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 on: May 26, 2017 07:42:40 PM 
Started by amigurl55 - Last post by amigurl55
After having moderate success with the table runner I made from a "Sew Sampler" box, I decided to try something bigger from jelly rolls that came in another box.  This is the largest quilted thing I've ever made and even though it's a little puckered in places I'm still pretty proud of it.  Finished size is about 38" x 50".  The cat has already claimed it and it's covered in cat hair. 

A picture before it had binding

I did a pretty simple quilting pattern- basically stitch in the ditch.

During this experience I've discovered that while I like quilting, I hate binding.  In spite of that I'm already working on my second quilt.  Thanks for looking!

 on: May 26, 2017 07:28:08 PM 
Started by amigurl55 - Last post by amigurl55
I found this kit at JoAnn.  I used one of the patterns it came with because I was too lazy to make my own like I usually do for stuff like this.  The finished ring is a little thick, but it still looks pretty cool.

Thanks for looking!

 on: May 26, 2017 07:21:38 PM 
Started by geekgirl1000100 - Last post by stellato_escuro
LovelyMiss made me the most delightful and beautiful junk journal ever. It is so think and loaded with little spots to tuck things that I will share my most favorite pages.

First, here is the cover and the cluster of charms hanging off the top of the spine. She even included a band to keep my book tidy.

Inside the front cover there is a little bookplate. This will soon have my name in metallic marker. Smiley

An inspirational quote and beautiful paper covered in Asian text, which I always love.

The layers are so interesting! Doilies, ledger pages, bank papers, printed cardstock...I love it all!

This little tag is stitched. <3

There is even a little notebook in the back.

Thank you LovelyMiss, this journal could not be any better. Smiley

Also, thanks everyone for your kind words about my book. Wulf, you exactly nailed why I did the weaving. I put it together and it felt really loose. Plus, the yarn looked kind of sad and half-assed beforehand. Even though I have done my share of book binding and visual journals, I have never made a junk journal. Now I kind of want to keep making them!

 on: May 26, 2017 06:12:15 PM 
Started by Mistress Jennie - Last post by jenleahlynn
patty_o_furniture-your farm is charming! and those palm trees are just amazing.

project-peanut butter pie

My husband and I celebrated our 21st wedding anniversary this week, so I tried a new desert. It has 3 layers and it's very rich, almost like a huge peanut butter cup. I used this recipe  http://www.kevinandamanda.com/peanut-butter-pie/

Peanut butter pie

1 package reg oreos
1 stick melted butter

crush cookies in food processor and combine with melted butter. press into bottom and sides of springform pan. freeze for 1 hour to set.

Peanut butter filling

1 1/2 cup smooth peanut butter
1 stick softened butter
1 cup powdered sugar

Add  1 stick softened butter, 1 1/2 cups creamy peanut butter, and 1 cup powdered sugar to a large mixing bowl. Beat on low speed until smooth and creamy. Spoon the peanut butter mixture over the crust into a smooth layer. Place back in freezer.

chocolate ganace topping

1 cup chocolate chips
1/2 cup heavy cream
2 tbsp peanut butter

Place chocolate chips and remaining 2 tablespoons of peanut butter in a  glass or metal bowl . In a saucepan, bring heavy whipping cream to a rolling simmer. Pour the cream over the chocolate chips and peanut butter and let sit for 5 minutes, then whisk until completely smooth. Pour the chocolate layer over the peanut butter layer. Refrigerate, covered, at least 1 hours until ready to serve.

The peanut butter layer is very soft, so i've been keeping it in the leftovers in the freezer. it can be cut with a sharp knife and let individual pieces thaw a bit before eating.

 on: May 26, 2017 04:50:22 PM 
Started by geekgirl1000100 - Last post by geekgirl1000100
I made a junk journal for Wulf in the Junk Journal Swap.

I was lucky and found the perfect cover in the form of an old teacher instruction booklet from the 1930s.  I tore it in half (!) and extended the spine so that there would be plenty of room for the journal to expand and grow.

