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1  Re: Sweat Shoppe ORNAMENT Swap Round 5 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by I Sew Cute on: November 14, 2014 05:23:29 PM


2 more ornaments found their way home this week! I'm only waiting on one more to arrive & then I won't be having this much fun mail for awhile.

Thank you dessadoll & gatorwrangler! These are fantastic!
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2  Re: Sweat Shoppe ORNAMENT Swap Round 5 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by I Sew Cute on: November 11, 2014 05:38:09 PM
I've received 5 of 8 ornaments already!

Here we have adorable pinecone & sweet little fabric ornaments made by Thimbles71
My kids adore these little guys!


Lovelymiss made a darling quilted tree ornament with button embellishments! The colors are fantastic...I love the fabric!


alwaysinmyroom made a sweetly stamped burlap deer & a surprise paper origami star! I love them!


I have loved Snoopy ever since I was a little girl, so this tugs at my heart strings big time! Thank you kiimmmmyy!


And here is an ornament I wish I could make ...but lack the skills to do so... a lovely crochet star by Ninaprettyballerina


Thank you so very much everyone! I'm so tickled to add these to our tree this year! Smiley
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3  Knock, knock! Who's there? Precisely! in CHALLENGE 104 ENTRIES by I Sew Cute on: November 03, 2014 10:20:47 AM
Two days before Halloween, my boy says to me that he wants to be Dr. Who for Halloween...the 11th Doctor, so I start wondering where I'm going to find a sonic screwdriver, a tweed coat, and a bowtie.


We found the sonic screwdriver at Barnes and Noble, & after thrift store hunting for a coat, I realize my only option was to make one for him. You just can't find a little boy's tweed coat in a size 10 around here. It proved difficult to even get a pattern in his size, so I bought this bazic blazer pattern that goes up to a size 8 at joanne fabrics...and I altered it to fit size 10:


My boy picked the fabrics he wanted with the help of a very fab character reference book on all the Dr. Who characters:
I highly recommend this book to any Dr. Who fan. Wink

Keeping in mind that I don't get along well with commercial patterns, nor have I ever made any formal looking clothing for my boy, I knew this was going to be a challenge for me. This coat had lining, button holes, & welted pockets...oh my! However, I was up for the challenge...I couldn't let my little guy down.  Grin He asked me to make a pocket on the inside to fit the sonic screwdriver. After watching this_instructional_video ...I gained enough confidence to even make the pockets on the outside front for real! I was initially going to just sew fake pocket 'flaps' to match the coats that the 11th doctor wears, but after spending so much on nice fabric, and the pattern & all... I just couldn't bring myself to take any shortcuts. This was going to be something he wouldn't only wear one night for trick or treating... I know my boy. This would become part of his regular wardrobe. That's why I'm going to have a tailor do the button holes!  Cheesy


Here I created the inner pocket to accomodate the sonic screwdriver.


I sewed the bowtie following the simple instructions on this_blog This was so much easier than I thought it would be!

We also altered a tardis cookie jar for a trick-or-treat pail. He was thrilled & took it all very seriously as you can tell by his expression. He wasn't in costume. He WAS the 11th Dr. Cheesy

Now I have a hard time getting him to wear anything else...he loves it!
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4  Re: Vintage Cat Cross Stitch Ornament in Needlework: Completed Projects by I Sew Cute on: October 23, 2014 08:03:46 AM
I'm so lucky that it's mine! Smiley I hung it on a little magnetic hook on our refrigerator, so I can see it many times throughout the day. Hope to have a little Halloween tree one day!

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5  Bewitched - Hoopla from the Vintage Halloween Swap in Needlework: Completed Projects by I Sew Cute on: October 21, 2014 08:03:27 AM
Hey y'all! I'm just too excited about this piece I worked on for the Vintage Halloween Swap. My partner has received, so now I can share!
I made a Bewitched hoop based on the intro animation to the original tv show. Smiley
It's mainly appliqued felt & a little embroidery here & there.

The finished hoop. Now I need to make one for myself! Cheesy
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6  Re: Embroidery Hoopla Rnd 12 - SEASONS - Gallery in The Swap Gallery by I Sew Cute on: October 14, 2014 07:11:00 PM
I have received something so epic! If I could've designed a wintery theme hoop for myself, it wouldn't touch the beauty & sparkle of the one that .:.Lola.:. stitched for me!

