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1  Re: 50 Projects 2018-Reach for Your Crafting and Creative Goals! in Craftalongs by craftylittlemonkey on: April 20, 2018 05:12:17 PM
A couple more ATCs I sent have been received.
Little camper in the woods.


I was particularly pleased with the 3D washing machine. The original inspiration isn't mine, I saw a similar mixed media piece in cloth-paper-scissors magazine.


There's a stack of cardboard circles cut out with a piece of plastic between. The silver paint is nail polish.


And I made a set of things from my sister's old shirt. Two journal covers, a hair band, tissue cosy, and a cutlery roll.
Project post with tissue cosy tutorial.

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2  Sister's fave shirt reinvented, tissue cosy tute included. in Completed Projects by craftylittlemonkey on: April 20, 2018 05:11:01 PM
My sister was sad when a favourite shirt of hers got so old it couldn't be worn or mended anymore. She was going to throw it out but look at that fabric.  It is SO cool! I took it and promised I'd make her something with it. 10 years ago. Oops.


I cut it apart and fused some interfacing to all the pieces to stabilize it. I've made a journal cover for her, one for her friend, a head band, a tissue cosy, and a cutlery roll.
Here's the lot:



Tissue cosy tutorial:
I followed this one but found some of the steps unnecessary. If you need more help than what I show here you can check that out for more details on drafting the pattern but if you've got a little experience the following should be enough to illustrate the how-to for you.

The paper pattern shown here is half sized, you cut the fabric on a fold for a mirror image as shown. Both an outer and an inner fabric.


Stack the pieces right sides together, sew only along the curved edges backtacking at the start and end. Clip the curves.


Turn inside out and press.


Fold with the outside fabric in. Overlap the edges as shown, pin, stitch, trim the corners.


The tissues are small enough to tuck inside but it's not as easy as with a standard cosy, you have to finagle them in there. Of course, remove the plastic wrapper first, haha. Sometimes I box the corners on these but not with this pattern, it's a tight enough fit as is.
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3  Re: Ongoing ATC Swap -- April 2018 Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by craftylittlemonkey on: April 20, 2018 01:53:55 PM
Ohh, that paper pieced dog is amazeballs! Wow.

That curious horny girl is awesome. Great idea to do themes like pocket letter collections.

The bear is so cute, he's trying to be naughty but he's adorable.

I received 2 cards from rockingbearranch and took photos of them together before realizing that one is for March and the other for April, oops! I'm posting in both galleries, hope that is ok Smiley.
Here is everything, sooo many extras!


And the cards, ha ha, snail mail and special beelivery, tee hee.
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4  Re: Ongoing ATC Swap -- March 2018 Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by craftylittlemonkey on: April 20, 2018 01:52:13 PM
I love the stamp poetry card! And that Z is for Zipper, bah ha ha, too much!

I received 2 cards from rockingbearranch and took photos of them together before realizing that one is for March and the other for April, oops! I'm posting in both galleries, hope that is ok Smiley.
Here is everything, sooo many extras!


And the cards, ha ha, snail mail and special beelivery, tee hee.

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5  Use The Good Beads, Fabric, Yarn, etc... in New Swap Theme Ideas by craftylittlemonkey on: April 20, 2018 07:03:26 AM

photo credit iguanamouth

This idea appears to have struck a chord with so many people here. I'm wondering about a swap that challenges us to get into our stashes and use the really special stuff we've been saving for far too long, for that one-of-these-days project that never seems to materialize.

I made prayer flags with some of my most precious beads, button, and fabric but the idea could apply to any medium you work with. I have a few ideas about what sort of swap this could be and I would appreciate your feedback in deciding on the most wanted theme.

-OTT, One Tiny Precious Thing made with your best supplies to the best of your ability. This is a strict no-extras swap so all your energy would be focused on creating the One Tiny Thing.
-Random art, sort of like the abandonable swaps or 4X4 and 6X6 challenges where you create something really special with no idea who it will be going to.
-Any item goes, based on your partner's wants you'd be paired to create something from their list that you can do or want to try.
-One for you, one for me. This one is very difficult for people to manage. We often do not make for ourselves. I know it took having someone to craft for to get me motivated to make prayer flags for myself. I personally love a creative challenge, those who feel the same may be drawn to the idea of creating 2 like items, one to keep and one to send away. It can be very freeing when you are obligated to make one for someone else.

