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1  Pink Buttercream Cupcakes of LOVE! in Dessert by monica_thompson on: July 27, 2009 08:16:00 PM
I had to make cupcakes tonight.  Had to.  And they had to be pink and chocolate of course. Because.
and (also of course) I ran out of frosting 1 1/2 cupcakes before I was done.  But LOOK!

heart shaped swirly goodness...(and a total accident)
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2  Coloring tote and purse and pencil roll from placemats! Lots of pics in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by monica_thompson on: December 31, 2008 11:32:19 AM
I made these for my cousins (who are 20+ years younger than me) The first is for Myka, she is 4 and always has color wonder markers and paper in a ziploc bag...but now she has a lovely case for them!  And her sister now had a bag with colored pencil roll and a pad of super sticky post-its.

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3  Re: Pillowcase Dress NOW WITH TUTE - PG 2!! in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by monica_thompson on: July 03, 2008 09:34:10 AM
Thanks for the tute!
I bought a pillowcase a couple of days after I saw your post, made a dress for my kid, and then took FOREVER to get around to posting.
I used the cutouts for pockets, with decorative stitching.
She loves it.

Thank you!!
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4  4th of July Road Trip Dress! in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by monica_thompson on: July 03, 2008 09:22:57 AM
Every year my husband's family drives across the border to Missouri to (ahem) watch other people buy fireworks and then bring them back to their homes in Iowa where it is illegal to light off anything more exciting than a sparkler (in my opinion the most dangerous fireworks on the market...I mean no-one would give their kid a match and a roman candle...but a glowing hot metal stick with sparks and embers shooting in all directions..sure--because 2 year old Poopsie needs to look cute for the picture.  End of rant.  Promise)
So anyway....uh...oh, the dress.

Last Friday before we had out of town guest show up I found some great fabric for $2 a yard at Walmart
(where else?  And anyway, it's the only place to buy sewing and crafting supplies in town.)
It was red, white and blue (with a little bit of yellow) and it was printed with the words "Road Trip" and little travel mugs, compasses, maps and little vroomy looking cars.  I had to have it. 
So I repurchased New Look 6557 which I used twice last year for a couple of dresses and had pretty much worn out. 
I made view C

with the straps from view E
to cover my bra straps, and Voila...I will be the coolest (read- most over dressed) member of the caravan.
Yay me!
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5  Fantastic Stripey Bathtub! in Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions by monica_thompson on: June 07, 2008 01:41:15 PM
This is what I want to do....

The tub is plain white now, with white feet.  The bathroom is white, with white tiles, white shower, silver hardware, and lots of mirrors.  So except for the towels, everything will be white (when it is done)
I want to paint multi color stripes of different widths with white in between (also of different widths) Sometimes maybe a couple narrow stripes of the same color next to each other.....
My dad (the guy doing all of the work) thinks it will be too much, but I think the room needs a bit of Jazzing up....it is the kids' bathroom after all.
The towels will be in 6 colors...one for each kid (purple, blue, green and orange) and 2 sets for guests (pink or red, and yellow)  The one window will get a curtain in a similar stripe to this and the other is only 4 inches wide...so will likely get nothing--or some kind of cool beaded twisty wire thing...hmmm...
Anyway, the bathroom will be boring boring boring if I don't take some sort of drastic action.....do you think it will be too much? 
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6  Fargo-esque backyard crime scene (huge img snow drifts) in Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects by monica_thompson on: February 07, 2008 01:34:24 PM
Okay.  I'm in Iowa and we got about 8 inches of snow in the last couple of days.  I felt sorry for our 3 legged shih-tzu Linus because he was having trouble (but a little fun I think) trying to go out into the yard with the other dogs (a long legged hound and a snow loving lab-mix)
So I dug him out a "doggie trail" around the raised beds, and into the grassy area in the yard where I made a "poop parking lot" for them to use.  He was having a great time..but having trouble seeing the turns---since everything is so very white (and he keeps undoing his hair tie so his bangs are always in his face).
So this morning while I was killing time letting the babies sleep in the van I cleaned up the corners a bit and then had the brilliant idea to use some colored water to mark the trail sides (so it wouldn't stain his furry paws when he ran on it)  Into the kitchen I went...but we were low on food coloring, plus it would take an obscene amount to color the water dark enough...espresso powder..no..soy sauce...no...Ah HAH! Walmart Crystal Light Cranberry!  No-one in my house liked it as much as I did, and we never remember to make or drink it anyway.  So I mixed it up in a squeeze bottle and gleefully blood spattered the trail.  Fargo was the obvious movie choice for naptime today...if only I had a wood chipper to park out there.

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7  T-shirt recon=Balloon Jammies in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by monica_thompson on: February 07, 2008 12:52:57 PM
This was my other daughter Clara Jane's submission for the Balloon Museum fashion show.  The fashion show requirements were that it be
a. made with actually balloon fabric
b. made with fabric with balloons on it
So, in an act of "oh crap the show is in 2 days and Clara wants to participate too" desperation, I hacked up an old balloon shirt (my dad is a pilot and with the balloon race in town for 10 days every summer since before I was born we have ---oh about a BAZILLION balloon shirts) and ripped into an old tank top I had in the closet (it never fit my super long torso right and the colors were perfect)
So...I used the t-shirt gaucho pants tutorial
and a lot of elastic because she is a teeny tiny skinny thing and the shirt was a 3x hand me down.  The shirt has a balloon and clouds appliqued, and  has some of the standard recon elements...gather-y ties along the sides and cut&tied shoulder straps to make it less va-voom mommy scoop neck and more tee-hee little girl jammie top.  The hat is one of the sleeves that we just gathered and tied at the top with a strip of the t-shirt fabric.

And after hours of late night cutting and stitching...her favorite part of the outfit?  The 30 second hat.  Figures.
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8  Hot Air Baloon Re-Con=rockstar bubbleskirt in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by monica_thompson on: February 07, 2008 12:36:36 PM
I got roped into participation in a fundraiser for the National Balloon Museum last month, and made this skirt for my daughter Emma.  It's a simple bubble skirt with a stretchy fold-over/fold up top (kinda like on yoga pants)
The fabric came from my dad's old balloon (I have most of it still---think about the hundreds of yards of fabric used in a hot air balloon)  Don't worry,it wasn't' flyable anymore.
And Emma did her own t-shirt recon for the top...it was 3 shirts that we cut, fitted and frankenstined together until she was happy.  She got a t-shirt recon book from some understanding relatives for Christmas and she is really enjoying (driving me crazy) slicing and dicing every t-shirt in the house.

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9  Re: Let's see your sewing machine!! in Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions by monica_thompson on: January 10, 2008 02:35:38 PM
I am so excited...I just bought this off of a Lady on Craigslist for $65...I'll pick it up tomorrow!
I want to know anything you can tell me about this machine...because I've always used Singers and Singer knockoffs (my current workhorse)

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10  Re: Need help! T-Shirts stencil/silk screen in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by monica_thompson on: October 09, 2007 04:22:11 AM
Okay, time crunched, and I gave in and bought heat transfers at the copy store.  I was so glad I did though, because they came out awesome.  When I dyed the shirts (yes, I had to dye them to get orange t-shirts---blech) they came out kinda uneven, which looked really cool and sorta vintage-y piratey.........and then the heat transfers went on a bit uneven--almost like an ink stamp...which made them really really cool.

I didn't get any great pictures, but here's a couple i took during the campout....

awww....tiger cubs...
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