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381  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Sooo Cute..... Easter Dresses on: July 31, 2008 06:49:15 PM
I love making frilly dresses for my daughter, though I seldom have the time to do now that I've gone back to college, but I made these for Easter in 2006 and 2005.

I bought the material for this one several years before she was even born, but like most awesome impulse fabric buys, it sat on my shelf unused for a very long time.  I had no idea what I'd use it for when I bought it, but the embroidery along the one edge was too beautiful to pass up.  I was sorting through my fabric one day and realized that there was just enough of it to make a dress for my then 3-year-old, but there might not be enough for the size she'd wear the next year, so I decided to use for an easter dress. I found a beaded headband that matched the shade of the dress perfectly.  The sash is just a ribbon with trellis-like cutouts.  I thought it was perfect the second I saw it. 



This one was done the year before when she was two, and is the first thing I ever made for her.  I had seen a dress in a shop with a doubled layer of tulle that had flower petals inside and I loved it, but they wanted $60 which is far too much for a toddler's easter dress.  So I bought a dress pattern and modified it to include the tulle overskirt.  I found perfect peach and yellow silk roses to break up and put into the skirt, and she was just adorable.  (and I'm not biased in my opinion at all  Wink)



As an interesting side note, the yellow dress was made before I got my serger, and the blue one was made after. There is a world of difference when you look down at the inside of the dresses Cheesy
382  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Pretty solution for toddler-proofing furniture on: July 31, 2008 12:23:26 PM
Out tables have sharp pointed corners, so we had ugly foam bumpers on the corners while our daughter was toddling.  This looks like it would be perfectly suited to protect the surface, and hide those bumpers at the same time.
383  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Painted topiary basket on: July 31, 2008 05:41:03 AM
I painted this for my cousin, who I believe uses it now to hold hair baubles and barrettes.  I love topiary and decided to show it.  I got the basket for $1 at Michaels and it had such a lovely result, I can't wait to make more Cheesy





384  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: Leaf Cane Jar - Now With Pictures! on: July 30, 2008 06:09:58 PM
It's about 3 inches tall and no more than half that wide.  I used to keep it on the windowsill in the kitchen to hold my rings while I was cooking, but it was admired by a friend and I gave it to her, so I don't have it to get exact measurements.  Now that I'm thinking about it though, I just may need to make another one for my rings Cheesy
385  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: Polymer clay filigree bottles, bracellette, and Tin on: July 30, 2008 06:45:24 AM
I see what you were saying about the plaquing in the translucent clay, and I agree, it makes for a wonderful effect.  Those are quite lovely.  I have a plethora of bottles I've collected over the years, all with the intention of covering them with clay, but I've never gotten around to actually doing it.  These may just bed the inspiration I need Cheesy
386  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: Leaf Cane Jar - Now With Pictures! on: July 30, 2008 06:42:03 AM
I didn't use any kind of form with it.  It's one of the first things I ever did with polymer and a form never occurred to me.  It probably kept it's shape so well because it's so small, there wasn't enough weight to the walls to pull themselves down while it was baking.  I wish I had thought to put something in the picture for scale, but next time I make one, I'll remember to do that Cheesy
387  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: First memory quilt! on: July 30, 2008 06:35:07 AM
thank you so much for sharing this with us!  I've been trying to convince my sisters to collaborate with me on a quilt for my parents as a Christmas present and they were resisting the idea until I showed them your memory quilt.  They both think its beautiful and have agreed to try it.  It will be a first quilt for all of us, but hopefully not my last Cheesy
388  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Rainbow Patchwork Skirt on: July 30, 2008 06:15:11 AM
This is amazingly beautiful; I can't even say how much.  I completely adore it and I'd wear it in a heartbeat and dare anyone to say something negative about it.  This is truly a work of art and you should be proud of it and yourself.  Don't pay one bit of attention to anyone who says otherwise.  All that really matters is what you think, and if you think it's wonderful, then it is.
389  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: The Most Awesome Save-the-Date Ever! on: July 30, 2008 03:01:22 AM
that's just made of awesome Cheesy  Did you get to see anybody open theirs?  That must have priceless Cheesy
390  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: More little squares! Boxy bag. on: July 29, 2008 04:39:45 PM
I love bags, and I love bright colors, so this is twice as awesome Cheesy  I love it, great job!
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