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1  Interactive Save the Dates! in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by smoothbanana on: December 21, 2011 06:13:13 PM
We're getting married in April, and it has been a fast engagement.  I've been trying to do as much handmade stuff as I can get away with, and one idea was to include a cute, slightly cheesy, interactive save the date with the invitations (also handmade). 

This is, of course, nowhere near as cool as some of the things that I've seen on crafty wedding blogs.  However, it will be entirely done by hand, and the picture is my own art and taken from one of my favorite pictures of us.

The interactive piece of this is of the biplane 'flies' across the sky through the use of a pull-tab.  Think low-budget pop-up card.

The flag is kind of hard to read.  It says "I <3 (heart) THIS" and then when you pull it out it says our wedding date.
Hope you all like it!

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2  Unicorns and glitter!! (Pic heavy) in Needlework: Completed Projects by smoothbanana on: June 24, 2011 10:17:38 PM
This beast took me the greater part of 6 years.  It survived 4 moves, both undergraduate and graduate school, and many personal experiences and changes in my life.

Believe it or not, this project is my first counted cross stitch project (I prefer to think big).  In its entirety, this project is four full pages of pattern, 75 different colors, and it is 30,030 cross stitches!!!!!  Before being framed, it sat at a full 11x14 inches.  The unframed product looks super wavy and uneven, but it was just the way it was sitting on the couch when I was photographing it.

This was a test of my tenacity and commitment to finishing a project.

When I was wee, I had a pee-chee type folder that I was completely in love with of this mother and baby unicorn.  I would trace it and draw on it.  After it deteriorated and could no longer hold papers, it lived on my wall for months. 
Years later, I found it as a cross stitch pattern on eBay and decided that it was fate and I had to do it!  I am not really a pink and purple unicorn type person, but this picture continues to speak to me all these years later.

I did not work on it nonstop, but a project like this can hardly be worked on nonstop.  It is the first thing I have ever had professionally framed, and I think it came out really nicely.

C&C welcome.  I would really like to hear what people think of it.  I am still kinda in shock that I am done with this project!
Thanks for looking.

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3  Put a bird on it! in Quilting: Completed Projects by smoothbanana on: April 30, 2011 10:18:03 PM
As I become more proficient at posting on Craftster, I am enjoying posting projects!!

I made this mini quilt as a going-away present for a friend a few years ago (2007).  It was about 1.5 ft by 2.5 ft.
At the time, I was just beginning to get into applique quilting.

The bird came from a sketch of my own design.  I love how the fabrics complement each other, and how the branch stretches onto the border.

It took me a few hours to put together after I picked out the fabrics.

As always, C&C is always welcome.

Thanks for looking!

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4  Can you tell me how to get to Sesame Street? (Image heavy) in Needlework: Completed Projects by smoothbanana on: April 29, 2011 11:25:14 PM
I finished this project a while back when I found a vintage unopened Sesame Street embroidery kit at a thrift store that begged to come home with me.  The pattern was sun bleached, and there were many spots that were really hard to see.  I've always felt like I helped 'save' it by finishing it and allowing it to be what it was made to be!

All said and told, it took me a few months to finish.  There are a bunch of stitches in this piece, some of which were really complicated, like the turkey stitch.

I love Sesame Street and all things Jim Henson.

I hope you all like it!  C&C always welcome.

I'm thinking of finishing the edges with some orangey/yellow fabric and quilting the edges.  Then it is fated for my wall!

Thanks for looking.

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5  First attempt at paper cutting! in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by smoothbanana on: February 26, 2010 09:46:52 PM
Hello, this is my second post ever, and my first attempt at paper cutting.  I wish I had more time to do art, but school currently gets in the way.
I hope that people will comment with their thoughts.  Constructive criticism welcome.
It is inspired by my muse, Lucy.
Thanks for looking.

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6  Wheelin' with a needle and thread in CHALLENGE 40 ENTRIES by smoothbanana on: July 04, 2009 08:23:12 PM
Hello Craftster!
I have been a longtime admirer, but this particular challenge inspired me to step up and join!  This is my first post so I think you'll have to click on the links below (sorry!)

I hope it counts that I had this project completed before the challenge was posted.  It was a Christmas present for my significant other who is all about wheelin' in the woods.  It is an applique quilt taken from one of my favorite photos of him and his truck.

  actual picture
  close up of quilt
  the quilt!
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