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21  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
22  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!
23  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
24  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
25  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Music Themed Donation Raffle Quilt on: November 16, 2011 03:07:15 PM
each year our high school has it's annual marching band spectaular as the fall fundraiser for the band program
part of the spectacular involves a quilt raffle with some sort of music themed quilt (that isn't generic to our high school's colors)
this year, i got asked to make them quilt, and after selecting a fairly simple pattern, knocked this out in a day or so!
it's a child size quilt, but even at that, it is a fairly decent size!

this was my first time doing binding the "right way" instead of the ugly bias tape way i had been doing it.
never again will i go back to my old ways!

my grandma did the quilting on it, as well as made a coordinating pillow slip cover in order to make a matched "set"

super fun little quilt.
SUPER easy pattern that i wouldn't mind doing again if i had to!
26  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Super Giant Peacock Colored Amy Butler Daisy Chain Quilt on: November 16, 2011 03:00:30 PM
let me start off by saying this is by far the largest quilt i have ever made.
my cousin originally used this pattern for her brother in law's wedding
and when i found out that a friend of mine was getting married, i took on the challenge!

the quilt is originally sized to be for a queen sized bed, so i had to enlarge it to fit a CA king.
a whole heck of a lot of fabric to shove through my machine

my grandma helped me out by doing the quilting on it.
apparently it was nearly too large for her work space as well... oops!

i used the scraps left over to make the binding, worried it would just not be enough
well, i probably have enough binding to make a dozen more of these quilts.  oy!

i'm super excited with how it all turned out, regardless of all the handsewing i had to do in order to make the binding look perfect.
blind hem for the win!

and the final quilt!  it was so large i couldn't use my normal clothesline method of hanging
so i had to hang it from the rain gutters of the back of our house using binder clips.
hey, it worked, so that's all that matters, right?
for more pictures, and links to my cousin's original as well as the amy butler pattern, click here!
27  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / blue's clues 2010 on: November 04, 2011 12:15:29 AM
can you tell i'm playing catch up on my craftster-ing?
last year, i went as "steve" from blue's clues!

most of my costume was pieced together from thrift store finds here and there
plus special ordering my blue paw print earrings from etsy.

BUT i did spend an insane amount of time painting striped on my shirt!

my friend also drew me the "thinking chair" for my handy dandy notebook using some artsy fartsy program she has (i'll stick with my photoshop, ty!)
and i stuck it to one of those chipboard albums i bought from joanns

i wish i could make my friend chris log in on my profile and tell you all about HIS costume he made!
he was jareth from Labyrinth, and made everything from styling his wig to his bejeweled cape!

28  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / "mrs." buzz lightyear 2011 on: November 04, 2011 12:07:40 AM
starting out as possibly a joke suggestion, turned actual halloween costume.
yeah, i love me some toy story, so my friend found it very suiting to suggest either jesse or buzz lightyear for my costume this year.
since i don't have a mister to dress as the space ranger himself and be jesse, i went with the latter option!

the top was done from a tank top painted with soft fabric paint.

the skirt was a pirate skirt pattern from a few years ago, altered to be the correct buzz lightyear coloring (with giant green rick rack!)

i painted my shoes with purple spray paint, fabric paint, and yes, made sure the bottom was as it should be!
i had to cut the fingers and thumb out of the gloves in order to make them fit properly, but it definetly made things easier to bowl in Smiley

back shot

action shot, with the other lovely ladies of the night

and my lovely model Smiley
29  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Photo-licious Onsie Set! on: September 16, 2011 10:19:58 PM
When I'm not being crafty, my "will one day hopefully sooner than later" job will be a full time wedding photographer.
In the mean time, I'm building up my portfolio by second shooting and assisting other local photographers with their booked weddings.
I was lucky enough to work with the same photographer 4 times this summer, and since he was paying me in dollars, I wanted to thank him some how.
His first little one just turned 7 months old, so I decked out some onsies as a "thank you" gift!

The blue and green onsies were dyed with RIT fabric dye, and then painted with fabric paint.
The white one was a wonder under applique made by me, and then ironed on.  the lettering was embroidered with a strand of yellow and a strand of orange
(it says "assistant" underneath)
more detail photos of each one so I don't flood the post with them are on my blog!
30  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Pirate Mouse Railfence Quilt on: September 16, 2011 10:11:16 PM
After quite the hiatus, I'm getting back in to the sewing groove.
My aunt enlisted me to make a handful of baby shower quilts this summer.
This one was the most recent, and when she requested a boy one, I knew the exact fabric from my stash to use.
I played it safe, and did the quilt pattern I've been doing since my first quilt ever.
I did make an attempt at my first binding, and that has yet to be perfected.
but here it is, in all it's pirate mouse glory!

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