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21  Re: Puzzle ATC Gallery in The Swap Gallery by craftydame on: March 31, 2009 09:59:34 AM
look at all the extra goodies audio included in her blank piece!!

thanks so much audio, they're great!
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22  Re: Pendant Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by craftydame on: March 21, 2009 12:30:37 AM
i received two AMAZING pendants from ursulaandolive today!

they're so gorgeous, i'm intimidated!

the pin up girl is super fun and sassy, and the vintage photo in the spoon is such a fabulous idea, i can't wait to wear them both!

thank you so much.
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23  Machine Embroidered Music Quilt! in Quilting: Completed Projects by craftydame on: March 20, 2009 12:26:37 AM
i started working on this quilt back in august, i posted it as part of the Brother machine embroidery campaign, but after that was done, it sat in a box for months, i was totally unmotivated. i used to do a bit more quilting/patchwork, but i've never been good at actually completing them, they just take so damn long! i always end up thinking "but i cuold be making so many new skirts or bags in the same amount of time..." Wink

it was already late when i started it, by this point the baby it's for is almost a year and a half old, and i'm STILL dragging my feet about finishing it. luckily, Toronto Craft Alert did a giveaway called "Get 'Er Done", which totally motivated me to get my butt in gear! i didn't win the amazing prize package, but at least it's done, and the recipient hasn't even started school yet (i was worried it would take me that long!). Grin

first, i decided that i didn't like the stipling, and that there was no way in hell i'd ever be able to motivate myself to finish it. (if you see my original post, you'll see that i'd barely started on it!) i didn't like how stiff it made the quilt, it didn't feel cozy enough to me. so i hauled out my trusty clover seamripper (LOVE that thing!) and started at it. luckily, my stitches were a little big in some places, which made the ripping out easier! Wink it still took forever though, or at least my back thought so!

after i'd ripped it all out, i cut, seamed and pressed the binding, and machine stitched it onto the quilt. i cut off the extra batting and backing, and hand stitched the binding down, using very tiny stitches, because i figured it needed to be sturdy for a soon to be toddler!

i bound the edges in the same blue music fabric that is used in the blocks.

closeup of the squares. i obviously suck at both matching up seams and mitering corners, and of COURSE the most obvious mistakes are in the corner where i took the picture!  Roll Eyes this quilt was put together really really quickly because of the time constraints of the campaign, so it's even worse than it would be normally in terms of matching up. i think my biggest problem is actually the pressing, i need to really focus on NOT IRONING!

i hope you like it! i almost didn't post it, after looking at all the AMAZING quilts on this board! i'd really like to start doing more quilting, or at least the patchwork part of it! i miss it, and i've got a few other projects that i started 7 or 8 years ago that i should finish!

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24  Re: Charm Swap in The Swap Gallery by craftydame on: March 17, 2009 01:50:19 PM
wahooo!!! my bracelet is DONE!

first, the gorgeous charms i received from missnihkii today -

i love the strawberry, especially since it's sparkly, but the leaf charm is gorgeous too!

and my bracelet, which i will never ever wear, because i think it would sprain my wrist! i'm going to hang it up instead.

i think there's about 41 charms on it, maybe 40. it was hard to count, it's so full! thank you so much everyone! i loved this swap.
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25  Re: Charm Swap in The Swap Gallery by craftydame on: March 16, 2009 11:01:27 PM
both necklaces look awesome!

you guys should see my bracelet, ohmygod! i'm just waiting for one more charm, and then i'll take pics of the whole thing.

here are individual pics of the charms i've received so far -

from kevsbabe29 - she sent me two sets, because the first package was taking too long. of course it arrived the day after she resent! Roll Eyes they're gorgeous, and i love that you used a bead with family history to it, that's so lovely.

from goatgoddess - LOVE! i adore this! it's a bit bigger than the others too, so i'll definitely be slipping it onto a chain to wear as a pendant as well!

from goosegg1001 - so cute! and so yummy!

from smmarrt - i forgot and took pics of this twice, and i figured i'd post them both cause i love the tag, and both pics show the blue bead that i love well!

