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1  It's okay, I guess in Quilting: Completed Projects by DreamChild556 on: October 01, 2011 08:15:01 PM
The last quilt I made, my mom just loved. So, I figured that I would make her one for her birthday. (October 5th). Since I had this idea back in like, July, I figured that I'd have plenty of time. We all know how that goes. I kept putting it off and putting it off, and I've only just finished, and it's almost the second of October. My mom's favorite color is brown, and let me tell you, it gets really old looking at different shades of brown material. I finally just said enough, and the material I had up to that point was what I was making the quilt with. Turns out, it takes up almost the entire top of my king size bed, with about 16 inches hanging off the bottom.
   As I was laying the pieces into groups for the blocks, I was thinking, "Oh, what have I done? This is going to be the ugliest quilt ever."
   But it turned out surprisingly nice. I actually like it. And I would like to point out that this is the first quilt I've made that didn't have a ton of folds or gathers on the backing fabric, from shifting while I was quilting. This time around, I washed my backing fabric, ironed it, and used twice as many pins as I have on previous quilts. Something worked out right, because it's completely wrinkle-free! Hopefully my mom likes it.

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2  Birthday Aprons! in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by DreamChild556 on: July 28, 2011 05:26:28 PM
One of my best friends requested an apron for her birthday, with the only requirement being a pocket. So, I looked through my patterns, and found one I liked. I'm pretty sure it's McCall's, and if anyone wants to know for sure, let me know, and I'll go dig it out of my pattern box.
  I'll go ahead and apologize for the pictures. I didn't want to model them, and my hubby sure as heck isn't going to. And they're a bit large for my 2 year old. But back to my story...

  I went to Joann's, and some fabric just jumped out at me. And this is what happened:

And the lining:

The colors are more vivid in real life, I promise. My living room has crappy lighting.
I'm so happy with how this turned out! And it was so easy! Except the straps. Ugh. Turning them right side out was so tedious. But I'm very happy with the result.

And secondly, my MIL has been dropping not-so-subtle hints that she wanted me to make her an apron for her birthday. It's rapidly approaching, so I decided I'd better get down to it. I made my hubby go with me to pick out the fabric, since it's for his mom. Her kitchen is done in an apple theme, so that's what we were looking for. He found the one bolt of apple fabric that Joann's had. It's a little much for my personal taste, but I have a pink plaid apron, so I don't have any room to talk Smiley
So here's the apple apron....

With long-ish ties, because my MIL is a little on the short... round side.

Comments and suggestions always appreciated!
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3  Re: Big Project stitch-along 2011 in Needlework: Stitchalongs by DreamChild556 on: July 28, 2011 05:10:30 PM
Page four: DONE!! And a little of page 5!

Sorry for the semi-dark picture. I would've taken another one, but it's been a long day, and I'm exhausted!
So, opinions: On the right hand side, there's an additional 19 rows of pattern. About an inch and a quarter, I think. Now, when I was cutting out my cloth, I wasn't paying attention, and I didn't leave myself enough extra. I have enough to finish all the way across, but because it's so close to the edge, it would be really hard. So I was thinking about just leaving that off. I don't think it would adversely effect the piece as a whole. What do you guys think?
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4  Super easy toddler outfit! in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by DreamChild556 on: June 13, 2011 04:27:07 PM
My mom has a wedding shower on Saturday, and I wanted to make my daughter a new outfit to wear. It's McCall's  5836, and it's really easy. I found this fabric at Hobby Lobby a while back, and I fell in love with it. I bought two yards, knowing I wanted to make something for my daughter, but not knowing what. And this is what finally happened...

And the shorts...

I'm so proud of myself! The shorts gave me the most trouble. You use the same pattern pieces for the shorts and pants options, and the sewing directions illustrate the pants. I knew it was easy, my brain just didn't want to cooperate.
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5  Golden Girls Swap? in New Swap Theme Ideas by DreamChild556 on: June 05, 2011 05:44:44 AM

Who doesn't love the Golden Girls? I'm pretty sure I can quote every line from every episode (or close to it). I know I would LOVE a swap. It would be awesome! I don't know if I'm confident enough in myself to organize, but if enough people are interested, I might try it. Any takers?
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6  Re: Big Project stitch-along 2011 in Needlework: Stitchalongs by DreamChild556 on: May 10, 2011 04:04:27 PM
I'm done with page three!! (please excuse the crappy picture. It's the best I could do sitting down, and I was too tired to get up.)

