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1  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Re: Handmade Christmas at 99% on: November 24, 2008 05:04:31 AM
If you're any good at painting, I would buy a plain wooden "treasure box" or jewelry box, you know the ones at a craft store or maybe a dollar store and then paint it with some cows on it.

It's kind of what I'm doing for a few people. I've painted one like a pirate's treasure chest for the kidlet, one's going to be a nightmare before christmas theme for my boss and one with wolves for my mom's friend.
2  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions / Re: Making pants more fun? on: April 02, 2008 06:34:03 PM
I took a peek into your message history and see you're sewing for a boy, I'd definitely use neat color combos to liven up pants and other things.

Spring green with Tuqouise blues and dark purples look great together. Or brown instead of the purple, with some red accents tossed in there.

Or pale yellow and blue with deeper browns and oranges, that kind of thing.

I'd use different colors to add interest with things like pockets, piping, appliques, belts, contrasting topstitching, buttons, maybe a little stencilled print or embroidered outlines over prints. Maybe not all at once, hehe, but whatever seems pleasing at the time. I'd try to keep to one major color or maybe a multi color pattern and keep the other colors as fairly small accents.

Just, whatever you dream up, go for it! It's nearly guaranteed to be more interesting than the stuff they're selling at your local clothing store. Smiley
3  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions / Re: Need Suggestions for punk dress for 2 yr old on: April 02, 2008 01:48:27 AM
That would be a pretty adorable variation! Cool idea... Smiley
4  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions / Re: Need Suggestions for punk dress for 2 yr old on: March 30, 2008 09:09:18 PM
If I were making a punk style dress, I would make something like a tank top style bodice with grommit tape for straps that buckle or maybe attatch with ribbon ties to the back of the body.

For the skirt part I would do a double layered skirt, both two times the width of the waist, and gathered tight, sewn together and to the bodice. I'd gather the outer sirt in two places in the front (over each leg area), sew black or purple ribbon to cover the vertical gathers and stick safety pin accents along it.

I would use a black for the underskirt, a purple based plaid for the overskirt and I would find some way to work some of the purple plaid or purple ribbon into the bodice as well, maybe a center panel, like on a princess seamed dress.

Good luck, I'm sure whatever you make will be well loved!

Heck now *I* want to make a little punk rock girl's dress, hehe.
5  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: wee clothes for a birthday baby and a monkey (or three, but not my usual kin on: March 21, 2008 02:17:23 PM
Sorry hun I know you didn't want to hear about them, Gross huh? They're called Pantry moths, it's the larvae. They get into everything and sometimes you'll buy food from the store in a packaged container that is already contaminated with eggs.

I've only had it happen that one time, some people get it really bad. Apparently Bay leaves keep them away if you toss some into the food, providing it's not contaminated already. Lips sealed

As far as I know they aren't harmful to eat. I'm guessing we eat them all the time and just don't know it.

On topic, yeah I really love those monkey heads! hehe. I think I have enough brown fabric to make one or two. Cheesy It'd be fantastic to do a whole zoo series!
6  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: Cute dress for neighbor girl on: March 21, 2008 05:16:20 AM
Aww that's precious!

The dress looks great hehe.
7  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: wee clothes for a birthday baby and a monkey (or three, but not my usual kin on: March 21, 2008 05:14:22 AM
Yeah I love the outfit! those monkeys are fine i'm sure, I agree with baking the rice though. I've had rice turn wormey before. I think I actually ate some before I noticed, too.  Lips sealed It's really really gross. don't want the monkeys to try and crawl away LOL. I'd probably use applique eyes too for the microwave issue.

It's possible the Monkeys may be a wee bit too heavy for her to throw around but they won't be for long. My 18 month old has been picking up 2 and 5 lb weights for a few months now, the 5 lbs don't get quite off the ground but she drags them around. She can pick up the 2 lbers no problem. I'm sure the bean bags are much lighter and she'll be able to toss them back and forth with her mom sooner than you think. Smiley Of course they may be larger in real life than I'm imagining...

Fantastic idea and I may steal it, I think my own wee one needs some monkey heads, hehe. Cheesy
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Welcome Home Tim:: The "my girlfriend's a pinup" dress on: March 19, 2008 09:32:57 AM
Are you kidding me with that dress! It's so freaking beautiful! I gotta make something like that. Cheesy I'm on the chunky side though so I should make the skirt A line, but the pencil silhouette looks super hot on you!
9  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: I was a Tutin' a way for St Patty on: March 17, 2008 10:17:33 PM
Looks awesome! What a fun way to celebrate St Patty's day Cheesy
10  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: Another "Cheytown" dress (and a crochet hat!) on: March 16, 2008 10:44:54 PM
You did a great job with the dress and the hat! I love those colors. Smiley Your daughter looks so happy, I'm sure she'll be the envy of the playground in that cute number! Cheesy
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