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1  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Another itty bitty dress on: June 08, 2010 02:12:02 PM
This is the 2nd dress I have made using the Made by Rae pattern for an Itty Bitty Baby Dress.




It's a hot pink and black zebra print. The bodice is lined with plain black fabric, and trimmed with 2 lines of jumbo black rick rack.  There is a band of black fabric around the bottom of the skirt portion.



A closeup of the tag.



At my friend's house, waiting her sweet baby Maisy, due in September.
2  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / My first Itty Bitty Baby Dress on: May 23, 2010 03:11:36 PM




I bought this cute pillowcase a while back, but it had just been languishing away in my fabric bin.  I decided to try out the FREE Made by Rae pattern for an <a href="http://www.made-by-rae.com/2008/04/free-itty-bitty-baby-dress-pattern.html">Itty Bitty Baby Dress</a>.  Because I used a pillowcase, I was able to use the existing hem for the skirt.  I decided to skip the piping because it scared me a little bit, having never used it before.

I made the flower using this tutorial from <a href="http://sewritzytitzy.blogspot.com/2008/11/from-annas-gardenfabric-flower-tutorial.html">SewRitzyTitzy</a>.  I just did 5 petals, and then sewed it on to the dress along with two buttons stacked on top of each other.
3  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Preemie Gown on: March 13, 2009 12:53:12 PM
I just finished this preemie bereavement gown.  It is 12" long and so soft and pretty. It is going to be donated along with all of the preemie hats that I am making this year.

Here are two pictures of the progress on it:





And then completed:


It is all crocheted in one piece, so there are no seams to sew up.  I worked on it on and off for 2 days.  I used this pattern:
http://susan.kraus.net/pages/pattern1.html

Come check out my preemie hat thread in the charity forum, and maybe join in! 
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=286771.0
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Etched glass picture frame bow holder on: February 19, 2009 03:54:14 PM
Last month, I had a giveaway on my blog.  It was a really simple one to enter - to win, you just had to be one of the first 3 comments.  The prize was a handmade craft of my choice, to be received sometime in the next 365 days.  This is one of the crafts that I made:





It started off with this little framed print:


I spraypainted the heck out of the frame with glossy white spray.



I used painter's tape to block out most of the glass, and scrapbooking stickers to spell
"BOWS" across the bottom.


Then I gooped on lots of Etching cream and let it do it's magic.

Inside the frame, I used 2 shades of blue cardstock, some pretty vellum, and a cute picture of her daughter (face edited out to respect the mom's request).  Topped it off with a bow hot-glued on the top corner, and two looooooong 24" pieces of ribbon to clip bows on to.  That's 4 feet of hanging space!

One of the other crafts I completed was this framed Silhouette set: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=292762.msg3327282

Now I just need to do one more craft!!
5  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / silhouettes of my friend's kids on: February 17, 2009 03:13:39 PM
This was pretty fun, but kind of time consuming.  Her oldest son has a massive head of curls, which I think was the most difficult... I also had to work just from pictures off of her blog, as this is going to be a surprise, so I had to fudge some details... like her younger daughter just had her hair cut into a short bob with bangs, so I had to crop up the hair from a picture where she had long hair.  One of her favorite colors is green, and the background is 1/2 of a fat quarter since it had to be like 18" long - the frame was too big for scrapbooking paper to be the background.



6  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Sweet Valentine Skirt on: February 13, 2009 03:54:34 PM


I found this adorable fabric at Joann's today. It was in the Red Tag clearance section, so a half-yard cost me $1.75.  Combined with 50c or so worth of no-fold elastic and some thread (the thread is 50% off right now!), this little skirt worked up very fast, and is perfect to wear tomorrow for Valentine's Day!



Front:


Back:


Thanks for looking!
7  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Another Lacy Shells poncho! on: January 27, 2009 11:24:55 AM
After I finished my daughter's poncho, my friend asked me to make one for her toddler too. I added it to my queue of projects to complete. After finishing my cable hat last night, I started on Millie's poncho.
I added a removable drawstring to it so that it can be adjusted if it's too big to stay on her shoulders well, and I love the sweet little bow that it makes!
Made with Caron Simply Soft Eco in Lilac Bud, I hook, from Luv2Crochet's pattern.







Now to just get it in the mail!
8  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Cowboy quilt... yeehaw! on: January 22, 2009 04:28:50 PM
Okay, I feel like a total dunce for even posting this in the quilting forum after seeing the gorgeous stuff that you guys have made, but well, I guess it's where it belongs.

1) I have never quilted anything before.
2) I have never taken a sewing class.
3) I am bad at measuring and cutting straight lines, and have a tendency to wing things.
4) I got frustrated after making the inner squares part because nothing was lining up, and quit.
5) This project sat folded up on the bookshelf or hidden in my closet for the last 4 years.
6) One of my new year's resolutions was to finish unfinished projects.

Now that I have that all off of my chest, I shall continue.  I started this project shortly after my youngest son was born. At least, I'm pretty sure it was after he was born, because I don't think I would have made such an overtly boyish quilt before our little surprise was born. Anyways, with 5 little ones in the house, there wasn't much time for crafting, especially the undivided attention kind of crafting that cutting out little bitty squares and sewing them evenly and making everything line up nicely kind of crafting.  It's getting better as they're getting older. 

The squares in the middle are from a Cowboy print, 2 small floral prints, a blue print with ropes and stars, a plaid print that reminded me of my Dad's favorite button-front shirts, and a square from a pair of my Dad's jeans. My Dad passed away in 2000.
The border on the front is a dark red bandana print, and then the back is a light green flannel with a cowboy print.  Instead of batting for the inside, I used a flannel blanket that was mine when I was a baby.  The finished size is 41" by 35".  The top-stitching is a little bit wonky in places, but I had no clue how to do binding, so I just crossed my fingers and plugged away at it.

(It's not uneven like the photos show - it's just wrinkled up from being used to sleep with last night, and then the grass and leaves aren't helping it lay flat, LOL)

That picture was taken before I topstitched it and tied it together.

Here's a couple of links for more pix (and you can click on the pix to see them bigger):
http://uglygrayhouse.blogspot.com/2009/01/22365.html
http://uglygrayhouse.blogspot.com/2009/01/18365.html

My little guy loves it, so I guess that makes it all worth it.  And, I got to check it off my List!!
9  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Discussion and Questions / need help w/ design on: January 21, 2009 09:03:09 AM
One of my friend's has a teenage son in a band - they play Christian rock and stuff, and their band name is "Grounded Again".  I want to make a shirt for him (he's the drummer), a la freezer paper stencil, but need some help coming up with a cool looking design... something sort of tribaly and cool looking, like the NOTW shirts? Can anyone help, either some good links, font suggestions, or even just making something up?

Thanks so much for taking the time to read this!
10  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / The flying purple poncho eater has bred! on: January 13, 2009 07:50:26 AM
After finishing my daughter's poncho (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=286745.0), my hubby insisted that I make the matching hat. 


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