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1  dvd kid table in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by sallymayhomer on: July 20, 2011 12:15:52 PM


My dvd collection is stored in cd sleeve books so I had a large number of dvd boxes hanging around staring at me...so I made them into this table. Kid loves it, so do I!
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2  Alice in Wonderland Mushroom chair in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by sallymayhomer on: July 20, 2011 12:13:40 PM


I wanted to post this in the recycle section but couldn't find the right place, but since I made it for my son I put it here... I used reminants from a thrift store and plastic bags I've been hoarding and voila. Super comfy.

ok so a lil something about how I made it now that I have a moment to do so. I got three pieces of fabric from a thrift store, one with polka dots for the top and one with stripes for the underside and a vinyl gator skin looking tan piece for the base. When I bought them they were in a bag so I got lucky they worked together.

 The base piece was 55" long (it's about 14-16" high) so I just folded it right sides together and sewed along the edge to make it a circle shape. (If you haven't noticed yet, you'll notice soon, I did this gangsta instead of by the book). I took a big bag full of my smaller plastic bags and placed it inside the circle/base to give it shape and see how big it would be. Looked like this from the top.



 I then took the top piece (blue with white polka dots) and layed it on the floor wrong side up. I placed the base on it to see how it measured up (it fit with plenty of room, which is what you want since the mushroom head needs to be bigger than the base...naturally) then removed it. The top piece was, let me think... 40" square and I took a pencil (cuz it was there) and drew lines(on the wrong side) to find my center at the 20" marks and in doing so there was a big penciled cross and the middle intersect is the center point, this is not usually necessary but you'll see why I did it in a sec.

I tied one end of a piece of embroidery thread to a thumb tack and tied the other end to my pencil making sure the distance between the 2 was 20". I then took the thumb tack and pushed it into the center mark and made a circle by pulling my pencil all the way around. I then cut the circle.

Here's the real gangsta part. I had my top piece still on the floor but flipped it right side up then I took my middle piece which I really don't know the size of, it had to be at least 50" square, but it didn't matter. I couldn't just make a circle and cut out the piece like a doughnut since the stripes HAVE to all come from the center. So I placed the base back on to see how much I needed to cover and then cut strips aprox. 12" x 4" (right side down)and placed them along the edge ..oo I think I have pic of this too... there was definite overlapping in the center. I do..here it is.




I pinned the pieces at the edges, how do I explain this, I wanted it to be like one big piece so I folded the edges in and pinned at the base so I could cut off the excess once I sewed it. Hope you get it. so I pinned them all together and sewed the "doughnut". Then I placed it right side down again and put the base on top and centered it and took the mighty pencil again and traced around the base. Took the base off again and trimmed the middle cirlce leaving about a half inch so I could attach it to the base.

Crap I forgot this part was tricky too. Once you wrap your mind around it, it makes sense but if you're like me..well, I sat on the floor looking like Pooh pondering for a good 20 min. before I went ahead with the next step. I'd rather take time to do it right than take extra time to do it over (which still happens anyways on occasion).

So I now pin the top to the middle along the outter edge (right sides together) and sew.

I then took the base, removed the bags, flipped it inside out..wait crap I have to pull a Pooh again...think..thin k..think... ok here's my process.. if you take the base inside out and pin the base of the base(as you look at it NOW not how it will look later) to the center, it would be a big pain in the booty to sew. So instead:

you take the base (at this point I flipped it back to right side out)place it inside the circle opening of the middle piece, pull up the middle and pin the center of the middle along the TOP edge of the base and sew them together.

