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1  Re: PIRATE Swap Returns from DJ's Locker (SIGNUP 9/12/089/30/08; MAIL By 11/3/0 in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by thehappylion on: September 22, 2008 05:51:06 PM
Oh, I'm very excited now. I have joined on behalf of my two wee pirates. Ha! Now I get to share a pirate picture. This is from the day they discovered pirates. Note that they had already discovered tattoos Cheesy

The crazy face on Bird is due to an overenthusiastic Aaaaarrrrrrr. Beast boy is just hot.... we live in Florida and he's chunky. Or was.
Anyways, they discovered pirates in May and have been head over heels ever since. This picture was at our AMAZING pirate-sponsored festival, the Amelia Island "Isle of Eight Flags" festival. I wish I'd managed to get pictures of my tiny boy seducing the [rather drunken by that point] female pirates further toward the docks. Just getting passed around and giving kisses left and right.
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2  Re: The Not Your Average Mommy Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by thehappylion on: September 14, 2008 08:49:49 PM
Ah! This was such an awesome swap. I *loved* my package, and I am just adoring the things everyone else got, too! I feel like such a bum for not posting this sooner, but it's been one crazy thing after another around here; my dog, then my transmission, my son swallowed a quarter (and somehow managed to poop out 7 cents, explain that to me!), etc, etc. BUT! Here is what was in my fantasmic package:

This is my little monster, in his new shirt from MyWitsand4, yelling "Oi! Oi!"
***ignore the nastily smeared television, or see it and blame the boy instead of me***My daughter got the same shirt, but was a much less willing model, and I got a black one in my size, which I will happily post when I dig my camera back out of whatever crevice they stuck it in this time. Argh. Kids. I also got some beautiful Peggy Lee iron-ons. Grin Grin Grin Enough for us to all match with those, too, if I'm willing to share. The kids, they just don't appreciate her like I do, *sigh*
I was so thrilled with my package it only kinda bothered me that my kids were happier wearing my partner's creations than mine... hrm.
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3  A Lola Pattern? in Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions by thehappylion on: September 10, 2008 05:36:19 PM
Hello... I'm on to crafty Halloween business, so calling on all of you with insane knowledge of vintage patterns to PLEASE help me find one that looks right! My [almost] four year old would like to be Lola of Charlie and Lola for Halloween. Lola looks like so:



The child mercifully decided that her brother will be Charlie, so at least part of my life will be somewhat easy. BUT, if anyone knows of a pattern that looks somewhat like this dress, I'd love to know! She wears it in about a million different prints on the show, so I may just have fun and make a whole fall/winter Lola wardrobe...
Thanks!
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4  A Ralph Lauren dress, teehee (Thanks, Cheytown!) in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by thehappylion on: September 05, 2008 06:11:28 AM
WARNING! Copious amounts of bias tape were killed in the making of this garment!
SO. I decided to try my hand at the Cheytown dress, again, despite a rather miserable failure the first time around.  I am much more pleased this time, although it doesn't quite fit. That's okay. I'm much more confident now (and have millions more shirts to assault). I also have a friend with a 9 month old, so the dress can at least go to cute usage.


The model became the photographer... my, do I wish this fit her.

As modeled by my door

I'm very proud of the top - the material seemed to not have a clear "right" side, so I flipped it so the pleating went in, not out. I think it looks more like a dress than a shirt now, but still shirt-y.


I moved the pocket to be a little hip pocket - saw that inspiration on here, also, I think lil_abi's version.

Here's what I'm most proud of, though... the insides of the dress. I am still without a serger, but now I can give this away without worrying myself silly about how it'll look in a couple washings.

One more shot of those seams, as I am silly about them!

Thanks for looking! Comments greatly appreciated.
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5  He's a cowboy... (or, the disaster that was supposed to be jammies) in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by thehappylion on: August 25, 2008 06:24:14 PM
Leave it to me to attempt a wrong-sized, vintage (read: no instructions for the things I need instruction on and wrongly ordered steps) pattern for my boy. Utter disaster, yes, but still, for some reason, I make him put it on and model it for craftster. Addiction, I think yes. It's supposed to be a button front jammie top (and bottoms), but after the wrongness of it all, I decided to not waste my precious, horded buttons or more fabric to make matching pants for the unwearable. And yet still, here it is. Couldn't get a good picture, so here's lots of bad ones!

Being the monster man that he is...

Pointing out to those of you who cannot see for yourself (yes, you blind craftsters) the cowboys, who I somehow managed to have all facing up (even the guys on the collar!), although many of them ended up headless, eep!

Hahaha! I know it's not really of the jacket, but I couldn't resist letting him point out a bit more than the cowboys...
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6  Re: The Not Your Average Mommy Swap Signups Are Now Closed Send outs Aug 31st in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by thehappylion on: August 18, 2008 02:01:27 PM
I know this is sorta off topic, but it is impacting my swap, so...
If you all could please pray/keep my little dog in your thoughts, I ran her over on Saturday and she's still at the vet's, trying to see how much damage was done and assessing surgery. Things are looking far better, but she is not nearly in the clear. Her pelvis has multiple fractures and her right rear leg is pretty badly mangled. She is a runt teacup Chihuahua named Laney and she is my 3 year old's dog and we love her so much.

