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51  Re: Make-a-Friend Round 8 :: Holiday Edition! :: The Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by RaraAvis on: October 14, 2011 09:36:47 AM
Package 1, received from ironic

From left to right in the picture.
-Something she wears during the autumn months-fleece hat
-An autumn essential-nose warmer (lol! I thought this was funny at first, but it really does the job! I might have to try this out on really cold days around the house)
-Something that keeps her organized-to-do list notebook (prefect because I always make lists)
-Something she uses to decorate-stuffed pumpkins (I already picked a great place to display them!)
-Something that is related to her favorite craft-fabric (such cute fabric-I love it!)
-Something she uses to distress-heavy knee bag for achy joints (I love fabric she crafted this in!)
close up of the cute pumpkins!

Next group photo
-Something related to photography-photos she has taken
-Something related to yarn-knitting needles and some yarn (She said her next box would be full of knitted items!!!!! I cant wait!)
-Something that makes her feel warm-scarf (which is prefect because I wear them all the time in autumn and winter)
-Something that represents her favorite holiday-trick-or-treat bag
-Something with her favorite color-blue comb
-Something related to reading-mini  books
-(some fabric dyes an extra gift!)
-Something that smells like autumn to her-pumpkin body wash
-Something with sentimental to her-star wars lightsaber
-Something local-mints and bag from her college and bumper sticker from her favorite coffee shop

Thank you Ironic!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Wink Cheesy Grin

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52  Needle felted elephant! in Felting: Completed Projects by RaraAvis on: September 09, 2011 10:57:03 AM
Hello All,

This is my first posting to the Fiber arts board Grin! For Christmas last year I asked my family for needle felting supplies, because I was interested in learning the craft. The first project I did was a small bear, that I was happy with, but I realize I never posted it. Here is my second needle felting project. My brother and sister-in-law had their forth child this summer (June 4th) and I always like to make something special for the new baby. So I decided on a needle felted animal, which turned out to be a lot more work that I realized, being it was my second attempt at needle felting. The project turned out to be more of a keepsake than a toy, but overall I am happy with it.

I picked an elephant and I thought the red and blue would be prefect for a new baby boy. The baby has four names, I embroidered them on to the "blanket" (a piece of wool felt) on the back of the elephant and sculpted the four initials around the ball the elephant is standing on.

(For privacy reasons I have removed the last two names)

I ended up not finishing it in time for the birth. I would have liked to have spent some more time on it, doing some final touch-ups and maybe adding a few things, but I didn't want to give it to my sister-in-law a long time after the baby was born. When I did give it to her, she loved it!

Thanks for looking! Cheesy

Questions, comments, criticisms welcomed.
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53  Michael Jackson Blanket in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by RaraAvis on: February 01, 2011 11:32:31 AM
I made this blanket for my boyfriends mother for Christmas. She is a huge Michael Jackson fan so I wanted to get her something to do with MJ. I finally decided to make her something with less than two weeks to go until Christmas. The blanket is made out of fleece. For the silhouette of MJ I found an image online, modified it, and had it enlarged. I used a die cut machine at work for the lettering. The coloring is hard to see in the photos, but the blanket is black, MJ is done in gray, and the lettering is done in white along with the glove. I then attached sequins on, by hand, to the glove. For MJ and the letters I used a zigzag stitch on my sewing machine. I finished the blanket off with black satin blanket edging. The blanket has two layers of black fleece, because I did not want the stitching to show in the back.

I was kind of nervous about it, but she ended up loving it! I was so happy and she actually wants me to make her another.

Thanks for looking! Questions, comments, and criticisms welcomed

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54  Fused plastic bag star ornaments in Winter Holidays by RaraAvis on: December 21, 2010 09:44:52 AM
Hello! Each year I try to make a batch of ornaments to either give to family and friends and/or sell at a local arts and crafts fair. This year I decided to try fusing plastic bags, which I have never done before. I had been saving all my plastic bags for a while, hoping to come up with a fun project utilizing them.

I cut out two larger stars, overlapped them, then placed a smaller star in the middle. I was lucky to have a variety of colored plastic bags, and was able to come up with some fun arrangements. I punched a hole through the center then inserted a grommet. I made a total of about 30.

Thanks for looking!
Questions, comments, criticisms welcomed.

