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1  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Bad day project on: February 18, 2012 06:34:56 PM
A friend of mine posted a picture on facebook of a mixed media piece that uses the quote and very similar design elements in the 2 that I made.  I don;t know who the original artist was, but if anyone knows I'd love to link to her as it was obviously heavily inspired by her piece. 

This quote rang true for me in many ways, but being that my husband is fighting cancer & we are having a battle with his insurance company regarding PET scans right now, it really hit home. I immediately made 2 of them.  One for my friend who posted it & one for me.  Mine is already hanging as shown & hers is ready for a lunch date drop off <3

I used a 13" canvas stretcher for a frame.  The collage is card stock with layers of book pages, acrylic paint, stamps, inks, paper doilies, bleeding tissue paper, spray fabric paint, cardboard & lots of different embossing powders.  I had a lot of fun on the background.  The hanging cord is random yarns braided & attached with upholstery tacks.
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Amazing Kindness <3 on: December 02, 2011 04:06:50 AM
As you can see from my signature, I've been busy.  And under a bit of emotional stress.  I made that signature so that people I was swapping with *before* the diagnosis knew I didn't just flake out or drop off the earth.  I completed all my swaps, but without the usual thread chatter. One of them was the Jar of Hearts swap.

   Last night was my second EMT practical final and it was exceptionally difficult.  I didn't get home til 10pm and knew the following day (today) was going to be a long one - 6hrs of chemo.  I was heating up a hot dog so I could eat & drug myself into a sound sleep when I saw a large, unopened envelope addressed to me.  Since I could tell it wasn't a hospital bill, I was excited.  I didn't recognize the return address... I didn't think I knew anyone from that state even....

When I opened it a bunch of brightly colored fabric hearts tumbled out.  There was also a letter from LesliesHappyHeart who explained that she saw a comment I made about a heart someone in the swap got & it prompted her to do something nice for me.  She and I had messaged briefly about my husband and she gave me some very good very personal advice, but I have never met Leslie & other than a swap or two, we haven't even really been what I think of as internet friends.  Just another nice person from a craftster swap.  She organized some other fantastic craftster friends who contributed their time & skill to sending me a whole bag full of hearts of "hope".  Before I even really looked at the hearts I was crying.  I am so deeply touched by the generosity & kindness of total strangers who went out of their way to make another stranger's day a little better.  You guys will never know what this meant to me and how much I appreciate it.  I love you guys. 

Here is Leslie's blog where she did her scheeming <3 also where I stole the following beautiful photos from.  http://www.lesliesartandsew.blogspot.com/2011/11/mailing-hope-hearts.html

Here's a group shot:

These were made from an antique quilt by Fiddlegirl8

These were made by sharalee

These were made by susanab

This one is from kimchery

These were made by LesliesHappyHeart

They are all gorgeous but the kindness is what I appreciate most.  I have a special place for them and I will post a pic once I get them there. I can't thank you guys enough.
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / You can make this skirt in ONE hour from 2 old pillow cases on: September 03, 2011 05:16:17 PM
(If you're skinny enough to make it from ONE pillow case, I'm jealous & you should stop sewing and go have a high fat meal ;-) )

If you can sew in a straight line, or a sort of straight line, this is for you.

In addition to the sewing machine (or needle & thread and more than one hour) you will need:
embroidery floss & an embroidery needle
2 pillow cases
one hankie (if you want a decorative pocket - the one shown is tatted on the edges)
Ribbon (twice the length of your waist/hips - wherever you want to tie the skirt)

1) Cut off the end seam and the side seam on both cases(NOT the wide seam)

2) Hold one of the pillow cases up to you, wide seam down. Fold the top edge (which you just cut) over once and adjust til you have about the length you want. Add an inch to that length for seam allowance.

3) Cut off the part you folded over, then use that as a guide to cut the other one to the same length being careful NOT to cut the wide seam off (I will be using that left over fabric for a hair tie and who knows what else)

4) Sew the cases together length wise, with right sides facing each other. Do NOT do what I did and start at the cut edge:

As you can see, my cutting was not prescice (SHOCKING!) and the wide edge doesnt match.  Insert missing step of tearing appart & resewing together STARTING at the wide edge, then trimming the cut edge to match as needed ;-) you will have done it propperly & it will look something like this when viewed from the right side

5) Wrap this fabric around you, and make it about a foot bigger than what what a fitted skirt would be & cut the excess from both sides (so your next seam is in the middle)

6) Sew the other length wise edges together.  I am not an excellent seamstress and I sew the insides of my seams down.  You can do this, skip this, or try out some other way - I'm sure there's a better one out there.  Anywho this is what mine looked like.

