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1  Re: Crazy for Christmas! Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Virg on: August 07, 2010 06:59:28 AM
Everybody made such delightful and creative items!  I love the stained glass stocking.

Below are the crafts for Princess Academy. She loves Holly, nativity scenes and traditional Christmas colors.

So I started with a set of embossed holly gift tags.  Don't know if you can see but the berries are covered with red glitter balls.  :-)

Also made some upcycled Christmas - spoon ornaments.  :-)  These were super fun to make.  Got me thinking silverware for my tree this year. 

And finally I made a decoupage nativity box.  3 wise men on the front.  Jesus in a manager, with Mary and Joseph inside.

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2  Light Living Room Makeover in Interior Decorating: Completed Projects by Virg on: February 22, 2010 07:11:27 PM
So this makeover isn't 100% done, but I suspect finished is a myth…

The Hubs and I moved into our house about 2 years ago and I went a little crazy with blue paint. Made all the walls Tiffany box blue prior to the before pic - it really was too much.  The unique Southwest architecture was a challenge to work with, as seen in these lovely before photos.  Please note the Hubs and his man-hockey-den in the background.  He only needed to paint once.  

So that's the before.   Nothing like guests coming into your freshly decorated house and talking about the “potential.” In truth, the color was okay, but never felt right.  Then after a year of not being able to figure out what could be better, I was inspired to go black.  Fortunately the darkest color I could get was Baer’s French Roast and have to admit, it feels pretty awesome. 

Summary of Changes:
•Used Gimp, a free photoshop program to test the colors before painting, which I definitely recommend.   Once happy, painted.
•Flipped  the reversible curtains around to the darker side.
•Added two of the Boy's large paintings to the television wall.  Think they help detract from the television.
•Inspired by the blogosphere’s love for wooden letters and labels like “family” and “home,” bought some 3-D cardboard letters from the Hobby Lobby and painted them.  Like three times.
•Decoupaged some elephants for the TV cabinet and reinstalled a missing  door onto the cabinet. 

The changes weren't no budget- but definitely under $100 for a much happier space.

Thanks for reading!  And thanks to everyone that posts such wonderful comments and inspiring pictures!

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3  Re: cute felt ornaments: my first time working with felt, jay! (patterns added) in Winter Holidays by Virg on: January 20, 2010 04:29:55 PM
LOL.  Not going to lie- I'm stalking your crafty projects.  Speaking of which, I didn't have the pics loaded when I replied before, but I did some Matryoshka felt ornaments in November/December too!  Totally before I knew you were doing them, as they were for the altered fairy tale swap. And sadly, they have no tree.

I just asked the hubs - he's been in Nevada/Arizona (Southwest US) for his whole life.  When I asked him if he knew about Easter trees, his face scrunched up with confusion.  But they sell 'em online at Target.com so a lot of somebodies in the US have to be buying them.  LOL.

And the felt ornaments I did: (please excuse the crappy pictures):

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4  Little Red Riding Hood Matryoshka Felt Ornaments in Needlework: Completed Projects by Virg on: January 20, 2010 03:38:05 PM
I did these beauties for the altered fairy tale craft swap.  They range from about 3" to 5".  They're all hand designed, hand stitched with french knots, running stichtes, outlines stitches and the like.  It was my first time working with felt as an adult.  LOL.

Sorry the pics are a little dark.

Thanks for looking!
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5  Re: Altered Fairy Tales Swap - 2 : The Gallery of Awesomeness! in The Swap Gallery by Virg on: January 19, 2010 06:28:14 PM
Fiorinda- love the journal and the story and the embroidered buttons and the bird.  Incredibly sweet.  Speaking of- I am glad to report picture success with Lunamadre's unbelievable package (Yay and thank you!):

Here's all the goodies (pic heavy):

She made these awesome Snow White earrings.  Since the queen couldn't stand to be away from her magic mirror. 

She also made this incredible makeup bag!  Its lined, beaded  and softer than my cat.  And she made it without a pattern.  Its an alteration of the six swan brothers- one brother was missing a sleeve of his magical sweater because the sister was busy making this with her magical yarn:

The large, was an incredible Snow White/Day of the Dead/What if Prince Charming never comes journal that lunamadre already posted.

fShe also sent these incredible cards- the first an alteration on the robber bride groom, where the heroine and old lady stitch the young lady together again.  And then kill the murderers and take over the castle.  The second is the little brother from the six swan brothers- with his one winged arm.  :-) 

And finally we have the chola introductury card.  According to one of my favorite youtube tutorials, the Queen from Snow White, totally a chola. 

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6  2 Decoupaged Elephants in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by Virg on: January 14, 2010 08:34:12 PM
I made decoupaged elephants!  They feel Anthropology-esque.  But I haven't been to their store in a LONG time. They are made of ceramic and each one used three sheets of scrapbook paper.  And mod podge of course.  They're sweet and happy and about half the size of a fat large cat.  Oh!  And the elephants were 12.99 each at Marshalls.

Here they are completed:

And before (they were already pretty cute)

Comments and critiques welcome!
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7  Re: Any Ideas on How to Display Button Pins? in Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions by Virg on: January 10, 2010 01:43:54 PM
Oooo!  I'm with Christie on removing the pinbacks.  They could be decoration around a mirror- kind of like these bottle caps. 

These seem like they could be fun as bathroom art.  Like on a large skinny frame, I'm thinking of the Walmart cheapo hanging mirrors, either glued directly to the mirror, or on a piece of fabric instered into the mirror, which seems a little trickier... 

Or you could make a trays or a table and put them in resin, a la this button table https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=244455.0.

And my last idea is that it would be fun to have something three dimensional, like a lamp shade or a series of boxes covered in pins.  If you used the craft store cardboard boxes you might be able to paint the boxes and then poke the pins in.  Otherwise, bring on the hot glue!
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8  Mature- Buzzworthy Learn to Stitch Cards in Needlework: Completed Projects by Virg on: September 16, 2009 10:45:09 PM
I just started stitching (as an adult) a couple of weeks ago and I was thinking about these learn to stitch cards that I had as a kid- with farm animals.  Here's the adult versions that I made into notecards!

Let's begin with learning the running stitch.  On a classic vibe.
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Up next we actually have the first project, learning the stem stitch/outline stitch (I don't know the difference yet).  On a remote controlled egg vibrator.  Sorry the pic is a little fuzzy.
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Next we have my favorite- learn to cross stitch.  On a rabbit vibrator.
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And finally- something for the boys.  Learning to chain stitch and french knot.  On the double vibrating cock ring.
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9  Hockey Fight Embroidery in Needlework: Completed Projects by Virg on: September 13, 2009 12:28:32 PM
Yay hockey!  This was originally going to be for my husband, but I love it so much I'm having a hard time parting with it.  Somethin about the sporty action shot and embroidery that leaves me feeling tingly.

This piece is based on an actual photo.  Its on a six inch hoop and was mostly done on 2 cross county plane trips.  I came a little close to accidently stabbing my neighbor with my needle at one point.   Undecided Anyhow- I used the full six threads because I didn't want to mess with seperating threads on the plane.  And later did some one and two thread detail.

Close up below.  The LA Kings Jersey was super fun to create details for.  For reference- the crown fits entirely under a penny.  And I'm proud of the tiny silver french knot clasp on the fight strap from the guy on the right.  Fight strap-white tab that connects shorts to jersey-in case of a fight.
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