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11  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Firefly Cross Stitches for 2011 on: May 26, 2011 09:52:12 AM
Oh I love these! They are so cool! Very inspirational for non-traditional cross stitch patterns!
12  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Old School Video Game Cross Stitch on: May 26, 2011 09:51:04 AM
Every year I try to enter something in the Competitive Exhibits at the San Diego County Fair.  Generally my entries are very amateurish compared to the hardcore entrants (every year there are people that DOMINATE different categories) and I never expect to win, but it gives me an excuse to do something crafty, PLUS I get a free ticket to the fair out of it!

This year, I decided to try something new and enter the Needlepoint/Cross Stitch competition.  It gave me a new craft to try and learn.  I'm pretty new to cross-stitching, and in retrospect I had NO IDEA how long it would actually take me to complete my submission.  I have never worked so hard on something that ended up looking so simple.  I've estimated that I have spent at least 60 hours and made more than 10,000 stitches in this project. But in the end, I was pretty happy with how things turned out, all things considered.

I present to you, my Cross Stitch sampler entry for the San Diego County Fair 2011 Needlepoint and Sewing competitive exhibit!

This cross-stitch sampler is a tribute to the old school Atari video games that I played as a kid.  The three that are featured here are Pac-Man, Centipede, and Space Invaders.  I played these games endlessly on my Atari 5200 game system, and had so much fun with them.  Video games have since become such an elaborate and sophisticated experience-- sometimes I just yearn for the simplicity of an 8-bit video game with a joystick and one button! These games may seem old school, they never go out of style.

When I turned my entry in, the older ladies volunteering at the Fair gave my project an odd look.  That's right ladies, this isn't a traditional sampler with pretty flowers, animals, houses, and alphabets.  It's not traditional by any means.  If the judges' reactions to my piece is anything remotely close to the reactions of the ladies that took in my entry, then chances are I have zero chance of winning anything.  BUT, I know that some child of the 80's will stumble upon this during the fair, as they hang out in the Home and Hobby exhibit to enjoy the air conditioning in the exhibit hall. And when they see this they'll give it an approving nod in agreement, and that's all I'm really looking to get out of this. Smiley
13  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: My Little Spazz Buddies on: October 22, 2010 08:29:24 AM
Oh, these are so cute! I love them!!! You should list them separately on etsy! Smiley
14  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Pipe Cleaner Animal: Benson, the Morkie on: October 20, 2010 09:32:19 AM
I have never heard of a "Morkie" until now. For those of you who are unfamiliar as well, a Morkie is a mix between a Yorkie and an Maltese, and look at the super cute result!!

Benson's nickname is "Hightower" because he's a little taller than his parents, so I made him taller as well! Look at those long legs! Smiley

15  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: My Daughter's Birthday Present Is Finished! on: October 05, 2010 10:24:47 PM
WOAH! That's pretty cool.. the doll was pretty creepy to begin with! Smiley
16  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Pipe Cleaner Pup: Val, the Pomeranian on: October 03, 2010 02:09:16 PM
My best friend's (Luisa's) 31st birthday was yesterday, and as a present to her, I made her a pipe cleaner animal of her adorable Pomeranian, Val. I believe Val is short for "Valentine" because she was a gift to my friend from her husband for Valentine's Day.

Not my best work-- turned out Val was pretty tricky... this was my 2nd try.  But I think Luisa liked it! Smiley
17  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Hobbes plush toy on: June 14, 2010 12:22:37 AM
Awwww, super cute! I love Hobbes! Now we just need to see a little Calvin!!  Wink Great job!!
18  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Pipe Cleaner Dogs! on: June 14, 2010 12:21:23 AM
WOw! Thanks for all the kind words everyone! You've made my day!! Grin
19  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Pipe Cleaner Dogs! on: June 13, 2010 11:18:24 AM
Hi everyone! It's been a while since I've posted one of my pipe cleaner creations! Hope you like this one!

My buddy Jarrod sent to me a picture of  his Mom's dogs to Fuzzify for his Mom's birthday. Chippy, a 10 lb Maltese; Dale, a 6 lb Maltese; and Daisy, a 4 lb Yorkie, the smallest of them all!!  These adorable little pups are so petite as it was, I could hardly see how I could make them any smaller with pipe cleaners! Hahahah!!

Somehow I managed to make some time in my insane workweek and make these little guys! Here they are!

CHIPPY - 2 inches

DALE - 1.75 inches

DAISY - 1.5 inches


I tried to make them proportional in size based on their weights. Now all I need to do is put bows on these little ones and wrap them up for Jarrod's mom. I hope she likes them!!! Happy Birthday, Jarrod's Mom!! Smiley
20  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Molly the Pipe Cleaner Yorkie on: February 09, 2010 08:49:35 PM

Here's my latest pipe cleaner creation, Molly the Yorkie! She's made 100% of pipe cleaners, with a Sharpie marker to add the black coloration on the back.  Glass seed beads for the eyes. And she measures 1.5 inches in length.

Here's Molly in real life.  Isn't she ADORABLE???

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