7) Hem the bottom.

8 At whichever seam you want to be the back of your skirt, with the wide edge being the top, sew the middle of your length of ribbon to the inside of your skirt.

at this point you have a big tube of fabric with a long length of ribbon tacked to the back.  It looks weird, but it's about to get better.

9)Now that you can see exactly where the ribbon will thread into your skirt on each side, you want to sew a seam slightly above the top of the ribbon.  This will give you the cute gathered ruffle like edge at the top & keep the ribbon from sliding all the way to the top edge of the skirt. 

10) Cut button holes to thread the ribbon INTO your skirt on the back then OUT of the skirt on the front where you will tie the bow. You only want to cut through 1 layer - the inside one on the back & the outside one on the front.  You may want to mark it first so you don't get them mixed up when you're cutting. I finished my button holes with embroidery floss & threaded the ribbon through.
You're skirt is done :-) If you want a pocket, keep going.

11) Fold your hankie into a square.  Depending on the pattern or embroidery you may want to just sew it on like that.  I had the decorative edge and wanted to see as much of it as possible, so I sewed the folded edges...

then I folded two of the front layers down and sewed across the new fold to make a pocket (don't accidentally sew it to the back like I have done many times)

12) then pin it to your skirt and sew it on!  All done <3
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Rooster De Los Muertos on: July 20, 2011 08:14:30 PM
I got this adorable garden rooster statue

and decided to give him a make over inspired by noooitaremybirthday;s skeleton bird art doll.

Ta Da!

 He will be living in the dining room now.  <3
5  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Easter / Easter Playset on: March 09, 2011 06:21:20 PM
I made this patchwork play mat/landscape & these polymer Easter friends for my littlest guys basket <3
6  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Inchie Display Case? Mini Metal Scrapbook? on: March 03, 2011 07:26:22 AM

I came across this box at the thrift store yesterday & had to open it.

When I opened the box, I got this....

I had never seen this before.

All those little metal drawers!  The metal box!  The numbered label!
I was in love.  But I wasn't sure why.  I decided it would make an excellent coffee table peice to hold inchies (even tho I am yet to have or make a single inchie.....)

you can write the title or the artist here....

One side has a pattern and one side has a solid color and a metal "frame" that I just love. Each one can be pulled up by a tab or ribbon and can be removed.

They are quick load slide magazines for a slide projector, for those of you who,l like me, have no clue what they were designed for :-) But since I have neither slides not a projector, I like my design better.  Any other ideas what they could be used for? I have quite a few!!!  :-D
7  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / My 52 Reasons With Box on: January 31, 2011 09:54:31 PM
I save lots of little bits of paper.  When I saw these I knew it was a good way to get rid of some of that stash :-)  I spent $1 on the box from Michael's and $1 on the deck of cards, so this project gets my "bang for the buck" award for sure. If you have some paper scraps & $2 this is an easy and heartfelt Valentines gift.  I was thinking of making one for fathers/mothers/grandparents day from everyone, letting the kids do some of the pages too..... I've only seen these put together with rings, but I went with ribbon to add to the shabby chic feel. I knew the box I was putting it in was tall, so I didn't skimp on the layering and embellishments.

The box. Mod Podge and scrapbook paper. The darker color is walnut distress ink mixed with matte mod podge on a sponge brush.

Interior lid & cover. The key fits the key hole on the front of the box. It's just decorative but i like that it fits <3 

Inside cover & 1st page.  She really does pay attention to what I'm working on, so that's only about 1/2 acting

She loves cupcakes & I love to cook

She works hard supervising remodels & new store set ups for them so the revisions to the logo is apt - she deals with lots & lots of signs....  (and please skip the rant if you hate the company. I understand, really)

I;m really enjoying vellum stickers latley.  They blend so well with almost anything.

8  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Blended Family Holiday Photo Card on: December 11, 2010 06:30:48 PM
I am so pleased with this card. We always have a difficult time getting a picture with my step son in the time frame between Thanksgiving and christmas that is suitable for the christmas cards.  I know we could use a photo from any time in the year, but the kids change so much, I like the pictures to be current.  This year, instead of stressing out trying to coordinate visits, outfits, photographers, moods, lighting & locations (WHEW!) I decided to take my step son's photo myself on Thanksgiving (when we always have him) then we got everyone else when we did the regular xmas photos.  Everyone got a letter to hold for an individual picture, then I made them all black & white, cropped & resized them and printed them myself.  While cutting out 50 sets of those little pictures *IS* a job, I am super happy to have a picture that includes my whole family for the card this year - the first time in 4 years!  I thought this might help some other frazzled step parent out there.  
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