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1  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: rRRAARGGHH, first embroidery on: December 14, 2007 07:28:59 AM
It's great!! Did it take you very long to finish?

Not really. Altogether I'd say it took me about... oh, maybe 12 hours or so over three days. Thank you for the compliment!
2  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / rRRAARGGHH, first embroidery on: December 14, 2007 07:20:19 AM
My first embroidery! It's terrible. My satin stitch is horrid. It's unevenly placed and rather crinkly. In my defence: It's about zombies! It's okay for it to be wonky and uneven.

Anyways, I was browsing the archives of completed projects, and saw a title that made me gigglefit: "Zombies love me for my brains!". It was an embroidered... an embroidery? ... a picture of a brain, and that's it. It put a bug up my butt that then lit a fire and I had to stop everything I was doing to embroider this idea. I used... oh, I don't know, some fabric with holes in it...  sewing thread, and sewing needle. I fail at embroidery floss.

Before this I had done some embellishing on a bag using the chain stitch, and I am sort of working on a project (a bunch of leaves) where I'm using chain stitch to outline and fill in the leaves. So I came into this project only know that I wanted it to be 8"x10" (So I could easily find a frame), say "zombies love me for my brain", have a picture of a brain, and have the word brain be wonky. I consulted The Readers Digest Guide to needlework, and found out about the 'whipped running stitch'. I used this for the outlines. I'd previously tried to use satin stitch, but it was horrid, so I decided to give it another try. Still horrid, but it's much better than it was before.  The heart is filled in with chain stitch, and the rest is filled in with satin. I'm very, very glad I had enough of the bluish grey to do the word "zombies". it reminds me  of the bluish grey that most movies paint their zombies up to be. I got the outline of the brain from online, just googling "outline drawing of a brain." and the words I did using Paint, a bit of paper, and some... um, 'dressmakers carbon' to transfer it.

 Anyways, enough jibberjabber. Here is some picturs!

and one more shot of it all:

3  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: HPIYP - Harry Potter Invite Your Partner Swap! on: December 14, 2007 06:43:01 AM
Oooh, finally! I recieved this like, forever ago, but ouldn't get pictures up. First I was sick, then the camera had to go on vacation with my mum, dad, and brother, then the cord went missing-- I'm blaming Fenrir. Fenrir: Killer of sewing machines, hider of camera bits.

Anyways, I looove this bag! I'm afraid to use it, because it's so nice!

Sooo much vinyl involved, it's no wonder the machine broke! Thank you so much for this swap, and for this bag! (I have been wanting a bag like this forever!)
4  COOKING / Dessert / Re: Chocolate & Marshmallow Snowman Hats on: December 13, 2007 12:26:43 AM
Maybe, for storge (had some time t think about it, hee.)  you could store them in a tin, or tupperware, then when it came time for gibing them away,  you could put them in a little cellophane wrapped basket? Or gift bag? I only say this because, as the reciever of far too many cutsy tins, I have no idea what to do with most of them!
5  COOKING / Dessert / Re: Chocolate & Marshmallow Snowman Hats on: December 12, 2007 08:23:58 PM
Looking at the picture, it looks like there is a layer of chocolate between the cookie and the marshmellow.  So I'm guessing you dip them seperate, then sort of glue them together with melty chocolate.

And, uh, thanks. Now I have to try and make these!
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Potterpuff Murder Purses! on: November 28, 2007 11:14:02 PM
Thank you, everyone! Thank you!
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Potterpuff Murder Purses! on: November 06, 2007 10:22:33 PM
wow, I hope this is okay! I  made these a while back ago. There's two purses, but I'd like to count them as "one" or a set... although they belong to different people!  Both were made for swaps. Both feature characters from Harry Potter, as drawn in powerpuff girl style. They're called Potterpuffs, and they're found here:  http://potterpuffs.livejournal.com/  I made the graphs myself, and sort of half-assedly designed both the bags. I hope that ourglasslake and bethiej don't mind too much that I borrowed their pics-- see, 'coz I'm an idiot and don't take my own pics. Blah.

However, if anyone wants them, I have the graphs available for download. I've linked them because they're HUGE (BMP) and I don't want to clog up the arteries of Craftster.

 Please don't sell these charts, or anything y'make from them. Unless you get permission from the Potterpuffs creator, I guess. Yeah, anyways.

Both contain Harry Potter Book 6&7 spoilers. If you don't want to be spoiled, go away! Anyways..,

(PS: If the mod would be so kind as to use the last photo as the voting photo, I would be very, very happy.)


My First Intarsia, from The Flight Of The Half Blood Prince:

There's also a painted on Dark Mark, and a green "spell" that's leading from Severus' wand to Dumbledore's chest. It's a crochet chain, because I sucked at embroidery. I loathed doing Dumbledore. Batty old coot has too darn many colours!


My god, I love the Bellatrix panel. Anyways, all knitted except for the Avada Kedavra (embroidered) and the handle (crocheted) and, of course, the lining. (sewn)
8  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Harry Potter Invite Your Partner Swap! HPIYP!! (signup 8/16-8/31, send 10/ on: October 29, 2007 01:09:52 PM
just wanted to pop in with a very exciting piece of news.  just got a call from my viking shop....and my machine is fixed!!!  Smiley Smiley Smiley

SeeMe - I should be able to finish it up tomorrow (I'm picking up the machine tonight after work) and send it out by Wednesday.  Thanks for being so understanding!!!! It's not very often the organizer is the VERY last person to send in a swap!!!

Yaaaay! I'm so glad everything worked out, and you didn't have to buy like, a new machine or anything! I can't wait!
9  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: Ruby the strawberry on: October 14, 2007 12:34:24 PM
My goodness! This is adorable. How do you do the heads? That's just awesome!
10  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: HPIYP - Harry Potter Invite Your Partner Swap! on: October 10, 2007 09:18:14 AM
Wow that is amazing! What a great job on the bag and the wallet! How did you do the wallet? Was it iron on fabric thing a bob?

Actually, it was print out on fabric thingy. There's a type of computer "paper" (I think you can find it in the craft section of walmart) and it's fabric. Pop it in, print it out, easy as pie.

Thank you for all the comments, everyone! Makes my little heart swell with joy (mostly because I was terrified that bethie would hate it. But I'm always terrified when I send things out for a swap.)

OMG I love that veil! Lol, is that supposed to be Sirius in front of the veil?
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