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31  Pocket mirror envelope in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by itchyfingers on: July 13, 2009 06:03:17 PM
I decoupaged a little pocket mirror
(in misc.:http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=312305.0) and it needed a home so it didn't swim around in my purse getting dirty.  I have this red and white floral fabric that I love, and while it doesn't exactly match the colours in the mirror, I had to use it for this project cause it's so cute.  I added a button that fell off one of my daughter's coats, some black ribbon and black lining.  It's not perfect, but it's cute and the mirror fits perfectly.





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32  "Crafty Girls are Hot" pocket mirror in Completed Projects by itchyfingers on: July 08, 2009 02:34:10 PM
I bought a little pocket mirror for my purse, but it was so boring!  Just plain green with a bit of sparkle to it, so I thought I'd decoupage something on.  I was browsing Etsy last night and found a shop I liked - she had mirrors with little sayings on them and one of them was "crafty girls are hot".  I loved that!  I cut my letters out of a woman's face from a mural in a National Geographic (thought that was appropriate for a mirror) and glued them to a background of an illustration of water.  Now I just have to make a little pouch for my mirror to go in.

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33  "Succulent" patchwork lap quilt in CHALLENGE 40 ENTRIES by itchyfingers on: July 05, 2009 10:27:39 AM
Ive had such a full month that I only got to this challenge after the first of the month - Im amazed I managed to finish in time!  

(Thanks to my husband and his nice legs for holding the quilt up for a picture. Smiley)

I had been thinking about doing something for this one, since I love taking pictures, but first had to decide which picture to use.  I love macro photography, especially of plants, and I had one in particular that I loved - a picture I took last summer of a succulent plant in my moms garden.  I love how vivid the green is in this picture.  


My original plan was to print a full sized photo onto fabric transfers and then cut quilt squares out of the fabric.  Unfortunately, I tried it and the fabric jammed in my printer.  I had some iron on transfers, though, so I first did nine wallets on one sheet and then a full size photo.  I didnt check my printer settings and ended up printing the full size in black and white, so I went and made another one in colour.  I ironed the wallet sized photos onto white quilting squares that I got in the scavenger hunt swap.  I ended up using nearly all the squares my partner gave me in that swap to make my quilt.  I added a few that Ive had for years (I think they were my moms when I was a kid) and some others to add a bit more colour.  In the end, I used this photo seventeen different times - nine wallets on white squares, four full colour squares and four black and white squares.  I made the quilt relatively small, as Im planning to use it for hockey games and as a lap blanket.  The backing I got for free from a thrift store - it was a double sheet that I folded over so that it gave the quilt a bit of thickness.

Cut-out iron-on photos:


Piecing together:


Close up of finished quilt showing the three different ways I used my photo:


This isnt actually completely finished - I still have to do a tiny bit of hand stitching to connect the backing to the face - but I was on a sewing marathon last night and finished after midnight, so Im not going to get to the rest quite yet. Smiley
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34  Re: Scavenger Hunt Gallery in The Swap Gallery by itchyfingers on: June 25, 2009 01:26:59 PM
In the middle of one of the worst weeks I've had for a LONG time, FadingHippie's package arrived.  Seriously, I'm in pain and my stomach won't settle down, I have a perpetual headache and my sister-in-law had to have an emergency c-section on Tuesday and her baby is being fed with a feeding tube and is incredibly tiny (4 lb 11 oz and only two weeks early!) - the stress from that situation is not helping with my head or stomach!  I was literally just praying for something good to happen to make me feel better and there it was.  Thanks, FadingHippie!  And thanks to the silly postal system that got it to me late - but exactly when I needed it.

I got some very cool stuff and DID NOT feel gypped, as she was worried about.  So - pictures!

Group shot:

Retro/vintage: vintage bell bottoms and a charm necklace with a peace charm from Woodstock - this makes it officially one of the coolest things I own. Smiley

Something for the child in you: vintage lingerie that looks a bit childish - I agree - the light pink colour and trim at the bottom are a bit lolita. Wink There's also a vintage slip which I think is SO pretty!


Something sweet: funnel cake kit - she said that she thought my kids might like it, and I'm sure they will, but this is seriously one of those things I've wanted for ages and never bought for myself - yay!! I love funnel cakes!

Seasons: a warm, fuzzy crocheted scarf - I love this colour! Our winters here are long and hard, so this is a really great thing to have.

Photograph: lacy frame - very pretty! And Hair accessory: poppy hairpins from my wist in my favourite colour! Also some extras - a very pretty butterfly journal, pop rocks, cute buttons and egg and duck erasers.

Origami: Paper crane t-shirt for my kiddos.  Its a bit big still on my oldest, but actually perfect for a nightshirt for her now.  Heres one of her modeling it for me (please ignore ridiculous mess surrounding her)

Something soft: fat quarters and cut squares for quilting.  Ive just been collecting some squares recently and am determined to make a quilt in the next year when my health is better.  Its great to add to my stash!




