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1  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Fire Fighter Bear on: June 13, 2012 02:54:54 PM
I saw saragold's cowboy quilt here http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=358783.0 and was in love, and was looking for an excuse to make something like it.

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.

2  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / my first full quilt, or a year's blood sweat and tears on: January 17, 2010 11:13:48 AM
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

 and this is the back

Detail shot
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Help with Kitchen Cabinet Make over on: September 27, 2009 11:37:45 AM
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.   Undecided

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?

Any advice would be appreciated.
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Balcony Make Over on: August 08, 2009 11:45:58 AM
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.  Smiley

The first problem is it faces the west, so the sun in the afternoon is brutal Angry.  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.  Undecided

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  Grin
5  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Rad Plaid on: June 01, 2009 09:25:59 AM
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.
6  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / The Sword and the Wench on: April 07, 2009 09:50:48 AM
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.
7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Bathina Bag for a Pirate on: December 10, 2008 08:44:44 AM
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  Cheesy

and I lined it with a great pirate print to make sure she had plenty of mateys.

8  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / My try at a car seat poncho on: November 29, 2008 10:28:28 AM
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.   Grin

9  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Halloween for Christmas on: November 04, 2008 08:56:37 PM
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.

10  California / California: South / New to Area, looking for great craft stores on: November 02, 2008 09:06:35 PM
Just moved to LA from the east coast.  Living in Burbank, but willing to travel for excellent craft stores.  I know where the local Michael's and Joann's are, but I was hoping to find out about more local owned shops.  I sew, make jewelry and greeting cards, but I am always excited to learn about new projects.
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