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11  Dyed roving in Dyeing: Completed Projects by kbrison on: May 03, 2019 02:13:09 PM
I'm just getting into the basics of spinning so I jumped on the chance to dye my own roving to spin. A local fiber artist offers classes at a shop in Tulsa so I'll probably be taking more of her classes as opportunity allows.
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12  Re: Needle-Felted Squirrel Pals and Workshop in Felting: Completed Projects by kbrison on: May 03, 2019 01:59:00 PM
Can't say my little guy looks very squirrelly but he's as finished as he's going to get.



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13  Re: WIP it Real Good Craftalong (Share your works in progress!) in Craftalongs by kbrison on: May 01, 2019 07:54:13 PM
I started several projects for various Asheville Meet-Up friends, but ran out of time to finish them before we left home. Then I took all the classes that were offered but was more focused on visiting than on finishing projects. Gotta get these done!
My poor needle-felted squirrel.

The fabric bead and beaded necklace kit from the Asheville Meet-Up.

The loomed piece for Abbee.

The bibs for Abbee's twins.

The pillowcases for Anna's girls.

I also have a partially cut out pillowcase for Abbee's son.
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14  Re: Beaded Bracelets & Suncatchers Workshop in Asheville in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by kbrison on: May 01, 2019 07:15:47 PM
My suncatcher - crimp bead covers certainly give a more finished appearance but think I need an extra set of hands to deal with those tiny little dodads. Thanks for being my extra hands, Emma!
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15  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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16  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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17  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 - Finished 10/23
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), 13 (5/14), 2 (6/24)
3 Make 3 projects from my vintage kits stash - Finished Mrs. Claus ornament 7/30
4 Learn two new crafts Spinning wheel (1/25), Rigid heddle loom weaving (3/23), Fused glass (3/28), dyeing roving (4/11), drop spindle spinning (4/27 from LeapFeetFirst), 3D needle felting (4/27 from PerfectlyBohemian), fabric beadmaking (4/27 from craftylittlemonkey), lattice beading (4/27 from anna.w), beading suncatchers (4/27 from mistressJennie), stumpwork embroidery (4/27 from sheepBlue), wet felting (10/5)
5 Finish piecing at least one quilt top
6 Try 6 new recipes - 6/2 (1), 10/13 (2), 10/14 (1), 10/30 (1), 11/2 (1)
7 Make 5 projects for Difference Makers - Cord wraps (3/2), more cord wraps (3/21), large microwave bowl (4/2), pillowcases for kids (7/22, 7/28, 7/29, 7/30), microwave popcorn bag (10/14)
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; $429.08 - April; $110.23 - May; $999.35 - June; $500.90 - July; $408.68 - August; $51.19 - September; $194.49 - October; $207.33 - November; $42.64 - December; yearly total = $3,639.37

