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1  Pet Cremains in Pet-Related Crafts: Discussion and Questions by JS on: May 10, 2019 08:18:33 AM
This afternoon we will be saying good-bye to our beloved dog, Zena.  She has endured worsening eye issues (IOP - blindness) and we don't want her to continue suffering.  Her pain meds no longer seem to work.  Although my heart is breaking and we will miss her terribly, we must think of her comfort and well being.  I hate that I could not cure her issues or be a better petmommy.  Zena deserves a long, happy life - as do all pets.  To those of you who have lost a furbaby,  my deepest sympathies.  They are truly family.

DH refuses to have Zena buried on our land, outside in the elements.  It's touching of my big beefy husband to insist that she be kept inside, safe and warm and dry.  Zena will be cremated.  My crafty question is about her cremains,  What sort of container?  I want to make something but mentally am mush and cannot think beyond Ziplock baggies and Tupperware.  Recently we've had trees come down and I'd love something from their wood, perhaps inscribed with a wood burner .... Tips and suggestions greatly appreciated.

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2  Re: 50 PROJECTS 2019, sign ups open all year. in Craftalongs by JS on: May 06, 2019 06:23:26 PM
Kidlet (DS1) is graduating and I'm trying to prepare for his party.  I've been wrapping Twinkies in colored paper and tying with curling ribbon, to make makeshift edible diplomas.  Ho-Hos would look better since the cake is rolled like an actual diploma, but Kidlet isn't a fan of chocolate.  He isn't into fanfare and dreads the forthcoming festivities.  That's quite all right; he'll graduate and WE'll party! Wink

 
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3  Quick Port Protector- Seat Belt Cover in Completed Projects by JS on: March 10, 2019 02:04:41 PM
Recently a friend has been diagnosed with cancer and has had a chemo port installed.  Alas I am out of batting for making a port protector the usual way.  Most patterns for port protectors call for a 7-8 inch square of fabric or thereabouts.  Pot holders are usually that size, and are already quilted.  Eureka!  So I dug through my mini stash of pot holders and found some with inspirational quotes and cheerful designs.  These became port protectors to wrap around seat belts.  Pre sized, pre quilted, binding attached, cute patterns --win, win, win, win!   A five inch strip of velcro was added for closure.  

Conventional seat belts are three inches wide.  I positioned the pot holders  with this in mind.
The ones below show two different velcro closures.  One (blue- on the left in all photos) shows the velcro strips closing by directly facing each other, like a taco shell.  This makes the velcro part of the pot holder stick out to the side of the seat belt, and gives an extra inch of padding for those who have automatic seat belts that swing from the top of the car door.

The sunflower/green one closes more like a burrito.  The pot holder folds into thirds with the edges and velcro overlapping.  A strip of male or hard velcro is sewn to the floral side, and the soft female velcro is sewn to the sold green back side.  It is important to sew the velcro pieces so that the harder velcro is facing upward and away from the person's body when in use.

They were made with slight differences in the velcro placement to take into accout all the "P" points:  personal preference, port placement, pectoral muscles, parables, point and parcel (any other factors).   There is removable fleece padding for extra comfort.

Front of potholders:


Back view:

I added a small removable cushion, made of 4 layers of charcoal plaid blanket fleece, for extra protection.  It does not have velcro on it but has stayed in place when tested.

Taco (left) and burrito (right)


Flip sides:


I hope this all made sense.  It is a fast project made from stash and can be used by folks on kidney dialysis as well as those on chemo:  anything with a port, surgical issue, trauma or injury to the area of the body affected by seat belts, including the lap belt for abdominal issues.  Those with skin sensitivities (elderly with tissue paper thin skin) or who simply like not having the seat belt digging into them would also benefit from protection.



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4  Re: 50 PROJECTS 2019, sign ups open all year. in Craftalongs by JS on: March 10, 2019 08:17:23 AM
I made chemo port protectors for a friend recently DX'd with advanced stage bladder cancer.  They are made entirely from stash (the potholders were in my stash as I use them for pockets, etc.).  To allow for personal preferences and comforts, they have different velcro placement for different closure angle (facing vs. overlap - side vs. top wrap - does that make sense?).   Hopefully they will keep the seat belt from digging.

