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1  Re: Craft with a Fat Quarter Stonehenge Round 4 - Gallery in The Swap Gallery by kbrison on: April 01, 2019 03:46:42 PM
Averia was a great swap partner, but lucky for me, she doesn't count well. Rather than sending me two fat quarters she sent three! Love them!

The color on this shot isn't very accurate. The fabric is actually a gorgeous purple rather than the blue it appears. Averia made a tissue holder, a pen holder to fit a small notebook, a corner bookmark, and an emery board holder. I've never made a tissue holder using this pattern although I've made a number of coasters using this technique. Now I can do both once I measure the tissue holder pieces. Thanks! Since I'm a voracious reader, there's no such thing as too many bookmarks so it's going to be put to good use, too.

Then we each made a clasp coin purse for each other and a key chain. I love the zipped bag the key ring is attached to. It's so cute but practical, too. And I've made several of the clasp coin purses for other people but never seem to make one for myself. So again, thank you!

I have a small collection of pincushions that I use all the time so I can see the star being put to good use, but the embroidered hoop pincushion is so pretty that it's more likely to hang on my craft room wall so I can just admire it.

A close-up of the embroidered pincushion. Averia is so talented!

Averia, you've been a great partner!  See you in 25 days and counting down.
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2  Re: Asheville Adventure - The Swap GALLERY! in The Swap Gallery by kbrison on: March 07, 2019 12:28:22 AM
Between travelling the state for my great-niece's basketball competitions, travelling out-of-state for my nephew's wedding, and getting some other crafting projects finished and sent on their way, it totally slipped my mind that I hadn't yet posted photos of the awesome package I received from Abbie. So sorry about that!

Abbie found a totally wonderful card for me. I love the layered cut-out, rustic yet so feminine.

Now I'm going to have to do more sewing because she sent me five fat quarters as my craft supply. I can always find use for fabric though so that's definitely not a hardship!

This shows the treats, beach plum jam, the fat quarters, a New Jersey postcard, a collector button, and a NJ stamp. We use to make wild sand plum jelly here, so I suspect beach plums might taste very similar. I'm really looking forward to the comparison.

Then the biggy! A Tesha Moore journal cover that highlights so many things about me. There's my home in Oklahoma, my genealogy quote that explains the philosophy of our Okmulgee County Genealogy Society, a cast iron Dutch Oven representing my membership in OK Dutch Ovens, a hooker comment to identify my membership in the OHCE Crochet Group, and even a fifth-wheel camper very much like the one DH and I own and use at his family reunion every summer. I keep admiring how neatly Abbie has embroidered the words and the blanket stitches around the edges. Especially amazing when you picture her crafting the cover with two toddlers in the house. What a challenge that must have been!

Then just to make sure my journal doesn't get claimed by someone else, my first initial on a tie-dyed background, harking back to my hippie days.  Grin And all of it joined together with comic book fabric reminiscent of my teen years. You really stalked me well, Abbeeroad! Thanks so very much!
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3  Re: 50 PROJECTS 2019, sign ups open all year. in Craftalongs by kbrison on: March 02, 2019 02:17:12 PM
Yeah! I'm in!

2019 GOALS
1 Create at least 175 projects
2 Complete at least 12 WIPS - Finished 1 (3/23), 5 (4/2), 1 (4/6), 2 (4/13), 1 (4/14), 1 (4/17)
3 Make 3 projects from my vintage kits stash
4 Learn two new crafts Spinning wheel (1/25), Rigid heddle loom weaving (3/23), Fused glass (3/28), dyeing roving (4/11)
5 Finish piecing at least one quilt top
6 Try 6 new recipes
7 Make 5 projects for Difference Makers - Cord wraps (3/2), more cord wraps (3/21), large microwave bowl (4/2)
8 Make remaining cloth books Finished 3 on 2/14, 1 on 3/23, 1 on 4/6, 2 on 4/13, 1 on 4/14, 1 on 4/17
9 Make crafts for Asheville Adventure (approx. 28 small and 1 medium) Finished 30 mediums on 2/20, 1 on 4/17
10 Document craft purchases - $201.18 January; $125.81 - February; $367.77 - March; $306.41 - April; yearly total = $1,001.17

