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41  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / JEEP Bag/Pouch - My first self-drafted creation! on: January 03, 2012 08:28:38 AM
This was commissioned by my BIL, who gave me the fabric, the JEEP patch, and the dimensions, and said, "You can do that, right?"  I love that my family has so much confidence in me, but I really wasn't sure that I could do what he wanted without a pattern.  After searching for a tutorial or pattern that was even close to what he wanted, I resigned to the fact that I was going to have to wing it.  Luckily, there was plenty of excess fabric so I could mess up once or twice.  It turns out that with a little pre-planning and some spatial rotation exercises, all that excess fabric was unnecessary.  The final product is a little bit smaller than the dimensions originally requested, but not by much:

With the flap open:

Showing the inside pouch:

And the back pouch that I split with the strap to make two smaller pouches (yes it was intentional, haha):

And the proof that this came from my head (not quite a pattern anyone else could really follow, but maybe as organized as my thoughts really get):

Thanks so much for looking!
42  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Silhouette Ornaments on: December 28, 2011 06:49:09 AM
These are based off this tutorial I came across on Pinterest.  I decided to go with a pic of my son with his spiked mohawk for maximum controversy  Tongue and cuteness  Grin

I also went with mini canvases I found at JoAnn's instead of the wooden pieces in the tute:

I wrapped some race car ribbon around the outer edge since my son is into anything car related at the moment.

And used a button to finish off the string connection on the back:

Thanks for looking!  Smiley
43  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Quilted Coasters on: December 24, 2011 01:02:25 PM
These started out as mug rugs based on this tutorial:  http://www.pleasant-home.com/2010/11/scrappy-tree-mug-rugs.html, but I soon discovered that my quilting skills were not up to par, and these coasters were born.

Here they are all ready to give with some Adirondack coffee (and the one mug rug I did complete before realizing more were not going to happen):

And for fun, the matching "quilted" card:

Be Merry!   Grin
44  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Scrappy Trees on: December 21, 2011 05:45:12 AM

Inspired by Teesha Moore and the corresponding Craftster stitchalong, I made these scrappy tree ornaments to give away to friends and family this year.

Sorry pics are kind of stinky, I'm still trying to figure out optimal lighting!  Thanks for looking!  Season's greetings  Grin
45  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Completed Projects / Dib Batiked Wall Hanging on: December 13, 2011 07:36:02 AM
I made this guy for a fellow crafter whose daughter loves Dib from Invader Zim.  I batiked him with two rounds of hot glue and two rounds of blue/green dye then added the patchwork border.  I really like how he came out.  I find this technique is hit of miss, so I'm pretty excited when it works out this well!

Close up:

Thanks for looking!
46  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Hat, Scarf, and Armwarmer Set on: December 13, 2011 07:30:41 AM
Hello!  I made these for a fellow crafter.  All jersey knit fabrics that I dyed black, grey, or a combination thereof.  I really like how the armwarmers came out.  I think the recipient liked them as well!

Dirty mirror action shot:

A close-up of the warmers:

Thanks for looking!
47  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Completed Projects / Finally Some LWI Success ~ Hand Dyed Fabrics on: November 28, 2011 06:38:10 AM
Finally!  Some success with low water immersion!  I think it's all about finding the right container.  I got these giant cups and they seem to be giving me the results I want.  Now this is my favorite kind of dyeing.

All stacked up:

These all went to TheSapphireMoon in the IYP 19 Swap.

My fave of the bunch - A mix of blues and RIT Apple Green:

Same colors, different distribution:

Tulip Lime Green and RIT Violet:

Blue Combo (I mixed a whole bunch of powders) and RIT Violet:

RIT Apple Green and RIT Violet:

I don't really remember what colors I used here, lol:

Or here - definitely some black in here, though.  The colors looked much better in person:

Thanks for looking! Smiley
48  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Bead Curtain of Craftster Love *pic heavy* on: November 23, 2011 08:49:27 AM
I have been lucky enough to have been on the receiving end of a huge dose of Craftster love recently.  After a bit of misfortune following Hurricane Irene that lead to my entire bead stash being lost, I had to withdraw from the Bead Soup Swap, organized by the amazing jennieingram.  Of course, she was gracious and let me withdraw with no negative penalty (it was before sign ups ended), but I soon discovered she did so much more than that when I started receiving boxes of beads in the mail.  Boxes and boxes and boxes from my fellow Craftsters, to the point where I started to feel like I didn't deserve such kind gestures.

Out of those boxes came more beads than I knew what to do with, so I decided to work on a bead curtain with some of my favorite beads so that I would always remember the kindness that was shown to me and remember to pass it on whenever the opportunity is present.

The beads in this curtain were provided by:

april again
Missing Willow
Pirate Coley
a generous stranger

and of course, jennieingram

I hope I didn't forget anyone!

Here is the curtain in its entirety:

And some close-ups of my favorite beads:

Thank you to all those who contributed to this project - believe it or not, this did not even make a dent in my new stash!
49  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Punk Rock Pumpkin! on: October 31, 2011 09:46:54 AM
We are having a punk themed Halloween this year!  Of course we have to have a pumpkin to match!  We had a pumpkin painting craft day with some friends last weekend, so that's my son's handiwork in the background of the carving!  I think it adds to the overall effect quite nicely!



Happy Halloween everyone!  Grin
50  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Painter's Tape + 2 Year Old = Art on: October 07, 2011 06:14:06 AM
No idea where to put this  Smiley  My son loves to paint.  For a family member's birthday recently, I knew that she would appreciate a painting (most of the relatives have received one by now), but I wanted to do something a little different then the usual toddler abstractness.  I pulled out some blue painter's paint and masked out a design before letting my son go to town on the canvas.  Once it dried, I pulled off the paint and here's the result:

It was a hit with both my son and the recipient.  I think we'll do some more of these in the future!
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