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741  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Ani L'Dodi Anniversary Piece & Patriotic Angel -- Cross-stitch (pic heavy) on: July 13, 2008 03:58:04 PM
Thanks so much guys!! I'm quite proud of it. Not only was it my first finish in a long time (about 5 years... I have a lot of UFOs... Roll Eyes ) but it's the first where I made absolutely sure that every stitch was perfect. Normally, I just wallow on and "adjust" the pattern as I go to gloss over my mistake. I guess because it was a gift, my perfectionist side made itself known.  Grin  I'm extremely happy with it and happier still that they loved it and it's now proudly displayed in their home.
742  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Ani L'Dodi Anniversary Piece & Patriotic Angel -- Cross-stitch (pic heavy) on: July 13, 2008 11:33:37 AM
You do beautiful work. I especially like the anniversary piece. Do you remember who made the kit?

Certainly! I bought the kit here: http://www.craftyneedle.com/prod.itml/icOid/5275

I started the anniversary piece on Christmas Eve last year and finished Feb 21... it was rather a quick stitch with only 3 colors and a very large and simple design. The Patriotic Angel is small (5"X7") and I started her in 2006 sometime and only finished her this March. About halfway through I sat her down in a drawer and promptly forgot about her though. I think in all actuality it was maybe only 3 weeks or so of work.
743  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Ani L'Dodi Anniversary Piece & Patriotic Angel -- Cross-stitch (pic heavy) on: July 13, 2008 07:19:44 AM
The Ani L'Dodi is just so perfect. The shades of blue were an excellent choice. Smiley

Oddly enough, IRL, they're actually quite violet. They came in a kit together with the pattern so I just went with it although a friend of mine converted her floss to others more blue. It made finding the mats a pain though. Everyone kept pulling out blues that just didn't work with the colors. Finally my husband found the blue-violet one closest to the piece and the sale associate found the lighter blue suede that matches pretty perfectly too.
744  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Pressed Flower Girls Framed Gift on: July 13, 2008 07:08:19 AM
I got the idea from a TV show on HGTV and made up these little girls to give to my cousins who were the flower girls in my wedding.

I think they turned out adorable, all the mats cost less than $5 (frames and scrapbook paper), and the girls loved them.

745  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Baby Afghan on: July 13, 2008 07:00:37 AM
I decided to make a baby afghan for my BIL/SIL when they had their first baby a few years back. I started out with the pink yarn but ran out halfway through, hence the bi-color finish. I used this tutorial and added some flowers that are sewed on VERY securely so tiny baby hands wouldn't rip them off.  Tongue

746  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Ani L'Dodi Anniversary Piece & Patriotic Angel -- Cross-stitch (pic heavy) on: July 13, 2008 06:48:38 AM
Just some cross-stitch projects I finished earlier this year.  Tongue

First up, the Ani L'Dodi Anniversary piece I did for my in-laws. This was the first piece I have done with any sort of religious symbolism. The symbols in the middle portion is the Hebrew phrase "ani l'dodi, v'dodi li". Translated to English around the border, "I am my beloved's and my beloved is mine." The inside border edging is a simple backstitch vine motif. Here's the list of what everything else symbolizes:

Star of David - Israel and/or the Jewish faith
Peacocks - beauty of the eternity to come in Heaven
Grapes and Vines - land of Israel (one of the 7 Spices of Israel)
Olive branches - peace and goodwill
Pomegranates - hope of eternal life and/or fertility (one of the 7 Spices of Israel)

Their last names are in the original piece, just blurred out here for PERSEC.  Wink  And no, oddly enough, my inlaws are NOT jewish.  Roll Eyes

Some close-ups:

And the BEAUTIFULLY framed finish!!

I joked with my husband that if it didn't have their names on it I'd have been seriously tempted to keep it!!  Grin  MIL cried for a solid half hour after they received it in the mail. She even called me still in tears AND started crying harder when I told her I made it myself.


And next, a Dimensions kit - Patriotic Angel. There's supposed to be the phrase "we hold these truths..." in the background but my cats ran off with the gold thread before I could do it. I wasn't really liking how it looked anyway so I'm happy with the way it turned out.

Before framing:

And with the wonderful framing job:


747  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Coin Folder into Photo Scrapbook on: July 13, 2008 06:30:56 AM
Just a small gift scrapbook I put together as a birthday gift for my friend a few years ago. The photos are from a trip we took to visit a friend of mine in Canada (now her fiance!) and also some photos from when I visited her for Thanksgiving later that year. She requested that I blur out the photos of her and her friend that tagged along but my blur tool in PSP was being a pain so I just went with strategically placed buttons. Those aren't there originally.

I used a tri-fold coin folder I found at Walgreens in the $1.00 pile. I covered the entire thing with patterned paper and created larger pieces as focal points. I punched certain photographs with a hole punch to fit into the holes for quarters as well as using them on a (LUSH) newspaper ads for colorful embellishments to put all over the pages. Added some journaling and embellishments and voila! A scrapbook for my friend. She loved it.

So anyway, here's the photos (Note - I actually have nothing against Canada/Canadians, we just jokingly bitch about how horrible this trip/vacation was):

Thumbnails are clickable  Grin

748  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: Passport Save the Dates! (Picture-Heavy) on: July 12, 2008 12:38:47 PM
AMAZING!! I've never seen anything like them! Wonderful job!! And the luggage tags are so thoughtful.
749  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Destination Wedding/Cruise Accessory on: July 12, 2008 12:56:44 AM
Oh love them!! Seems weird to say but I never thought of making my own and always balked at the $20 and up prices of store-bought ones, so I don't have one. Gosh, I make all kinds of stuff because I hate paying such high prices for stuff I can make myself. I feel kinda stupid for not thinking of it before.... lol.

Thanks for the "reminder" of how simple they are to make! They turned out great. Have fun in Spain!
750  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Overall Purse [img heavy] on: July 11, 2008 03:13:44 PM
Great job! I've had the idea for one of these floating around in my head for awhile too. Hopefully I'll pick up a pair of overalls one of these days.

I love the lining fabric too, it works great with the khaki color.
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