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55  Free People knock off top in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by RaraAvis on: June 08, 2010 09:42:56 AM
I saw this top on Free People


and thought it was really cute/interesting, but a little pricey. I decided it would be fun to try to make my own, considering I already had all the materials. I began by using a basic black camisole I had at home. I cut the front and back sections out of the cami and added the greenish color panels, which were pieces from an old t-shirt. I added some shirring at the top of the back panel as well. Then I added the black ruffles around the bottom, material which was taken from the bottom hem of an old dress that I had lying around in my fabric collection. Next I added the blue and grey stretch lace. Originally, I had the black ruffles only going around the sides, but I thought the back looked kind of plain so I added the ruffles to the back as well. Finally, I used an old pair of jeans that I had already cut up for another project to make the strips down the front and back.

here are some close-ups

All and all I am pretty happy with how the top turned out. I am still playing around with how much to clench the ties in front. The only issue Im not too happy with is the fact the back wrinkles (develops rolls) a bit when you where it.

Thanks for looking!!!!!! Wink Cheesy Grin
Questions, comments, criticisms welcomed
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56  Heart Pasties in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by RaraAvis on: March 10, 2010 12:52:38 PM
I'm not sure if this is the correct category to post pasties in but......

I am a little late posting these, made them for Valentines day. I am really happy with how they turned out, especially since it was my first time making pasties. I searched around the internet looking for various tutorials on how to make pasties and then played around with card-stock making a heart shape, until I came out with something I liked. I ended up using this thick paper (not sure what type it is, but a little thicker than card-stock) that was colored on one side. I decided I want to decorate the hearts with rhinestones, so I began placing larger ones as a border around the outside and filled in the middle with smaller ones.

You don't notice the gaps in between the rhinestones when they are on, these pictures are just really close up.

They look really great on (sorry I'm not posting action shots lol) and the bf loved them.

Thanks for looking!  Wink
Comments, questions, criticism welcomed!
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57  Gingerbread men ornaments in Winter Holidays by RaraAvis on: December 09, 2009 08:31:51 AM
Hello everyone,

I decided to make some ornaments this year to give out to family and friends. I made these gingerbread man "bite victims" (or whatever you want to call it) out of felt. I actually have seen this idea done several places including a cute one posted in a swap
made by blushingbluegrass ( i think?).

I started by making up a basic gingerbread man template and duplicating it. Then I made variations of bite marks. I think they turned out pretty cute. Sorry for the not so great pics....

and just for fun....

Thanks for looking! Questions, comments, criticisms always welcomed!
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58  Zipper front tops in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by RaraAvis on: September 28, 2009 06:10:24 PM
Here are 2 new tops I made over the last few weeks. I've been using a lot of zippers lately because I bought a package of 100 mixed off zippers (for cheap!!) on ebay and don't want them to go to waste. But I have had a lot of fun using them in tops.

The first top, was my first attempt at shirring. I did rows of shirring down the whole back. The front opens with a zipper, I did ruching around the bust. I also added in darts under the bust. The top came out a little shorter than I wanted, probably because I was too lazy to measure and just started cutting. oh well...lol.

The second top is a lavender color, hard to tell in the picture. It is made out of knit material with ruching down the front. I actually made a mistake, but its hard to tell in the pictures. There was a floral pattern on the material that i didn't really like, so I put that on the inside. However, in certain lights you can see faint flowers when I wear it.

Thanks for looking!!!!!!!!!
comments, questions, criticisms always welcomed!

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59  Sexy new top; grommets and zipper in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by RaraAvis on: September 22, 2009 08:41:29 AM
Here is a new top i finished a couple weeks ago. I am really proud of it, because its one of the first items of clothing i have made that is fitted with out using stretchy fabric. I designed the top myself, although my idea changed a lot while I was making it. It is also the first time I added darts to an item of clothing, and I just kinda had to play around with it, to get them right. Although it does wrinkle funny in a few places and some of the seams are a little funky, overall I am happy. The material is actually from an old pair of pants, but I decided not to post it on the reconstruction board, because I did not use any of the seams or design of the pants, just the material. The zipper and ribbon are a lavender color and the material is a dark gray.  

So here are some shots of the top just before I was about to go out (the color looks a little off in the pics)......

Here are some close ups I took to get a better idea of the construction and color
(sorry for the large boob shot, I was having trouble holding the camera far enough away with out the top pulling weird or wrinkling funny)

Thanks for looking!!!!!!!!!
comments, questions, criticisms always welcomed!
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60  what do i do with this???? in Beads: Discussion and Questions by RaraAvis on: September 17, 2009 04:47:17 PM
I'm not sure if the is the right spot to post this, but I beaded this about maybe 7 years ago with the intention of making 2, for the sides of a purse. Now I'm too lazy to make the other side and don't know what to do with it.

Any suggestions/ideas would be greatly appreciated.
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