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221  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Finger Puppet Friends! on: October 19, 2009 08:15:05 PM
I was thrilled to learn on Friday that my best friend is pregnant! I started crafting for her immediately Smiley.

I made these finger puppet friends for the little one from Aranzi Aronzo's book, Baby Stuff. The stitching isn't perfect and some of them look a bit wonky-eyed but they were really fun and easy to make!





Thanks for looking...byee!!


222  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / 2 Humans, 4 Dogs, Tons of Crafts, 1100 Sq Ft on: September 13, 2009 11:27:10 PM
My Fiance and I have 2 great danes, a lab and a mini-dachshund. We also have a tiny house - just under 1100 sq ft (fortunately we have a BIG backyard Smiley). As you can imagine, space is at a premium inside.

We have 2 bedrooms. Previously, we had a guest/dog room but now we have a guest/dog/CRAFT room!!

I'm kicking myself for not taking before and after photos but let me tell you...the change is significant. We originally had a queen size bed and a couple of kennels in the room. There was a tiny open area where you could walk to the closet but that was it.

Well, with the help of a great fiance and a near-by IKEA, we tranformed the room into a multi-purpose space! The dog kennels are now safely under a loft bed. The loft bed is full size and will be comfortable for house guests. With the space we saved by putting the kennels under the bed, we were able to add a desk and a shelving unit!

I'm soooo excited to be able to have all of my crafts in one place. I feel so much more creative and organized now.

Here are some pics:











I hung a curtain on the loft bed frame so I could close off the dog kennel/dog bed area Smiley


Thank you so much for looking! I appreciate any thoughts or ideas you'd like to share!

223  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / New Handbag - The cure for all man troubles (Update w/ new bags! ) on: August 29, 2009 11:22:13 PM
After I made Ali Fosters pleated shoulder bag for my friend (below) I had to make one for myself...or three. I'm obviously a little obsessed with this pattern. It's so easy! I had less than half of a yard of the flower fabric and I managed to squeak out the bag. Love that.





My good friend has been having some boy-issues lately. My remedy for man troubles has always been...new handbags!! I made this one for her tonight in hopes that it will help take her mind off the boy-issues for at least a minute or two Smiley.

I used the Ali Foster pleated shoulder bag pattern. I loved it! It was well written, includes actual pictures of every step and only required 1/2 yrd of exterior and interior fabric. I am going to make myself one tomorrow!



224  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / Opie Sac...You'd Think He's Spoiled or Something on: August 23, 2009 04:55:09 PM
Our mini-doxie, Opie, doesn't like his feet touching the floor - he prefers to be carried EVERYWHERE. We're always saying that we need a little backpack to carry him around in. I finally gave it a go today. I started out engineering something totally crazy - with straps and velcro and elastic but eventually I decided - "hey, I'll just sew a pocket to a t-shirt!".

So I made a big fleece lined pocket and sewed it to a matching t-shirt! I made a strap that attaches to the front of the pocket and then goes around your neck so the pocket doesn't fall forward. The fleece lining made it really bulky and hard to sew but it's nice and cozy so I guess it was worth it.

He LOVES the final product. He doesn't ever want to leave his pocket now and even sleeps in it! Ha!! Our Great Danes are soooo jealous. They want to be carried around too. Here are some pics...



Hmmm...the pocket looks a bit crooked in this one but it's just the way Opie's curled up in it




225  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Favorite Things Bracelets on: August 23, 2009 09:30:10 AM
Shrinky dinks are fun!! I'm a little obsessed after my first project yesterday Smiley.

I made a couple of "favorite things" bracelets. The first favorite thing is monsters - I have a monster font so I printed my favorites and colored them in with ultra-fine sharpies. The second favorite thing is 80's movies - I picked some of my favorites and made teeny-tiny charms.

Both were hard to photograph but that's for looking!!





226  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / I made a "MAKE" trinket on: August 22, 2009 03:13:32 PM
Hi Everyone - This is my first time posting over in this neck of the woods but I'm a long time stalker of the completed jewelry projects forum Smiley. Full disclosure here...I've never made any jewelry and this is the first time I've used shriny dinks since I was 8.

I've been very busy at work lately and i've been coming home and working quite a bit instead of crafting. I decided I wanted to make something to remind me to make things! I've been itching to try shrinky dinks so I made a bunch of charms with icons representing the things I like making/doing. Not sure what I'm going to do with it yet. I might just hang it like a banner on my craft bulletin board Smiley.

Each charm is ~ 1" x 3/4". Here are the images in order from left to right; measuring cups, yarn and knitting needles, spool of thread, scissors, the word "MAKE", spatula, crochet hooks, needle and thread and buttons.








Thank you so much for looking!
227  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Keyka Lou Krazy (Loads of Photos) on: August 17, 2009 08:35:32 PM
I've been admiring everyone's cool Keyka Lou projects lately and I decided I wanted some Keyka Lou stuff of my own. I downloaded a few patterns this weekend and got 25% off with the code "blogreader". I think the discount may have expired yesterday Sad.

I like the patterns. I found them pretty easy to understand and they didn't require very much fabric at all.

Here's what I made...

Easy Envelope Clutch (use less elastic if you ever try this one - I had to knot mine Smiley)




Business Card Wallet




Small Satchel





Thank you SO much for looking. C&C appreciated Smiley.
228  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Ditty Bag for Love Bug on: August 16, 2009 07:50:48 AM
Whenever I use the term "ditty bag" people look at me like I'm speaking a foreign language. It's the term my folks always used to describe a bag that toiletries are kept in and I guess it stuck.

I made this one for my Fiance to keep his grooming stuff in. The fabric is a bit girly but my pet name for him is "Love Bug" or just "Bug" so I thought it was appropriate. I don't know what the heck the lining fabric is but it feels really slick and heavy-duty and I think it will clean easily. I also used a thick fusible fleece so it's nice and sturdy.

Here's the link to the tut I used. I found it really easy to follow.
http://patchyapple.wordpress.com/2009/01/15/patchyapple-boxy-bag-tutorial/









Thanks for looking! C&C appreciated.
229  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / My First (and Last) Oil Cloth Project on: August 12, 2009 06:58:36 PM
I wanted to make an oil cloth bag that I could take with me on my weekly trips to the local produce stand. I tweaked another pattern to make what I thought would be an even easier bag. Ugh - was I wrong! I found the oil cloth so hard to work with - a regular sharp needle and tread didn't work very well but a heavy duty needle/thread didn't seem quite right either, you can't iron it, it didn't feed very well through the machine and it was hard to pin. Despite my constant frustration I managed to finish the project.

Does anyone have tips for working with oil cloth? I love the look of it but not sure I can stand another project!



230  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Bye Bye Birdie Sling! on: August 08, 2009 10:04:37 PM
I've had my eye on Amy Butler's Birdie Sling purse ever since I started sewing a couple of months ago. I finally decided to pay the $12 for the pattern and $40+ worth of other required materials! I'm relatively happy with how it turned out(despite the backwards pleats - ugh). I thought it was a pain in the arse to make though - there was so much cutting, pinning and ironing - I didn't think it would ever end!

It still needs a final pressing but what do you guys think? I'd really appreciate any comments/critiques/advice you'd be willing to share. I wish I had put some kind of closure on it. Anything I could add now without screwing up the bag?






 
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