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1  SEWING IN GENERAL / Machine Embroidery: Discussion and Questions / Machine Embroidery that looks like Cowboy Boot Stitching? on: December 13, 2012 03:08:49 PM
Hey everybody! Smiley I'm trying to find a machine embroidery pattern download that looks like Cowboy Boot stitching. Like this pic here:

See the stitching along the front and sides of the boot? Something along those lines. I've been through the quilting patterns (since I can't find anything under boot stitching) over at emblibrary.com which is typically my go-to for embroidery patterns but can't find anything similar. Does anyone here perhaps know of another site that might carry something similar to what I have posted?

If I can't find a good pattern, I'll probably have to free-hand it which I'd prefer to avoid doing since it's a Christmas stocking and I'm getting short on time... lol.

Thanks for any help/advice! Smiley

ETA - Oh yeah, I'm looking for a VIP format.
2  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Logo Work on: March 30, 2012 08:32:39 AM
(ETA finished product for front page... been so long I've posted, I forgot about that!)

Hey guys,

Haven't posted in this side of the forum very often, but I wanted to show off my latest work. Smiley It started out conventionally with a random idea of 2 phoenixes and a pack of oil and chalk pastels. And I'll show how I kind've evolved it into the finished product (keep in mind I haven't picked up a pastel since the 3rd grade, so bear with my noobishness here Tongue).

I decided that I wanted to add an element of music to it, so I decided that I wanted the blue phoenix to be slightly reminiscent of a treble clef. So I kinda started playing around with that idea....

But I liked the simplicity of the first doodle so I backed off a little on the scribbles. I also *really* got excited about the idea of turning one into a "typical" phoenix of fire and another phoenix of water. The two phoenixes are supposed to represent my partner and I. I am very fiery and really identify a lot with the imagery of a phoenix, whereas he is much more of a water sign. And I wanted the two to also be twisted around the other since our creative process is very give and take and him doing things that inspire me and me doing things that inspire him... we feed off each other and produce the most amazing things due to that. Smiley

So I really liked that one. Smiley Input into photoshop and mask out the image with a black background, smooth it out a little:

And the finished website banner. <3

But yeah, so I'm *really* proud of it. It's my first logo work but I think it's pretty good if I do say so myself (although I'm no expert, so C&C is much appreciated!). It was really easy to create a black and white version as well for letterheads and stamps and such. Plus the business cards look very awesome. Smiley

I'm not intending to advertise the business here, just show off the artwork and share my creative process. Smiley

ETA - Decided to upload just the background to the business cards because I just simply love the effect I did.

3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Wallet/Wristlet Clasp Frame? on: June 08, 2011 10:59:29 PM
My sister got this wallet/wristlet from WalMart last year sometime. I noticed it recently and really like the design and such so I went to go find one but I guess they no longer carry it. I figured it would be easy enough to make myself but I'm having trouble figuring out what the type of frame is called.

It's set up like those ball-clasp purse frames except it's not curved, it's just straight. Also, instead of a ball-clasp, it's like one side has a hole in it, the other side has a small oval metal bit that fits through the hole and then folds down on a small hinge. I haven't the faintest clue what this is called.

Anyone know what it's called? or more importantly where I can buy one?
4  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 59 ENTRIES / Rooster Breadbox to Pimpin' Purple Message Center! on: February 05, 2011 09:11:49 PM
Good evening my dear Crafterstonians! Here is my entry for the latest Craft Challenge...

First, the cringe-worthy before pic:

Can you just picture the grotesque orange linoleum that covered the floor of the kitchen this once housed? The most *perfect* shade of puke green "avocado" appliances that so perfectly accessorized this very breadbox? I know you can. We've all had those aunts/grandparents in our lives somewhere. Mine was Great-Great-Aunt Ella (or La-La as we called her). I dedicate this recon to her and her awful kitchen... even if it produced the best waffles on the planet. Wink

A close-up of the masterpiece that I call "El Pollo de la Muerte"!

Don't let the flowers fool you, he is a master of death and destruction. Just look at those beady little eyes for the truth. But I... I have conquered the Pollo.

For only $2.99, El Pollo was mine....

