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1  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / twin-sized ticker tape quilt on: January 22, 2011 07:51:34 PM
omg this thing was a beast! i've never quilted anything before and when i saw someone post a ticker tape quilt, i thought, bada-bing, easy quilting! no piecing! HA! no piecing, just beastly turning-of-giant-fabric-sammie on my small machine. around four sizes of one meeeellion ticker tape pieces.

anyway, i finally finished it after 9 months of stitching here and there, and i have to say, i do love it! it's in my 4 year old's newly redone room Smiley

a ticker tape quilt and bunting, how much happier can a room get?







thanks for looking! Smiley
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / my stripe-ed dress, first clothing for me! on: July 17, 2010 10:38:54 AM
i need a dress to wear to my sister's rehearsal dinner at the end of august, and thought i'd try to make myself something. i've done a lot of sewing for my daughter, but easy stuff, this dress is the first thing i've made for myself. also the first time i've done princess seams, lined bodice, pleats, invisible zipper...so yeah, lots of firsts. it still needs hemming, and the zipper is a little jacked but yay for a sash that hides that, ha!





it also cost me a total of $3 and change because the fabric was something from my grandmother's stash that was handed own to me Smiley i used new look 6824, 16 for the top (probably should have done 14), 18 for the skirt.
3  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / sweater boots, thanks to urban threads! on: January 13, 2010 05:29:38 PM
so thanks to the uber popular sweater boots thread and mini tute urban threads published, i decided to make my own. then i had to convert some old bootcut jeans into skinny ones to wear them with. my curvy arse doesn't really do skinny jeans, but whatever, it was a fun, free addition to my wardrobe!

here's the boots and jeans. i'm no model, but i guess they look aight. Smiley



4  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / christmas dress on: December 13, 2009 08:06:20 AM
i made this dress for the monster girl for the season, and this is by far the most complicated thing i've sewn, i generally stick to appliqued tees and elastic waist pants, lol! my mom  smocked the panel and told me to make a dress for it, lol. thanks ma! made my pattern by tracing out a similar wrap dress she had, just enlarging to account for growth. i'd gotten a little sleeves/collar pattern but hated how it was coming together, so went this route instead. fabric is corduroy, which was a little beastly, but not too bad Smiley









thanks for looking! Smiley
5  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / max & ruby pillow dolls :) (tute on page 2!) on: July 19, 2009 07:27:21 PM
nothing hard, but my 2.5 year old LOVES max and ruby, and there just aren't a lot of m&r toys out there. plus, she's a toddler and rather fickle, so she may be over it next week, no sense buying some pricey toy!

just printed these images out from colorized coloring book pages, sewed, stuffed. attached a ricrac loop so they could be hooked together with a carabiner (made these for our flight to FL this week)!

the printing on fabric thing was so easy, i'm totally making some other little things like this!



6  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / decorative pillows for the bedroom redo on: July 01, 2009 12:41:46 PM
okay, part two! posted the curtains (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=311324.0) the other day, burlap with the stripe contrast bottom. so i made these two pillows from the leftovers to tie things together with the bedding. the k letters (dh and i both have k names) are just iron on transfers, the big pillow is the burlap, the little leftover stripe with covered buttons for tufting. Smiley



7  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / burlap curtains on: June 30, 2009 05:32:55 PM
i'm finally  getting cracking on our bedroom redo. we just bought new bedding, but we're not painting right now, just no time,  this fall i think. our old bedding had matching curtains, did not go with the new bedding, so i made some curtains for our window/back door out of burlap! i chose a lighter color burlap, then added blackout liner since our bedroom gets early morning sun. started out doing just burlap, but they needed something, thus the striped bottom edge. love em now. and they go with our dk. green walls but also with the lighter robin's egg blue i plan to paint. and some green accessories that will stay in the room.

have to say, sewing burlap is a bit beastly and unwieldy, plus you get lots of random fiber floating around, but i love the outcome!





i made little pillow out of the leftover stripe, plan to make another decorative one out of the burlap leftovers and some robin's egg blue fabric i happen to have. Smiley
8  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / this year's garden :) on: June 19, 2009 08:43:26 AM
last year was my first attempt at a garden, and since i had a modicum of success, i decided to revise and reattempt this year! i also started everything from organic seeds this year instead of going with pre-established plants, which was interesting in and of itself!

on to the garden.

we have sugar dot corn, yellow crookneck squash, sugar pumpkins...




beefsteak tomatoes and a sad sprig or two of lettuce (which is funny, my lettuce did great last year!)


and some freestone peaches on my dwarf peach tree
9  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / therapeutic neck wrap/boo boo compress w/ tute link! :) on: June 07, 2009 08:36:45 PM




here we go, therapeutic neck wraps. i made these for preschool teacher gifts (the four pink ones), since over the course of the year, my girl had four teachers (she had three at the start of the year, then one had a baby so she got a new one!) i came across a tutorial for a spa set, changed it up a little bit, and filled them with a combination of rice and flaxseed for good cold and heat therapy uses.

you can obviously make these in other shapes and sizes as well, i made a smaller one in fancy dora the explorer fabric to keep in a freezer bag in the freezer for when my monster girl runs into/falls off of/trips over something! and while the teacher gift ones were divided up into the 4 squares, the one i made for the tute had the longer middle section (i plan to use mine for migraines), but it's just a matter of preference!

the tutorial's on my crafty group's blog Cheesy

http://marthamondays.blogspot.com/2009/05/simple-therapeutic-neck-wrap.html
10  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / painted fireplace insert on: June 05, 2009 03:10:48 PM
before and after


i've always hated the brass thingy that was in the fireplace. so three years after we moved into this house, i finally painted it! easy peasy and i love it!! i used a hammered dark bronze paint to blend with the other fixtures in the living room area...

so yeah, if you have crazy shiny brass you don't like, bust out that rustoleum paint and make it better! this took me about an 45 minutes of prep/spray time, then drying time, but about 2.5 hours total. i wish i'd done this forever ago...now i want to paint the mantel a darker color to go with our darker furniture, lol!
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