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181  Re: 2009 Color Craftalong in Craftalongs by goldfishpollywog on: March 05, 2009 01:45:19 PM
Finally, I remembered to take pictures!  I hope that this counts for February.  Red is one of the most noticeable colors.  So is green, so maybe March too Undecided

I found this pattern using links on Craftster

Originally I was just going to use the cherry handkerchief, but it was thin and my purses need privacy Wink so I lined it with a green handkerchief. I also decided to play with the flaps on top because I didn't like the way it looked with these fabrics when the directions were followed.

And it is even reversible!

I might add some embroidery later, but I'm not very accomplished in my embroidery skills Tongue

What is the consensus?  Does this count on either month? 
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182  Re: IYP 11: the Winter Formal Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by goldfishpollywog on: February 26, 2009 09:14:38 AM
I love the richness of the quilt, the WIP bag, the resin needles (even though i don't knit).  Everything is so amazing!

Thanks for the comments on the book everyone.  When we chose picture books, I decided it was time to learn the basics of book binding, so the book I sent was my first attempt.... 

Ripples went a different direction with her book, making three copies and allowing each of her kids to illustrate one and sending a blank on for my son to finish!  Too cool!

The overview

Three shirts for my DS, an Eeyore shirt and Frog hankerchief for me, A pair of toy binoculars, and three books.  There were four books, but Ripples is fixing one that got was messed up while her kiddos were sick.  They are all well now though Cheesy

Here is my son's favorite:

Close up of the books illustrated by her kids.

Here are all of our little ones modeling their shirts

Sorry for the goofy faces, we "tortured" them by making them face into the sunlight for good lighting.

They had a blast playing together and cried when it was all over.  My son said he wanted to "keep them". Wink
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183  Re: Friends of Craftster Raffle Swap R4 FOCR R4 Gallery of ♥ LOVE ♥ in The Swap Gallery by goldfishpollywog on: February 09, 2009 07:36:31 PM
Here is my prize from Hockamama! Cheesy
 Agatha Grace

She made herself right at home, looking around while I searched for the "safe place" I had hidden my camera.  The soulful eyes of my son's poppet drew her in.  Melodies wrapped her broken heart in a soothing, understanding music as he sang of his own heartache.

And some bonus goodies *ignore the doodles in the background, I was working on my IYP project*  Embarrassed

Hockamama added a Robot Valentine that will probably go to my son and then be framed, and Dove chocolates mmmmm.....  Just when I finally got a few kid-free days, what should I do with them....Hmmmmm... Where did I put While You were Sleeping?  Looks like a great night in!  Thanks Hockamama! Grin
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184  To Keep a Hothead Warm in Quilting: Completed Projects by goldfishpollywog on: January 27, 2009 06:21:59 PM
What do you make for a grown brother? Undecided  Always a fun question, lucky for me, my brother saw my dad's quilt and wanted one.  Only thing is, he wanted a MANLY quilt.  So, I sought out inspiration and came up with this idea... Cheesy

But how to find large enough flames?  So for months I sought out flames and measured them.  Finally success struck as I was visiting my mom...

I thought, hey this will be a cinch....Never think that to yourself.  Flannel flew...A lot of sewing later, this is the final result.

I left the flames edges raw so that it would fray slightly for a more masculine look.

The back

Detail of the backing fabric

Another front shot:

The ecstatic brother, he never smiles

He said all the volunteer firefighters are going to be jealous. Grin

Comments and Critiques are welcome, I'm still learning.
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185  Re: 2009 Color Craftalong in Craftalongs by goldfishpollywog on: January 22, 2009 02:54:52 PM
Sunspotted, That is a beautiful blanket and will brighten someone's day.

