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1  Hand Painted Piggy Banks in Completed Projects by Ashter-Crafter on: March 11, 2009 11:50:27 PM
I've begun making these for friends and family that are having babies lately (seems to be happening alot).  They're so much fun (and addicting)!  It starts out as just a white ceramic piggy bank that I just paint with paint pens.  I've been customizing them for each recipient.  These are my favorite 3 (girl) piggy banks:



'ballerina piggy' (complete with blush, pearls and tutu)



i call this one 'hippy piggy' (i used the last of my vintage lace  Embarrassed)



this piggy has a sweet tooth!


I made some boy piggy banks too, but I'll post those later.  I love making these so much, I was thinking about selling them and/or swapping them?  I opened up an Etsy, but don't have anything in it yet...what do you guys think?

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2  Hand Painted Piggy Banks in Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies by Ashter-Crafter on: March 11, 2009 11:49:09 PM
I've begun making these for friends and family that are having babies lately (seems to be happening alot).  They're so much fun (and addicting)!  It starts out as just a white ceramic piggy bank that I just paint with paint pens.  I've been customizing them for each recipient.  These are my favorite 3 (girl) piggy banks:



'ballerina piggy' (complete with blush, pearls and tutu)



i call this one 'hippy piggy' (i used the last of my vintage lace  Embarrassed)



this piggy has a sweet tooth!


I made some boy piggy banks too, but I'll post those later.  I love making these so much, I was thinking about selling them and/or swapping them?  I opened up an Etsy, but don't have anything in it yet...what do you guys think?

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3  Cute Ruffle Mini-Dress made out of shirt and dress in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Ashter-Crafter on: March 10, 2009 02:23:30 AM
Last minute inspiration and the need/want for a new 'little black dress' led to this!
Impatient me forgot to take before pictures (argh!) 
The beige part was a button up shirt that was too short for me.  The ruffles ran vertical on each side of the front of the shirt so I just cut off the front panel(?) and used it as a top.  The shirt itself was pretty thin, so I had to line the bodice with another panel of the shirt, using the back piece.  It's plenty snug so I don't have to worry about it slip-sliding.  Wink  The bottom part was just another dress that I didn't like the bodice of.  It was sequiny and wayyy too low. 
I actually started off with a completely different plan for it, but ended up with this.  For once, I'm actually thrilled with the improvisation.  It doesn't usually end up wearable... Undecided  Enough jabber, here's pictures!


love how it looks with the fur stole





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4  Re: houndstooth pleated dress (NOW WITH A SMALL HOW-TO) in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by Ashter-Crafter on: March 20, 2008 08:06:49 PM
Cazness,

Procrastination could be one of my biggest faults, yes.  Here are some instructions for how to go about pleating the top part of the dress.  Let me know if you have any other questions.  Thanks, and sorry it took so long to do this.

And cheera, just to err on the safe side, I deleted that last post.  Wink

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5  Black silky dolman sleeve tunic/mini dress! in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by Ashter-Crafter on: March 20, 2008 07:45:05 PM
Recently made this dolman sleeve tunic/dress for a friend of mine and wanted to share with you other Craftsters.  I used this tutorial off of Burda Style: http://www.burdastyle.com/howtos/show/65?view_all=comments#
It was really simple and whipped up in about an hour or so.  Instead of hemming the sleeves and bottom, I just serged it with black thread around the edge.  I think it's a cool detail, and saved me the time and trouble of hemming (which I HATE). 
Made it from a black costumey satin and it has sequins around the neck edge and as a (removable) belt! I got both the fabric and the sequins from Walmart... 
I loved this one so much, I'm going to make one of my own in a crinkly silkish fabric. I almost didn't want to give this one up!  I prefer wearing it with jeans, as it's just a little too short for my taste.  Anyway, pictures!








Thanks for looking!  Comments/questions always welcome... Smiley
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6  TONS of dog clothes I've made. Image heavy... in Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects by Ashter-Crafter on: January 18, 2008 09:51:25 PM
For some reason, I just noticed Craftster has a whole section dedicated to dog clothes...  WHY have I not realized this before??  So I've decided to post alot of the dog clothes I've made for my Boston, Buster.  I swear, he has more clothes than I do, I think.  Almost all of his clothes are re-purposed from other clothes, being kids clothes or huge adult clothes. 


