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1  Re: RPG Swap - Dice Not Mice Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by around on: February 19, 2009 01:06:40 PM
hello everybody. i angeled for Queen of Thieves, but haven't heard anything from her after my package arrived  Undecided
oh well
i thought i would go ahead and share what i made, because i'm so so so excited about it!

so here's the whole lot

i did some pirate stuff because QoT plays Puzzle Pirates and also some D&D stuff because she likes that too. I like to mix stuff up like that.

so here is shirt #1

because her D&D character wears a helm of fiery awesomeness and i thought she should get to wear one too.

and here is shirt #2, my attempt at humor
(for old folks, i guess)

see, her character is a paladin, so it has paladin on the front, and the back says have dice will travel, like the old tv show, have gun will travel, so i was trying to be funny. oh well.

oh, btw, that is just acrylic on t-shirts

and i made a bag of fiery awesomeness as well

oh yeah, and she said she liked turquoise and orange together.
the orange isn't really a flame print, it's a mini camo type print that's orange, but i thought it looked flamier than the flame fabric (and it was what they had at my store, so that's what i got)
oh yeah, it's lined with fleece.
and there's a pocket inside.

(look, my little girl paints her own fingernails)

okay, what's next? something new for me
dice jewelry!
i got orange solid and the turquoise-iest dice i could from our local comic book/rpg/idon't know, ummm alternative, maybe, store and slid them on a cord and crimped on ends. easy peasy.

and then i made a little bag to contain all the miniatures i got for her
(bag= crafted by me, minis= only purchased by me)
all i can say is i hit the clearance section at the right time

and these bookmarks were extra

and that concludes the D&D portion of the program

now on to PIRATES!!!

i made a little pirate stuffy out of felt
and a piece of a twig

his hat is removable.
and here is the stern view

i thought he was cute. this was also a new craft for me. i will have to make more of these dudes!

and my finale is something my kids thought was pretty weird
a pirate dress-up kit

i made an eyepatch out of felt and a piece of leather lace, and a beard out of felt and elastic
and i got a few gold rings to use for earrings (same as our pirate buddy up there has)
i also threw in some beads, because that's piratey, right (a la Gasparilla)
and a piratey (well at least it has skulls on it) scarf
and some newspaper and instructions on how to fold her own pirate hat
weird? maybe, but i think it's pretty darn cute

ummm. okay. so that's it. don't know why she hasn't responded but i hope all is well.
and thanks for letting me post in your gallery!

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2  little scottie in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by around on: November 18, 2008 12:49:55 PM
i saw this little scottie dog pattern on allsorts (http://allsorts.typepad.com/allsorts/)
and HAD to make it for my cousin whose scottie dog passed away about a month ago.
it looks JUST like him! i'm so excited! (i'm glad i had some black fleece in my stash!)

and i had been wanting to make a stuffy! now i see how it works and will probably make an army of them! they're so cute! and EASY!!

and these are tiny!
here he is on a dvd case for scale

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3  Be Prepared - Girl Scout Bag!!! in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by around on: October 02, 2008 12:00:28 PM
I think this may be my favorite thing i have ever made!
I made it from my Girl Scouts uniform
(so this is vintage 1970s material)

the lovely green polyester is the jumper dress
(it already had the pleat -
i just cut straight across under the armpits
and took out the hem- sewed the bottom together straight across
and squared the bottom)

i wanted to use my uniform shirt for the lining, but there just wasn't enough
and i didn't really want the bag to be smaller
so i used the green trefoil shirt as straps
(on the left front handle, you can maybe see the little shirt pocket)
oh yeah - and that is a little thingy with my girl scouts pins on it!!!
i thought it would be lonely without the uniform!!

again - i just cut it straight across the armpits
and cut that in half to make two straps
i put a 1 1/2 inch strip of felt in each
to make the handles a little sturdier
(it was thin cotton material and i think i wore this uniform for over a year)

so then i needed a lining
(ooooh i love this)
so i used this fabric i so love and hadn't decided what to do with
and used a leftover piece of the back of the jumper
to make a pocket

and i thought it was sad to lose the little girl scouts tag
so i sewed it on the pocket!!!

i'm giving it to my cousin
(a belated birthday present)
because we're going to start a daisy troop
including my daughter
and my cousin wasn't a girl scout as a child
so she said she wished she had "more history" with the program
so this can be her history!!!
it's a lot better than sitting in a box in the basement !!!
(i did keep my sash full of badges, though)

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4  love love love - loving beatles fabric!!! in Quilting: Completed Projects by around on: October 02, 2008 11:50:43 AM
Okay. So my family went wild over the other beatles quilt i made (post titled: all you need is love and a beatles quilt - or something like that)
so i made this one for someone else

it's the same group of fabrics
here's a wide view

and this time i just put plain black on the back

but sewed with purple thread in diagonal lines
so i didn't sew through the circles
i did something totally different this time
i sewed the front and back together - leaving about 12 inches open on the bottom hem
for turning
then cut the cotton batting to fit
pinned it to one side (wrong side) of the fabric
then turned the whole thing right sides out
made sure the corners were pushed out
and pinned the whole thing together through all 3 layers
so it wouldn't shift
then went around the edges twice to lock it together
then started quilting the diagonal lines

probably took 2 1/2 to 3 hours for the whole deal
super easy!!!
(but wow - the fabric is marked up $2 more a yard at my Walmart!!)

