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1  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Space Themed Toddler Quilt on: January 25, 2014 02:43:07 PM
  This was originally going to be a baby quilt, but even after the rest of the nursery was finished--curtain, crib skirt, boppy pillow cover--the fabric for the quilt sat in a pile for two years. Now, eight weeks from delivering baby #2, I had overwhelming urge to finally finish this quilt! It took a week of naptimes and evenings, but I got it done.So now it's a toddler quilt, finished just in time for Jack's 2nd birthday.

I used my walking foot on my machine for the actual quilting, which I call "wonky stars." I wasn't worried about perfection since I'm not a very experienced quilter and the walking foot is finicky. And actually I think that the wonkiness turned out charming looking rather than dumb. I used a variegated light/dark blue thread for the quilting which looks really cool up close.

It's hard to see in the pics, but the fabric is dark blue "galaxy" fabric, light blue with white stars, and the back is black minky. I used satin blanket binding for the edge. The pattern was free from the quilts for kids site--extremely easy to follow directions with the amounts of each fabric needed included in the directions--vital for a newbie quilter like me!

I definitely do NOT love quilting compared to my other hobbies, but I do really like quilts so I will probably make more once I forget how annoying making them is!









2  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Pokemon Trainer on: November 04, 2013 06:14:36 PM
Nice! I did this outfit for A-Kon Dallas last summer--I am SO IMPRESSED that you made your badges yourself. WOW!
3  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: The BEST Gothic 60s Housewife: Lily Munster on: November 04, 2013 06:11:26 PM
Wow, this turned out great! I love that you did all the make-up right too!
4  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Gandalf and Bilbo on: November 03, 2013 08:55:37 AM
Despite a rough week, I managed to make Gandalf and Bilbo costumes for my husband and our son! My husband is a huge LOTR fan and is currently reading through all of the histories, so when I offered to make him a Gandalf costume, he was ecstatic! My little guy is only 1 and not old enough to have an opinion about his clothes yet, so I take full advantage and dress him up however I please!







For Bilbo, since the outfit was so small, I used scraps from previous renfair and larp costumes to make an undershirt, vest, and cape. I drafted my own patterns based on some of Jack's T2 sized church clothes. It was surprisingly quick! I'd never really made kid clothes before, but working on a smaller scale really is faster!
The ears are earmuff-style stuffed ears made from felt and attached to a headband and the feet are costume hair just stuck onto Jack's feet with spirit gum. (He thought that they were bugs at first and was wigged out, but we managed to convince him that they were "like fuzzy socks.")

For Gandalf I dyed my stash of estate-sale $1 sheets gray and then threw together a robe (gathered at the front and back for volume) and mantle, then used the scraps to cover a cheapo black witch hat in a patchworky style. A costume beard, age make-up, and some gray hair-dye completed the look! My only regret is not making it longer. I failed to account for belting it and lost several inches in length. I won't make that mistake again!

For pictures we went to a nearby park to get that shire/forest look, and to find a "wizard staff" among the broken branches. Overall I'm really happy with how it came out! If I weren't pregnant I probably would have tried to make an Arwen or Eowyn costume for myself too!




5  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / Re: My first-ever linocut prints -- Signs of San Antonio on: July 10, 2013 03:08:34 PM
Fellow San Antonian here--looks awesome! Might look cool on a t-shirt or tote-bag!
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: Star Wars Nursery -- Picture Heavy! on: January 23, 2013 05:15:54 PM
So awesome! My son has a "space" themed nursery so that I would have an excuse to frame and hang my Firefly prints!! I never got around to doing it as elaborately as you though! (And I'm still working on his space-ship quilt!)
7  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Star Wars Mobile on: January 23, 2013 05:14:08 PM
So awesome!  I meant to redo my son's mobile...but I still haven't and now he's one and doesn't need it anymore. LOL!
8  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Baby's first Halloween! on: October 28, 2012 12:31:16 PM
OMG! Me and my 9 month old baby went as Rarity and Spike to the Dallas Comicon! http://embercostumes.blogspot.com/2012/10/my-little-pony-friendship-is-magic.html

Your little Dude is so cute! Love your horn!
9  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Nyan Cat Rug/Blanket on: October 27, 2012 07:04:25 PM
This is awesome!!!!
10  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: **Show me your woodland fairy/ how to make fairy wings** on: October 05, 2012 07:23:50 AM
Here's a link to my blog post about my last year's renfair fairy costume:
http://embercostumes.blogspot.com/2012_01_01_archive.html


I used this amazing tutorial for the wings:
http://www.freewebs.com/faeriemuse/designtutorial.htm
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