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1  Re: Ongoing ATC Swap -- November 2018 Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by craftylittlemonkey on: January 16, 2019 11:13:20 AM
Cool silver anchor!

I got a great parcel from RBR too, here is all is (upside down, darn that photo hosting glitch anyhow!)

I was only due one card but she sent me two, look at this funny little cutie Cheesy.

And here is one for "Carrots and Beets", awesome!
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2  Re: 2019 Annual DeStashAlong! in Craftalongs by craftylittlemonkey on: January 05, 2019 09:14:58 PM
thanate, lol. You keep your supplies like I keep mine! Soul sister, let's make a pact to get tidied up this month and help keep each other on track Smiley.

quaggy, you are another Beag! I am gobsmacked at the perfection of your gigantic collection of supplies, my gosh. Wow.

My first destashing project of the year is the most recent crafternoon, we made needle books. It used up only a bit of felt, fabric, embroidery floss and beads but it's still something.
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3  Saturday Crafternoon needle books in Completed Projects by craftylittlemonkey on: January 05, 2019 03:33:41 PM
I haven't got enough embroidery needles for our crafting group, we've been trying our best with the regular sewing needles but honestly they are such a pain to thread it detracts from the enjoyment of a project. I went out and picked up some packages of new needles and planned needlebooks for this week's session. There were a couple of new participants this week so I've got lots of lovely photos to show off.

Here's mine. I spend lots of my time helping the group so I opted to do a little machine stitching rather than everything by hand. I actually quite like the combination of machine and hand embroidery though so I love this little cute thing.

The entire cover:

It's lined in this adorable stuff:

Look how wonderful this is:

It's lined in a bit of really nice deco print and here's the selection of needles and pins I sent everybody home with:

I love this one, the slightly wonky sun is just the sort of thing I really like the look of:

She based the front design on the lining fabric she chose, so clever!

This is really great colours that I couldn't get a good photo of in the dim light of evening but I thought it turned out so well. The natural seeds used to decorate the mushroom cap are a very groovy touch:

The inside is the mushroom fabric the ironing mat is covered in as well as the lining of my most recent tea cosy, it looks like this:

Adorable feeshes! This one is very 3-dimensional:

Also based on the lining fabric:

Here is a lovely little purple number with stitches covering the front to match the lining fabric.

This one has an extra page inside and a button and loop closure.

I am going to get them to bring this project back for future sessions so we'll all always have just the right sized needle of our own Cheesy.
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4  Re: Ongoing ATC Swap -- October 2018 Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by craftylittlemonkey on: January 05, 2019 10:00:10 AM
The one of the far left is from me to audio, finally arrived after being gummed in the mess of our Canadian postal strike, ugh. I don't have a photo of it on it's own, just this one.

I'm trying to do a little house keeping with outstanding feedback so y'all can join the 2019 ATC swaps. It looks like there are a couple of cards not posted to the gallery for October. RBR will likely have records but she's busy at the moment so I'll ask: Quasior was claimed by irid3sc3nt Oct 10 for Neil Gaman and again Oct 25 for Halloween. irid3sc3nt was claimed by madcrafter Oct 26 for moon and stars. Would you please report if those cards were sent/received?
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5  Re: 2019 Annual DeStashAlong! in Craftalongs by craftylittlemonkey on: January 01, 2019 09:27:36 AM
Anna, take a look at the photos in this topic for inspiration! I'm going to spend the rest of this week getting my space ship-shape. I have big plans for this year, I need to be at the top of my game and that means no more of this:

The rest of the house is no better, craft supplies have leaked out all over the place, lol.
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6  Re: 2018 Annual DeStashAlong Thread in Craftalongs by craftylittlemonkey on: January 01, 2019 08:59:21 AM
Happy New Year!  Kiss

I am going to have to agree.
At the start of the year I took photos of all the supplies littering up my studio which I'm revisiting today to compare as I dare and you know what? I can hardly even see any difference, how is that possible?! Drr.

There are MORE buttons. Sigh.
I use a lot of thread, beads, ribbon, lace and other trim but the containers seem just as full as before.
There is less yarn and fabric but only because I gave a lot of it away this year.
I did use up most of the fulled sweater fabric, there's only a small bin of mostly scraps left. And I gave away all the fur, fun fur, leather, and fabric saved to make poppets. I used up all the teeny tiny sweater scrap confetti stuff.
There is less paper crafting stuff, given away to a friend who does an art class at the kid's school. And I sent FOUR pretty big boxes of trinkets and supplies to people here.
How is there still so much stuff? I don't get it. I make so much stuff! I swap like crazy! I try not to go shopping for things and use what I have but honestly, I must be in denial about that because the proof is right in front of me.
I will do better this year! That's my resolution. I will use up anything that's over a year old and opt for projects made from what's here instead of something new.
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7  Re: 2018 Annual DeStashAlong Thread in Craftalongs by craftylittlemonkey on: December 31, 2018 07:59:31 PM
I held a craft session at our place to make tea cosies. We didn't use up all the sweater stash but we made a small dent at least.
My kids asked for a hobbit house/gnome home.
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8  Re: 50 Projects 2018-Reach for Your Crafting and Creative Goals! in Craftalongs by craftylittlemonkey on: December 31, 2018 07:52:39 PM
That happens to so many people. As soon as you get a second to relax, BAM, sickness. I really do think it's the body's way of asking us to take a little more time for health and relaxation during the rest of the year. We push ourselves way too hard IMHO.

