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21  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / The Tortoise and the Hare TRAVEL journal, all upcycled ingredients on: December 06, 2007 06:16:20 PM
My brother (now age 17) is obsessed with travelling the roads, he wants to wander, hitchhike, camp in the wilderness, etc. etc.  He doesn't have much of a realistic sense of how hard (and dangerous) this might be, but is pretty gung ho about it. 



When my 2 year old son tore up (yet ANOTHER of) his books, I decided to use the cover to make a mini travel journal for my brother.  I thought the title was appropriate for the sentiment (don't take off and go crazy, WAIT and plan like the tortoise!).



I cut up pages from an old travel atlas, sewed them together with my sewing machine, and glued them in the book!  I used a few travel themed rubber stamps here and there, as an extra surprise in the book.  The title page has a recycled ATC envie, with a blank tag inside for him to write on. 




It's just a little thing, but we are on a budget, so I'm happy to make a GREEN gift from what others would consider trash.


give HANDMADE this Christmas!

Hope he digs it!
22  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / 2007 Show off your TREE, Mantle, Or other HOLIDAY decor! on: December 06, 2007 05:57:11 PM
Post YOUR 2007 Winter Holiday DECOR Pics here!
Let's keep this thread PG rated, k?

I wanted to show my holiday corner of my home.  Lots of handmade things in here (by me, Grandma and even Grandpa!)

The Mantle:

I made the stockings, painted the 'tree' and the stocking holders
Flickr Link of Mantle for notes of what everything is...

The Tree:

I made the tree skirt (red cordoruy) and note the red wall, it was UGLY paneling, so I used upholstery tacks and a staple gun to cover it up with fabric! ($2 walmart sheets)
Flickr link of tree to see notes

Hope everyone else will post their pretty holiday decor too!
23  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Craftster Itself / Home Page 'hot new topics' photos not matching up with current 'hot topics'? ? ? on: November 27, 2007 11:07:47 AM
I love the thumbnails on the home page that show some of the hot new topics.  Unfortunately, it seems that a lot of the time they don't really match up with the current hot topics.  How are those pics chosen?  I know it's the first pic in that particular topic, but there are a few pics that are showing now (in the top 3 premiem spost) that feature topics that aren't anywhere on the 'hottest new topics' list anymore.

Just curious of how it all works.

(sorry if this had been addressed before, I couldn't find a similar topic and I really did try a little searching first).

Thanks!
24  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Merry Merry Mini Tip Top Doll Ornaments! on: November 26, 2007 01:01:49 PM
Merry Merry Merry!  Tis the season, so I've been whipping up a storm of happy little Tip Top Dolls, perfect for the tree and beyond.  These little guys are 4-6" tall, mostly in the 4.5" zone, and are so delightful to hang on the tree.  They are gently polyfill stuffed, so they are SO light and hang gracefully on the tree; they don't drag the branches down like some of their chubby storebought friends. Wink


I really am digging them, and could fill a whole tree with them, like this:

though it really does need some variety and garlands, of course.

I've been making them in pairs (so they won't be lonely in their new homes), and each set is different.  So fun!  Here are a few more of them:





I also made a batch of 48 USA/Americana/Patriotic/Red-white-blue ones for a friend in Wyoming.


Too fun!

My friend Kristie suggested making a tree topper; but I have to figure out the best way to do so... ideas?

Merry Merry Crafting to one and all!
25  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Craftster Itself / Crazy Unstoppable Pop-up windows on: November 09, 2007 10:30:25 AM
I thought I'd finally ask if this ever happens to anyone else here on Craftster... occasionally I will click on a link on this site, and it will open a TON of new windows in my browser, one by one, rapidly... there is no way to just click off of them, they keep coming and I have to shut it down.

Does this happen to anyone else?

Is it a bad link? 

The latest was one of the links in the Pillowcase challenge voting thread...I was trying to view them all so I could vote.  It did it to me twice, on 2 separate days.

Any help from others would be appreciated.
26  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / Blue Bird of Zetti-ness on: November 04, 2007 08:22:21 PM
Long live the
Blue Bird of Zetti-ness,
my entry for the
ATC 'Zetti Turkey' Challenge.



This mixed media bird sports a tail of 10 blue scraps of paper, some luscious bright pink butterfly wings, and the ever delicious stripey legs.  Face is a stamped image, cut closely and doodled over with sharpie and colored pencil.  Waddle is red handmade paper, very feathery and soft. Background is torn bits of phonebook paper, layered and covered with a bit of punchinella stenciled white pigment ink.

I gave it all a good run-a-round with shading with colored pencils, and then the whole thing got the standard 'racky-edge' black inkpad treatment to finish it off.

The End.

Long live the Blue Bird of Zetti-ness, and may you all have a blessed Turkey Holiday.
27  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Cotton Raglan Sleeve peasant top on: November 04, 2007 06:33:30 PM
I've been eyeing mismatched raglan sleeve shirts recently, wanting to whip something up for my kid.
Alas, I couldn't find much in way of a plan or instructions or info to give me the confidence.  Searches here just turned up LOTS of raglan sweaters.  Wrong.

Finally, yesterday I just decided to wing it.  I grabbed some purple floral fabrics from my mom's old quilting cotton stash, an old raglan sleeve shirt from my daughter's closet, and threw caution to the wind. 

