i borrowed many of her ideas and made them work in my small space. that being said: here's a preview (so the picture that pops up is purty instead of the wretched before that you are about to see):
now brace yourself for the befores. i'm very embarrassed to be posting these because my house is usually not nearly this messy, but once i decided to redo the room, everything kind of went to hell in a handbasket. it really became a dumping ground. ugh...the closet has always been horrible though. i will admit to that one...anyway, here goes: BEFORE:
yes, things did literally tumble out of the closet when i opened it:
now for the glorious AFTER:
i removed the closet doors and put up a curtain instead:
on the fabric shelves, i've got all my pattern boxes hanging out along with some room to grow:
and thanks to my wonderful hubby for hanging all of these things for me:
a few years ago, i put that i needed a new sewing chair on my christmas list, and my husband's aunt found this adorable sewing seat for me at a thrift store. i love the sturdiness of it, but i wasn't lovin' the coverin', so i finally got around to refinishing it while i redid my craft room! sneak peek:
it opens too:
and the AFTER!!
i'm very happy with the results! thanks for lookin'!
I purchased this fabric several years ago not knowing what in world to do with it. All I knew was, I liked it alot! I was inspired by the little characters in the print, so I scanned in the fabric to the computer, enlarged the people, and created applique blocks for them. I sort of fidgeted around with a layout design in photoshop and came up with this. I used the everlasting tree quilt block pattern for the evergreens to fill in some space and cut larger pieces of the original fabric that i loved so much (It's hard to tell in the pictures, but I quilted around the little sledding hills and the skating rink, and added some branches to the little trees and stuff--it looks very cute in person!). It's the first quilt I have ever done all the designing for on my own. I hope you enjoy looking at it!
the border is quilted with holly leaves --- my first attempt at those also:
i had to piece the back since i hadn't gotten enough of the fabric to do that as one big chunk. it worked out okay...
here you can see a little bit of the quilting showing through:
A few Christmases back I made this quilt http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=141445.msg1391119#msg1391119 here of the 3 wisemen for my mom. She collects nativity scenes and went nutty when she found out that the same company created a complimentary quilt to go with the 3 wisemen. Needless to say, here is her gift from THIS Christmas. She really liked it and hung it up next to the other almost immediately! I did the majority of the quilting on my mother-in-law's long arm machine, but the metallics I did on my own. I don't recommend metallic thread, even though it looks beautiful--it snaps at the most inconvenient of times... I am happy with the overall results though!
the back ( I put a label on after, but forgot the picture):
I had really liked this pattern from Indygo Junction for a while and one day at the fabric store, there it was in the clearance bin! For $3! Yay!
I definitely knew I had to give it a try. I quilt mostly, so of course, I had to make it quilted instead of just using wool or fleece like they did on the pattern.
a closer view of the front. It snaps closed, the buttons are just for show...
and the back:
I was pretty happy since I already had the fabric for it. It's been sitting in my stash for years, wondering what to become. I think it turned out pretty cute. I think I need to do a long sleeved one for winter though... Thanks for checking it out!!
I found this pattern from Indygo Junction a while back:
I really liked the dark brown one and decided to give it a try, even though I'm not very experienced with clothing (I mostly quilt). But, I got a serger a while back and I got brave, especially after going to the fabric store and finding that they had the same fabric as the one on the pattern that I had liked in the first place! After much trial and error, here is the final result: (it's much shinier in the picture than in real life because of the flash reflecting on some subtle metallic thread that's weaved into it) me looking pale...it is winter after all!
a closer view of the front:
and the back:
I'm very happy with how it turned out and have gotten several compliments on it from my fellow teachers at work. Thanks for checking it out!
I decided to make a fun messenger bag to take on a recent trip to Sweden so I would have something to hold all my toiletries on the plane (in case my luggage didn't make it, you know?)...I modeled it after my man-purse, (which my friend brought with him on the same trip), I just made mine bigger 'cause I'm a girl... I was going to make it a solid colored canvas, but when I saw this fabric, I knew I must have it!!
a big pocket for the back:
many little pockets inside. I would've thought them out more but I am lazy and was in a hurry...:
and an adjustable strap (my first):
and here it is in blurred action running through Charles DeGaulle Airport in Paris (we only had a few minutes to change planes):
It's been a loooooooong time since I posted anything. Way too long. And it's been a while since I got a chance to look at what everyone's been up to. I am so impressed with everyone's projects!! I couldn't decide whether to put this in the Halloween board or over here in quilting. I decided since it's not really a costume or party idea, it'd be best in quilting since, well, it's a quilt. I got the original idea from a project in Quilts and More from about 2 years ago. I just modified theirs a little bit 'cause I wanted to stick with a b/w and orange all over theme (theirs was kind of an explosion of colors)...Anyway, I thought it'd be a quick, cute little wall hanging to make for Halloween and what'dya know? It was! It's only about 36"x36", so perfect to put up for the holidays...Hope you like it!
I'm really happy with the goofy spider fabric I found...
More to come soon (hopefully!) Thanks for lookin'!!
this was the gift i made for my mom this year for christmas. she collects nativity sets and really loves the story of the three wisemen, so i thought this pattern was appropriate. now that she has it, i can post it. i quilted most of it on a longarm machine, but it doesn't do metallic thread well, so their robes and things were done on my regular machine. it is also embellished with swarowski crystals that really sparkle beautifully in person. i wish the pictures would show that better, but oh well. it's also pretty small, only about 21" x 54". enjoy!
okay, here are the pictures. by the way, my boyfriend's mom let me quilt it on her long-arm machine. it was my first attempt, so the quilting probably could've been better, but i'm still super happy with how it turned out. i am also now very in love with the long-arm...this was also my first time with applique. i found out that fake fur is very forgiving!
bottom left (the count still needs his monacle):
a close up of the flowers between blocks (i went a little outside the lines on that one. oh well!):
and the back (for the rainbow connection):
i hope you enjoyed it and that there weren't just waaaay too many pictures! thanks for lookin'!