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1  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Ongoing Wish Swap Round 78 Swap Gallery on: February 24, 2012 09:50:26 AM
Well I'm REALLY late with this (SORRY!), but I was out of the country for 10 days, then I was swamped with design work for bridal season.  I had to play catch-up after my vacation, and I'm finally all caught up (well, I have one bit of design work that I have to do today, but I'm procrastinating - other than that, I'm caught up).

I received from frosty772 the day before I left town.  These fun coasters and a very cute sleeve for my glasses.  Everything is so well-made - just lovely!

My daughter has claimed the pink coasters for herself, and my son claimed the other two.  But the glasses case is just for me, me, me!!  Grin

I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend, and thanks again frosty772!!
2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: eReader Cover on: February 01, 2012 05:02:16 AM
Nice! I love the owls! The button is perfect with the colors!

What would you use instead of the fusible fleece?

Well, I *might* still use the fusible fleece - problem is, though, that it doesn't stick to the fusible interfacing - I basted it down a bit, but I really should have been more meticulous, as there are a couple of puckers.  So next time, I think I'd try to strategically sew it into the lining layer before I put the whole thing together - in such a way that all the stitching will be hidden by the pockets and by the eReader itself...

Another thought I had is to put plastic inside the layers - much like the bottom of Amy Butler's weekender bag instructions.  Because I still have yet to MAKE my weekender bag, I'm not entirely sure how to pull that off, so that's why I haven't tried it yet.  But maybe I'll pull out those instructions and see if I can't figure it out!

Thanks, everyone, for the kind comments!!
3  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Ongoing Wish Swap Round 78 Swap Gallery on: January 31, 2012 08:23:46 AM
Ugh, I'm a bad swapper!  SORRY that I'm late - last week totally got away from me (I had my bridal show last week and then I had a million things to do to get ready for my onslaught of bridal consultations that starts tomorrow)...  Phhhhhhew! 

So anyway, I received a fab parcel last week from texscrapper that included these sweet goodies:

I tried to do a close-up of the zipper pulls (which are FANTASTIC in real life - such a great variety and I just love the creative things you did with them!!)  The picture is a little blurry, but you can see them a *bit* better than on the owl fabric...

And this morning I whipped myself up a little eReader cover with that lovely owl fabric - I've posted that here

Thanks so much, texscrapper - it's all WONDERFUL!!
4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / eReader Cover on: January 31, 2012 08:15:11 AM
I received an eReader for Christmas from my hubby.  He knew better than to get me a cover, figuring I'd rather make my own (smart man), and finally last night he offered to watch the kids so I could get it done...  I found the pattern on etys by BirdifulStitches, and away I went!  My generic e-reader isn't the same size as the pattern pieces, so I made one last night that was ENTIRELY too big - but that's what you get when you're functioning on 3 hours of sleep  Tongue  (my daughter had a nightmare at 2am and I couldn't get back to sleep afterwards - bleck!)

So after a good night's sleep last night (went to bed at 9pm and woke up at 7am - yay!), I tried again.  Aside from a couple little things that I'd do differently next time (mostly to do with the darned fusible fleece layer!), I'm very pleased.  My eReader fits perfectly, and I love that I've got little pockets, just in case. 

I received the owl fabric from texscrapper in the Ongoing Wish Swap, and I was excited to have the chance to use it - I love those owls (and now that my daughter has had a glimpse, she wants me to make her something with it too).

Anyway, so first we have to front view, closed.  I used a giant button that matched the green, and I just love it!

Then, the back view, closed - the extra fabric on the left side was a little mistake from last night's fiasco, but then I decided that I loved it, so I repeated it on purpose today.

And finally, the open view (this came out a bit blurry, sorry!)

So now my eReader can come along in my purse without getting destroyed!! 

Thanks for looking!
5  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: Saturday Dress on: January 31, 2012 08:01:29 AM
Adorable model and adorable dress! Smiley

Why thank you, she'll be delighted to hear it!  Grin
6  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: Sunday Dress on: January 31, 2012 07:59:58 AM
Yes, it's "flat piping" - just some bias-cut fabric folded in half, as recommended by the pattern...  Cheesy
7  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Sunday Dress on: January 29, 2012 05:05:58 PM
I made a dress for my daughter each day this weekend - sewing bliss!    We're going on holidays soon, so I wanted to give her a couple of nice summer dresses to wear while we're there...  

This is the dress I made on Sunday - it's the Oliver + S Tea Party Sundress, and it's now availble as a printable pattern - - I think it was just $9 to download on the oliver + s website, and I was assembling my pattern in mere minutes.  Love instant gratification!

The pattern only goes to a size 5, but my daughter is a size 6, so I modified the pattern pieces and I did it *almost* perfectly, but I didn't think to lengthen the skirt pieces, so it ended up being a little on the short side.  So then at the last minute I added the bottom pink piece to try to add a bit of length - I ended up adding about 3/4" that way - a little more length, anyway!  Grin

I cut all the pattern pieces out last night (Saturday) and it probably took me about 2 hours to get all my changes worked out and then cut out.  Then today, I probably spent about 4 hours sewing it all together - or so; I was interrupted by my kids more often than not...  There are 6 panels in the skirt and a liner on the bodice.  I did french seams throughout to keep it clean inside, and then there's all that top-stitching.  It's truly beautiful in all its detail.  

I love how the pink and the yellow play off each other to make this a very bright, summery dress - It really looks so much better in real life, but I just couldn't get my camera to cooperate tonight.  Tongue

Thanks for looking!
8  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Saturday Dress on: January 29, 2012 04:57:13 PM
I made a dress for my daughter each day this weekend - sewing bliss!  Grin  We're going on holidays soon, so I wanted to give her a couple of nice summer dresses to wear while we're there... 

This is the dress I made on Saturday - it's the Oliver + S Popover Sundress, and it's a free download on oliver + s website.

I wanted to make this dress a little big, because I know she'll hit a growth spurt before summer, so I wanted to make sure it would still fit!!  In actuality, it'll probably fit her until she's 12 - it's quite a bit bigger than I thought it would be!!

It's a great pattern, and one I will definitely be using again - but next time I think I'll size it down a bit...  Wink
9  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Ongoing Wish Swap Round 78 Swap Gallery on: January 18, 2012 02:41:50 PM

I received 2 wonderful packages!!

And from whats_her_name I received uber craft supplies spoilage!!
First this lovely lego man mold for my soap adventures!
Then this awesome fabric to make a dress for my niece with!  Her dad (my brother) loves Space Invaders!!
And finally the pattern for these lovely felt creatures!

Thank you Karrie and Robin for such great packages!!  Have a wonderful, crafty day!!

I just love supplies, and I love to give supplies - and with my upcoming vacation, I figured that supply claims were the way to go right now!!  I'm so glad you like everything and I'm really looking forward to seeing your cool lego man crayons, the Space Invaders dress and your felt critters - everything's going to be fab!!

10  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Ongoing Wish Swap Round 78 Swap Gallery on: January 11, 2012 07:23:33 PM
I received some lovely merino wool felt from Whats_her_name!

She ordered it directly from etsy and had it shipped to me.  I even got to pick out my own choices of colors: 15 of them! 

Thanks so much!  I can't wait to use this!  I'm reallllly excited!!

I just love looking at all the colors together - so nice!!!  Glad you like the felt - and now you know where to get more when you run out!!  Happy crafting!  Grin  I'm really looking forward to seeing what you make with it!!
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