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31  My package form Mgailp in The Swap Gallery by Crafty Butterfly on: February 19, 2011 04:36:23 PM
 I recieved the package from mgailp. There were 3 bookmarks inside along with a handwritten notes and a couple pages of printed fairy outlines. I feel thoroughly spoiled and a little tad bit guilty for only sending one bookmark.

One was a beaded 'hymnal marker' I love this idea. I don't have any hymnals or textbooks that I use regularly but I do have a cookbook that had a few post it notes marking pages of favorite recipes. So that's where I've put it. The colors are prefect and I really like the butterfly charm that is also part of it.

the second bookmark I pulled out of the package was a fairy with magnetic wings that fold either side of a page. It's awesome! What a brilliant idea making the wings magnetic! I love the way the wings are pieced and the colors that were chosen.

The third bookmark was the one that was mentioned in the other thread for this swap. A cut out of the snow caps candy box. In the pic is my sons hand grabbing it for his use!

thanks mgailp for 3 great bookmarks!
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32  Granny afghan you will be Exterminated! in CHALLENGE 59 ENTRIES by Crafty Butterfly on: February 07, 2011 11:53:50 AM
I found this ugly, neglected afghan for $3.99 at my local thrift store.  I thought that the combination of colors left a lot to be desired. However there were some nice colors in there to work with. I'm a geek married to a geek and we both love Dr Who. So, a Dalek seemed a good choice for a finger puppet.

Here's a couple of before pictures:

Must Exterminate granny afghan! Exterminate! Exterminate!

After trying out a few things and falling short of awesomeness I came up with these monstrously cute finger puppets. Would anyone care to give them names?

Here's a view from the back to show the spines, mohawks, tails or whatever you want to call what I crocheted along their backs as I stitched them up.

And of course here's the Dalek:

Exterminate! Exterminate! Exterminate!

I plan to give most of what I've made to a local hospital to distribute to young patients and kids in the waiting room. I'm hoping the finger puppets will bring a smile to the kids faces.  ( I think that the first Dalek has already been claimed by my son but future Daleks and the monsters will be given away)

I did have a couple of sources of inspiration for these monstrously cute finger puppets. First I got the idea to make the finger puppets from this site: http://meetmeatmikes.blogspot.com/2009/10/where-wild-fingers-are.html
I took the idea on there and played around with it a lot. It was a lot of fun having a basic idea of construction that I could start with and make the rest up as I went along.

Then they needed faces. My inspiration on how to do the faces was from a fellow craftster: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=351953.0

There is still quite a lot of yarn to make up. I think that making up these finger puppets and perhaps some small stuffies is going to be an ongoing project for me. I wonder how many things I'll be able to make and give to the hospital out of this one afghan?

Thanks for looking! Feel free to leave ideas, comments, or criticisms.    Please vote!

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33  Re: Mug Rug Swap (SignUp Jan 8 - Jan 22, SendOut Feb 21 2011) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by Crafty Butterfly on: January 16, 2011 03:33:24 PM
I have a couple of mug rugs to show! I didn't realize how crooked they were until I saw the photo. We both love sci-fi and this little strip of fabric with planets has been in my stash for years. I never knew what to do with it until now. Smiley

I used the backing fabric as the binding be leaving it a bit bigger and then folding and ironing it. On the next ones I make I think it would look nicer if I mitered the corners. I also used a quilt as you go method where while I'm piecing the strips together I also so through the batting and the backing fabric. Then I stitched over the top on a couple of the pieces for the look of it.

My hubby thinks that the mug rugs are really nifty and wants me to make him a bunch more for work. He's going have to wait until I finish a couple of butterfly ones for myself though.
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34  Re: Cthulhu Tea Cozy in Crochet: Completed Projects by Crafty Butterfly on: January 12, 2011 04:50:11 AM
Thanks for all the compliments. Smiley

The head does not lift so that the top opens. but that wouldn't have been impossible, I just didn't think of it. I was going for maximum heat retention.

If you're on ravelry here's a link to my ravelry project of the Cthulhu tea cozy with more pics and links to both patterns.

Or here's the link to the patterns:

the Cthulhu pattern. http://cthulhucrochet.blogspot.com/2010/05/cuddly-cthulhu-with-free-pattern.html

Here's a link to the tea cozy pattern which I altered  a lot. I really just made it up as I went along to fit the teapot and use the stripes. Any tea cozy pattern could work as the body.