Here's what I ended up with:


Here's the shirt (a 3T SS shirt, with elasticized sleeves and a button back) that I started with.


I wanted it to be a 4-5T when done, with no buttons and no shirred sleeves.  I added several inches of length, and made everything just a bit bigger (figuring I can always cut down later).

Here are my 4 pieces (each sleeve and front and back):


I added elastic to each sleeve at the top, and the front of the neckline.  I also added a strip of elastic in the middle of each sleeve, to give it a little flounce.


Then, sewed it up!


Test fit:
(she's watching TV and can't be bothered...)


And, with the hem done and accessories (an elasticized headband and little sash tie belt (with elastic in the back as well):



The Back,                                            And one semi Close up:


I actually have more pics if anyone needs it... this whole thing took me less than 2 hours start to finish, and that is planning, sewing, measuring, etc.  I tend to never use pins or measure things well, so I was very happy at the ease of this project.  I did trace my sleeve, so I can use that for future stuff.  LOVE it.  I'm making her a rainbow flannel nightgown next with this same plan.  I may make some shirts for me and my sister too, with a built in belt (same contrasting fabric as the sleeves).

Let me know what you think!
Thanks.

28  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Child Costume: Cavegirl Couture on: October 30, 2007 10:27:21 PM
Cavegirls aren't dirty, unfashionable, wretches;
CAVE GIRLS can be fabulous!


Here is Sophia, our 4 year old modern cave girl, in our new line of Cave Girl Couture!



This costume is made entirely from stuff from my stash, I didn't spend one cent!  LOVE it!

Here are all the pieces:
-Faux fur fabric, made into an off the shoulder funky dress. I used wonky stitching, erratic zigzags, and pinking shears for a very organic feel.  The dress is just 2 pieces (one front and back)
-She has a lace-up (with pink leather) corset belt.
-The bone hair accessory (made from a foil base, wrapped in white paper adhered with mod podge.  I knotted the white pony tail elastic to it, and covered it with layers, so it will affix firmly in the hair.  Sophia painted it white when it dried.
-Her tiger tooth necklace is polymer clay, with 4 paints and glazes to age and distress it.  Pink leather strap.
-Faux fur cuffs (just elastic inside) and shoe covers (just pinned at the toe with one little safety pin) complete the look.
-The hair is all hers, we just didn't brush it today!
-Last, she has her trusty club, to ward off predators.  It's made from brown paper, rolled and spray adhesived together to form a solid shape. Then, I used decopage glue and recycled brown paper bags to give it texture.  Spray paint and a bit of acrylic give it an even color tone.

Back view....ALL THAT HAIR!


Close-up of Jewelry and accessories:


This costume survived: dinner out, carseats, pony rides, photos, soccer kicks, bounce houses, llama petting, cotton candy, face painting, and various candy... full set of photos is in my Flickr, should you be so inclined.  She didn't want to take it off, and wants to wear it again tomorrow!  We were the ONLY cave women at the whole event, so she was very proud to be original.

See, it even transforms into a pink kitty!


Thanks for looking. Smiley
29  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / I saved my Tee shirt! Fleur de lis stitching, paint, and fabric re-con. on: October 22, 2007 09:27:59 PM
Sometimes you have a tee that fits well, is all broken in, and you just don't want to toss it.  Or, you are too broke to buy a new one!  So, be green, and fix that sucker.
Here's a sneak peek:


I started with a white tee, tossed in with a load of blue-green dye for another project.  Uh-Oh!  STAINS that weren't visible when the shirt was white, magically appear!

Shirt looked like this before:


So, I had luckily thrown in a piece of an old curtain with a fleur de lis motif with the same dye.  I cut a piece out, randomly shaping it and matching it over the stains.

I used fusible webbing to iron it to the tee to tack it in place.


Then, I got out the acrylic paint and some fabric medium, and the paintbrushes, and added a faded spiral design, lightly to incorporate the entire design, with a large fleur de lis at the top. I used a muted teal paint, and a bit of silver sparkle fabric paint too, just to hightlight.


Back to the sewing machine...after the paint dried, I just randomly stitched the fabric down, catching most of the edges about 1/4" from the raw edge.  I just kind of zig zagged around all randomly, till it seemed about 'done'.
up close (kind of) shot:


Here's the tee:

I snipped around the edges of the piece a bit, and know it will fray even more in the wash (which is good).

I think I saved it.

Opinions?  Am I a total dork and everyone will laugh?

I like it.
30  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / SUPER GIRL nightgown, re-con from 2 women's tank tops! on: October 12, 2007 07:34:54 PM
Today was the monthly day I sort through all the laundry and pull out everything that's too small for me or the kids.  I made a little pile of my tank tops that are nicely worn and soft, but don't really get much wear; I decided to reinvent them into nightgowns for my 4 year old daughter.

I'll show the finished product first, since we know that pic is what comes up on the search...

Here she is, in her new nightgown, with matching wristbands. Her 'power cuffs!'. 


FLickr Link


Before:


I did take 4 more photos in the middle, of the process, if anyone is interested.
For a 30 minute project, I'm VERY happy and plan to make more!

Mainly I just cut it all to size, stitched together, and used a zigzag stitch on the bottom hem for a lettuce hem.

Thanks for checking it out! Cheesy
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