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1  Colorful stepstool! in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by breemonkey on: August 01, 2011 11:15:44 AM
A few weeks ago I went to see Paul McCartney in concert.  It was amazing!  Among the pyrotechnics and graphics I noticed the awesome piano he was playing throughout the concert.    It was apparently painted by Dudley Edwards, the same artist who consulted for the Yellow Submarine cartoon.  The many bold colors and whimsy really appealed to me.  I've had a plain, unfinished wood stepstool for about 10 years that I've been carting around from apartment to apartment.  I decided to paint it in a little tribute.

Pengy likes it!

And here's the piano.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/4843053291/in/photostream/

Thanks for looking!
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2  Insert Baby Here....aka My Grandmother's Garden in Quilting: Completed Projects by breemonkey on: September 29, 2009 03:28:04 PM

    I started this quilt almost a year ago.  The desire to try something as ambitious as a completely hand stitched quilt containing over 800 tiny pieces very gradually wormed its way into my mind until my fingers were twitching, my eyes darting around every spare moment looking for fabric from my stash.  There have been a few Grandmothers Garden quilts posted here recently and although I am not normally attracted to more traditional type quilts I appreciated the vast history and connection to the past that such a time-honored pattern would bring.  It was also around this time that the mid-twenties baby insanity came upon me.  Its pretty embarrassing to type this to a bunch of strangers in cyberspace, but its relevant to my point, so bear with me.  Since actually procreating is not really appropriate for me currently, I decided to make a baby blanket in the hopes that the act of preparing for the future would help me rip the damn batteries out of my pesky, intrusive biological clock.  I also joked with my husband that if I could actually complete such a long task, I might actually be adequately responsible and accountable enough to be an adult in the first place.  We both pretended I was actually kidding.

    The reason I tell this whole story is because I think it shows something about why we craft that Ive never really been able to put into words before.  When someone asks me why I spend so much time and energy making things, I usually just shrug and say, because I enjoy it, or, if I feel a bit more comfortable with that person I might try to delve a little deeper and try to explain how I feel the most like myself when I craft, but that doesnt really quite explain it either.  When people who dont make things look at my quilts or other things Ive made, I imagine they see hours of mind numbing repetition which could be spent doing things altogether more interesting and useful.  What they dont understand is that we dont craft just simply to have whatever we make at the end of the process.  It isnt even the act of doing the craft which is so important, although that too is enjoyable.  I think that when we craft it is our way of making sense of the world around us.  I made this quilt to help me deal with all of the confusing issues in my life that I mentioned above.  I have seen examples in my own crafts and in the crafts I have seen on this site that show how people craft to show love, express emotions they cant deal with, connect with people, and be a part of something.  Thats why I craft.  At the end of the day, it may not seem like Ive accomplished much, it may even seem like Ive wasted the precious time given to me, but I wouldnt stop for anything.  Even if I tried, Id probably just go insane anyways.

Here are a few specifics on the quilt itself.  There are roughly 850 hexagons, which measure 1 from pointy end to pointy end.  It is a 34 square.  Its extra scrunchy because I have laundered it.  I found this website very helpful in creating the layout: http://www.lizardofoz.com.au/Layouts/h.htm
Thanks for looking!

This is the back of the quilt

I like to embroider my labels directly directly on the backing so that they can't be easily removed Wink

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3  Super Fun Crazy Nine Patch Quilt in Quilting: Completed Projects by breemonkey on: May 12, 2009 02:52:10 PM
We're having a craft silent auction to benefit united way where I work and this was my submission!  It got a little extra crazy because I agreed to do it before I found out the deadline was 3 weeks away!  I still had a great time working on this coloful quilt.  It is about 50" X 70".  I used cotton batting which has a nice effect but while I was quilting it lint got just everywhere!   I washed it when I was done but I still couldn't get it lint free.  Anyone have any suggestions?

The auction ends Friday, I hope it brings in a little money.  They actually asked for a "suggested retail value" but I just didn't feel comfortable giving one.  We'll see what happens.

Thanks for looking!
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4  Spring Ruffle Top From Tutorial in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by breemonkey on: April 26, 2009 05:26:48 AM
I whipped up this cute top from this tutorial  http://sewmamasew.com/blog2/?p=791 from Sew Mama Sew http://www.sewmamasew.com/blog2/ by Rae from Made by Rae http://madebyrae.blogspot.com.  I really like it!  The tutorial was very well made and easy to follow.  The only thing I had to change was to take in a couple of inches from each side, it was a bit of a tent on me!

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5  Re: Flight of the Conchords round 2 --> GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by breemonkey on: April 07, 2009 02:26:41 PM
I just saw them in their first show last night in Tampa, it was great!!!  Kristen Schaal opened which I didn't expect, she was really funny!  If you have I chance I really recommend the show!

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6  Re: Flight of the Conchords round 2 --> GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by breemonkey on: March 25, 2009 02:40:28 PM
I just received an AWESOME package from teaparty!

This amazing embroidered bag that I'm totally taking to the concert along with some paper cutouts of the guys

A totally great shirt with the quote "Love is the greatest adhesive" in green, my favorite color.

And this really creative set of magnet paper dolls!  They are just too funny!

Thank you so much, teaparty, for this wonderful swap package!!!
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7  Re: OTT 20 Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by breemonkey on: February 17, 2009 03:57:52 PM
Today  I received from Sansa!  She made me a beautiful beaded mermaid coinpurse!  It is wonderful!

Thanks, Sansa!
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8  Dragon Needlebook in Needlework: Completed Projects by breemonkey on: January 30, 2009 10:01:41 AM
I made this for the OTT swap.  One of my partner's themes was dragons.

The inner covers have pockets with snap closures.

Thanks for looking!
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9  How can I fix this dress? in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by breemonkey on: January 10, 2009 05:15:28 AM

I'm in need of some assistance.  I am making this dress with a very fitted bodice and I'm unsure of what I need to do to make it fit right.  I have already taken in the side seams about 1 1/4" on the top, tapering it down to the same waist measurement as the original pattern.  Now I find that I have a lot of excess fabric bunching up right under my bust and the sides.  The waist measurement is about right, so trying to take in this excess fabric doesn't work.  I have experimented with the size of the darts, but it doesn't seem to help.  I'm starting to wonder if maybe I need to do a full bust adjustment.  According to my bra size, which I was professionally measured for (thank you, Victoria Secret), I am a D cup, and thus the patterns should be made for my size, however, according to some charts I've found online, I'm actually more like a D cup.  Any help in solving this mystery would be much appreciated!

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10  Family wall hangings in Quilting: Completed Projects by breemonkey on: December 29, 2008 05:36:21 PM
For Christmannikkah this year I made some of my family photo mini quilts:

This one is about 8X12 and it's actually from my wedding last year

This one has a quote from the simpsons, "Remember, as far as anyone knows we're a nice, normal family."

These next two are about twice the size.

This one says, "The love of a family is life's greatest blessing."

This one has Family, Love, Laughter, and Hope embroidered in the border

Thanks for looking!
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