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1  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Black Cat Potholders on: October 25, 2012 05:25:47 AM
For the 13 Days of Halloween swap, I made my partner these potholders, which were inspired by some pillows she had on her pinterest.

I just used some buttons from my stash, and I embroidered on the whiskers. Hope you like them!
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Wire Pumpkins for Fall on: October 25, 2012 04:57:59 AM
I made these wire pumpkins for my partner in the 13 Days of Halloween swap.

I like them because you can decorate with them throughout the fall and aren't just Halloween-specific.

I used this tutorial: http://mamiejanes.blogspot.com/2009/09/wire-pumpkin-project.html to make the pumpkins, and I ended up using the smallest can of tomato paste I could find for the wrapping and some wire from the hardware store that my SO uses to make chain maille links. I forget the gauge exactly, but I'm thinking it was probably 14. The stems are sticks I picked up in my backyard.

I may end up making a few more of these for my own decorations and for gifts. They were really straightforward and took hardly any time at all. C&C welcome!
3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Wire-wrapped gemstone hairpins and earrings on: May 20, 2012 05:37:33 PM
Here are a few wire-wrapped gemstone hairpins and earrings I made for a swap partner not too long ago.

And another version of the pic:

I used tiger's eye gemstones for the earrings. The darker blue hairpin stones are lapis lazuli. The light blue stones are aqua moonstone, and the speckled black and gray stones are obsidian.
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / First Garden Harvest on: May 20, 2012 05:27:08 PM
Here is the first harvest from the garden we built this year.

It is swiss chard, broccoli, cucumber, romaine lettuce, garlic tops (scapes?) and potato.

If everything goes well, we should be getting quite a bit more later in the season and year along with quite a few other veggies. The potatoes came from a couple plants that died, but we thought we would dig them up and try what was there. Hopefully, I'll have some more to post really soon!
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Universal Monsters Garter Belt on: November 14, 2011 04:00:16 AM
Hello! I recently made this Universal Monsters garter belt for my partner in the Mini 13 Days of Halloween swap, and I'm finally getting around to posting pics.

The closure side (It can be worn with the laces in front or back):

The flat side:

Close-up of the grommets and ribbon:

I used a kind of combination of the two garter belt tutorials on the clothing board, although I didn't take any pics as I crafted. I used the stocking hooks are from an old corset I had, and I'm pretty sure I made them removable, but I can't really remember. I installed grommets with a sparkly orange ribbon for the back closure. Hope everyone likes it!
6  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Bats & Cats HALLOWEEN Bunting on: October 05, 2011 06:04:35 PM
Here is a bats and black cats Halloween fabric bunting I made for my partner in the Mini 13 Days of Halloween swap:

And another view of it hanging lopsidedly in my hall:

I freehanded the letters on my sewing machine using a zigzag stitch. All the flags have the contrasting fabric on the back, and the lace ribbon is hem tape that I got on sale for 25 cents at Joann's or Hancock's or something. I have a little more of it, and I'm thinking of making another for myself.  Smiley

Anyway, C&C welcome!
7  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Vintage-style Woodburned Plaque on: October 05, 2011 05:50:33 PM
I made this vintage-style plaque for my partner in the Mini 13 Days of Halloween Swap, and she just opened the package, so I thought I'd share here.

I really didn't know what a time consuming project it would be when I started. It started as a blank raw wood plaque. I traced the design, which came from a site on my partner's wist, onto it using a graphite transfer paper. I used my handy woodburning tool to outline all the designs, then painstakingly burned all the background so the images would pop out. After that I used water-based rub-on stain to darken the unburned parts just a bit. All in all it took about 10-12 hours, which I spread out over about a month because if I used the burner too long in one sitting, it would heat up too much and the tip would fall off. 

Anyway, I hope my partner enjoys it. I had a lot of fun making it. C&C welcome!
8  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Mushroom Throw - 1st Non-Rag Quilt on: July 26, 2011 12:49:56 AM
This is my first finished quilt! I just made up the blocks as I looked at the fabric and built them around the mushrooms. The back (which I neglected to photograph) is brown cotton with contrasting orange quilting. I coordinated the top quilting with brown stitch in the ditch (I think it's called...) It ended up being about 36"36" and I used some $1 per yard fleece for batting.

Here's the whole shebang:

As you can see I pieced one of the blocks on sideways, but I decided to just go with it.

And a couple close-ups of the 2 versions of blocks:

9  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Blue and Green Plaid Meets Neckties - 1st Rag Quilt on: July 26, 2011 12:14:59 AM
Here is my first ever competed quilt! I made for my dog Trey. It's pretty small, just under 30"X30" and reversible with the same pattern on back as on the front. It's a green and blue plaid woven material and a navy cotton with green, blue and grey neckties. Both fabrics have been in my stash for years. I used some fleece I picked up for $1 per yard as my batting.

Here is the finished side (with Trey on the chair below):

And the rag side:

A close-up of 4 blocks so you can see the fabric:

And an action shot of Trey relaxing under his new blanket!

10  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Witch/Wicca/Pagan Swap Round 6 Gallery on: December 02, 2007 04:21:45 PM
Here's the gallery!  Show us your goods!

The link to the original swap: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=204551.0

Also, here is the everyone's swap status.

COMPLETE - Positive Feedback Posted
LATE - Please contact me ASAP

monkeystuffer ----> AriesEJ
AriesEJ ----> RondaS
RondaS ----> monkeystuffer
Mojen <----> IntrepidYarn
SoulAssylum <----> vinnie451
RueRue <----> redpopsicles
Fruitloops <---->Sabertooth Pixie
BonEsInspired <----> .:dollface:.
Cyndall <----> crochetwitch
crazykittylady <----> cinnamon_spider
h_pets360 <----> frosty772
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