Year-to-date 51/175

1. Flamingo tissue holder Finished 1/14

2/3. 2 Flamingo pillow cases Finished 1/17

4. Flamingo mug rug Finished 1/17

5. Flamingo sewing machine foot pedal holder -Finished 1/22[ 75% from stash

6. Handspun yarn Finished 1/25

7. Flamingo weekender bag Finished 2/12 25% from stash

8/9/10. Fabric storybooks Finished 2/14 100% from stash

11. 10 Crumbs mug rugs Finished 2/14 75% from stash

12. 22 Crumbs mug rugs Finished 2/20 75% from stash

13. 2 Geek mug rugs Finished 2/22 100% from stash

14. 2 Rainbow mug rugs Finished 2/24 100% from stash

15. Set of 3 cord wraps plus one for swap - Finished 3/2 - charity - 100% from stash

16. 44 Craft tags - Finished 3/15 - 100% from stash

17. Sewing kit - Finished 3/17 - 75% from stash

18. Wristlet key chain - Finished 3/19 - 100% from stash

19. Small quilted bowl - Finished 3/19 - 75% from stash

20. 2 Sets of cord wraps - Finished 3/21 - charity - 100% from stash

21. Fabric story book - Finished 3/23 - WIP - 100% from stash

22. Woven mug rug - Finished 3/23

23. Crocheted fingerless gloves - Finished 3/24 - charity - 100% from stash

24. Fabric-covered letter - Finished 3/24 - 50% from stash

25. Fabric beads - Finished 3/24 - 50% from stash

26. Microwave bowl holder - Finished 3/25 - 75% from stash

27. Coin purse - Finished 3/25 - 75% from stash

28. Mini-notebook cover - Finished 3/25 - 75% from stash

29-32. 4 Fused glass pendants - Finished 3/28

33-37. 5 Microwave bowls (4 for AIMR, 1 for DM charity) - Finished 4/2 - WIP - 100% from stash

38. Stained and assembled a rigid heddle loom - Finished 4/3

39. 18 Cord wraps - Finished 4/4 - 100% from stash

40. Fabric ball for Rox's friend - Finished 4/6 - charity - 100% from stash

41. Fabric storybook - Finished 4/6 - WIP -100% from stash

42. Crocheted dishcloth - Finished 4/11 - charity - 100% from stash
43. Dyed 4 oz. of roving - Finished 4/11
44-45. 2 Fabric storybooks - Finished 4/13 - WIP - 100% from stash

46. Another fabric storybook - Finished 4/14 - WIP - 100% from stash

47. 2 crocheted flower embellished headbands - Finished 4/16 - 100% from stash

48. Yet another fabric storybook - Finished 4/17 - WIP - 100% from stash

49. Crocheted unicorn cup cozy - Finished 4/17

50. Spun bulky yarn - Finished 4/18 - 100% from stash
51. Made 12 scrappy strips card backgrounds - Finished 4/19 - 75% from stash

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4  Re: 2018 Annual DeStashAlong Thread in Craftalongs by kbrison on: December 17, 2018 07:32:02 PM
I know these aren't very big but they've both been hanging around a few decades, so I'm jubilant to get them DONE!
The angel kit was from 1994 and the reindeer from 2000. Sadly, they aren't the only ancient kits I have in my stash, but I'm trying to get at least a few more finished before the end of the year.

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5  Re: Sweat Shoppe Ornament Swap Round 9 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by kbrison on: November 26, 2018 02:57:47 PM
I hate to say this but I've received the last of my ornaments. I've enjoyed everything and think these may have been some of the best ornaments ever. Thank you all so much!

From quaggy - I've gathered several holiday items from quaggy over the past few years, not just tree ornaments. Love them all! In fact if I ever get my craft room cleared out enough that it no longer resembles a hoarder's lair, I probably have enough quaggy creations to decorate the entire room! Definitely something to look forward to.

From kimchery - Such tiny little embellishments! I've never seen stars or hearts as small as the ones on this ornament. How in the world did you set them in place so precisely?

From crafty_becky - This mouse may not be stirring, but it's certainly in a good spot to know when Santa has arrived!

From bec99 - Iced gingerbread cookies with sprinkles! Yum! Then sheets of Aussie critter stickers: kookaberras, wombats, duck-billed platypuses, crocs, koalas, kangaroos, and several other birds and critters. Wonderful, but they really make me think I need to move Australia closer to the top of my bucket list.

From bigbangmama - Laura was one of my earliest swap partners, so it's so heart-warming to still be trading crafts with one another and catching up with what her kids are doing.

From Homerof2 - I know we've traded other things but I always think of the quilt blocks we've made for one another first. That's why a stitched ornament, especially with its ruler fabric trunk seems so appropriate. Donniesgirl is thinking of starting the quilt block swap up again in January. See you then?
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6  Re: Invite Your Partner Swap Fall 2018 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by kbrison on: November 02, 2018 10:06:08 PM
Since we met in Canada, Averia and I have each gained a granddaughter so we agreed to craft for each other's grandchild. My granddaughter (age 22 months) likes puzzles and matching shapes, so this matching game is perfect for her. Then once she's mastered pairing up the pieces, we can turn them face down and let her play Concentration with them. This is a game that will grow with her, which I think is awesome.

Then Averia mentioned that she wanted to make her grandbaby a quiet book. How much trouble could it be for her to make two? (Her question, not mine! Sounded like a lot of work to me!) And THIS IS IT!!!! The button on the right and a loop of elastic create a closure to hold the pages shut when the book isn't being used.

The pages tie in, so they could be removed for cleaning or more pages could easily be added. The ballerina's toe shoe ribbon ties and unties, so it's the first interactive page of the book.

Next is a double-spread counting layout. One ladybug on the left is matched by the numeral '1' on the right plus a ribbon and bead abacus indicating 1. Two kitty cats, three teddy bears, and four hearts complete the page. Since the beads move, we'll be able to reinforce the concept of counting and numbers/amounts growing or reducing in size.

