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1  Re: Sweat Shoppe Swap Round 13 (signups CLOSED)(sendouts by April 5) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by maezen on: March 16, 2008 11:49:49 PM
I know we're past the cut-off for top picks, but I wanted to post pics I just took of what I'm working on.  I had some company this weekend that interfered with my crafting time.   Angry  I didn't even send in my pick list- but I know I'll be happy with whatever I get judging from what has posted so far!

Ok, so here are the tops of the Going Postal Potholders:

I haven't started the Coffee Cozies yet, but here are the main fabrics I'm planning to use:

The color isn't quite right on these pics, but I didn't have the best lighting there (should have taken them this afternoon).

I'm not sure what fabric I'll use for the binding/bottom of the potholders and the reverse of the coffee sleeves, but it just might be the skull fabric in the background of the pictures--- or I can wait until who I'm sending to chimes in with their preference.  I have tons of fabric to pick from, so I can probably use whatever colors you'd want.  Even if you'd prefer a different main color on the coffee sleeve, I could do that. 

Can't wait to get my partners! 

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2  Re: ANOTHER Pin Cushion Swap Round 6 GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by maezen on: March 14, 2008 05:39:25 PM
I am so in love with my elephant pin cushion from serendipity_sarah!:

And she even sent me a cute bonus pincushion/sewing kit! 

She's so creative!  Thank you Sarah!

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3  Re: Postage Stamp Quilt Squares Swap! in The Swap Gallery by maezen on: March 14, 2008 05:30:20 PM
Here are the squares I've received so far:

From Ezri_b

From curlygirl75

From audrey1999

From pumpkinbear (two black squares are stuck together- there really are 60!)

From athenamat

mmmm... so much fabric goodness!

My sister and I decided to swap squares, and we're including her two sisters-in-law, so I have even more fabric coming!  Yay!
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4  Any coffee roasters here? in Recipes and Cooking Tips by maezen on: March 03, 2008 10:48:03 PM
I used the instructions I found at www.sweetmarias.com and www.coffeegeek.com to pan roast a batch of coffee Sunday morning.  Here's what the coffee looks like (yeah, I know, it looks like most coffee, but I'm proud of it!):

You basically throw the green coffee bean in a pan, stir like crazy, then cool the beans down.  There's way more to it than that, but the two sites I listed will give you detailed instructions.

I tried it this morning, but I think it needs to rest more.  I'll try it again the morning...

Fresh roasted coffee, yum!

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5  Foundation Pieced Crazy-Quilt Ornament in Winter Holidays by maezen on: February 28, 2008 01:39:25 AM
My sister, her sister-in-law and I did our own Christmas ornament swap last year and this is what I made:

Here are some basic instructions:

1. Download a pattern for a cloth ball- my pattern was a pointy oval shape (what is that shape called?!)  There're lots of free ball patterns on the 'net.
2. Draw the shape onto foundation paper 6 times
3. Sew a square of fabric face-up onto the middle of the piece, as narrow or wide as you want.  Make sure it overhangs the shape you drew
4. Place a strip of fabric on the middle square, right sides together, matching the edges on one side, sew with 1/4" seam.  Press seam open.
5. Repeat step 4 on both sides of the middle square until you've covered the whole shape.
6. Using the paper as a guide, cut out the shapes.  (At this point, I used different stitches to embellish directly over the seams like you would with a crazy quilt- I used glow in the dark string, which actually shows up pretty well)
7. Use the instructions on the pattern for best results, but basically, sew the pieces together on the long side-except for the first and last 1/4" at the points.  When you get to the last seam, leave an opening wide enough to turn the ball right side out.
8. Stuff and sew the opening closed.

I embellished with beads after this, and made the string to hang from with beads as well.

I think I'll make more of these this year for other family members, they were so easy!
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6  Goddess Butterfly Doll in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by maezen on: February 28, 2008 01:25:57 AM
I made this doll using a free Goddess doll pattern I found on the internet, but turning the arms up instead of down.  The wings were made by printing a picture of butterfly wings on printable fabric and sandwiching it with double sided fusible and a piece of purple fabric on the back.  After I cut out the wings, I sewed eyelash yarn around the edges with a zigzag stitch on my machine.  I embellished the fabric before sewing the body together with some metallic thread.  After I sewed and stuffed the body, I added the beads and sprayed the doll with some glitter spray stuff.

