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31  Mixed technique tree picture-opinions wanted in Completed Projects by Muria on: November 19, 2008 07:39:13 AM

   I'm making  a tree picture for a swap and wanted some opinions on it before I mail it out (tomorrow).  It's on cross stitch canvas, colored with fabric markers, and machine embroidered (by a $250 machine, not one of the embroidery-specific machines). Anyway, I'm a little nervous about sending it out, as it's not something I've done before, and figured now was a good time to ask for opinions, when I can still 1)fix it, or 2) scrap it and make something else.

So here it is :

I know the picture's fairly awful (my camera does not do short focal lengths), but do you think someone who likes trees would appreciate my little 4x6 effort?  Time wise, it's between a medium and  a large project, even though it's pretty small.

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32  Re: Buy Nothing Swap Round 3 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Muria on: November 18, 2008 05:44:47 PM
I received last week from CJKJ, but the weather's been awful for picture taking.  Fortunately, it was actually sunny today (really cold, but sunny).  So...

I received a really neat Pride and Prejudice shadowbox, four barrettes with buttons, a star ornament for my tree, a butterfly pendant, and an awesome (and already put to use) pincushion/thread catcher!  She even put a piece of boning in the thread catcher so I don't have to hold it open!  It's great, and I love it!!!
Here's a few other pictures (since I wasn't sure what would turn out when it ended up on the screen):

Thanks so much!  I'm trying to get together an equally wonderful package for you!  I hope you like what I'm making for you! 
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33  Vampire Knight Manga day class costume in Halloween Costumes by Muria on: November 05, 2008 12:13:14 PM
It doesn't compare to some of the brilliant costumes that were entered, but I still wanted to share the result of almost all of my crafting time for the last two weeks.  My daughter loves anime and manga. Last year, she offered to buy the fabric if I would make her a Vampire Knight costume. She bought the fabric back in January, along with a jacket pattern ( Burda 7878 ), and, knowing how much work was going to be involved, I procrastinated.  Fast forward to October (past a lot of pathetic 14 year old whining over the last 9 months or so). I finally sat down and altered the pattern. So here it is:

Oh, and here's the picture I went off of:

You'll notice a lot of detail on the jacket. Pesky things like piping. We bought fabric to do the piping. But then the thought occurred to me that there's no way I'd get all of them exactly the same width (I'm not a quilter. Accuracy is not my strong point.). So instead, I used my handy zig zag stitch (set to about the density of buttonhole stitching):

This took probably 4 hours, beyond the actual construction of the jacket (not including drawing the lines on the jacket so there was a chance I didn't get them completely crooked. Since I used a bar of ivory soap, I had to redraw them. I considered this a bonus, as it guaranteed that the lines weren't permanent if I did them wrong somehow).

There's a skirt, too, that used Simplicity 4188. That one got started back in May, in a different fabric. It was declared to be too wide, and tossed in a corner until two weeks ago (yes, that declaration is part of why I waited so long).  However, DD has hidden it, and I don't know where it is. It's an 8 panel skirt with godets (think black cheerleader-style skirt, around knee length, and you're on the right track).  Fortunately, the author of the manga didn't think to put more piping on the skirt as well. 

Unfortunately, DD refused to let me take her picture at any time while she was wearing it,  so I had to resort to hanger shots, especially since this is the last day to enter the contest.

Hope somebody likes it!
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34  Re: One for Me, One for You Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Muria on: October 05, 2008 12:18:41 PM
It's been a bit of a busy week.  Here's the picture of the package I got from sugaree on Monday:

There's a pair of black knitted mitts with red hearts on them for my daughter, along with a matching calorimetry, plus a blue calorimetry for me, and a wonderful knit market bag! Plus, she added in some berry mints, and a lollipop (that didn't manage to get pictured)!  Thanks so much, sugaree! You did a fantastic job! My daughter's been wearing her mitts everywhere! I'm waiting for slightly cooler weather to wear my calorimetry, and the market bag is great!

