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1  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Jack-O-Lantern Centerpiece on: September 07, 2017 10:15:51 PM
hey everyone.  I know I've been quiet for a while, but I have my reasons.  however, I finally made something I've been wanting to make since last year...maybe even the year before.  I honestly can't remember.  but I am just SO thrilled with how it turned out that I wanted to share it with you all.

I made this cute little guy tonight!

made from a 97 mini pumpkin pail from Walmart (he was just too cute to pass up), flowers from Michaels that I got for $3 (gotta love coupons), a Halloween glitter pick also from Michaels that I think I got for a dollar last year when the seasonal stuff went on sale (it's hard to inventory Michaels without shopping), and the most expensive thing is the foam ball I cut up to fit inside.  so it only cost about $6.50 to make.  and I just love him to bits!
2  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Ornament Wreath on: December 18, 2016 05:04:18 PM
after making my mini wreath last year, I wanted to make a bigger one this year.  so, grabbing some ornaments after they went on sale last year, I waited (and waited and waited and waited...) until finally someone was able to get a wire hanger for me from the dry cleaner (do they even sell these things anywhere anymore?) to use as the base.  thankfully these ornaments are put together in a way that makes the tops hard to pop off the ornament, so I didn't have to glue them  I just strung them on the hanger, arranging them so they nestled together (you can see the hanger in a couple of places, but now that it's hanging up, it's not really noticeable), then wasted about 20 feet of ribbon trying to make the bow.  I'm kinda bad at making bows.  Undecided

this one went to my parents.  I'll be making a black/white/silver one for myself as soon as I get another hanger.
3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / wooden snowflake mobile on: November 20, 2016 11:38:06 PM
my dad made a new friend last week.  he's a woodworker and has made lots of wooden...doodads (for lack of a better term since my brain has given up on me at the moment) from trees on his property (like 22 acres I think he said).  he gave my dad these wooden snowflakes he made, which of course my dad then gave to me.  I knew exactly what I wanted to do with them.  some of the snowflakes are made from 6 different kinds of wood as you can see by the different colors.  I don't know exactly what kinds were used, but I know cedar was definitely one of them.  it's the only one I can smell.  lol

closeup of one of the snowflakes to better see the different woods used.

I just marked off the places to hang them from around the inner ring of an embroidery hoop, then put it back together.  it's currently being displayed on a hanger in my doorway since I had no other way to take a picture of it.  I need to get a hook in my ceiling tomorrow, but I couldn't wait that long to show it off.  Grin
4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Red Riding Hood TM patch! on: September 04, 2016 05:28:15 PM
my first ever Teesha Moore patch!!!  and I love it!!!

I was in the August round of the ATC swap where I did a Red Riding Hood themed card.  I got the idea from an invitation I found online.  I made paper cuts for the ATC, then I made the pieces from felt and stitched this up.  and I love how it turned out!!!

isn't it cute?!  now I only need...some more patches to make a cover for my ATC binder!  Cheesy
5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Ariel Cross Stitch and Mermaid-inspired Frame on: July 25, 2016 09:27:04 PM
I'm putting this under miscellaneous because of the frame.  had I just put it in a plain frame, I'd have gone with "needlework".  Wink

I was inspired to make the frame when I saw this link on Pinterest (I plan on making that too just to hang on my wall, but I need to wait for Halloween costumes to be in stores...which should be any day now).

I found this cute little Ariel pattern (via Beads&Stitch) and decided to make it. Of course the base is mint tissue paper mod podged onto a frame (that was brown so I had to paint it white), then I coated it in two layers of crystal glitter paint and one coat of aqua glitter mixed with mod podge. Then I spread more mod podge on the corner, covered it in gold glitter (that got EVERYWHERE and I will be finding it months from now), and added some seashells, beach glass, and faux pearls. I'm going to hang it on my wall. That's why I added stuff to the bottom of the frame.

it's 2.5in X 3.5in on 18 count Aida.