I originally made this for a local craft group challenge, but then I sent it in a package I sent to my sister for Christmas- she was supposed to give it to my mom since she lives near her.  But she forgot that when she opened the package and thought this was the angel ornament I made her for Christmas last year! (we exchange angel ornaments every year but I actually hadn't made one to send yet).  She wrote on her blog that this was the best angel ornament either one of us has ever made since we started swapping them and she never gave it to our mom, lol!  I never told mom I was giving it to her, so what she doesn't know won't hurt her, eh? 

Funny how I never thought of this as an angel- it was always a Goddess Doll to me until then... I'm glad she liked it!

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7  Clothes for my doll.. uh, Niece! PIC HEAVY in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by maezen on: February 28, 2008 01:12:57 AM
I love making things for my doll niece to wear or play with!  Here are a few things I've made her in the last year:

A pink poncho made with pre=appliqud fleece

A white silk dupioni dress for a special occasion:

Some close ups:

The close ups show the vertical rows of swiss lace stitched together on the bodice (the lase is stitched together row by row then attached to the bodice at the seams).  You can also see (hopefully) the vertical lace insertion on the sleeves and a few inches above the hem.  This dress took over 20 hours!

A pink microdot corduroy jumper & scarf:


(Sorry about the shadow on that last one; I used the flash and forgot to retake it)
I don't have action shots of the jumper yet.  I just put it in the mail Tuesday, so she should get it today or Friday.  I'm excited for her to get it!  I think I made it too big, but if so she can probably just wear it this summer or maybe now with a thick long sleeve shirt under it so no biggie.

Next I'm going to make her some actual doll clothes Smiley
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8  Re: Fill-a-Matchbox SUPPLY Swap R2 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by maezen on: April 17, 2007 09:46:41 PM
I received two wonderful boxes this week, so without further ado:

from jan_on_ice:

The box got smooshed a little but the contents survived ok..

She sent lots of paper scraps, some fabric and lace scraps, stickers, a little butterly embellishment, a cute little key and some other little things..

And from dooney, my own pet-box!!

grr!  lol  I love the zipper teeth!  It's like he ate all the stuff inside him  Cheesy

You really made my day with this one, it's really cute!

And inside my little monster:

Brads (heart-shaped), buttons, stickers, beads, a butterfly patch (I got a butterfly from both these boxes- I love them both!), tags... a fortune from a cookie that says "If you can shape it in your mind, you will find it in you life."

Thank you both for the little treasures and dooney for my new furry friend!  I know we all keep saying this, but it really is amazing -and fun!- how much stuff we were able to fit!

Have a great night!


PS- sorry about the bad lighting!
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9  Re: Common Name Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by maezen on: March 29, 2007 11:59:11 PM
Ok, so here's all the wonderful personalized things I got from psychocraftisredhead:

An Emily journal!  I specifically asked for a swap journal, so perfect!

A little jar with "E" painted on top... now what to fill it with??  Choices, choices  Wink

A glass measuring cup with my (our-ha!) name etched on it.  The handles are etched too.  Can't have too many of these (trust me!)

A wire cursive Emily keychain.  I used my pegboard to prop it up with so it would stand out better.  Very nice!

A hearty thank you to psychocraftisredhead!

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10  Re: Fill a flat rate box swap! in The Swap Gallery by maezen on: March 29, 2007 11:51:42 PM
Ok, so no more "I'll post pics tomorrow" thinking for me!  Here are pics of the fabulous things I received from msmia:

Gobs of fabric!!  (very giddy here- I love fabric!)

Stickers, scrapbooking items, anchor buttons, elastic and a McCalls purse pattern (which I already have, but my neighbor is appreciating- she says thanks msmia!)

Lots and lots of goodies for me!  Off to continue crafting....!!

Again, thank you msmia for all the great packing you did!

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