Thank you, thank you, thank you, FadingHippie!  It was such a fun swap!  I cant wait for my package to get to you - I really hope it isnt lost.
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35  Oregon patchwork blanket in Quilting: Completed Projects by itchyfingers on: June 06, 2009 11:25:22 AM
I have no delusions about this being a quilt - it's definitely not real quilting, but it is patchwork and I couldn't find a better place to put it.  I made this for my mom and actually started work on it in 2007 and only finished it in February of this year.  It was probably the largest project I've made and possibly the longest I've ever taken to finish something.  I had a sweatshirt with Oregon colours on it and bought flannel in colours as close as I could get them.  My mom and her husband are Ducks fans, and go to a lot of events in Oregon, so I thought this might be a nice game blanket, although I think my mom uses it for naps (she says it's her alone and that her husband can't use it because he'll wreck it..LOL).

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36  Ikea's New Clothing Line in CHALLENGE 39 ENTRIES by itchyfingers on: June 02, 2009 04:28:32 PM
I used the expired 2008 Ikea catalog (in Canada - it may be different than the one in the US).
The idea came to me because Ikea has such great prints on rugs, slipcovers, bedspreads, etc. and I figured some of those would make nice shirts and pants and skirts.  Actually, the first piece was the red skirt, which came from the corner of a photo of a sofa - I didn't have to alter it at all and it looks just like a skirt.  I decided in the end to just put all ten outfits on a canvas so I could hang it up somewhere.  I'm so happy with the end result!



If I had been thinking, I would have kept track of the exact names of the products I used to make each piece, but I had to go back through the catalogue and find them after I had already cut things out, so there is only the item description, rather than Ikea's name for each thing.
(From top left to bottom right)

Outfit #1: Shirt: quilt cover, skirt: sofa
Outfit #2: Floor lamp
Outfit #3: Shirt: lampshade, skirt: quilt cover
Outfit #4: Shirt: quilt cover, pants: rug
Outfit #5: Shirt: laundry bag, scarf: rug, skirt: lamp
Outfit #6: Shirt: plate, skirt: cushion cover
Outfit #7: Shirt: duvet cover,  skirt: lampshade
Outfit #8: Shirt: picture, pants: bed tent (children's Ikea)
Outfit #9: Picture
Outfit #10: Shirt: Ikea fabric, pants: box 




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37  Haitian "home sweet home" in Needlework: Completed Projects by itchyfingers on: May 11, 2009 12:26:26 PM
I was on a cross stitch bender when I started making little houses as a border....then I decided I'd better have a plan for it.  My mother-in-law's birthday was yesterday (on Mother's Day) and since I just made my mom something for Mother's Day, I thought I'd make this for my MIL.  

My husband spent seven years in Haiti with his family and his parents still speak some Creole with each other, so I decided to do Home Sweet Home in Creole.  I asked a girl who was in Haiti when they were there how to do this, and she said that "lakay se lakay" is like saying there's no place like home.  This was perfect for the size of the piece (4x6, roughly), so I went with it.  I took the lettering from a magazine (The World of Cross Stitching, Issue 149, page 46) and winged the rest of it.  I tried to use lots of bright colours and black to make it look a lot like Haiti. My mother-in-law loved it!





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38  Knitting needle/paintbrush case in Completed Projects by itchyfingers on: May 05, 2009 09:48:16 AM
I couldn't find a better place to put this, although it was a sewing project.  I made my sister-in-law, an avid knitter, a roll up case for her needles that could also be used for paintbrushes.  I left some big pockets in it so she can keep a bit of yarn, circular needles, scissors and patterns in it as well.  I tested it with a pair of scissors, quite a few pairs of needles, a yarn needle, cotton yarn and a pattern and it rolled up quite nice. 

All filled up


With the top flap down so that things don't spill out if it's turned upside down.


All rolled up and ready to go!


I did start out using a tute from wikihow, but somehow the measurments were weird and so then I just did my own thing after the initial pieces were together.  I'm very happy with the outcome, now hopefully my sister-in-law likes it, too!
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39  Hippie skirt in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by itchyfingers on: May 04, 2009 10:36:29 AM
I made a somewhat goofy skirt for my daughter - I originally drew out a pattern on the fabric for a sundress but then decided to make a long skirt for her.  The shape is funny, but in the end, I'm glad I did it that way because she can really run and play in it without tripping or showing off her underthings. Smiley  I bought the fabric at the thrift store and have no idea what it was in its former life, but it had something done to it...I love it, though!



Back view
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40  Invented flowers for Mother's Day in Needlework: Completed Projects by itchyfingers on: May 04, 2009 10:14:31 AM
I made a pattern on graph paper, but in the end, just made them up as I went along - I'm so happy with it and have already mailed it off to my mom for Mother's Day.  I thought a simple white frame looked best with the colour scheme.
Oh, and I used 14 count Aida for this project.



I forgot to take a picture before framing it, but here's a close up for detail:

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