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1  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies / Gifts for baby on: October 22, 2010 03:50:01 PM
My best and oldest friend is having a boy in a few months, so I made her these great gifts for her baby shower.
The first is a sign compliments of the tutorial from http://www.howdoesshe.com/please-knock-baby-is-sleeping-sign.


The Second is burp cloths or bath scrubbies I made from Flannel on one side and fleece on the other for super soft burp cloths or bath scrubbies for baby.




and the third is a combination of the Beep and Bop Ugly Doll that I call a Huglydoll named Bee-Bop.  This is also a crinkle toy.  I put the plastic wrapping from the Dove Bar Soap Multi-Packs in with the stuffing to make the crinkle sound and it smells really good too.


I hope she likes them.
2  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Jack Skellington Candy Bucket on: October 22, 2010 03:26:54 PM
This was made with a recycled plastic jar that had protein powder, but you can use a plastic bleach bottle or milk jug.  Just measure how tall and mark and cut around the top.  I used plastic cutting shears, but you can use an x-acto knife or box cutter or even plain all purpose scissors if the plastic is dense enough.  I used a hole punch for the sides and tie a ribbon or cord through and secure with knots on the inside for a handle.  I drew the face on with a black paint pen.  You could also do different things like use vinyl or electrical tape to make shapes for a face, or wrap in gauze and make a mummy candy pot.  This is an easy and fun project you can do with your child.  Well, the decorating part, you might want to leave the cutting to an adult.


3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Ruffles T-shirt on: February 19, 2010 12:15:40 PM
My husband keeps calling this my Benjamin Franklin Quaker shirt. I suppose on the hanger it does look a little Quaker Oats, but it is actually quite pretty on.  I really need to either make a dress form to model my clothes or pull out the tripod. Anyway, I got the tutorial for this from http://tearosehome.blogspot.com/2010/01/tutorialruffle-shirt.html  and then changed it up a bit.
Here is my version:




This was actually 2 free advertisement T-shirts given to me.
I cut down one and re-fitted it, and then made ruffles with the second one.
I then preceded to sew Ruffles over the top of the advertisement of the re-fitted T.
Another adjustment I made with the sleeves was that I cut the sleeves off and then re-sewed them upside down and then trimmed the bottoms to have even edges.  This gives the sleeve a more romantic, flouncy, butterfly effect. All in all I am happy with the result.
4  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Totoro Storage Box on: January 02, 2010 05:33:59 PM
I love love love this and I wish I could take credit for this but actually this was done by my father-in-law for my daughter.  She loves Totoro so he took a wooden wine box and made her a Totoro Storage box.  He hand painted the entire thing and there is so much detail on all sides that I think I may end up adding legs to it and turning it into a bedside table for her, so that it doesn't get scraped up being pulled around her room.  He did such an amazing job, and what a great way to recycle wooden wine boxes.





This is the top of the box with the lid that slides open and closed.





This was one side




 and the other side




  Another side





And the other
5  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Handmade Gifts for Dad & Father-in-law on: November 25, 2009 05:33:58 PM
I can't believe I am done with all of my gifts and it isn't even Thanksgiving, Woo-hoo!  There are a lot more great gifts that I have made, that I will post after Christmas, mainly because I don't want family members to know what I made them.  I think I am safe with posting these gifts I made for my Dad & Father-in-law.  I am pretty sure they don't read my blog.

Now that my dad is retired he has really wanted to start writing, but I think it is a lot harder when you are staring at a computer screen (not very inspiring), so I made him this leather bound journal so that he can take it with him and write whenever inspiration strikes.





It is filled with 200 blank pages.  I bound the book following and improvising instructions from the Dad Can Do site on bookbinding.  http://www.dadcando.com/default_MAKING.asp?project=BookBinding&catagory=Craft&lhs=Craft
I hope my improvising holds up.

My Father-in-law is an avid golfer, so for him I made him a leather bound golf journal.
His journal was slightly smaller with only 50 pages, giving him 100 logs.  I figured 100 games was more than enough for a golf log, then again I am not a golfer and it may not be. In any case I think it will suffice.








I should probably add that the leather used is actually older than me.  It was my father's scrap book that had fallen apart.  I used the front cover leather for his journal and the back leather piece I dyed and used for my father-in-law's journal.
6  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Totoro stuffie on: November 25, 2009 11:40:13 AM
Most of my Christmas this year is handmade but there are a few things that unfortunately I must leave up to Santa. I did, however manage to at least do one handmade gift for my 3-year old Daughter this year.  She loves the movie My Neighbor Totoro, and while I did look online for Totoro plushies to buy, none of them really appealed to me, not to mention they were a little expensive because they are imports. So she will be receiving this handmade Totoro courtesy of me, made with much love; the best gifts to give! He is 9.5 inches wide and 12 inches high, so he is the perfect size for her to hug and love on.





7  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Mommie Dearest Joan Crawford Black and White In Color on: November 01, 2009 02:29:08 PM


I was inspired by the movie "Pleasantville", that and Joan Crawford was just a scary woman. As you can see by the brass doorknob this is a color photo.
8  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Bottlecap Jewelry on: October 21, 2009 04:10:08 PM
Here are Kuromi Bottlecap Earrings and Bracelet I made.  This will probably be a Christmas gift for a tween girl. The bracelet is a pretty ribbon with the bottle cap glued in the middle and two loops on the end with a large circle clasp that can be interchangeable. When making the earrings I tried to drill through the tops to put in the fishhook earrings but each time I would try and drill a cap it would bend so I ended up gluing endcaps with starter rings to the tops of the caps to secure the earring hooks. My glue of choice as always is E-6000 because I have had really good luck with it. The smell is atrocious but the adhesive secures really well.

9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / No Sew Fingerless Gloves With Tutorial on: October 21, 2009 04:08:11 PM


My mom gave me a bunch of crafting felt and fleece squares that I have been staring at trying to figure out what to do with. I decided to work with the fleece squares because they had slits cut all around them. I think these were from a no sew fleece throw kit.

The squares are 9 in. with 1 in. cuts all the way around if you want to make them yourself. (I am not sure if the sell these already pre-cut because like I said these were given to me).



Pick a side and start tying them together in knots.





Tie knots all the way down.




Cut a thumbhole hole on the side




Then Tada!




This will also probably be a gift for a tween girl. We have a lot of girls in our family.
10  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / MMMMM Fried Marbles..... on: October 19, 2009 05:33:08 PM
These are marbles that I fried, well actually baked causing them to crack on the inside but still remain intact on the outside, so I glued end caps to them with starter rings and created some beautiful pendants. I was going to drill through them and make beads, but as we make mistakes we learn. I learned that I should probably drill the marbles before I crack them, otherwise they fall apart when trying to drill through cracked glass.

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