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1  Cross stitch ain't nothing to f**k with in Needlework: Completed Projects by HaylBale on: February 26, 2016 07:47:47 PM
I decided to take a few lyrics from a song and daintily cross stitch it into a bookmark.
The lyric is, "don't start no shit, it won't be no shit."  I opted to take the "it" out for spacing issues.
It took a while to finish as most of it was done while my little one slept. I'm glad I finished but I am not a 100% happy with it. "Start" and "no" are a little too close and the 'a' in "start" doesn't look right, got too fancy with it.

Anyway, here is the finished product.

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2  Re: Back to School Swap Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by HaylBale on: October 24, 2011 07:07:56 PM
I received my package from Dra yesterday and have the awesome pictures to show off. 

Here is the overall haul.  A very nice note, planner, notebook, a package of (delicious) tea, stickers, decorations and a sticker book!

Check out the completely adorable little pencil bag....

It came with best kind of money, edible, and two pens.

Thanks so much, Dra!!
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3  Space themed baby quilt in Quilting: Completed Projects by HaylBale on: August 13, 2011 07:14:15 PM
My nephew is due to be born in 3 weeks.  The baby shower was today and I finished the quilt at 3 a.m this morning. Talk about cutting it close.  The theme of the baby room is space so I had a very difficult time finding fabric that wasn't a thousand dollars or too dark.  Finally, I found the fabrics I thought would work well together.  I used a pattern called Illinois Road. Oh, did I mention this was my first quilt ever?  Well, this was my first quilting experience and I feel like it was a success.  My grandma was impresses so that's always a win.  Smiley

Here is the top of the quilt:

and with a little of the back showing:

Closer up of the bottom:

Here is the swirl:

My little extra addition:

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4  Re: Get Foxy Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by HaylBale on: July 15, 2011 02:37:16 PM
Here are all the wonderful things that Staar sent me!

I received a playing fox pillowcase(2 of them!), paper-cutting of a fox in the woods, fox embroidery, 4 CUTE fox magnets, and fox mythology notecards (they have fox myths on the inside!).

up close on the fox myth and magnets

Part of the oh-so-cute pillowcase

The embroidery

I also got a cute little fox notebook and a paper punch of a paw print. Very excited to take that to school and use it.  Thank you so much for everything, it's wonderful!
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5  Strawberry, White, and Blue Pie in Dessert by HaylBale on: July 02, 2011 06:47:28 PM
It's that oh-so patriotic time of year again and I got the itch to make a fitting dessert.  I love making strawberry pies...that's red(ish).  Hey...maybe I can dye the crust blue!  Well, here is the result.  I made the classic buttery crust and dripped in some blue food coloring.  Very messy at first. I saved a little bit of the crust to make some somewhat white stars.  The idea was definitely better than the result.  The crust started out well but in my demon of an oven it decided to fail.

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6  Me Gusta Needlework in Needlework: Completed Projects by HaylBale on: June 18, 2011 02:30:13 PM
A few of my friends are always using these memes so I did the Me Gusta face as a craft.  I had a bit of trouble mounting it so the edges are a little wonky. 

Me Gusta!

A closer up-
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7  Robo Love in Needlework: Completed Projects by HaylBale on: February 05, 2011 07:31:51 PM
My boyfriend likes to draw so I decided to steal his art and redo his picture on to one of my shirts.  It was more of an act of celebratory recognition rather than robbery. 
Plus, with vday coming up it seemed very fitting to put this up.  I foolishly washed the shirt before putting up these pictures...oh well!

Extreme close up

The full view

The original
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8  Re: Its Always Crafty in Philadelphia Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by HaylBale on: January 21, 2011 05:30:32 PM
Tuesday was the best day in the history of mail! Redpopsicles sent excellent crafts. Here is the proof:

McPoyle Family Photos

Magnets (A hobby of mine)

I'll Allow It t-shirt (It's Jacked, ripped? ...well it works out)

Nobody Wants To Salt The Snail Notecards

Such a wonderful swap experience. redpopsicles sent a wonderful card with the package listing all her crafts.
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9  Upcycled Magazine Pages turn into a Pretty Picture in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by HaylBale on: November 21, 2010 12:57:24 PM
For Christmas I decided to be a touch thrifty and craft some of the gifts.  One of my friends just moved into a new place so I thought a perfect gift would be a picture to hang. 
I went to the Salvation Army and bought a frame and took out the picture.  I painted it with some acrylic paint and it dried very quickly.  The old picture was a good base for sticking the magazine pages down. It didn't matter what size each strip of magazine was, I eyeballed the size and taped each piece down. After I trimmed the edges I went to work on the stencil that would go over it.  Traced a picture onto white computer paper and cut it out, I had to use an exacto knife for the small parts. Stick it on top of the magazine strips and then- viola! Done and done.

close up on the image

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10  4th of July Cupcakes! in Dessert by HaylBale on: July 03, 2010 01:55:00 PM
I've been on a big cupcake kick recently.  More specifically, I've been really into making cupcakes and then inserting some deliciousness into the middle.  I want all the calories I can get without all the hassle of eating multiple things.  So, in celebration of fireworks and bbq I made some "somewhat" lighter cupcakes.

I bought 1 box of regular angel food cake, whipped that up and put it into a cupcake pan.  The batter went into my 12 cupcake pan twice and a shade more.  Cooked them till they were gold and beautiful on top then as soon as they cooled, which was almost instant, I dug out a little hole right in the center of the cupcake. 

For the filling, I went even easier.  I bought a squeezable strawberry jam and filled up the holes in the cupcakes. 
The icing was a buttercream recipe.  I used 4 cups of powdered sugar, a stick of room temp butter, a teeny tiny splash of vanilla, and some splashes of heavy whipping cream.  I sadly didn't have milk but somehow had whipping cream so that is why I used it.  I added a bit of water to it because I didn't want the icing to be face blasting rich.

So, there is the red-jam, the white- angle food, and now....the blue! Get yourself some blue sprinkles and go to town.

Seriously, I was going to take a picture of it cut in half but I just started eating and could.not.stop.

Finished Cupcake

Cupcakes with the strawberry jam filling

I put my icing in a baggie and snipped off one corner

And ta-da!
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