Before the Cthulhu teacozy there was the purple people eater tea cozy.  He/She needs some wings though.

Here's a link to the Tea Cozy pictured above. I might have used it for Cthulhu if I'd had enough yarn.. http://crochetroo.blogspot.com/2006/05/scallop-tea-cosy-instructions.html
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35  Cthulhu Tea Cozy in Crochet: Completed Projects by Crafty Butterfly on: January 11, 2011 08:54:18 AM
I made this for the teapot that my hubby uses at work. He works doing geeky stuff so this Cthulhu should be a big hit and earn him some more geek cred. I made it using 2 different free patterns a Cthulhu one and a tea cozy one. If anyone is interested I'll be happy to share the links. I did change the tea cozy pattern a lot and the Cthulhu pattern only a little to make the wings bigger.

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36  Personalized Beanbags with free car design in Machine Embroidery: Completed Projects by Crafty Butterfly on: January 07, 2011 02:20:42 PM
I made these for my son's 2nd birthday party this weekend. I wanted a favor to give to the kids that would be a bit more long lasting and memorable than the usual cheap toys from the store. So I used a font that I had to embroider each child's name on fleece. Then I found a free car design on the embroiderydesigns website for the other side of each beanbag. I changed the colors from the original design but with only 3 colors it was super easy. I figure this way they can enjoy playing bean bag toss at the party with now fights over whose is whose and have something memorable to take home.

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37  Celtic Fairy Circle T-shirt in Machine Embroidery: Completed Projects by Crafty Butterfly on: January 07, 2011 05:14:34 AM
This was my first large purchased design. I've done a few small freebies and some words to work out some basics like what stabilizer to use, which needle to use, how to adjust the tension, and how to position the design. I've sewn a lot of clothes and bags but have only just started dabbling in machine embroidery. I've had a few pointers from a local machine embroidery but am mostly just making it up as I go along. (which I enjoy tremendously)

The machine said 75 min stitch time. I started at 9:45pm and it wasn't finnished until 11:15pm. I had to change the thread a few times, and it broke 3 times. Luckily my machine is pretty good at noticing when the top thread breaks, stopping, and has buttons on screen to help me move forward and back in the design to start again in the right spot. I didn't intend to stay up that late but I'm rather glad I did Smiley

This design is from Emblibrary. I bought the Celtic Fantasy Circles set when they had their new years sale. I had a needle break when attemtpting a freestanding lace design from the same site so I was a bit scared. When at local machine embroidery store gathering info I found out that some designs from emblibrary are dense and can be difficult. Has any one else tried designs from that site? (Am I asking this question in the right forum? should it be in the discussion area?) How did they turn out?
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38  My first completed Machine Embroidery Project in Machine Embroidery: Completed Projects by Crafty Butterfly on: January 03, 2011 12:16:39 PM
I did test out a couple of things on felt on sulky self adhesive stabilizer but this is the first design that is finnished and on something usable. I have a Babylock Ellure embroidery machine that my mom gave to me because she never used it. I'm so excited to be able to do machine embroidery and have purchased some lovely large designs i'm just itching to use. Enough rambling.

This design I got free from embroiderthis! I did the embroidery on one of my sons well loved (stained) t-shirts so that if it got completely screwed up it wouldn't matter. As you can see there is a bit of an issue with the bobbin thread showing on the top. I wonder if this has something to do with how the stabilizer was in the frame (I used sulky self stick and stuck it to the bottom of the frame, maybe it wasn't taught enough?) or maybe there is a tension problem and hte machine needs a tune up. (given how old it is and when it last had a tune up I suppose this is rather likely)

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39  Lacy Floral Heart Afghan in Crochet: Completed Projects by Crafty Butterfly on: January 02, 2011 06:58:30 AM
I've been working on this afghan for a year and got it finished just in time. I made it as a christmas present for my grandparents. This was really fun and slightly challenging to do.

I ran out of yarn and didn't have enough for the corners. I decided to buy a dusty rose color yarn to do the corner hearts in. It was wonderful on Christmas Day getting a phone call from my grandma saying how much she loved it and that she knew how much work I'd put into it because she used to make afghans like this.

(This is my first time starting a new post in this forum and attaching a pic, I hope it works)
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