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31  Reusable Diaper Liners in Completed Projects by elliot_anne on: April 28, 2015 12:44:03 AM
This thread mentions diapers, poop, diaper rash, etc. If that's gunna bug you... you were warned.

We have been using cloth diapers on my 14 month old for over a year now. We've never really had any problems with diaper rash or anything until a couple of weeks ago. She got a rash from something she ate (we're still trying to figure out what she's allergic to), that triggered a rash so bad her poor bum was bleeding! We took her to the pediatrician who prescribed us some fancy medicated bum cream to help clear it up.

Problem! Bum cream + cloth diapers = BIG NO NO! (Unless it's a special cloth-diaper-safe cream, it causes the cloth diapers to repel water (pee) instead of absorb... No bueno). The normal solution is to put the baby in disposable diapers until the rash clears up. Well, after 3 hours in a disposable diaper, baby girl's butt was not only still bloody, but also chapped because the disposable diapers suck all of the moisture out of her skin... -sigh-

Solution! Fleece liners laid on top of the cloth will keep the cream from touching the diaper, wick pee away from the baby's skin (keeping her rashy area dry) without pulling out SO much moisture that her bum gets chapped.

It took me about 45 minutes to cut down some fleece I had into the right size liners for her diapers. I made enough to line every one of her (30) diapers, plus a couple of extras - I just went til I ran out of fabric.

They are roughly 6"x9" and so far they are working great!

Here is a picture of it sitting in the diaper. It actually goes a little bit lower than I placed it for the picture, but you get the idea. (And yes, we use the old-fashioned flats with a diaper cover. LOVE MY CLOTH DIAPERS!)

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32  Charlotte's Hoops in Needlework: Completed Projects by elliot_anne on: April 28, 2015 12:32:47 AM
I have been idea crazy about all these hoops I want to make for my baby girl's nursery wall, and here are two more to add to the pile, haha. These ones I actually finished the backing of today, so they will be going on her wall tomorrow! Smiley

Here is a closeup of the bunting embroidery. I wish I have done a chain stitch for the "string" holding the flags.

For the wreath embroidery, I actually painted the design in watercolors, scanned it into my computer, printed it out, transferred the image to the hoop, and then stitched it. A long process, but I really like how it turned out. I tried to do some different kinds of stitches on this one. The only thing I don't like is the chain stitch under her name... meh...

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33  Re: Ongoing ATC swap - April 2015 - GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by elliot_anne on: April 27, 2015 10:44:36 PM
All of these ATCs are so beautiful they are making my lust bucket ache!

Speaking of, I got an AWESOME one in the mail today! WOO! -happy mail happy dance-

This is the first one I've gotten for my Purple/Green ABC theme. The letter P!

It is so cool in person! The letter looks like trees/vines, and is all glittery and I am in LOVE with the green bubble wrap painting on the side. (Jeremy normally only says "Oh, that's cool. I like it," to anything I show him. This time he commented that he really liked how many different shades of purple and green she incorporated! That's high praise coming from him!)
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34  Re: Ongoing ATC swap - April 2015 - GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by elliot_anne on: April 23, 2015 11:39:05 PM
Sorry for all the catching up I'm about to do. Bear with me to the end to see the AMAZINGNESS that spazzybrat sent me!!

AugustBell Beautiful Autism Awareness card! I've been watching Parenthood, and I really like how they have highlighted some of the difficulties/realities of loving someone with autism (Max), while also giving a vision of hope for the future (Hank). Ooh the scratchcard is such a cool idea! I never would have thought to do that! I love the mandala! When I'm feeling stressed sometimes I will draw or color them myself. Yours looks very relaxing!

patraw Love the lolita! I especially love her little buns! So cute! And that cutout cat is awesome too! (Hmm... I may have to add papercutting onto my to-do list... it's been a while since I've done one...) WOW! That mermaid is amazing! And that does not look like an easy pose to draw, either!

