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1  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Don't blink. Weeping angel from Dr. Who on: November 02, 2012 05:09:31 PM
I went as a weeping angel from Dr. Who this halloween.  I couldn't have done it without this tutorial which I didn't follow exactly, but gave me the courage to attempt it: http://www.therpf.com/f24/doctor-who-blink-weeping-angel-costume-49264/

It was a long involved process, condensed into 4 days cause I'm a procrastinator.  The skirt and top were bought from a thrift store and dyed grey (which didn't cover the patterns as much as I thought it would). The top was a dress I cut short, then sewed on fabric all around to make the pleats.  I sewed down the billows to make it more form fitting and so the pleating wouldn't go away towards the bottom of the shirt.  Then I painted the top and skirt with different tones of grey paint to get the mottled look. 

The wings are foam board cut into the shape of wings, then feathers were cut out of craft foam and glued on, and craft foam was glued along the top of the wings to make it look like that's where the feathers attach.  Then coat hangers were attached to the back with duct tape, and the whole back was covered with poster board and painted grey.  The coat hangers were then attached to either side of a camelback back pack I had laying around the house, and that was how I carried around my wings.

The wig is yarn glued to a beanie, then painted grey.  It is a lot harder to glue yarn to make it look like hair than I thought it would be, but I got it mostly.  I added a little fabric headband to the front as well.

The arms/gloves are grey tights.  I cut out the crotch to make a head hole, then sewed fingers where the feet were and turned it inside out to hide the seams.  I attached fake fingernails to the gloves to make it look more realistic, then painted the tights to get a more mottled look. 

Finally I painted my face and neck grey, although I'm not very good at it and I bought some cheap paint, so it looks better in the dark.  The top looks wrinkly because I had it folded over my chair while drying, and it dried with wrinkles in it.  So next time I would hang it on a hanger so that it dries flat. Oh well. 
2  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / r2d2 hoop on: June 28, 2012 11:09:03 AM
Inspired by loveandasandwich:  http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=404718.0
My version:

with flash

without flash

Had an extra embroidery hoop laying around and r2d2 is my husband's favorite character from Star Wars.  I stuffed him a little bit to make him round.
3  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Boston T quilt on: June 04, 2012 08:07:03 AM
This is my quilt of the map of the Boston T (subway).  The inspiration came from Elizabeth Hartman's Tokyo subway map, but I made mine smaller (1 inch squares) and wanted it of Boston.  So I mapped out the squares in excel to match with the Boston T, as much as can be and went for it.

I quilted it in white thread and horizontal lines

The square with the red heart is Andrew Station and where my husband and I used to live.

Close up of another corner.

I asked my mother-in-law and my quilty friend for scraps to use for the squares (as well as my own scraps).  There are only a couple of squares where the same fabric is used. 

I divided the quilt into 9 large squares, sewed the smaller squares into the 9 large squares, then sewed them together.  Each square is 1 inch but because I have little patience with perfectly lining up squares, they are wonky.  But I like it.
4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Wisconsin String art on: May 23, 2012 04:03:00 PM
I'm not sure where to put this.  I had an extra piece of wood lying around and wanted to try string art.  I have seen other people do this with states and place the heart where their home town is.  

I printed out an outline of Wisconsin (our new home), taped it to the wood and nailed small nails all around the outline as close as possible.  I used all the colors in my embroidery stash (except for black, white, and brown), and evenly split them among the outer nails, 10 nails per color.  

After I finished, I took a sharpie and drew the quote.  What do you think?
5  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Kid's Aprons on: December 05, 2010 04:46:07 PM
I made some kid's aprons for a craft fair at my work I was in.  There are no before pictures, so these are the aprons I had leftover.  I made 2 sizes, 2-4 yrs old (15'' by 15''), and 4-8 yrs old (16'' by 19'').  I found these sizes for commercially available aprons, but I don't know how well they fit kids of different sizes.  Anyone else have a better measurement?  The ties are ribbon and for the waist are about 24 inches long each. 

Fabric pattern is upside-down.  Supposed to be flowers.  Oh well.

I think I am going to rip the pocket off and sew a plain color on.  The main fabric is a bunch of recipes.

The fabric pattern is sideways... oops.

What do you think?
6  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Halloween wall hanging on: October 20, 2010 04:30:17 PM
I bought a lot of halloween fabric for my birthday this year and my first project was a wallhanging.  It took about a month to get through it.  I made  up the layout myself and quilted it with wonky lines.  The lines looked better on my test fabric because it was smaller, but it looks fine here.

Here it is hanging on the wall above my craft desk.

7  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / First Quilt, disappearing 9 square on: August 01, 2010 06:56:56 AM
I made this quilt following the quilt-a-long on Obsessively Stitchinghttp://obsessivelystitching.blogspot.com/2010/04/first-quilt-ever.html blog.  It took almost 2 months exactly to make.

I folded over the quilt on the left side so you can see the back a little bit.  This was so much fun to make, I really enjoyed free-motion quilting.  It's far from perfect but it's the first. 
8  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Necklace holder on: June 26, 2009 05:14:01 AM
I wasn't sure where to post this.  I made a necklace holder from a piece of wood and some knobs.  Bought a wooden plaque from a craft store, drilled holes into it the size of the knobs I bought.  Then I painted the plaque (used a free stencil I found online) and knobs then out the knobs in the holes.

I love having my necklaces in view, but it's not the cleanest looking thing.  I need fewer necklaces or more pegs.  Hope you like it.
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Bleach and embroidered shirt on: May 16, 2009 07:38:52 PM
This shirt was my first attempt for both bleaching a pattern and embroidery.  I used a tide bleach pen, which I don't suggest using.  It's diluted so it takes forever and it bleeds like crazy.  I just freehand drew it.  Then after deciding I didn't like the bleach pattern, I decided to try my hand at embroidering it, which is the first time I had tried it.  I like it a lot more now! It looks really cute and I really like the fall colored leaves because they stand out more than green leaves would.

10  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Save the date cards on: March 22, 2009 08:13:17 AM
We designed our own save the date cards and printed them out at Kinkos.  This is our design.

The image printed was slightly smaller than 1/4 of a piece of paper, so when printed out and cut they each had a white border.  My family loved them.

How did we make them?  Printed out the signs in blue lettering.  Took tons of pictures and decided on the best one for each word.  In Microsoft Powerpoint we manipulated the pictures so that they were black and white and the letters were in the original blue.  Assembled in powerpoint and saved!
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