THEN you flip the whole thing right side out and stuff it. BAM! ...whew, that took almost as long to explain as it did to make. Hope it helps. -Sally
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3  what can you make with 5 bucks? THIS!!! in CHALLENGE 61 ENTRIES by sallymayhomer on: April 07, 2011 08:15:41 AM


Popsicle sticks = $3 glue = $1 and I just used scrap fabric so.. wait..only $4!!! I've gone a bit Thomas the Tank Engine crazy lately and since starting this, stopped and made the Thomas Bean Bag toss (posted elsewhere on craftster). I was thinking about what to make for the contest and already had a bag of popsicle sticks in the kitchen drawer(went and bought more AT THE DOLLAR STORE after starting the project for 3 bucks) and this just popped in my head between thinking of making funky jewlery or odd headgear. I opted for the kill two birds with one stone and made Tidmouth Sheds so my son has somewhere to house all of his trains. Here's my process: Oh and yes, I'm MESSY when I create!!

This is the beginning, I made all the doors and the 2 main walls (you can see one of the walls and more doors behind what's standing)
I made frames for the doors and attached them together with fabric so the doors can swing open and shut


addendum: here's a better view of how I got the doors to stay up


Doors are done!

next...

I had to lift the whole thing up so the kid's train tracks could fit under the doors so I made what you see here (between the sets of doors)


The braces you see here were my first attempt to prepare to put on a roof..I'm no architect so it didn't work as well as I wanted, but it looked cool!


So I ended up keeping it simple and easily attached the first level of the roof, well.... after painstakingly making a big long beam that spanned the whole thing side to side to attach the top part of said roof to


this is the view from the front, I added sticks that extended to help support the second part of the roof


2nd (top) tier of the roof, I added sticks standing up along the entirety of it for windows!


These are the beams I created to rest the top tier on


I had to cut down the sticks so the windows looked nice.. I did all of my cuts with this awesome wire cutter!!


Here's a side view after I attached the whole roof ( I only made "half" of the whole buiding so my son can have easier access to the inside


my initial attempt at making the top part of the side wall..scrapped it


made this one and liked it much better, but not the placement


in case it survives and I want to completely enclose the building I made it more acurate


here's the finished product from the front


and from behind


as you may notice I also added some windows and other stuff at the top and I used toothpicks for the windows

I was thinking of painting it but I like the way the natural wood looks and I'm worried I'd ruin it. My kid played with it during every stage, making it harder to finish, but now he's happy as can be that it's all his, it's almost as big as he is..friggin huge. I like it, hope you do too!

Here it is in action!!! ..doing nothing in a corner... wait...sittin' there lookin pretty!
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4  Thomas the Tank Engine Bean Bag Toss! in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by sallymayhomer on: April 03, 2011 06:45:40 AM


I received a sewing book from my mom for Christmas and it had a great little pattern in it for a book holder that hangs off the side of the bed. I used a cute Thomas the Tank Engine fabric and when I had leftovers I pondered what to do with it. NO CLUE where it came from but I thought bean bag toss! The fabric was only enough to make the little bean bags so I went to the store and got a different fabric to make the big part.



My first thought was to make it on a hanger like a diaper stacker, but I didnt have any hangers with a swiveled hook so at the last minute I used my bias tape as a handle. This is the new fabric; I bought a yard of it (way more than needed) and a yard of a matching blue and they (as usual) tossed in a free matching thread (perk of buying from a small business).


I took the patterned fabric and cut out 2 big images that I liked
One I used as the main front image and the other I used the name at the top from it.


Heres the easy part, I took the initial scrap fabric and folded it until I had an even number of squares that looked the right size and cut it up (I ended up with 16, making 8 bean bags). I put the right sides together and sewed up the edges leaving a good inch and a half open and then flipped it right side out.


Then I filled them with dry beans and sewed them closed


Then came the hard part, Ive only sewed less than 10 things, ever, and since there was no pattern out there I had to wing it. I laid out the solid color pattern and folded it in half and the dang thing didnt lay out right, it was cut poorly (you should always check how they cut it before you buy it!) but luckily it was just enough room for the image to fit.

I opened it back up laid the large image wrong side up where I wanted it, took a cup and drew on the circles. I cut the circles out and then laid it back in position, right side up, took the same cup and placed it in the hole and lifted off the image and made the markings for the circle on the main fabric. Lather, rinse, repeat. I then pinned everything down and only sewed up the outside edge of the square and the rectangular name above as well.
I then took the double fold bright green bias tape I had left from the other project and thank the stars it was just enough to edge the circles and make a loop to hang the whole mess. Since Im a beginner I took some fabric glue and glued the fabric tape first and then secured it after with a zigzag stitch. And I thought knitting in the round was fun!