hope you like!
6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / removing sticker gunk from terra cotta on: March 25, 2016 03:51:26 PM
a friend suggested acetone.  I have acetone based nail polish remover.  it worked!  and it didn't even stain the terra cotta.  so maybe I can just leave this here as a tip for anyone else who may have this issue.  Smiley

so I bought a terra cotta pot and saucer to make an item I've had on Pinterest for a while now, and unfortunately the company that makes them felt it was necessary to use the stickiest stickers known to man for their barcode stickers.  I tried peeling it off, but we all know how that went.  so I tried Goo Gone.  BIG.  MISTAKE.  it did allow me to remove the sticker, BUT, not only did it begin to soak into the saucer, it left behind sticker gunk.  now I'm afraid that my paint won't stick plus I don't want there to be visible sticker gunk lumps.  any suggestions on how to get that stuff off?

and if you're wondering, the bottom of the pot won't be visible, so I'm not worried about that sticker.  however, the bottom of the saucer WILL be visible.  makes you wonder what I'm making doesn't it...   Wink
7  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Crimson Butterfly cross stitch canvas on: March 13, 2016 07:41:47 AM
my latest creation.  I found these nifty 14 count cross stitch canvases and I had to have them (I still need to pick up the white ones).  they're about 6in X 6in with a roughly 4.5in X 4.5in stitching area.  this piece is based on the video game Fatal Frame II: Crimson Butterfly.

8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Halloween cabinet on: March 06, 2016 02:01:28 AM
yes, I know it's [supposedly] spring, but Halloween is my favorite holiday.  so I'll craft for it any time I want to.  Tongue

this started off as a cute white "drawer" complete with a wooden knob on top that I bought at...either Michaels or Joann Fabric.  I didn't like the knob though.  I wanted a fancy one.  so I broke that off and replaced it with the pretty glass one.  then I Mod Podged black and orange tissue paper over the entire thing (I love doing this SO much).  you can see where the orange wasn't layered as thick, but you can't tell in normal light.  I had some things on hand from past projects and just because I collect craft stuff, and I bought other things.  but I made the table and the gazing orb on the stand.  oh, and the Ouija board on the table.  the second picture shows the string of beads I put on each side.

9  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / House of Night needle book book on: March 03, 2016 12:25:58 PM
I have been wanting to make a needle book specifically for my embroidery and tapestry needles.  this challenge was the perfect opportunity since I don't need a very big one.  I've made several needle books in the past for others - Twilight: New Moon, Twilight: Breaking Dawn, The Book of Penguins (check page 19 for a closeup of the spine), Labyrinth, and Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince - so I decided to finally make myself one.  I modeled it after a book series I enjoy, The House of Night, specifically the first book Marked.  I found the moon and made it blue, then used glow-in-the-dark floss to make the diamond/HON and swirls.  I also made the tiny moon on the spine.  whenever the book is small, I need to make a closure for it too.

the book is 3 inches tall (somewhere between 2.5 and 2.75 inches wide), but the angle makes it look bigger for some reason.  it's kinda hard to tell, but the last picture is of it glowing.  you can see a slight green to the floss color.  I have no clue how to photograph glow-in-the-dark stuff.  plus I don't have the greatest camera ever.  lol.

my fingers kill me after I get done with one of these, but they're so worth it.  I love each and every one that I've made and I would love opportunities to make more for others.  but I need money before I can start swapping again.  Sad
10  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Ziggy Stardust...in memory of David Bowie on: February 23, 2016 10:52:57 PM
I felt like I needed to create something related to David Bowie after he passed away earlier this year.  the thing that came to mind was cross stitch...again.  I was going to make this on a bigger count cloth (11 count) but I don't have any.  I need to get some for later projects.  since I didn't have any 11ct, I decided to go in the completely opposite direction; use the smallest cloth I have (28ct).

I present, Ziggy Stardust...

14 colors
28ct Evenweave
3.5in X 3.5in (the extra cloth around it makes it more like 4.25in X 4.25in.  it will stay till I figure out what frame it's going in)

UPDATE:  I framed him!  and yes, I used glitter paper to mat.  Grin

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