blupaisan That train trestle is so cool looking! And the sunset is just gorgeous! Aww the little mushroom man is so cute (and now I'm having swap anxiety because I made a mushroom for AugustBell!)!! And now I'm also jealous of the garden ATC... If I could ever manage to not kill every plant that enters my home (I can't even keep a cactus alive... it's bad, guys), I would totally want that sign in my (nonexistent) garden!

curiousfae Super cool mixed media piece. I love that style (though I can't seem to figure out how to do it myself, haha). And... I think I need that treasure map. -goes off to add Treasure Maps to her list of themes-

jenleahlynn Awesome steampunk lady. She looks like she could fit right into a Sherlock Holmes adventure! (The one with Robert Downey Jr, anyway). Loving the Shel Silverstein card. I loved his poetry as a kid, though I don't think I'm brave enough to try shrinkydink (after a ceramics class and exploding pottery, everything that shrinks just kind of worries me). And that non-paper Little Prince one is super cool! Love the quote, too! I am seriously jealous of that bubble bath card with the rubber duck! Oh my goodness!

pottermouth What a cool moving skeleton dude! Even with the instructions you gave, I'm still having trouble picturing exactly how to all works (I am NOT an engineer by any means, haha!), but he is still awesome without my brain being able to visualize the technical part.

rockingbearranch I love the hope themed cards! I actually have a greeting card in my stash that has similar imagery/style to those. Smiley I've never heard of The IT Crowd, but the portrait looks really good, and I love the moveable speech bubble! That goddess themed one is beautiful. The colors are so bold and powerful!

kosmicgirl OMG THAT YETI!! I just want to keep him in my pocket all the time. That way whenever I am feeling sad, I just pull out this little friendly yeti who gives me a daisy and then I's not to sad no mores.

spazzybrat BAHAHA I LOVE BAYMAX! So cute! My fiance is IN.LOVE. with Big Hero 6 (hence it is one of my themes), and Baymax is our favorite, hands down (though that's probably true for everyone). Heehee the My Little Pony card is so cute.

Mountains and Clouds I want to eat those tomatoes! They look like they could just jump off the page and into my belly! Those self portraits are just lovely! I can't get up the nerve to try to do a self portrait of myself. I just ... yea, no guts here.

Ok, as promised! AWESOMENESS FROM SPAZZYBRAT for my Pinterest Inspired Theme. The bass clef/treble clef heart was actually a tattoo idea from my tattoo board, and one I have debated getting on and off since high school. I really want it, but good lord my first pair of tattoos hurt so bad! (Why am I such a wuss?) Maybe this ATC will satisfy my craving without giving me any more pain...

And I also took a picture of the card she sent because (ironically enough) my biggest client at work is an electric bike company, so it made me extra happy! Smiley

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35  Re: Spring Nerd Battles 2015 --March 1, 2015 - May 31, 2015-- ~*Join Anytime!*~ in Craftalongs by elliot_anne on: April 10, 2015 10:13:47 PM
Prompt: April Flash Mob
Team: Wordy
Bonus Points:
Project Name: Mushrooms Watercolor
Project Link:
Brief Description: Inspired by my favorite British author - Lewis Carroll, who wrote Alice in Wonderland. In Alice in Wonderland, mushrooms are pretty big imagery throughout, so I painted some mushrooms I thought would look right at home with the caterpillar perched on top.
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Prompt: Downton Abbey
Team: Wordy
Bonus Points:
Project Name: Tulips Watercolor
Project Link:
Brief Description: Inspired by the grounds of British castles, and the beautiful tulip beds in so many of them.
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Prompt: The Queen's English
Team: Wordy
Bonus Points:
Project Name: Daffodils Watercolor
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Brief Description: Inspired by another of my favorite British authors - C.S. Lewis, who wrote The Chronicles of Narnia. Susan and Lucy were my role models growing up - their strength and intelligence were valued more than their beauty, and I loved that. In the movie, Queen Susan the gentle wears a crown of daffodils in the coronation scene.
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36  Re: HP Craftalong ~ Spring Semester Mar 1-May 31, 2015 ~ JOIN ANYTIME! in Craftalongs by elliot_anne on: April 09, 2015 12:04:29 AM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Care of Magical Creatures
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Mushrooms Watercolor
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Brief Description: As much as I love the Harry Potter universe, when I think of gnomes, I don't think of the potato-headed guys from the books. I think of the little fat dudes in the bright red or green waistcoats that sit on peoples' front lawns. That said, I painted some red-topped mushrooms that always seem to hang out with those type of gnomes (do they live in them? under them? I don't even know! But they always seem to be there!).
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Transfiguration
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Wild and Free.
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Brief Description: I wanted to make a quote framed by a flowery wreath. My quill (in this case, my paint brush) seems to be working wonderfully! Smiley
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Bertie Bott Bean - Red Apple
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Floral Pattern
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Brief Description: This was an experiment in pattern-making. If you tile the image, it is a repeating pattern. It is inspired by all of the flowers that were braided into Rapunzel's hair in the movie Tangled!
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37  Re: 50 Projects 2015 --POST YOUR 2015 Lists in Craftalongs by elliot_anne on: April 08, 2015 11:33:06 PM
Here's another week's worth of watercolors! Smiley

