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11  Re: Swap a Yard of Fabric August/September in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by rubytue on: August 20, 2008 03:46:26 PM
I claim:
#7 - satiny poly - black with multicircles  1/2 yard  and
#5 Poly blend blue floral - brushed suedey feel 1/2 yard

Fabrics all at least one yard unless noted:
#1 100% cotton, home decorator weight, burgundy, mauve, green, and purple.  Please note, this fabric was sewn into a tube along the selvage.  It was used as a curtain-type thing and came with our house.  It has been washed.  Being a fabric lover, I had to save it, and if you cut right long the seam line, you would only lose the selvage.

#2 Cotton Flannel, burgundy and green

#3 Teal, green, and black blobs.  From Ikea.  Not sure of the content

#4 Green and blue trees.  Also from Ikea, also unsure of content

#5 Sheer fabric, Grey and shimmery white skulls (each skull is about 1" tall, this is a closeup)

#6 Shimmery red with black skulls.  Skulls are only on right side of fabric.  Not quite lycra, but that the closest to how it feels

#7 Orange with black spiders (Halloween is coming!).  I think this is cotton.  Only 1/2 yard available

#8 Olive green flowers.  Piece is 28x24, so we will call it a really fat quarter

#9 Brown, gold, and red brocade dragons.  Also a closeup (and very hard to take a picture of).  1 yard x 40"

#10 Fleece, Navy theme.  The largest part will make a fat quarter.  I'm throwing it up here because perhaps someone could use the designs as accents for something.  Yes, this one is sort of like I'm "just getting rid of it," but I'm not going to use it and its too big throw away.
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12  Mailbox into garden tool storage in Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects by rubytue on: August 16, 2008 05:18:10 PM
I picked up a new mailbox post off of craigslist, which gave me the motivation to buy a new mailbox.  So out by the street there is a nice, conservative white mailbox post with a green mailbox.  *yawn*  But Mr Ruby like the front yard to be fairly "traditional."  But now is where the fun begins.  My step-mother keeps a mailbox in her garden to store her pruners, gloves, etc.  Its great idea because it keeps the tools out of the weather, yet when you need them they are close by.  No more running to the house/garage/shed! 

Of course, since I'm "allowed" more whimsy in the  backyard, I had some fun with the old mailbox.   Grin  No before pictures, but imagine a well weathered wooden post and an old, faded black, vinyl mailbox.  I had a can of green spray paint for plastic, which I used on the mailbox.  Then I painted the post purple!  It still wasn't fun enough, so I busted out the acrylic paint. I doubt the paint is going to last outside, but I can hope.   My intent was just to do a little accent.  Oops! 

I love the little dragonfly on the flag

Showing its usefulness

And finally, a pic showing where it is.  Its in the back of the garden, near the cold frames

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13  An apron from a vintage sheet in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by rubytue on: August 10, 2008 07:00:05 PM
I made this for the FOC swap, but I am so pleased with how it turned out, despite my attempts to fail  Grin  I mistook my black thread for navy blue, and had to rip out a lot.  Then, I could *not* get it to gather.  I tried and my thread kept breaking.  I know I have made gathers before, so I don't know why I failed this time.  I ended up pleating it instead.

The fabric was a vintage sheet I found at Goodwill.  I totally love it!  The pattern was Simplicity 4987 view 5 (with a few modifications).  If I had to do it again, I might not round the corners.  That part was annoying.

Action shot:

Hanging from the clothesline

Close up of the butterfly

and the flower

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14  Re: Friends of Craftster Raffle Swap R2 (FOCR R2) Signups CLOSED Sendouts 8/18 in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by rubytue on: August 10, 2008 03:49:35 PM
I finished!  Now the big question, does time spent ripping out seams count as overall crafting time? Cause if so, this isn't a medium LOL  I'm out of practice.  Anyway, I have sent in my info, have not been approved yet, but since I can't get to photobucket from work, I wanted to post pictures tonight.

Fabric is a vintage, thrifted sheet.  I fell in love with it Smiley  I hope no one minds recycled materials.

A close up of the fabric.

Mr. Ruby feels this picture typifies the "country-ness" of the apron.  I told him its vintage, he insists its country. *sigh* But I did like the idea of the vintage-style apron hanging from the clothesline

And an action shot

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15  My first pickles for the year (image heavy) in Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects by rubytue on: August 02, 2008 12:48:45 PM
I've made pickles and jams before, so canning is not new to me.  However, in the years since I last canned, my canner and I parted ways and I got a glass-top stove.  So the first issue was to find a canner, which I had to order online b/c I was having trouble finding a local one.  Then, when it showed up, it said not to use on a glass-top stove.   Huh  Some google research agreed with this, horror stories of broken glass, too much heat in the wrong places, and uneven heating.  *sigh*  So I figured I'd do it on the grill's side burner.  But the canner didn't fit on the side burner, so I tried the main grill.  The water would NOT boil.  *sigh*  The rest of the story involves my husband's help, carting boiling water from the kitchen to the grill, and me becoming very frustrated and cranky.  Because of this, I am extra proud of my results  Grin

Okra pickles

Cucumber pickles


Getting ready to can

My attempt at a canning kitchen...