I took the selvage edges of the main fabric (right sides together) and folded the whole thing in half. Sewed along the edge and the bottom and then flipped it right side out. Im positive there is a better way to do this but I didnt know how so I winged this whole thing, if anyone knows feel free to post it in the replies so anyone wanting to try this will have a better result than me!!

Not sure how to explain this part, wish I took pictures while I was making it but its was midnight at this point and I was in a craft haze trying to finish so I could go to bed (because of course I couldnt finish the next dayeye roll, shakin my head). I needed to make the bottom flat so I could put in a piece of cardboard and I decided to just sew along the outside edges where I wanted the sides to be, you can kind of see it in the finished picture of the bean bags on the left side. Then I stuck in a piece of cardboard and headed north.

This is where I finally decided not to use a hanger. And I did something really weird I sewed the top shut and tucked in the top, pushed it in, not sure how else to say it, like making a basket lining? No. Meh, I tried. At any rate it made a nest for the other piece of cardboard and then I sewed the top shut with the handle in place. Done! zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz zzzz
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5  Pie Chart? Pineapple? Pysanky! in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by sallymayhomer on: April 01, 2011 10:00:32 AM
So a few weeks ago I started blowing the insides out of eggs everytime I was going to use them to cook with and kept them in a seperate carton to be painted or whatever eventually... for Easter.

The other day I saw blupaison's post with their pysanky eggs and was reminded about pysanky...something I'd researched before and wanted to try, but was too lazy to get all the stuff for. However, after reading the replies to said thread, "how do you do this?" I did a quick google search (always better to figure out what you can on your own and people are more likely to help you with small questions instead of taking on an apprentice) and found a great site: Learnpysanky.com.

Whilst there, I found my local "place" to purchase the supplies. So on wednesday I went and bought a pysanky kit, comes with beeswax, the stylus, the dyes, the setting powder, some candles as well as an instructional booklet complete with history of the tradition and symbols etc.and it was less than 30 bucks, not bad considering I got it from a museum.

So, I have a friend who I told about this endeavor and since they gave me a bunch of crap about it, I figured I'd dedicate my first one to them. This is my first attempt at pysanky. It's a hot mess, but I like it anyways. He has a Ducati, so that's the motorcycle and he named it Toothless..so there's the dragon on top..there's some tread marks and teeth and a road as edging; the back was a big space to fill, so I just did a city scape and some subway cars (I'm in NYC). I only used yellow and black dyes, kept it REALLY basic.

The process was fairly easy, too bad I don't have steady hands, I'm sure I'll get better with practice. "practice makes perfect" and I have another dozen eggs to decorate. The next one I plan to make is gonna be a Nurse Jackie pysanky, dedicated to all the nice people I used to work with there. Should be interesting. Oh and I made the egg holder out of some wire I had in my toolbox.



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6  baby/girl dresses in Crochet: Completed Projects by sallymayhomer on: March 26, 2011 11:35:29 AM
I started making crochet baby dresses while working on the set of The Bounty Hunter. Don't recommend the movie by the way, but we did alot of shooting in the heat by the water and it made me think of baby dresses..not sure why since I just had a baby boy but.. whateva! This first one I liken to a yacht club baby dress...not sure why, maybe all the white in it. Made some granny squares, connected them and crocheted down from one side, switched to the secondary color for half the rows and then back to the original, made the straps and voila.