26. 4/2/15: This one was an experiment in pattern making. I had to cut and tape together the paper in order to make it so that if you tiled the image, it would be a repeating pattern!

27. 4/3/15: Iris. Just a pretty purple iris.

28. 4/4/15: Tulips for my Mama. They are her favorite flowers.

29. 4/5/15: Calla Lilies. I did a time lapse of me painting this one, which was pretty cool to see it painted in super speed.

30. 4/6/15: My friend came over and we did some art collaboration pieces. We each started one piece, then swapped back and forth several times until we were both happy with the results. It was really cool, and we both ended up experimenting and doing stuff we wouldn't normally have done.

31. 4/7/15: Mushrooms. A little more detailed than I normally paint, but I like how they turned out.

32. 4/8/15: Wild and Free. I wanted to paint a flower wreath with a quote, and this is what I ended up with.
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38  Re: HP droolalong ~ Spring Semester Mar 1-May 31, 2015 ~ JOIN ANYTIME! in Craftalongs by elliot_anne on: April 01, 2015 11:48:23 PM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Alchemy
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Hummingbird
Project Page Link: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=438720.0
Brief Description: This one is for my great-grandma, Nonnie, who loves hummingbirds. I'll think she'll like it even though he's a bit funny-shaped. I plan to give it to her the next time I go out to see her.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Headmistress Challenge - April
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Sunflower Watercolor
Project Page Link: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=438720.0
Brief Description: When I think of growing things, I automatically think of sunflowers. So my submission for the Headmistress Challenge this month is a sunflower watercolor.
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39  Re: 50 Projects 2015 --POST YOUR 2015 Lists in Craftalongs by elliot_anne on: April 01, 2015 11:42:44 PM
Here is today's watercolor painting. My god do I have difficulty with animals! That's why I decided to do 365 days of flora in the first place! Haha

Anyway, this one is for my great-grandma, Nonnie, who loves hummingbirds. I'll think she'll like it even though he's a bit funny-shaped. I plan to give it to her the next time I go out to see her.

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40  365 Days of Flora in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by elliot_anne on: April 01, 2015 02:35:54 PM
Haven't posted anything in a while, so this is a big picture dump (sorry in advance).

I've challenged myself to work on my watercolor skills (as in, I've never done watercolor before, though I have done other painting) this year, and am painting 365 Flora Watercolors. I started on March 12th, and am 20 days in. Here are my first 20. Smiley I will update this as I paint more.

1. Pink Puffy Flowers: This was my first watercolor painting. My mom used to paint with watercolors, and they are some of my favorite things she's ever made.

