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1  Our hippy baby tie dyes in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by brandnewday on: March 10, 2007 04:04:51 AM
So a ton of my friends are having kids and I love tie dye.  I made a bunch of onesies for the gifts and then used the extra dye to jazz up a few of my little guys cloth diapers.

 

 

I think they turned out great!! I just used the Dharma Trading Company kit from JoAnn's and it seems to be staying really well, even after lots of washing...and the occasional poop stain (sorry).
OH...and this one I tried to do the hot glue gun batik thing and it totally didn't work out. Well, I guess it kind of looks like it on the sleeves. I think it still turned out cool, but it wasn't what I thought it would be...maybe I did it wrong. See it closer at my flickr page http://flickr.com/photos/81538549@N00/380772651/in/photostream
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2  Rag Quilt with a twist in Quilting: Completed Projects by brandnewday on: March 09, 2007 07:50:38 PM
I've made a few rag quilts for friends and I've always put batting squares in between the two flannel pieces but this time I used fleece on one side and flannel on the other.  It made for a really cool blanket. Nice and cozy... and I could use some different textures for the baby to explore!


Here's another view ...a long with the super cool tie dye onesies I made the little lady.
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3  Our hippy baby tie dyes in Dyeing: Completed Projects by brandnewday on: March 09, 2007 07:44:50 PM
So a ton of my friends are having kids and I love tie dye.  I made a bunch of onesies for the gifts and then used the extra dye to jazz up a few of my little guys cloth diapers.


 

I think they turned out great!! I just used the Dharma Trading Company kit from JoAnn's and it seems to be staying really well, even after lots of washing...and the occasional poop stain (sorry).
OH...and this one I tried to do the hot glue gun batik thing and it totally didn't work out. Well, I guess it kind of looks like it on the sleeves. I think it still turned out cool, but it wasn't what I thought it would be...maybe I did it wrong. See it closer at my flickr page http://flickr.com/photos/81538549@N00/380772651/in/photostream
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4  Re: Archie from Wee Wonderfuls' Make-A-Long in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by brandnewday on: March 09, 2007 07:17:22 PM
I made him too. We call him Mini-Dex, after my little guy.


Here are the twins...http://flickr.com/photos/81538549@N00/380763969/

And blogged here... http://inthekeyoflife.typepad.com/in_the_key_of_life/2007/02/ive_been_feelin.html
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5  River Rock Floor Mat **WITH TUTORIAL and added suggestions** in Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects by brandnewday on: May 29, 2005 08:43:31 AM
I saw this somewhere else and figured that I could recreate it!!


So Hubby and I went for a little trip to 'the Depot' to collect our supplies.
* 1 roll of that rubbery shelf liner stuff in a neutral color(about $3-$4).
* 1-2 bags of river rocks from the garden center (the 1 to 3 inch variety was about $3 a bag)
* 1 tube of Landscaper's adhesive - I bet you could use silicone, but hubby was with and he's all about making things STRONG. (about $3)
* 1 can of polyurethane

First, I poured out all the rock on the back patio and rinsed them off and let them dry for a day.

Second, I took a roll of that rubber shelf liner stuff and cut it to the size that I wanted.

Third, I started scavenging through all the rocks to find ones that fit together in a cool pattern. It took a while, but I got them all situated. We bought two bags just so that we could find all the 'perfect' rocks.

Fourth, I laid down wax paper underneath the mat, WHICH I DO NOT SUGGEST DOING!, so that the adhesive wouldn't stick to the floor. NEXT TIME, I would use something more durable or easily tearable, not sure what at this point. EDIT: Someone here suggested using polyurethane plastic sheeting, the cheap drop cloth kinds because nothing sticks to that!!

Fifth, I started glueing the rocks down to the mat using the adhesive in a caulk gun. I ended up changing my design a little just because I couldn't keep it all in order as I transfered the rocks from the floor to the mat. EDIT: Also someone suggested using outdoor silicone because the landscape adhesive is really meant to stick rocks together, not really for rocks to plastic. I can say that it's been a while since I originally posted this and about 4 rocks have fallen off my mat, but it's also been moved in and out many times because of the hurricanes and moving to a new house.

