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21  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / shades of orange zig zag quilt on: August 20, 2012 06:34:36 PM
my best friend friend from high school got married this summer, and i took on my second gigantic quilt wedding gift.
her colors were orange & fuchsia, so i used different orange fabrics to make the zig zags.
it was originally based off of a scrap quilt i saw on pinterest, but with a few alterations (and lots of math!) i made it what it is

their bed is "olympic queen" in size, and by far making this the largest quilt i've made so far.
i love the zig zag patterning, and currently intend to use the same style for when their family starts to grow.
here it is... the whole gigantic-ness!

best part is, it did actually fit on their bed!
22  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / eeyore hexagon & triangle baby quilt on: May 08, 2012 03:44:43 PM
one of my friends from years and years ago is having her first baby girl
after much fretting & fabric box searching, i was inspired by her tattoos, which were related to her childhood passion
she was obsessed with eeyore growing up (has an angel & devil eeyore set on her shoulder blades) and i felt the need to pass that on to her little girl to be.
tweeked from the original pattern that was all based off of triangles, i came up with this!

i think she liked it!

as usual, to not blob up the post, a few more detail shots of the binding and backing on my blog
23  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / the big bang theory "bazinga" cross stitch sampler on: March 30, 2012 01:43:50 PM
my "baby" sister turned 16 yesterday, and to go along with her "starship sweet starship" cross stitch i made her for christmas
i decided she needed a little classic sheldon cooper to go on her wall as well Smiley
originally got the pattern from seeing edie22's project from TBBT swap 2 here
tweeked the border a bit, and the size of the framing around it.
changed the colors to match her other one, and whipped this baby out in less time than it took us to drive to vegas last month Smiley

as usual, a few more detail shots plus the themed shirt i got her to go with this project over on the blog
24  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / the "betsylu" ruby red slippers on: March 06, 2012 10:07:29 PM
i've been planning to do a stylized photo shoot with a friend of mine, and with that came a whole bunch of planning.  she needed shoes, so i cruised the thrift stores until i found something worth using, and then went to town using my favorite glitter paint brand (folk art extreme glitter by plaid) and went to down painting these shoes.
5 coats each later, they are perfection!  the shoot still has yet to happen, but these shoes are fabulous!  if they were my size (and if i wasn't already a giant) i would rock them for a night on the town!



love them!
a few more photos over on the blog
25  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / green with envy ruffle apron on: March 06, 2012 10:03:39 PM
this was a project i LOVED seeing finished.
it was a lot of work to put together (and figure out the pattern) but the end result was well worth it.
a friend of mine had pinned this exact apron pattern to their pinterest boards, and my immediate thought was "i could TOTALLY make that for her".  well, i changed the fabrics to be her favorite color, and went to town.
first problem, the entire pattern was written in metric.  i'm in the USA, so thanks to the inches, i had a whole bunch of conversions to make.
of course, my next problem came when i went to print out the tutorial, and the website was down for about a day (which in "wanting to be productive" time, felt like a month!)
once i got the project going, i didn't want to stop.  unfortunately, work got in the way and make me take breaks.
in the end, i got it all done, top stitched and good to go.
would i do this apron again?  absolutely!

so i don't flood you with a ton of photos to load, the rest are on my blog, as well as links to the tutorial used!
26  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Completed Projects / zen cat t-shirt on: March 06, 2012 09:57:04 PM
i'll say that this was WAY out of my element.
it started out i had a huge plan to screen print ties for my brother for christmas with some of his drawings - he's in utah majoring in animation.
well, i psyched myself out, and waited until two days before christmas to start working on everything
instead, i ended up making a shirt for my dad using one of my brother's drawings, and it went MUCH better than anticipated.
i used tutorials i found on blogs linked to pinterest and a kit i purchased off of amazon.

since there are a bunch, all the links to the tutorials i used, my brother's website, and the specific kit i bought can be found on the blog
27  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / love at first bite cross stitch sampler on: March 06, 2012 09:52:44 PM
sorry twi-hearts, no sparkly vampires to be seen here!

i guess you can say i'm fairly nerdy myself.
i enjoy a good (old school) sci-fi movie now and again
i play video games, i read books.
and leonard hofstadter could be my soul mate.

i'm surrounded by nerdy friends as well, which made christmas easy this year.
originally, i was planning to do a star wars theme cross stitch for my friend jenny, but once i found some pac man, i couldn't resist.
i knocked this project out in about a day or so, not including time to grid out the pattern on graph paper.
needless to say, she loved it!

original pattern link on the bottom of the blog post Smiley
28  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / reuseable coffee cup sleeves on: March 06, 2012 09:47:33 PM
i guess this is crafting for the home?  people drink coffee at home...  haha!
i hang out on pinterest far too much.  more often than i probably should.
the idea to make these coffee sleeves came from that very addicting website.
the friend i made them for loves the color green, has a business involving the flower daisies, and LOVES her dog.
these were super easy to make, and if i myself drank hot beverages, i would make a ton of them, just for me!

the link to the original blog i got the tutorial from can be found on the bottom of this blog post!
29  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / starship sweet starship cross stitch sampler on: March 06, 2012 09:42:47 PM
somehow, somewhere... my sister turned in to a trekkie.
well, not full blown, but still.  i'm more star wars myself, so the past few months (when i say months, i mean over a year at least) the tv has been overhauled with season after season, series after series of star trek watching.
for christmas, i decided to play nice, and made a little something for her in there of this franchise she has now become involved in.
i found the original pattern on etsy somewhere, and tweeked the colors a bit to make them fit those of the show better.

a few more detail photos, plus the super awesome hello kitty meets next generation shirt that i got her to go with it can be observed over on the blog
30  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / yet t-shirt quilt - this one is super orange! on: March 06, 2012 09:38:16 PM
i'll admit it, i'm playing super catch up on posting on these craftster boards.
finally got my blog up and going again, now back to all you crafty lovelies!
here is one of my many christmas gifts made this year - a t-shirt quilt for my younger cousin
i decided to do uneven blocks fit to the side of the graphic on the shirt to shake things up a little bit
yes, it was tricky.  yes, my match didn't add up.
no, i probably will not do it again... at least not with a whole bunch of planning.

here is the full shot!

a couple more photos over on the blog
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