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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / R + J Love Letter Pillow (Lots of photos) on: June 10, 2011 12:28:43 AM
Two friends, both alike in dignity, in fair Connecticut, where they are getting married...

(I didn't know where to post this, so, here?) My friends are getting married in two weeks, I am driving up from Texas, so I had to bring something awesome. I am SO proud of this. I've never seen one before, I came up with what I am calling the "love letter pillow" from a few different ideas i was toying with. It came out SO nicely, I think they'll love it. On each side of the pillow is a lined pocket for love letters, and I made a little lined box to hold blank notes on the bedside table.

Please comment, I'd love to hear what you think! On to the photos!

pillow side 1 w/letter

pillow side 2

pillow side 1, open box

pillow side 2, closed box

box lid

inner box lid

open box w/notes (all hand stamped!)

i mixed in about twenty pre-written love notes with the blank ones.
2  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / R + J Love Letter Pillow (Lots of photos) on: June 09, 2011 10:08:02 PM
Two friends, both alike in dignity, in fair Connecticut, where they are getting married...

(I didn't know where to post this, so, here? i also posted in miscellaneous.)

My friends are getting married in two weeks, I am driving up from Texas, so I had to bring something awesome. I am SO proud of this. I've never seen one before, I came up with what I am calling the "love letter pillow" from a few different ideas i was toying with. It came out SO nicely, I think they'll love it. On each side of the pillow is a lined pocket for love letters, and I made a little lined box to hold blank notes on the bedside table.

Please comment, I'd love to hear what you think! On to the photos!

pillow side 1 w/letter

pillow side 2

pillow side 1, open box

pillow side 2, closed box

box lid

inner box lid

open box w/notes (all hand stamped!)

i mixed in about twenty pre-written love notes with the blank ones.
3  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Buffy the Vampire Slayer "Hush" Pillow on: July 24, 2010 12:02:29 AM
amazing. so good. so cute. such a good idea, such excellent stitchery.
4  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: new york, baby on: June 26, 2010 11:21:31 PM

Thanks, guys!

That's awesome!  How big is it?  And it looks like it has flaps... Do they open to anything fun?

It's approximately 30 inches X 48 inches. And it does have flaps: doors on many of the apartment buildings. I was going put little letters on hearts to spell the baby's name out underneath the doors, but they aren't deciding on one until she's born, so i just left them blank. I thought about going back and adding some surprise treats, but i wanted to get it in the mail. if i did it again, i'd put something there. i love those little surprises. thanks again for looking!
5  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / "new york, baby" quilt with patchwork buildings on: June 22, 2010 04:54:26 PM
i am trying to get better about informing the internet when i make things. i had two whole days home alone, so i did some math...

7 fat quarters + 1 dear friend (having baby + live in manhattan) =

(sorry for photo quality; the colors are better in the real world)





there are some flappy doors for the baby to play with.

and the back, made from scraps

thanks for looking! questions/comments/wonderment appreciated!
6  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Mini-quilts: complex cloth samples (10 images) on: April 15, 2009 04:39:05 PM
o m g. those are so cool, and beautiful, you just inspired me to take a fabric class!
7  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: flying butterfly multi-lingual spring quilt! (pics, glorious pics) on: April 15, 2009 04:36:10 PM
Thanks guys! I've never gotten this many responses to something i posted! (I know it's sad, only three, but HUzzAH!)

That's so cool!  Love how you made some of them "flappable" - looks great!  The glittery writing - is that gold thread, or did you use a glittery fabric glue? 

The flappable was a big hit. She likes to make you hold the quilt, so she can shake it and make them "fly." I told my sister the point of the thing was so she could take it into

The glittery writing is 3D glittery puff paint. It was my first time using it since I was like, eight. I started with gold embroidery thread, but a) it was going to take forever and i was on a deadline; and b) the thread was splitting and didn't look as good. The glitter paint was fast, but kind of blob-y, and can probably not be dried in the drier without sticking together. but it'd be great on bags or something less washable.

This is such a good idea, and you could really do the "lots of languages" thing with anything for a little kid.  I'm definitely going to keep this idea in the back of my mind for future use.

i had thought about looking up a bunch of different species of butterfly, but i didn't want to lie to her about what the scientific name of these particular butterfly markings were. (i know that may sound silly) i also couldn't decide on the cursive; i think it looks pretty, but is harder to read.

if i had more time, i thought about making it a game: also putting the "butterfly" on a glittery flap and the language underneath.

i meant to say before that i made my sister a cheat sheet, so she can teach her the languages, too. i just did it on cardboard with glitter paper and metallic markers, but forgot to take a picture.
8  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / flying butterfly multi-lingual spring quilt! (pics, glorious pics) on: April 14, 2009 01:05:21 AM
this is the second quilt i've made for my niece/godbaby. i found a ton of this butterfly fabric for a couple dollars at the thrift store, it sat on the thinking desk for a long time. i knew i wanted to make the butterflies flappable, but couldn't figure out what to do for the other side.  then inspirado hit and it was finished slap dash just in time for easter and spring and BUTTERFLIES OMyG. the sewing's a little sloppy, but it's SOOOO cute. (and soft!) a little google language search, some glitter puff paint, and voila! teach your baby to say "butterfly" in twelve different languages! onto the pics (sorry for the poor quality, i only have an iphone).
 
close up front block- this is how you say "butterfly" in romanian:


the "front"


the "back" (you can kind of see the 3D flutterbies...)


couple flapper closeups:



and obligatory adorable:



yes to comments, questions, all the stuff. thanks for looking!
9  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: The Golden Girls In Glitter! on: April 14, 2009 12:28:59 AM
yeah. that soooooooo rules.
10  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / two different sarahs! two different bags! on: March 17, 2009 08:55:29 PM
so i am avoiding writing, and channeling all my creativity into bag making! i have a friend who is out of town for a few months visiting this weekend, and a roommate with a recently passed birthday, both named sarah, both in need of new bags. thus we have the double sarah bag post. i made up both of the recipes (patterns) for these. the first is based off of a bag i own (sorry about the photos: blame iphone.):
front:

open (see personalized glitter "s" for sarah):

inside pocket:

back (pocket):


the second is based off of the buttercup bag and a bag that roomie has borrowed that a friend got in amsterdam:


blurry button photo:

inside pocket panel: embroidered last name, pen pockets, special velcro closed change pocket (for the bus!):

other inside pockets (double stacket pockets. love it.)
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