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121  this is just ridiculous =P in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by murbeck on: April 22, 2008 03:16:56 PM
I like to have a big tote bag for work to take all my journals, sketchbooks, lunch, bills- whatever.  My first tote finally gave as I figured it would since the handles were rigged from the get-go.  So I decided to make a new bag with a pattern I'd been thinking up in my head for a while.  For some reason I'm intimidated by measurements and just play things out as I go... normally it works for me but this time things got a little out of hand, hee hee.  Okay, so here's my montrosity of a bag.  The good news EVERYTHING fits in there.  DH jokes that I could take our lab/retriever to work as a pocket dog, lol

I'm happy with the construction of it, it's very strong but like I said it's just huge:

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122  Re: Fairy tales, Folklore & Fairies gallery of gorgeousness! in The Swap Gallery by murbeck on: April 04, 2008 04:01:55 AM
Jess!!  ALL (hehehe) you're kids are adorable and you are hot!  I'm not that hot and I've not popped even 1 out! 

My favorite item is the sketchbook with the leaves, so pretty!  The purse, though, is so creative!  Nice work Thenate!

Your teaser is definitely that!  I love the colors and patterns on them... what will they be, what will the be?!  Can't wait  Cheesy

I have one more picture to add to the gallery.  It's my Pixie cuddling with my Pixies!!!  (my first dog's name is Pixie Grin  I can't believe I've never mentioned that in this thread before!)
She of course claimed, what is the cuddly goodness, as soon as I left it to get a drink  Tongue  I would've just walked out to the kitchen with it wrapped around me, but I'm scared to death of getting any stains on it!  lol 

PS  it's going to be really hard to ever match my first swap experience.  You ladies are the best!  I can't wait to see the continuing packages roll in!

PSS!  Athenamat, those pics are already saved on my computer and will most certainly be saved as a keepsake!  Thank you again (and Calvin had me laughing out loud in the picture... again- he's a character!)
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123  Re: Fairy tales, Folklore & Fairies gallery of gorgeousness! in The Swap Gallery by murbeck on: April 03, 2008 04:03:22 PM
Okay!  I present to youuuuu, the presentation of presents from my perfect partner!!!!  Cheesy 

I knew it was on it's way but really didn't expect it to show in 2 days!  And then DH gets home before me and he didn't say anything about a package so I was like "okay   Undecided maybe tomorrow" but I arrive home and, as usual, go to get the mail and what do I see when I open my mailbox but a package STUFFED inside!!!!!!!!!!!!!!   Shocked

I run inside, hastily greet my pupper muts and put them outside, run to the computer room to 1. kiss dh hello 2. grab the camera 3. grab his pocket knife (not neccessarily in that order, lol) and haul arse back to the living room to tear open my package!!!!  Are you ready for this?  It's the best first swap a gal could ask for, hell- it's going to be hard to match my first swap ever I think!  k, enough babbling here's my millions of pictures!

open the box to see such pretty fabs!

yank out this beauty...

and this...

(here's the other side)

unzip to find more crafted goodness held in very soft fabs

everything all laid out:

"details, details, details"

2 greeting cards, my fave is the left one.  I love the burnt orange colors!

she used little removeable posty tabs to mark some of the noteable pages (like any of them aren't!) some with fairy stickers, some made from map pages (how cool is that?!) etc.  Here are some of my faves:

I could've taken pictures of everypage if I felt patient enough!  So much time went into this journal and it looks so professionally made!  I was hoping for one too, because I've noticed that she's made some cool ones before  Wink

here's a hysterical card, made me literally laugh out loud!

and I saved the best details for last  Smiley  here's some up close and personal pics of the quilt that I fell instantly head over heels in love with!

the back

the corners

some of my favorite blocks and fairies (take note of the embroidery going around each fairy!!!)

my absolute favorite fairy is the one with the squirrely-squirrel  Smiley

the absolute coolest thing ever, and the most thoughtful is this.  My camera wouldn't take a great picture of it, so if you've got a better closeup athenamat please feel free to post a boast, because it's great:

it says MarieMarie because both of our first names are Marie!!!!  Grin  I will cherish this quilt forever!!!!  Same goes with the embroidery going around the edges.  It's so pretty but I couldn't get a good pic of it  Tongue

Here's the inevitable "action shots":
I swear it fits nicely around me, I was just way too anxious to get it right, and dh aka my photographer is grouchy-sick  Embarrassed  but just the same it still kicks major butt!


Once again, this has been awesome!!!!!  I haven't regretted for one minute entering this swap as my first.  I'm now hooked to swaps, when it could've easily gone the other way if my partner, and the rest of you for that matter, wasn't completely awesome!!!!  I love everything I got, I can't even tell you how much!  Thank you SO much, Athenamat! you're the best!!!!!
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124  smasher cake for my Godson- sporty kid in Dessert by murbeck on: March 07, 2008 07:47:47 AM
My good friend asked me if I would do the honors of making her son's (my Godson) smasher cake for his first birthday party.  She said I could do whatever I wanted (she obviously knows that I love being creative) and so I went with the theme that they surround him in- sports!  I made a baseball because that's the main sport that Daddy is into.  It turned out to be a LOT harder than I anticipated.  First of all make a full sphere turned out to be out of the question and secondly make perfect lines with those stupid little tubes of decorative gel that you buy at the grocery store is stupid!!!  I do like how it turned out though  Smiley  After I was done icing the cake, I smeared a thin layer of icing all over the plate surrounding the cake and coated that smear with chocolate sprinkles to look like dirt.  I hope you like!!  It was almost painful to have to stick that candle in my hard work Tongue  but it was going to get smashed by a one year old anyway so what the hell!  Grin

action shot:
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125  new ren skirt in Costumes: Completed Projects by murbeck on: March 01, 2008 03:58:20 PM
I dress up for the ren fair every year.  In the last year I've lost 30 pounds, so I had to rig my bodice to fit better by taking in the sides and I made a all new skirt.  Here's the pics!

