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21  Radioactive cheerleader from Oak Ridge in CHALLENGE 25 ENTRIES by rubytue on: March 03, 2008 05:29:27 PM
First, let me say I love my hometown.  It is with love that I tease it.  Grin  I have been trying to come up with something all month, and then it came to me this evening on my way home from work.  So I had to work with what I had.

I am from Oak Ridge, TN.  Oak Ridge was built during WWII to help develop The Bomb.  It also is known for having the first permanent nuclear reactor (the graphite reactor, second to the Chicago Pile), along with numerous other research reactors.  Growing up, the joke always was "I'm from Oak Ridge, I glow in the dark."   So that is where I got my idea for making a mutant. 

Then, being a relatively small town in the south, high school football is the main event in town in the fall.  On top of that, my senior year we won the state championship in football.  So thats where I got the idea for Jenny the three-eyed mutant cheerleader.  She has three eyes and three fingers on each hand.  She has little pom-poms that are close to the town's high school colors (maroon and gray, I was out of gray and used a khaki).  Jenny loves Oak Ridge, and she loves being a cheerleader.  Her younger brother, who she hates, cut her hair over the summer, so now she is sporting hair a wee bit short for the required cheerleader ponytails, but gave her and excuse to try bangs.

So, without further ado, I present Jenny from Oak Ridge

And a close up of the pom-pom

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22  Re: My Pet Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by rubytue on: March 01, 2008 05:18:29 PM
We got our package from NyteRayn today!  She spoiled the whole family!

Here is Gandy checking out the wonderful package

Its a kitty cube  (aka cube of goodness!) FILLED with stuff!!!

Gandy again, trying to see what is in the kitty cube!

At this point, the dog was let in the house, so no more pictures of the cat...
Here is Zoe exploring the cube of goodness

Half the contents of the cube: A red coat for Zoe, a purple bone chew, a rubber brush, and a rat "deedle dude."  The rat is so cute and hilarious!  He sings "Deedle deedle dooo deedle deedle daaaa."  Zoe wasn't sure what to make of it at first, then she decided she liked  it, right about the time her Daddy decided it was not a fun living room toy (at least not while he was watching the news LOL)

Zoe also got a wonderful purple coat that matches the bone!

And I can't forget the wonderful pink squeeky sheep!  Zoe LOVES squeekers!

And just to further show how awesome it all is.  Here is a picture of the kitty cube in out guest room (aka cat room).  The colors may not show up right in the picture, but the cat room is a light blue that matches the kitty cube very well.  I LOVE the kitty cube (as does Gandy).  I have always wanted to try and make one, but they just seem so complicated with all that foam and sewing.  NyteRayn did a great job with it!  And the little fishies are so cute Smiley

I took far too many pictures and had such a hard time picking out the ones to put here, so I made a slideshow for the rest!
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23  Re: ATTN Greenthumbs! GARDENING SUPPLY Swap! in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by rubytue on: February 26, 2008 06:05:34 PM
I'm up for picture sharing Smiley  Everything is better with pictures!  And a pot by a window is still nifty.   Grin

I know you said after, but I'm going to anyway.  This is from last August, when my houseservant (Wink ) was prepping our veggie garden.  No, my house isn't as nice as those you see.  I live in the 40-year-old neighborhood behind the expensive McMansions.

I have a sneaking suspicion we are biting off more than we can chew.  This garden is larger than the whole backyard we use to work with.   
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24  Re: eco-craftalong in Craftalongs by rubytue on: February 24, 2008 04:04:18 PM
That sounds like a wonderful eco crafting day. Please if you can, post some pictures of those lavender bags for produce. I must try those.
Sorry it took me so long.  Just some tulle cut in a rectangle and sewn up on the sides.  Exactly how I make fabric gift bags  Grin  I set my stitch length really tight (I think on 20 stitches per inch) just b/c of the tiny holes in the tulle.  I don't know if I needed to.

There is one large one, for lettuce and such, on the left.  Then 3 smaller ones on the right and one holding the oranges

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25  A bag-tastic weekend in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by rubytue on: February 24, 2008 03:58:39 PM
I'm trying to improve my sewing skills, so I spent the weekend making bags.  They tend to be quicker and easier than clothing Smiley  I love sewing, but I have a hard time doing basic things, like sewing a straight line LOL  Anyway, here are the results of my weekend:

Bag #1 - completely made up

Bag #2 - From a Simplicty pattern, I think 9963.  A 7 step pattern should not take me 3 hours *grumble*  Like I said, I need practice, both with sewing straight lines and following instructions  Cheesy

Bags #3 & 4 - From this tute.  The stripy one is for me, the khaki one is from Mr Ruby (and filled with other tote bags to be used for shopping.  Mr Ruby wanted something more "plain and manly"

Bags #5 (large) & 6, 7, & 8 (small) - reusable veggie bags.  Made from tulle I bought for $0.50 /yard. 

