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21  Re: Make My Collectible Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by 85%confusion on: April 24, 2012 04:02:48 PM
Just got the nicest package from my swap angel, Mountains and Clouds! I received 3 lovely, tiny, perfect things: an ATC that is a mini book page print, adorable little owl earrings, and an amazing squirrel in a bottle necklace! Squirrels are kind of a special thing between my husband and I, which I don't think I had mentioned.... But they have a meaning to us (sorry, long and private story). Anyway... I love everything so much.

I am so sad I couldn't get a picture of the squirrel that is worth anything. =(   It is so perfect and tiny!

Thank you so much!
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22  Assemble the minions! in Amigurumi: Completed Projects by 85%confusion on: February 19, 2012 10:19:22 AM
I was teaching a friend how to crochet and remembered how much I love to do it! Then I decided to make an I love you gift for one of my step-daughters...

The pattern was on ravelry, but I modified the eye and goggle bit. The original had two eyes.  I used left over cotton dishcloth yarn for most of it... and some black acrylic for the hands and feet and stuff.

My step-daughter loved him, and named him Carl. =)
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23  Buffy vs. twilight pillow in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by 85%confusion on: February 11, 2012 02:14:27 PM
My 16 year old step-daughter is a die-hard twilight fan. I, on the other hand, prefer Buffy the Vampire Slayer. So, since I'm the one doing the crafting, I win!

I made this for her as a Valentine's Day gift -We don't usually do "traditional" gifts for the kids. She'll either love it or hate it, but I know she'll be amused by it, at any rate. And if she hates it, two of my other girls want it deperately... 

The quote is NOT my original thought. I saw it on pinterest, but translated it from a button to a pillow.

Anyway, I was able to find a buffy font for "Buffy" and a Twighlight font for "Edward." The rest of the text is Bell MT. Edward sparkles, but that doesn't show in the picture. I did it with a freezer paper stencil - and realized just how much I hate cutting letters out, even when they are almost 2 inches tall!

So, no comments on the lint, or my messy ironing board. I was so excited it was finished I took pictures before I washed it.

C&C appreciated!
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24  Re: Make My Collectible Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by 85%confusion on: February 11, 2012 01:41:33 PM
Ok... Here is my utterly FANTASTIC package from Painted Sparrow - When I opened it, all I could say was, "Wow."

She sent me the sweetest little bird book ever - each set of pages has a quote and an illustration. Don't you just love how the book is shaped like a wing?!

I can't really pick any favorite pages... But these might come close...

And just as fabulous... (I strongly encourage you all to look at the full size images from these thumbnails! I didn't want to take over the thread, but oh my gosh - every page is amazing and worth a look!)


AND!!!! She made me this adorable ATC that incorporates my love of owls, small woodland creatures, and book prints!

I was totally blown away by the awesomeness of this gift - thank you so much, Painted Sparrow!
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25  Re: Make My Collectible Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by 85%confusion on: January 30, 2012 02:27:49 PM
I received from NH822 on Saturday - It's been a bit crazy around here the past couple days, so I'm later than I intended in posting a picture... But a HUGE thank you, NH822, for such a lovely little hoop! I am going to hang it in my camper, so I shall see it everyday this summer (Ok, so this will make sense: I work at a park in the summer and we live in the camper from May to September). It perfectly matches the decorating I'm doing in it, and it will fit just right on the little wall between the windows.

Thank you! =)

Soooooo adorable!
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26  Kind of silly, but I love it... Hagrid's Necktie in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by 85%confusion on: January 11, 2012 08:33:08 AM
There isn't much out there for Hagrid inspired crafts, as compared to Luna or Hermione. Anyway, I was doing a personal swap, and the person I was crafting for loves Hagrid. Soo... What to do?

I failed miserably (4 times) at making a stuffed 3 headed dog like Fluffy. =(  But my back up plan came out pretty well....

My partner's tie actually has ribbon, instead of the cloth part to go around the neck, since I didn't know how large to make hers. Also, I already wrapped it up to mail and forgot to take pics, so this is the second one I made.

See! Veeeery similar. =D

My son had fun modeling it for some pics.

I used this tutorial, but had to increase it... a lot.  I used Heat'n'Bond to put the stripes and polka dots on. I think I need to make it a bit longer, if I do another one. But, it was fun at any rate!
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27  Hermione Granger inspired purse in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by 85%confusion on: December 30, 2011 08:11:37 AM
I have now made a few of these little purses - one for my daughter to go with her Harry Potter themed Christmas stuff, one to save as a gift for someone, and whatnot. I have to be honest, I hate making drawstring bags, so I didn't make a replica, but I think it looks enough like it to make me happy.

I had searched for a tutorial for "small evening bag" and found one for a Noriko (?) purse. But when I clicked the link, it said that the tutorial was no longer available. Blah. I really, REALLY liked that bag. So after taking a better look at the picture, it appeared to be made of 4 almost tear drop shaped pieces, with the top cut off. So that's what I did, and this is what I ended up with!

Finished, it sits about 5 1/2 inches tall, and is 4" wide and 4" deep.

I used four different fabrics on each of the four exterior sides, and did some beading. It has an elastic closure. Ok - and I can't believe I just thought of this after half my lifetime of sewing... But I always hated how you can pretty much get elastic in white, or black. Doesn't always match what you're making. Then I had this epiphany... HAIR ELASTICS!!!! w00t! They come in TONS of colors, are small and dainty, and are pretty darn cheap at the dollar store.

And this is the shape I came up with, in case you want to make your own:

You need to cut 4 of your outside fabric, and 4 of lining. I interfaced all 8 pieces with a light-medium weight fusible interfacing. Then, sew 2 outside pieces together, then the other 2 outside pieces together, then sew the two pieces you just made, together. =)  (I'm so clear with my instructions, yes?)  Repeat for the lining. Clip your curves!!! Place the lining and bag, right sides together and place your elastic for the closure, and cords for the handles, and sew around the top, leaving a good 2" space to turn. I did find that it was best to baste the elastic and cord in place by hand before machine sewing. They liked to slip and shift, and that made me aggravated. Turn, slip stitch the opening closed, and sew on a button opposite your elastic.

Wouldn't they be great little bags for prom or a wedding?
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28  Smocked & Awed - basic smock stitch beanie in Knitting: Completed Projects by 85%confusion on: December 26, 2011 06:45:49 PM
I couldn't find a basic smocking stitch beanie that I liked, so I made this one up as I went along. It was pretty easy... and ribbed the entire way till the last of the decrease, so it's nice and stretchy.

Thanks for looking!
C&C welcome
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29  Dumpling Purses - My next big {little} thing! in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by 85%confusion on: December 26, 2011 12:35:59 PM
My father-in-law is really good at finding things... And sometimes I am the lucky recipient and end up with treasure! Crafting treasure, that is. On Christmas Eve, he brought me 3 HUGE boxes FULL of fabric samples from some interior design place. Gorgeous designer fabrics, mostly good sized swatches, I am in heaven!

So I was poking around on the internet looking for some small and quick projects and found a tutorial for dumpling purses. SOOOOO cute! And easy. Very, very easy.

I even made a matching key fob!

They really hold quite a bit...

And this is my favorite side. =)

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30  Re: Koala Headband/Ear Warmer (IMG Heavy) in Knitting: Completed Projects by 85%confusion on: December 25, 2011 08:58:28 AM
I just might! She was soooooo excited when she opened it last night!

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