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2801  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Stray Sock Sewing: Pig, Zebra, and Kitty on: April 28, 2011 11:06:49 AM
Thanks everyone!  ^_^
2802  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Valentine's Day / Re: Wax Paper and Crayon Hearts written w/ Love on: April 28, 2011 11:04:25 AM
Thanks everyone!  ^_^

Beautifully-done and so easy to apply to other uses!
That is very true, kcart!  I made so many hearts and have a bunch that I didn't write anything on.  They could be used on cards, scrapbooking and other crafts, too!  I haven't found a use for them yet, but I will!  I think once we get tired of them being up I will take them off the lines and punch a hole in the corner and make a little book out of them for saving purposes.  We took a couple strands down so that we can get in & out of that door easier.  Tongue
2803  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Valentine's Day / Wax Paper and Crayon Hearts written w/ Love 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!
2804  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: It's a LOG! on: April 27, 2011 04:58:54 PM
Wow, that is cute!  Then it opened up and I'm sitting here thinking how all those critters fit in that log!  That's crazy!  Its like magic!  I absolutely love the log!  (I, too, started to sing the log song from Ren & Stimpy to myself when I first saw it).  Thanks for sharing!
2805  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Stray Sock Sewing: Pig, Zebra, and Kitty 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!

2806  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / My first quilt - Denim Quilt - PICTURE HEAVY! 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!

2807  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Harry Potter Loom Scarves 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!
2808  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies / Yes, ANOTHER diaper cake! 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!
2809  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: how small can you go... on: April 27, 2011 01:27:38 PM
Wow, those are amazingly cute!  I love the perspective with the ring!  I also lurve tiny things.  Thanks for sharing! 
2810  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Pink Striped Sock Monkey 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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