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1  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / My newest project: More subversive xstitches on: June 13, 2010 03:19:47 PM
I love these snarky little cross stitches and I made one for a swap I am in.  Here's the finished product:

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I was also asked to make something with the elements on it so I did this, it reads the same upside down and right side up!

C&C are welcome!
2  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Smokers & Tokers swap? on: June 07, 2010 02:20:53 PM
I would love to take part in a smokers & tokers swap...for those of us who like to take part in the pleasures of the leaf (regardless of what kind it is   Grin ).  My husband and I are smoking enthusiasts, and the possibilities for this would be endless...

Anyone else interested in this?
3  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / My first ever needle felted project. A murloc! on: February 28, 2010 10:26:02 AM
I am in the World of Warcraft swap and my wonderful partner had sent me a starter kit for needle felting in a previous swap.  I decided to jump in with both feet and give it a whirl.  I only had one #40 fine needle and a handful of fluff and more spare time than should be allowed.  I hope you like my little creation, he's the first attempt with many more to come.  There is no skeleton or framework inside him at all, but the felting was done so tight that he is self supported and articulated with no fear of coming apart.  The spines in his back have small pieces of wire in them just to keep them rigid, but offer no structural support to the main body at all.

I sent him to my good friend Curiousfae (who is also the person that sent me the felting goodies).  She loved him and I thank her for showing me yet another form of art that I can spend my time creating!
4  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / My newest cross stitch project on: January 26, 2010 08:05:17 PM
I am a complete klutz and stumbled over my first aid kit busting the top.  So my husband made me a new wooden box for it and I made an insert for the cover that has this goofy plastic window in it.  The box was recycled from some sort of display case.  Here's the new cover to the first aid kit:

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5  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / My brand new blanket got washed and now it looks old and worn out! on: November 09, 2009 08:18:58 PM
I crocheted a blanket for someone and after washing it to get rid of the debris and cat hair that gets on it while I work and the yarn is such a soft variety that when it came out it looks all "fuzzy" and not at all like a new blanket!  I don't know what to do now.  I'm sure she'll understand but in the future how can I avoid this?  Was it the dryer that did it or the washing itself?  *sigh*  I'm such a doofus.
6  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Cosmic scenes with quilting on: October 21, 2009 02:08:34 AM
I came across this site with the work of an artist named Jimmy McBride...while the subject of his quilts is original and inspiring, I don't find his work to be worth the price tags.  Take a look at the link below to see these space scenes recreated with quilting and tell me, am I just on glue or is this work rather sloppy?  I was shocked when I saw the prices, no way!  I am getting into quilting and will try to work my magic and see what version I can come up with.


And if it turns out lopsided and bunched up along a seam, all I have to do is slap a $3,000 price tag on it and say it's artistic license...
7  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Addams Family swap? on: August 13, 2008 01:08:12 PM
I absolutely adore the Addams Family shows and movies.  Who out there would like to get an Addams Family themed swap going?!?!?!  I'd love to see the things people came up with.
8  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Dungeons & Dragons swap? on: August 13, 2008 01:04:54 PM
I am such a nerd.  I am 38 years old and I still play Dungeons and Dragons!  Any other old school gamers or gamers wives out there?  You know who you are.  Dice not mice!  Anyone else interested in this RPG swap theme?
9  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / All things natural and a few other ideas. on: July 01, 2008 11:39:42 PM
I did search but didn't seem to find any specific swaps that had these themes, so here goes.  Don't shoot me if I am mistaken, I didn't go back into prehistory in the archives.  How about:

All things natural:  Nothing man made (plastic, nylon, etc.).  All items in the swap package must be made from all natural materials?  Like hand woven materials, feathers, bone, leather, wood, etc?  Just a thought.

State regional:  Only people from a specific state or region of a state?

Guild Wars:  I am a total nut for the MMORPG Guild Wars.  I saw a World of Warcraft and a few other game themes, but no Guild Wars.

Playthings:  An interactive item (can be ANYTHING) that can be a source of entertainment like a shirt with velcro tic-tac-toe board on the front,  hand made chess set, or a hand made wooden ball-in-maze game, or something like that.  The possibilities are endless.

Naughty Novelties:  This can be an adult themed swap.  I've seen a few of them here like the dirty words and a few risque things here and there.  I once crocheted a scarf for a friend that had a pair of big boobs on them, one on each end of the scarf, so when it was wrapped, a boob hung down in front of him on each side.  It was meant to be a joke since he was a self proclaimed "boob-man" but within a week I had orders for 15 more at $25 a pop!  Who knew being naughty in a crafty way could pay off!  I've also seen knitted stuffed "winkies" that were hilarious...again, all in the novelty scene.

Just a few ideas rattling around in my head, but since I'm a total noob here I can only suggest and can not organize just yet...

10  Wisconsin / Wisconsin: Southeast / Southeastern Wisconsin ~ Walworth County ~ Anybody else live here? on: July 01, 2008 11:23:36 PM
I'd love to hook up with fellow crafters in the area.  I live in Elkhorn, WI and am BORED OUT OF MY FREAKING MIND.  I moved here in August of `07 and haven't really met too many folks nearby.  I have learned that if you're not into watching corn grow, there's not much for a person to do here except stay home and make stuff...so here I sit...making stuff.

Anyone else live nearby want to kill some time and try to alleviate some boredom?  I'd love to exchange craft ideas with locals (or anyone for that matter)!  Maybe we can get a Wisconsin only craft swap going!
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