This is my favorite baby girl dress that I made, since I made up the straps..I'm sure someone out there somewhere has done it before, great minds and all that but I pulled it outta my...head when I did it. Just made a circle using the same technique as the edging on the dress and kept making one after the other keeping them connected. With most all of my baby dresses (SO EASY btw) I usually just crochet a rectangle for the top and then connect it and pick up stitches on one side and crochet in the round down for the body of the dress adding stitches as I go. Easy peasy, use any crochet technique to do it and then again pick up stiches at the top for the straps. No fear people, just do it, figure it out as you go, I did and look where it got me. No need to get fancy, simple is usually better looking anyways. I wish I had my other pics, I also made matching hats for most of my baby dresses, crochet a small baby hat then add a summery brim by crocheting twice into each stitch for a wavy effect. Cuttest little things ever, make GREAT gifts.

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7  baby toys in Knitting: Completed Projects by sallymayhomer on: March 26, 2011 11:14:23 AM
Sallyagain. So one of the first things I invented was this bobble head thing that resembles a dragon or creature from a Dr. Seuss book when started at in the right way, it also makes for a great snake head. I made these baby toys so my newborn son would have something safe to play with and/or stare at that if he pulled it off it wouldnt hurt him. I made different shapes and different colors and this is the only picture I could find and I actually wrote a pattern for the loops, of which you can make numerous ones and connect them.

Heres the loop with bobble head pattern..no I didnt invent i-cord and know it just the bobbley end thing! :

BABY TOY CONNECTOR RING
 
2 DPN SIZE 7 NEEDLES
 
CO3
 
- BEGIN I-CORD
(SLIDE TO OTHER END OF NEEDLE WITHOUT TURNING) KNIT 3 REPEAT ONCE
 
-MAKE A BOBBLE
 
K1, KNIT INTO THE 2ND STITCH (K into st BRING YARN OVER NEEDLE IN RIGHT HAND AND K into st AND BRING THE YARN OVER AGAIN THEN KNIT the 2nd stitch onto the right needle) (there will still be a st on left needle)
TURN WORK AROUND BRING YARN IN FRONT AND PURL THE 5 STITCHES YOU JUST CREATED (REMEMBER NOT THE 1ST STITCH)
TURN WORK AGAIN AND WORKING THE SAME 5 STITCHES K2TOG THEN BRING THE K2TOG STITCH BACK TO THE LEFT NEEDLE AND SLIP THE REMAINING STITCHES ONE AT A TIME OVER THAT STITCH THEN SLIDE THE STITCH BACK ONTO THE RIGHT NEEDLE
K1 (THE LAST STITCH)
DO NOT TURN WORK
-RESTART I-CORD
SLIDE WORK TO THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE NEEDLE AND
K3
SLIDE TO OTHER END OF NEEDLE AND
K3
REPEAT UNTIL WORK IS APROXIMATELY 8 INCHES LONG
SLIDE WORK OVER ONE LAST TIME THEN
 
CREATE LOOP
SLIP THE 1ST STITCH ONTO THE RIGHT NEEDLE(DO NOT KNIT OR PURL INTO THIS STITCH AGAIN UNTIL THE END OF LOOP), K2TOG
TURN P1, SLIP1
TURN SLIP1, K1
TURN P1, SLIP1
TURN SLIP1, K1
TURN P1, SLIP1
TURN K2TOG
 
FINISHING
 
CUT YARN LEAVING A 5" TAIL
PULL THROUGH LAST LOOP AND TIGHTEN
ON A TAPESTRY NEEDLE BRING TAIL THROUGH THE 2 STICHES SEEN AT THE BASE OF THE LOOP AND INTO THE STITCH ON THE LEFT MAKE A KNOT THEN PULL THE TAIL
THROUGH THE WORK AND HIDE THE KNOT AND TAIL INSIDE
ONCE YOU FEEL IT'S IN FAR ENOUGH(AN INCH SHOULD BE FINE) PULL TIGHT (WORK WILL PINCH)AND CUT TAIL THEN PULL WORK BACK AND TAIL WILL BE SEEN NO MORE
 
BEGINNING OF THE WORK PULL TAIL THROUGH THE BODY OF THE WORK AS ABOVE


As for the different shapes, I knit the square, rectangle and triangle and picked up stitches to start the i-cord so the loop attached to each was, well, attached. I stuffed them with batting and thats that. Oh and used crochet to make the circle.