Now, on to page four. Of course, now I'm starting to see that some of my colors are a little off. Oh well. I'm sure it'll turn out fine.

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7  You know, for a clownfish, he's not that funny... in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by DreamChild556 on: May 07, 2011 12:10:26 PM
   The hubbs loves keeping a fishtank. I told him I don't care, so long as I don't have to take care of it. And my daughter loves to watch the fish, because the tank is just about her eye level. And he has a couple of clownfish in there, which of course, I named Nemo and Marlin.  Smiley
  So when I saw Simplicity pattern #3955, which includes a clownfish fleece blanket, naturally, I had to make it. I just didn't realize until I got ready to buy fabric how big it is. (Just about six feet. It literally takes up my entire couch, as evidenced in the following pictures...)

Sorry for the crappy shot. I wanted to upload these pictures, but there was no one to hold the blankie for me. So my couch is serving as stand-in model.

And a close up of the face, which shows the color better:

She loves it. But she's only two, so next to her, this blanket is HUGE. Oh well. She'll grow into it. Smiley
Comments and criticism always appreciated!
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8  Re: Labyrinth Swap Round 4 GALLERY!! in The Swap Gallery by DreamChild556 on: April 18, 2011 08:13:17 PM
I received from shylitlegodess today!!  Grin  I'll go ahead and warn you, this post is going to be pic obese! And It was an awesome pick-me-up after a crappy day at work. (After working all weekend at my car club's car show, I had to cover for one of my coworkers at my real job today, who was too hungover to come in to work.) But that's another story...
  OMG, I love everything! Everything is so awesome! On to the pictures... First, the box, with super fun packing tape:

And then, I opened it to find a card:

I set it aside, and pulled out some packing material to uncover....

Buttons!!! I loves me some buttons!
I reluctantly set the buttons aside and kept digging, and found this:

I thought to myself, "It feels like a book." So I opened it and found...

Then I thought to myself, "It looks like a book." So I opened the first few pages...

And found excerpts from the book.
And I'll admit, I totally thought it was a real book. So I felt kind of silly when I figured out what was really going on....

I'm not sure, but I think the designs around the mirror are hand drawn.

So awesome! So much thought and detail went into planning this package! 
And apparently, I didn't take a picture of it, but the little tiny book in the upper left of the 'book' is a little notebook I can keep in my purse for scratch paper. I totally needed one of those!!

So I opened the 'Trinkets from the wise man' parcel, and found...

Loads of awesome, right? Well I'm not done! I opened the 'White Owl' parcel, and found this most awesome piece of jewelry. And it's totally me!

And again, I must not have taken a picture of it, but underneath all my goodies, in the bottom of the 'book', were the lyrics for 'As The World Falls Down', which is my favorite song from the movie. I love, love, love this package. Everything is so awesome, and so well made! shylitlegodess, you're the best! I love everything!

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9  Re: Big Project stitch-along 2011 in Needlework: Stitchalongs by DreamChild556 on: April 04, 2011 05:11:30 PM
I've got two pages done!! (and part of page three, but only like, thirty stitches.)

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10  Re: One Tiny Thing Miyazaki Swap Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by DreamChild556 on: March 24, 2011 06:34:13 PM
I received today!! OMG, it's so awesome!! Here's the pictures.... I didn't take a picture of the package, because I was so eager to open it, I ripped it to shreds. ("To shreds, you say?")

Alright, first, here's the outside. The color came out kind of weird. It's a darker purple than what it looks like.

I do loves me some sparrows. And that's a Calcifer button on top. It's not attached, I just put it there to get it in the picture.

And.... we open it to find...

My favorite part of Howl's Moving Castle. I love guys with wings.

And Calcifer is over on the left, keeping things moving. Smiley

And here's a shot from the side, to show how 3D it is.

Everything is sooo detailed! I love it! It now occupies a proud spot on my 'swap shelf' in the living room. Thank you so much dfabbric!!
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