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1  Upcycled pincushion from salt shaker in Completed Projects by muddy21 on: March 08, 2014 01:44:32 PM

I made this upcycled pincushion from a salt shaker for the recent Box of Sunshine swap.  The salt shaker came from my local Goodwill store.  I must say that it's a good thing there wasn't a mate for it because I might have had a hard time giving them up!

I laid a piece of fabric down on the inside under the top holes before filling the shaker with polyfill.  My hope was that the fabric would keep the filling from creeping out through the holes over time. I didn't glue anything down because I thought the recipient might someday want to use it as a salt shaker again.  I found that the blunt end of a bamboo skewer was just right for stuffing the filling in through the plughole at the bottom of the shaker.  Bamboo skewers are wonderful tools!
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2  Re: Box of Sunshine Gallery (SO Feb 17) in The Swap Gallery by muddy21 on: February 28, 2014 08:08:37 PM
I received a wonderful box of sunshine last weekend and I've been reveling in its brightness all week!! I have to send my most sincere apologies to my patient partner plaidpineapple for this very late posting of photos.  We had unexpected house guests last weekend and this week has just been nonstop real life.

First up the box of goodies (and the lovely yellow box is part of the package - it has a great little tie so it can be used for all sorts of organiz-ey goodness)

included were:
a handmade card (with a removable note inside so I can reuse the card)
a yellow on yellow patterned fat fabric quarter
a small orange-with-white-polka-dots notebook, just right for swapping notes, I think  Roll Eyes
a long strip of smiley face sun stickers
a pack of yellow seed beads (crying out to be used in a cuff bracelet, I think)
a roll of paper tape with summertime sayings (Lazy Days, Summertime, etc)
a small marigold color inkpad
orange sharpie
orange crayola lip balm
yellow and blue bakers twine (also used for the box tie)

the crafty goodness inside (and I have a hard time believing either of these was a small) was...

a wonderful glasses case (which I really need because I didn't have one at all!)
and a terrific traveling jewelry case with a necklace of small gold daisies included

Thanks so much, plaidpineapple!!  I love them all - and I can't tell you how glad I was that you made the outside of the glasses case in a flowery fabric because my son was hovering over it ready to grab it and run until he decided it wasn't quite manly enough.  Cheesy
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3  Re: Personal/Private Swap Gallery, 2013 in The Swap Gallery by muddy21 on: April 22, 2013 06:19:31 PM
Received my underwater world pincushion from quaggy this weekend - in addition to the greatest pincushion ever, there were even a few extras tucked in the handy storage area down inside the base...

A seam ripper (yayy! for not having to always go to another room when I need one), a bag of buttons and a handy thread cutter so I won't have to carry scissors with me on the plane!

Thanks again, quaggy!
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4  Re: One Little Pincushion swap gallery in The Swap Gallery by muddy21 on: April 22, 2013 06:07:31 PM
Over the weekend I received simply the most outstanding felt pincushion ever from quaggy!  She said she found the base at the Goodwill store - it's hard to see how anyone could have parted with it, really.  And then when you see what she did with it, well, just prepare yourself to be astounded by the amazing underwater world of Nemo...

the bottom half, showing the ceramic base with crab and calla lilies, with a close-up of the beaded sea anemone, sea scallop with pearl, and polymer clownfish pin...

and the top half with sequined seahorse clinging to the seaweed by its tail...

My 20-year-old son (more of a computer geek than a craft geek  Wink ) was here when I unwrapped the package and his jaw dropped.  He just kept walking around it, looking at it from every angle and saying "wow" - my sentiments exactly!

Thanks so much, quaggy, it's just beautiful!

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5  beaded kumihimo bracelet in Beads: Completed Projects by muddy21 on: March 23, 2013 07:44:15 PM

I made this bracelet recently with a new craft I learned from a friend at work - Japanese kumihimo braiding with beads.  It looks very intricate but is much easier than it appears!
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6  Re: Prayer Flag Swap Rd. 2 GALLERY! in The Swap Gallery by muddy21 on: February 02, 2013 06:07:35 PM
The post office says it was delivered and I know sparks has been preoccupied with other things going on in her life so I thought I would just post a pic of the flag I sent to her.  Her words were serenity, tranquility & peace; favorite images included ocean, waves, sea turtles; favorite colors, aqua and red.  It's not exactly a sea turtle, but the colors and feeling seemed right.  I do hope she likes it.

