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1  Customizing my baby's bib-SWEAR WORD WARNING in Needlework: Completed Projects by nodakbex on: April 12, 2012 12:38:40 PM
I lost my mojo during my pregnancy.  Luckily during that time I was able to make a few fun pieces for the nursery.  It was the first time in a long time that I've done "cute" work.  Well now I"m back to my old self.

Baby stuff is so cute.  I mean, sugar sweet cute, as it should be!  I might be a little biased but I think my little girl is awfully adorable and so much of her clothing and accessories are very sweet.  But some days I think to myself, this kid is going to get tired of me and my craziness and say "F*ck it, I'm outta here."  I was going to do up a whole bib on my own and then remembered we already have something around that house that I could just add to a bit.  So here it is!

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Don't worry, as soon as she starts to read, we'll pack it away.  I look forward to the day when I can give this to her, when she's all grown up.
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2  Quote from My Name Is Bruce in Needlework: Completed Projects by nodakbex on: January 27, 2011 11:14:31 AM

It's a movie starring Bruce Campbell who plays himself.  A group of pesky kids gets into trouble and come running for BC to battle a real-live monster.  I loved doing the little Hawaiian shirt for Bruce on this one. 

Thanks for looking!
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3  Bookmark for geeks in Needlework: Completed Projects by nodakbex on: January 27, 2011 11:12:20 AM
This is based off a tshirt I saw once.  The literal interpretation of Laugh My Ass Off!

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4  Zombies need love too. in Needlework: Completed Projects by nodakbex on: January 27, 2011 11:10:12 AM

I made up some of these cards for Valentine's Day.  I also did one for a friend (not shown) with the characters changed to represent her and her husband.  I also put their last name in front of "Zombie Love."

Fun to make! Smiley
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5  Latest piece in my art therapy-miscarriage depicted in Needlework: Completed Projects by nodakbex on: January 06, 2011 04:02:25 PM
I want to put that warning on there and tag the image because I know how sensitive this subject can be for a lot of people, men and women.
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I will tell you how I made it but for the why, I'll refer you to the blog post if you are curious.

The photograph was taken by my husband and I digitally manipulated it to look grainy as well as removed the color.  I then printed it out on fabric and transferred an outline of the female body onto it.  I also free-hand stitched the uterus and blood.  It's a juxtaposition of a happy, positive pregnancy result and the eventual outcome of the pregnancy.  It's the happy pee stick and the stark, cold reality of what happens to a lot of pregnancies.  It's helped in some ways to deal with it.  Not completely but I'll get there.

For more of the back story you can visit my blog if you so choose: http://ndbexcreations.net/2010/12/02/art-therapy/

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6  Don't you wish your kitty did this? in Needlework: Completed Projects by nodakbex on: January 06, 2011 03:54:39 PM
Another piece for a Phat Quarter swap, Zen-theme.  I googled "zen" and this was one of the images I saw.  I created a pattern out of it and stitched 'er up.  Some of the white floss is glow in the dark.

I then used the tutorial on here to stretch it over canvas so it can be hung up. 

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7  Swap pieces-Shaun/Galaga in Needlework: Completed Projects by nodakbex on: January 06, 2011 03:48:42 PM
I made this up for one of the Phat Quarter swaps.  You can see my gallery for other Galaga images.  Since the theme was a horror mash-up, I thought pixelating the main characters into a Galaga theme would work!  Instead of alien bugs, you have zombies.  The top zombie is "Mary", the zombie waitress that Shaun and Ed find in their backyard.  The second zombie down is from a Nintendo game.  

Then I put it on a mounting board and added some ribbon since the dimensions were wonky.  That way if the recipient chooses, she can pop it into an 8" x 10" frame.

There ya have it Smiley
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8  F'in Fleeced: Deadwood quote (MATURE WORDS) in Needlework: Completed Projects by nodakbex on: January 06, 2011 03:39:22 PM
I was in a rut so I browsed the internet and found some quotes from one of my favorite tv shows, Deadwood.  I watched the whole series while I stitched and then shortly after, we drove to Deadwood.  One of the best trips I've had in years, by the way.  

I am hoping to piece this into a pillow and that is the main reason why I just purchased my first sewing machine.  Wish me luck on that as I don't know how to sew yet!  Smiley

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9  Mini Ash - Army of Darkness in Needlework: Completed Projects by nodakbex on: April 18, 2010 04:23:18 PM
I'm so happy!  I made him up in a pattern yesterday and stitched him today. 

Based on minipops! http://www.flickr.com/photos/rubykhan/2811826948/.    Used this photo as a pattern: http://worldsstrongestlibrarian.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/06/bruce_campbell_army_of_darkness.jpg  The photo has the shotgun upside down but it was easier to translate it right side up for this piece.
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10  Scottish Heraldry in Needlework: Completed Projects by nodakbex on: January 10, 2010 08:16:17 AM
For once, completely work safe!

I got this design from http://www.waldchamps.com/.

I had some problems with it so I didn't follow the pattern completely.  It seems the person who did the pattern couldn't get it symmetrical, as in, the number of stitches where not even all the way around.  So the person would add an extra stitch here and there to get it to come out right.  It made it frustrating for me because I thought I had memorized the border pattern only to find that I f'd it up.  I wasn't very happy with that part but the overall appearance appeals to me.  I might have to make one for myself!!  (This is a gift to a friend of mine who has visited Scotland several times and fell in love with it.  She requested something Scottish and I've seen this on some coat of arms.)

Thanks for feedback and for looking!

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