from KarenLouiseM - so fabulous! the love potion is SUCH a clever idea, and i adore the china piece, how amazing that you used a piece with so much meaning. plus, you soldered, and that's so impressive!  Wink

from HippieKender - so frickin cute! i'm sad that it broke a little bit, but i'm sure i'll be able to fix it! i'm so impressed with your tiny painting skills!

from franaroon - what a cute charm! i tried and tried, and i couldn't get a clearer picture of it, i'm sorry! i love how you made the card to match.

from carrieme - as usual, super cute and packaged up so nicely! Cheesy i love how you stacked the beads to create the cupcake, what an awesome idea.

from spotnik - sparkles! i love rhinestones! and i love the flattened bottom of the head pin.

from kirstilynne - so pretty! i love the swirly green one, i reminds me of a snail's shell.

and these are all the charms i sent

thank you so much everyone! all of the charms are gorgeous, and everyone obviously put so much effort into the charms they sent. this has been such a fabulous swap!

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26  Re: Inchies Exchange! rd 2 GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by craftydame on: March 16, 2009 09:24:50 PM
wow, i missed so many inchies while i was away! i didn't even realize that all of mine were received, i hope everyone liked them!

i received my last two sets! the ones from fax machine came the day i left, and the ones from Ma Rut came while i was away.

from fax machine -

i love how the words on each inchie combine to make a great sentiment!

and from Ma Rut -

i love the grown up themed ones, what an awesome idea!

thanks so much both of you!

i wanted to say that some of the pics in this gallery make me sad. Undecided it feels really disrespectful to me to not at least try to post clear pictures of art or crafts that your partners worked hard on. maybe people could post the pics they took before they sent? i'd love to see everyones inchies clearly!
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27  Re: Matchbox Swap R3 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by craftydame on: March 16, 2009 08:35:37 PM
i came home from my trip to two fabulous matchboxes!

from oyhana

wrapped up all fancy

i love the paper, i'm totally going to use this in something!

the fabulous sacred heart box. how did you do it? it looks embroidered, it's so awesome!

all the goodies that were inside

and the little book full of my favourite things, which i adore!

and from desm88

wrapped up in gorgeous ribbon (i feel bad that i didn't wrap up the ones i sent, it didn't even occur to me!)

the gorgeous fabric covered box, i love the two different textures together, and mmmmm, red velvet! Cheesy also a better picture of the girl tucked under the ribbon!

all the goodies inside! i love the little metal bits, there are charms and a coin and a piece of jewelery and bells. the rhinestones are ALWAYS great (i love sparklyness!), and the teensy tiny origami is awesome!

thank you both so much! this was a great swap, i'm totally looking forward to another round!

and i'm so glad you both liked yours! oyhana, you said you liked secrets and nature and old keys, and i tried to combine all of those things! and desm88, you said you liked cute and pink, so i did cute and pink. i'm not so good with cute, so i hope it sufficed! Wink i posted my pics of the boxes i made on my blog, but i forgot to take pics of the goodies inside, so i'm glad you both did!
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28  Re: Inchies Exchange! rd 2 GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by craftydame on: March 05, 2009 08:43:48 PM
i've received 3 sets in the past two days!

from ckchan

i LOVE the woosh one!

from StephR

they're so pretty! i love the little pearls/rhinestone in the centre of each one!

from beckashell

i love the butterfly/star one in the upper right! the flamingo fell off, unfortunately, so i'm not sure which inchie it was supposed to be on!

thank you so much you guys!
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29  Re: Inchies Exchange! rd 2 GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by craftydame on: March 03, 2009 02:47:07 PM
i received from just_lisa today!

the sacred heart is OF COURSE my favourite Grin, but i also really love the simple beauty of "life" and the differing patterns in "alive!". they're all great!

thank you so much, they're awesome!

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30  Re: Love/Hate ATC Swap Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by craftydame on: March 03, 2009 02:38:03 PM
i got one too! it's titled "violets are blue"

thank you so much rowenlynn!
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