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81  POW! Domino Pendant in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by 85%confusion on: September 03, 2008 09:42:22 PM
So I've never been that good at making jewelry, but after seeing smittenheart's domino pendants and falling in Looooove with them, I decided to give them a try. They looked pretty easy. No complicated beading and bending of wire and such.

I used a collage of images from a powerboat ad in a magazine, of all things (yeah, I know... not very boaty!). This was my result:

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82  Merels Board in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by 85%confusion on: September 03, 2008 09:29:39 PM
I was recently researching ancient games for an article I was writing, and discovered the game of Merels, also called Nine Mans Morris, or a myriad of other names! So, I decided to make a board game for it. I used the good wood from the drawers of a destroyed antique dresser that was on the side of the road (ok, I admit to scavenging... ). My husband cut the square for me (I'm afraid of power tools, with exception to drills and sanders), about 7" x 7", and after sanding, I wood burned the design. A quick coat of varnish and we were done!

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83  Sugar Skull Potholder in Needlework: Completed Projects by 85%confusion on: September 03, 2008 08:58:01 PM
Ok - safe to post this here, now! I made this as a little extra to go in a swap package, so I had to make sure my partner received first, so I didn't spoil anything.

The swap was vintage aprons, and my partner had mentioned that she liked Mexican Sugar Skulls, but I couldn't find any fabric with that theme! Sooo... I chose a floral print and a matching print that reminded me of the bandanas some of my Hispanic neighbors wear, and worked the sugar skull in by embroidering it onto a piece of white fabric. Then I appliqued the skull to the basic potholder (my first ever applique, so hopefully it won't fall apart!). Anyway, to add some depth, I stitched Swarovski 'sew in' crystals into the center of the eyes, but the sparkley awesomeness doesn't show so well in the picture.

And the matching apron...

Thanks for looking! =)
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84  Re: Set of Tea Towels Swap (SIGNUP 8/19/08-8/31/08 ; MAIL BY 9/30/08) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by 85%confusion on: August 28, 2008 07:32:54 PM
Perach, Yes, she does. =)

KimsCozyKitchen, The book is Needlework Stitches by Barbara Snook, copyright 1963. http://www.abebooks.com/servlet/SearchResults?an=barbara+snook&sts=t&tn=needlework+stitches&x=56&y=23

Ok - I have to post pics of the baskets she made, though. My verbal description lacks.

Such a cool technique.
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85  Re: Vintage Apron Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by 85%confusion on: August 26, 2008 06:34:23 AM
Oh, Gosh - I hadn't noticed Aeon's shoes... Those ARE the best.

Here is a sample of what the apron fabric looks like up close... I scanned it so it's very true to color. Sorry it's so huge.

I'm totally hooked on swapping.

*Runs off to join the tea towel swap*

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86  Re: Vintage Apron Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by 85%confusion on: August 23, 2008 12:58:01 PM
My mail came EARLY today (that never happens)... and look what was there!

Thank you, SnapsAndDrangons!

I was spoiled and got two very cute aprons, which was lucky, since the moment my girls saw the one on top, they started clamoring, "Can I wear it when its my turn to help cook dinner?! Pleeeease?" Then they saw the second one, and started again. =)

My kitchen is decorated in green and pink and white, with a real retro feel to it, so these are perfect! The pink on the aprons is actually almost a perfect match to my flamingo cookie jar.

Two of my girls wanted to model them, even though they wrap almost all the way around their skinny little middles.

I don't know if you can see, but the bottom of each pocket is cutely pleated, and the top is gathered with elastic.

Love the rainbow rick-rack and froggy fabric!

See the decorative edge stitching along the side hems?

Thanks again!
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87  Re: Vintage Apron Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by 85%confusion on: August 22, 2008 11:11:27 AM
Ack! So When I noticed the latest apron pics were posted, I was 3 minutes and counting down on ebay for an item I desperately wanted to win (a 1921 coat and hat pattern for a size 8 girl). I was back and forth between the two pages... Petrified I'd lose the auction, but too enchanted by the aprons to stop looking!

Beautiful aprons! You certainly got spoiled!

 Cheesy Cheesy But did you win it?!

Unfortunately, someone else placed a bid higher than my maximum bid just seconds before I was able to submit it. Before I could enter another bid, the auction was over. =(  However, I did win these beauties: 3 dress patterns from 1919. My 11 year old will look stunning in one - she's so tall and slender!

Sorry the pic isn't great - it was the best I could do after swiping it from the ebay listing.

... *waits anxiously for the next poster of aprony goodness*
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88  Re: Vintage Apron Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by 85%confusion on: August 21, 2008 06:12:52 PM
and the most nerve racking as you don't know how your item is going to be received ;-D

Yep. Mine (take 2) is now finished and ready to mail. I'm crossing my fingers that AeonGoddess will like it. So far all of my friends that have seen it here love it, and none of them even had a clue about the 'theme' I chose.

And for your viewing pleasure... A shot of my still blue hand, thanks to ice pack explosion.

My 6 year old son asked me what happened to my hands, so I told him I was turning into a smurf. The humor was lost on him.

ALSO!!! I just had a PM from half of my partner, SnapsandDrangons, and she mailed! I can't wait to see what she did! I was looking in galleries of other swaps a while ago, and she has made some pretty nifty things, so I'm very excited. I'll post as soon as I get the package!
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89  Re: Vintage Apron Swap - (CLOSED - Send by 8/25) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by 85%confusion on: August 02, 2008 10:42:27 AM
I selected fabric today! And here's a hint for Aeon:

This is not your fabric:

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90  Cell Phone Holster - Now with Take 2 - img heavy in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by 85%confusion on: August 01, 2008 12:19:38 PM
I know - it's not a purse, bag or wallet, but it does hold something, so I guess this is where it goes? I made this for my 9-year-old's cell phone, but even though I measured her phone, it ended up a bit to wide and short, and ended up fitting my phone instead. So, back to the drawing board for her phone.

I made it out felted wool for the holster and canvas strap for the belt loop thingy. I used a vintage embroidery pattern for the design. I did machine stitch the pieces together; the blanket stitching is decorative only. I wish it were more my style, but I doubt I'd ever use this.

And since the first didn't work for my girl, here is the second, slightly modified, and a perfect fit.

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