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1  CRAFTSTER CRAFT CHALLENGES / CHALLENGE 110 ENTRIES / Re: Prince Charming! on: November 10, 2015 05:43:44 PM
Wow, he's come a long way! What a little trouper. That's the perfect costume for him. Smiley

He truly is a trouper!  He spent his first nine months in the hospital enduring multiple surgeries and procedures.  After one particularly intense surgery, the surgeon told my husband and me that it was a miracle that our son made it through.  We are incredibly fortunate to be able to wake up to his smile each day!

Now we just need to take a trip to Disneyland while the costume still fits  Wink.
2  CRAFTSTER CRAFT CHALLENGES / CHALLENGE 110 ENTRIES / Re: Prince Charming! on: November 06, 2015 11:44:53 AM
Thank you everyone!  One of my greatest accomplishments with this costume was managing to get some good pics of my son in it!  He can't yet stand on his own (he was a 1lb 1oz micro-preemie and as a result, he can't stand or walk yet), so I had to stand him up against the chair and take the pictures quickly!  His smile brought the photos and the entire costume to life!
3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Marauder's Map hand painted shoes on: November 04, 2015 12:50:52 PM
These are amazing!!  I don't know anything about Harry Potter, but I want these shoes!
4  CRAFTSTER CRAFT CHALLENGES / CHALLENGE 110 ENTRIES / Re: Banana Split! on: November 04, 2015 12:41:45 PM
What a unique costume idea!  I'm so glad they went along with it, because it came out deliciously cute!
5  CRAFTSTER CRAFT CHALLENGES / CHALLENGE 110 ENTRIES / Prince Charming! on: November 04, 2015 12:40:01 PM
Ladies and gentlemen of the Craftster Kingdom, I present to you, Prince Charming  Smiley.

I started out with a basic white dress shirt and red workout pants and thanks to my good friend, Joann Fabrics, I was able to transform them into a princely outfit! 

The epaulets (shoulder braids) are cardboard covered in fabric with the braided trim glued on.  They velcro onto the shirt, so it's easy to remove them and toss the shirt in the washer.  The shirt also fastens with velcro, which made life easier as I was able to slip it on and off without much difficulty.  I used a tutorial (link below) for the basic costume idea and then added my own personal touches.

I wanted to coordinate with my son without making myself an entire costume, so I made myself a shirt instead Smiley.

As for Prince Charming, he is 2 years old and an absolute sweetheart.

Tutorial link - http://desertchica.com/no-sew-prince-charming-costume-diy-tutorial/
6  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Christmas Stocking Swap Rd. 10 Gallery on: December 17, 2014 11:57:23 PM
At last! I have a free moment to post pics (haha, I wrote that about 8 hours ago - that free moment didn't last very long)!  Life got crazy overnight, and then to top it off, I got sick  Sad.  But I am happy to report that I too have received a nice package from Sylvan that made my day merry & bright  Cheesy.  When I made her a TARDIS stocking, I thought to myself, 'wouldn't it be funny if she made me a TARDIS too?'  Well, lo and behold...

This was the first thing I saw when I opened the box and it put a huge smile on my face!  Somebody else mentioned how you can give us craftsters the same crafting 'assignment,' yet end up with so many different variations.  We both made TARDIS stockings, but they came out so different from each others.  Sylvan did a great job with the paneling on my stocking.  She had to wait a little while after her concussion before she could cut it out, but it worked out perfectly!  

Included with the stocking were some bath dots, coasters, a slouchie beanie, and a 'floofy' scarf (her word, and the same exact one I would've used to describe it).  The hat is nice because it's lightweight and the scarf is really soft!  I like the color of the scarf, it will be perfect to dress up casual outfits.

Here's a close up of the coasters and bath dots.  I love the festive Christmas coloring of the coasters!  They can also be easily transformed into ornaments, so they're a kind of 2-for-1 crafted item.  The bath dots are really bright & colorful and there are so many of them!  They will definitely liven up my baby's bath time!  We already have some sticking to the shower wall that we used for counting while I gave him his bath tonight.

