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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Spruced up old chair on: June 03, 2014 12:24:46 PM
So my grandfather loves to pass down things he has laying around the house or happens to find in his travels.  I never refuse because sometimes he finds real gems but also, I don't want to hurt his feelings!  This time it was this dated chair.  Not a fan of the blue.


I've considered a paint job but for now the change of fabric will have to do Smiley


Several mistakes were made...but I don't mind.  It was a learning process
2  UNITED STATES / Michigan / Vendor Night - Ann Arbor/Detroit area on: November 06, 2013 11:54:21 AM
Our local elementary school is hosting a Vendor Night.  A table is only $15 and they ask that a donation of 10% of your sales be made to the school.  I participated last year and did better there than I did at the big craft show I normally participate in.  PM me if you'd like more details.

November 22, 2013
6:30pm- 8:30pm
Canton, MI
3  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Football Player Bobblehead on: November 06, 2012 01:20:22 PM
I was so excited when my son asked me to make his costume this year!!
He is all about the Michigan Wolverines so we just had to replicate their helmet for his costume.  He loved it and I had so much fun making it!  

He even won a prize at his school for most original costume.  
4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Embroidery Take-Along Case on: August 10, 2012 04:39:49 PM
I was tired of lugging my threads around in an old shoe box, all tangled together and difficult to find when I needed.
So I first wrapped each color around a clothes pin.  Then I was inspired here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=402261.0
And set out to find my own suitcase.
This is what I ended up with:


I am in love with it!!! 
It started as a child's overnight case I picked up for $2 at the thrift store...

Score!!! I was so excited that day I think I giggled all the way to my car.
But sadly it was at least two months before I came back to it.

I finally decided to take the plunge and painted the entire thing a turquoise-y blue.
Then I took some scrap from my stash and created little pockets. 
Then I hot-glued the pockets to the lid and the back of the case.
It has been really humid here and my paint was starting to stick to my tabletops when layed flat. 
I found some cute felt butterflies to serve as "feet" and prevent the bottom from sticking to the table when the case is in use.


I couldn't resist the ruffled ribbon I found at Michael's and added an old tape measure of my grandmother's for good measure  Wink
And finally it needed an insert.  I still had more embroidery floss to put away!!!  Then it hit me one day to use a piece of cardboard packaging as an insert.  I covered it in white denim and added pockets to the interior along with a small pin cushion.  It closes with a glued on button and ribbon loop.  But the best part is I can remove the entire insert and store patterns and/or fabric underneath.  AND there is room for my smaller hoops to tag along as well.


I added some epoxy stickers for fun and I was done!
Thanks for looking!
5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Sweetums the Muppet Messenger bag on: May 26, 2012 07:30:45 AM
I made this bag for my partner in the Jim Henson Swap.


Lots of techniques I have discovered on Craftster went into the details Smiley
The eyes are Teesha Moore style patches,
the strap is a result of weaving some fuzzy yarn.

(I was really pleased at how monstery it looks!)
The eyebrow was crocheted and then sewn on, the teeth are felt cones and the nose and lip are stuffed fleece.

And to top it all off, with the exception of the fuzzy yarn and the faux fur, the whole project was a stash buster! Grin
6  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Bracelets from scraps! on: January 09, 2012 11:05:34 AM
I was inspired here:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=401213.0

to make the following bracelets. 

One for me:


One for a friend:


And one just for fun:


I don't think the photos do them justice but thats ok.  I had a lot of fun making them and it was a great way to use up some leftover bits and bobs and pieces of chain.  Thanks for looking!
7  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Halloween Fairy Cabinet on: December 15, 2011 03:54:08 PM


After seeing the fairy cabinets here on craftster my 12 year old daughter was inspired to make her own.
Lots of cool details,

brains, potions, a candle, skull,

a hat, spooky portraits and more potions!

So proud of her hard work,
8  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Roman Soldier on: November 01, 2011 09:08:02 AM
My son wanted to be gladiator/roman soldier this year.

We purchased the helmet...I had no patience this year to make one of those.

I used a faux suede material for the tunic and the cape.  Found gold eagle buttons on clearance as well as the curtain pull back we used for the belt.  The chain is actually a purse handle.  I made some "leather thongs" but he hated the way they felt so we just covered his slippers with the same material as his tunic Smiley

My son picks his costume based on what type of weapon he will get to carry.  He had the perfect sword but needed a shield too.
Shopped around for a shield but I wasn't about to pay $20 for a flimsy piece of plastic!   Bought a pizza pan for $4 and some rubber snakes.  Spray painted the snakes gold and then my husband riveted them to the pan.  I found a belt at the thrift store for the handles so husband used the rivet gun to attach them to the shield as well.  The rivets stuck through the back of the shield (possible scratching hazard) so I added some foam padding and red felt to cover the back of the shield.

Nice easy costume to make.  He loved it and received lots of compliments...especially from the older kids which made his day!
9  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Zombie Survival Patch on: July 02, 2011 07:28:59 PM
Got a pattern from Urban Threads that was perfect for my swap partner and knew I had to try it! 
http://www.urbanthreads.com/product_details?product_id=7275&category_id=20
She has received so it is now safe to post Smiley




It was a lot of fun to make and my boys who are 4 & 8 now each want a zombie patch of their own!
This one I glued to some felt and then glued to make a journal cover.


I love the brains on this piece!  Grin
10  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Upcycled Ugly Shirt on: June 12, 2011 07:26:36 PM
I have been making a few bags from old t-shirts lately and a friend of mine has been great about scoring me cheap thrift store shirts.  When she gave me this shirt printed with dashunds that had red eyes I thought she was kidding...it was a waffle weave type fabric and had dogs with red eyes!  But no she asked if I would make a bag for her MIL as a sort of gag gift.

I had the black straps laying around and decided these would work perfectly along with my last bit of red cotton in my stash.

I did a simple stitch around the top and I think it turned out great. 

I do wish I had put a pocket inside.  It turned out a lot nicer than I had anticipated. 
thanks for looking!
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