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8  a little washable, a little waterproof and some recycling to boot! in Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects by sallymayhomer on: March 26, 2011 10:47:32 AM
This was my 2nd sewing project. I looked up certain techniques and didnt like any patterns I found online. I just kept it simple. My friend got himself a Mastiff puppy and I decided to make him a doggy bed. I found the suede-like fabric as well as the vinyl I used for the inside at a local fabric store in the sale bin. I used a yard long zipper so the short sides are a yard and the long way is a bit longer (sorry for the bad instruction I winged it and didnt take notes). I took the vinyl and right sides together sewed the edges together, leaving a foot open to stuff it and pulled it right side out. Filled it with . Plastic bags!! Lots and lots and lots of plastic bags. Then sewed it shut. I used the vinyl so itd be waterproof (fingers crossed on that one). I know dogs get stinky, especially the big ones so I made the outside with a zipper on one end so it can get washed! I used the invisible zipper technique and did the zipper end first, then (wrong sides together sewed the other three sides shut, unzipped the zipper and pulled it right side out, then ironed on one of those printable iron ons with a design the doggys daddy made and shoved the vinyl cushion inside and voila. Note: I ironed the iron on, extra to burn it to match the color of the fabric. Im happy to report the dog loves it, and its been washed and held up! Yay.


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9  Abby Cadabby and Dora the Explorer hats in Knitting: Completed Projects by sallymayhomer on: March 26, 2011 10:19:47 AM
Sally againOk, these two hats were really special. My sisters ex husband's cousins next door neighbor...kidding my sisters ex husbands cousins daughter, loves Abby Cadabby and Dora the Explorer and I had only met them once but had a conversation with her mom on facebook about how much she loved them and I thought I could turn them into hats. I once was asked to make a Tinkerbell hat and told the woman Id think about it, since I couldnt figure out on the spot how the heck I was gonna do THAT... but when I figured it out it was SO COOL, wish I had a pic, just made a regular kid hatgreen, made a big flower that I put on the front towards one side and then using mostly i-cord technique I made a mini Tinkerbell, wings and all who was laying(stomach down) on the flower holding her head in her hands (up on her elbows) legs crossed and bent up with toes in the air. Tooooo friggin cute, I digress. The little girl (my sisters ex husbands cousins daughter) only a few short months later was diagnosed with leukemia and I immediately started the hats and sent them right out. Happy to report shes a survivor not a victim!

This is the Abby Cadabby  hat. I knit the ear flaps on dpns and added them as I cast on to knit in the round. Finished the hat as a normal knit and then added the bangs by pulling yarn through like making a rug, I did the same with the ponytails, just used longer pieces of yarn, added bows and done.

This was not as easy since I used someone elses pattern and made adjustments to what I wanted. I used the Hallowig found here http://knitty.com/ISSUEfall04/PATThallowig.html. and essentially made it smaller in every way and there ya go.

 
Happy kid, happy me. Happy knitting!

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10  eat your art out! in Stenciling: Completed Projects by sallymayhomer on: March 26, 2011 09:33:03 AM
This is a cake I made for my sisters birthday. She always loved Marilyn so this was my attempt at making a Marilyn cake. I found the image I liked online doing a simple image search but the catch was asking for a, whatdayacallit shadow... no... Silhouette. thats it. Then I took a razor blade and had at it, placed it onto my already iced cake and used the alternate color to basically stencil it on. I was running late so it didnt turn out so well since I didnt let the original icing set before adding the stencil, but hey, she loved it, we ate it and it was easy enough to do.




I try and have homemade pizza night at least once a month and when it happens theres ALWAYS leftover dough. So I usually make individual crusts to use later. I make trains and cars for my son along with whatever else I could think of. This happened when MJ passed on and I saw this image and thought, I could make a pizza crust outta that! Dont ask me why...I think it was soon after the cake and I didnt fulfill my stencil fix. I usually make them all free form but I used a silhouette image and cut it out and placed it on top of the rolled out crust and had at it with a knife. Heeeee heeeeeeee chicka oooo.


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