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1  The advent calendar project that grew too big.. in Winter Holidays by littledoe on: December 04, 2007 08:02:10 PM
Craftster inspired me to do away with the annual waxy chocolate calendars for my 4 kids and do something more special for them.  The reason they got too big was because I decided the pockets needed to be big enough to hold small toys/candies.  Because of their size I needed to hang them on 3 different walls.

They're all essentially the same, so I'll just post one picture.  I reversed the red and green felt for the boys and girls.  I ran out of time and energy with the last 3 calendars so I fabric painted the numbers on Clayton's, Wyatt's and Faith's, which, in hindsight, is how I should've done all of them.  Excuse the wrinkled pocket.

The important thing is the kids are very excited about them. 

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2  Re: Post Photos of Your Tattoos! in Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects by littledoe on: September 20, 2007 09:44:40 PM
I just got these 2 a week and a 1/2 ago. 

A lotus for the new phase in my life.  New marriage, new family. The pic is fresh after, so it's red and shiny.  It's still healing.



Nautical stars for the 2 babies I've lost.  You can also see most of my fairy on a rose with dragonflies in this shot.  She was my first tattoo. I got her after my divorce to represent my new freedom with my 2 children.

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3  Re: Love your wedding? Then show off your photos here! in Weddings and Bridal Showers by littledoe on: August 13, 2006 07:45:08 PM
It was a storybook day and not a thing went wrong.  Our 4 children were so well behaved and the weather was perfect. 

Our friends were godsends and kept everything running smoothly.  I didn't have a care in the world.  I was so glad that a coworker had suggested having someone coordinate the day.  My best friend took on the task and was awesome.  She even refereed my chidren when they had some minor tiffs in the house.

There are a few minor things I would've changed. Only to have used clips of the processional songs rather than the whole thing.  Our friend improvised and faded out the song then skipped to next song with the remote.  We also had lots of leftover food and alcohol.  Oh and the guys' bouts that I made didn't hold up.  The rose heads snapped off.  My kids also stood behind me at the arbor and if they had stood more in front then we could've gotten some better shots of all us up there.

It was SO much work doing the wedding at home though.  We did a bit of setting up the night before and I helped for a couple hours before heading off to my hair and makeup appointments.  In the end it looked gorgeous and all our friends and family had a great time.

While I had a few doubts about my decision to dress indian style, I'm so happy I did.  It was me and unique.  Our guests thought it was very neat.  My marriage commissioner was impressed that I had made it.

On to the pictures!!  My sister took loads with our new Canon Digital Rebel XT.  Our dad also videotaped but we haven't watched it yet.

The backyard.  We rented potted dwarf Alberta Spruce from the local garden centre.  They lined the pathway to our backyard, from the front of the house and the aisle.  The arbor had red organza on it then we bought plastic ivy and wove cut roses in it.  We also had 2 topiary trees on the sides of the arbor and put cut roses it in as well.  People thought it was a rose tree!



With this ring...after this we said a few words of our own to each other and I got choked up and started to cry.


The kiss!


Signing the registry.  I threw this pic in to show what our centrepieces looked like.  I did 4 of these up for the signing table, guest book table and food tables.  It's gerbers, spray mums and dahlias, along with greenery.  Safeway couldn't get in all the gerbers I wanted so at the last minute we had to improvise.



We're married!



My daughter loved my bouquet so much and really wanted me to toss it.  Not enough single ladies though!



My dad made us a cedar bench for under the arbor as a wedding present.  I adore it!



A closer look at the bouquet.



Cutting the cake my fiance made us.  It was white box cake with a homemade lemon filling that I made.  We just stuck one of our cookie wedding favors on it and had intended to have 2 lego people on it as well, but forgot to find them in time.  The cookie is iced on the front.



A group shot.
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4  Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong! in Weddings and Bridal Showers by littledoe on: July 26, 2006 10:31:30 AM
A few more crafts for my August 12 wedding:

Wreath



Guest book



Simple anklets with indian bells for the girls and I.  Not my original plan due to not finding a large linked chain, but I'm okay with them.



I don't think I've posted these yet, but here are our favor tags.  We're having sugar cookies and pillow mints as favors.

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5  Re: reception decor ideas - hanging paper things in Weddings and Bridal Showers by littledoe on: July 14, 2006 10:31:18 AM
I downsized my paper flowers a bit by only using 4 layers that I folded in 1/2 to make 8.

The colourful ones will be for the front of my house and I'll have red and gold in the backyard.

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6  Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong! in Weddings and Bridal Showers by littledoe on: July 12, 2006 10:03:53 PM
Finished 2 more projects tonight.

My wedding outfit and the ribbon wands.

There are crappy photos of me.  My step-son took them. 

I look much larger than I am in this photo.


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7  Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong! in Weddings and Bridal Showers by littledoe on: July 09, 2006 09:15:01 PM
One more thing crossed off my list.

I finished the ring boy pillows for my sons.  I matched the red satin to mine and the girls' dresses and the orange organza is the same as the girls' sashes.  They'll also have the same red ribbon roses in their hair.



I don't like sewing pillows!
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8  Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong! in Weddings and Bridal Showers by littledoe on: July 05, 2006 10:37:26 PM
Here are my DIY projects for our August 12 wedding.

The invites were simple.



My fiance built this arbor for us to be married under.



I've sewn my daughter's dresses as well as made their flower girl baskets.



Their earrings.



Small multicoloured pom poms to decorate fence.



There will be larger red and copper coloured ones for the tent, etc.

Hair picks for the girls.



- I've also sewn my Indian inspired outfit and dupatta.

- I've sewn vests for the boys.  My fiance gained weight and doesn't fit his anymore.

- I'm in the process of making favour tags to accompany the sugar cookies we'll bake and decorate.  The tags say "Christine and Blake.  August 12, 2006.  Two crafty souls joined to become an unstoppable Do It Yourself Team!"

- I am making the boys' ring pillows.

- I will be making keepsake necklaces for our kids.

- We also customed designed my wedding ring.





More photos will come as I complete more projects.
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9  Taffeta xmas dress in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by littledoe on: December 09, 2005 04:21:49 PM
The pattern is Retro Butterick 6582, View C.

http://store.sewingtoday.com/cgi-bin/butterick/shop.cgi?s.item.B6582=x&TI=10002&page=8

I chose teal taffeta for my first formal dress project. I thought it would be a pain to sew, but it wasn't bad. Even the hem wasn't too bad to do.

I did find the bodice a bit tricky and had to cut out a whole new one and do it again. Thank goodness for buying extra fabric! The belt was supposed to be 2" wide, but I couldn't find a buckle big enough.

Underneath I have a tulle petticoat. The first petticoat I've made. Static guard came in handy so the dress and petticoat wasnt' clinging to my legs!

Overall I'm fairly happy with how I constructed it, but the bodice isn't as well fitting as I'd like.

This picture was taken at work, after I got ready for my fiance's staff party.

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10  Groovy Wrap top in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by littledoe on: October 18, 2005 08:51:55 AM
This fabric turns a lot of heads!  It's certainly eye-catching.

It's McCall's 4304.

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