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1  UNITED STATES / Maryland / Frederick area crafters? on: December 05, 2009 01:12:47 PM
I just moved here and I'd love to meet new people! I sew, quilt, paint, just learned to knit, and pretty much all things crafty. Anyone else nearby?
2  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Not quite a quilt... on: July 07, 2008 03:59:22 PM
But it is patchwork! Smiley  A friend of mine wanted a security blanket for a baby shower gift, so I made her this:

It worked our great - she wanted something yellow, and not too girly, and I had a huge stash of yellow scraps I was saving for something-yet-to-be-determined. I love it when things work out  like that. The ribbons are a mix of satin, velvet and textured, and the fabric is quilting cotton, and its all backed with soft and squishy off-white chenille. It's not a perfect patchwork, thats deliberate - I wanted to just sew the pieces together as they were, and see what happened, and I rather like the slightly wonky look of it - I think it's cute Smiley The purple one was for the same friend, she wanted that one to be girly and purple, and I didn't piece it because I liked the butterfly fabric just as it was.
3  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Embroidered and beaded crazy quilt square on: July 01, 2008 10:51:15 PM

I made this for a friend - she gave me some of the beads and a suggestion of the color scheme, and I ran with it. Thats her jewelry business logo in the middle, and she said she wanted beachy greens and blues and sandy colors. I raided my own bead stash to really embellish it and I *love* how it came out! I'm mailing it to her tomorrow, and I hope she loves it too. What do you think?
Edit - http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2412/2630505406_0a5d20a7ef_b.jpg

You can see it bigger if you click on the link to go to my flikr - it shows more of the details.
4  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / gender neutral baby quilt on: October 05, 2007 08:35:05 PM
The parents-to-be know the gender, but aren't telling anyone, so all I h ad to go on was that the room will be green and yellow, so this is what I came up with. I hope they love it as much as I do, I'm loving the fabrics together. Smiley

The flash washed out the colors a bit, this picture is just of the blocks laid out, but the colors are more accurate here:
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Stained glass? on: September 28, 2007 01:35:17 PM
I want to put a covering over my front window, I'm thinking I'd *love* to remove the existing glass and put stained glass in its place. But I don't know how to make real stained glass - but I've seen the stained glass paint, and I'm wondering how easy is it to use, and how hard is it to remove if I hate what I've done?
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / My "new" kitchen - image obese! on: September 26, 2007 05:29:13 PM
This has been a summer-long project, but we're finally back to a usable kitchen. We still have a TON of little things to do, like the upper cabinets, the backsplash, painting the lower stove drawer and such, but its finally approaching done and I couldn't be happier with the way the colors look. I had a ton of people tell me I was nuts to paint the cabinets black, but I love them black.
What we started with

When we started scraping

What the floor looked like after scraping but before sanding

partly sanded

Done sanding

And poly'd

The cabinets, prior to painting:

Wed before the Barbbq. test-fitting the cabinets:

Thursday, insulation!

The kitchen on Friday:

Saturday morning, pre-countertop installation:

Saturday - with countertops!:

7  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Have I lost my marbles? on: September 04, 2007 03:09:29 PM
I think I might have...

I fell in looooove with this tile mosaic I found online

but when I called to get a price, I found out it was $25 a square foot. I'm way to cheap to spend that kind of money so I went and ordered:

2 of these:

and 1 of these:

and I'm going to glue them on a plain white background for my backsplash. I also have a few assorted clear marbles and bits n peices I plan to stick in too - I had some flat glass marbles here and I figured that 50 marbles filled about 1/2 a suare foot, so about 100 would fill 1 sq foot, so I figured I would need 1500 glass marbles to do what I want to do.

Crazy? Yeah - my husband certainly thinks so. I'm having a few doubts myself.  Grin I'll post before and after pics once its done, probably in a week or so.
8  UNITED STATES / Connecticut / Craft fairs? on: August 07, 2007 11:51:13 AM
I'm interested in entering some craft fairs, but I'm not sure how to find out where and when they are? Is there some sort of resource or listing of upcoming craft fairs in CT?
9  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / crazy quilt square on: August 06, 2007 09:07:18 PM
I'm not sure if this belongs in here or in embroidery - it's a crazy quilt square, but its all hand embroidered, and them framed as a wedding gift.

This link should take you to a larger picture that showed the details a bit better:
10  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Need kitchen color help! on: August 04, 2007 07:34:01 PM
I have decided on the color for my cabinets and countertops, and I've narrowed down the backsplash but I can NOT find a wall color that I like with all my other choices.

The cabinets don't quite all match, so I'm going to paint the Behr Black Suede, and lightly distress them to show a bit of the oak behind the paint. I'm getting wooden countertops from Ikea, and our floor is wood as well, and I loooooove the unstained natural wood against the satin black paint. The ceiling with be faux pressed tin, this cardboard-y ceiling tile with the tin ceiling pattern that I'm going to paint to look like actual tin with gray and silver paint. The backsplash will most likely be slate-look ceramic, or possibly spanish tiles. I can't decide between the two yet, but I just can not figure out what wall color I want to do. I don't want to do yellow because the room off the kitchen and the stairway off the kitchen are both yellow and I won't want yellow overload. I've been playing with Behrs colorsmart thingy and nothing looks quite right to me.

I don't want to go too dark, because my kitchen is at the back of the house and tends to be a bit dark, and I already planned a darkish ceiling and black cabinets, so I need a light color, but I looooooathe white walls. What other color should I do? WOuld orange work? Or would it look too halloweeny? I also mulled a nice cheerful apple green, or maybe a pale grey-ish lilac (although it can't be too purpley of a purple or my husband will complain) I just dunno what color to try in this room. Given my loathing of white walls, do you think I could deal with a beige or a cream color? Or would I just be constantly craving more color?

I'd put up a picture but the room is gutted right now, so it's just down to the studs, which doesn't help much.  Cheesy
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