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1  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Quick applique question! HALP! on: April 22, 2015 04:59:13 PM
I'm doing a block where my fusible web applique pieces will be layered - I'm fairly new to applique and I don't know when to stitch things down! :-P Obviously, the end, haha. But with these layered pieces I don't know if I should stitch down a piece that will be under the next piece, meaning fuse piece 1, stitch, then fuse piece 2 on top, then stitch piece 2 - OR - fuse everything where it goes and stitch on all pieces but just the part of piece 1 that's seen? Huh Does that make sense?

Ack! HALP! TIA. Grin
2  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Avengers, Assemble! [first cross stitch] on: September 04, 2013 11:03:56 AM
This is my first cross stitch project. I knew that you were "supposed" to keep things the same each time you stitched, like L to R and top to bottom, etc. But when I first started, my stepmom was teaching me and said that lots of people get very particular but that she didn't feel like the back should look like the front. I let myself be a little too lax and you can tell that with some of Captain America that he just kinda looks... off... That would be my randomly R or L stitched Xs! :-P Overall though, I'm VERY pleased. :-) TOO cute! :-) Stepmom was impressed too, so definitely a win win. Very proud of this one.

I used DMC floss at the insistence of my stepmom and was THRILLED to learn the trick of holding all the ends of the floss between two fingers and pulling just one out at a time! I've since encountered snags if I don't hold tight enough but this SO beats sitting and slowly unwinding each strand on it's own. Woo for smart tips from the moms! :-)

This pattern is from https://www.etsy.com/shop/weelittlestitches and I believe, at the time, it was a free download though I don't see if on the site currently. I highly suggest her site - she does fantastic work, and I was very pleased with both the pattern and the finished product. :-)

Thanks for looking!
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Garden Challenge 2012! on: August 30, 2012 11:38:38 PM
This was our first try at a garden. We bought our home in October of 2011 and have been working on the entire thing ever since! The entire yard needed to be replaced and when we first started all the planning, I made sure we had room for a garden plot. Here's a quick look at our garden progression:

Step 1: Build the fence.

Step 2: Rip out the old yard [patch of weeds, ha] and use LOTS of mint hay compost. [fun tidbit: my 8-year-old was MORTIFIED by this step. Apparently mint hay compost smells really bad, even when "there isn't cow poop in it, MOM."]

So far... just dirt and compost. Here's Hubbs working on the framing for our deck. After we finished the framing and the garden had been planted, we planted the grass seed. Poor garden had to fend for itself for a little bit while the grass grew, lol.

My tiller! Small but strong! I used her to mix up my plot before planting.

And finally! Step 3 [kinda]: The baby garden! And baby grass!

This rapidly turned into Step 4: HUGE garden! Excuse the horrible photo quality. This was taken by my 6-year-old with my iPod on a VERY bright evening. LOOK! CORN! WE ATE IT! My mom has tried to grow corn for years. It never works. Today my stalks are over 6 feet. Grin

This sort of shows everything we planted. I tried to do a variety of things but still make it so we would be able to eat, and enjoy, a harvest - if we got one! I was worried we wouldn't get much but we were lucky! The slugs ate my radishes, green leaf lettuce, and chard so they all died shortly after this was taken.

Second to tomatoes in harvest this year were the pickling cucumbers! I made pickles for the first time this year, SO yummy!

Coolest thing in the garden this year? The fact that my squash leaves were BIGGER THAN MY HEAD! I was so stoked to see how well they did.

And lastly, two of my garden helpers. Wink Who mostly just ate my strawberries (in a different area, not in the plot) and my green beans. Good thing they're cute...

We will definitely be giving this a shot next year too! Thanks for the entry and excited to see some more posts on gardens! Cheesy
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