Got side tracked on the way to my fabric stash by another one of my crafting supplies. Already finished the project it inspired (something from LBBB's Pinterest but that wasn't on her list). DD#2, aka Bethimusprime, plans to borrow my sewing machine tomorrow, so I may go play with my paper stash for a few days . . . except she borrowed one of those key tools as well. Oh, no! She and DD#1, aka Zalpinian, have signed up for more swaps! Not sure what tools and supplies I'll have available with both of them actively swapping.
Wow, Kbrison, how many great-great nieces, nephews and children do you have? You're absolutely right, babies would eat or taste many things.
5 nieces, 2 nephews, 5 great-nieces, 3 great-nephews, 3 great-great nieces, 1 great-great nephew, and 2 great-great nieces due this summer. Nieces and nephews range in age from 17-44 years old. Only 3 are married, so I suspect the number of great nieces and nephews will drastically increase in the next decade as the younger ones marry. Three of the greats are married (ages 21-26) and have children, but that leaves another 5 who are still in elementary or junior high. Then the 6 great-greats are age 4 and under. My daughters are both in their thirties, but thus far no grandchildren. Simple answer: 21 and counting. Then there are all the other close but extended family members. Definitely no lack of little ones to craft for.
Yoopi, doll shoes are on my to do list and I've made some of the other suggestions as well but am waiting to post until the co-ordinating clothes are finished. Also limited as to what I can give each girl because of their younger siblings. For instance, great-great niece #1 has a not yet 1 year old brother and will have a baby sister early this summer. I can't give her anything that might cause a choking hazard for them. Same is true for great-great niece #3. Her baby sister is also due this summer. On the plus side, I'll be able to use up a lot of yarn and fabric scraps for at least a decade, probably longer, just one of the advantages of having a close extended family.
Kookaloo, that top looks wonderful on you. Will you be making more?
Pinokeeo, I'm amazed yet again. The hidden compartment is such a clever idea. The stitch counter would be great for crocheters, too, to use as row counters.
Fantastic, you've created so many granny square variations. I'm always intrigued by the way your designs have so many similarities yet have such differing results. What are you working on next?
Quantum, that chunk of kiwi is especially realistic. Using the fruit to make a pincushion is inspired! As for my last post, the doll dresses are crocheted. I'm not sure what I'm going to do with the tp tube scrapbook. I originally planned to make them for sale, but there's entirely too much time and too many supplies involved to make that profitable. I may give it to one of my great-nieces to use for their babies' photos.
Barbie doll caftan I cut out in 1999 and finally made myself finish. Luckily the 5 year-old great-niece won't care how outdated it is.
Then a toilet paper tube project I started 3 years ago. I mainly did it to try papercrafting techniques, so that's why it's so over-the-top in comparison to my usual style. There are 3 envelopes for mementos (2 removeable), 3 fold-out pages, 6 tiny pull tags, and 6 journaling pull tags. I used dry embossing, heat embossing, stamping, over-stamping, layering, die-cutting, envelope-making, decorative punches, and tons of ribbons, lace, tulle, paint, inks, rhinestones, brads, eyelets, mulberry paper, and other embellishments. You can't really tell from the photos, but many of the papers are glittered. This is what the front looks like with everything in place.
The front and back of each tube/page.
Then the fronts and backs of all the tags.
The fold-out pages.
And a view with all the pages spread out but with tags removed.
Oops, I did it again! JoAnn's has a 5 for $5 sale on Simplicity patterns so, of course, I had to buy 10. That was less than the normal price for just one pattern. On the up side, I didn't buy any fabric and now I have 10 new patterns to help me use my stash. Unfortunately, nine of the patterns are for doll clothes, so it's still going to take some serious sewing binges to make much leeway. Fortunately, I'll have two more great-great nieces by July, bringing the 'under-6 years old' total to 1 great-niece, 5 great-great nieces, and 1 great-great nephew. Maybe I need to make some teddy bears and monsters as well. See how my brain functions? I can rationalize almost anything if it involves crafting or kids or chocolate!