Behold! Unicorn winter magic!!!




....and that is not all...


Seriously, this is the back! My favorite color!!!




I'm feeling kind of bad that the one I made wasn't all beautiful on the back side as on the front, but I hope you like it .:.Lola.:. ...I absolutely adore the one you made for me! Thank you! Smiley
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7  Re: Vintage Halloween Swap 2014 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by I Sew Cute on: October 14, 2014 05:09:55 PM
What fun packages to kick off one of the best swap galleries!

I received today from rockingbearranch and my kids are having fun with part of it!

First, here are all the goodies spread out!


This guy is so funny...my kids love him!


A delicate Halloween pumpkin egg! This is a real egg! I put it in a special place to display it through the season & the kids know this is not a toy. (it came in the cute tin with the handmade 'cobweb oil' label)


And the most fabulous Halloween advent calendar ever! We just have to spin the wheel a little & a different # & Halloween image shows through the window! So clever & awesome! I love the design of the whole thing...it's wonderful!

Close up view:


Next to our ghosty lamp for scale:


I also received an envelope with feathers & will come up with a proper project to use them! I love the extras...tell the chickens thank you from me & thank you so very much rockingbearranch... we will be loving your creations for years to come! I'm so glad to have been paired up with you!
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8  A Wicked Fascinating Fascinator for Halloween in Halloween Costumes by I Sew Cute on: October 10, 2014 08:14:25 AM
I saw the little pre-made witch hats at my local craft supply store & was inspired to throw together a fun little fascinator as a hostess gift to a friend who is going to have a handmade Halloween party at her house.  Smiley

This is an easy project - minimal sewing skills needed.


Supplies:

Witch hat ( you could make one out of felt if you can't source one...or look online )
headband (I used a padded one covered with satin ribbon)
mardi gras bead strand, skull beads, & feather boa hair clip (I used the Darice brand)


"Tools" Needed
scissors
needle
thread
glue (optional)


First, I sewed a string of mardi gras beads around the base where the brim & hat meet.

Next, I added a skull bead where the 2 ends of the mardi gras beads met with a dab of glue & a few quick stitches.

Then, I positioned the witch hat where I wanted it to rest on the headband.

...and tacked it to the headband on both sides of the brim.

It only took a few stitches to attach the feather boa to the fascinator after I removed it from the little plastic clip it was attached to.
Please note that I didn't stitch it on before attaching the hat to the headband because it was easier to attach to the band without all the loose feathery tendrils getting caught in my thread as I tacked it down.


Voila!


This would look fabulous with other embellishments such as buttons, ribbons, bits of lace, a vintage brooch...the sky's the limit!

This is super cute with these little vintage pumpkin earrings: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436143.msg5252005#msg5252005

Happy Haunting!
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9  Halloween Pumpkin Earrings made from Upcycled Vintage Cupcake Toppers in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by I Sew Cute on: October 10, 2014 08:02:34 AM
This is a super easy & fun project for Halloween. Wink



What you'll need:
plastic cupcake toppers (I used Halloween Jack O'lanterns that I bought online).
Earwires
Sandpaper (or a dremel with a sanding drum attachment)
Heavy duty scissors (or wire cutters)
Needle nosed pliers to open jumprings or earwires
Jumprings or Chain (for adding optional length if you like your earrings super dangly)


This is what I started with. As you can see, the pick which sticks into a cupcake needs to go.

Take your wire cutters & trim off the plastic post, then sand it smooth, so there are no sharp edges.


Add your earwire to the top. If you prefer longer earrings, you can add some chain & a jumpring. Make sure they dangle straight. I added the earwire right to the jack o'lantern handle.

Voila! Go rock those festive earrings at your next Halloween soiree! Happy Halloween!

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10  Re: OTT October Holidays 6 GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by I Sew Cute on: October 08, 2014 09:41:23 PM
I received from fiberartsy an adorable vintage stitchy Halloween kitty!!! I'm so excited because black cats were #1 on my list! Smiley

Front view:


...and Back view (check out the button detail! So cute!)


It's adorably spooky & reminds me of those Halloween cat masks from the 60's - 70's... you nailed my taste fiberartsy! Thank you so very much! <3
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