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11  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Blue Eyed Frog Dog **Cutness Overload** on: October 02, 2008 08:25:22 PM
I have the second doggy costume done.  A little green frog with blue eyes.  I didn't have black for the pupils so I used blue.  I also did not have plain white but a left over sparkle white.  I also accidentally put the legs on facing the wrong direction, but cant really tell.  But it turned out much cutter then I had expected.  The pattern is from my Doggy Knits book.

I about died of cuteness when I got it on her, and she did not even try to take the head band off. 

So anyway, lots of pics here. 


the top


completed project on the little girl

more...

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I am thinking of adding maybe a pink bow, or a little princess crown so people know she is a girl...  what do you think?

12  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Wedding throw on: September 05, 2008 07:51:44 PM
My friends decided about two or three weeks ago they would like to get married this weekend.   So I threw together this throw for them.  I made one similar for another wedding last month, same materials.  I did the monogramming on my brother sewing machine, free hand with a wood cross stitch thing and the zig zag stitch.  No fancy fancy programmable machines for me! The nine did get a little funky though.  Then the to keep the throw together I just used a multiple stitch zig zag in three rows.  Simple enough.  I like the non traditional kinda wedding gift thing, no white for my gifts!
I think when I get married I may end up getting a million blankets as gifts now!!!



The zig zag stitch thing I used.


The colors are a little brighter than in the pictures too. 
13  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Super Dog, lots o pics on: August 22, 2008 10:03:53 PM
I finally finished the halloween costume for my dog! Yeah its a little early but I still have one to make! 
Its umm... a little big.  I need to reattach the cape its kinda crooked.  Plus I need to take out the stitching and take in the sides.  He is such an oddly shaped dog. 
All in all I think its cute Smiley 






and the model himself...




14  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / South Dakota, Montana, Yellow Stone (TONS of pics) on: August 21, 2008 02:50:15 PM
I went on a road trip with my sister a few weeks back, we traveled from Indiana (a few states) South Dakota, Wyoming, Montana, then down to Yellow Stone.  We both took tons of pics.  I probably have over a few hundred, but once and a while I stopped hitting the capture button long enough to think about my photo and actually try to take a good one.  The following are some of my favorites that i actually made an attempt at doing well.  I plan to print and frame these I like them so much.

this one I took at a state park just inside Minnesota


This one is I believe just entering South Dakota, we drove all night through super flat lands and as the sun was coming up we cam across this super hilly valley and stopped for photo op.  There was a little town and a river, but this is the one I like the best.


This I took while exploring the bad lands, my sister and I where walking a dry creek bed.


the next two are also from the Bad Lands.  A huge storm was coming in as we where about half way through, so of course had to stop for photos of it!




Then off to Mount Rushmore, we had friends of my sisters take us up the "back way" to see Mount Rushmore which was pretty cool.  I got tons of the "typical" shots just for memory sake.  But this one amuses me and I want it printed also.


Ah back roads Montana, we took a random road some 20 miles into the mountains.


and OMG a MOOSE!!!!! I love my shot here.


Finlay Firehole falls


hope you enjoy them Smiley
15  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / Super Cute Ferret Cage Cover on: July 31, 2008 02:00:10 PM
First off I LOVE Walmart scraps Smiley  I made this ferret cage cover with all cheap Walmart scraps.  YAY! 
Anyway, so I needed a cage cover for my ferrets and was just using a Carebear blanket I had.  So at Walmart I found this care bear quilt scrap super cheap and I like to buy out all the fleece scraps (make great ferret/dog blankets.) So today I threw together this cage cover and I think it turned out way cute Smiley   I cut up my scraps to make about 16 x 21 inch blocks for the sides and top since I didn't have two or even three pieces that fully covered the sides and top.  Sewed them all together and then sewed them to the care bear quilt piece.  And ta-da cage cover.  There is no back piece because I want air flow to get in there still. 
 


