hi all! so this is it...my first embroidery post. i can't truthfully say this is my first attempt at embroidery, but basically, my second. i am embroidering the obligatory onesies for my girlfriend's first born but since i haven't finished making them yet, i'll hold off until that happens to post.
anyway, my family (my sister-in-law, to be precise) makes a family quilt every year. the s.i.l sends everyone a plain cotton square and gives us a theme and tells us to get to work. i always procrastinate (i'm in school full time and work full time, and have a full time boyfriend, so my free time is usually spent sleeping) and this year was no different. fortunately, i lit a fire under myself and busted this puppy out in time and according to her, i'm not last. woohoo for the procrastination gene!! i'm sure there are goofs in there and i know there are a couple obvious ones, but i was strapped for time and hell...no one else in my family embroiders, so they'll probably never notice. the bottom line is i'm proud and wanted to share.
background on this quilt: the theme this year is "places". i was an exchange student in germany, specifically bayreuth, so while i really wanted to do "heaven" as my quilt square, it was easier for me to just be very obvious about my choice and pick something off a map (i am a geography major, after all). sooo, here it is...
i have way too many necklaces considering i only have one neck. too many earrings, too. now i need more wall space in my bathroom because i already need to make more of these suckers.
i've never found a jewelry holder i have liked. originally i wanted to transform a corkboard into a jewelry holder by breaking it into a 1/3 - 2/3 thing with fabric covering the cork and putting teacup hooks to hang necklaces randomly on the 2/3 side and earrings on the 1/3 side. never did get around to it, but genius struck me one day and off to ikea and the hardware store i went.
you've all seen those little square mirrors in a huge wooden frame at ikea. they have them in a few different colors and plain and they're way cheap. so i snagged a few of them and bought some teacup hooks and eye screw thingies (why am i spacing on the name of those things??) and started planning. this is what i came up with:
somewhat extreme closeup:
i wish i had pre-drilled the holes because two of them are separating at the corners. but since they were so cheap (probably under 5 bucks each - complete!), i'll eventually go get some more and pre-drill, then re-make them. as you can see, i already need more of them, but i don't have the wallspace, so i'm just kinda doubling up on a lot of my necklaces and earrings.
anyway, i dig 'em and they are the absolute perfect remedy to my i-don't-like-any-jewelry-holder-i-see problem. hope you dig 'em too.
unfortunately, i keep leaving them at work (where i had them shipped) so i haven't tried them yet. i HOPE to remember them before the weekend so i can give them a whirl! here's a picture:
i hope they don't creep me out with the sound. i kinda softly banged 'em together and they didn't sound irksome (is that a word yet?) but i'll give them a true test soon! i was kinda wondering if they would get dull after some use and if there was a way to polish them if they did. they're size 15.
thanks for the visual of the uhh, adult alternative. fortunately, 15's wouldn't get a second date outta this girl.
here's another snappy little journal i decided to make. this one's for the bf's mom and dad for christmas. i finally finished it a couple weeks ago and shipped this sucker off to 'em. they're wine buffs, so i figured a wine journal would be perfect for them. on the left page, they are to paste the label from the bottle of wine they drank, then on the right, write about the wine. what they had for dinner, likes and dislikes, and who they drank it with. i'd love one for myself, but i'm afraid mine would be pretty blank except for the date and what i thought of it. heh.
i used a thicker textured paper similar to water color paper, but not as thick for the pages. bought some scrapbooking paper for the covers. had bought stamps for the images, used those little eyelet grommet thing-a-ma-bobs and used the back of a pad of paper i use at work for the little bacckings on the cover. here's the goods:
the front cover:
closeup of the front cover:
another closeup of the front cover:
yet another closeup of the front cover (can ya tell i dig the front cover??):
the back cover:
the right page (every set of pages were the same):
hey y'all! i made this journal back in september for my boyfriend for our one-year anniversary. i wanted to make him something unique and thought of a little journal filled with bunch of reasons why i loved him might fit the bill. originally, i was hoping to come up with 365 reasons - one for every day of the year since we decided to make the jump into relationship status. unfortunately, i learned there aren't 365 reasons i love ANYTHING! i DID, however, come up with 179 reasons. our anniversary was to be simple: a bonfire at the beach and just hang out and watch the sunset. and, thankfully, that's just what it was. the night before, however, he was feeling sick and i still hadn't started this thing, even though i had all the reasons in mind and the basic idea in mind. while he was lying in bed milking this *thing* he had caught, i was a busy bee making this journal. anyway, i'll shut up now and show you how it turned out.
closeup of the cover (i had short hair at the time and always wear tank tops, skirts, and flip flops in the summer since we live at the beach in southern california):
the back cover (if you mouth the words "elephant shoes" it is similiar to mouthing "olive juice" and looks like you're saying "i love you" to someone. we do elephant shoes and i decided if i ever do get my own business running, that's what i'll name it. also, our anniversary is 09-28-2006.):
cool picture of the spine and back cover:
i used water color sheets and cut them down to size and decided i wouldn't use that again - it was too thick. i drew the girl with a sharpie and used water color pencils to color in the balloon. on the inside (i couldn't post those pics because that stuff's too personal. ) i used a sharpie again for each of the reasons, but bought a set of stamps and stamped each number before the reason. i used red raffia and a knitting tapestry needle for the spine.
I need to know how you made that marge wig. I've been attempting to make Marge for years, but the wig never looked right.
i made her stand there and i took aluminum foil and made a form on her head with the foil so that it fit her head exactly...balled it up and just kept building it up until it was the right shape and size an at the right angle. then i paper mached it, let it dry overnight, then another layer the next day. then i used spray adhesive and glued the big cotton balls from the grocery store all over it and then sprayed it with blue fast-dry spray paint. super easy and she LOVED it! it could not have come out better.
omg, i was SOO hoping i'd see this costume this year and until now..i hadn't. i LOVE the burger king. AWESOME!! ********************************************************************** here are some of my winners this year. made the marge and modified the nurse costume myself. wheeee...
oops...just sifting through these a year later and noticed that moving pictures from one album to anotehr in photobucket really DOES break the link....guess they know what they're talking about when they warn you, eh. anyway...here are those pics again.
here's a pic of some of the ladies this year at the party i threw at my boyfriend's. the costume here i wanted to brag about was the marge simpson one in the pic. i'm not the one wearing it (i'm the nurse on the left), but i'm the one who made it....
here's a closeup of the wig...
i'm not in this one, but the strawberry shortcake was home made and i thought she was adorable, too...
last one, i swear. we also had a willy wonka (the new one) and a joe dirt...
suziewrong...LOVE the litle pocket idea with leftover material. i've been looking for a place to put my little needles that i keep losing (and having to replace), and i think you just solved my problem. anyway, here's my first sewing project ever, and i'm still diggin it...