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2231  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Ongoing ATC swap discussion thread--3.0 on: December 30, 2011 12:34:45 PM
Ok my loves, I just realized that its the end of the month (AND the year!) and that means I need to get signups for January up and running!  I will get that done either tonight or tomorrow morning.  I hope you all have a great new year's!
2232  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: One tiny stuffie with a function swap on: December 30, 2011 12:32:04 PM
I'm pretty sure I'm running January's Ongoing ATC Swap (speaking of which, I need to get sign-ups going!  ACK!), so I will be all full up on organizer duty.  I'm so sad!  I so wanted to help co-organize.  At least you have the super awesome suereal!  Suereal to the rescue!!!
2233  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: ONGOING ATC SWAP - DECEMBER 2011 - Claiming Now Open! on: December 29, 2011 12:04:21 PM
I claim MunLtStmpr for LOLcats

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7 received

Hiya everyone! I'm Jill, I'm 28 and I live in Washington State, USA. I'm good with nudity and profanity, but please nothing political or religious. My favorite things to do are reading (mainly fantasy/sci-fi), cooking/baking, playing video games with my husband, and crafting (duh!).

-the Letter J
-the Letter E (for my husband, Ethan) (I'm going to frame the Es and Js and put them on each side of our bed, so nothing bulky please!)
-Mythical creatures
-Fireworks (my hubby is studying to get his pyrotechnics license)
-Your Location
-Anything from my book list on pinterest:    http://pinterest.com/jkingcompogno/2011-book-conquests/
-Curse words that aren't curse words, strange or silly exclamations (such as "shut the front door!", "poop on a stick!", or "great Odin's Raven!")
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2234  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Have you tried turning it off and on again? on: December 28, 2011 03:10:44 PM
This summer I did my very first cross stitch project.  I started small and did a head shot of Moss from the IT Crowd that I did for the Ongoing ATC Swap.  My BIL saw it and loved it and told me to add it to my list of gift ideas that I keep on my phone.  Done and done!  After that, I knew I needed to make him the entire pattern for Christmas.  So, here is my first big cross stitching project!  YAY!

I used this pattern from Dork Stitch:  http://www.dorkstitch.com/roy-and-moss-from-the-it-crowd/

TADA!  All framed up and everything!  I'm super proud of it.  ^_^  And my BIL was so excited to get it.  He said he is gonna take it to work and hang it there.

Here are a couple unframed pictures:

Thanks for looking!
2235  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Sisters christmas present revealed!! :D on: December 28, 2011 02:56:16 PM
Cute cute cute!!!  How could she not like that little number?
2236  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Wands! Expelliarmus! on: December 28, 2011 02:29:44 PM
Yes, you've seen these before from other craftsters, but I just had to share my Harry Potter wands.  I originally made some for my partner in the Mini 13 Days of Halloween swap.  I loved making them so much, that I decided I would make some as stocking stuffers for Christmas this year for my family.

I used this tutorial:   http://www.instructables.com/id/Make-an-awesome-Harry-Potter-wand-from-a-sheet-of-/

In it, you use hot glue, paper, and acrylic paint to make wands.  I sprayed them with a clear coat at the end, as well.  They turn out so incredibly cool!

Here's the whole group:

And because I love pictures so much, here is one of each:

Needless to say, I got expelliarmused quite a bit on Christmas morning.  ^_^  They were so much fun and so easy to make, that I'm finding that I really want to make a whole bunch more!  ^_^  I foresee a future full of wands!

Thanks for looking!
2237  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Scrabble Pillow! on: December 28, 2011 02:13:25 PM
Thanks everyone!  ^_^

I wish you had a picture of her seeing it the first time, a reaction shot would have been fun!

I know, that would have been cool!  Its such a small house that a huge group is crammed into, so getting pictures is hard.  I got a few at that exchange, but not many.

I love this! Are the names of your siblings, cousins, her siblings, etc.?

Its my husband's Aunt, really.  The names are her husband, kids and significant others, and grand kids.  And then my husband's parents, siblings & significant others, and kids.  My husband's family is so big that I had to limit it to certain families.  ^_^
2238  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Re: Bacon and Steak Shirts! Mmmm! on: December 28, 2011 02:01:03 PM
You have to cut different stencils.  I generally cut a stencil for each color I want to do.  Once you iron on the freezer paper, it generally won't iron back on after you use it.  So, you have to cut a whole new stencil.

And thanks for compliment! ^_^
2239  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Luigi Blanket on: December 28, 2011 01:12:34 PM
Oh wow, that is completely awesome!  You definitely put a lot of love into it!
2240  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Scrabble Pillow! on: December 28, 2011 12:22:58 PM
I decided a week before Christmas that I should make a Scrabble pillow for my Aunt.  I'm a little crazy.  I really wanted to make her something special because she is awesome and always admires the things I make.  Recently, we've been playing a lot of Words with Friends together, so I thought a Scrabble pillow would be a fun personal gift. 

First off, I want to thank greeneggsandham for the idea.  She posted a Scrabble pillow she made a while back, and it was beautiful and I knew I needed to make one.  You can see it here:

I'm not great at sewing, and still struggle through most things.  And I definitely can't follow a pattern.  No sir!  So, I did it with my own brain power.  Though its really not even close to perfect, I still love how it turned out.  Now, onto the pillow!

TADA!  Scrabble pillow!  How I managed to get this done before Christmas, I will never know.  I used the freezer paper method for stenciling on the letters.  And, yes I know, I cheated.  Names aren't legal in the Scrabble rules.  Meh.  Whatev.  ^_^

And here is the back:

The back is flannel, so it is soft and snuggly!

And now, some progress shots.  I don't have all the steps of it in pictures, because I was so focused on getting it done at the end. So, here is what I have:

To start, I used Microsoft Excel to make a diagram of how I wanted the pillow to look and where all the letters and pieces would go.  It took a few tries, but I eventually got all the names that I wanted on there.  I then cut out all the colors out of some plain cotton fabric.  Then it was time for making some letters.

Here are the little squares, that I cut out with a quilting ruler and a rotary cutter.  They measured to be an 1 1/2".  These ones have the freezer paper ironed onto them and are ready for paint.

Here they are with the paint applied.

And without the freezer paper!  Tada!  Letters!

I didn't get a shot of the rows, but here with all the rows sewn together:

Yes, its a little wonky and a little puckering here and there.

Here is the 2 1/2" border I added.  And then I sewed the flannel backing on, stuffed it with polyfil and hand stitched it closed.

And some bonus shots with my Christmas tree:

It was a lot of work, but I think it was worth it in the end.  It made her cry, and I was told that I won Christmas.  Yay!  ^_^

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