I'm happy to hear your ideas too. Whatever gets us using those hoarded supplies because TODAY IS THE DAY!
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6  Re: 2018 Annual DeStashAlong Thread in Craftalongs by craftylittlemonkey on: April 19, 2018 08:43:05 AM
I love giving stuff I'm finished with away to people who need it. Saves money and landfill, it's good all around. We were given a beautiful library card catalog that fits so many supplies. I emptied bin after bin and we've got a friend who needs those so yay! They will be going next week.

I made some prayer flags for myself (one of them is green and another is purple! No paisley though). Every bit is from stash, some quite old and all of it really special bits and pieces.
I posted more about them here.

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7  Re: 50 Projects 2018-Reach for Your Crafting and Creative Goals! in Craftalongs by craftylittlemonkey on: April 19, 2018 08:37:53 AM
I am home today soaking my poor feet so no making a roof for me, sigh. Hopefully I'll be back in class tomorrow. In the meantime I've finished these prayer flags I was making for myself and have posted close ups and details here. Maybe you'd let me know if you have any ideas about the one I think still needs something.


The post starts out with a flag made for Edel and a good story, check it out Smiley.
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8  Use The Good Beads! Prayer flag collection in Completed Projects by craftylittlemonkey on: April 19, 2018 08:34:36 AM
When somebody you respect and admire goes through a major life event and offers a piece of solid advice, you'd be a fool not to listen. Recently edelC commented on how a big challenge in her life got her thinking that there is no time like the present for using the good beads, fabric, and yarn. That really affected me. I heard the background sentiments that NOW is the best time for doing the things you want, being right here, right now and embracing life. It got me reexamining my hoarding of the special stash and what the heck that was all about. I started looking at my collection with new eyes and since then I have been using the good beads etc and it is AWESOME!
I made this flag for Edel. The base is my most favourite piece of Shibori hand dyed with a group of other Craftsterers. The letters are a few kinds of faves from my scrap stash. The hanger was picked up on a road trip with my sweetie last summer at a really groovy little shop on Cape Breton Island.



There are tiny shell stars, glass leaf beads and wire wrapped flowers. The dragonfly is from a set of earrings given to me by a very special man. I don't wear them and they deserve to be flying free somewhere in the world.


Then I wanted one for myself to remind me every time I'm in the craft room. Mine has more of that shibori, a strip of shisha mirrors, and some really special beads. I was going to add the other dragonfly earring but it has escaped me somewhere in the studio, obviously it wants to be used for a different project.


Then I was inspired to keep making, I rarely create things for myself so this was cathartic. Here is "Love" with some very special beads and jewelry bits and the base is one of the first scrappy fabric pages I ever made.


I thought about the things that are really important to me and growing our own food is at the top of that list so here is "Grow". Sunshine, flowers, rain, and a bunch of special beads and buttons. This took me at least 5 hours to make but you know what? I am worth it.


And of course "Make". Backed with red velvet and including 3 glow-in-the-dark beads from suereal, a really special and important person I met here.


That last one still needs something but I'll let it tell me what whenever it happens.

I've got ideas swirling around my brain for one more, "Health". The plans are still hazy but I am committed to completing as many as I think up for myself.

Use the good beads, people!
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9  Re: 50 Projects 2018-Reach for Your Crafting and Creative Goals! in Craftalongs by craftylittlemonkey on: April 17, 2018 05:15:03 PM
I hear that, sister. I am trying to refine my crafting direction too. I like a few things most of all and maybe want to focus on those from here on out. I'll always be interested in and open to trying new things but the steady basics, I aim to laser in on those.

I meant to post this bunch of ATC's I sent off recently that have all been received now. Still not sure this is something I love doing but I keep finding myself drawn to it so for now I am gonna keep it up. I do have fun making them and I've discovered a real love of sewing on paper.


Bit of old plaid shirt with the button still attached and some embroidered letters, always a challenge for me.
Drawing in pencil and marker, also a challenge. I long to be a terrific illustrator but alas.
Marker, my attempt at nice lettering, glitter.
Eeny weeny patchwork and boro stitching.

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10  Re: 50 Projects 2018-Reach for Your Crafting and Creative Goals! in Craftalongs by craftylittlemonkey on: April 17, 2018 12:57:03 PM
Look what I made today...


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