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5  only art because it's decorative in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by around on: September 22, 2008 07:57:50 AM
hi. i've never posted in this forum before. and i'm not pretending to be an artist, but i saw this ikea print and i kind of liked it, but kind of didn't. so i changed the idea a little and made this. i just happened to have a stack of small craft canvases (i think two are 4x6 and two are 5x8 - i don't remember)
anyway, i'm still not sure about it. but i like it better than the ikea one.

here is the inspiration
(the deer freaked me out) -- plus is is $80, so it just wasn't going to happen...

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6  another black bag in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by around on: September 21, 2008 07:48:00 PM
Okay- this one is built a lot like the Amy Butler Sanibel bag - the dimensions are a little different because i just tried to use as much of the black floral fabric as possible. i have one square piece left.

it turned out kind of diaper-baggy, but that works out great for the recipient, who has two small children. AND, as luck would have it, she didn't have a bag for all the kids' stuff (kids always need stuff). So now they've got one.

it's 12 inches tall and about 16 inches wide.

and i used one strip of the floral fabric to top the inside pocket. i think that turned out pretty cool.

i don't remember the name of the stiffener stuff i used. they didn't have any fusible fleece at walmart when i went, and they had this - it's kind of like thick felt, and i bought it because i thought it was fusible, but it was not, and then my sewing machine fought with it a little bit on the corners where there was more than one layer of the inside stuff. i do like how it makes the bag stand, so i will probably use it again, i'll just have to snip the seams or something.
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7  Re: Summer Reading Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by around on: September 08, 2008 01:08:08 PM
hey everybody!! i bet you thought this swap was over already.... but nooooo
here is the incredible stack of literary goodness delivered to me today from tattooedcrafter...

 (sorry, i didn't realize i took such crap photos...)
that's 14 books there, folks!!
these are authors i know nothing about...
Ann Rule - Heart Full of Lies
Patricia Cornwell - All that Remains
Danielle Steele - Daddy
Emilie Richards- Prospect Street
Jonathan Kellerman - The Clinic
John Rickards - Winter's End
Anne Stuart - The Fall of Maggie Brown
Carla Neggars - Cold Ridge
Ethan Black - Irresistible
Anne Stuart - Still Lake
Ann Rule - A Rage to Kill
and 3 of my all time faves -
James Frey - My Friend Leonard
Raymond Chandler - The Simple Art of Murder
Jane Austen - Emma

But wait, there's more --
here is the crafty goodness she also produced...

(again, sorry about the crap photography)

i got an awesome crochet bag
a book journal in my favorite color pink!!
with lovely handpainted decorations
and a whole bunch of book thongs!! (or one really big one, depending on how you look at it...)

but wait -- that's not all

she also sent a book for each of my three little monkeys!!
these are so specific to their most favorite interests!!
the manga Love, Hina is for my anime-infatuated teenage son
the babysitters club is for my precocious 6 yo dd
and the robot book is PERFECT for my 9 yo ds, a budding inventor!!!

it might have taken a little while, but it was soo worth the wait!!
thanks tattooedcrafter!!!

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8  all you need is love, i mean, a beatles quilt in Quilting: Completed Projects by around on: August 21, 2008 07:51:09 PM
i was wondering what i would get my cousin for his birthday this weekend
when i saw THIS fabric

(Paul is not intentionally cut out of the photo, i just had to show the awesome back!!)
the top is a panel-type fabric, and a yard and a half has 6 blocks (top and bottom rows are the same) I did not applique or piece this, it's exactly how the fabric is.
isn't it AWESOME?!?!?! I only stitched around each square, then up and down the lines on the side (it says "all you need is love") (awwwww)
and i attached some satin blanket binding (just because i thought the regular cotton bias tape at the store looked a little too narrow) (i don't make the stuff myself)
and fyi - there were 2 other prints at the store
so if your wally world has fabric - go check it out!!!

here is a little bigger photo

and here is the whole deal (well, almost)

and i told a friend about it, and she wants one just like it for her husband's birthday next month!!
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9  Re: Post Secret Swap Round 5 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by around on: July 05, 2008 05:50:27 PM
my last one!!!

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10  Re: Post Secret Swap Round 5 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by around on: June 18, 2008 05:12:21 AM
received #9
waaaaa! it's almost over...

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