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11  Re: Ecofriendly/Recycling/Gardening/Hippie Swap 2 Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by Spiffyhink on: March 19, 2012 11:32:28 AM
oook, lots of pics ahead, beware! This is the package I received last week from Rantyhippie:

First off, a lovely little cross stitch that I plan to hang on my wall:

Then there were three dish scrubbies (which work great, I've already used them!) and a knit washcloth (so soft!). Kitty is inspecting:

Here she included some fabric, batting, and instructions on how to assemble a baked potato bag, which is perfect because I hate having to use lots of paper towels and/or plastic when I'm cooking. Also, isn't that potato fabric adorable? I haven't had time to make it yet, but this will be a perfect way to practice my quilting (which I haven't ever done before but will need to when I finish my quilts)

A tie-dye fabric crochet holder, which I have already put all of my crochet hooks in. I have a designated drawer for them in my crafting space and they STILL manage to get lost, so hopefully this will prevent that from happening!

All rolled up with my hooks in it:

And I asked for tea/dish towels, so here she sent several towels that she added some very pretty crochet edging to on the ends. I hope you can see the towels ok, this is kind of a bad picture:

But I did get a close-up of the crocheting:

And finally some extra towels, which I've already started using, but I think I may steal her crochet idea and embellish them this way or with embroidery  Grin I've been wanting to practice my embroidery skills on some kitchen linens lately.

Thank you so much for everything, Rantyhippie! Everything in the package was perfect, and I've already put most of it to good use by now. I love it so much!
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12  Patchwork purse made completely from stash (lots of pics) in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Spiffyhink on: February 16, 2012 12:16:08 PM
Ok, that's sort of misleading--I had to buy the keychain rings for the handle. But EVERYTHING ELSE was from stash, and it actually made a dent, too!

It's not really complicated--I'm usually crunched for time and dividing it between sewing and my baby. But now that it's done I'm really happy with it, and it's the perfect size for me. I've had all of the fabric I used for it in my stash for at least five years (!!!), and some of it more than that.

I hand-stitched the handle thingys to the sides. IT WAS HARD. That faux suede I used is THICK--I bent a needle too! I wanted it to be really strong, though, because I'm a little hard on my purses.

I put some more (textual) details in my blog, here:
That way the post doesn't get too long-winded.  Grin
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13  Re: Make Me a Hat! Round 3 (SIGNUP Jan 24 - Feb 11; MAIL BY March 21) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by Spiffyhink on: February 05, 2012 09:08:51 AM
Oh, I love all of those! Hats with netting always seem so glamorous! In fact, that reminds me that I have my own little vintage hat (at least I think it's vintage) that I got when I was a kid. It's meant for a child, so I can't wear it, but I still keep it around and it's really cute to look at:

They way I remember it, it was given to me by a flea market seller when I was probably younger than ten, and I've kept it ever since then. Of course, I could just be making that up, because it was so long ago that I don't remember any details, but it's still a cute hat!
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14  Re: 2012 DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by Spiffyhink on: February 05, 2012 09:02:18 AM
I love those coasters! In fact, a long time ago I made a few out of my own scraps, but they weren't circles:

See how they're all scrunched up and not flat? They were so small that I didn't quilt them and they've been used a LOT since then!  Grin I just throw them in the wash when I'm done. But that's ok, I love them anyway.
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15  Re: Wee House Craftalong-Ongoing 2011-2012 in Craftalongs by Spiffyhink on: January 27, 2012 02:28:33 PM
Teag, I can't wait to see pictures! Your tree stump house is awesome!

Here are some pics of the wallpaper and door frames on mine:

I'm also going to do window frames. I'll be at this for a while...
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16  Re: Wee House Craftalong-Ongoing 2011-2012 in Craftalongs by Spiffyhink on: January 27, 2012 07:28:10 AM
I've been reading this with some interest for a while now and have decided to join. I checked my local craft stores, but none of them really have any Doll house kits for less than $100!!!! No matter, I bought two pieces of foamcore, sketched up a design, did all the math involved to figure out what the dimensions and angles would be (for the slopped roof), and started putting it together. It turned out rather nice for something that took me a couple of hours to make. I've already taken it back apart and am covering it with wallpaper and door/window frames (that takes a looooong time), but here are some pics of it dry assembled:

These are without any windows or doors, of course. Here is a pic I took after doing the front windows on the second floor:

I would have done more of those windows on the side, but they're kind of a pain and take forever! The rest of the windows I just made into simple rectangles. These look nice though.

I'm looking forward to see everyone else's progress. There are some really lovely creations here! Batgirl, you are very lucky to have such a talented father--the things he made are all amazing! I can't wait to see more pics from everyone!
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17  Star Trek TOS Scarf in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by Spiffyhink on: January 22, 2012 01:44:45 PM
So since I usually only make gifts for women, this Christmas I decided to branch out and make something special for my dad. He's done a lot for me this past year, along with the rest of the family, and I thought it was high time I make him something special for the holidays.

Since we're both Star Trek fans, I made a scarf, which I'm surprised I haven't seen done before! It was the easiest and simplest thing, and I think I'm going to have to make one in blue for myself now:

Frumpy and blurry picture of me modeling it...sorry about the hands in the way, I wasn't thinking!

He's worn it pretty much nonstop since receiving it, and even gotten a few compliments, so I'm glad it turned out to be a hit!
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18  Re: 2012 DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by Spiffyhink on: January 22, 2012 01:11:59 PM
I always feel as if I've gotten a whole lot done, and then when I go to post something I realize it was only one or two projects--maybe it's because I have too many in progress things!

But I did get some curtains done, all from stash. Some of the fabrics in there are from clothes that I never wore and/or got ruined in the wash, and the cloth with the embroidery on it used to be an old vintage pillowcase that got ruined by a large hole. So these actually did make a slight dent in my huge fabric stash!

Then I finally found a use for an old Chinese restaurant calendar/menu I've been saving forever--it's now being used to show off my inchies/ATC collection!
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19  Re: 2011 DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by Spiffyhink on: May 07, 2011 09:34:07 AM
Thanks Brackish! I'm a bit of a dollar store crafter too! I hope your plaques come out well!
This year for Mother's Day I'm giving out pin cushions and needle books:

Here they are all wrapped up and labeled

And individually:

They're all from stash except for the felt I used on two of the pin cushions. I even put some of my own pins and needles in there--I have TONS of them.
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20  Re: 2011 DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by Spiffyhink on: May 05, 2011 06:00:21 PM
Craftylittlemonkey, for someone who's as bored as they say they are with that project, I'm amazed at how much you've gotten done already! I would have put it off forever. It's going to be great, and it better have its own thread when you're done!

Here are some photos of the yo-yo jewelry I've beenmaking:

They're all 100% from stash except for the felt I used on the cuff. These have really been giving me an opportunity to get rid of all the jewelry supplies I've been keeping! Here's one that's not finished yet; I'm planning on giving it away:

And the shawl I made with stash yarn:

Here's the link to my ravelry page on it if you're interested in the details:

I hope the pics aren't too bad. I'm still getting used to this surfing-with-my-phone thing and haven't worked the kinks out. If the resizing is off then they should appear just fine in my craftster album.
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