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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Painted/Stamped Wooden Jewelry Frenzy on: September 13, 2007 01:41:58 PM
So a few weeks ago it was really hot here in Memphis.  Way too hot to spend even a minute in my non-air-conditioned sewing room.  So I made these:

As you can see, I went a little overboard.  I actually made many, many more after I took this picture.  I've given tons of them away, but I still have a whole crap-load left.  They are just little wooden disks (or squares or rectangles) stamped and/or painted.  There are some pins, some rings, and a few magnets in these pictures.  I also made some hair thingies. 

I thought I was being somewhat creative when I made these, but no.  I've since seen the little bird about a billion times on etsy.  I really don't care though since I was just making them for fun.  And they are definitely fun to make.  Not to mention cheap and fast.

Here are a couple of detail shots:

Thanks for lookin'.
2  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Cupcake Stencils on Kitchen Towels on: August 28, 2007 01:57:43 PM
So I started off with plain white flour sack towels (these things kinda suck, by the way...they're *permanently* wrinkly) and ended up with these:

The scrappy, rough-and-tumble dude cupcake came from stencilry.org.  The actual cupcake part of the girl one is the same, but I freehanded her face with my Xacto knife.  I really hope it turned out okay.  I would have asked you awesome people for opinions on her face, but these were a gift for a fellow crafter and craftster-lurker so I didn't want to accidentally ruin the surprise.  So what do you think?  Do they look like a matched set? 

Oh yeah, I dyed the towels pink before stenciling and then hemmed them with black thread (the original hemming looked crappy). 

Here are some close-ups of the faces (the edges really look much neater in real life):

3  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Goodnight Owl--Advice? Please? Anyone? on: August 27, 2007 07:34:58 PM
Okay, so I'm having a really difficult time deciding what I should do with this.  The design is cross stitched on gingham that I backed with a fusible interfacing for some stiffness.  The owl was, um, "inspired" by a cross stitch kit selling for $12 at fredflare.  Needless to say, I did not buy the kit.  The writing says "good night" in Russian.  It measures about 4 x 1 3/4 inches at its widest and tallest points. 

I'm thinking maybe a sleep mask because of the nighttime sentiment?  But then again I think it's kinda cute, and I'd rather show it off to someone other than my boyfriend and my cats.  Plus I've never once worn a sleep mask in my life and I'm not so sure that I'd ever use it.  So a pouch?  But that seems kinda dull.  Do you guys have any ideas? 

4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Hedgehog (-ish?) Pouch/Wallet Thing on: August 10, 2007 10:48:59 AM
Okay, you guys know the drill.  I've been lurking around here for something like two years, but I've been too shy to post anything.  Everything here is beyond awesome, so I'm hoping my crappy offerings will look good by association!

This is a cotton and felt pouch-type thing made as a birthday gift.  These pictures kinda suck, but they're all I've got.  That's a Nars eyeshadow duo (also part of the gift) included for scale.

By the way, that's supposed to be a hedgehog.  Several people at the birthday party thought it was a porcupine, but I've made my peace with that.  Sort of.

In hindsight, I'm thinking that eyes or some type of face would have been better.  Oh well.

The button's obviously non-functional (but doesn't it match nicely?).

Also, I swear the seams are all totally straight!  It's some kind of trick photography!
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