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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Journal Cover - Bee for Subee on: April 12, 2015 09:02:36 PM
I was just an angel for Subee in the recent Journal Cover swap -- I've been out of the swapping circuit for a couple of years - trying to make up for some bad feedback from back then -- I made this bee themed journal cover for Subee - one of her favorites is bees and it was such fun to create her this journal cover.  (I've used one of the pictures she used in her gallery post) 

It was nice to check in on the Craftster community again.  And I really enjoyed being an angel for Subee.     
2  COOKING / Dessert / Mickey and Minnie cupcakes. on: October 19, 2013 07:45:38 PM
Started with this:

I made these Mickey and Minnie cupcakes for a friend today - Her birthday is not until December, but once I saw these on Facebook, I had to take a try at them.  I told her they were for her Un-Birthday.  Fun and easy!!  (I ran out of ribbon for the Minnies - so only four of them).  Cheesy

I used red foil cupcake liners.  Big hit with her friends on Facebook.  
3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Let's go to the beach! on: July 26, 2012 04:15:39 PM
I was partnered with pjherbert for the Felt Badge Swap Rd 2.  I was super inspired by pjherbert's pinterest board - she has a lot of really beautiful felt creations there.  I picked my two favorites, and I think I made her happy.  It sure made me happy to craft them - Although the badges I made are similar to the originals, I had my own ideas on exactly the way the badges were executed.

Here is the first badge - my all time favorite - little beach huts - the image on the left is a photocopy of the one on her pinterest, and the one on the right is the one I crafted.  This one I really really wanted to keep.

The second badge is another from her pinterest - a little simpler, but I added some grass sprouts and tiny flower buttons - and the bird on the original (left image) is a pink button.  The bird on the badge I sent pjherbert is all felt (right image) - he's a little smaller than my pinkie fingernail - teeny - I love him - French knot for an eye.

And here they are together, with a quarter in the photo for size reference.  I am now officially addicted to making felt badges.

I'm sure there will be more rounds of this swap.  You should sign up!  It is so fun to see what all the swappers are coming up with!  The badges are not difficult to create - for me, it was lovely to sit and stitch by hand, totally relaxing - I really wanted to go to the ocean when I finished these - but I live in Kansas, and alas, the only sandy beaches here are manmade and adjoin lakes or ponds!  

Happy Summer, pjherbert!!   Cool Cool Cool Cool Cool Cool Cool Cool
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Sly fox scarf! on: December 19, 2011 07:37:56 PM
I made this fox scarf for my partner (CraftyMamaBee) in the Fabric Jewelry swap - the fox scarf was my "extra" I created for her.  She received today, so now I can post here.  She had a fox scarf on her wist in grey, however she really wanted an orange one.  Her reaction to receiving was just what I was hoping for!  She loves it!! 

I kind of overdid the pictures - I loved taking pictures of my first fox scarf - this little guy came out so cute, he's the width of the fleece I used, and so soft!  The only "stuffed" parts are his head and his tail - the rest is just two layers of fleece:

I took more pictures (almost like I just got a new pet!), but I'm sure you get the idea how much I liked creating this!!  The end result was so-o rewarding - CraftyMamaBee sounded so happy in her "Received" message to me.  I bought the PDF pattern from CutPasteCreate on Etsy - the pattern maker is FreshMade here on Craftster.  I love the pattern, it was very well detailed, and my only problem was converting measures, but a quick email to FreshMade took care of that!  She was so quick and so helpful.  And, I am really proud of my work on this - I have already promised my two best Craftster buddies each a fox scarf this season - I will make these two in grey to coordinate with their winter coats.  I have plans to make more, even after I complete the next two grey ones!  I need one, my quilt friends each need one, the kind lady at the grocery store needs one, . . . the list goes on and on.

c&c much appreciated.   Cheesy 
5  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Dancing Horses by Laurel Burch on: October 20, 2011 11:15:58 AM
I made my partner this mug rug (which actually turned out a little bigger than I imagined it would).  I bought this fabric (with no particular project in mind) way before signing up for the Mug Rug Swap Rd 2.  I love anything Laurel Burch, so I knew I would use it.  My partner's interests included horses, so I knew this was pretty much perfect for her.  I was most intimidated by such a small quilt - I quilted (by machine) following the lines of the horses in the panels I used, put on sashing and then binding.  It was a good experience for me, and selfishly I have purchased more of this fabric line (Laurel Burch "Dancing Horses") for myself to make a lap quilt or twin-sized quilt.  I will have to purchase more fabric for the backing, unless I decide to use flannel for the back, as I often do.  C&C welcome!  Thanks for looking.  Cheesy

PS - my partner Bakeneko really liked this mug rug and the smaller one that I sent too. 