The inside of the care bear piece is filled with care bear stars too.

and happy sleeping ferrets Smiley


Thanks for looking Smiley
16  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Throw- Pic heavy! on: July 30, 2008 09:23:27 AM
I think I have the right place to post this, its a for the home thing/wedding thing.  I don't know I was confused.  ANYWAY!
My friend got married last week and I had no idea what to give her so I asked.  She said "you bought a sewing machine, I need a new throw, the dog ate my old one"  so I thought, and went OK I will make a throw for her.  Its a fairly simple one (I am new to sewing.) I got this awesome plaid material from walmart thats not just dyed plaid but each individual string is dyed then wooven together, and it was only $1 a yard.  Needless to say I have a ton of it now!  and got some soft matching green fleece for the back and went home and figured out how to make my blanket.  I didn't really measure I just held it up and went I will make it this big! then I thought hey lets make is special and I learned how to use the monogram feature of my sewing maching.  Was kinda hard to do free hand but I figured it out.  I also had a lot of help from the pets in making her throw. 
and I took lots of pics because I know that my friend would want to see them.

My helpers:  there is another ferret hiding under the fleece

Opus holding down the ends for me.  he loves to help.


my first attempt at monogramming ( I practiced a lot first)


Lots and lots of strings I took a needle and tucked them all away into the blanket before putting the back on, then glued them in place! 


my first blood, I stabbed myself with the machine needle while the machine was off.  And I always wondered how people did it, now I know.....  hard to see the owwy, but its there and it hurt!


the finished throw.  Its hard to see the monogramming because of the color of the thread, but thats OK because it also hides the really bad parts of it too! 


the back side.  I decided to sew the extra lines (?) to keep the blanket from bunching funny. 



I really liked the throw, I didn't want to give it up!  But since it had their initials and name plus wedding date I guess it would have been silly to keep it myself!  But they loved it, and promised to keep the dog away from it!  It was the only thing they got with their wedding date on it. 
17  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / bias tape on: July 14, 2008 10:54:59 AM
I am completeing an outfit for my freinds wedding this saturday.  yeah I am cutting it close.  I have never made an outfit before and the patern can be SO confusing. 
My top wants me to use Bias tape, which i am about to head out and buy, the problem is i dont understand the patern fully.  can someone explain what this is telling me?  This is the patern steps...
4. Open out edge of single fold bias tape

5. with RIGHT sides together, pin tape to neck edge having crease 3/8" (1 cm) from raw edge.  Stitch in a 3/8" (1cm) seam.  Trim seam; clip curves

6. Turn tape to INSIDE; press.
Baste close to inner edge. On Outside, top-stitch as basted.

this is for the neck of my shirt and the putting on bias tape is so confusing me.  Also can I baste using my simple sewing machine? 

thanks for any help. 
18  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / Ferret cuddle sling on: July 01, 2008 12:15:30 PM
I have this ferret that has become paralyzed on her hind end.  So I felt bad about her not getting out to explore the world and made her a super cute fuzzy cuddle sling.  So far she loves it.  





19  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / completely new to sewing on: June 13, 2008 09:54:23 AM
I am completely new to sewing.  I am a knitter (a slow one at that!) But I decided that I wanted to sew now too.  Mostly because I wanted to make cuddle sacks and toys for my ferrets.  So I bought a machine and made a few cuddle sacks then a big one for my small dog and I thought to myself hey I can do this!  So I got a bright idea, lets make clothes!!!  YAY.  got a pattern and tons of fabric for the pattern, enough for mistake wiggle room, think 8 yards is enough? (it wasway cheap too)  I sat down to read the pattern and get started and WHAT IN GODS NAME ARE THEY TALKING ABOUT!?!?!?!  before now sewing meant go buy those iron on things and iron it together.

What is a nap?  other then what my dogs do all day
Baste?  thinking it goes in the oven with some juice like things all over it
Selvages?  like salvage...pluck something from the garbage? 

Right now with my complete lack of understanding I may end up sleeping while I burn fabric and garbage in the oven.  Ok maybe it wont be that bad.  But if I could get some help understanding these definitions, and if there are more I am going to need to know, I am all up for learning new words. I think that would be great.
Oh yeah the whole 45" and 60" thing what does that mean? 
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