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1  Re: 2015 Annual DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by karin_ on: January 26, 2015 12:47:38 AM
I finished one of the projects on my 2015 To Do-list! :-)

Teacup candles are something I've wanted to make for ages, I've been saving teacups which are very special to me (for some very wordy backstory, see the blog :-) ) but I just never got round to it before now. So glad to be able to check something off my list! These are fun and easy to do, so if you have some old or chipped china laying around I totally recommend candle making. These will be used as hostess gifts over the course of the year, so it's also a thrifty kind of craft. :-)

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2  Re: 2015 Annual DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by karin_ on: January 21, 2015 03:33:49 AM
I'm joining in! I totally lurked around the 2014 thread but I never found time to join in the de-stashing. Like many others though, I may be moving (overseas) later this year (it's not 100% yet), so reducing my stash is now a priority. Plus, I feel a little guilty that I don't take more time for crafting, since I have spent so much money on supplies... Crafter's guilt, I guess?

Here's my entire stash at the moment:

My desk, plus two drawer units which hold paper crafting supplies and ephemera, stamps and stamp making supplies, patterns, adhesives, cutting tools, embroidery thread and sewing supplies and random craft supplies like hama beads and glitter. (The big black bag to the right holds blog photo stuff)

My fabric stash! I know it's much smaller than some others who have posted, but it still feels like a lot... Especially since I can barely find time to actually use any of it!   Undecided

These two closets hold WIPs/ongoing projects as well as supplies that don't fit in the drawer units. Also holds a bunch of clothes that need mending or altering.

I actually have a decent overview of my stash, so as far as the January goals go I'm doing OK. My main problem is actually USING the stuff that I have.  Roll Eyes I tend to get really excited about a new project or technique, but a bunch of supplies, try it once, and then move on to the next exciting thing. So for my "resolutions" this year, I made a list of ongoing projects that I want to finish or return to. Here they are:

1. Finish 1st sashiko pillow
2. Finish 2nd sashiko pillow
3. Cut out and prep all hexies for my hexagon alphabet quilt
4. Finish secret EPP project (going to be a gift, so I'm not posting pics online for fear of ruining the surprise)
5. Finish a PocketPhoto cozy for sis-in-law
6. Make 2 vintage china cake stands
7. Make 4 vintage tea cup candles
8. Finish sewing basket make-over
9. Finish photo patchwork cushion cover
10. Sew wool embroidery pin cushion
11. Sew a hanging sleeve and mount a wall quilt that was a gift from my mom
12. Frame (and hopefully, sell) a bunch of machine embroidery pieces made last year
13. Practice face and figure drawing
14. Make watercolor resist paintings
15. Cut and mat old linocut postcards
16. Finish little house lavender sachets
17. Start on upcycled vintage embroidery patchwork quilt
18. Sew doll quilt for moms garden play house
19. Finish yo-yo Christmas garland
20. Make 3 potholders from old quilt test blocks

That's it! I've told myself I'm not allowed to start any new projects until I have finished these - not sure I will manage that, but at least it's worth a try!

(If anyone is interested, I have posted more on my craft space, my de-stashing goals and WIPs on my blog, http://nordiccraft.blogspot.com)

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3  Dresden Plate potholder - 100% hand sewn in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by karin_ on: October 05, 2014 03:11:43 PM
My husband and I have been listening to a lot of audio books lately - such a great way to fit reading in to a hectic life! I started this little project to have something to do with my hands while we were listening to a particularly good book, and it only took me two (rather long) evenings to complete. A Dresden Plate potholder/trivet, 100% hand sewn!

I made the potholder using English Paper Piecing so that I could do it all by hand rather than by machine, and I hand quilted it as well. Please excuse the messy stitches! I really need to work on my hand quilting... I found it super tricky to quilt through all the layers (even though this potholder only has two layers of batting, one being Insul-Bright and the other Warm&Natural) which is why my stitches came out so large and far apart. If you have any tips on hand quilting, I'd love to hear them!

