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1  Re: 50 Projects More or Less...2017...Let's Create and Have Fun! in Craftalongs by tendstowardschaos on: January 20, 2017 07:50:03 PM
Yofi, that stand is beautiful - nice work! I have a dresser in that wood that's in need of refinishing, too.

I finished the crochet market bag for my mother-in-law's birthday present. It's lined in cotton jersey. The lace pattern kind of reminds me of the radioactive symbol (hard to see in the picture, though).  Cheesy

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2  Re: 50 Projects More or Less...2017...Let's Create and Have Fun! in Craftalongs by tendstowardschaos on: January 15, 2017 07:23:43 PM
Lists...

UFOs:
1. rainbow waves afghan
2. market bag - finished 1/19

3. Fibonacci afghan
4. baby booties
5. dragon amigurumi #1
6. dragon amigurumi #2
7. cushions for rocking chair
8. Star Wars tablet case
9. Star Wars wallet
10. re-purpose dresser into entertainment stand
11. restore antique Singer cabinet/machine
12. nebula journals

Projects ready-to-start:
13. linen shirt dress
14. healing crystal necklaces - finished 1/22

15. tie-dye VW bus amigurumi

Project Ideas:
16. rain cover for baby carriers
17. SSC baby carrier
18. nebula quilt
19. pillow cases to match DS1's quilt
20. men's shirt refashion -> tunic
21. button-down tunic
22. moccasins
23. wool pullover
24. scrappy prayer shawl
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3  Cartoon Craziness Quilt in Quilting: Completed Projects by tendstowardschaos on: January 12, 2016 03:32:59 PM
A few months ago, I transitioned my preschooler from his toddler bed to a full size bed. That meant that he needed a new quilt (he's had to make-do with a couple smaller ones while I worked).

I let him pick out the fabrics, and he chose his favorite characters/shows/movies - Paw Patrol, Doc McStuffins, Mickey, Sponge Bob, Staw Wars, Doctor Who, Jake and the Neverland Pirates, Minions, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and Cars. I chose the glittery stars and the grey sashing. The back of the quilt is fat quarters in mostly geometric or batik prints in blue/grey/black/white. I figured that his quilt would outlast his love of some of those cartoons.

Everything was stitched on my machine, and I'm thrilled that I was able to shove this massive blanket under the arm while quilting. (My son even chose the shooting star motif that I used.) It ended up being queen-sized, though I was going for over-sized full. Oops.

He was so happy to have it done (and so am I).



Back:


Before quilting:


Thanks for looking!
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4  Re: Nebula Jean Jacket in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by tendstowardschaos on: September 01, 2015 07:26:02 AM
Sorry these pictures aren't great. The only place in my house that is dark enough to do this is my bathroom. Also, it's not easy to take photos under blacklight.




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5  Nebula Jean Jacket in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by tendstowardschaos on: August 31, 2015 07:51:29 PM
After painting a few t-shirts, I thought it might be fun to paint my old jean jacket. I even took the plunge and used my UV-reactive paints. So, this thing practically sparkles under blacklights. I actually started this project last year, but I ran out of white UV paint and had to re-order.

I gave it the usual treatment. Bleached away the color in a few areas and painted the dark areas with blue and purple. Blue and what was supposed to be turquoise (but ended up looking more green) on the edges of the bleached-out sections. White in the middle and then blown through a straw to make the stars. Any weird splatters get to become the brightest stars.






It's a little flashier than what I normally wear, but I love it.
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6  Blue Butterfly Elf Doll in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by tendstowardschaos on: July 07, 2015 10:39:07 AM
This poor doll has been sitting on a shelf in my sewing room for years, waiting for me to finally dress her. It took me long enough, but I stitched her dress on yesterday.

I had this really pretty, blue monarch butterfly print that matched her hair, so I cut out as many individual "wings" as I could. I used a flame to singe the edges and keep them from unraveling, then I pinned the little pieces onto the doll to make the dress. I just hand-stitched the edges down with some variegated thread, trying not to sew the dress to the doll. It went together very quickly, and was probably the easiest method for making a doll's dress that I've managed yet.  Grin







Thanks for looking!
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7  Big Polar Bear from Sweatshirt in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by tendstowardschaos on: February 05, 2015 08:47:18 AM
I still have had my cheerleading sweatshirt from high school. It's been slowly disintegrating, from being well-loved and often worn, for about 16 years. It finally got too holey to wear, even in private. But, I still didn't want to throw it away! Tongue That's why it got recycled into a giant teddy bear.

I came up with the pattern based on some I found on google images and one that I purchased. It took me a couple of tries to get the head gusset correct, and he still has a giant head. Undecided The stitching is in red - school colors. He's wearing some of my son's clothes that have been out-grown (size 18 month). His arms and legs are button-jointed, and his eyes are just big, black buttons.



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8  Re: Nebulae in UV-Reactive Acrylic Paint in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by tendstowardschaos on: February 05, 2015 08:10:43 AM
It's so beautiful!  I wish I was that talented!

Thank you, frankibean!


I recently finished another...I'm going for a series of four to pretty-up my walls. This one is based on the same nebula as my first painting, but very different results.

Here it is under black light (the blue section only looks blob-like in pictures...my camera doesn't like that color):
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9  Nebulae in UV-Reactive Acrylic Paint in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by tendstowardschaos on: January 10, 2015 09:34:47 AM
I started painting nebulae on t-shirts, and bought this UV-reactive acrylic paint (wildfirefx.com) to that effect. However, after a fun night at a Wine and Canvas event, I wanted to try this on canvas.

They're both 10"x10".

Here's my first try (that's the original Enterprise):


Under blacklight:


Inspiration:


Here's the second one (still haven't decided if I'm adding a ship to this one):


Under blacklight:


Inspiration:


I just wish I could show you what they look like with 3-D glasses on!

Thanks for looking! Any feedback is greatly appreciated. Smiley
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10  Jaguar Doll from Teddy Bear Pattern in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by tendstowardschaos on: August 13, 2014 06:53:35 AM
I picked up an old fashioned teddy bear pattern on Etsy, but the only faux fur I had in my stash was this short pile leopard print. Therefore, I added a tail and made a leopard. He's about 11 inches tall, partially hand-stitched, and has two buttons for his eyes. I stuffed him with wool. His arms and legs are button-jointed and his head is just stitched on. He even stands on his own if you arrange his tail just right.







Thanks for looking!

(here's the pattern.)
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