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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Polka Dot Cradle Bedding on: June 14, 2009 02:09:10 PM
I finally took a pic today with all the pieces in it, including the baby.  Now doesn't he look happy with his new bed set?

When I was 9 months pregnant I realized that it was was impossible to find bedding for an old fashioned cradle, so with a few yards of fabric and some spare time that I didn't really have I whipped this up:

And my little cat helper Rupert tested it out just to make sure it was comfy!

My little boy loves it and it has really worked out well.  I couldn't be happier with it.

P.S.  It also has a matching bumper pad that is brown flannel on the inside and the polka dot on the outside.  It is trimmed with red piping and ties with red ribbon.  
2  UNITED STATES / Alaska / Fairbanks, AK: Ryan Middle School Craft Bazaar on: March 14, 2009 11:53:18 AM
Craft Bazaar and indoor garage sale.  9-4 Sat only!
3  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / More Pinafores....I have way too much free time! (4 pics) on: March 04, 2009 08:20:41 PM
  So I looked at the responses and since a few people thought that my last one was cute I thought I'd do some more.  The flower one is 0-3months and the anchors one is 12months.  I do have a pattern, but I can't remember the number.  It also has a pattern for bloomers and a sun hat.  I have the bloomers all cut and sewn, but haven't done the casings for elastic.  I really like the anchors, and if this baby is a girl, it may have to stay mine!




4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / small additions turn eh to ah! on: March 04, 2009 09:44:52 AM
So I bought this maternity t shirt dress at the salvation army for about $2 a few days ago.  It's a really pretty coral type color, but super plain.  I tried my hand at applique and I think it turned out pretty well.  So no more boring eh, now happy ah.  What do ya think?  I know it isn't intricate by any standard, but I'm happy with it. Now I just have to wait for the snow to melt to actually wear it!





5  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Old fashioned pinafore on: March 03, 2009 09:46:09 PM
So I just started making these.  I think it came out pretty good, although the pictures are a bit crappy.  I am contemplating selling some of these at a fundraising craft fair next month, but want to be sure that they get good reviews first.  I think it is very feminine, and not at all my taste, but a friend has a little girl about to turn 1 and it suits here to a t.  Let me know what you think, is this something that looks good and parents would have their little girls wear?  Thanks for any comments.


6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / My way cool new bag! on: March 01, 2009 07:47:14 PM
So I bought Simplicity 2685 a few weeks back from JoAnn's 99cent pattern sale.  I just got around to sewing it.  I used some fabric I had in my stash, as well as a button that I've had forever.  Getting the pleating just right while keeping the top of the bag straight was a bit of a hassle.  Also, I thank god I remember where I put my loop turner, the handles would have been hell without it!  Overall, I'm super stoked about my new bag.  I think it came it pretty awesome, especially since I normally make clothing, so purses are still really new to me.  Hope you think it's as cool as I do!

Oh yeah, the pocket was my own addition.  What is a purse if there are no pockets to store all your crap in?  I also omitted the stitching around the pleating.  I don't think anyone will notice, and it helped me to keep my sanity.  I have no desire to stich around like 15 individual pleats!



7  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Crafty Charitable/Social Causes / Animal Shelter Blankets/Beds on: February 19, 2009 09:44:00 AM
So I am a Vet tech who has worked in an animal shelter for more than I would have liked.  It was a "kill" shelter, and that was part of my job.  It's hard, but unfortunately, it is a problem created by people that needs to be delt with.  When you do that job daily for a few years, it makes you feel like a horrible person, even though you know that you are not.  So all of us who had that job would try to do extra little things for the animals to sort of make up for it.  I figured that if an animals last days were in my care, that would be the best days that animal may have ever had.  So.....  I started making beds for the dogs and cats.  They are super easy.  Basically, here are the steps:

Grab an old, but hole free towel.  Sew to the wrong side of an old fleece blanket or piece of fleece.  Turn right side out.  Stitch opening closed.  Voila! New pet bed.

I would also applique a fish or bone or something out of fake fur if I had any on hand.  But trust me, that's a people thing, the animals could care less.  I used bath towels for the dogs, and hand towels for the cats, rabbits, toy breed dogs, etc.  They work really well.  Shelter laundry gets quite a beating and the held up really well in the wash.  I never made them too fancy, because, not all dogs see this as a bed, some as a chew toy. 

This is just an idea, run with it and help out your shelter/humane society/animal control! 
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / My first ever post on: February 18, 2009 04:50:47 PM
So this is my first ever post, and I am admittedly a bit nervous about the feedback.  I am 7 months pregnant and was hitting an ugly wall when it came to maternity clothes.  WE ARE NO LONGER IN THE 80'S PATTERN COMPANIES!!!  So I adapted a Simplicity pattern to cover my ever growing belly.  My bust has gotten quite large since getting pregnant, so i tried an easier pattern that fit there.  I pivoted the lower half out about 3 inches and added about 3 1/2 inches to the length.  I think it fits pretty well and have already made some more in other fabrics so I can stop wearing my boyfriends T-shirts everywhere I go.  Please tell me what you think (and try to be nice).  I'd love to hear some comments from other sewers!  Thanks.

9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Does anyone know of good maternity patterns? on: February 11, 2009 04:38:06 PM
I have found some, however, they are all dresses and tanks or short sleeves.  I'm in North Pole Alaska, and really at -50F, a dress isn't exactly practical  Smiley  I want some winter themed patterns and a good coat pattern.  I'm nearly 7 months and my Arctic Parka is struggling to contain my huge belly.  (Yes it really is huge, the doctor said that the baby really is huge too, so that makes me feel less fat, more mommy:)
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