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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  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!
4  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!
5  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.)
6  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / stuffed monsters with quilt holding stations! on: January 06, 2009 01:11:29 AM
i am posting this in quilts and here, since it's kind of both, and i am SO proud of this. this is the first thing i made with my sewing machine and it came out sew awesome!
i bought the fabric and started with the patchwork, not really having a plan for what was going to happen, then set it aside for a long time while i made some random monsters (from a "pattern" in craft magazine- love it!), just making things with my machine. then i got the idea to put the two together!
my sister's baby girl is my god baby, and i had made five monsters, and there are five letters in her name (WILEY) so... i named all the monsters after each letter of her name.  i kicked into high gear to put it all together into a quilt for her second birthday (which was on thanksgiving). i had it ready to give to my sis on a special trip in october but she wanted the baby to equate the quilt with me. i live in minneapolis, she lives in dallas so we waited until christmas to give it to her. and i finally took pictures!

it's my first attempt at free motion quilting, and even though it took FOREVER to get the tension right (and only as a fluke did i figure it out) i think it turned out awesome.

this is the front, sans monsters.
http://www.craftster.org/pictures/data/500/medium/IMG_00745.JPG

monsters outta pockets:
http://www.craftster.org/pictures/data/500/medium/IMG_00756.JPG

back, patchwork:
http://www.craftster.org/pictures/data/500/medium/IMG_00728.JPG

closeup of fabrics (i heart the elvis) and quilting:
http://www.craftster.org/pictures/data/500/medium/IMG_00735.JPG

mister whiskers:



igor:



lola:



eggroll:



yellow-eyes:



monsters in pockets:


sorry if there are too many pictures, and if they are blurry, but i was SO EXCITED!

please let me know what you think. thanks for looking. happy new year!
7  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / wiley's super sweet special stuffed animal 2nd b-day cha-cha quilt (pic heavy) on: January 06, 2009 01:08:35 AM
i am SO proud of this. this is the first thing i made with my sewing machine and it came out sew awesome!
i bought the fabric and started with the patchwork, not really having a plan for what was going to happen, then set it aside for a long time while i made some random monsters (from a "pattern" in craft magazine- love it!), just making things with my machine. then i got the idea to put the two together!
my sister's baby girl is my god baby, and i had made five monsters, and there are five letters in her name (WILEY) so... i named all the monsters after each letter of her name.  i kicked into high gear to put it all together into a quilt for her second birthday (which was on thanksgiving). i had it ready to give to my sis on a special trip in october but she wanted the baby to equate the quilt with me. i live in minneapolis, she lives in dallas so we waited until christmas to give it to her. and i finally took pictures!

it's my first attempt at free motion quilting, and even though it took FOREVER to get the tension right (and only as a fluke did i figure it out) i think it turned out awesome.

this is the front, sans monsters.


monsters outta pockets:


back, patchwork:


closeup of fabrics (i heart the elvis) and quilting:


mister whiskers:



igor:



lola:



eggroll:



yellow-eyes:



monsters in pockets:


sorry if there are too many pictures, and if they are blurry, but i was SO EXCITED!

please let me know what you think. thanks for looking. happy new year!
8  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / little french girls clutch- first one! all scraps! so cute! on: December 16, 2008 03:17:59 PM
i am so excited about this little bag! i had this one tiny scrap piece of fabric. i don't know where it come from, but i LOVED it:


the little girls look french to me, so i decided to make it into something for my friend elise, who is from france. the swatch was 6X8 inches, so i built a bag around it.


the french girls are on the back, and then i made a panel for the front and a pocket from this long strip of turquoise, found some lavender and orange for linings and more pocket...voila.





cutest bag i've ever made, cause it's the first! now i'm gonna make more! let me know what you think!
9  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / first post in forever: red's quilt w/animals! on: December 13, 2008 12:06:30 PM
i just got an iphone, so for the first time i have digi-camera possibilities. that means pictures of crafts!

this is a quilt i made for my old roommate's baby. his name is redmond. you can see him here:
http://www.samsklaver.com/

onto the cuteness!



the letters are on pocket squares, and the little stuffed animals go in the pockets.





i forgot to take a picture of the back. it's thick stripes of the blue and the turquoise. 

sorry for the weird photo of the whole thing. i'll figure this posting thing out. thanks for looking!
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / how do ya drop stitches like you wanna? on: May 22, 2005 10:43:39 PM
my brother is about to graduate from high school. for graduation he wants a sweater like keanu reeves in the matrix. that means i have to knit him a sweater (my second. i'm a hat girl.) and it has to have "holes" in it. gashes. i'm gonna put in some stitches that drop to the bottom and ideally some that are several dropped stitches that go down in a v to one dropped stitch to no dropped stitches,  but i can't figure out how to make dropped stitches that don't run all the way to the bottom. that like stop. how do you stop 'em without binding off and casting on and making a big hole?  i'm knitting from the bottom up on a super easy circular tube drop sleeve pattern, but feel i can't start until i know what i'm gonna do. i know there's a pattern for something like this in the "simple knits with a twist" book but i don't have it and was hoping somebody could help me out with a technique. anybody? or do i have to go find this book? thank you.
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