didn't end up using. 

...and then for me I added a "positivi-tea" patch stitched up on old denim to my bag. 
9  SEWING IN GENERAL / Machine Embroidery: Discussion and Questions / it's 2018- is there digitizing software for mac yet?? on: January 12, 2018 08:06:25 AM
I have yet to find anything that doesn't either say, "yeah, too bad, we're Windows only" or "Sure you can run this on a mac if you get a windows emulator!"

Has anyone found something else?  Or has anyone gone the emulator route & have opinions to share on the experience?

10  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / a necklace of beads and bone on: February 18, 2012 02:20:19 PM
I made this one for the Terri Windling benefit auction a few months back (and was pleased to see it fetch a decent donation, too!)

Auction description: Necklace strung with many and varied beads and snake vertebrae in fall or perhaps desert sunset colors (depending on how you choose to see these things.)  Approximately 21" with off-center hand-made copper clasp, plus pendant bottle.  The beads include several stones (amber, tiger eye, and something red that looks a bit like pressed rose petals), glass, metal, and wood.  The pendant includes a slice of antler as a stop, and a corked bottle for you to fill with your own wishes or dreams.  
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