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71  One Tiny Sock Monster Hoopla in Completed Projects by BigBangMomma on: July 01, 2013 11:37:13 AM
I recently made this "sweet" gal for my partner in the One Tiny Monster Hoopla swap.  While I do embroidery, I wanted to go 3-D with this swap.  I crocheted the eye, and added some glitter to it.  I added the "the sock monster strikes again" (saying I found while searching online for ideas) , on the "clothesline" and added those cool colored clothespins. I knew it wouldn't be complete unless I added some socks.  I decided to crochet them (grey's wool and the maroon is acrylic). I love the yarn around the hoop for hair and the ribbon on the outside of the hoop. All in all, it reminds me a bit of Mike Wazowski from Monsters, Inc. I love how she turned out, and I'm thrilled my partner loves her  too.

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72  It's a Red Pineapple Wedding Afghan!! (pic heavy) in Crochet: Completed Projects by BigBangMomma on: June 18, 2013 09:23:01 AM
I found this kit online at Herrshners in January and I immediately decided I needed to order it and make it for my husband's cousin's wedding coming up in Sept.  It's the Anastasia Afghan pattern, which came with 15 skeins of 2-ply yarn!  Wowza, right? I started out working the center, then decided to take a break and work the border. I was seeing red pineapples for a LONG  time! It would take me a good 2-3 hours to work a few rows across for the center, and a few rows only give me about 3". The center measures about 43" and the pineapple border is about 6".  Anyway, it works out to about a 60" square. And, out of the 15 skeins of yarn, I only used about 11 so I have left overs! It was 6 months in the making, but I'm finally done, ends woven in and all!

Now, on to the pictures!

Here's how big it is on my queen bed!

Close up of the pineapples:

And another view:
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73  Christmas in July Bag in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by BigBangMomma on: June 17, 2013 12:24:07 PM
I recently came across a pattern for a pretty simple bag, which I had used to make bags for my children's teachers for  the end of the year. Well...I have become  obsessed  with making bags, and here's a neat Christmas colored one I just finished today.

This one I actually deviated from the pattern a bit, as the pattern asks for two straps, and I did one long one.  The pattern taught me how to turn lining inside out etc when lining a bag, and this one I did differently so the lining is on the outside, too. 

I found the material for this at a yard sale for super cheap...enough fabric to make  two of these! Yippee!
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74  Embroidered Skulls for Quilt Blocks: Check Back Often --Pic Heavy in Needlework: Completed Projects by BigBangMomma on: June 02, 2013 08:46:43 PM
I am working on an animal skull quilt for my skull fascinated 5 year old son.  I decided  the easiest way (not fastest) to get the skull part was to embroider it. So, I found drawn images of several different animal skulls online, traced out the main lines to outline, and then stitched up this bald eagle in about 3 hours  tonight.  You will most likely see  a bunch of these. Actually, stay tuned, I'll probably just keep adding them to this thread.

I'm going to include the skull's name, embroidered, like the below picture.  What do you think? The corresponding name under/over (such as pictured) or beside  the skull  it belongs to? EDIT: I've decided to take the suggestion to put the name beside it's corresponding skull.

This is a picture of the unfinished layout of the quilt, to give me an idea of size. It's currently about 47x54, and I'm hoping to have it twin size or a smidgeon larger. I ran out of pre-cut black squares when laying this out, and I've only just begun the name embroidery, but it's looking snazzy, I think.  Sorry for the upside down picture, and the darkness. I can only work on this at night when my son is asleep!










Bald Eagle:

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75  Alaska Themed Mini Bag in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by BigBangMomma on: May 01, 2013 05:50:36 PM
My partner in the recent round of the mug rug swap made me an adorable Alaska themed mug rug (born and raised there, miss it like crazy!) She was so kind, that she sent me the extra left-over fabric!!!  It was just enough to make this sweet approx 9 1/2 by 8 1/2 gem of bag.  I made the straps pretty wide (they are about 3", so that I could get the most of the pictures on the fabric.)

and the other side:

I can't wait to start using it!
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76  Re: Mug Rug Rd5 Swap - SO April 29th in The Swap Gallery by BigBangMomma on: April 26, 2013 12:54:55 PM
I received a very special mug rug from rscowtown.  She chose my Alaska theme (I'm originally from Alaska and miss it greatly!)  Even though there aren't extras she even sent me the extra fabric she didn't use and an Alaska pin. Thanks!

Now, every time I use my mug rug, I can have a piece of home with me!

(The top left image she embroidered "I love Alaska."  My mug is covering the Northern Lights.

It's even two sided!

