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11  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / time travel through wallpaper on: October 19, 2008 01:17:12 PM
It has taken me a month to finish my bedroom.  I planned on removing two layers of wallpaper (yes, the previous owners just papered over paper) to paint.  It turned into a much bigger project becuase there were actually 5! layers of wallpaper.  The only good thing was that removing them all was like being in a time machine.  Here's the finished product, although the rom is not yet decorated:

Here's what it started out as:
Below that (yikes!)
Farther back:
And finally:

I'm very happy with the end product.   I painted a light gray and then a coat of darker gray with glaze and then streaked it with a whick broom.  I removed the varnish from the gross pine floor and stained it dark.  I did some research on painting over wallpaper, which should never happen.  But there is no way I could get past the aqua layer.  I ended up paiting it with oil-based primer (to seal out moisture) and then skim coating the whole walls.  It seems to be holding up.
12  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Ladybug print dress (Simplicity 3510) on: July 19, 2008 12:28:24 PM
I made this dress for a friend's daughter in Finland.  She's 2 and wears a size 4.  So I made a 5 hoping she'd get more use out of it.  It fits, but is a lot longer than the pattern intends.  It's a tank bodice.  In the picture she has another shirt under it.


When I got to Finland, I found out that ladybugs are quite popular.  Her grandma's garden had these ladybug and hedgehogs rocks hidden all over.
13  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Train Applique Quilt on: July 16, 2008 03:12:03 PM
This is my first quilt that was not simply 4 inch squares sewn together.  It is for my nephew who loved trains when I started it.  It took a lot longer than I thought it would and now he prefers robots.  Apparently 5 year old boys change their minds a lot.  I'm sure he will still like it.

A detail of my favorite block:


The whole thing.  It's almost the size of a full bed.
14  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / A post for Grandma Martha on: May 14, 2008 02:37:03 PM
I'd like to share a few quilts made by my grandma.  She brought them 400 miles to give to me this weekend. 
This one is for my nephew with a "cars" movie print":

And a detail as requested:

A smily face quilt with hand-dyed batik:


Here's a close up of hand embroidered squares, each showing a different states flag.  She dated this quilt 1990-2006.  The whole quilt is pictured in my photo hosting.

Another hand embroidered quilt (both are also hand quilted).  This one is all official state flowers. 

This one is my favorite.  It is machine pieced and machine quilted.  2 inch squares all out of scraps! 
Here's a detail:

Thanks for looking!
15  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions / Need help with pattern sizes! on: April 26, 2008 01:18:44 PM
Dear Mothers and Aunties:
I plan on making a dress for a friend's kid but they live VERY far away.  Please help me decide what size to use.  (I know adult clothes pattern sizes don't usually come out the same as RTW clothes, and I'm assuming it's the same with kids stuff.) 
The little girl is 2yo and since I can't measure her and I don't have a kid of my own, and I can't kidnap one, I need help.  What are typical chest, back-neck to waist, height measurements for a healthy growing 2yo??
Thanks
16  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / Pit Bull in Stained Glass on: November 11, 2007 08:55:41 AM
My first post and first stained glass project:
I traced a photo of my dog and outlined facial features to create this portrait.
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