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481  Curly Ribbons (korker) on snap clips in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by jillybeans on: April 28, 2011 06:30:02 PM
More curly ribbons in action!  This time I put them onto snap clips and applied ribbons of similar colors with a jewel.  Wee!

I put them back onto their original packaging.  It looks like I bought them like this. ^_^

Can't wait 'till my niece is old enough to upgrade to the snap clips instead of the alligator clips.
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482  Curly ribbon (korker) hair clips in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by jillybeans on: April 28, 2011 05:02:20 PM
When I was little my mom use to make me curly ribbon (korker) hair clips.  I had them in all sorts of color combos and wore them all the time.  They touched my childhood.  I now have a niece who is almost 2.  She hates having her hair done.  The slightest touch makes her say "ow".  Silly girl.  To help out her mom, who isn't great with dealing with hair, I made her some curly ribbon hair clips that are easy to put in and soft in her hair.

They are so easy to make.  And somewhat addicting, as well.  Once I made up a few colors of curly ribbon, I wanted to do all colors!  I pretty much did, too.  Each is on a metal aligator clip that I glued fabric ribbon on so it would be soft in her hair.

Here are a few of the colors schemes I've done so far:

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483  Jewelry Tree (Warning: Big pictures!) in Completed Projects by jillybeans on: April 28, 2011 04:24:30 PM
I made my sister a bunch of purse charms (that I fondly call purse bling) this past march for her birthday and I wanted to make her something that she could display them, some kind of jewelry hanger.  I found some cute ideas on the internet for a jewelry tree, which is essentially a thick tree branch screwed onto a base and varnished (or painted).  So, without further ado I give you my sister's jewelry tree:

My husband and I found this branch.  We evened out the end that would attach to the base (my husband was super excited to get to use his power tools!)  We sanded it down, sanded the base down (we got the base from Home Depot.  It was nice and thick!)  We screwed the tree into the base and then applied the vanish.  Its a dark reddy brown.  To girly it up I made some flowers (tute from here, thanks barbolot, they were the perfect touch!) and hot glued them on.  My sister's bedroom is red and black, so it fit in perfect!

Here is a downward view of the base and the flowers.

And here it is doing its job, holding my sister's purse bling. 

I love how knobby this branch was!  Perfect for its purpose!  Hubby loved the end result so much that he wanted to keep it.  I guess he will just have to live with visiting rights.
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484  Wax Paper and Crayon Hearts written w/ Love in Valentine's Day by jillybeans on: April 27, 2011 07:41:45 PM
This last valentines day I wanted to make my husband something.  I scoured for ideas here and other places and in my inspiration ultimately came from  Martha.  My original thought was to do something with reason's I love him.  A long time ago I gave him a bag full of Riesen's candies and each had a tag hanging off of them had "reasons" I loved him.  Get it?  Reasons on Riesens?  Anyway.  So I kinda wanted a throw back of that idea.  I wanted to do something that hung off the ceiling in the living room in our tiny apartment.  Ultimately I decided on this:

They are hearts made from wax paper with shaved bits of crayons melted in between from an iron.  I got the crayons for really cheap at Michael's and I only used the pinks, purples, reds, grays, silvers and whites (you know, valentine's colors).  The tute from Martha is above.  On each heart I wrote things I loved about him and us as a couple.  BTW sharpies are really difficult to use on wax paper.  The wax paper kinda ruin's 'em, too.  Perhaps a paint pen would have worked better, but I'm not sure.  I measured the height of our sliding window and taped 10 hearts onto a strand of fishing line, leaving extra line to tie to the top.  I made a little sign and attached it to the top.  Wa-la!  Its done!

Here is a close-up of the sign that went ontop.

Some of them read: "our differences", "reading together"

 And: "That you love me"

And: "Being a nerd w/ you"

The sun was shining brightly when I put them up.  They looked really pretty.  Kinda like stained glass hearts.  After each sheet of melted crayons I would hold them up towards the window and smile.  So pretty!  I hope you all like them and they bring you inspiration!  Thanks for looking!
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485  Stray Sock Sewing: Pig, Zebra, and Kitty in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by jillybeans on: April 27, 2011 04:55:38 PM
I <3 The Stray Sock Sewing book!  They have such wonderfully fun and easy to make ideas in there!  It is also just a fun read as well.  It has great pictures and descriptions.  Someone had fun making this book!  I also have the Stray Sock Sewing, Too book, but I haven't had a chance to make any of the ones in there yet.  Here are a couple darlings from the first book that I made for my niece's birth.

Here we have a zebra, kitty, and pig.  They are made from kid's and baby's socks.

The kitty was made with a pair of adult ankle sock that I got at JoAnn's.  Everyone once in awhile they have a pair of socks in there for a dollar, generally in the line for the registers. They had some great animal prints and I picked up all the styles.  You need one sock for the entire body and then another for the arms.

The zebra is made with the above mentioned ankle socks from Joann's.  I used one whole sock for the body and one whole sock for the head and had to use a little white from another random sock to make the little arms.  She has buttons for her nose and eyes and some soft pink yarn.    In the book they cut the yarn so it is spiky, but I really like the looped look so I left it.

