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11  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / SMASH the Patriarchy Tote... right after this cup of tea! on: July 19, 2017 10:37:29 AM
While crafting for the Feminism & Diversity Swap recently, I chatted with my partner kittykill, and she lamented we live far apart, or else we'd each love to have the other over for tea and crafting.  It inspired me to create a tote for her.  I purchased the frame image from the Silhouette Design Store, then altered the size & shape of it, before adding in the text with a typewriter font.  It was cut out of black glitter htv on my Silhouette.  I was going for the feel of captions to old silent films.  Very happy with how it came out. 



12  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Bad Ass B!t@# Necklace on: July 19, 2017 10:32:15 AM
I recently had the great fortune to partner with kittykill in the Feminism & Diversity Swap.  I knew that I wanted to create a piece that felt like donning armor when putting it on; something with weight to remind her of her own innate strength while fighting for equality.  The result is almost a gorget in size and area covered on the body.   



I made the chain from large individual gunmetal links and Swarovski crystal 'cosmic rings' in jet black.  Each individual element was chosen to reflect intersectional feminist principals, or to reference kittykill specifically.  I'll list a few of them...  The central eye pendant to help us stay woke, and keep an eye on The Man.  The pink crystal hearts represent one of her favorite songs, Rebel Heart by Madonna.  A large claw shaped stone to remind her that sometimes we need to use our teeth and claws to grab and hold onto our rights.  A Mexican coin to represent the 'Bad Hombres' among us, working as allies in our fight for gender equality.  A Queen Bee bottlecap as a reminder of 'who runs the world'.  A resin pendant that reads 'elusive', as reference to the fact that after decades of bold suffragettes and women's libber's alike fighting for equality among the sexes, that equality still eludes us in the pay gap, in stereotyped gender-based marketing campaigns, in how we treat the victims of sexual assault, in what toys are marketed to our children, and so many other issues.



There is an antique key gifted to me as an extra in a Craftster swap, to remind her of the strength found in friendships among women and the communities we create for ourselves.  A 'P', for kittykill's first initial; a wing to soar on; a playing die for luck in the game of life.  I'm really thrilled with how it turned out, and hopefully it will bring her as much joy as I had making it.

13  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Crescent Moon Dreamcatcher on: July 12, 2017 11:21:00 AM


I just realized I never posted this when I completed it.  I finished it last fall, and it went to it's new home shortly thereafter.  Out of sight, out of mind!  I had been on a kick of making dreamcatchers for friends and family.  This one was created for a friend who collects artwork inspired by the moon and is obsessed with purple.  The hoop is wrapped in purple leather, with the crescent moon weaving done in silver metallic thread.  I added a mix of purple, indigo and blue yarns, ribbons, and other fibers to give it lots of texture.  When I was done, it still seemed to be lacking something, so I dug through my jewelry stash, until I found the pendant at the top; an antique gold starburst, covered in pearls and purple AB beads. 
14  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Rainbow Granny Stripe Pillow on: July 09, 2017 05:56:39 PM


Final project in this series...  I've been partnered up with the amazing pottermouth in Round 2 of the I Want to Live in the Burrow Swap.  She asked that I craft for her daughter, who has recently gotten her own place.  pottermouth had just made her a Ron Weasley Blanket, and mentioned she might like a throw pillow to go with it.  After making a granny square pillow, and then a mandala pillow, I was inspired by all the rainbow flags all over my Facebook feed in June, and decided to make a rainbow pillow to round out the set. 



I didn't follow a specific pillow pattern for this one, but I did use attic24's tutorial on making granny stripe afghans.  I thought I'd do the entire back in ivory, with ivory joining the two sides, but halfway through I realized I didn't have enough yarn, so I added a blue stripe across the back, and used more blue to join them.  It wasn't what I planned, but I really like the juxtaposition of the rainbow against a sky blue and fluffy white.
15  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Scrappy Mandala Pillow on: July 09, 2017 05:55:46 PM


I've recently partnered up with the amazing pottermouth in Round 2 of the I Want to Live in the Burrow Swap.  She asked that I craft for her daughter, who has just gotten her own place.  pottermouth had made her a Ron Weasley Blanket, and mentioned she might like a throw pillow to go with it.  After making a granny square pillow, I had so much yarn left, that I decided to start a Mandala Pillow too, mostly as an excuse to try out this mandala pattern!  The pattern itself came from the book Boho Crochet. 



In looking for pillow forms to fill it with, I found that nothing I needed (blank pillow forms, fabric, or zippers) was on sale at the craft store, and I was plum out of coupons, so I actually went to Tuesday Morning, and picked up so random pillows to cover.  This one was a cute seafoam green, with some embroidery on one side. I stitched the mandala onto the front of the cover, so that it can be taken off and washed as needed.
16  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Granny Square Pillow on: July 09, 2017 05:55:13 PM


I've had the good fortune to be partnered up with the amazing pottermouth in Round 2 of the I Want to Live in the Burrow Swap.  She asked that I craft for her daughter, who has recently gotten her own place.  pottermouth had just made her a Ron Weasley Blanket, and mentioned she might like a throw pillow to go with it.  I found some of the yarns she had used, so it would feel like Mrs. Weasley had made both from her yarn stash and started in on scrappy a granny square pillow. 



