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1  Re: Ongoing ATC Swap -- September 2018 Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by craftylittlemonkey on: Today at 09:10:33 AM
Rude cats are funny!

I received such a creative ATC from rockingbearranch yesterday but I held off on posting it until now because I had to do something with it first.

Here's the lot, all sorts of interesting giraffe bits for my collection, thank you!

The card is actually an envelop that had these 9 patches of fabric for a quilted piece.

I had to sew those up immediately but can only show this bit because what I made is for a swap package. Ignore the messy chalk lines, those will come clean before I send it off.

Fun, right? Thanks RBR, what a great ATC!
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2  Re: 50 Projects 2018-Reach for Your Crafting and Creative Goals! in Craftalongs by craftylittlemonkey on: September 15, 2018 10:20:58 AM
Finished this cushion cover and got the insert today just in time for a bday party for my girl's friend. Hope she likes it, I thought it turned out pretty sweet.

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3  Unicorn cushion cover, paper pieced with a twist in Quilting: Completed Projects by craftylittlemonkey on: September 15, 2018 10:19:10 AM
Birthday present for a little girl.

I followed this interesting tutorial for paper piecing with freezer paper instead of tissue. You fold it out of the way of the stitch lines instead of sewing through it so at the end you don't have to do any tearing and can use the pattern again and again.

Here's the pattern I drafted based on a photo my daughter liked. There were 3 main sections.

I found it a bit tricky to be honest so I made another the traditional way. I can't recommend either above the other though I do think the tutorial would work better for smaller blocks, this one might have been too large and unwieldy to rely on the stickiness of freezer paper alone to secure things.

It is stitched in the ditch and the backing is this soft, floofy, knobby stuff that's tricky to sew, I used lots of pins and also reinforced the seams with a line of tailor's tape to keep the woven and stretch fabrics even under the machine foot. There's a layer of fusible interfacing on the front too, just in case it's handled roughly I didn't want the piecing to come apart anywhere or it would be a pain to repair.

I will fix the dog ears on the second cushion and in retrospect, perhaps the teal zipper wasn't the best choice for this one or I could have added a fold to cover it. It hardly shows when the form is in the cover though so done on time will be good enough for this project.
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4  Casserole, I never "got" them until now in Recipes and Cooking Tips by craftylittlemonkey on: September 12, 2018 02:27:57 PM
I couldn't figure out what a casserole was supposed to be, the recipes for them are all over the place! What was the guiding principle behind the dish, there didn't seem to be a rule I could discern. I think I finally get it now though, it's just stuff, often left overs, that combine well, baked together until bubbly and very often topped with cheese or crumbs. Eureka!

This one is left over rice and black beans with corn, diced fresh tomato, chopped up bbq chicken, topped with cheese and served with salsa and sour cream (or yogurt, that's what we had) on the side. The kids are so happy with this meal. It's basically their favourite burrito filling so how can you go wrong?

I would really love your favourite casserole recipes. I'm pretty sure with enough of them I can get the kids to cook a few more dinners on their own. Yay, freedom from the stove! Cheesy
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5  Re: 50 Projects 2018-Reach for Your Crafting and Creative Goals! in Craftalongs by craftylittlemonkey on: September 12, 2018 11:57:01 AM
Along those lines, I promised to share some UFO's but when I went to take photos of them there were just so many. This is a teeny weeny tiny little sampling of what I could get my hands on with no effort at all. I'm sort of embarrassed to be honest. I need to get a handle on the amount of projects I start and then abandon.

I have ideas and thread picked out for each of these hoops but the only one I've started is the frame of aida hiding behind the rest. I can't show it off yet, it isn't finished anyhow because CROSS STITCH TAKES FOR FREAKING EVER, did you know that? I forgot, silly me.

Yeah, this plastic canvas wallet I promised my aunt at least 2 years ago? Sigh. If possible, that takes Even Longer than cross stitch.

I started a bunch of these ages ago and just recently attached their faces and hats. They all still need trimming, maybe for xmas this year. Maybe not though, knowing me.

So when you make a bag without a pattern but you haven't really made that sort of thing a lot of times before you might find you've sewn an entirely superfluous strap that you now need to do something with. Pretty sure I promised this to my daughter on some kind of bag I haven't a clue about yet, oh boy.

Felted sweater playmat. The intended is turning 2 in a few months, that would actually be better timing than before now so I feel ok about having sat on this one for so long.

Oh, this project taunts me. I won't even fit into these t-shirt undies anymore, that was like 3 sizes ago. I will finish them though, they only need the application of the fussiest most PITA elastic in the universe :/.

I made 4 different kinds of felt mushrooms just because I felt like it (haha, felt like it Cheesy). I have a plan for them, sort of.