The pig was made from a kid's sock that had sparklie stripes and hearts.  This was one of the bigger pigs that I did.  I made a set of them, this being the mommy and she had like 4 or 5 babies.  I don't know if I took pictures of all them (must have been going crazy!) so I can't post 'em.  The set turned out really cute.  I used baby socks for the baby pigs.  They were so small and cute!  They are my favorite of the stray sock animals to make.

I'll post pictures when I get around to doing some from the second book!  Thanks for looking!

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486  My first quilt - Denim Quilt - PICTURE HEAVY! in Quilting: Completed Projects by jillybeans on: April 27, 2011 04:09:40 PM
I made my first machine quilt about 7 years ago.  I'm not great at sewing, but somehow I managed it (with the help and advice of my wonderful mother).  Oh, and WARNING, picture heavy!  I like me some pictures!  Just because you aren't great at sewing doesn't mean you can't make a beautiful quilt!  You just need to be able to sew squares together!  

For my first quilt, I went large since I was making it for my boyfriend at the time (now ex-boyfriend)!  I decided I wanted to do a king-size quilt made out of old jeans with a thick fleece backing.  Crazy?  Indeed!  So this quilt I used lots and lots of old pairs of jeans from my family and friends.  I cut up a lot of jeans!  I had a square cardboard that I used to trace the square onto the jean and then just cut each out by hand.  Not very precise, but it worked!  (For later quilts I got a cutting mat, quilter's ruler, and rotary blade.  Sooo much easier!)

Here is the trusting sewing machine and all the squares I cut out by hand stacked up!

I then sew them into strips.  Look at me go!  (Wow, old picture!  :p)

Then I ironed open the seams to make sewing the rows together easier.  

Sewing rows together!  Tra la la!

Sewing the backing on!

Putting in the stuffing.  Please tell me other people also climb inside their quilts to do this.  o_O  I had a kitty friend to help me!

And here it is!  Ta-da!

All stacked up nicely!

And a closeup of the embroidery I put on it.  This was a first time doing embroidery, as well.  The star is an applique I got from the local craft store.  I lurve stars!  And yes, were were Jack & Jill.  It was cute while it lasted.  ^_^  So there it is!  You got to see my first quilt come together!  It was quite the heavy beast when it was done, too.  Thanks for looking!

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487  Harry Potter Loom Scarves in Knitting: Completed Projects by jillybeans on: April 27, 2011 03:16:23 PM
I so wish I would have joined this place earlier!  I have so much pent-up crafting ideas to share!  A few years ago I really got into loom knitting (with my Knifty Knitter looms) and started to make scarves.  I shared this incredibly easy and fun craft with my sister-in-laws and they made blankets!  We are a Harry Potter family, as well and were super excited for the premier of one of the Harry Potter movies.  In preparation for the movie, I made scarves for everyone on my loom.  Everyone took a quiz online to find out which house they would be sorted into and let me know which house colors to make them. 

So here is up close and personal with the scarves.

They ended up being pretty long.  I'm short, but it goes just past my knees. There are all made with Lion Brand Wool Ease yarn, and I doubled up each strand on the loom to give it thickness.  I made each a tag and put them into a color coordinated gift bag and gave them to them at the premier of the movie.  The movie happened to come out in a July, but whatever.  The theaters are nicely air conditioned.  ^_^  I have worn my scarf to a couple more of the Harry Potter premiers.  Only one more movie to go!
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488  Yes, ANOTHER diaper cake! in Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies by jillybeans on: April 27, 2011 01:36:48 PM
These cakes are so easy and fun to make!  So here is yet another diaper cake idea! My sister-in-law and I made one of these for her work once and she loved it so much that when it came time for her own baby shower I knew exactly what I was going to make her.

I ended up using the colors she chose for her baby room; pink & brown.  I made her baby a bunch of lil pigs among other sock animals from the Stray Sock Sewing book.  I put one of the lil pigs atop the cake with a bottle and binkis.  It ended being the centerpiece for the baby shower feast.  Thanks for looking!
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489  Pink Striped Sock Monkey in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by jillybeans on: April 27, 2011 01:26:10 PM
This is my first topic!  Yay!  I had a hard time deciding what would be my first I would share, so I think I'll start off cute!

A year ago I tried making a sock monkey for my niece's 1st birthday.  I had make pigs, zebras, and cats from the Stray Sock Sewing book and was inspired to make a monkey.  My niece loves monkeys!  Here is the finished project.

I think I ended up using three different thigh/knee high socks that I got from Target.  They have some really fun designs for a great price.  The heel of one of them happened to be red and worked out perfect for his mouth.  He has big black buttons for eyes and beads for the nose.  I hand stitched most of it, including one of the arms and then decided that it would take waaaaay less time if I used the sewing machine.  I stitched on a thick felt heart and then made him a knifty knitted scarf.  I didn't attach the scarf just in case she wanted to take it off.  Monkey achieved!  ^_^
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