PROJECTS
206/175 year-to-date

JANUARY
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


FEBRUARY
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


MARCH
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


APRIL
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

52. Chevron washcloth - Finished 4/25 - charity

53. Beaded suncatcher - Finished 4/27

54. Macrame yoga mat holder - Finished 4/27

55. Lattice bead - Finished 4/27 (with Anna's help)
56. White dish cloth - Finished 4/30 - charity


MAY
57. Needlefelted squirrel - Finished 5/3

58-59. Bibs for Abbeeroad's twins - Finished 5/3 - 100% from stash

60. 8 scrappy strips card backgrounds - Finished 5/3 - 75% from stash

61. Set of 4 coasters  - Finished 5/5 - charity - 100% from stash

62. 10 cards - Finished 5/11 - 100% from stash

63. Second white crocheted dishcloth - Finished 5/13 - charity

64. 13 cards - Finished 5/14 - WIP - 100% from stash

65. Third white crocheted dish cloth - Finished 5/16 - charity

66. Two dish scrubbers - Finished 5/16 - charity - 100% from stash

67. Second chevron dishcloth - Finished 5/18 - charity

68. Yellow dishcloth - Finished 5/21 - charity

69. Third chevron dishcloth - Finished 5/22 - charity

70. Blue chevron dish cloth - Finished 5/24 - charity

71. Variegated yellow dish cloth - Finished 5/24 - charity

72. Blue crocheted dish cloth - Finished 5/26 - charity

73. Yellow, green, and blue dish cloth - Finished 5/26 - charity

74-75. More Christmas chevron dish cloths - Finished 5/28 - charity

76-77. 2 gifts for GBBO Swap - Finished 5/30


JUNE
78. Another yellow, green, and blue dish cloth - Finished 6/2 - charity

79. Homestyle Crock Pot Pork Chops - Finished 6/2 - new recipe

80. Last yellow, blue, and green dish cloth - Finished 6/5 - charity

81. 10 scrappy strip card backgrounds - Finished 6/5 - 100% from stash

82. Bumblebee scrubby - Finished 6/13 - charity - 100% from stash

83. Yellow and multi-color scrubby - Finished 6/15 - charity - 100% from stash

84. Recipe book for GBBO Swap - Finished 6/16 - 50% from stash

85-86. 2 Pillowcases for Anna's daughters - Finished 6/17 - 100% from stash

87. Beaded bracelet from Mistress Jennie's kit - Finished 6/19 - WIP

88. 20+ masterboards - Finished 6/21 - 100% from stash no photos
89. 2 Pendant necklaces - Finished 6/24 - WIP - 100% from stash

90-91. 2 Pink chevron dishcloths - Finished 6/28 - charity - 50% from stash

92. 2 Decorated note pads - Finished 6/27 - 50% from stash

93-95. 3 Dishcloths for Averia - Finished 7/9

96-97. 2 scrubbies for Angora Jane's homeless project - Finished 7/12 - charity - 100% from stash

98-100. Another 3 Dishcloths Averia - Finished 7/15

101-102. 2 Scrubbies for Averia - Finished 7/15

103. Red scrubby for Angora Jane's charity - Finished 7/17 - charity

104. HP pillowcase for abbeeroad's son - Finished 7/18

105-106. Set of rainbow beetle pillowcases - Finished 7/22- charity - 100% from stash

1087 Green felt flower embellishments - Finished 7/23 - 100% from stash

108-109. More chevron dishcloths - Finished 7/24 - charity

110-111. Harry Potter pillowcases for CLM's sons - Finished 7/24

112. Memory wire bracelet - Finished 7/25 - 100% from stash

113. Chevron dish cloth - Finished 7/27 - charity

114-115. Woodland animals pillowcases - Finished 7/28 - charity

116-117. Mermaid pillowcases - Finished 7/29 - charity

118. Nursery tales pillowcase - Finished 7/30 - charity - 50% from stash

119. Mrs. Claus cross-stitch ornament (circa 2000) - Finished 7/30 - 100% from stash

120-121. Set of macaroon & rainbow beetles pillowcases - Finished 7/30 - charity


AUGUST
122-123. Dishcloths - Finished 8/2 & 8/3 - charity

124. Craftster doll - Finished 8/5 - 100% from stash

125. Beaded bracelets (adult & doll-sized) - Finished 8/6 - 100% from stash

126. Yellow dish cloth - Finished 8/8 - charity

127. Doll skirt and blouse - Finished 8/6 - 100% from stash

128. Doll dress - Finished 8/7 - 100% from stash

129. Handspun yarn in sherbet colorway - Finished 8/10

130. Butterfly note pad - Finished 8/6 - 50% from stash

131. 4 Dish towels for Averia - Finished 8/17

132. Owl notepad - Finished 8/18 - 50% from stash

133. 1 Peppermint dishcloth - Finished 8/19 - charity
134. Chevron dishcloth - Finished 8/21 - charity

135. 3 beaded bracelets - Finished 8/22 - charity - 100% from stash

136-137. Peppermint dishcloths #2-#4 - Finished 8/23 & 8/25 - charity

138-139. Pastel chevron dishcloths - Finished 8/23 & 8/25 - charity - 100% from stash

140. 4 Covered notepads - Finished 8/28 - 50% from stash

141-142. Blue open grid dishclothes- Finished 8/31 - charity - 100% from stash

SEPTEMBER
143. Yellow open grid dishcloth - Finished 9/2 - charity - 100% from stash
144-145. Multi-color chevron dishcloths - Finished 9/4 - charity - 100% from stash
146. Blue and white open mesh dishcloth - Finished 9/5 - charity - 100% from stash
147. Set of coasters for Averia - Finished 9/7

