My brother gave me another beautiful nephew January 2011, so I was thrilled to have a reason to make something like saragold's quilt. Both my brother and his wife are volunteer firefighters, so I went with a firefighter bear for the character, and backed it with rescue vehicle fabric (sadly no photos of the back).
This was my first experience with applique and I learned a ton. My brother loved it and tells me it's used everyday.
This is my first full sized quilt, everything I quilted before has been placemat or doll quilt sized. Its for my girlfriend's guest room, her only instructions were red and not "girly". It took me a year to complete, mostly because life got in the way. I am super proud of it, the only flaw which isn't terribly noticeable (but I see it), some where in the middle I started sewing the pieces together in the wrong patter. C&C welcome
here is is stretch out on my bed, please ignore the junk piled in the background
I have found a decent amount on Craftster and other websites about painting kitchen cabinets, but I am so uneducated about them, I don't even know what kind of material mine would be called. I know they are cheap, and have a wood "wall paper" covering on them. I know I will need to clean and prime them, but I want to make sure I am using proper supplies, and as horrible as they look now, I don't want to make them look worse when I am finished.
And there are a few spots of damage, the covering peeling and a wound in one of the doors. Can I just fix that with some wood putty, and then go head with prime and paint?
I am not 100% this belongs here, but our apartment is one story up, so the balcony ideally would just be a cute little sitting/sun room that's just off the living room for us, so still interior. Right now we are in the planning stages of the make over. Our little balcony has so much potential, but right now its only use is when my husband or guests smoke. So I thought it would be best to enlist of help of the wonderful craftsters. We do rent, but we have the landlord's ok to do with the apartment as we like as long as it looks or is professionally done, I can't wait until we can agree on colors to paint the inside and ditch the nasty old rental carpets! We are going to be here a while, might as well make it home.
The first problem is it faces the west, so the sun in the afternoon is brutal . So we are trying to find the best way to provide shade, the 2 ideas on the table right now are curtains or bamboo blinds.
The second problem is although that folding "couch" is comfy, and it's fine for when it's just 2 people out there, but it takes up so much room no one else can comfortably be out there. Also, it's ugly and beaten so it has to go. We haven't come up with anything we are willing to say is winning the race to replace them.
Thirdy, "table top" space. Those blue fold down tables have worked well, but they are really a pain because in use they eat up a good deal of the space. To solve this we are working out a wood counter top that would attach to the edge of the wall, and stick out about a foot or so. Any ideas or suggestions to places to look for help would be great.
The only 2 things on the balcony that will stay are Herbert, my lemon tree, and the grill, its the black thing tucked in behind the folding couch. The grill was a gift from my father in law, and I thought he was crazy to give it to us with such little space, but we love it, gets tons of use, and its just the right size.
We are also planning to replace the dirty screen door and those vertical blinds will be leaving once paint colors are choosen.
I apologize for my novel long post! And look forward to your ideas and suggestions. Thanks
A friend is expecting, and this was part of my shower gift to her. I was so happy with how it turned out, I almosted wanted to keep it myself, nevermind I won't be having babies any time soon. Her husband is Scottish, and its a been a running gag to give them plaid gifts. I love this fabric, and I think I need to go back to get more to make something for myself, maybe a work bag or something.
I have to say Jose the Bear was the best model I have worked with yet. I am hoping we can work together again soon.
This was my first time working with piping. I was very nervous, but love how it turned out, and can't wait to use it again.
This is my second year attending ren faire with my husbands family. Family rule, if you want to go to faire you have to dress for it. Last year bc of time and lack of confindence about my skills, I put constructed simple costumes and my seamstress mother in law made my bodice for me.
This year I felt confident, and let my hubby pick any costume he wanted, he choose something from Lord of the Rings, he's not real into being historically accurate, he just wanted to look cool. I am pretty happy with how his turned out.
Last year I had insisted on all brown, but it was a little boring, so I tore off my old overskirt, and made a new one out of some beautiful blue broadcloth, and after 4 or 5 muslin dummies I made a bodice I like, but looking at pictures it turned out way better than I thought, and it was seriously the hardest thing I have ever done on my own.
my favorite part is my little bonnet. although once at faire, it was upgraded for a swashbuckling feathered hat, which I feel I need to build a whole new costume around for next year.
us together bc we are cute., and forgive the silly sunglasses, Husband has sensative eyes and there is a ton of dust at faire.
I made this for my sister in law for Christmas, I am really excited to give it to her. The skull and cross bones is cross stitched on, I used about 3 other patterns I had found to create one of my own that was the right size and shape. Ooooh & Aaaahhhs and criticism welcome
and I lined it with a great pirate print to make sure she had plenty of mateys.
Here's my go at a car seat poncho for my friends daughter. It was a little rough, bc I live in LA and she's on the east coast. And I had never seen one in person, and I don't have a child here the right size to try it on. Its a little big, but I am pretty happy with the way it turned out. I couldn't find a zipper I liked, and I wanted to get it to her ASAP, so I went with 2 or 3 pieces of velcro instead.
One of my best friends and her husband LOVE Halloween, so I decided to make these halloween themed Christmas decorations for them. I was originally inspired by the purple bat fabric, and ran from there. I used McCalls 3777 for the shapes and sizes, but I constructed without use of their instructions. I dropped them in the mail the other day to ensure they would have them before they bought anything new for the holidays. I hope they enjoy them as much as I enjoyed making them.
His & hers stockings
Tree skirt, my tree stand is packed away pretty well, so no "action shots"
Wreath to tie it all together. I don't know whats wrong with my photography skills, it is really round and not ovalish like it looks.