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1  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / PPD Series #1- Lies of Motherhood on: May 25, 2017 05:45:12 AM
Working on a series of lies/truths about motherhood (that reflect my experience with PPD/PPA). I love how this turned out!

Vintage handkerchief embroidered in backstitch.

2  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Modified Tibetan Prayer Flag for an old friend on: November 01, 2016 07:26:53 PM
A friend/mentor/mother figure/so many things passed away last year. I haven't had a lot of time to process it; this last year has been full of work, 2 moves, and having a baby. More and more lately, I've felt a pull to create something for her- for Kathy. She was an artist and her medium was tie dye/silk embroidery. Exquisite things really. I chose a batik fabric that reminded me of her, the color orange (her favorite), and a lotus blossom (symbolic of beauty and rebirth).

3  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Jumbo Cross Stitch on: October 02, 2016 02:11:12 PM
This is the second large cross stitch piece I've made- it's fun, surprisingly challenging, and I think it turned out beautifully. I created a pattern that has a slight Scandinavian feel to it in deference to my heritage. It's on a pegboard that I spray painted gold and the yarn is from my stash.

Close up:

4  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / NSFW Satin Stitch Middle Finger NSFW on: September 20, 2016 03:04:08 PM
Funny story. I made a project for my mom for this coming Christmas- She has 4 kids, so I got all my siblings and their families to trace their hands and I embroidered the outlines on a canvas panel, one for each family. My oldest brother was being really slow about sending his and his family's hands, so I shamed him in an email (all in good fun, really). In retaliation, he sent me the outlines alright, and included one of his middle finger. What is a crafter to do??? Embroider it and send it back to him nicely framed? Yep.

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Who knows? Maybe it'll be an heirloom someday... a tribute to our family's smart-assery.
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / The Most Wonderful of All Rooms- The Craft Room (lots o' pics) on: February 14, 2010 02:48:21 PM
  So, I'm one of those lucky (or annoying, depending on how much room you have for crafts) women whose husband is like, "Sure, take the 2nd bedroom and do what you want with it... Our guests can sleep on the couch!"  So, welcome to my haven.

  What a wonderful thing!  I painted the room a light green color (I think it was Honeydew by Baer) and then put up the shelves by myself in a frenzy of "I want to get this done NOW, so I'm not going to wait for said husband to come home!"  It really builds up the arm muscles.  

My favorite part of the room is my desk area.  I got the desk from the in-laws, the chair from an antique store, and the light from Wal-Mart... total: $25ish  I make jewelry, so I keep all my findings organized in boxes on my desk, along with my tools.  The middle drawer pulls out and hides my bead board most of the time.  

  To the left of my desk, I have an antique white enameled medical cart that I keep crafty books and my tools on.  I also store my wool roving and felted beads on top of it in glass jars.  I don't have a good shot of it, but you can see it in the first picture.  

  I really love the artwork in my room.  I found a couple of vintage Russian propaganda posters at a flea market and mixed those with my own photographs... it just feels like home.  Above the Russian poster is a picture I took in Vegas while running across the street... it turned the lights into Ls, which is fun for me because my name is Laura.  Tongue

Even further up the wall, I have 3 handmade ornaments hanging from the ceiling.  I found the pattern in a ornament book and went on to make them in every color of bead I had!

Moving right along!  Next up is the most wonderful comfy chair in the world.  I had my eye on it for YEARS, but it was always just out of budget for me.  Until the glorious day when I went to Ikea, and there it was, marked 60% off because it had been the floor model.  The heavens opened and light shone on me like never before!  One new slipcover later, and it's good as new.  Not only that, but the ottoman opens for storage!  The black curtains are for winter only, not for dreariness, but because they are insulated and that helps to keep the lower level rooms warm.  In the spring, the gauzy turquoise curtains will be back up!  

A cool thing about the room is that I've included bits of my past along with the new stuff I keep adding.  In the chair is a pillow from Door County, Wi (my home) and a seen-better-days dog that was my dad's when he was a kid.  