and here's my husband marking the territory for the photo shoot, lol

What do ya think?!  ...about my skirt not my peeing husband!   Wink
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126  tacky moose in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by murbeck on: February 28, 2008 07:16:07 AM
Yes, it's a bit tacky with the abundance of plaid but it's exactly my Mom's style and that's who it was for...
I made the moose applique all by me self, and it's not perfect but it's my first try too and I'm actually dern proud of it  Wink  I hope you all will be someone proud too!!  The front pocket is actually from a pocket from a pair of pants that my Mom handed down to me and after a while I got a big ink stain on the legs and had them sitting around for years trying to think of something to do with them.  So I cut the pocket off and turned it sideways and voila!

The top has a zippered gusset!!!  Yay!

And the inside has pockets for her phone, sunglasses and two pens!

I really do hope you guys like it despite the tackiness (which I happen to adore, lol)  Cheesy
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127  my custom wood- picture insanity in Completed Projects by murbeck on: February 24, 2008 07:48:15 AM
I've been making custom wood signs and such for a few years now.  I think it's time I share my faves with you  Smiley  Prepare yourself for a lot of pictures!

It all started with these guys.  I just wanted a snoopy and charlie brown for my pathetic little tree in the front yard at Christmas time.  I was happy with the results and showed a few people at work and before I knew it I had tons of orders!  I made $200 profit by Christmas (two weeks later!!)

And here are the custom orders I've done over last couple years:

This one has a hook on the back of the lower hands- I made lots of "trinkets", also from wood, that can be hung from her hand with fishing wire for invisibility, for each season or occasion of the year.

My friend drew this one out, and I cut and painted the actual product

This was the most tedious thing ever because I only have a jig saw, and the toes kept wanting to snap off while I was cutting  Angry

my halloween graveyard, I'll spare you individual photos

This was a custom order for the Miller family

This was for a friends baby shower gift.  She is married to a German and was going with the whole transportation theme in her sons' room.  So I did bugs, with kind of german plates.  The letters represent the kid's initials and the numbers are the birthdays (hence why one is incomplete)

This one is based off of a sculpture the clients grandma made

I also made a huge, kick-ass Santa driving a Dale Jr. slay for my MIL, but I can't find the picture  Sad  It was pretty great though (toot toot)

Hope you guys like my work, comments are loved  Wink

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128  Wonder if Daddy will recognize it... in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by murbeck on: February 17, 2008 10:25:34 AM
I took one of my Dad's old button-up plaid shirts (that I believe was too big for him now) that my Mom unsuccessfully had put in her yard sale and made it fit me!

The sleeves fit this time (I tend to make them too small) but the mid section is a bit smaller than I wanted, but it's a button up so I forgive myself  Cheesy

I hope you guys approve, sorry for the crappy quality, I can't figure out what the light is in the bottom left corners (*queue twiglight zone music*)

Before: Daddy's XL button up shirt

After: Marie's cute little over-shirt!

PS- I just noticed while posting the pictures that the sleeves are two different lengths, aaaack!  No need to fear after looking in the mirror and having a small coronary I realized that one was just folded up, lol

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129  horde vs alliance in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by murbeck on: February 14, 2008 09:57:15 AM
me and DH and some of our close friends are all Warcrack-heads.  2 of our such friends are roommates and 1 came up with the idea that he wanted to paint the wall in their garage something to do with horde & alliance, and offered me half the project (we both love to be creative) which I gladly accepted.  We borrowed, yet another friend's projector and traced the outlines and then went to town!

He did the Horde banner, I did the alliance.  We each signed on top (which from this distance looks like dirty spots on the wall, lol.  He did shadowing on his, but mine was far too detailed and I could've accomplished it had I planned ahead so that I could make the lines NOT match up, but I didn't so when I tried it just looked like crap, so I wiped it off, but not completely and it did give it a nice little shadow effect anyway. 

I hope you likey, comments always appreciated!
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130  I made it for my sister! (4 pictures) in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by murbeck on: February 13, 2008 03:23:58 AM
So my Mom had a yard sale this past weekend and some friends and me and my sister all had some things in it, and at the end of the day we raided each others left overs.  A friend of the fam-damily had some really cute clothes which I took a bunch for fabric, and my sister fell for one the skirts, but it didn't quite fit her nicely so she asked me to make a purse out of it for her.  Sooo, I did!  She wanted a zipper-top (dern her) which I've only done zipper pockets but thought it couldn't much more difficult... it wasn't but I really didn't plan it out so piecing the whole purse together was a bit confusing, since I didn't use a tutorial or pattern.  At any rate, it turned out okay.  I also used snaps for the first time, which I remembered halfway through hammering one side down, that I had bought a mixed bag of sewing crap from the thrift store recently and there were some old plyer looking things in there and wondered if they would work- and they did, like a charm!!!  I was so excited!  Cheesy  Anyway, here's the purse (oh I don't think it belongs in recons since I just cut up the skirt (and a pair cargo shorts for liner) and used it as solid fabrics)

The pocket isn't quite centered, and the top is a bit crooked from where I had to leave a gap to flip inside out (it's two pieces sewn together first) and the snap isn't centered either- I should really start measuring these things  Tongue


I made a pocket inside to hold her phone and chapstick that she always has on hand- now on purse (har-har-har!!!)

cloooooser- I just shoved some of the crap from my purse in there for the picture and the true depth of my geekdom is revealed with the set of D&D dice, lol  Cheesy

Anyway, I really hope it's not too disgraceful, comments, as always, are super appreciated.
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