Front and back views:
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5  Re: 2019 Annual DeStashAlong! in Craftalongs by JS on: March 10, 2019 08:05:17 AM
Awesome bags, and what a lovely way to present a gift Smiley

Recently a friend has been diagnosed with cancer and has had a chemo port installed.  Alas I am out of batting for making a port protector the usual way.  So ... I dug through my mini stash of pot holders with inspirational quotes and cheerful designs, and made port protectors to wrap around seat belts.  Pre sized, pre quilted, binding attached, cute patterns --win win win win!   They were made with slight differences in the velcro placement to take into accout all the "P" points:  personal preference, port placement, pectoral muscles, parables, point and parcel (any other factors).   There is removable fleece padding for extra comfort.

Front and back of potholders:




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6  Re: Ongoing Wish Swap 150 January 2019 Discussion and Gallery in The Swap Gallery by JS on: February 20, 2019 05:26:18 AM
Amazingness overload in here!  Each and every item is wonderful and I find myself smiling at the joy.  Joy in claiming, joy in choosing what to make/send, joy in creating, joy in receiving, joy in a sent package being received, joy in sharing here, and joy in browsing the things that others have posted.  All those facets.


I am the lucky recipient of this awesome loot from jemimah!


I can't get a good shot of the card to appropriately show the pretty detail.

Here is a back view of the gorgeous cowl neck warmer that she made.  I love the color she chose, and wish you all could feel how soft it is.  So luscious.  I will be wearing it often in this winter weather.


She continued to spoil me with these two artworks that implemented my favorite things.  These will be framed and proudly displayed.  Now to choose a wall ...


Thank you so much jemimah!  I love it all!
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7  Re: Personal/Private Swap Gallery, 2019 in The Swap Gallery by JS on: February 11, 2019 05:16:18 PM
Wow I need to venture here more often.  All of those cards, coins, and artwork are fabulous.

In the past I've received gifts from very gracious, generous, caring craftsters.  I thought that personal swaps were more of a private nature, so I didn't share in here.  My train of thought was that the sender may not want it advertized that they sent something (mom likes you best!).  It is the sender's privilege to post.  With all due respect, that is about to change.....

Look at the gorgeous embroidery that thanate sent to me!  Our beloved doggie has eye issues, and we are preparing for possible permanent blindness in both eyes.  I will be making velcro pieces that say "blind" for wrapping around her collar and leash.  I could also add a blind patch to a tote for her toys and bath towels.  Thank you, thanate!  All of the colors and sizes are awesome Smiley
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8  Re: Crafting for ME along! in Craftalongs by JS on: February 08, 2019 02:15:14 PM
Is this craftalong still going on?

I made a mugrug for myself out of cheerful fabric with bright springy colors.  It has wonky seams and layers of cotton Jeff Gordon fabric inside from stash.  It makes me smile Smiley
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9  Re: 2019 Annual DeStashAlong! in Craftalongs by JS on: February 03, 2019 06:28:52 AM
Ant Bee, welcome in!  I too have gotten lost and found and lost, many times lol.

Riechan congratulations on your land ownership and house building!  That is quite a project to oversee.  Your unpaper towels are pretty.  In the past I've made some but didn't know they were an actual thing.  Using fabric is a great way to cover stubborn stains or those decorative holiday motifs that are on one side of a kitchen towel, making it usable year round.

I have an old sewing machine cabinet that I use as a thread cabinet, with an array of colorful threads of different sorts.  It's a great place to hide small presents as no one else ever gets in there.  Also a great place to put said pressies and then forget about them - oops lol.   Some of the threads are for embroidery and alas I don't have that sort of sewing machine.  (This gives me a reason to scout rummage sales for embroidery machines!   Then I won't have to destash those pretty threads.  Twisted logic there, and very anti-destash.) 





There are more threads in my sewing room, and stored in totes ....
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10  Re: 2019 Annual DeStashAlong! in Craftalongs by JS on: January 25, 2019 03:58:29 AM
Beautiful quilt top and adorable elephants!  Those hats are too cute!

I made this for a swap mostly out of stash (new thread, and of course not the pens lol).



This panda and bird design was inspired by the recipient's own artwork.  The panda is made with a tee shirt that kidlet never wore but outgrew.  The panda's arm, eye, and ear are from a wool jacket, and the arm is 2 pockets.  Red for the bird is from a skirt.  The panda's face and chest area is also a pocket for long items.  Applique is new to me and I'm pleased with the result.
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