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1  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Thanksgiving / Swedish Tea Ring, Harvest Party - Thanksgiving - Halloween Party Food on: October 30, 2015 09:15:45 PM
So every year for Christmas, I make my mother's version of Betty Crocker's Swedish tea ring decorated with red & green cherries & nuts.

It occurred to me that these are so yummy & festive, it's a shame they only get made at Christmas, so I dressed them up in mini mallow pumpkins & candy corn.

I love how they turned out. What do you think?

2  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Nyan Cat Applique Shirt for 'Neon' Day at School on: October 29, 2015 11:09:27 AM
My daughter wanted something different to wear for 'neon' day at school, so I suggested making a Nyan Cat shirt for her. The words were out of my mouth even before thinking of our time & materials limitations, so thankfully I had a bunch of felt left over from other projects & a blank bright pink shirt we'd picked up at Michaels Craft Store.

This is how it turned out:

I knew this was going to be a fun project! I cut out the various pieces from felt & planned how they were going to be put together:

One of our cats was happy to supervise the project:

I sewed the rainbow bands together first, then attached the frosting to the pop tart, next embroidered the mouth & appliqued the eyes & stitched on the head with the front legs tucked under the chin & the rear legs stitched under the pop tart:  

Once it was all together, I stitched around the whole thing... appliqueing it to the shirt:

She loved it & I kind of want to make one for myself too! Cheesy

The only thing I really would like to add is pink felt squares to the cheeks. It was a super fun project.
3  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Hades from Disney's Hercules Applique Hoop Art by isewcute on: July 16, 2015 04:52:45 PM
I love joining the craft swaps here on Craftster because I almost always end up making things I would never think to make otherwise. I made this hoop for the Darker Side of Disney Swap.

Hades happens to be one of my favorite villains ever, so I had so much fun creating this piece. I used various layers of felt, clear thread, & embroidery floss to embroider the details & the words.

My inspiration was this image is from Disney's Wiki:

4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Not my circus...not my monkeys coin purse by isewcute on: July 16, 2015 04:12:53 PM
Wanted to share with y'all a little purse I made for the 'Quotes, Quotes, Quotes Swap'

I wanted to make something different and unexpected for my partner that included one of her favorite quotes. I was particularly inspired by the quote because my best friend uses it quite often. Smiley
I created a computer file to fit a purse pattern template, then printed it onto printable fabric.
This was the main image for the front:

It was both fun and challenging to make this little purse, as it took me a couple attempts to get it right, and I think it turned out cute!
The inside lining is a blue batik looking cotton with shiny raised metallic stars.

The package I sent for the swap with extra goodies...a Circus book, lollipop, & flying monkey magnet.

I'm so happy to have been part of this swap & to have had Kitttykill as my partner! Smiley
5  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Funny Quote Embroidery Hoop on: May 26, 2015 02:40:52 PM
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Just something fun I felt compelled to stitch just for giggles!  Wink
6  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / The Blue Man Group Fanart Resin Heart Necklace Image made with altered GI Joes on: May 20, 2015 08:24:10 AM
One of my most dearly remembered live events was going to see the Blue Man Group.

It was more than a show... it was an experience. I had felt such a connection between the performers & the audience. I highly recommend anyone to go check out their show & see it for themself.

Never heard of the Blue Man Group? From wikipedia: Blue Man Group is an award-winning global entertainment company formed in 1991, and best known for its creative stage productions around the world.

A lot of work went into this piece behind the scenes. Wink
I cast one of my original altered artworks in a huge resin heart with glitter, glitter stars, & pigments...but that was the easy part.
The artwork was created first my altering GI Joe Dolls I had purchased at a thrift store. I knew they'd make great Blue Men because I wouldn't have to shave their heads. Cheesy
I painted them blue, and sewed little black outfits for them & then posed them for the photograph. The photograph is digitally layered with other photos I took of glitter & lite bright pegs with the camera out of focus & with a bokeh lens attachment. I upped the saturation to make it super colorful & love how it turned out! I think it captures the feeling I had when seeing the Blue Man Group.

I'm so glad that Craftster has continued to have craft challenges like this that motivates me to create things that otherwise I wouldn't have made time or had the motivation to do.
The next time I see The Blue Man Group...and I would see them again in a heartbeat, I'll definitely be wearing this necklace! Smiley
7  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Summer is nearly here, so why not make your own Hula Hoops? on: May 17, 2015 06:24:53 PM
Summer is the time for picnics, parks, adventures & festivals! Wouldn't it be great to make your own custom hula hoops for the whole family? I think so!  Grin

What you'll need:

A roll or length of (3/4" pvc pipe large enough for your hoop
3/4" pvc pipe couplings/connectors
pipe cutters or saw to cut through pvc pipe
electrical tape
a heat gun
duck brand duct tape if you can't find the type I used

I bought a roll of pvc pipe & a bag of couplings, so I have plenty of length to make several of these for my kids & their friends. Everyone will all have one to play with when they come over. Good times!

First, I cut a length of the pipe to the desired size for my daughter.

Next, I heated up an end with the heat gun. This makes the plastic more pliable & easier to insert the connector.

After heating the other end, and inserting the connector, I squeezed both ends together tightly and wrapped the gap in electrical tape.

Now for the fun, yet fussy part... wrapping the hoop with colorful duct tape!  Cheesy
A little tricky at first... I recommend wrapping it at a slight angle to make it wrap smoothly.  Undecided

I had some sparkly pink tape that my little girl loves. Wrapping was tricky at first, but it became much easier as I went along.  Wink

My minis loved their hoops...and I'm making a super-deluxe one just for me!

I hope this inspires y'all to make your own! For under $40 you can make about 7-10 of these!
8  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Walking Dead - Zombie Jewelry - Shrink Plastic Fandom by isewcute on: April 01, 2015 02:36:20 PM
The Walking Dead just wrapped up this past season last week, so to hold me over until next season, I whipped up some 'not so cute' Walking Dead & Zombie inspired jewelry!

I used the Shrinky-Dink brand of printable shrink plastic to make these.
You can find it at craft stores such as Michaels, Joanne Fabrics, Hobby Lobby, or online.
I made a printable file of many characters from the show, along with a few zombies thrown in for good measure & adjusted the opacity of the print file according to the recommended directions on the package.
After printing them out, I used small sharp scissors to cut them out & also punched holes where I wanted to string them all together with jump rings.

I baked them in a toaster oven for a couple of minutes at 275 F. (following the package directions)

It's so fun to watch them curl up & shrink!

After shrinking them, I took them outside & gave them a clear coating of Krylon acrylic spray. (I wasn't sure what was the best coating to give them, so I called the company & this is what they recommended)
It dried rather quickly in the afternoon sun & gave them a semi-gloss finish.

Finally, I just strung them all together & added a bit of chain & a clasp for a necklace & attached earwires for earrings. I hope they inspire you to make your own zombie inspired jewelry!

9  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Knock, knock! Who's there? Precisely! 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!
10  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Bewitched - Hoopla from the Vintage Halloween Swap 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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