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11  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Bigfoot! on: January 13, 2013 07:01:09 AM
My best friend's son turned 5 and it turns out his favorite show is "Finding Bigfoot." I thought this would be as good a time as any to finally bust out that freezer paper and give stenciling a try. I can't believe I waited so long--I'm going to be stenciling evvvvverything!

I stenciled a tee shirt for him using pictures found on the internet and then traced onto freezer paper while holding the paper up to my computer screen. Here is the back, which makes me laugh every time I see it:

And then I made a little logo-type picture for the front:

I really wanted to include "Bigfoot Research Team" around the logo like the picture that inspired me but my letters kept coming out all wonky and I decided less is more.

I paired the tee shirt with a copy of "Harry and the Hendersons" and that there was one happy little 5 year old.
12  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Vintage Sheet Quilt (pic heavy) on: October 21, 2012 04:08:47 PM
After seeing this awesome creation http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=384006.0 , I decided that my daughter needed her own version. After scouring the thrift stores for a while, I came up with eight different sheets to use. I wound up using another for the backing and another for the binding. This being my first "quilt" (I am reluctant to use that term, acknowledging the AMAZING real quilts that I know people are capable of creating), I do not have the proper skills or tools to do it the "right" way, so I did it The Cankle Way hahah! I used one of my daughter's blocks to trace squares out of the sheets, cut them out--by hand! No fancy, time and arthritis saving tools here!--and then, because I was afraid that maybe the sheets wouldn't hold up so well over time, I ironed on interfacing. And then cut them out again. (Don't judge me for making sooooo much extra work for myself! Okay, go ahead and judge, I deserve it.) Here are all of my squares stacked up:

And here they are all laid out in the pattern I finally decided on:

I sewed all the squares together, realizing how important a little thing called "accuracy" is in quilting. Very few of my blocks line up, but I quickly decided that it added to the overall charm. Right? Well, lemme tell you, this quilt is et UP with charm! And that was as far as I got in this project for almost a year. Almost a year, it sat in my craft closet, haunting me...until finally, I had had enough of sitting around, not doing anything about my unfinished projects (there's a few in there, waiting for some attention...). I pinned like crazy (still wasn't enough, more charm!) and sewed the top to the back with a cozy wooly blanket in between. Then I set about making over 60 feet of binding one weekend when my daughter was at Grandma's. Note: it might not be advisable to drink vodka while attempting to iron up binding because it is entirely possible that you just might knock the iron onto the floor and burn the rug. Here's my 60+ feet of Rug Burning Binding:

Finally, I hand-sewed the binding and voila! I was finally done! One twin-sized, full of CHARM quilty blanket for my daugher.

10 vintage sheets from the thrift store: $20
Interfacing: $20
Cutting all of it by hand: arthritis
Ruined rug: $75
Vodka: $15
Daughter preferring her Dora the Explorer blanket: priceless
13  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Circus Bunting Skirt on: September 20, 2012 02:39:13 PM
Last weekend, my 4 year old daughter slept over at Grandma's, so I took that opportunity to go out and drink and party and stay out all ni--whoops! No, I took advantage of our temporary Kid-Free Zone by sewing my daughter a skirt! I must be getting old.

I followed this tutorial http://oliverands.com/free-patterns/lazy-days-skirt/ but I didn't do the ribbon detail. I also added bunting like this http://www.simplesimonandco.com/2012/09/easy-skirt-banner-tutorial-and-riley.html but I skipped using interfacing, deciding that I sort of liked the fraying. I also chose to have the bunting go all the way around the skirt. My daughter loves it which makes this mama very happy.