Laney in happier days (so you can see how tiny)

Laney at the vet

Thank you
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7  Punky Zebra Munchkin Girl in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by thehappylion on: August 15, 2008 05:14:43 PM
Ok, I LOVE this! I was kind of playing around with cheap-o cloth bits and leftovers to see if I could manage this http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=234235.0 as a kiddo dress thing. Because I love it. So I took my $.25 for a bag of fabric zebra print and went to work. And made my terror wear it. And dragged her to the park to take pictures. And had to take her to pizza as a bribe for said pictures. And after all that, she decides that she does, in fact, like her dress. Enough talk - her it is:

At the pizza place.. or outside it, rather

Monster girl, trying to shirk her picture duties ad actually play at the park or something equally silly

Passing the all-important climbing test

I think this might go much better in jersey, this was just a first run, but thankfully the girl child is the skinniest person I've ever met, so I was able to put her in it!
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8  It's a Bird! It's a Plane! in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by thehappylion on: August 15, 2008 08:56:28 AM
It's Supergirl! Or, supergirlie supergirl... These aren't for my mini-terror, unfortunately. Maybe fortunately, considering they don't really fit her. Hmm. No. My brother is OBSESSED with superman. We're talking pushing 30 and superman everything still. So every time that I scour the $1 rack at Walmart, I'm confronted with supergirl fabric, and I finally gave in and bought some (funny how $4.44 seems SO expensive at Walmart and like such a steal at Joann's...) So now my little superniece has three new dresses! By the way... she's a touch wider and taller than my mini-model, despite being close to two years younger (those supergenes!) so the dresses don't fit so well.

Dress number one, Yes, those are froggy rain boots and no, it is not raining inside my house.

First way to tie dress

Second way to tie dress

A little bit of motion - I love the fullness of the skirt!

Dress number two, Supergirl flannel from the clearance bin at Joann's, only $2/yd!

And the back, thanks Vegbee!!

And an awful picture of dress number three, my first real go at shirring, which I am now obsessed with!
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9  Penguins!!! in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by thehappylion on: July 27, 2008 04:39:09 PM
Thank goodness for coupons! I used so much fabric on this skirt! 3 yards for one kids skirt, it killed me. The story is that my 11 year old cousin is at sleep away camp, and her bunk is the penguins, so I told her mom I'd fix her up a couple things. No one seemed to be able to tell me her size, but she's about my height and maybe a touch thicker, so I went to work. I made her a pair of jammie pants (penguin flannel, basic, not pictured) and then this skirt, which was going to be just plain penguin fabric, but I had serious penguin overload and had to break it up. A little difficult, because I had to make an elastic waist skirt capable of being at least six inches bigger, plus room to get in, because I was in the dark on the size. So... here it is. I love it. I want to keep it. (This is me modeling, with my three year old taking pictures for me!)

The skirt, sitting still


Open wide, though not as wide as it goes, in order to preserve my modesty...

In action (this would have been dreamy to me as a child!)

And a close-up of the penguins, which I L O V E love!

Honestly, the more I look at it, the more I want to keep it. Miss Tess is SOOOO lucky that she's my favorite and my best, because anyone else would be SOL. Now I have to make one for me, and one for my daughter, my mom, my grandma, the list will never end! Hopefully, my husband doesn't want one, but maybe I could get lil_abi's husband to model one for me?
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10  Green T-shirt MADNESS! (too many pictures, sorry!) in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by thehappylion on: July 25, 2008 05:36:20 PM
Otherwise known as my husband is a Marine and went up a size, leaving me with an unhealthy amount of post-Iraq green t-shirts (the undershirt for the uniform). I was going to use them to practice and try out patterns, but have decided that, with daddy deployed again, wearing these shirts is a great way for them to feel a little closer to him, plus they're ridiculously cute, in my opinion. Anyways, on to pictures. I made these last two dresses for my girlie pie, one tied down the side and the other vaguely asian-styled. And, since my poor little son always gets left out, he got a pair of daddy's shirt pants, using http://madebypetchy.blogspot.com/2008/06/tutorial-10-minute-trousers.html


AH! Okay, I LIED! This one is actually not sewn, at least not in a traditional sense, just up the sides with itself...


And I guess this is a little gapey at the chest, but it's a first draft (a 15-minute one, no less!)


Here's my oopsie seam, where I tried to be lazy and not have to line up the original hem with itself and just cheat...

And Mr. Beasty looking so dapper (or something!)


Marine Corps fabric should stand up to Beasty's playing, for at least a week or so, right?

Any input would be greatly appreciated!
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