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11  Re: Big Project Stitchalong 2008 in Needlework: Stitchalongs by panul on: June 20, 2008 06:53:29 PM
Here's my big project story. Back in 2001, in October when I was still kind of numb from 9/11, I came across a Stony Creek Christmas book with a project I just loved.

It reminded me that I could still have hope and joy, and so I bought the book and started right in. Then, the day after Thanksgiving, our apartment complex caught fire. We had no fire damage but lots of loss from water, including all my craft books, and the projects I was working on at the time.
I just couldn't bring myself to look for a new copy of the book and start over, and by the time I decided I'd really like to make it, it took some real searching to find the book. I began stitching, but when I got to the straw, I bogged down big time. I've made practically no progress since February of 2007, when my daughter took that photo of me stitching on it that I use as my avatar here.
Here's where I am:

I'm sure hoping you all will keep me on track so I can finish this picture, which I still love.
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12  Spiffed up craft area in Interior Decorating: Completed Projects by panul on: June 09, 2008 02:49:17 PM
I live in a small apartment, so my craft area is in my bedroom. (In fact, it keeps expanding and is currently nearly ALL of my bedroom  Cheesy) It was rather drab and a little less organized than I would like, so I decided to do a nice cheap overhaul. I used a couple of coupons to pick up a yard each of a couple of coordinating fabrics and here is what I did.
First of all, I wanted to fix up my sewing chair, a beat up old secretary chair I had gotten at a thrift store years ago. I don't have a before pic, but this is what the ripped up blue vinyl on the seat looked like.

I had to get myself a staple gun in order to turn it into this. (Yay, tools!)

I used the other fabric to make this little French bulletin board (which is made over half a $1 foam board. Smiley) I also painted that shelf I have had for some months but hadn't managed to paint before. And I bought myself that spool rack, which I really love.

The same fabric I used for the bulletin board went into this HUGE pincushion, which I weighted with my son's old marbles. He's 25 and doesn't use them anymore.

I got this coordinating project box at Walmart and the little tool basket at the Dollar Tree.

And here's what the whole area looks like. And you can see a peek of my messy fabric stash. I'm going to have a go at this next.

The whole thing ended up so cheerful, it's making me eager to get some new projects started.
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13  A card box for my daughter's wedding in Completed Projects by panul on: May 07, 2008 03:09:33 PM
My daughter Pinfish is getting married in two and a half weeks, and I am done with the wedding dress (yay) so when she said she was not happy with the box they were going to use for cards, I volunteered to make one. They wanted something they could keep and use later, so I opted out of the "wrapped box with a slot in it" and decided to go for a fabric covered hinged box.
First I found materials that went with their colors, green and brown:

Then I found this box at Michael's. I had already removed the tacky off-white bow from the front flap when I took this photo:

And here is what I made:

The original box had a magnetic closure, but with the fabric and ribbon, the magnet wouldn't work. So I added a button-and-loop closure:

And here is the inside. I put in a piece of ribbon as a hinge-stop.

Though it has its flaws, Pinfish really likes it, so I'm happy.
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14  Re: Farmer's Market Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by panul on: April 21, 2008 01:32:59 PM
I received from dealupa today, and let me tell you, she is the kind of swap partner who makes getting her package like a party. I'm afraid this post will have lots of pictures, but I want to show you all the nifty things she sent. Each lovely item was wrapped in tissue paper and cloth ribbon with cute little beads, and with a little
"personals ad" tag hinting at the contents of each parcel.

It was such fun to try to guess what was in each one. And every single thing was a lovely surprise. Here's the whole huge group.

First of all there was a cute little hand-painted pot, with potting soil and chive seeds included for planting. I have a nice sunny window in my apartment, and I'm going to try growing these for a real treat this summer.

Then there was a journal with one of my favorite fruits on the cover.

There were hand-made necklaces made with cute nature-type beads.

And flower pins that will be fun to add to some of my bags.