This is the first thing I made him.  A sports jersey from a little kids jersey.

His superman sweater, his personal favorite.  Also made from a little kid's shirt.

Hawaiian shirt, as modeled by my other dog, Baby.  Made from adult hawaiian shirt.

Winter sweater made from just one sleeve from an adult sweater.

Thermal henley sweater made out of a kids sweater.

Another henley.  Same as above, different color.

His hooded bathrobe for after bathtime.  Was an infants shirt made out of terry cloth with applique.

Cammo jacket made out of kids jacket.  Had to move the pockets around a bit.  Buuuut, it's a little too small (oops) so I'll have to find another doggy that it fits.

Plaid/Fleece jacket.  Made out of plaid blazer and fleece pullover hoodie.  As modeled by Baby.

Sorry for all the pictures, hope it didn't kill your computer.  Anyway, I appreciate any critisim, comments or questions.  Thanks for looking!!
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7  houndstooth pleated dress (picture heavy) in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by Ashter-Crafter on: January 13, 2008 01:11:54 PM
I made this awesome pleated dress from an 80's Simplicity pattern I found at my local thrift store.  (Simplicity 6211 from 1983, if anyone has to know.) 

I had a ton of houndstooth fabric to play around with, so I decided to give it a go.  I like it, but I think I'll be doing it again in a black, silky fabric, cause I think this one is kind of loud.
Anyway, the pattern was simple to follow, turned out like pictured, and I finished it in just a day.  Enough blabbing, here's the pictures.  Critisism, comments, questions appreciated!  Thanks for looking!







Pattern:
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8  Baby blanket - "blanket buddy" (update - pic heavy) AND NOW WITH TUTE! in Quilting: Completed Projects by Ashter-Crafter on: December 15, 2007 12:31:09 AM
UPDATE - finally finished it and secured the batting in the center.  in case you can't read it, it says the baby's name (Summer Rayne) in the center, with the date of birth.  I did it with a free hand quilting foot and it took FOREVER.  I love how it turned out though, and can't wait to give it to them...
(see new pictures)
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I originally saw this pattern for the blanket buddy:
http://img338.imageshack.us/img338/373/b4475sv5.jpg
but thought, "hey, I could do that on my own!".  Plus, I had my own idea for the stuffed animal head at the top.  My aunt is expecting (twin girls!) for Christmas, so being an avid Hello Kitty lover, I thought I would make her a personalized gift the girls would love.  (Or I would, at least. Wink)
I could do a tutorial if anyone wants, but it was fairly simple, only took a day or two.  The most time consuming part was embroidering the face.  I imagine anyone could figure it out by looking at it.

Anyway, enough blabbing - here are the pictures:


front

back

close-up of face

center detail

edge detail


I appreciate any suggestions, critiques or comments.
Thanks for looking!

Link to tutorial, if anyone's interested:

http://img177.imageshack.us/img177/5268/blankethowtotf9.jpg
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9  Baby blanket - "blanket buddy" (update - pic heavy) AND NOW WITH TUTE! in Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies by Ashter-Crafter on: December 15, 2007 12:24:15 AM
UPDATE - finally finished it and secured the batting in the center.  in case you can't read it, it says the baby's name (Summer Rayne) in the center, with the date of birth.  I did it with a free hand quilting foot and it took FOREVER.  I love how it turned out though, and can't wait to give it to them...
(see new pictures)
***

I originally saw this pattern for the blanket buddy:
http://img338.imageshack.us/img338/373/b4475sv5.jpg
but thought, "hey, I could do that on my own!".  Plus, I had my own idea for the stuffed animal head at the top.  My aunt is expecting (twin girls!) for Christmas, so being an avid Hello Kitty lover, I thought I would make her a personalized gift the girls would love.  (Or I would, at least. Wink)
I could do a tutorial if anyone wants, but it was fairly simple, only took a day or two.  The most time consuming part was embroidering the face.  I imagine anyone could figure it out by looking at it. 

Anyway, enough blabbing - here are the pictures:


front

back

close-up of face

center detail

edge detail


I appreciate any suggestions, critiques or comments.
Thanks for looking!

TUTORIAL:



(here's a link, in case you can't read it...)
http://img177.imageshack.us/img177/5268/blankethowtotf9.jpg
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