JoyfulClover I hope you're happy now, lol.
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6  Re: 50 Projects 2018-Reach for Your Crafting and Creative Goals! in Craftalongs by craftylittlemonkey on: September 12, 2018 11:43:53 AM
Hey friends, I have been wondering about our lovely alwaysinmyroom so sent her an email. She is fine, just super busy with their pending move and all the myriad things that entails. She is doing ok, I thought I'd let everybody know Smiley.

Yes, thank you! I've been wondering about her, but didn't feel like it was my place to ask.

I have garbage boundaries, I seriously don't know how to behave. Like, don't give me your phone number because I'll forget ALL about any time difference and be calling you at 5 am your time, haha! I am awful.

I got another friend I strung crystals with to send a pic of the one she made. This is so different from both mine and our other friend, I am seriously fascinated by the ideas in other people's brains. Don't you love watching creativity unfold?
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7  Re: 50 Projects 2018-Reach for Your Crafting and Creative Goals! in Craftalongs by craftylittlemonkey on: September 11, 2018 04:44:56 PM
You know I love those eyeballs!

I haven't been getting much completed but I did string some beads & crystals with a friend this aft. I love doing this, I lay out the supplies & everyone who does it ends up with a completely unique creation. I didn't get a pic of hers but I'll ask her to send me one. Here's mine, I almost always end up with a rainbow.

ETA here is my friend's, I got her to text it to me. Isn't it pretty? I so enjoy her style here. It is a bit more purple and green than shows up, there are Amethyst and maybe Adventurine or Tourmaline chips. Some of them were purple and green together so I can't be sure. Either way, they are showing up more pale than IRL in the photo.
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8  A journal from you and me for EdelC in Scrapbooking: Completed Projects by craftylittlemonkey on: September 03, 2018 06:59:16 AM
I asked round to see if a few of you wanted to send some little notes and such to include in a journal for edelC and was sent some really lovely little bits and pieces of encouragement and affection for our friend who has gone through a great deal this past year. Thank you all very much for contributing and to anybody who didn't get a chance, there's no reason you couldn't send a note now for Edel to include with the others Smiley.

The cover is a lovely silk sari I made curtains for our bedroom with, there was a piece left over and this seemed the perfect project for that precious little bit.

The metallic embroidery did funny things when fused to stabilizer on the reverse but I liked the texture it made so that was all good.

The front inside pocket lining is this watery batik I really love and an assortment of fun ribbons for place holders.

Look at all the love from you people! I see bits from Wulf, Onyxnox, pottermouth, geekgirl1000100, I think the envelop with the letter inside is from fatewineroses and the circular yellow note from Kayrun. I think. The journal took over 3 months to arrive, I thought I would remember every detail but that's a long time for mom-brain to hold onto things! These are scattered throughout the book so as Edel is jotting notes she'll come across random little sentiments from far away friends <3.

Here are some lovelies from lindyv321, I think the atc sized card is from alteredmommy, Edel please confirm I have that one correct.

These ones are from rackycoo and Abbeeroad, also card fronts and decorated envelop bits from your letters to me.  

Here are stamps from the cards and letters people sent and a flamingo card from someone, Edel please let me know who sent that one too.

Both front and back pocket were jammed with bits for fun scrapbooking, there are so many tid bits from your letters in here too, friends. You are going to be included in a lot of future projects!

It was wrapped in this larger piece of rainbow woven boro stitch, I hope you'll find something good to do with that Edel Smiley.

And just to let you know, it was received at her first day back to work after the summer break and yes, it did make her cry lots of happy tears. Our loving each other through this awesome crafty place makes a difference in each other's lives. Thank you all again, so much. This is the best place anywhere!
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9  Re: 50 Projects 2018-Reach for Your Crafting and Creative Goals! in Craftalongs by craftylittlemonkey on: August 31, 2018 06:56:36 AM
wryly the shoes look wonderful! And so do those faces ttc, wow.

I am working on plant hoops for a kid I wouldn't trust with any living greenery in his room, haha. Here's the first of what I hope will be 3.
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Definately inspired by a pin I saved. Are we still doing that challenge while alwaysinmyroom is away dealing with the house selling craziness?
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10  A tiny succulent for the brown thumbed (with tutorial) in Needlework: Completed Projects by craftylittlemonkey on: August 31, 2018 06:38:55 AM
The young lad asked for a plant in his room but since he recently murdered his ceiling lamp shade  Undecided I thought I'd spare any of my green babies a similar fate & make him this instead.

Start by creating a padded base for the pot by tacking down felt cut into exactly the shape you want the end product to be.

Next, stitch rows over the felt like so, then weave from side to side:

Secure each row through the fabric right next to the very side of the felt shape so the weaving won't pull in to the centre. Then add another piece of felt for the lip of the pot and stitch over that as well.

The leaves are detached woven picot worked in 3 shades of green but I think at this scale I could have just used one colour. The hoop is 3", the tiny teracotta pot is about 1".

I haven't given it to him yet, I'm making a couple more to hang in a group. Fun!
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