I got two great packages in this swap! Thanks to Jinkies, sugaree, and of course, craftydeb, for organizing a great swap!
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35  Re: One for Me, One for You Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Muria on: September 17, 2008 08:16:47 AM
Great bagsket!  I thought about making one of those for you, Jinkies, but then you said you were getting one.  Smiley  (Of course, this was before the placemats multiplied out of control.) Wink

Ok, the last of my pics is the shirt I made.  I used the same pattern that I used for sugaree's coat, but it's modified (um, quite a bit). Things that are different:
shorter (which was an option on the original pattern, btw)
the other collar from the pattern
wider cuffs (which need to be tapered, but I might do that with buttons/snaps)
and the biggest alteration was altering out the gathered "skirt", since that look doesn't work for me, at all.
Well, and the colors are different:

It's a collage because I can't decide what kind of closure to use on it.

Here's a picture of it with the snaps, and the partially finished skirt that I made to go with it (out of the same fabric as the main part of the shirt):

And for anyone who would like to express an opinion on the buttons/snaps, larger images of the options:
https://www.craftster.org/pictures/data/500/medium/bwshirtcoverbutton.jpg (I should mention that this one is a pic of the plain uncovered button covers. They could be black, white, or some other color (If I used a different color, I'd probably incorporate it somehow into the skirt, maybe as a ruffle at the bottom, or a sash of some sort)

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36  Re: One for Me, One for You Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Muria on: September 08, 2008 11:01:55 AM
Here are the placemats I made over the weekend for me:

And a better view of the fabric (the top ones are the backs. I ran out of the green fabric for the back, just barely, so I added a band on the back to extend it):

 Just to keep all my stuff together, I moved the necklace I made with blue zircon and clear crystals for my daughter to this post(like the one I made for sugaree): 

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37  Underwear for school in Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects by Muria on: September 03, 2008 10:29:40 AM
So all the underwear for little boys at the store is power rangers, or batman, or spiderman, or something along those lines.  My son is really into animals and dinosaurs, and couldn't find anything he liked at the store.  Enter the awesome light table my husband made me for Christmas last year, some coloring books, some fabric markers, and a package of plain underwear:

Top row (R-L): Sleepy snake, baby dinosaur, pteradactyl
Bottom row: Shark, Crocodile, T Rex

I got the crocodile and the shark coloring pages from nationalgeographic.com (though I made the shark a little more friendly looking), and the rest were from a dinosaur coloring book that I'd bought at the store.  I admit, it's hard to copy right out of the book with a light table, as you get the lines from both sides.  I also did a smaller picture in the fly area on the front, but I didn't take pictures of those.

Considering I had about 5-6 colors to work with, I think they turned out pretty well (I'm not an artist, and wouldn't put these in the more art section anyway).  He likes them, and that's what's important, right?  Smiley
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38  Crocodile backpack for school (IMG heavy!) in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Muria on: September 03, 2008 10:20:59 AM
So, have any of you ever opened your mouth and said something like, "don't be silly, I'll make you a backpack for school."  or  "What do you think? Should I make you a crocodile backpack for school?" 

Ok, I'm probably the only one to have said the second one. Well, after much messing about with rulers and concepts, here it is (ready a whole hour and a half before the bus came!): 

We added in orange marker for the eyes, so it actually looks a little more like this now:
It's made from green denim and the mouth is lined in red cotton (one of those chance purchases of a red FQ that was actually used for something). I had the brilliant idea of using a white zipper for the teeth, and even made a tongue:

And here's a picture of my happy Kindergartner with his backpack:

Not bad for a morning's work (I cut it out last night, but all sewing was done this morning)! I still may end up putting bias tape on the seams (they're kind of messy at the moment, though I double stitched all of them so it hopefully won't have any issues).
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39  Re: One for Me, One for You Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Muria on: September 03, 2008 10:08:53 AM
Here's my shot of the placemats I made:

Plus two kitchen table shots of the organizer(If it's crooked, I certainly can't see it. It's fabulous! I can't wait to use it!):

I have one shot of the chain smoking necklace I made sugaree :  

Thanks again, Jinkies!  It really looks great (I'm just debating about using the rod to put it up, or to get some of the super strong silver magnets from Joann's to put it on the fridge)!
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40  Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster in Latest News by Muria on: August 27, 2008 08:27:56 PM
Here's a local ad (scrapbox.org) that's been stretched into banner size. I suspect it was supposed to be an ad around the size of the ones on the side bar:

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