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11  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Day of the Dead Unity Candle! on: May 21, 2010 11:34:52 AM
This isn't for my own wedding, but I kinda wish it was. I'm so inspired by all the day of the dead wedding stuff out there, I just had to make a Day of the Dead Unity candle!!



It's a machine embroidered sugar skull design stitched on organza. I used spray adhesive to adhere it to the candle, and covered the edges with ribbon. It was so simple! Plus it smells like apple crisp...mmmm...

Here's a bit closer shot of the embroidery. I think the stitches actually give it a really cool almost 3D effect...



My friend Danielle (she had a halloween wedding a few years back) quickly stole this and won't give it back...
12  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / Hello Frosted Mirror! on: April 30, 2010 08:45:49 AM
Becha don't have a mirror that gives you a cordial greeting every time you look into it!



A little frosted spraypaint, a stencil I designed, and voila! A cheerful mirror.



Mirrors, btw, are very very hard to photograph. That's neither here nor there, but I just wanted to share my frustration.

Here's bunneh checkin' out his reflection. Hello bunneh!

13  SEWING IN GENERAL / Machine Embroidery: Completed Projects / Muertos Jacket on: April 28, 2010 10:58:48 AM
I thought I'd share a rockin' jacket I made for our next ad, the Dia de los Muertos Jacket! Our fabulous Danielle is modelling, and decided the jacket I found and stitched was hers. A battle ensued. Then Karline decided she wanted one. Now we think we might make a bunch and be a little embroidery gang. Whacha think?



(Danielle won the jacket in the end)

Anyone got a name for our newly formed rough and tumble embroidery gang?
14  SEWING IN GENERAL / Machine Embroidery: Completed Projects / Handmade embroidered sketchbook! on: April 26, 2010 08:35:39 AM
I'm a crafter, but I'm an artist too! So I crafted my very own handmade sketchbook Smiley



The design is machine embroidered on felt, and the fabric has double sized interfacing iron in between the two layers to give it a nice sturdy cover, but leaves the binding nice and flexible. I then just stitched in some folded pages. Ta da! Sketchbook Smiley



Open it up and sketch your masterpieces! Or a 5 minute sketch of what was supposed to be your left hand but looks a bit more like a monster claw with sausage fingers.

Meh.


Detail of embroidery. Ain't it pretty?



I'm diggin my new sketchbook. Plus is was really really easy to make! I'm thinking this would be a great way to make a custom photo book or guest book.
15  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / Steampunk Octopus Gel Medium Transfer on: April 16, 2010 11:01:05 AM
I needed a new sign for my studio door. Something welcoming and cheerful. Something that says, pleas don't bother me when I'm yelling at my machine or creatively cussing at my seam ripper.



A piece I designed, transferred using a photocopy and golden gel medium. I painted some rough color behind it first, and then added some fun alphabet stickers. I also added some copper leafing to the eyes and bolts, just to steampunk it up a bit.



I gave it a coating of varnish and now it's my new door sign!
16  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / L-O-V-E Makeup Bag on: April 12, 2010 06:45:53 AM
I used to live in fear of the zipper. No more little plastic zippy teeth! I have conquered you! I made a zippered makeup bag!!



Now my mascara won't fall out of the medicine cabinet and bonk my fiance on the head when he opens it. No sir. They'll all be neatly organized in my little lined pouch. I also added some love-ly (har har) machine embroidery.



And it even has stitched in lining!



Everyone together now... oooh, aaah.

17  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Oversized tee to Halter - w/embroidery! on: April 01, 2010 10:50:39 AM
Found a really cool tee on sale at Target, in my favorite purple color, and pink scripty writing. It was also, alas... to big.  Not anymore!



Embroidered it, chopped off the top, turned it into a cross wrap, and then trimmed down the bottom, and braided the extra fabric to make the halter ties! Here's a detail of the machine embroidery...



as you can see, I also sewed real bling onto the shirt I got off a funky earring I bought. Just to add that little extra.

In case you're wondering what the tee looked like before, here's small photo:


Me being sad because it's too big. It tugs at the heartstrings, doesn't it?



Rockin my new halter and soo ready for warm weather! We had our first March in Minnesota with no snow in 135 years. I'm beginning to believe that maybe winter is really over. Woot!

18  SEWING IN GENERAL / Machine Embroidery: Completed Projects / Resuable Lunchbag Winter Survival Kit! on: February 19, 2010 10:07:28 AM
I know, at first glace those things don't seem to be related. Reusable lunch bag, and a winter survival kit? Waa? Well just stick with me people... here's your fantastic handmade reusable monster lunch bag...



But take a look inside, and you have all you need to "survive winter"!!



Yeup, my winter survival kit is all about chocolate and goodies.



A little care package set of s'mores and hot cocoa, put together with ribbon and plastic bags. Doesn't this just warm the heart? Tell me that doesn't make bearing the long winter just a little bit easier...



*OMNOMNOM*



That totally wasn't me. I dont' eat my props. That would be unprofessional...
Anyway, once all the goodies have been consumed, you still have a fantastic reusable lunchbag to fill with nutritious lunches! (To make up for all that chocolate)



19  SEWING IN GENERAL / Machine Embroidery: Completed Projects / Punk Rock Knitting Rollup! on: February 12, 2010 11:41:45 AM
I'm not sure whether this should go under machine embroidery, sewing, or knitting. It goes here for now.

You're a punk rock knitter... it's time your accessories show that! Check it out...



Opened up. The top half folds over the knitting needles so that when it's rolled up they don't slide out..



Look at all the pretty pockets!



A special space for your circular knitting needles, your scissors, little needles, tape measure, and even your tiny knitting needles! And of course, you have to have a punk machine embroidery design to go on the front...



Now you can take your hardcore knitting on the road Smiley
20  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Love Sucks Vampire Bunny on: February 05, 2010 10:49:21 AM
Fan of vampires? Hate valentines day? Whether you're both or just one, well, I think I still have you covered. Introducing...

The Anti-valentines vampire bunny plush!



He even has a cute little vampire cape. Because all vampires need capes. It's a rule. I just made up.



"Love Sucks" was machine embroidered on his tummy, for that extra touch Smiley His face was hand embroidered.



So, for the disgruntled single friend, or the die-hard twilight lover, vampire bunny covers them all!
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