From there, we head to the closet.  I took the doors off because 1. it was ugly brown and didn't match the room, and 2. it got in the way of the craft.  Wink

  Yes, it is always that organized.  I used metal shelving ($10, Wal-Mart) to store all of my scrapbooking supplies, while bins organize the rest of my craft miscellania.  The top shelf holds my idea books for jewelry, and plain Christmas ornaments waiting to be beaded.  

On the wall between the closet and the chair are two framed pictures of the Virgin Mary, by very different artists.  I'm not Catholic, but I find religious drawings of the saints and Mary to be very beautiful.  One picture I got in London from a museum, and the other I got in the Southwest... can you guess which is which?  Tongue

Next up is the hutch where my computer sits when I'm working, playing music or movies while I lose track of time.  Inside, I store the jewelry I've made when it's not at shows or on display.  Above are two shelves that hold some important things: the bottom shelf holds a glass jar that was my dad's grandma's, a cup and saucer that were my mom's grandma's, and a stained glass cat that I made with my uncle when I was five.  I really like to feel like I'm surrounded by people who love me when I'm crafting... it's a good feeling.  On the top shelf, I have some knick-knacks from my travels, a picture of the husband, and the all-important Mr. Potato Head collection.  I only have two, but they're AWESOME.  Darth Tater and Optimash Prime.  

  The hutch was a free salvage piece that I found in a closet at my in-laws... one sneaky nighttime trip later, and it's mine!  Grin  PS They now know I have and are somewhat okay with it.

Finally, (and thanks for bearing with me!) we have the last wall.  You can't make jewelry without beads, so here they are:

I love my label-maker!  I have a bit of a collection complex... I can't just buy one!  The upside of that is, I always have new materials to work with.  Above the beads is a shelf that holds my button collection, some jewelry displays, some embroidery floss, and my bigger origami cranes.

Phew.  I hope you like it.  I do!  It's a small space, maybe 11' x 11', but by using shelves and plastic organizers, I got a lot of stuff into it.
6  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Help me decide which sewing machine to get! on: January 16, 2010 02:36:15 PM
Hi Everyone!

  I'm very new to sewing, but a wonderful aunt has offered to buy me a machine.  I'd look at a sewing shop, but the only one in the area is in some guy's house and is more than slightly creepy. 
  I want a machine that's easy to use, and has a few extra embroidery options.  I looked at the Singer Inspiration, but it's hard to tell just by looking at it if it will be easy to use or a pain to work with.  Any ideas wold be appreciated!  Thank you!
7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Shiny Happy Things! (lots o' pics) Necklaces, Earrings, & Bracelet on: December 28, 2008 11:06:43 AM
I've been in a creative tizzy lately- working on Christmas presents and just building up a good inventory... I love how the pieces have been turning out!

This is my east to west necklace- I love how the birds are going different directions, and the antiqued brass has been a favorite material of mine lately:

Aventurine coins and wavy silver round links... I really like how dark the green is and how bright the silver is against it:

I've been really into big arched earwires lately, and these big coral tubes seemed like the perfect match for them:

And finally, I just had to try my hand at the polymer clay and pigment necklaces that have been making the rounds lately... I give you the ROCK STAR:

Thanks!  Let me know what you think!
8  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Amber & Amber Earrings on: December 19, 2008 06:40:36 PM
Black and traditional honey yellow amber mix in these fun earrings- i love the roughness of the carved black amber with the smoothness of the polished amber chips... let me know what you think! Smiley

9  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Broken Record Earrings on: December 13, 2008 12:15:02 PM
Continuing my musical jewelry line {(see my boom box necklace post Smiley}, I bring you the broken record earrings...

C & C Always enjoyed!
10  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Harlequin Necklace- something unique & crazy on: December 13, 2008 07:59:12 AM
This is something fresh of the line... a shell and mother of pearl harlequin pattern pendant with a skull charm accent, orange and yellow swirled glass dangles, and a fancy silver chain... the first look at it may be a little off-putting, let's face it- this necklace is STRANGE! Smiley The more I look at it, the more I'm drawn to it...  C & C always welcome!

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