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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Old car part thingy into an initial necklace on: November 19, 2010 09:29:17 PM
Love it! I'm a double "B" too.
2  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Doodle Pillow on: August 27, 2010 08:06:50 PM
So, as much as I'm sure my boss would love for me to be on my laptop working at all times (I'm an entertainment journalist so even when I'm watching TV I'm technically working), sometimes I need to accompany my viewing with something a bit less technological.

About 10 months ago I decided to do a doodle pillow using Urban Threads patterns as an exercise. My rules were simple: Whatever pattern I landed on was the next one I did, regardless of if I liked it or not. The goal was to play with colors and stitches and find a way to like it regardless.

I've been working on it off and on since then. The first couple weeks I was almost doing a design a day and it happened to be when a slew of Christmas patterns were posted, thus the wintery/Christmasy quadrant over to the bottom right.

There's still some little spaces that I can fit more into, but it's good enough to show off, so here it is. The whole shebang, followed by some of my favorite designs:

Whole pillow:

Yeti latte:

Vampire humor:

Nouveau skulls:

Winter-y gal:

Sumo wrestler and Matryoshka:

At the start my husband was dubious and thought it was going to look silly and I would regret spending so much time on it in the end. But he now admits that it is indeed pretty awesome.

He's an art director/illustrator, so my next project is one of his drawings and doodles.

3  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Yet Another Babette Blanket on: December 01, 2009 03:14:35 PM
I guess it's only fitting that the afghan that I started in June when I had a week off of work has now been completed during my post-Thanksgiving break.

For those not yet bitten by the Babette Blanket bug, it's from the Spring 2006 issue of Interweave Crochet, page 22.

I used at J hook rather than an E so that it would make a larger sofa throw and used random Vanna's Choice yarns for the entire thing.

Since it was in the 80s in Los Angeles yesterday, I managed to beat the winter chill in completing it too.

My husband says it's one of his favorite things I've ever made.

4  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Tea Towel Tour Gallery - As seen on TTTV on: November 03, 2009 12:34:53 PM
That's an AWESOME image. It would have been a COMPLETELY different towel though.
5  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Tea Towel Tour Gallery - As seen on TTTV on: October 31, 2009 05:21:24 PM
Kittykill -- She's delightful! And the different colored flower petals are exquisite.

My pillowcase has made it safely back home. Here it is, now residing on the chaise in the dining/reading room:

Thanks to my group for rising to the challenge of picking designs around a song. You all did a great job.
6  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Tea Towel Tour Gallery - As seen on TTTV on: October 29, 2009 02:08:20 PM
I adore the ice cream man. Hmmm ... ice cream. Maybe I'll wander over to the cafeteria now and get some soft serve for an afternoon treat.

I'm so suggestible.

7  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Tea Towel Tour Gallery - As seen on TTTV on: October 28, 2009 05:16:38 PM
sew~amy -- I love your tree. It's been so long long since I've seen a real tree turn colors that it almost seems like something that happens in fairy tales.

aada -- Those pin-ups are still among my favorite patterns ever. It's important to stay in shape so it's good to see that you can "bicyle" and still look glamorous.

PaleAngelLex -- Great quote. Annie Potts' character is my favorite part of "Pretty in Pink."

rectangel -- LOVE Amelia. So original. I live in North Hollywood, where she was from. There's a statue of her in front of my library.

fiberarsty -- Great bleeding heart. Can so easily look like a turnip. Yours doesn't at all. Wink

fenifer -- Tetris pieces are PERFECT for crayon tinting. Ah, I wasted at least a semester of college playing that game.

Kitten Wrangler -- For someone unfamiliar with cowboy/cowgirl/Western you wouldn't know it. That cowboy boot is a great addition and I adore the teapot man. Am going to print him out as soon as finish posting this.

ISewCute -- Great fish. I think I already said, this, but that towel looks so much like an aquarium. Fabulous

AlwaysInspired and PaleAngelLex -- Thanks for posting your finished towels. I always love seeing the finished masterpieces once they get back home safely.
8  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Tea Towel Tour Gallery - As seen on TTTV on: October 24, 2009 01:18:05 PM
Here it is. My last one.

Sixblueirises theme was mermaids and underwater-related items. I went with a slightly different take, but as soon as I saw it I had to do it:

It's Lori Lemaris, who was Superman's college girlfriend (and a mermaid). Her thought balloon says:

"GULP! As long as I didn't see Superman, I could pretend that I had forgotten him! Now I know I've been deceiving myself. Aquaman is wonderful ... but he's no Superman! Superman is the only man I can ever love!"

And, I have to say, once again my Bleach pen saved my bacon. I scorched the **** out of this when I transferred the pattern. Trying to get it out before I stitched would probably have made it worse so I just soldiered on, telling myself that if it didn't come out the the scorch marks made it look like an old comic book that had gotten discolored with age (even though my husband kindly said, "No, it really doesn't.").

But, lo and behold, the marks out completely. Thanks Clorox!

No picture of them all since I'm the last stop on its way home, but the full apron turned out fantastic. I hope she posts a picture when she gets it.
9  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Tea Towel Tour Gallery - As seen on TTTV on: October 19, 2009 09:45:49 PM
Yikes! I'm eight pages behind

Mamaphunk -- Don't think twice about not having done enough. I love the single cigarette with the smoke spelling out "Alone." Have to admit, I'm not a smoker myself and while I hate the reality of smoking -- disease, smell, cost, addiction -- I love the romance of smoking, if you know what I mean.

j_q_adams -- Your hummingbird and lotus flowers are so pretty. Have to admit though, I'm curious what you would have done if you'd gone the Soviet propaganda route.

fenifer -- I have a book of Pennsylvania Dutch embroidery patterns too. I haven't tackled any of them yet, but now I'm thinking I should move that up on my list. I really like the direction you went with the teardrop shapes.

cupcakeguru -- I'm pretty sure my Barbie had that bus! Wink Nice job. And cowboys and cats are two of my favorite things, so you can never go wrong mixing them together. Best of both worlds.

ritapizza -- I already said how much I love that scooter, but it must be repeated. My scooter dealer just had a baby girl. If you happened to keep a copy of your design and would be willing to share, I'd love to stitch up a onesie using it.

Lilyvanilli -- Those birds are two cute. It's amazing how many different looks you can get from something as simple as birds.

greenlightgo -- It might sound funny, but I'm really digging the grass around the tombstone, especially the two shades of green.

IamSusie -- Those chips seriously look good enough to eat. I don't think I would have looked at just the design for those and thought they could look that good stitched up. You picked the perfect colors, everything.

~Glenda -- Your fish looks like he came straight from an old Warner Bros. cartoon. Like he's going to break out into song at any minute!

sarahj2001 -- I don't know what I would have done with an Indonesian-themeed towel, but your group has really stepped it up. Your colors are great and the satin stitch on your flowers gives them neat spiky look.

rectangel -- Putting all of us to shame again, I see. Smiley Where does one come by "old-fashioned" variegated floss?

I Sew Cute -- That waitress is adorable. Where did the pattern come from. (Oh, and feel better.)

Whew! Sorry if I missed anyone. Needless to say, this swap is the best. We need to make sure it's not a year before we do it again.
10  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Tea Towel Tour Gallery - As seen on TTTV on: October 13, 2009 03:54:40 PM
Ritapizza -- I LOVE that scooter. It's so adorable! I have a pink Genuine Buddy 125 too.
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