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271  Re: Hungry Monster GALLERY! Send out by Sept. 8, 2011 in The Swap Gallery by jexxican on: September 26, 2011 08:02:23 AM
Leighi123 seems to be having trouble with her camera cord so I will post what I sent her and Levi.
Here is the NOMster. I could not for the life of me get inspired for this guy! Levi's favorite color is purple and man, it is hard to design purple for a boy. Now that I have sent it I have so many ideas of what I COULD have done, but too late now. Here he is:

And they said he liked "little people" so I made some finger puppets:

And for my partner herself I made a NOMster hoop. Russ (my 4yo) decided he needed a nose so he got one. Yes, there is a pocket mouth on there. She likes citrus colors so I sent along a FQ I had in my stash for her as well.

OH NOES! The nomster is eating the people!

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272  Post about Scraps (I think) in Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions by jexxican on: September 22, 2011 07:38:11 PM
My stash is spread around my house. Mostly it has been in my room under the window, but one large box was in my baby's room on the buffet like thing we had in there. Since we are expecting another small one, I thought I needed to consolidate it. Here it is altogether:

And here are the scraps:

See that little grocery sack on top there? Well let me tell you a little story.
I've always wanted to get into quilting. With everything else I've done it has always seemed like a logical place for me to go next. My mom told me stories about how her grandma used to make quilts out of scraps, some of them only an inch wide. I thought that sounded cool and neat way to NOT throw things away. I always feel guilty about throwing things away. So any scraps that were an inch wide or bigger I saved. At one point I had so many I decided I wanted to segregate a certain color, so I chose pink. Why? I have no idea! I've always hated pink, but I had scraps so I pulled all the pink one and left them in a bag. Years later...
Enter Melissa Corry and her Wonky Stars Quilt-A-Long. I think I started following her because Sew Mama Sew told me to and kept following her because she kept having giveaways. So I figured I would make her Wonky Stars full size quilt with my pink scraps, and guess what? I pretty much did the whole things with JUST PINK SCRAPS! I threw in a little purple to *pop* but I didn't need to. That should put it into perspective just how much scraps I have.
Sneak Peak

Those first 2 pictures I posted are after I did the quilt, and after I went through my scraps again pulling what really might be too little to work with. That was an experience. Many thoughts of "Hey, I remember this fabric! I got it from...." and "Oh, look, Uncle Mike's pants! What did I do with the other leg?"
This is where the grocery sack on top comes in: That's all the stuff I decided won't work for future quilts. But there is so much of it I can't just throw it all away, can I? I mean, I saved it all because it is big enough to sew onto something, but man, that's just too much. And no, fabric scraps don't work very well as stuffing for toys. Tried that! What do I do?
Also, I told you I'm trying to make more room in our house by consolidating our spaces. I'm thinking about going insane and ironing all of my scraps. I know that would help a lot. I mean, after I finish the first set of wonky stars, I ironed all of my pink scraps and WOW! They took up only like 1/2 the space that they did before. Check it out:

Am I nuts for wanting to do that will ALL of my scraps? I mean, really, iron them all? Or a I just becoming more space conscious? Or am I just being OCD to the extreme?
I did go through the the wooden toy chest and the plastic tub after those pictures were taken. I folded everything, though I do need to organize it, I'm thinking by color. But there is more space in there now. I even put some of what's in the cardboard box in there and found, who'da thunk it, another box of scraps!
And that big plastic bag on top of the toy box is ALL clothes I want to get use in my sewing and won't give away because a) they have sentimental value (but can't be worn anymore) like my Grandma's bowling shirts or b) they are stained or c) I only bought them/kept them because of the fabric. I should consolidate that too. Any tips?
I know there is another thread on organizing your stash so I'm not really going there... Where am I going?
I decided it would help to put some of this in the bottom of my closet but then when I cleaned that out I learned that the pipe from the bathroom that my closet shares a wall with is so old that it has started dripping out through my wall... Gotta wait at least another week to get that fixed. So what do I do with it all? I really want my room back. Maybe we should just buy a bigger house?
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273  Re: Embroidery Hoopla Rnd 6 Gallery!! (Send 9/12/11) in The Swap Gallery by jexxican on: September 18, 2011 11:47:17 AM

Here's what I sent to Crafty Gurll. She is too busy to post her own so I thought I would help out. She has a DotD collection so I thought this would fit. Look closely, the mouth is actually a pocket, inspired by the hungry Nomster swap.
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274  Re: Embroidery Hoopla Rnd 6 Gallery!! (Send 9/12/11) in The Swap Gallery by jexxican on: September 15, 2011 12:55:47 PM
I received 2 swap packages today, and both included things from my wist!
Wait, I think I've wisted a BUTTON TREE... !!!