Sylvan wrapped quite a few of my gifts in these fabric bags!  They are way better than gift bags because once they get wrinkled, instead of throwing them out, they just need to be ironed and they can be reused again and again (I want to wrap gifts in them this Christmas, but I don't want to give them up, I want keep them to wrap gifts in EVERY year! Lol).  She also made me 6 pairs of earrings!  Baby boy is not quite beyond the 'grab anything dangling within his reach' stage, but I look forward to wearing these earrings once he is Smiley.

My husband is quite the handyman, so Sylvan made him some tool shaped chocolates!  I'm going to save these for his stocking, but I know he'll love them, they're perfect for him!

Sylvan also included a dozen hand made cards (complete with envelopes) for various occasions!  You may notice there are only 11 in the pic; that's because I'd already used my favorite one for my sister's birthday before I took a pic - and since I took the pic, I've used another one for a package I'm shipping out.  These are so handy to have around, I love them!

I was happy to see that she had made me two washcloths and delighted to realize they were Doctor Who washcloths!  I've never been excited over washcloths before!  I'm very impressed with her ability to knit the Cyberman and Dalek designs into the cloths!  I don't know anything about knitting, but that seems pretty hard to me.

As for the purchased items, Sylvan included some tasty maple cookies and Ghirardelli peppermint chocolate squares.  I've never had these cookies before (maybe because I've never been to Canada), they taste like a maple donut (which made me realize, I haven't tasted very much maple - maple syrup doesn't even have a very maple-y taste in comparison to these cookies).  As for the Ghirardelli squares, I'm very glad she included them.  They're one of my favorite Christmas treats, but I hadn't had any this year.  She also included some foam ornaments that I think I'll make with my 4 year old nephew, he always wants to craft with me  Smiley.  She also sent a notebook that I've already been making good use of!

Lastly, Sylvan sent this really neat gourd Santa ornament.  She bought it at a store run by a Mennonite church that sells hand made items from around the world.  It's very detailed and makes a beautiful addition to our tree!

Thank you so much for taking me on as your second partner Sylvan!  I really enjoyed crafting for you as well as receiving all the goodies you sent!  I'm just sad the swap is over!
7  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Christmas Doe on: December 09, 2014 11:10:16 AM
This is amazing!  I am in definite awe of your stitching skills!  I'm going to pin this right now and hope that one day someone will make one for me  Grin.
8  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Christmas Stocking Swap Rd 10 (SU to Oct 3/14;SO Dec 1/14) on: December 02, 2014 01:24:07 PM
Our post office was CRAZY yesterday as well!  I got there a half hour before closing, and ended up leaving after they had closed! 
My house looks like a craft explosion went off! I'm hoping to clean the house and get the Christmas decorations up within the next few days  Smiley.  I was unable to make the small extra that I wanted to include, but I did try my hand at something new on Sunday night/early morning and am very happy with how it came out!  I'm also pleased with the stocking and really hope my partner likes it!
9  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Christmas Stocking Swap Rd 10 (SU to Oct 3/14;SO Dec 1/14) on: November 26, 2014 08:51:52 PM
Darn it!  In my excitement to create one of my projects, I forgot one of the steps and as a result, messed it up.  The good news is that the damage seems to be minimal, the bad news is that it is NOT the amazingness I had hoped for (and I can't redo the project because I purchased the last remaining item at the store and it is not a reusable item)!  Sad
10  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Christmas Stocking Swap Rd 10 (SU to Oct 3/14;SO Dec 1/14) on: November 21, 2014 02:34:36 PM
I just finished a something this morning and am currently working on another something.  I'm trying to use all the time I can find, since having a molar-teething baby means I'm never guaranteed when I'll have a chance to work on stuff.  I'm going to rethink one of the items I was planning on making, although I'm not sure what I'll do instead... I'll have to check my list of ideas.  I have yet to make the stocking, but I have a plan and am excited about the final product  Cheesy.
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