I love EPP and hand sewing in general, it's so relaxing! Don't you?
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4  Subversive Machine Embroidery - Hoopla extravaganza in Machine Embroidery: Completed Projects by karin_ on: September 03, 2014 02:17:13 AM
My mom has a fantastic embroidery sewing machine (a Husqvarna Viking Designer Diamond) and every time I visit her I take some time to play around with it. These are a couple of pieces I made the last time I visited - "Subversive Cross Stitch" inspired machine embroidery!

I programmed the designs myself in 4D Cross Stitch, and I actually liked the "Girls just wanna have..." one so much that I ended up making several versions in different colors. Most of them are embroidered on plain cotton, but I also tried some structured linen (the one in the large hoop above for example). That's one thing I love about machine embroidery, you can experiment and make several versions of a design in a relatively short time. Not so much so with traditional cross stitch!

I also made a couple of hooplas featuring "subversified" sayings in Swedish (my native language). Not sure how to translate them into English though...  Roll Eyes

Most of them were mounted in embroidery hoops I had laying around, but I also took a trip to the thrift store to buy some frames which I painted to fit the designs.

I hope you like them! I actually sold two of these within minutes of posting them on facebook, so I would consider that a success. And of course I am keeping a few for my own wall! :-)

Comments and criticism welcome!  Kiss

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5  Re: Sweat Shoppe ORNAMENT Swap Round 2 (signups until Nov 18, Send by Dec 9) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by karin_ on: November 11, 2011 11:25:29 PM
Would personalized ornaments be allowed, like in the regular SSS when people do customized offerings? I was thinking of maybe offering a felt photo ornament like these:

I made a set of these for my family last year and they seemed to go over well. They are made of felt, with the photo printed on printable fabric (not iron on, the nice kind!) So, whoever got me would just need to email a portrait photo.
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6  Re: Paper and Ephemera Swap - Round 9 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by karin_ on: September 03, 2011 01:29:43 AM
Great packages! I don't know a thing about embossing, but it looks really cool! Smiley And those vintage images are great!

I received my thank you from indigo_roses today: Two lovely ATCs! And see that tiny card on the left? Too cute! Smiley

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7  Re: Ongoing Altered Journal-a-long in Craftalongs by karin_ on: March 25, 2011 01:09:31 AM
Lovely book, noo, can't wait to see it finished! I must confess I have been eyeing your metal punch signs and am mighty jealous! Smiley

My art journal has been pretty neglected these past weeks, lots of thesis work... But here are a couple of completed pages:

Will scan the rest and post soon!
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8  Re: Ongoing Altered Journal-a-long in Craftalongs by karin_ on: January 31, 2011 12:32:57 PM
Awesome pages Imrahil! And I think I can spot a scrap from our swap! Smiley

I just uploaded my February spread for the calendar challenge... I wanted to make a Valentines themed spread, but it turned out a little too cutesy... Might have to splatter it with some black paint later! Smiley

I also made a couple of background papers using the shaving cream marbling method I found over in the techniques thread!

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9  Re: Ongoing Altered Journal-a-long in Craftalongs by karin_ on: January 23, 2011 02:04:41 PM
Adorable owl! And congrats gavagai on the life change! Smiley

Here are some of my first journal pages for 2011. I've been playing around with different color combinations and drawing lots of different faces.

By the way, mine isn't strictly an "altered" journal since I am working in a new book... I hope it's still OK that I post pics here! Would love to get comments and tips from you talented gals.
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10  Re: Ongoing Altered Journal-a-long in Craftalongs by karin_ on: January 07, 2011 05:23:13 AM
Hey guys! I haven't participated in this craftalong before, but I just wanted to drop in and say thanks for all the inspiration I've found in this great thread! I just finished my very first art/visual journal, and I've been stalking this thread for ideas and inspiration for months. Smiley I loved journaling for these past months, so you might see more of my pages from now on. If you'd like to see some pages from my first journal, I've posted them here: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=369274.0. Would love to hear your comments and ideas!

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