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1  Battlestar Galactica inspired card in Needlework: Completed Projects by NikkiZBM on: March 31, 2011 09:50:54 AM
Front of the card:

Inside of the card:

I decided this year on Valentine's Day to express my geekly love in the form of a hand stitched card.  I'm not a paper crafter and I've never stitched on cards before, but I've seen some of the cool things people have posted here, so I decided to just wing it.  (I've since seen there are plenty of instructions out there and some even in the books I have in my own collection...I could have saved myself a lot of mistakes, frustration and possibly my sore fingers!)  Anyway, I wanted it to look like a hand written love note, so instead of using a computer font, I just wrote the words out by hand in pencil and then stitched over them. In the end, despite the paper not staying down the way I wanted it to and the glue making the multiple layers of paper/cardstock a little wonky, I was happy how it turned it and I learned a lot for next time.  My husband loved it too...I guess we're two peas in a geeky little pod!
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2  The Tea Towel That Really Tied The Room Together in Sublime Stitching Embroidery by NikkiZBM on: March 25, 2011 12:26:54 PM

A couple of weeks before Christmas, my husband and I saw The Big Lebowski for the first time as a part of a local movie theater's cult classic series.  Needless to say, we thought it was an awesome movie and wondered what the hell had taken us so long to see it.  I also decided my husband, who loves coffee and is a fan of vodka, would probably be also be a fan of The Dude's iconic drink.  So, I decided to embroider him this tea towel along to go with a little bottle of vodka and Kahlua as a stocking stuffer for Christmas.  The funny thing is, I couldn't sneak away before Christmas to the liquor store, so I called my mom and asked her to pick the stuff up.  They didn't have the small bottles, so she just went ahead and got two BIG bottles.  So instead of having "stocking stuffers" my husband got two "stocking besiders" with the tea towel draped over them! He thought it was Very Dude.  He continues to abide.

I used the Sublime Stitching Epic Alphabet pattern.  I bought the pdf instead of the iron on and it worked out really well.  Instead of physically cutting them, I just cut and pasted from the pdf onto microsoft word and re-sized as I wanted, printed it out and then traced the image using their carbon tracing stuff.  It worked like a charm!

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3  Re: Junk Jewelry Necklace/Bracelet, Round 2 - Gallery in The Swap Gallery by NikkiZBM on: November 25, 2009 08:15:31 PM

Here's the awesome bracelet Chimerix made me.  She did a great job of incorporating elements I love...stone, blues, greens, beads, knotwork.  I love it!

Side note: I received this over a week ago, but I have been sick and didn't post it right away.  Not only is Chimerix a fabulous bracelet maker...she's speedy!
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4  NSFW - Tea Towel With Attitude in Needlework: Completed Projects by NikkiZBM on: November 09, 2009 09:18:19 AM
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This is my first piece of embroidery on a decent piece of fabric (my second try at embroidery over all).  I love all the "mature content" pieces of needlework I've seen here on Craftster, so when I saw this phrase on a t-shirt, I knew it needed to be on a tea towel.  I realized about half way through that I might have picked the wrong type of stitch for the words...or maybe I just have a long way to go until my stitches are right! But, overall I'm pleased enough to keep trying!
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5  Chicken-Sicles! in Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects by NikkiZBM on: October 01, 2009 10:23:47 AM

I wanted to make a nice treat for my dogs to enjoy on those hot summer days, so I made Chicken-sicles! 

I just boiled some cut up chicken and froze the pieces with some of the broth in individual containers. I try to be as green as possible, so the containers were all recycled.  The big container is a plastic container I saved from a take-out Chinese food and the smaller containers are the little plastic cups that used for salad dressing etc in take out. 

Both of our dogs loved them!  They ate them very quickly, so next time I might use bigger individual containers.

Here's an action shot of one of my dogs chowing down!
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6  Re: Craft Me Some Jewelry Rd. 1 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by NikkiZBM on: September 27, 2009 05:17:39 PM
I got my package from Iloveahippie the other day and I just love everything!  

Here's a group shot.

Here's a close up of the awesome Tree of Life pendant made with FLUORITE beads (I love stone beads and fluorite is my favorite).  

Here's a very cool necklace with some hematite beads on top.  I love this idea. (Hematite is another of my favorite stone beads.)

Here are a matching necklace and bracelet.  Blue is my favorite color! Plus, more hematite!

Here's a close up since the detail on the other picture wasn't very good.

Iloveahippie did a great job!!
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