For the first time in a long time, I made a rainbow project.   Yippee Grin

My hip has been bothering me from too much time on an excersize machine and I don't like trying to find an outlet before sitting down to read a book, so I decided to make a rice-filled heat bag.  It was going to be some boring leftover fabric, but I found this fabric in my scraps and thought it would work just as well.  The heart shape also makes it great for my forehead after a long day. Wink
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186  Re: Friends of Craftster Raffle Swap R4 FOCR R4 (Signups CLOSED, Send 2/7/09) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by goldfishpollywog on: January 22, 2009 11:21:33 AM
I finished and am ready to unveil my offering.  My grandmother has always made super-moist cakes as a way to show her love for the whole family, so a cake seemed fitting to me.  So here is my slice of chocolate cake with strawberry icing.

Yes, that is a regular size dinner plate under the slice, it came out larger than I expected.   Grin  The roses are made with ribbon using the spiderweb rose stitch, I had never tried this before but found the instructions in a novella.  Embarrassed I really should have found a better background for the photos, but que sera.

If I need to add anything to my offering, let me know. Wink
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187  Re: Holidays Cookie Swap Gallery of Yumminess in The Swap Gallery by goldfishpollywog on: December 19, 2008 08:03:21 PM
Mine was delivered! Goldfish, where are you?!?

The package was delivered right as I was leaving for the GYM!  Talk about timing.  Needless to say it was a shortened workout today Grin.

Here it is before my son and I dug in.

I followed instructions and here is all the goodies.

Three types of cookies beautifully wrapped.  Lemon Crisscross, Cranberry Vanilla Chip, and Cinnamon Oatmeal.  Okay, I would give a favorite, but I only had one of each and we all know it takes more than that to form a true decision.   Wink Grin

The extras were a soft washcloth (which will be hidden from the rest of my family) in green and white, a christmas tree cookie cutter and a gingerbread man cookie cutter, neither of which were in my collection!   Grin That means that I can make some beautiful ornaments for my hospitality wreath!  Yippee!  Although hubby says I have limit the number this time since it was almost impossible to breathe inside for two weeks last time I made them.  Roll Eyes Who would have thought that cinnamon and applesauce could literally take your breathe away?!? Embarrassed

I'm off to have some of the Lemon CrissCross with my Earl Grey now!  Cheesy
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188  Re: I need new ideas!--please post your homemade Christmas ornaments in Winter Holidays by goldfishpollywog on: December 12, 2008 10:00:06 PM
I've made a felt tooth in honor of dental surgery last year and am working on a fleece broken arm this year.  I've also made felt tootsie roll pops.  Somewhere on this computer are pics, gotta find them later.  Here is a star made of wrapping ribbon I made this year with a link in case anyone wants to make some.  I messed up the middle on mine, but it still looks nice.

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189  Re: 2008 Color Craft-A-Long in Craftalongs by goldfishpollywog on: December 09, 2008 12:10:04 PM
Homer- I've always loved homeade ornaments, they make a tree more special than the store bought ones.  Love that the buttons are different too!

I made an ornament for December since I was so busy making quilts and wanted to post before I forgot!

This is supposed to be a Morovian star, but I accidently changed the middle points.  I'm happy with it though and will hang it as soon as I find the ornament hangers Roll Eyes  Forgive the bad lighting, we haven't had much sun today.

and the other side

I'm making more, but will try to make the center correctly.   This star is made of Christmas gift wrap ribbon.  Traditionally they are dipped in wax I think.  I found the pattern years ago and bring it out every so often. Grin

Hope y'all like it, I know it isn't much but maybe I can add more later.
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190  Re: 2008 Color Craft-A-Long in Craftalongs by goldfishpollywog on: November 13, 2008 03:33:34 PM
I'm trying to teach myself the basics of embroidery, but didn't want to mess with patterns until I master tension.  So, I doodled with thread and came up with this for November.

I learned that you need two pieces of embroidery floss instead of one and tested it on another doodle.  I'm including it even though it is red/black instead of white/black because I love it.

I'm still not sure what to do with these, maybe someone has an idea?
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