2. Blue-Green Sea Coral: First of a set of 3, with the other two blue-green sea plants.

3. Dandelions: I tried using the salt trick on the dandelion puffs. It didn't work out like I wanted...

4. Chili Peppers: I want to do some other foods/fruits/vegetables and make a kitchen series.

5. Blue-Green Sea Fern: Second of a set of 3, with numbers 2 and 8.

6. Clovers: Inspired by St. Patrick's Day, and my puppy dog, Clover.

7. Cherry Blossom Tree: This was a trial in a new technique for me. I actually really like how it turned out, even if it took forEVER to make (I have no patience).

8. Blue-Green Seaweed: Third of a set of 3, with numbers 2 and 5.

9. Yellow Lotus: Inspired by my friend Lizzi, who just got her yoga trainers certificate and needed a pick-me-up, so I painted a bright flower to cheer her up.

10. Purple Lotus: Same as the yellow but in a different color scheme.

11. Cactus Trio: Three different cacti, wanted to try mixing ink with watercolors.

12. Fire Stick Plant: We had a fire stick plant when I was growing up, and for as long as we had that thing, it never turned red like it was supposed to. My mom could never figure out what we were doing wrong. But they are so pretty when they turn red on the tips.

13. eat Tree: Trying out a different style and going bold and abstract. I like it, but I kind of like my normal style better.

14. Sunflowers: Bright and sunny.

15. Lavender: I'm allergic to lavender pollen, but I like the color purple and wanted to paint some purple flowers.

16. Thistle: More purple. Plus I got stung by stinging nettle the day I painted this, so I had weeds on my mind.

17. Daffodils: I was inspired by daffodils covering the hills, front yards, and street corners up in the mountains and the mountain town we went to visit this past weekend.

18. Red Poppies: Feeling a little wistful, and remembering my trip to France where the cliffs of Normandy were covered with red poppies.

19. Rose pile of flesh: Jeremy (my fiance) requested roses, so I decided to try making a rose print pile of flesh. Ignore the silly messed up one in the top right corner. He's special... But Jeremy actually said he likes it better with the mistake. He wants to hang it in our bedroom, even!

20. Chrysanthemums: Just feeling the bright colors today and wanted to play with orange. Smiley

21. Hummingbird: This one is for my great-grandma, Nonnie. She loves hummingbirds, and even though my animals are a little... funny shaped, I think she'll still like it. I plan to give it to her the next time I go out to see her. Smiley

22. Happy Birthday: I decided to try a floral wreath, inspired by my brother's birthday!

23. Soar: I liked the wreath idea, so I decided to run with it for a couple days. This one had a quote.

24. Thank You: I wanted to make a thank you card design for the next time I need to send out thank you cards.

25. Congrats: And also a Congrats card design. Smiley

26. Charlotte Wreath: I painted this one, and then scanned it into my computer, printed it again, and then traced the image onto fabric to embroider for my baby's room.

27. C Monogram: Wanted to play with some freestyle letting/plants.

28. Mushroom and Snitch ATCs: Mushroom and Golden Snitch ATCs I sent out in the April ATC Swap. THe Snitch isn't floral, but it is shiny and metallic. Smiley

29. Stained Glass Flowers: I hate this one...

30. Lemonade Flowers: Pretty swirly flowers that remind me of lemonade.

31. Hibiscus: We went to the desert to visit my Great-Grandma, and I was inspired by the very Hawaiian bedspread in the room we stayed in.

32. Nature's Fertilizer: I'm going to be donating this one to a local guinea pig rescue that I used to work with so they can auction it off at their annual Pignic.

33. Clover and Blueberry: Clover is my dog, and Blueberry is my baby's nickname. Playing with some designs.

34. Pink Circle Roses: Just wanted to paint something quick and easy.

35. Blossom Branches: Jeremy really likes this one, and I'm inclined to agree. Smiley

36. Hyacinth: I like purple. What can I say?

37. Fuchsia: When I was a kid, I used to love these flowers. Pink and purple and upside down.

Sorry for so many photos! I hope you all like them as much as I've enjoyed painting them! (There are a couple currently missing because they are being sent out in swaps and haven't been received yet)
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