In looking for pillow forms to fill it with, I found that nothing I needed (blank pillow forms, fabric, or zippers) was on sale at the craft store, and I was plum out of coupons, so I actually went to Tuesday Morning, and picked up so random pillows to cover.  This one was a deep metallic plum purple, and I love how you get glimpses of it through the yarn, especially as Mrs. Weasley would be likely to reuse and refurbish in her crafting.  I love how scrappy and kitchy it feels.

17  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Giant Star Block Wedding Quilt on: July 09, 2017 05:20:03 PM
On June 24th, just a few days before I was set to leave for vacation in Florida, my husband came home with an invitation to a wedding.  A wedding that would take place just 5 days after I got back!  Because a big wedding gift was not in our monthly budget, and because I believe in giving handmade gifts for such monumental occasions, I decided to see what I had in my stash to make a quilt.  I found 6 yards of a pretty cream calico.  Since I would have to make it quickly, I picked a simple pattern called the Giant Star Block Quilt from the blog In Color Order.  Best part, it only required me to pick up 8 fat quarters from my local quilt shop.  I cut the pieces and binding before leaving, and I'm so glad I did, because I came home from vacation (in summer, in FL) with a cold! 



I was sidelined for a few days before I could dive back in, but got back into it on Friday, where I got the blocks pieced, and the rows together.  Then yesterday I spent every single minute of my day stitching my butt off, to get it ready to take to the reception which started at 7:00pm last night.  With a little help from my amazing husband doing a bit of pinning the quilt sandwich, trimming googly threads, and pressing my binding, we, mostly managed to finish it on time.  I actually finished at 7:13, we pulled out of the driveway at 7:15, and got there at 7:30, with no one the wiser that we were late! 
18  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / HP - I Want to Live in the Burrow Swap - Round 2 GALLERY on: July 04, 2017 01:01:56 PM
Harry Potter - I Want to Live in the Burrow Swap: Round 2 GALLERY


"I think it's brilliant." - Harry
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Portkey back to the Swap Thread!

Partners:
FiberAlchemist (sent 7/13) ---> noodle-bug
noodle-bug ---> FiberAlchemist


Mistress Jennie (sent 7/11) ---> pottermouth
pottermouth ---> Mistress Jennie


jellybean89 (sent 7/12) ---> patty_o_furniture
patty_o_furniture ---> jellybean89


Abbeeroad ---> Inselaeffchen
Inselaeffchen ---> Abbeeroad


Ant Bee ---> sheepBlue
sheepBlue ---> Ant Bee


flyraeven ---> jenleahlynn
jenleahlynn ---> flyraeven


teag ---> Kiurious
Kiurious (sent 7/17) ---> teag


WaveLight23478 (sent 7/11) ---> rockingbearranch
rockingbearranch (sent 7/11) ---> WaveLight23478



Status Colors
SENDING:
Green = Sent
Orange = Sending Late with Communication
Red = LATE, NO COMMUNICATION, CONTACT ME IMMEDIATELY!

RECEIVING:
Blue = Received (but haven't POSTED pictures yet)
Purple = Received & Posted Pictures

Strikethrough = Feedback Given
GLOWING RED=NEGATIVE FEEDBACK
19  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / Hogwarts Letter PJ's with Heat Transfer Vinyl on: June 25, 2017 10:45:22 AM


As part of my preparation for a Wizarding World adventure next week, I've been making new things to wear.  I picked up the most adorable pair of pj pants from Torrid, that have tiny owls on them.  They were several inches too long, so I went ahead an hemmed them.  Afterwards I decided that I clearly I needed to make a top to match!  I made a Hogwarts Letter tee, with silver glitter htv, and deep red flocked htv.  Getting the flocked material and the glitter vinyl to work together was a minor trick.  I cut the envelope from silver glitter htv, and the seal from dark red flocked htv.  Then I cut a space in the backing plastic so I could nestle the seal into the letter, and iron them both at the same time. The flocked material seems to need longer with the iron, but all seemed to work out with a little extra effort. 

I'm pretty excited with how adorable it is!  
20  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / HP Wizengamot Shirt with Heat Transfer Vinyl on: June 25, 2017 10:40:27 AM
Next week I'm heading off to Wizarding World of Harry Potter with the amazing Abbeeroad, the fantastic FiberAlchemist, and the every lovely edelC.  Clearly, this means that I need fun new clothes to wear on my adventure.  So this is my Wizengamot shirt.  The image was from a google image search, imported into Silhouette Design Studio.  It came out even better than I imagined it could!



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