And, best of all, a knit market bag in one of my favorite summer colors!

Here is a rather crumby action shot. (I am no photographer, obviously.)

I love everything she sent and am so grateful to our mods for organizing this fun swap, and giving me such a splendid partner!
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15  Re: Farmers Market Swap (SIGN UP 03/07/08 - 03/21/08; SEND BY 04/19/08) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by panul on: March 13, 2008 07:16:30 AM
I just realized I posted in the wrong thread, so I'll do it again here.
I'm very excited about this swap, even though I have a wedding dress to make in the next two months. I am a farmers' market fanatic -- have been for years. I live in Minnesota, so our growing season is still a while off, but I'm hoping this swap will feed my FM hunger until I can get to the real thing.
Some years ago I found this cross stitch pattern online and HAD TO make it. Every time I look at it, it reminds me of the colors, the odors, the lovely pleasures of the farmers' market.

Not that I will be doing anything this elaborate for the swap.  Cheesy But I'm really looking forward to sharing this enthusiasm with others.
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16  Re: Farmer's Market Swap in New Swap Theme Ideas by panul on: March 12, 2008 05:15:40 PM
When I saw this swap, I just knew I couldn't resist, even though my daughter's wedding is in a little over two months and I am making her dress. But I am a certified farmers' market nut. Some years ago, I even memorialized it with the biggest cross stitch project I ever did (pardon the poor photography):

No fear that I'll be doing anything like this for the swap, but you can see I am a real enthusiast.
I live in Minnesota, so not much is available now (or for quite a while, really.) But the swap will give me a little FM fix until our local market heats up again.
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17  Not your grandma's baby quilt in Quilting: Completed Projects by panul on: March 09, 2008 02:21:38 PM
A friend's daughter, someone I have known since she was born, just had a little boy and I wanted to make a baby quilt for him. I had bought a half yard of this fabric some time ago:

I thought it would be cute, but I could only get four fussy cut blocks from it, plus a partial group to applique onto a middle block with the baby's name. The rest I filled in with churn dash blocks in colors not usually associated with baby quilts:

Here is the name block in the center:

The baby's mom is rather unconventional, so I'm hoping she will like it.
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18  First Sweater - a question in Knitting: Discussion and Questions by panul on: February 21, 2008 07:24:04 PM
I am finally knitting myself a sweater and it has been going ok until now. I am knitting the front, doing the armhole shaping. I have just finished the decreases and now the instructions say "Cont even until armhole measures 6 ins", but I'm not sure what that means.

Does this mean to measure all along the armhole, like the red dash line? Or does it mean to measure from the beginning of the armhole shaping straight up to the level of my current knitting, like the blue dash line?
The only other sweater I ever made was for a baby who is graduating from college in a couple of months. And frankly, it was kind of a miracle I managed to do it. So consider me pretty much of a beginner and don't despise my ignorance, ok? (And please forgive the crumby paint illustration.)
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19  Re: Wool Felt Ornaments in Winter Holidays by panul on: December 05, 2007 09:33:46 AM
I have been enjoying making these felt ornaments so much. Here are a few more I have designed and made recently.

A little Christmas tree with beads and buttons. This will go to one of my sisters.

A heart stamped with a snowflake and decorated with Swarovski crystals and seed beads. This will go to my other sister.

A dala horse for my very Scandinavian mom. I think I am proudest of this one. It is embroidered on both sides and took forever.
I am eager to make some more. Might just be classifiable as an addiction.
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20  Wool Felt Ornaments in Winter Holidays by panul on: November 29, 2007 05:51:56 AM
Lately I've seen several people's take on wool felt ornaments. I've never been a fan of acrylic felt, but the wool looks so homey I decided to give it a try. Here are the results -
A simple star

A mitten with a snowflake button

and a little owl.

They all will be Christmas presents. I had so much fun designing and making them that I can't wait to do more.
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