The next pages show a dresser and a bear. The dresser also closes with a button and elastic and has two drawers full of additional clothing that the bear can wear.

Sooner or later we all need to do laundry. Not only does our laundress have a usable clothesline (the clothes line runs through the clothes pins' spring eye so they won't become a choking hazard or get lost), but the socks also snap together with their mates so color matching and using snaps are more skills to master.

Finally my husband's favorite page. This is the first sport he taught our elder daughter, Zalphinian, and they both still claim that she's a better fisherman than he is. The boat slides along a cord to replicate movement. The pole is removeable . The hook has a magnet to catch the fish. The fish are hiding in the waves of water and have paperclips stitched into their mouths so they can be caught. And the grasses at the bottom aren't fully stitched down, so they move like real weeds and grasses would. Love everything about this book and I know my granddaughter will, too. There was just so much time, detail, and love that went into this.

Thank you so very, very much, Averia!
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7  Re: OTT October Holidays Edition 2018 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by kbrison on: October 30, 2018 07:00:32 PM
Confession time. I received from rockingbearranch more than a week ago, but the lighting was bad for several days so I couldn't get decent photos. The real problem is that I was winding up another swap and starting the Sweat Shoppe Ornament Swap during that same time frame. So what does that have to do with anything? I LOST the package from RBR! Somehow while working on the other swaps, I managed to bury the OTT package under all the supplies I had pulled for the other swaps. Several days of fruitless searches, then I finally moved the right pile and relocated my OTT.
I'm so sorry RBR for the delay, but I hated to admit I had lost the package unless I had relocated it.

These photos are darker than I wanted but I wasn't going to risk misplacing the package again while waiting for better lighting. I'm planning to create a Halloween house (not a haunted one), so this photo prop will be perfect for it.

The OTT is a play-on-words. RBR's first name is Barb = Barbie = doll = Dolly Tree store. It seems my Halloween home owner needed to make a shopping trip to pick up supplies and decorations.

The shopping results: EvidentlyHalloween requires a fire, whether in a fireplace, a fire pit, or a bonfire and at least one bale of hay to sit on while watching the fire. And what would Halloween be without a pumpkin?

Of course, we needed a few other things: wings for a fairy costume, a banner proclaiming the holiday, a spider web and spider, and paving stones for a home improvement project.

Thanks so very much! My house project definitely has gotten a great start.
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8  Re: Weekend Trick or Treat 2018 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by kbrison on: October 22, 2018 09:20:46 PM
Hooray! The US postal system has finally let go of ChameleonHound's package to me!
It's hard to tell from this photo but the jack o'lantern bag is huge and was stuffed to the top!

I couldn't pull out just one thing because of how tightly the goodies were packed into the bag, so I pulled and dumped everything out on my bed.

Since I'm diabetic, CH limited the sweets she sent but OMG! she sent wonderful goodies that I could parcel out yet not feel deprived when I limited myself to just one piece. Truffles and darkest of dark chocolates! M-m-m-m! And two really cute pairs of holiday socks.

Then there were crafting supplies. How did you know that I wanted to make a new wreath? Then washi tape and puffy stickers for the Halloween cards I've been making.

She thought I might like some fabric to use for the tote bags I've been making. The gray herringbone tweed will make an especially sturdy bag.

These tiny candies and cat will make a great start to the Halloween house I want to create.

Some recipes! I love collecting recipes!

A scarf she knit for me from my Pinterest boards. Since I don't knit, this is really special to me . . . and it's a perfect length, CH!

I always save the best for last. I don't even know what to say about this . . . stupendous, marvelous, fantastic, and, no, I will not share it! A book container that quotes "that damn Scottish play" on its cover, feels like I imagine a dragon might feel, and is lovely dark colors with hints of gold burnishing it. I just want to keep rubbing the cover! And it's evidently touched by magic because the title quote "A Deed Without A Name" seems to have disappeared from the photo but I assure you, it definitely is there. Even the interior is special, with its talk of Lancelot, Galahad, and Guenever. I don't see how you had the time to create this as well as the scarf. Maybe you're part magician, ChameleonHound. Thank you so very much!
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9  Re: 2018 Holiday Tags and Card Swap - Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by kbrison on: October 22, 2018 07:44:25 PM
Received my cards and tags today from holistic knitter. I love their clean lines and that she used the same template for all four cards yet had such different results. It's hard to see clearly but each card has a metallic, raised sentiment that I really like. Thanks so much!
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10  Re: Sweat Shoppe ORNAMENT Swap Round 9 (Signups by 10/22, send by 11/19) in ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED by kbrison on: October 22, 2018 07:00:50 PM
This year I'm offering angels.

The Golf Tee Angels will come as a set of two. You'll have a choice of hair colors: white, blonde, light brown, or dark brown, which I'll add once you've selected your preferences. The angels may each have a different hair color if you'd like that. They're about 3 1/2" tall and are holding a wooden heart decorated with a white bow.

The paperclip angels also come as a pair. They're about 1 1/2" tall.
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