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81  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Thing-A-Day Feb 2017 Craftalong on: February 21, 2017 09:39:57 PM
Smeddley, that cherry pie looks scrumptious even if it is made of yarn and non-edible. Cute bunnies!

Acadian, recycling jeans into dog toys makes a lot of sense. How wide were your strips? Been a long time since I've done a square braid. Maybe I need to try my hand at it to see how much I remember. DD#2's dog might appreciate a new toy.

CLM, way too funny!

I'm still just puttering along making quilted bookmark fronts for a charity UTM and Lana support. I need to make 75 in total, so it's taking awhile but it has the advantage of using up a ton of fabric and batting scraps. I made a prototype Leprechaun's top hat this evening using half of a tp tube and part of a cereal box for the base. If my church's mystery dinner planning committee approves the size and design, I'll be making a bunch of them by St. Patrick's Day.
82  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Paper and Mixed Media Craft-Along on: February 20, 2017 04:51:45 PM
Misocci, I like both attempts but the butterfly is definitely my favorite because of the background. Did you use a die to cut the denim flowers?

While I admire all the mixed media projects the rest of you post, I just have a hard time letting myself play around like that. I bought a gelli plate thinking it would help me loosen up. It's just sitting in a drawer with other supplies. I admired the master boards for ATCs and set aside some cereal boxes for bases. They're still in a pile waiting for me to do something with them. I made some paste papers last fall. They're safely stored away where I never see them. Same with the washi tape background sheets and the ink dauber de-inker sheets. I think I'm just too much of a control freak.  Embarrassed
83  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2017 DeStash Along on: February 19, 2017 01:02:25 AM
Oh, my! I can understand now why cleaning your sewing room would be such a daunting task. I think many people would start with the largest project, then become overwhelmed with the time and effort required to begin to see a difference. To be successful with debt reduction, many professionals say wiping out your smaller debts first gives you a greater sense of accomplishment than paying down your larger debts plus you'll have fewer stressors left to deal with. I think the same might be true of stash busting. Maybe if you apply AIMR's suggestion to your smallest stash space you'll be so successful that the next space won't seem like such a high hurdle to get over. Wishing you the very best of luck! As Red Green would say, "I'll be rooting for you!"
84  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Mini Quilt Swap Gallery on: February 19, 2017 12:08:18 AM
Thanks, Thimbles! The piecing isn't that perfect but I was still pleased with the results.
Loved the cows! Especially that they were pieced traditionally. Mine wouldn't have turned out nearly that well, so I'm even more impressed with them. Plus they're green! What a hoot!

Both styles of feathers turned out lovely. You've taken a theme and come up with such different results. Bravo, artmomof5 and CLM! Must be something in that Canadian air.
85  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Thing-A-Day Feb 2017 Craftalong on: February 17, 2017 07:34:39 PM
 Grin Acadian, I haven't posted any of the bookmarks yet. I think what you were admiring is the paper pieced mini quilt, aka swap project, I made for cmarion3. But thanks!
86  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2017 DeStash Along on: February 17, 2017 05:24:46 PM
Sharalee, I've been in CLM's craft room. I guarantee she's a mistress of organization and knows how to make the most of even the smallest space or resource. Just ask to see her tub of fleece snippets.  Cheesy I really like her suggestion of finding someone to trade supplies with in exchange for her/his help.

Another suggestion: choose just one small space to work on at a time or work for just 5-10 minutes. Make three piles: a keep box(to be arranged/stored later), a give away or sell box, and a trash container for throw aways. Empty the trash daily so you're not tempted to retrieve any of it. As soon as you fill the give away box, get it out of your house and into someone else's.  Grin

Hardest suggestion of all: stay away from craft supply stores until you have everything under control.

I don't think there's anything wrong with having a large stash. The problem, as I see it, is having it so disorganized that you buy new supplies just because you can't find what you already have. Best of luck!
87  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Mini Quilt Swap Gallery on: February 17, 2017 04:15:02 PM
Cmarion3 was such a great partner. During this swap I've been dealing with a family tragedy. Homerof2 even offered to find an angel for me, but I really wanted to make Carol's quilt. She's been so patient and both she and Cindy have been encouraging to me. Thank you both so much!

Carol likes batiks and so do I, so I didn't look far to find all the fabrics I needed. They were already in my stash in the colors she liked. I did have to restrain myself from adding greens as well. Wink

Carol's kangaroo quilt had me smiling so much. I collect kangaroos but hers is my first quilted one. I love it! I also like storms (unless they're severe), so the quilting was perfect for me too. Thank you again! I was truly fortunate to have you as my partner.
88  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 Projects More or Less...2017...Let's Create and Have Fun! on: February 14, 2017 01:46:06 AM
Lindy, the shirts are great as I've come to always expect from you, but I really, really love that family plaque!
89  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Paper and Mixed Media Craft-Along on: February 12, 2017 04:59:51 PM
CLM, you're going to love the mat. Nothing sticks to it, not paints, glues, markers, or adhesives of any kind. The most I've ever had to do with mine is swipe over it with a baby wipe or a damp cloth. When I go to paper crafting events, I've found that many people have identical equipment. To identify my mat I finally used a small heart  punch to leave a hole in a corner since nothing else I tried would stay on the mat. Hope you saved the flowers and leaves you punched out so you can use them as masks when printing.

Onyxnox, was the banner done on canvas?

Really like the use of silk embroidery on the ATC. Nice idea for embellishing.
90  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Thing-A-Day Feb 2017 Craftalong on: February 10, 2017 03:42:34 PM
Welcome, janie80! As you sort your photos remember to label them as well. I didn't do that as I was sorting mine, now it's almost like having to sort them all over again. Aargh!
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