148. Table runner for Averia - Finished 9/9

149. Another blue and white open mesh dishcloth - Finished 9/10 - charity - 100% from stash

150. White and light blue multi chevron dishcloth - Finished 9/11 - charity - 100% from stash

151. Mini-notebooks - Finished 9/16

152. Another ball of sherbet colored yarn - Finished 9/16

153. Microwave popcorn bag - Finished 9/17

154. 3 Travel mini-notebooks - Finished 9/18

155. Microwave popcorn bag #2 - Finished 9/26

156. Red and pink scrubby - Finished 9/27 - charity - 50% from stash

157. 30 Pocket Kleenex holders - Finished 9/30 - charity

158-160. More chevron striped dish cloths - Finished 9/30 - charity - 100% from stash


OCTOBER
161. Crocheted soap saver - Finished 10/4 - charity - 100% from stash

162. 14 small notebooks - Finished 10/10 - 50% from stash

163. Slow-cooker Hawaiian Pork Chops - Finished 10/13
164. Hot and Spicy Chex Party Mix - Finished 10/13

165. Mickey/Minnie Mouse pillowcases for Molly - Finished 10/13 - 50% from stash

166. Goin' Fishin' Chex Mix - Finished 10/14

167. 2 Microwave popcorn bags - Finished 10/14 - 1 for charity

168. Small wooden things - Finished 10/14 - 100% from stash

169. Halloween planner embellishments - Finished 10/14 - 100% from stash

170. Project bag - Finished 10/14

171. Camo yarn hat - Finished 10/17 - charity - 100% from stash

172. 4 Soap saver bags - Finished 10/18 - charity - 100% from stash

173. Simple bog coat - Finished 10/23 - WIP - 100% from stash

174. Barbie doll-sized bog coat, headband/ear muff, and pocket scarf - Finished 10/23 - 100% from stash

175. Fleece headband/ear muff - Finished 10/23 - 100% from stash

176. SU Calendar cover - Finished 10/26

177. SU Candy bar gift holder - Finished 10/26

178. SU Decorative tray - Finished 10/26

179. SU Thanksgiving table/mantle piece - Finished 10/26

180. SU Moose card - Finished 10/26

181. SU Star card - Finished 10/26

182. SU Candy holder - Finished 10/26

183. Crocheted off-white hat - Finished 10/27 - charity - 100% from stash

184. Crocheted camo hat #2 - Finished 10/29 - charity - 100% from stash

185. Creamy Italian Chicken - Finished 10/30


NOVEMBER
186. 6 Pinwheel Christmas ornaments - Finished 11/1 - 100% from stash

187. Salt shaker snowman - Finished 11/1

188. 6 Tropical mini-notebooks - Finished 11/2 - 50% from stash

189. Butter dumplings - Finished 11/2

190. White cable crocheted hat - Finished 11/6 - charity - 100% from stash

191. Purple cable crocheted hat - Finished 11/9 - charity - 100% from stash

192. Fascinator for Edel's hair - Finished 11/13 - 100% from stash

193. Pillow quilt for Brian - Finished 11/16 - 50% from stash
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194. HP Christmas tree skirt for Edel - Finished 11/16

195. Fabric sewing machine pad for Edel - Finished 11/18 - 100% from stash

196. Clay snowflakes for Edel - Finished 11/17

197. 19 Gift tags - Finished 11/17 - 100% from stash

198. 2 Microwave bowl cozies - Finished 11/18

199. Orange cable hat - Finished 11/23 - charity - 100% from stash

200. 10 Christmas gift card envelopes - Finished 11/23 - church - 75% from stash

201. Red cable hat - Finished 11/26 - charity - 100% from stash

202. 2 Microwave bowl holders - Finished 11/30


DECEMBER
203. Brown cable hat - Finished 12/1 - charity - 100% from stash

204. 2 Red microwave bowl holders - Finished 12/3

205. Tea wallet - Finished 12/4 - 100% from stash

206. Purple cable hat #2 - Finished 12/8 - charity - 100% from stash
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18  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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19  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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20  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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