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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: A Little 'Our Lady' Shrine on: April 08, 2012 09:32:46 PM
You really put a lot of detail into such a tiny shrine - it's beautiful!

Love how you handmade the candles, too.  Cheesy
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Painted coffin skateboard on: April 08, 2012 09:30:21 PM
This is such a gorgeous board! You did such a great job on it!
3  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 72 ENTRIES / Re: Swan Song(Updated Photos) on: March 18, 2012 01:50:13 PM
This is really neat!  I like the effect of the fabric glue over your stitches.  At first glance, it looked like you beaded the swan.
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: dorothy parker sweater!! on: March 11, 2012 08:31:42 PM
This is such a beautiful sweater. I am speechless and stunned by your skills.  I adore Fair Isle, and this is just so creative and wow. Thank you so much for sharing!  Grin
5  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: tropical lovebirds clay earrings on: December 21, 2011 10:01:39 PM
These are really bright and cheerful! Love the color scheme you used for these birds. Smiley
6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Mini-Matroyshka Felt Ornaments & Matroyshka-Printed Ditty Bag on: December 21, 2011 09:46:31 PM

It's been awhile since I've shared any projects or followed everything on this board.  I really miss it.  Work has pretty much consumed my life, and I miss all the time I used to have to make things.  I'm hoping that in the new year, I'll be able to put more time into handmade items. Smiley

Anyway...  Here are two projects that I worked on and put together as a Christmas/birthday gift for my sister.  It's a bit embarrassing given the fact that her birthday is in April...

The pattern for the ornaments can be found at Sew to Speak.  When I saw this last year, I thought that this was the CUTEST project idea ever.  My sister and I have a thing for matroyshkas, so this seemed perfect.  (My sister has gifted me with a matroyshka doll, bowls, and plastic bento containers!)  Plus, she's super big on Christmas and trees.

Major props to Sew to Speak for the wonderful project and beautiful, clear directions. Smiley

The ditty bag was made using Keyka Lou's Ditty Bag Pattern.  I love how Michelle advises you to sew the zipper.  It just looks so... clean and professional. Smiley  Believe it or not, this is actually the first zipper I've ever sewn!

I used Japanese fabric for the body and a yellow poly-cotton for the lining.

I packed the ornaments in a slim box and tied it off with a ribbon. Smiley  It's a bit overexposed as it was taken indoors before this was packed off and shipped to my sister.  I also included a little tag inside that said these ornaments were handmade.

A picture of one of the dolls hanging on my sister's tree. Smiley
Merry Christmas/Happy Holidays!

(Thanks for reading, and thanks to everyone who posts such awesome projects that constantly inspire me and make me want to step away and create again!  Kiss)
7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Happy Toast Ornaments :D on: January 20, 2010 09:56:31 PM
Thank you for all of your sweet comments, everyone!

I love happy food, too. Cheesy  I can't help but grin like a moron when I see food that looks happy!
8  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Another Mario Map! on: January 12, 2010 01:29:01 PM
This is absolutely amazing.  You have a lot of dedication to completing these maps -- very admirable!

Thank you for sharing. Cheesy
9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Happy Toast Ornaments :D on: January 12, 2010 09:19:18 AM
Thanks for the sweet comments, everyone! Cheesy  I'd love to see your tasty toasts if you make some!

I had to tell myself so hard to not eat toast after posting this.  I can't believe how a simple food can be so delicious.

I love food with happy faces on them, so you aren't alone!
10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Happy Toast Ornaments :D on: January 11, 2010 08:45:22 PM

I honestly couldn't figure out what section to put these in...

I made these for an off-forum swap.  I love buttered toast, and I think people all should have one.  These are good year round, not just during the holiday season. Cheesy  They could also double up as gift tags, too.

I included a small tutorial -- sorry if it's Captain Obvious. :B  But just in case since I'm someone who ends up asking a billion questions.

Here are the materials needed:
- Small piece of cardboard or an index card
- Small pieces of felt; I used eco-felt.
- Embroidery scissors
- Invisible marker/chalk pen
- Embroidery floss
- Embroidery needle
- Ric rac/rick rack
- Fabric glue
- Q-tip
- Dry/chalk pastel

1. Draw a toast shape on the index card. Draw another toast shape slightly bigger than the first toast shape as well. Cut. The smaller toast shape will be the inside of your bread; the bigger toast shape will be the crust.
2. Trace each pattern piece twice onto the corresponding color of felt; I traced the smaller toast shape onto cream felt and the bigger toast shape onto brown felt. I cut small squares from yellow felt for butter pats. You can forgo the butter if you like.
3. Embroider features onto your toast. I used three strands of tan DMC. For the eyes, I used French knots, and for the mouth, backstitch. If you want a pat of butter on your ornament, applique it to the inside bread piece now.
4. Position the inside of the bread onto the crust piece of felt. Use a running stitch to secure it.
5. Repeat (4) to create a back side for your ornament.
6. Bring both pieces together, wrong sides together. If pieces do not fit, you can trim the edges of the crust piece, so that they fit! Just dont cut too much off or there will be no crust, unless you barely want any crust. Set aside.
7. Cut your ric rac! Theres no precise measurement. I just eyeballed it. Im not too crazy about long hangers, but if you like them, go for it. If it's "too long," no worries; just position the ric rac lower into the ornament.  You do want to ensure that the ric rac is long enough so that the hanger is reinforced inside the ornament.
8. Begin to the glue edges of your sandwich. When you get to the top, add a dollop of glue and lay one end of the ric rac in it. Add another dollop of glue, work the other end into it, and press down on felt. Make sure that there is glue in between the ric rac. Mind the gap! Let it dry.
9. Shave off some dry pastel. Dip q-tip into the dust and press for color on the cheeks. Repeat for more color; you can also keep blotting the color, so that the edge is blurred.
10. When fully dry, hang it up! Voila, you have cute toast!

You can also make peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, plain toast Whatever your toast loving heart desires!

My toast ornaments were about 2.5″ tall without the hanger. Make them bigger or make them smaller. Hooray for toast!

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