Sixth, I waited for two days before I started messing with it. I cut the waxed paper off the back and it was a real pain.  I had to cut around ever dot of adhesive because I couldn't peel the paper off the adhesive. BUT...live and learn right?! Like I mentioned earlier...use the plastic sheeting to avoid this head ache.

Seventh, I trimmed the extra rubber backing off the edges so that it looked cleaner.

Eight...to be completed... I am planning on putting glossy polyurethane on the top to seal it too!

Hope you like it.  Comments appreciated!!

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6  Capri Sun Clutch ** NOW WITH TUTORIAL** in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by brandnewday on: May 22, 2005 06:47:39 PM
So I had my 4th graders save me all their Capri Sun pouches for the last week or so just so that I could make a few fun items.  Here's the results!!



It could be a deluxe checkbook cover or a clutch!!

I gave them both to one of my young friends, who is loving them now!  She's ready to strut her stuff at middle school tomorrow! Can't wait to make more...one for me this time maybe.
***NOW WITH CLUTCH TUTORIAL******UPDATE **** So sorry all the tutorial pics were hosted at another server and now they are all missing! DANG IT...that was a good picture tutorial and now it's gone.  WELL, here's the tutorial in just words at least ***********
HOW TO MAKE IT!!
Find 6 Capri Sun Pouches and 1 Kool-Aid Jammers pouch(the ones with the clear backs- for the ID holder)
Wash them all out by cutting a slit in the bottom of each and rinsing them with hot water.  Let them dry for a day or so.  Also, you can use something like goo-gone and an old credit card to scrape off the glue that holds the straw on.

Put four of the pouches together in a square and zigzag stitch them together. ALWAYS BACKSTITCH ON EVERY SEAM!!

Fold down the top edge about 3 inches to make the pocket for dollar bills or a check book. Then fold the whole thing in half to make a crease line for the center.

Cut one of the other pouches up to make a 2 inch strip that will become the velcro tab. Fold that strip in half and sew along all edges and sew hook part of velcro to one end.  Position it on the clutch with scotch tape were you think it would look best. Sew the tab on and then sew the fuzzy part of the velcro to the clutch.

Refold the dollar pouch down.

Take another juice pouch and cut it to be the two card slots.  I cut mine about 2 to 2 1/2 inches from the top so one part is bigger than the other. Then cut the Jammer pouch to be the same size as your biggest section of the Capri Sun pouch.  *BE sure that you cut the Jammers pouch so that you use the straw end of the pouch to be the bottom of your ID pocket. Sew across the tops of the two Capri Sun sections. Lay all three sections out and scotch tape them down to make them stay while you stitch.

Stitch around the three outer edges of the clutch, excluding the side with the tab sewn on.  Stitch down the middle of the pocket section. I stitch all the way to the middle so it looks better. When you're all done peel off all the tape.

AND TA DA!! You have a new Capri Sun Clutch to enjoy!!

Good Luck!! Email or PM me if you have any questions! Post your finished clutches here too so we can see all the different kinds of pouches!
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7  NOW WITH CLOSURE!! in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by brandnewday on: May 02, 2005 04:51:55 PM
Here's my simple button closure!!




I need to trim that button hole, but ... I'll get to it at some point!!
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8  Re: Ideas for guitar strap???? Crafting for husband's hobby! in Discussion and Questions by brandnewday on: March 03, 2005 06:29:41 PM
Here's the new guitar strap for Hubby Dearest's new Martin. He got it yesterday and he's in heaven!!


Dree...SW Florida sure is nice this time of year.  You should come down and visit your brother.  Wait about a month though.  This week it's been in the chilly 60's.  YUP, we Floridians think that's mittens and hats weather.  Cheesy
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9  Re: Ideas for guitar strap???? Crafting for husband's hobby! in Discussion and Questions by brandnewday on: February 26, 2005 01:12:54 PM
BND - a pic of the hemp one would be sweet if you have the time!!

Here ya go...he was playing it today after we had no luck at Guitar Center  Sad  Good thing he can get a new guitar for the same price online!



Sorry the photos are kinda' big, but hey...I guess you can see the detail better then.  Maybe you can figure out the weave and remake it!

ALSO...when we were at Guitar Center I saw some other ones that were made in almost the same way you would make a pet collar (tube of fabric, stiched on either edge and then a sliding adjuster for length). Just an idea, if you can understand that!

Good Luck!
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