Some FABULOUS purple spraypaint, bling-blingy rhinestones, decadent stickers, scrapbooking embellishments/paper, ribbon, some cork coaster backs, a new cabinet knob and a piece of metal sheeting later... I give you my new Desk Organizer/Message Center!

This picture is the closest to the true color. It's definitely purple and not as pink-hued as the other photos try to show it.

It will eventually take up residence in my craft room. The two baskets and pen can inside helping corral stray tools that don't have another home at present or that need to be kept close by at all times.  Smiley

Thanks for looking and listening to the tale of El Pollo and his untimely demise.  Cheesy

5  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Desk Organizers on: December 06, 2010 02:05:53 AM

8x10 art canvas board thing
Scrapbooking Paper
Small Plastic Photo Frame
Photo Holder
PVC Pipe Couplings
Wooden Knobs
Framing Spacer Plastic thing

Sooo quick and easy. The blue one is for my mom and the purple is another one of BFFs gifts.

6  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Iron Maiden's Eddie <3 on: December 06, 2010 02:00:45 AM
Yup, another gift for my BFF for Christmas. One I probably won't be able to keep a secret I'm so excited about... lol.  Cheesy His favorite song lyrics included. <3

And because the flash is weird, here's a darker pic with a more true color of the greens and purple...

I had a stencil for the face, but all the shadowing and the Iron Maiden logo is me. I <3 him and now I want one for my room!!

Sadly, crafting for my BFFs, this is usually the case. I have to make or buy two of everything because I love what I'm getting them too much to not have one of my own!  Roll Eyes
7  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Twilight you say? No wai. :D on: December 06, 2010 01:55:28 AM
Okay so... preface here, I'm not a Twilight fan... lol. But my BFFs sister is and I made her these frames for Christmas. I love the simplicity of the book covers and they lend themselves well to stencils. <3 Soooo, el cheapo frames from IKEA, some paint, cardstock and a few magazine pages in appropriate colors, I give you some rockin' home decor.  Cheesy

8  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Thrifted book pages + printed owls = smexy! on: December 03, 2010 02:09:17 AM
I made these for my best friend as one of her Christmas gifts. We both have quite the affinity and love for owls and often send each other gifts throughout the year with owls as a recurring theme.

I had an old thrift store kids book with a story about these kids named Peppers? Iunno. But it's one of those one side of the book is one story (alice in wonderland) and the other side of the book is the Pepper story. I'm planning on using the AIW stuff for a later project so I decided to "pick a pack of Pepper pages" (? lol) for this project.  Cheesy

A package of thrift store frames were a little too white so I tore up pieces of the brown mail package wrappings and decoupaged them on with some craft glue. I purposefully made the interior edge ragged for a little texture.

I found some owl images I liked through google and printed them out onto regular printer paper. I then taped the book page to the printer paper and put it back into the machine to reprint directly on top of the first printing.

But yeah... so there's how I did it. I love how they look and kinda want to do another set for my home...  Wink


I also picked the pages from the books because of the chapter titles you can still see. I think they kinda "fit" with each picture, even if the meanings are a little twisted... lol. From left to right they read, "Which Treats of a Good Many Matters" (he looks so grumpy and not expecting a treat at all), "A Threatened Blow" (he's totally giving us "the look"... lol), and "New Friends" (I liked how he was in mid-flight like he was swooping down to catch a field mouse or something... aww, making friends!) xD.

Thanks for looking! Smiley
9  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / 2nd Quilt - Barn Raising/Log Cabin in Purple and Green on: December 03, 2010 01:57:19 AM
Hi again! Been up late finishing up my BFFs Christmas quilt... <3

So here it is, the as-promised log cabin:

Still need to add the binding though (same with the rainbow quilt for his sister)... hoping to get that started on (and hopefully finished!) tomorrow after I get some rest as my eyes are rather bleary and I'm tired... lol.

Here's some in-progress shots and commentary:

All laid out. I knew I wanted this layout but there was some tweaking to do moving squares around to satisfy my random need for light here and dark there. Don't worry, I caught that turned square on the upper right in time...

Here I've pinned my backing (ie - full sized flat sheet from Wal-Mart = $8.00) directly to the carpet. (note to self - clean camera lens... )

I laid out the batting on top and smoothed it down. Also, called in Aoisha (Director of Fabric Stability) for his expertise at this point. He is overseeing the preliminaries before he takes his post.