Thank you so much.
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77  "If love can't cure it, nurses can" in Polymer Clay: Completed Projects by BigBangMomma on: April 24, 2013 06:24:12 PM

My sister in law is graduating (again) expanding her nursing degree to her bachelors in nursing, and her mom is throwing her a  party. So, I thought I'd make her a little something with polymer clay, and this is what I came up with.  My husband, ever so thoughtful "insert sarcasm here," tends to be a perfectionist, so anything crafty he tends to point out the little imperfections first without just looking at the item as a whole (he didn't like the layout of the words, I had to place them that way so it would fit on my space--nursing can be hectic...so can my words I say!)....I'm gonna stop asking him what he thinks! Anyway, I didn't realize until after it baked the "n" in  "can" looks like an "r," but oh well. 

I think I'm going to make it into a magnet. For those of you who work with polymer clay a  lot, I'm wondering, should I use something to reinforce the back (suggestions please?) before I adhere magnets, and what would be the best adhesive?

Thanks for looking, and advice!
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78  Teacher's Gift--Embroidered Schoolhouse Bag in Needlework: Completed Projects by BigBangMomma on: April 22, 2013 01:20:24 PM
I don't know why so many times I put pictures on here they are sideways...so sorry!

I decided  I wanted to do an embroidery for my daughter's 1st grade teacher for her end of year gift, and I came across this cute coloring page.  I used a metallic blue fabric paint for the outline of the school house, and pink fabric paint for the hearts and sliver for the stairs.

I used several stitches. I used the simple backstitch on the school house and the tree bark. I used the rope stitch for the purple, and I used the "v" stitch...ah, whatever it's called for the green around the trees.

I decided to make it into a bag for  her teacher. I had seen on Pinterest a "school supply cake" and decided to make it a bag instead. I decided to use bias tape around the edges of the embroidery so I could just sew it to the outside of the bag.

Close up of my stitching. Thanks for looking.
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79  "No, David" in Amigurumi: Completed Projects by BigBangMomma on: April 16, 2013 02:17:38 PM
My son asked me to make him a David ami from the Caldecott Honor Book "No, David" by David Shannon.   I didn't have a pattern, so I kinda followed an image I found online for shape, and then played around with creating him. This was my first no pattern at all ami I've made, and he loves it.  The picture I'm posting shows my ami next to the book for comparison.

I didn't have any flesh colored yarn in my stash, so I used two different colored white yarns, one acrylic the other cotton.  I know his teeth look really weird on my ami, but I think it turned out pretty good all things considered.

Thanks for looking and sorry he's sideways.
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80  Arm Chair Crochet Hook Holder in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by BigBangMomma on: April 15, 2013 06:08:33 PM
First, I apologize if this in in the wrong category...sewing crafts always get me confused as to where to post!

Last year, I found a tutorial a great tutorial for an arm chair pincushion which I used for a partner in a swap.  That tutorial only had pockets on one side.  After I made that one, I made myself an embroidered one with pockets on both sides.

Recently, I spent some much needed time with my best friend fthoodmiller, and we spent the entire day crocheting. I was telling her about my arm  chair pincushion.  Since she doesn't sew (although she does embroider/x-stitch, so I guess I could have made it a pin cushion--I guess she could pull out some stitches and add some polyfilll if she decided it needed to be a pin cushion) I told her I could make her one for her crochet hooks without the pin cushion part.   

We met as middleschoolers in Alaska, and have both since moved far away, and both of us miss it terribly.  She married an Army man, and because of so, they have moved around. There most recent location, while much closer to me, is not  a great fit for her family and she is even more homesick for a better  place than I am.  I this Alaska girl attitude part was from a shirt my half sister had handed down to my daughter.  I had been saving it for a long time to make a hoop, but decided  she needed it more, so I heat n bonded it to the black fabric from my stash, and then played with the fun stitches on  my machine for the cute border.

The pink polka dot fabric for the pockets came from a dress my daughter outgrew, and was so cute I kept it in my stash for a project.  Nothing better than to use it for her "auntie."  The side above the Alaska girls was a bit wider, so I put more slots there, and decided to just do the one slot on the bottom so she can hold her current hook in that with larger slots for scissors/phone/remote, etc.

I had started the project on my machine, but had to leave to take my son to pre-school, and with no time to come home, I brought the  project with me to finish. I was excited, and I had another package for a swap to mail and wanted to make one trip.

I hadn't liked my previous edging to the pockets, so first  I pulled them out, and then hand sewed back on, and the best part. I hand sewed the whole back piece to the front.

I happened to have this fabric in my stash too, which is perfect, because one of her 5 daughters had requested I used butterfly fabric for this project. I aim to please.

It was a labor of love, and I'm so happy to give this to her.  And, because I was in a hurry to mail it, I don't have pictures of it draped over a chair.  Fthoodmiller, feel free to post some!

Love you, bestie!
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