6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / FUN EASY APRON!!! on: August 14, 2011 11:49:18 AM
I signed up for the Crafter's Apron Swap, co-organized by LesliesHappyHeart and susanab - there is still time for YOU to sign up!!  Shocked Cheesy  Cheesy

Before I get my partner, I decided to make a trial run of the apron.  Here's what I came up with:

This is a really easy pattern with five good-sized pockets - perfect for wearing during crafting.  LesliesHappyHeart includes a link for the pattern on the swap sign up info post.  I used decorator fabric for the apron base and all five pockets.  It's kind of a canvassy fabric - there was a vast selection at JoAnn's - lots of variety.  The apron ties and lining were made using quilter's 100% cotton fabrics. 

The combinations for this type of apron are endless, and you can totally make this apron to fit your personality, or your partner's!  Hop on over to the sign up post and join us - all the swaps these two ladies host are fun for all!  Hope to see you there!!

 Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy Cool
7  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Poppy Wall / Art Quilt with button center on: July 16, 2011 12:33:55 AM
This is a wall/art quilt I made for my partner, erica_tattoos in the I LOVE Buttons Swap, Round 3.

I machine quilted around the poppy, which was one of two panels I purchased - I actually originally purchased the panels to obtain the sunflower panel (which was the second of the two panel pieces) for myself.  I also added three borders and quilted (stitch in the ditch) around the three of them.  The quilt back is black quilters cotton with a swirly design, and the binding is the same fabric which I finished by hand.  For erica_t, I sewed different shades of brown and tan buttons to the center of the flower to enhance the center and tie the wall quilt to the button swap theme.

I was very pleased that erica loves her quilt. It was a joy to make it for her.  Now I think I will embark on making the sunflower one for me!   Cool
8  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / My first quilt! on: June 13, 2011 10:07:17 AM
I made this quilt for my son. I started it at a Super Bowl party one of our quilt shops hosts each year, and although I completed it several years ago, I'm new to Craftster this year, thus the post today. The name of the pattern is Courthouse Steps, which I just realized while typing this is so appropriate for my son--he's an attorney. [I think they call that an ah-ha moment] Smiley  I pieced the quilt, and designed the blocks on the back from the front's leftovers.  I also added my own borders on the front; borders are not all that original, but they're mine! And I did the binding once it was quilted. I was fortunate to find the coordinating fabric for the binding (which I love) after the top and back were finished. The machine quilting was done by a local professional quilter in my area, who owns a longarm machine, and her quilting skills are phenomenal. She changed thread colors on the front when the blocks' colors changed. In other words blue thread on the blue blocks, and orangey thread on the orangey blocks, with the bobbin always blue for the back--the border was quilted the same way with black and green on top, blue on the bottom. She is amazing.



Thanks for looking!  C&C welcome.
9  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / First time applique -- children's t-shirts on: June 12, 2011 09:08:36 PM
These are shirts I appliqued, as an angel in the latest onesie/toddler t-shirt swap round - my partner has her hands full right now, and has not posted pics, but I'm new to Craftster, and want to put some pictures on my favorite things in my profile, so I'm posting this picture here. (If this is the wrong place, please put it where it belongs!)

I looked at children's coloring books and online free clip art, and kind of changed some things around to create my own designs for four of the shirts. The sock monkey (his hat is my own design) was a favorite of mine and my son, and my partner really liked it too. The pirate started as just a skull and crossbones. My partner was pleased with all the shirts, and sent quite an excited PM when she received - lots of squeals and exclamation points! So, here are my first appliques - I used toddler t-shirts from Walmart; I removed the little pocket on two of the shirts and then prewashed all before applying the appliques. I also made a Ninni stuffed toy (used the current Ninni swap pattern) to match one of the shirts (he's the little striped guy on the yellow shirt). c&c welcome.  Smiley

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