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131  Good Dog in Needlework: Completed Projects by thisbirdsabsurd on: March 29, 2009 01:04:28 AM
I made this for a friend's birthday - she had a sweet, scruffy little mutt named Nellie that passed away a few months ago - it was really hard on her.  So...this is in honor of Nellie - a good dog.
 Its all applique with a few touches of embroidery - its sitting on top of the frame glass for the picture so there won't be any glare.
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132  Hi My Name's Harry in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by thisbirdsabsurd on: January 14, 2009 11:30:30 AM
Inspired by foureyedgirl's monster purse and the fact that this piece of fake fur has been turning up everytime I turn around since I used it at Halloween!!!
  Didn't use a pattern, just made it to accommodate the size of the fur piece, then added the face and a furry strap. My daughters both want him so I have a feeling I'll have to dig up some more fur! Cheesy

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133  monster dolls - lots o' pics <Now With Pseudo Tut! :)> in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by thisbirdsabsurd on: January 04, 2009 02:43:23 PM
kind of a take off on the ugly dolls, made from that super soft cuddle fleece.  Not as nice to work with as regular fleece, but it feels really good! - I made one for my grandson at Christmas and have since become inspired - gotta find homes for these guys!  (the keychain one was per my daughter's request - she's a keychain-aholic.) Cheesy

Okay - just to answer a few q's - no stablizer, and yes all the features are machine stitched - (I use a zig zag.)  The "bow" on the striped monster is just laid on top of the body fabric.  When I stitch on the face, I stitch that to the surface too - then sew it up with the rest of the body at the end (make sense?)  I made a new one tonight, with a little help from my friend, and took some pics of the simple process.....first I drew up a pattern, pinned it to the doubled fabric and cut it out leaving 1/4" - 1/2" around the edges.

lay out your face and pin it down - help is always welcome...

Zig zag around everything (I ladder stitched the "trunk") and put a french knot (or whatever) in the center of the eyes. then pin right sides together and stitch that baby up.  They're very quick and easy!

Hope this might inspire! Cheesy

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134  Another Tree??? :) in Winter Holidays by thisbirdsabsurd on: December 15, 2008 09:48:55 AM
we finally got the tree up - an assortment of store bought ornaments and lots made by me, my kids, sister, aunt, mom - I love going through them every year!  I made the tree top angel several years ago.
  By the way - this is my dog's first Christmas - she's a little too obsessed with the tree (and doing her best impression of the Ghost of Christmas Past".) Wink
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135  Nativity Revisited in Winter Holidays by thisbirdsabsurd on: December 04, 2008 08:51:51 AM
I posted this about a month ago before it was completed.  Well, now it's done and happily on its way to my sister in Florida. This is based on a EPB pattern, but at the insistence of a friend I added a sheep and a donkey of my own doing. Tongue  Thanks for looking!
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136  Big Bunch O' Cuddle Monkeys! in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by thisbirdsabsurd on: November 15, 2008 01:38:11 AM
These are all going to the craft fair tomorrow along with an assortment of other things.  Of course its 1:30 AM and I've just finished them up - (actually there are two more that need to be assembled but I think they might have to stay home!) Cheesy
  So here they are - made out of super soft slipper socks....the Cuddle Monkeys!

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137  In the Doghouse! in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by thisbirdsabsurd on: November 09, 2008 03:33:46 PM
My daughter-in-law will be doing a craft fair this weekend - she asked if I would add a few things.  I have some sock monkeys, baby blankets, little bags, etc, and came up with a few of these.  These are little bags based on ones that my now 15 and 17 year old daughters used to have when they were little.  The doghouses are cotton, about 4 1/2" tall and the little dogs are felt, (pretty tiny.)  Kinda hard to see the black one's features - but they're all there.  Wink

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138  Nativity - close ups added.... in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by thisbirdsabsurd on: November 05, 2008 12:10:50 AM
Here's my latest project - almost done, just need to give the shepherd a crook, maybe add a few bits and pieces and attach the "gifts" to the kings.  These are based on an EPB pattern - it was kind of fun rummaging through my fabric stash finding all the fabrics and putting them together - but a lot of work!  It will be going to my sister as a Christmas gift.  Thanks for looking!  Smiley

here are a couple of close ups - I'm new to the whole sculpting thing - just followed the directions - HA!  The babies face is not finished, but the others are.  I felted on the hair and beards with roving.

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139  My Grandson's First Costume :( in Halloween Costumes by thisbirdsabsurd on: October 30, 2008 07:28:59 PM
Okay - so maybe he doesn't appreciate the whole "Halloween" thing.  I don't think Max from the Wild Things ever really cried....but, you get the idea.  Embarrassed  (I made this from a skunk costume pattern that my daughter bought.....hmmmm, there were a few adjustments.)
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140  Circus Bag! :) in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by thisbirdsabsurd on: October 26, 2008 04:50:03 PM
This is completely inspired by happyhippymommy and her Lucky Charms box purse! Grin  As soon as I saw this circus fabric I had to get me some!  I couldn't bare to use it as the lining - mine is proudly displayed as the outer fabric - even though my daughter told me she thinks I'm kinda wierd. (well....yeah.)
  Okay - so here it is - love to hear what you think!

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