I held the final crafternoon of the year this weekend, a day later due to scheduling issues but we made such complicated things that I actually only got finished tonight anyhow. One friend is still stitching hers too so there will be another cute tea cosy to show in the new year.
Here's mine and a link to the project post if you want to see the rest. Pretty awesome.

And that's it for 2018. I managed well over 100 projects. Here's hoping next year will be as productive!
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9  Re: Crafternoon group Tea Cosies! w tutorial :) in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by craftylittlemonkey on: December 31, 2018 07:42:03 PM
Measure the tea pot you'd like to cover, bottom to the highest point and then another measurement around the widest part including the handle and the spout.

To draft the pattern the height of the pot is marked out, then HALF the measurement around the pot (half because there will be two sides, mine was 24 inches in total so I marked out 12 on the pattern).
A dome is added to the top, it's just a rounded top shape that exceeds the height of the teapot. This will allow the to cosy fit but also leave a bit of space inside to capture heat. Add room for ease and a seam allowance around the entire outside edge of the pattern, including the bottom (about 1 inch in total).

Cut 2 outer and 2 lining pieces. I am using the same fabric for the lining as the ironing pad, sorry for the confusing photo, lol.

Sew the lining pieces (right sides together) leaving the bottom edge open, also leave a 3-4 in opening along one side (for turning later on).

Embellish the outside of the cover however you wish, then sew the two sides together, right sides together, leaving the bottom edge open. If you wish to add a loop to the centre top for hanging the cosy up when not in use, pin it in place before sewing the outer sides together.

At this point I added some fusible felt to the inside cover to increase the thickness but it's not necessary.

Turn outer and lining pieces right sides together (insert liner into the outer cover), pin in place and stitch along bottom edge. Turn right sides out through the opening. Use a ladder stitch to close the opening in the liner. I sewed along the bottom hem which I recommend.

You can see I changed the shape of the top which I could do because it's all extra space and doesn't really matter. I went with that cute point, I thought it suited the house better. Hope the kids love it as much as I do Smiley.

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10  Crafternoon group Tea Cosies! w tutorial :) in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by craftylittlemonkey on: December 31, 2018 07:37:32 PM
This is our 8th crafternoon session, woo hoo! We are having such a great time! Just look at this cute little Gnome Home tea hat my children requested for the pot they use the most often.

Adorable, right? And much more simple than the fancier little cottage tea cosy I made before. I love that one but it is a bit too large and floppy for the smaller tea pot, this is just right. The base is a natural fiber sweater that got shrunk in the wash, more sweater bits and other fabric were attached using iron on fusible web and stitched in place for extra security and decoration. There's a brass button door knob, a bit of hand embroidery and some beads. It was quite a quick and easy project. Not so with a couple of my friends, they spent many hours over more than one day hand stitching up all their complicated designs. Amazing results though, check out this OWL!

As if that wasn't enough, there is an entirely different design on the back! A kitty, so adorable.

This was made by a friend with little boys who hasn't come before and isn't sure when she might have time again so she opted for a design she could finish in a couple of hours. I love her addition of hand stitching along the fabric join. I didn't get a shot of the lining but it's green with tiny white dots, very cute.

A chemex doesn't keep coffee warm for very long, check out this adorable cosy with the blue bunting.

It's a double layer of wool so it should work to keep the heat in. I think it looks like a wonky monster face here, haha.

And another owl, beautifully stitched.

The back has all these lovely bits of ribbon, lace and buttons.

As with each crafting session so far, every participant started with access to the same supplies but each person made something completely unique and personal to their style. I am in love with every single creation, I adore this group of people and feel incredibly lucky to have them come to my home and make amazing things with me. It is the most inspirational thing I've ever participated in. It is amazing. Take a look all our crafternoon session in order. I'm hoping to keep going with this project for as long as possible. Goodness knows I've got enough supplies to last, lol.

Saturday Crafternoon #1
Saturday Crafternoon #2
Saturday Crafternoon #3
Saturday Crafternoon #4
Saturday Crafternoon #5
Saturday Crafternoon #6
Saturday Crafternoon #7
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