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21  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: Feedback please! on: April 07, 2009 07:12:29 PM
Characters... Wolverine has always been a favorite (but you've done him already).  I also really like Dawn, though her appearance changes a LOT.
22  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: Twin pointed quick stitch needles on: April 07, 2009 07:08:02 PM
I had some of these about (gulp) 20 years ago.  From what I remember, I think they'd work better with a floor frame (which I don't have) or for someone who sews with both hands (which I don't do).

That said, if I had a floor frame ... I'd probably get some more.
23  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: OTT 21 Gallery on: March 31, 2009 06:56:51 PM
FINALLY got my butt around to posting photos...

From thanate, a lovely, hand-sewn and handmade mini-book.  I'm someone who tends to misplace things, so she put heavy-duty magnets on the back.  (It looks black, but it's a deep blue).  

And, on the inside, a recipe for VERY decadent brownies, and recycled paper, so I can add things to the other pages.  I especially like the elastic braid, which keeps the book closed OR open to the right page. Wink

Very cool, it's on my fridge right now (if only there were a place in my car to stick it..)

Thank you thanate!  I really like it!
24  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: 7 Words you cant say on Craftster Gallery! Show us the S*** on: March 19, 2009 11:13:26 AM
I kinda like the misspelling... you'd be surprised how many fewer people are offended by a cuss-word if the letters are transposed.
25  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: One Tiny Thing 21 (OTT 21) :: Sign-up Mar 1-6 :: Send Mar 31 on: March 17, 2009 08:56:28 PM
Sweet!  Zombies!!!  Smiley
26  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Forest Friends Round 3 Swap Gallery on: March 14, 2009 02:07:46 PM
The stitched hedgie pattern came from www.theworkbasket.net freebie section. It's based on a 'quaker square' (so they say) so they call it a 'hedgehog quaker'.

I've been thinking of making one for myself too, but I'ma hegehog lover.  It'd make a cute needlebook too.
27  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Forest Friends Round 3 Swap Gallery on: March 13, 2009 06:19:17 AM
Since my partner (Lolly_Trolley) has had computer issues, I'm posting a photo of the package I sent her.

The notecards and stickers are 'extras' that I didn't craft myself.  Otherwise, there is an 'owlet' and hedgehog ami, a tote bag with a cross stitched hedgehog (lots of hedgies in this swap!), a cross-stitched keychain, a dragonfly biscornu, and a tiny crocheted butterfly bookmark.

Funny story... I made a butterfly biscornu about 6 months ago.  I used the same pattern (which I modified a lot for both of them) and it 'disappeared' when it was 3/4 of the way stitched together.  Either the dog or the cat got it... I'm assuming it was the dog (since no trace was left...I think she ate it!)

Now when I leave my work, I put it in a snap-top bin!
28  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Help finding candy molds? on: March 10, 2009 08:04:42 AM
I had good luck with  http://www.streichs.com/cgi-bin/streichs

(It has been a few years since I've ordered though, we've got a couple of local places that carry a lot of candy-making stuff)
29  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: SCORE! on: March 06, 2009 05:59:36 PM
My son suggested taking some of the black fabric, stitching on some 'cute' (I swear, his term) skulls/crossbones on them, and turning them into bookmarks for my daughter (his sister, who's off in college).  She has a thing for lime green... it'd show up well, that's for sure.

Then, of course, I might have to break out the glow-in-the-dark floss... hehehe

I've also been on a biscornu kick... I haven't done one in black yet.

But, I've got two other projects to finish first (Lately, I've been trying to actually FINISH things... an amazing concept... ).
30  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / SCORE! on: March 06, 2009 11:45:19 AM
Beelisty posted a thread about dying one own's cross stitch fabric.  The idea sounded like fun to me, but since I've been using up all my stash, I had to go to the store for some more.

I printed out my 40% off coupon for Joann fabrics (figuring I'd buy some evenweave linen for a special project) and headed off to the store.

When my son and I got there, I told him to find me the 'cheapest fabric' for the dying experiment.  We poked around for a bit, then he said, "hey, how about this", and pointed to a couple of hooks at eye level (his eye level... he's about 6 feet tall...).

Little red 'clearance' tags.  Sweet!  I love clearance. 

In the basket:  two packages of black aida, one package of forest green, one package of navy blue (all in the 12x18" size), four packages of black aida (18x20" size), and two packages of evenweave linen. 

Roughly $45 worth of material... my cost... ten bucks plus tax.

Since I bought ten packages of fabric (and it'll probably take me years to go through it all), I figured it was probably best I not buy any more to dye.  So I went home and dyed some wool yarn instead(I had some pastel pink wool in the stash... I hate pastel pink... I'm not sure how it'll turn out exactly, but anything is an improvement).
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