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1  Cat beds 2 and 3 from stash...completely! in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by cmarion3 on: February 18, 2018 02:49:50 PM
In clearing up some of my fabric stash I came across these wonderful bits of cat fabric. Must have been from someone's bag of donated fabric. I also had polyester batting. cotton batting and some red quilted fabric for the bottom. None of the pieces were big enough so I cut and pieced to get the 18" round base, then stitched in the ditch through several layers of polyester batting. Added the padded sides and stitched on the bottom. It was a bit awkward stitching the final base on, as I wanted to turn it all inside out and the padded sides were a bit bulky. But it worked out, even if the stitching was a bit wonky, it does not show...and the cats do not care. This one is for the living room near the furnace vent, a popular spot.

This one was made from two old fleece blankets and crocheted like a big rug with sides. My hands hurt, but the cats like it.

I'm done, the cats can just stop begging for more fun things from my stach.
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2  DIY crochet hook in Crochet: Completed Projects by cmarion3 on: February 18, 2018 02:42:00 PM
Don't have the right size crochet hook, make one! I wanted to crochet a cat bed out of flarn (strips of fleece blankets), but I didn't have a big enough crochet hook. But I did have 5/8" dowels. With a little help from my DW and her workshop, some sandpaper, and patience I made my hook.

I drew the shape on the dowel, then used a drill press to drill holes for the inside of the hook and down the slope. Then did a little sawing with a small hacksaw, grabbed the roughest sandpaper and sanded, and sanded. Then moved to finer and finer to finish off with a nice smooth finish. I will probably add a finish to the wood, but the plain wood was smooth enough to make this:

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3  Cat Bed No. 3 with DIY Crochet Hook in Crochet: Completed Projects by cmarion3 on: February 18, 2018 02:36:27 PM
In cleaning up my fabric stash I came across an old gray fleece blanket that had been already trimmed down a bit for another project. I ended up using two fleece blankets. I cut the blanket into 2 to 1.5" strips ( I wasn't too accurate, just slashed away), does that make flarn?


And Oskar checking out the bribe....catnip! The cats sleep in the dining room/office with me during the day, so they are enjoying the beds.

But I did not have a big enough crochet hook. And since craft stores are like crack to me, I made my own...crochet hook, not crack.

One 5/8" dowel, some minor help from my DW and her workshop, and sandpaper. I'll post more separately.

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4  Re: MDS Swap - January 2018 - Fauna - Gallery in The Swap Gallery by cmarion3 on: February 18, 2018 02:18:47 PM
And here she is, the most adorable crow you have ever met. She keeps me company while I work. Her eyes are sparkly globes (at least I think so). Take a look. I love her. The details are wonderful and she is ready to fly.

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5  Re: 2018 Annual DeStashAlong Thread in Craftalongs by cmarion3 on: February 18, 2018 02:12:50 PM
I love the quilt pics, fun combos.

And I made my 10...actually 12 pompoms. I was ready to keep going as my stash was shrinking by little bits, but more were not needed. But was I suppose to feed them? They keep multiplying!

I found that tying multiple strands together, then wrapping made it go a lot faster.
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6  Re: Ongoing ATC Swap -- February 2018 Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by cmarion3 on: February 18, 2018 02:06:26 PM
I received from mandykaye and blupaisan this week. Goodies in the mailbox again. I have been away from ATCs, just not time in my life and I miss the mailbox surprises.

From mandykaye for my song lyrics a beautiful card with Letters from the Sky lyrics. It's beautifully colored, lettered and very special. And she included a valentine!

From blupaisan for Famous Ancestors, I received Rufus Porter who invented a gun that he sold the rights to Colt for $100 bucks. He was her great, great, great, great grandfather. He was quite the inventor. And she sent an old envelope addressed to her great, great, great grandfather postmarked 1902. Very cool.

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7  My Scrappy Heart to Your Scrappy Heart with tut in Valentine's Day by cmarion3 on: February 08, 2018 11:40:22 AM
I actually sorted through my fabric bits and separated the smalls (big enough for a quilt square) and tiny (not really good for anything, but projects like this.)

I had mad a few monsters and they were clamoring for something to hold. It's February, so of course, scrappy hearts came to mind. I had made larger ones of these years ago and so revived the idea in a scaled down version.

Start with a base fabric, anything will do since you will probably cover it up anyway. Then layer on bits and pieces of fabric. I use larger pieces first, then add smaller on top. Add fabric, lace, ribbon, anything can be layered on. Just don't let it get too thick...just 1-3 layers in areas at the most.

Cover with a piece of water-soluble stabilizer and pin the edges and about the center. If you don't have water water-soluble stabilizer, then pin the heck out of it and stitch the first several passes carefully.

Then stitch away. I go around the outside with wobbly lines of stitching, then across the center, then angle across. You want to add enough lines of stitching to anchor all the scraps. Use warm water to dissolve the stabilizer, rinse well so the dissolved stabilizer doesn't make your fabric stiff. Let dry.

Now use as you would any fabric. I added a pink printed fabric backing and stitched heart shapes leaving an opening for stuffing, then cut out with pinking shears, stuffed them and stitched the opening closed. Add hanging strings if you want.

And watch out for monsters. Sneaky little guys.

BTW, the monsters posting is here: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=454165.0
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8  Re: 2018 Annual DeStashAlong Thread in Craftalongs by cmarion3 on: February 08, 2018 11:38:56 AM
OOO ugly burn. What an opportunity for a creative fix.

I used up a pile (very small pile actually) of red and pink and purple bits of fabric. This is why I keep a bin of them around. They will eventually be useful.

See the scrappy hearts here: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?
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9  Cards from the Heart for Valentine's Day in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by cmarion3 on: February 06, 2018 01:20:28 PM
I teach a card making workshop several times a year. We had a small turn out last night, but we had such fun. I bring blank cards and envelopes, my paper stash (well not all of it, I would need a bigger car), punches, stamps, ribbon, scissors, markers, glue and glue dots, paper cutter, scoring board, lace, buttons, and anything else I can fit in a bin.

I usually make up some samples for ideas and then when everyone is quiet and involved, I make more cards!

The spiral hearts are cut as two separate pieces, mirror images of each other. Then the inner hear is pasted to each other. It's a bit tricky to get them attached correctly so the card folds, but the effect is nice. I used a single spiral heart on the cover of one and just let it spiral a bit and then glued the inner heart down. It won't fit in an envelope, so must be hand delivered. Fun!

The other pop-up heart is cut with the outer heart a mountain fold (sticking up) and the inner heart a valley fold. the tabs are folded under and glued down. A template is attached.

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10  Re: 2018 Annual DeStashAlong Thread in Craftalongs by cmarion3 on: February 05, 2018 06:58:39 AM
Oh, and here are the craft room shelf pics. I could only unload one shelf at a time. It's amazing what can come off tightly packed shelves. As you can see, I use any convenient container to store stuff in. I imagine if I had consistent containers it would be easier, but I can't see buying new stuff to store old stuff in. So I make or make do.

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