I made a couple of embellished paper clips

And an attached bookmark with beads

And to not overload - I made collages of the individual pages.  I mostly kept to a neutral color theme:

And a few close ups:

 on: May 26, 2017 03:16:54 PM 
Started by loveandasandwich - Last post by loveandasandwich
The evolution of my Ron Swanson hoops over the years!  The likeness gets slightly more and more accurate.
Top: Last week
Middle: 2016
Bottom: 2011

Cotton background, felt applique.  Handdrawn patterns for the pieces.

 on: May 26, 2017 02:06:38 PM 
Started by LovelyMiss - Last post by greybird
I received today from QueenHobo!  Smiley

I opened up the envelope and found not one, but two sweet little raven artworks.  She went with my bird theme and made raven art for me.  Smiley 

I love the colors you used in this piece.

And this guy has such a sweet little face! 

Thank you, QueenHobo.  Smiley

 on: May 26, 2017 09:09:35 AM 
Started by LovelyMiss - Last post by Inselaeffchen
I've received from LovelyMiss today and absolutely LOVE the package!!

First a notebook cover (incl. Notebook) .. Daredevil.


Then a Marvel wallet with Miami Dolphins, Minnesota Vikings and NFL badges in. Claimed already by the twins and 2 set aside for hubby. And some crafty button magnets.  Kiss  Kiss  Kiss

Thank you soon much!!!

Sent from my Moto G (4) using Tapatalk

 on: May 26, 2017 07:37:29 AM 
Started by fatewineroses - Last post by Patraw
Wonderful job!  She looks adorable and you did an awesome job on Medusa's trademark serpentine locks (I especially like them "down" in the final photo, as that's a casual look for her that one seldom ever sees).

I love her dress slogan; after what happened to Medusa, it's certainly appropriate.  Medusa's myth is indeed pretty terrible.  A god rapes you in a goddess' temple and She takes His side and punishes you instead (it's just a legend, but likely reflected Greek attitudes towards real women at the time as well).  Poseidon was Athena's uncle, but that sure doesn't make it okay.  Alas, the Greek deities had a tendency to be less than just in their decisions in general . . .

"Naked" pipe cleaners make very nice Medusa serpent locks too.  I stumbled across this guy's work (Gil Merritt, "The Gil Monster") on DeviantArt recently and was very impressed with his pipe cleaner Medusae as well:

 on: May 26, 2017 05:36:51 AM 
Started by geekgirl1000100 - Last post by Wulf
What a great journal! Despite the Monopoly board cover Cheesy and all those fabulous pages, what I love most is the weaving on the spine. One of the nuisances of that kind of binding is that the cords that hold the signatures to the spine tend to catch on things and can never be kept tight enough to remain tidy-looking. Using them as warp solves that problem in such a fantastic way, and you could do so much with it.

I was hoping to get Geekgirl's own journal up as the first in the Gallery, which is mightily deserved, but I was having photo issues. But it doesn't matter, because it's worth the wait.

First of all, Carlee used a 1930's teacher's book as the cover. Even if this was all she had sent, I'd be entirely satisfied!

Sorry for any photos that are appearing sideways. I absolutely cannot get them to reliably come out the same way in the post that they're oriented elsewhere.

The cords-on-spine problem was solved by linking them with Steampunk-y gears, and there's a very long piece of braided leather thong as a tie. (Although the cover is so generous, that I'll be able to add piles of stuff to those pages before it starts to bulge.)  I'm only going to show a handful of the pages, because I don't want to clog up the Gallery too much, but every single spread is great - mostly vintage book papers (a lot of it surprisingly similar to what I used in mine) with stamps, cards in envelopes (love those) and lots and lots of owls! I found it was really hard to keep to a colour theme without being boring (I gave up and just put everything in), but this muted, tea-coloured scheme works very well and will be a perfect background to everything I add.

I love the old ads, especially this one:

And there's a couple of great flags on paperclips, including this spectacular one inside the back cover:

Thanks so much for this, Carlee! I was feeling a little sad at having to send away the one I made for you, and this has completely made me forget it. I can hardly wait to start adding and building on these pages.


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