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26  Backpack for an office dog in Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects by rubytue on: February 15, 2008 06:40:46 PM
I made this for the Pet Swap (here is the recipient's post:

I hope its not poor form to post swap projects elsewhere, b/c I am just so happy with how it turned out.  I made it up as I went along, and its one of my more successful projects.  Smiley  My swap partner's dog gets to go into the office with her, and since she has a german shepherd (who looks *just* like my pup), I made him a backpack for the office with space for file folders and pens.  Luckily, I had the twin dog to size and model for me.  So this is Zoe modeling Zach's backpack.

And then close-ups of each side

There is a strap that goes under the belly and another across the chest.  They are adjustable and connect with buckles.
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27  Re: My Pet Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by rubytue on: February 15, 2008 02:52:44 PM
Yay!  I'm so happy you and Zach are enjoying everything!  And even more so that the backpack got a "cool."  I take that as a major compliment Wink

It amazes me how much Zach and Zoe look alike.  When I saw the first picture, Mr Ruby was looking for my shoulder and exclaimed "Its Zoe-dog!  Wait.. what is she laying on?"  LOL  He is a picture of Zoe loving the same braided rope.  Well, not the exact same.  She stole the first one out of the craft room, so I had to make a second one.  I think they are twins!
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28  Major bathroom redo (image heavy) in Interior Decorating: Completed Projects by rubytue on: February 03, 2008 01:35:29 PM
This is a bit more than just a typical interior decorating, but I am so proud of Mr. Ruby that I really want to show off his work!

When we moved into our house last May, there was one bathroom on the main level.  It was 5 feet wide by 18 feel long.  Yes, you read that right.  It was a bowling alley.  On top of being such a tunnel, it was odd.  There was a sink just off the hallway, then a door, then a second sink and the rest of the bathroom.  So, if we count the space from the first hallway sink back, we had about 21 feet of space to work with.  We first thought about just moving the doorway and redoing the cabinetry, but then discovered we could actually fit in two bathrooms, including one coming off the master bedroom.  I was sold!  Mr. Ruby has been working on this since mid-November, and we can finally use one of the bathrooms!  The only thing we hired out was the plumbing, he did everything else himself (except the paint, I did that)!  Here is our finished hall bath.  Its kind of small and hard to take pictures of, but the vanity fits perfectly and the tub feels massive.  So it doesn't feel as cramped as it could.

And a bunch more pictures:
This is what we started with (this is standing in the doorway, so you can't see the weird sink that is outside the bathroom)

After the demo and construction of the dividing wall:

Bathtub has been installed:

We've painted and are dryfitting the tile:

Tile work done, but pregrout:

And now, a bunch more afters:

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29  Re: My pet Swap (sign up's 1/4/08-1/15/08) Send out's 2/15/08 in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by rubytue on: January 08, 2008 07:38:16 PM
Awww Zack looks kind of like Zoe.  Yay for brown and black shepherds!.  And we are expected her to finish growing at about 80 pounds.  Yikes!  I wanted a pup that would top out at 50 pounds max.  She was 50 pounds at 7 months!

Here she is the day we brought her home

Thats another face that just doesn't work as a scary dog.  Luckily, she has the bark of a good, scary watch dog.  But we all know her bark is worse than her (non-existent) bite.  She might, however, lick you to death.  Smiley

These pets are so cute!  I gotta admit, I am a bit intimidated crafting for other sized pets.  And other species!  I could do dogs, cats, lizards, and snakes.  Although I've never had a ferret, rat, or mouse - I bet I could come up with stuff for those no problem.  But the bird people - if I get matched with some birds, please give me guidance Smiley  I know nothing about birds!  Not that I'm not ready for a challenge Smiley  I spent the past couple days sewing for a human infant, and I know nothing about those.
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30  Pooh-licious infant mittens in Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies by rubytue on: January 07, 2008 05:10:39 PM
I was chatting with my friend, a mom-to-be, today, and she mentioned wanting mittens to keep the baby from scratching himself.  I tried googling for a patten, but was overrun by knitting and crochet patterns.  I found one for fleece mittens, but they seemed really large.  So I experimented a bit, and came up with 3"x5".  It looked right.  Also, I had no tiny velcro or elastic, nor did I want to attempt to sew my own tie (or really, turn it inside out).  So I went with some ribbon from the stash.  Hopefully the mom-to-be can figure out a good way to make it work.  Smiley

Here are two sets.  I still have some fabric left.  So if any moms would like to give feedback on the size (3x5) or ideas on on a way to cinch, please let me know.  I could probably make 2 more pairs Smiley

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