While looking through the camera files for a photo to post I also came across a pic of caterpillars in my yard - just to show you how close to the mark her caterpillar was with its spiky orange hairs...

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7  Re: Prayer Flag Swap Rd. 2 GALLERY! in The Swap Gallery by muddy21 on: January 26, 2013 11:53:51 AM
Like Mary Colleen, I had sparks for a partner and we got lucky!  She was delayed sending (it happens to all of us, really, one time or another) and she sent us each an extra flag to make up for the delay (totally not necessary, but absolutely appreciated!).

First, a picture of my two flags together...

And, the details -
the flag on the left is hard to describe and hard to photograph suitably, but it's wonderful, inspired perhaps by some moth photos on my blog and my love of nature.  The flag itself is vertical strips of varied depths and textures (I can't even quite see how she did it, to be honest  Huh) that resemble the bark of a tree.  The bark is overlaid with a green leaf with a wonderful wooly brown caterpillar with spiky orange hairs, as some caterpillars do have - you can even see a couple of holes in the leaf where the hungry thing has been munching!  The photograph picks up a lot of detail in the fabric strips, which the eye sort of blurs.  When you look at the flag in person it really has an uncanny resemblance to tree bark.

The second flag is a lovely tribute to the beauty and serenity of a sunny day on the ocean, which makes me look forward to the summer more than ever...

Thanks so much, sparks, I love them both and I'm so glad I didn't have to choose because I'm not sure I could have very easily.  Sorry for the delay in posting photos - the last week's been a bit hectic with power/internet outages and fractious furnaces.
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8  Re: Prayer Flag Swap Rd. 2 GALLERY! in The Swap Gallery by muddy21 on: January 15, 2013 06:27:13 PM
I received my flag yesterday from MaryColleen... not only do I absolutely love it, but it's like she and I were reading each other's minds!  Cheesy

She picked up on my ideas of seashore, islands, lighthouses, and my theme of compassion and made me this beauty (if you look closely I think you can see the sparkly bits where the lighthouse beam is flashing)

and the backing is a beautiful warm sandy brown

The funny thing is that I think we were both a bit uneasy about how the other one would feel about the simpler style flag...but we both did it!  On the footsteps flag I made for MaryColleen, I wanted so much to embellish the frothy wave bits with embroidery threads or beads or something but I was really worried that it would ruin the whole "simple things in life" part of it so I didn't.  We also both used computer printing on fabric for the first time - I was really pleased with how it worked out.  I just ironed the fabric to freezer paper, then fed it through the printer. Presto!  MaryColleen did some painting on hers as well, which really added a nice depth to the image.

I have to say that I am just amazed every time I look at a new flag on this thread - what a wonderful collection this is!
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9  Spork! hoopla in Needlework: Completed Projects by muddy21 on: December 30, 2012 01:44:03 PM

Tidying up loose ends for 2012...
This is a hoopla I made for jo_mama in the Ongoing Wish Swap Round 80.  Design was from an Urban Threads pattern.
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10  Re: Ongoing Wish Swap Round 84 Gallery!! in The Swap Gallery by muddy21 on: August 26, 2012 02:11:38 PM
Just wait till you see what recently arrived to me in New England from noodle-bug in Old England!  Cheesy   I was claimed for a hoopla from my Pinterest and it's great...

I just love this hoop - it cracks me up!  And the colors are just perfect.  In fact, I've asked noodle-bug if she'll mind if I give it to my teenage math geek son for Christmas.  Not only is he a math geek, but this is also just the sort of back-and-forth that goes on between him and his younger brother!  My boys get a bit jealous of all my swap goodies sometimes but it's not always easy to come up with teen-guy-appropriate crafts, if you know what I mean.  The good thing from my point of view is that he's still living at home so I'll still get to enjoy it myself!

Along with the hoop were some terrific supplies.  Some earth- and nature-toned felt that is hard to find around here, a little jelly roll of similar colored fabrics and a great selection of vintage buttons, including a mysterious woven sort of one that looks like a spiderweb with a jewel in the center.

And two Olympics keychains that went directly onto my boys' keys and a package of my favorite treats, McVitie's Digestive Biscuits.  The biscuits survived the shipping completely intact, which is surprising because they're a bit delicate, but I'm afraid they haven't survived being at my house nearly so well!!

Thanks so much, noodle-bug, I love every bit of it!
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