Starting to pin from the center outwards. Aoisha has taken his position and sent Molly, his trustworthy assistant, to do a perimeter sweep and check for snags and lumps.

After I finished quilting, I went to remove the safety pins. Aoisha is very dedicated to his job and will stick around afterwards to be 100% sure that there are no problems.

And there it is!

<333 I've already sent pictures to me friend and he says he loves it and can't wait to get it.  Grin

Some more things I've learned:
* Dual-Feed Foot/Walking Foot = still amazing. <3
* 1/4" quilting foot = pretty darn helpful (not necessarily *needed* but useful)
* Transparent thread: Pro: you can't see it! Con: you can't see it!  Cheesy  In all seriousness though, this stuff (once you get the hang of it) is kinda nice. It hides a multitude of goofs. I only stitched 3 rows (separate occurrences) completely without realizing it wasn't stitching... xD So yeah, check that often and keep an ear open for the thread snapping when it breaks.
* Take pictures often and take the time to upload them to the computer to "step back" and look at the layout before sewing. As I mentioned above, I caught the turned square from the original layout but as you can see from the pinning photos, there's a turned green one center stage at the bottom that I did not notice until that point. Thankfully it was on the border but omg, seam ripping and re-sewing was a pain and it's still wonky.  Undecided  I also had a notebook with a layout drawing I used while I was assembling everything. It helps a lot but I guess I just zoned out on that one square, or got distracted by the helper kittehs.
* You can't ever have enough quilting safety pins for basting.

Thanks for looking! Smiley

Good night Craftster. *yawns*
10  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Rainbow Happy Quilt on: November 19, 2010 07:36:40 PM
So, long story quite short, I needed to "practice" making some quilts because I've been tasked to make some for my family out of my grandmother's clothes (she passed earlier this year) and with the strict fabric "allowance", I can't afford to be making huge mistakes that would have me tossing loads of these projects into the trash because it's not like I can go buy more fabric.

Killing two birds with one stone, I'm making a pair of quilts for my best friend and his sister as Christmas gifts. I'm *almost* finished with hers (just need to add the binding) but I couldn't wait to post it. I'm so proud and inordinately happy every time I even look at this quilt. I don't know if it's the colors or the love put into it or what but I just smile every time I see it.  Grin

She really loves rainbows so I did a google search to get an idea for rainbow quilts and came across this blog post. I had already planned on doing a disappearing nine-patch quilt as a starter because they seem so easy even though the effect is stunning and somewhat complicated looking. So with that, I ran to the store and bought me some fat quarters and got to work.

Since I'm making other Christmas gifts off and on (is there such thing as a serious diagnosis of crafting ADD? because I totally have it... oh look, a shiny! *wanders*) this has been about 3-4 weeks to make although probably only 3-4 days of actual work. I've made some mistakes, some I could fix and others I didn't bother, but my new sewing machine and I have become friends throughout the process and I'm slowly learning all of her little quirks and foibles. Overall, I'm very pleased with this quilt and like I said, can't help but smile every time I see it. My hands always want to reach out and pet it... but anyway, I hope she ends up loving it as much as I do. <3

Enough sentimental rambling though, here's the pics:

Btw, the cats LOVE this quilt...  Roll Eyes I can't keep them off it. So apologies for the camera hogs there.

And some artsy in-progress shots because all the colors are wonderful <3. I plan on printing and framing some of these to hang on my craft room wall they're so happy and delightful to me.

So there it is, my first quilt. <3

Things I learned:
* Dual-Feed Foot = a MUST HAVE... omg this thing was pricey but soooo totally worth it!
* proper pinning/basting is necessary, take your time and re-do if needed (the best tip I read was to pin backing to carpet, worked like a charm!.. even if my knees are still bruised Shocked)
* I need more practice with free motion quilting and/or a pair of quilting gloves, my fingers cramped up sooo much.
* I should take more time with ironing and paying attention to seam direction (it's not awful, I did do a decent job, but in the future, more patience could be a virtue)

Next up: Log cabins!

Thankies for looking! C&C welcome and appreciated. Smiley
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