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41  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Gnome Sweet Gnome on: November 05, 2014 10:07:13 AM
Yay!  A completed cross stitch!  They seem to me my nemisis lately!  I've been working on one for my husband since near the beginning of the year and its still not done.  Lately it's been eluding me further by completely hiding itself somewhere in the house.  But, anyways, I digress.  I made this little guy for the Enchanted Forest swap for my partner Silentblair (who is total awesomesauce, btw).  Anywho, here it is, in all its completed glory:

Of course, I cannot take credit for the design, just the blood, sweat, and tears that went into the stitching.  The totally adorable pattern came from etsy: https://www.etsy.com/listing/182360575/gnome-sweet-gnome-cross-stitch-pattern?ref=shop_home_active_15
42  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Thumbprint Tree for Guestbook on: November 05, 2014 09:56:47 AM
My best friend's sister contacted me and asked if I would draw her a tree for their guestbook for people to stamp their thumbprints onto.  Its all the rage right now.  ^_^  I'm not the greatest at drawing, but I think I managed pretty well!  It was fun to make, too!  I started in pencil for the rough outlines and then went over it it all in a permanent pen.  Its all on a thick artist board.

Here is the completed project, with the thumbprints and framed:

And before the thumbprints:

And a couple WIP shots:

Thanks for looking!  ^_^
43  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Briella's St. Patrick's Day Outfit on: November 05, 2014 09:36:55 AM
I made this little outfit for my daughter for St. Patrick's day (yes, it was forever ago, I know.  ^_^).

I started with a white onsie and stitched on 4 hearts in different green patterned fabrics to make shamrocks and then embroidered on the stems.  It was really easy to do!  Though, I think adding interfacing to the back of each next time would make it much easier!

The leggings were adult knee high socks with the feet cut off and then zigzagged sewn to make it ruffly looking.  I love making those leggings for her, she has a ton!

For the flower on the headband, I started with a circular piece of felt and then went round and round with a ruffled ribbon, hot gluing it in place at each little turn, in a circle and added a button and a jewel in the middle.
44  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Weather Peg People on: November 05, 2014 09:21:57 AM
Wow, I've totally sucked at posting my projects this year!  Here's one that I did earlier this year for the OWS 100 (yeah, it was that long ago!  lol!)  I made weather peg people for Breegy.

These little guys were painted with acyrlic paints and then sprayed with a couple layers of clear coat.  Kinda like the natural wood look after they were all done.  Their crowns are made from wool felt and glued on.  I think I will need to make a set of weather peg people for my own daughter someday!

Thanks for looking!
45  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Baby Ewok Costume on: November 05, 2014 07:32:43 AM
We decided to go Star Wars this year for Halloween.  Hubby and I were Jedi's and our 13 month old girl was an Ewok.  I bought the bear costume at a local consignment store for like $5 and then made the headpiece and spear to go with.  The spear is a stick with a felt arrowhead and leather cording on the end.  The headpiece was essentially a long rectangle with the edges sewn over, ear and head holes cut and zigzagged sewn, and then some embroidery here and there.  It was all super easy and quick to make.

Thanks for looking!  ^_^
46  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Halloween Hair Clips on: November 05, 2014 07:23:43 AM
I made this set of hair clips for my daughter.  The little figures were originally those cheapo halloween rings.  I just snipped the ring part off and glued them onto the ribbon covered clips.  Super easy and super cute!

Thanks for looking!  ^_^
47  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Scrapbooking: Completed Projects / Briella's First Year Guestbook Scrapbook (Picture heavy!!) on: November 05, 2014 07:08:19 AM
Hi there!  I made this scrapbook as a guestbook for my daughter's first birthday party.  It was quite the shindig!  I left spaces on each page for guests to write her birthday wishes and memories from her first year.  I'm pretty happy with how it turned out, AND that I actually got it done before the party!  I can't believe she's a year old already!  Where did that year go?!  I have so much scrapbooking supplies on hand that I didn't have to buy a single thing.  I even had the scrapbook itself, too!  Smiley

Thanks for looking!
48  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Baby Wrap Headband (w/ Tutorial) on: November 05, 2014 06:06:59 AM
Hi there!  I made a few of these for birthday presents for my niece, and I love how they turned out, so I thought I would share a tutorial with you all in case you would like to make your own for your own sweet baby.

To start, you will need some stretchy fabric.  I prefer for it to be a double stretch (stretchy in both directions) for the best results and comfort.  But, you could probably get away with one direction, too.  The one pictured above if for a 12-18 mo old girl.  I cut my fabric about 24.5" lengthwise and 5" for the width.  Fold over, with the right-sides in, hotdog style and do angled cuts at the end.  Pin along the length of it to prepare for sewing.

Using a stretch stitch on your sewing machine, sew along the entire edge, including the ends, making sure to leave a gap somewhere along the length for turning. (Its not so important to do the stretch stitch on the ends, as it is for the length, since that is where you are going to want some give.  I messed up my first one by not using a stretch stitch, so don't make my mistake!)

Turn it right-side out and sew your gap closed (either hand sew or be lazy and top stitch it closed like I did, since it was in the back I wasn't too concerned).  Then, knot your ends together and BAM you are done!  I didn't secure the knot at all, because I didn't think it needed it.  You could throw in a couple stitches to secure it, if you like.  

Action shot!:

Thanks for looking!  ^_^
49  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Toddler Star Wars Shoes on: November 05, 2014 05:28:25 AM
Hi there!  So I found some perfect black canvas shoes at walmart for like $6 for my daughter that were just calling out to me to be painted.  I decided the girl needed some Star Wars!  I used the Tulip soft fabric paint.  I thinned some of it out with water when using it.  Beware, though, because when that paint come into contact with water, it makes it shimmery/glittery.  I don't know why it does it, it just always have for me in all the colors.  So, my girl's shoes are pretty glam fab now, but she's a girl so it works for her to have sparkly Star Wars.  ^_^

I've saving these bad boys as one of her Christmas presents since they are still too big for her.  So, shhhhh, don't tell her!  Wink Thanks for looking!
50  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Going Moony - Altered Spool on: June 26, 2014 11:53:23 AM
Hi there!  I participated in the Altered Spool swap.  My fabulous partner was Mistress Jennie!  She is a lover of theater, costumes, and moons.  With that all in mind, I crafted up this little spooly:

The spool itself is wooden and from my great grandma's collection.  I first painted the spool light blue and rubbed on some gold Rub 'N Buff to the edges.  I applied a ring of scrapbooking paper to the top, wrote "twinkle twinkle", and drilled in some holes for the banner to secure into.  I made the middle of the spool sparkly, wrapped some vintage lace (also from my great grandma's collection), tied some gold embroidery floss around it and added some tiny metallic sequin stars.

The moon is made from polymer clay that I painted after baking, and then drew on a face via tiny pen dots. I used more vintage lace for the collar and crown, which I felt gave the little moon a theatrical quality.  The lace for the crown I mod podged and shaped around a paintbrush to get the shape I wanted.  Afterwards I painted it with gold acrylic paint.

The banner has a background of scrapbooking paper with a white piece on top and then my own writing for the words.  I added a little bit of metallic watercolors over the top of the words.  Dangling from the banner on wire are tiny sequin stars.

Thanks for looking!
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