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21  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / a very happy halloween tree!!! on: October 17, 2005 07:53:31 PM
i took this little tree display from work (it used to hold quirky looking lady ornament thingys), covered the sign with a "trick or treat" thing and painted some plain glass ornaments to create a fun halloween tree. the sign at the top screws off, so i'm actually thinking about putting a hole in the bottom of one of those witches' cauldrons and setting it on top full 'o candy. i got the idea for the ornaments from this thread:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=54276.0 that had "vintage looking ornaments" from glitterville.com (another very cool website). hope you like!

the tree:


and some of my favorite ornaments (they didn't ALL turn out so good, so no close ups of them...):






thanks for lookin'!
22  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / harry potter, et al. pumpkin carvings!!!! on: October 03, 2005 08:26:50 PM
hi everyone!
i'm getting really excited about halloween this year and one the biggest traditions at my house is the annual carving of the pumpkins. i don't know what i'll try and carve this year (i was thinking about something willie wonka, but we'll see), but i thought i'd share a few carvings from years past...
oh, and if you decide to do shaded pumpkins, wood carving tools work best, but be VERY CAREFUL! i've had a few close calls with the razor's edge!
happy haunting!

this one looked much better in person, i couldn't get a good pic for some reason, but it's still
my favorite, and probably best work ever, harry potter:


the ever-pleasant puffs:


and a simple, yet effectively brooding boba fett:


thanks for lookin!
23  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / rosy bullion experiment on: August 07, 2005 04:24:28 PM
hey all!
my sister got me this really cool book for my birthday called "embroidered bags & purses" and it has lots and lots of stitches that i have no idea what to do with! anyway, i decided to try one of the projects (modifying the colors to my own taste of course) just to see how i did with all these strange knots and things. i'm kinda disappointed that the center part got stretched a bit, but i think it still turned out pretty good. i didn't know what i was going to do with it, but i found the complimentary fabrics in my stash & just decided to make a throw pillow. hope you enjoy!









thanks for lookin'!
24  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / King of the Hill or: Extreme Texas Pride on: May 29, 2005 09:18:37 AM
hey everybody! my sister finally got her gift yesterday so i can now post. it started because she and her hubby bought a house in st. louis and seeing as we're from texas, i thought that i should make them a housewarming gift that was texas-to-the-max so they wouldn't get homesick (she watches king of the hill every night before bed for this purpose as well). it started as a one week project but as i started outlining i decided it would look weird if i didn't fill it in so it ended up taking about 4 and a half weeks. oh well, i'm happy with the finished product, cheesy as it may be. i put a message on the back of the frame that reads, "Here's a little piece of Texas for your new Missouri home. May your beer always be cold and your lawn always green..."

the arlen gang, framed:


a closer look:


boomhauer & hank:


a close up of dale, whom i think i did the most justice:


hope y'all like it. thanks for lookin'!!

25  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Star Wars Embroidered Quilt! *image heavy... on: May 17, 2005 01:19:32 PM
hello all! as you'll probably be able to tell, i was greatly inspired by craftsurge's post http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=1839.0 on star wars inspired embroidery. i promptly created 2 pillows for my boyfriend as his new housewarming gift. one was the same tie fighter, the other was an x-wing. here's a picture of it, not quite done:

anyway after that, i decided to make one for me, except it turned into FIVE BIG panels for me and i didn't know what to do with them. so here is what i decided to do...i had an old empire strikes back sheet, found some great coordinating fabric and VOILA! a quilt fit for any nerd...and just in time for Episode III!!! i still need to do the binding on it, which is just going to be plain and black, but i was just toooooo excited and had to share with everyone. now, i know the finished product is a quilt, but the quilting took me about a week and the embroidery took me about 2 months, and that's really what the focus of the overall thing is about, so in case you're wondering, that's why i posted in embroidery. enjoy!










and here's a close up of yoda, so you can kinda see the machine quilting i did all over (except on top of the embroidery stitching):

so that's that. i wish i had a better camera 'cause i think it looks alot better in person. the colors just don't pop off the black in the picture like they do in real life. but oh well, hope you like it.
thanks for lookin'!!
26  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / something for the guys on the golf course.... on: April 18, 2005 01:53:03 PM
hey all! i wasn't sure where to post this since it's part stencil, part sewing, part sexy...so anyway, here it is in miscellaneous! this is my old golf bag from high school that i wanted to start using again (after 10 years, yikes!) because my original one is from the 60's and is falling apart and doesn't have the nifty leg stand feature that's so handy when you are too poor to get a golf cart. the problem was, there was a big screenprint on the side pocket that said "Lady Dawgs" really big and I don't think i could pass as a high school golfer anymore (though it'd be nice 'cause we didn't have to pay green fees back then!)...so i created a stencil with about 5 others that i got from various albums in the stenciling section here on craftster and then i decided i should make some new club covers too. they were uber simple though. just fleece cut in a roundish shape with some pink felt numbers stitched on. hope you like 'em!!

the overall bag:


a view of the stencil:


the covers (grrrr):


thanks for lookin'!
27  NEEDLEWORK / Sublime Stitching Embroidery / just how i like it...on fire!!! on: April 11, 2005 03:13:47 PM
here's another shirt i embroidered at christmas, only this one was for my roomie who LOVES vegas like no other. this was another of my very first embroidery projects and i think it turned out alright. i think it's hard to tell in the picture, but the flames coming off the martini extend past the actual pocket which looks pretty cool in real life (if i do say so myself). anyway, the patterns are from jenny hart, but y'all already knew that!

the front:


martini:


the back:


closer in:


thanks for lookin'!
28  NEEDLEWORK / Sublime Stitching Embroidery / just what is it about that virgin? on: April 09, 2005 02:56:42 PM
okay, i know tons of people have already posted their versions of the virgin (of guadalupe, that is), but this is one of my very first embroidery projects from last christmas that i made for my boyfriend. he's super fascinated by the image, so i decided to make him a shirt to match his wallet (yeah, she's on there too) and i think it turned out pretty well although, my dad was kind of upset that i put the mexican flag on the moon instead of a moon color though 'cause there's actually symbolism in the true image, but hey, we're all here to add our own twist, right? besides, i kinda dig it this way more...thanks again to jenny hart for the pattern!

the front:


close up of the pocket:


the back:


closer view of our lady:


thanks for lookin'!
29  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / boondock saints tshirt (with stencil) on: April 09, 2005 02:46:49 PM
this is a t-shirt i made for my boyfriend for christmas last year (yeah, i'm just now taking pictures)...anyway, boondock saints is one of his absolute favorite flicks, so i found this stencil from some blog site (sorry if it's yours and i can't remember where i got it, but thanks) and then i found a font that kinda looked like the lettering on the 2 main characters' tattoos and stuck those on the back. hope ya dig it!.

the front:


a closer view:


the back:


a better letter look:


thanks for lookin'!
30  NEEDLEWORK / Sublime Stitching Embroidery / sublime baby bibs! *edit* two more added! on: March 14, 2005 04:15:40 PM
hello all! a friend of mine's wife just delivered their first baby, a little girl named mckenna. i have yet to see her (they live a few hours away), but i made these little welcome gifts for her over the weekend. they're WAY into anything hawaiian, therefore i HAD to make one with a hula girl. thanks to jenny hart for these great patterns! enjoy!







thanks for lookin'! Cheesy

edit to add two more!
i did these for another friend recently. they had a little boy, so i thought maybe he should be rocking out instead of hula dancing:


and instead of veggies i thought i'd try some fruit!
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