AHA! If I haven't then why the hell not? I love it! I think the Owl even glows int he dark! Now to rearrange the hoopla wall...
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275  Re: Hungry Monster GALLERY! Send out by Sept. 8, 2011 in The Swap Gallery by jexxican on: September 15, 2011 12:43:37 PM
Hurrah! I can join in the posting fun! I received from Leighi123 today and I like them a lot.
She made one Nomster for each of my Monsters:
For Russ, who loves orange. Check out his shoe lace hair and the R on his belly:

And for Alice who's room is purple and green (and just told the whining dog to "zip it")

And my extra didn't really come in either of their mouths, but it is cool! I wisted it and I got it!

A couple chunks of bump fell off the bottom but I can fix that. I'm a crafty lady too, right? It's already on my wall though! Right where my Library calender used to be, above my other 2 calenders on the wall above my sewing machine, next to my computer. Hurray color! Hurrah colors! It makes me smile every time I look that way. Aren't you guys happy for me?
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276  Fiber Friday September 9, 2011 in Spinning: Completed Projects by jexxican on: September 09, 2011 06:44:47 AM
I'll start! I spun at the market last week for the first time in a month and here is what I made:

~95 yards Merino/tencel, Navajo plied

~111 yards total Sari strips, 2 ply. 4 bobbins full! I need a bigger orifice if I'm going to keep doing Saris! The Sari was red and green, so I like the way it variegated. Green on the outsides, red in the middle...

This was the end that had the pattern on it.
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277  Re: Spun to finished photos in Spinning: Completed Projects by jexxican on: September 07, 2011 10:30:03 AM
I've been spinning yarn at the farmer's market this summer and I just tired of it. So many people ask the same questions week after week... so I decided instead of spinning a couple weeks I would crochet. First I made a couple kerchiefs, one of which was sold on the spot. Started with this yarn:

and made this kerchief:

Action shot!

And then the next week I made some neck warmers that I decided were too itchy so I lined them with fleece. Just finished these this morning!
Starting yarn

The fleece on this one is all hot pink with tiger stripes:

and the fleece in this one is rainbow peace signs. It's a bit more snug than the first:

not very good action shot:
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278  Re: Verb Swap 2 Gallery! (Send by August 17) in The Swap Gallery by jexxican on: August 26, 2011 02:51:57 PM
Littlebluegirl, those pants look so comfy! You lucky girl!

I received from Arumfield! Here's my Nourishing goodies:

First up, NOM NOMS! These fruit strips are so good. I really should make my own but why should I when I get Arummy as a partner?

My own cookery book, including a few recipes I get to try. Zucchini fries are on the menu tonight!

I do hate those pesky produce plastic bags at the G-store. Rummy made me some reusables! I need to make more, I buy lots of veggies.

And placemats to serve all this nourishment on:

Thanks, RedRummy!
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279  Re: Fiber Friday August 26th 2011 in Spinning: Completed Projects by jexxican on: August 26, 2011 02:45:57 PM
LLark: That would be interesting to see under a black light.

Song4Drowning: So squishy! I love happy colors! Love the barber pole effect, too. Squee!

Bella, yuck! You make me sick with your perfect yarns and felt flowers and nifty-ness of self. Gosh, you just rock so hard I want to puke rainbows.

And my addition, spun ~3 weeks ago at the Market. 4 oz batt, spun each 1/2 as thick and thing singles then plied each with a different thread. One is plied with blue and the other with copper. Still need to set the twist on these. Batt was BFL lamp locks, Alpaca, SW Merino, and Firestar. I think it was a little felted.  Undecided
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280  Re: Hungry Monster Nom-Nom Swap; sign-ups 8/18-08/24; send out by 09/08/11 in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by jexxican on: August 18, 2011 09:04:56 PM

My college pj's found new life! They have been waiting, though not as long as some of the other loved clothes in my I-need-to-reuse-this pile. I can't bear to part with them. This guy is 14 inches x 14 inches. Check him out!

Stuffed with the "waste" from when I was coming wool. Now my hands stink from stuffing him. He likes to eat pointy things. Ooh, maybe the next one will have a tongue sticking out attached to the piece that has the eyes on it. (Go ahead and steal the idea, but just remember I thought of it first.) Ooh, now the ideas are rolling.
Kind of sad, you guys can't see the awesomeness that is the orange/black plaid of my dearly beloved pants.
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