And shout out to other veggies:

And finally, a shot of the garden, and a hint at what is to come.  I have got to get the canning thing down before the rest of everything explodes:
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16  My first amigurumi(s) in Amigurumi: Completed Projects by rubytue on: July 30, 2008 07:57:17 PM
I travel a lot for work, and have been thinking I needed a portable craft, since I can't tote my sewing machine on airplanes.  This issue came to a head this weekend when my trip that was supposed to end on Friday was continued to Monday, and I was stuck in a hotel room for two days without anything to do.

So I went to Michaels and wandered around (what else would any reputable crafster do when stranded in a strange town).  I stumbled on Amigurumi World, and had visions of all the cute amigurumis I see on here.  And it was decided, back to crochet.

See about 10-12 years ago (man, that makes me feel old), I tried crochet a wee bit.  I made a snowflake, a snowman, and a stocking.  Then I put it down, for many reasons.

I started with the penguin, only I made him into a duck.  A camo duck, modeled roughly from memory off one I saw on here awhile back, but I cannot find it so I can't credit the creator.  I called him my TDY Buddy.  Unfortunately, I took him to work in my briefcase, so I will have to post pictures later.

After the duck, I undertook the hedgehog.  I plan on sending this to my best friend's new baby (well, 4 months old).  She loves hedgehogs, so I thought her son needed one.   I would have rather used safety eyes, but at that age, I embroidered them for safety reasons.  I'm not too happy with the face, its harder to embroider crochet than I expected!  Oh, and if you have Amigurumi World, she isn't kidding when she says the hedge takes forever!

So here he is, modeling with the most important thing in the house!

And hiding in the corner, showing off his "hedge"  (wow, the flash really accentuates the dog hair  Shocked)

And yes, if you saw me, I was the one crocheting by the pool at the Comfort Inn.  Rock! LOL

edited to add a few attempts at close ups.  Plus, I have a picture of TDY Buddy now, too.

Here is TDY Buddy (is a DOD thing Wink

If you are the person who posted the original camo ducky, please let me know so I can credit you!
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17  Re: Gardening Supply Swap! DONE! in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by rubytue on: March 24, 2008 04:27:32 PM
Oh gnomes!  I love me some garden gnomes! Grin

I got my package from WildFyre today and it ROCKS!  I feel like my crafty-swap skills are so lame compared to hers *blush* 

Here is an group shot

You can see the cute gnome she sent Smiley  Plus the wonderful spring fabric that I can't wait to use.  There is also a nifty zipper pouch that was filled with seeds, some adorable row markers with veggies on top, and the awesome garden journal.  So much more than I envisioned.  She sectioned it off and had these  awesome pages to record everything I need to record to be a better gardener Smiley  Things I hadn't thought about, but since Mr Ruby and I are still kind of new to gardening (we have had a few plants before, but we are going whole hog this year), this is very handy!  I already started filling out the seeds we started Smiley  Anyway, here are a couple of the pages, just to give an idea

And finally, Henry the gnome took a walk through the little bits of plants we have right now (along with the leftover fall leaves and faded mulch)

Adding some gnome dust to the strawberries and cream ornamental grass:

Some gnome loving with the daffodils:

And finally, he felt most at home with the crocuses, since they are actually showing some color

Not pictured is the rooted houseplant that I need to get started in a pot Smiley 
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18  Re: Turtle Swap- Round 2 Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by rubytue on: March 16, 2008 04:34:22 PM
I think after waiting so long, ofenjen needs a preview of her package that will ship tomorrow!

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19  Re: Gardening Supply Swap! DONE! in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by rubytue on: March 16, 2008 04:30:19 PM
Wow!  You sure scored  Grin

I'm all done!  Boxed and ready to mail tomorrow Smiley  I've got a little preview for Wildfyre Smiley

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20  Re: Help with fitting in Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions by rubytue on: March 08, 2008 06:26:25 PM
Alas, I am throwing in the towel.  I thought I had the bodice fitted right, but apparently not.  I've spent 8 hours on this.  I was hoping to be successful enough for this to be a bridesmaids dress.  My husband, bless his heart, says I should stick to costumes.  LOL  I learned a lot today, and I will try again.  But starting off fitted clothing with a dress for a wedding was a really stupid idea LOL

Anyway, I'm going to post the pictures to see if there are any lessons to be learned for the next time I try Smiley  The left side fits better than the right, but my boobs are the same size (or close enough I've never noticed).

And the really unflattering one
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