14  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Spiral Crochet Tee Shirt Rug on: September 03, 2012 06:51:30 AM
A while back, I crocheted a bathroom rug for myself using tee shirt material yarn made from jersey sheets. http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=401023.0;all My friend saw it and said that she'd love one done in blue and chocolate brown. "Birthday gift!" thought I. And then of course hunted and hunted the thrift stores for chocolate brown jersey sheets and they were just not to be found. I even searched Target and Walmart with zero luck. Wtf, right? So fiiiiinally after searching for 6 -7 months praise Jeebus I found a king-sized jersey sheet at the thrift store! Sweet! And for $1.95! Double sweet! I already had the blue from another king-sized sheet. So I cut up my brown sheet and set about finding the perfect pattern. I finally settled on this one: http://www.crochet-world.com/newsletters.php?mode=issue&issue_id=355&department_id=7 I used up the entire brown sheet and most of the blue and the finished rug measures about 2 1/2 feet in diameter. And since it was a gift and I wanted to make sure it lasts and I am obviously a masochist, I sewed all of the ends down which took approximately 800 years to do.

Of course after all of my searching, my friend completely forgot ever saying that she'd like a blue and chocolate brown rug. *sigh. She did seem to really like it though so it all worked out.

15  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Painted rock reminder on: June 25, 2012 07:17:14 AM
A friend of is going through a rough time so I found a nice, smooth stone on one of my beach combing excursions. It felt calming in my hand. I took it home, painted it with a few layers of blue acrylic paint and then wrote a reminder to my friend to breathe.

16  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Paper garland on: April 22, 2012 02:32:30 PM
After seeing this rainbow garland http://www.minieco.co.uk/sewn-paper-garland-2/ I knew I wanted to make one for my daughter's room. It was a quick, naptime project, and I even managed to hang it up while she was sleeping so it was there to surprise her when she awoke.

"Look, Mama! It's a pattern! Pink! Purple! Pink! Purple! Pink! Purple! Pink! Purple! Pink! Purple! Pink! Purple!Pink! Purple! Pink! Purple! Pink! Purple! Pink! Purple! Pink! Purple! Pink! Purple! Pink! Purple! Pink! Purple!" Oh, to be three again.
17  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Ugly cords, be gone! on: April 20, 2012 04:06:50 PM
I repainted my favorite lamp, from olive green to a fresh, bright blue. To complete the look, I decided to crochet around the ugly brown cord. I used this thin landscaping rope that I'd bought for a different, and quickly discarded, idea. I love the way the pink and blue vibrate with each other. If a cord has to show, let it be awesome!

For future cord crocheting, I will probably use regular yarn as this rope stuff had my hands aching and my fingertips yelling at me by the time I finished.

18  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Hula hoop reading fort on: January 08, 2012 11:39:26 AM
After seeing this idea on pinterest for a while, I finally got around to making one for Little Miss. I bought two super soft sheets, ripped them in half lengthwise and then sewed them back together, alternating the patterns of stripes and fairies. When I sewed the sheets together, I lined them up evenly on the bottom (after first lining them up on the top and then realizing that the sheets, although both twin-sized, were slightly different lengths. Hello, Mr. Seam Ripper. Soooooo glad you could join the party! Angry) After the sheets were all sewn together, I evened up the top part, made a little foldover and then thread my hula hoop through it. Then I cut four equal lengths of yarn and tied them to the hoop. Got the Hubs in on the project by having him attach a hook in the ceiling, and then I hooked up the yarn and voila! It is now her favorite hiding/reading/getting dressed place.

19  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Last minute gifts on: December 30, 2011 03:53:21 PM
A Girls' Night unexpectedly came to fruition and we decided to do a Dollar Store gift exchange. I didn't manage to make it to the Dollar Store in time so I decided to cheat and make something instead. Both my friends loved their gifts and much hilarity ensued.

I got this picture for this one through a google search and it's done in back stitch.

And the rainbow was done in running stitch and back stitch.
20  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Tee shirt yarn bath mat on: December 30, 2011 03:40:46 PM
About a year ago, I decided I wanted to try crocheting with tee shirt yarn, so I cut up a zillion shades of blue tee shirts (turning my snot blue, pretty rad). But then when it came to crocheting it up for a project, for some reason, I just lost interest. And then for some reason, yesterday I found interest. I crocheted this bath mat and it's super squishy and soft on my toes when I step out of the shower. It gives me a really good feeling every time I catch a glimpse of it.

And here it is in the bathroom, just beneath my latest thrift store find: a $1.99 Pottery Barn shower curtain.
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