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11  Re: Over 30 Geezer Swap Round 4 GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by Gumption on: August 17, 2011 02:15:58 PM
I sent to Mandys_Momma, but she can't upload pics right now.  So, here are the 2 colored pencil drawings I did for her.  She said she liked pigs and nature, so this is what I chose.  Each picture is about 9x12 inches, and took quite a few hours. 



Close-Up of the Ear:

I can't wait to see everybody else's crafts!
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12  Re: Over 30 Geezer Swap Round 4 (signups June 23 - July 4 / send by Sept 15) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by Gumption on: August 11, 2011 02:09:05 PM
I finished!  Woo-hoo!  I will be sending out to Mandys_Momma tomorrow.  But, here's a teaser:
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13  "Melissa and Doug" Earring Holder in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Gumption on: July 20, 2011 04:28:27 PM
So, I have a daughter who gets some awesome toys from the family, some of which are from "Melissa and Doug."  The hippie, wooden toy-makers of the genre.  They always have these awesome wooden toy holders that are cool, and shouldn't ever be thrown away, so I don't.  ("Justifying your hoarding instincts...")

I also just took out my gauges, so I could wear cool earrings now.  I needed an earring holder.  Just like everyone else!

Here is the "Before.'

Then I added some scrapbook paper I've been hoarding for years:

Then I added some Screening from our Sliding Screen Door that I had to fix because the Dog has now learned how to open the door by biting a hole in the screen.  And some trim because the Hot Glue made a mess:

I added some paper as the backing to make it prettier.  And hot-glued the hanger onto the paper.

The final picture, with a couple of earrings:

I know everyone has made jewelry holders, but I was proud I got to use this Melissa and Doug box.  Finally!

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14  Quilted Bird Mobile (with mini-tute) in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by Gumption on: June 30, 2011 09:56:10 AM
First off, the finished project:

With close-ups:

These birds are cotton fabric with 2 layers of fleece in between to give them more "body."  I drew a bird shape, then zig-zag stitched all around, then cut out the finished "quilted" bird:

The hard part was getting them lined up on the strings, and then sewing them onto the strings so they would hang straight:

I used embroidery floss and beads to attach the birds.  

I stuck the needle up from the bottom of the bird, between the fleece layers so you couldn't see the string.  It went in the bottom and out the top.  To find these spots, I stuck a needle through the top, near the middle and then let the string dangle.  This is where the top and bottom insertion points would be. (Does that make sense?)

Then, I just tied the strings to a wooden embroidery hoop, and covered the hoop with left-over scraps from the birds.
Whew!  It took a while, but I think it was worth it in the end!
Let me know if you have questions.
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15  Objects Improved By Googley-Eyes in Completed Projects by Gumption on: April 21, 2011 12:56:17 PM
I have a tendency to anthropomorphize things.  I think it's all because of "The Brave Little Toaster."  So, lately I've been seeing things in my house.  They were looking at me.  Except they didn't have eyes.  Well, the do now! 
The scrubby-brush:

The baby wipee warmer:

Child-proof door lock:

Baby monitor (sense a theme?):

Space heater:

Oh, my god, you're going to put my head where??!!

I'd like to give a tip of the hat to Amy Sedaris for putting googley-eyes on a peanut. 

So, what are YOU putting Googley-eyes on?
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16  Bacon Bouquet in Valentine's Day by Gumption on: February 14, 2011 03:03:40 PM
I saw this on the web somewhere.  It was incredibly easy to do!  Just roll up some bacon, insert toothpick, bake on broiler pan at 400 degrees F for 30 minutes, then stick on the end of a skewer.  Hubby was ABSOLUTELY thrilled!

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17  Re: One Tiny Bob Dylan Thing Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Gumption on: February 01, 2011 06:01:41 PM
Hi!  Since the package intended for Cassadee was lost, I volunteered to be her Angel.  However, I haven't heard from her.  Here is what I sent:
First up is the picture of everything:  A freezer-paper stenciled pillowcase, a hand-drawn card, and a hemp bracelet.

A closeup of the card (drawn with Sharpies):

A more straight-forward pic of the stencil.  The pillowcase is a green heather t-shirt material.  Incredibly soft!  This picture is an incorrect representation of the colors, but a nice shot of the stencil.

Anyway, I had fun making this.  I just hope Cassadee received it and enjoyed it, too!
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18  New Year's Embroidered Cards **New Card Added** in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by Gumption on: January 01, 2011 03:47:00 PM
I have embroidered on paper only a couple of times before, for postcards, and I really liked it.  I thought I could make a few Happy New Year's Cards this year, because I never get around to doing things in time for Christmas.  I find that the week between Christmas and New Year's is my most productive time each year.  So, I made 3 cards, sitting in front of the fire, listening to an audiobook ("The Elegance of the Hedgehog," if you care to know).

All 3 together:

My favorite, the Bird:

The Owl:

The Year:

Close-up of the Bird's wing:

Moustachioed Popsicle (Inside reads:  Be cool in 2011) It's an orangey color, hard to see here.

Hope you like these!  I truly enjoyed making them.  They will be hard to part with!
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19  Bat with Red Glowy LED Eyes in Halloween Decor and Parties by Gumption on: October 20, 2010 08:10:47 PM
I have been wanting to try out the LED light sewing kit found here:
When I mail-ordered the kit, it came with 2 red LEDs, so that helped determine what I would make.  I decided on a bat, what with the 'Howliday' season coming up and all.  The switch is a snap, so I decided to make the moon the switch:  Just snap it on to turn on the eyes.  (There is a better picture of that at the bottom).
Here is the result.  Please bear in mind that this is REALLY hard to photograph!
Finished project:

With a flash, to show some more detail:

The Work In Progress.  You can see how the moon detaches to turn off the eyes.  Also, since you need conductive thread, I tried to make it a little cloud-like leading up to the moon, to add some ambience.

Hope you like it!
Happy Halloween.

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20  Curry Butternut Squash Soup in Recipes and Cooking Tips by Gumption on: September 27, 2010 07:30:00 PM
I basically made up the recipe for this soup.  You can add or subtract ingredient as needed.  But it's mighty tasty!
It occurs to me that I don't have a picture of this wonderful creation, so here is a lovely scenic picture of last weekend to get you in the fall food mood.

2 Butternut Squash, raw, peeled and sliced into 2-in chunks. (Alton Brown bakes his first before putting  them in the soup, but I didn't take the time for that.)

3 Cups Stock:  I used homemade Chicken Stock, but canned or Veggie would work, I'm sure.

Put these in a large pot and start cooking.

Add these spices while it is starting to boil:
1/2 tsp ginger
1/2 tsp coriander
1/2 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp turmeric
1/4 tsp onion pwdr
1/4 garlic pwdr
1/2 tsp curry pwdr (essentially all of the above is curry pwdr, right?  It's just adding extra flavor)
1 Tbsp lemon juice
salt to taste
cayenne to taste

Stir occasionally.  After the squash are soft, Use a potato masher or fork to mash them all up.  I guess other people with more kitchen gadgets could use one of those little hand-held whippers.  Add in about 1/2 cup plain yogurt to make it creamier and a little tarter.

That's it!  Hope you find some time to try it out!
p.s. Let me know if it can be improved.  I'd really like to know!
p.p.s.  This is my 1st post in the Cooking section.  I'm usually a stitcher... Hello, everybody!
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