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1  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Circus/Freaks/Oddities Swap?? on: April 11, 2011 02:33:10 PM
I would seriously love to do a swap involving circus/freaks/oddities but I don't have time to organize. Is anyone else interested in this type of swap and would anyone want to organize it? Please, please pretty please  Grin
2  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Baby Gifts for Baby Shower on: April 08, 2011 03:22:29 PM
Here are some pics of a project I just finished. I needed some baby shower gifts for my friend. I didn't have a ton of money and didn't want to end up just buying a pack of onesies so I made these!

She loves Care bears so I copied this picture from one I found on line and put it in a frame.


I got these patterns from Sublime Stitching <3 and stitched them on Gerber burping cloths.

This one has the babies initials and cute space stuff



Here is everything together. 4 embroidered burp cloths, 2 baby socks (in 2 sizes) with the baby's letter of his first name on the side and the wall hanging. We also bought one thing off the list-a little Care Bear to add to the loot.

I'll find out next weekend if she likes them. I hope so! It took me a few casual days to do these. They're pretty easy and probably took between 1 hour (for the easiest ones) to 2 hours (for the harder ones) to do each. I used a few different colors of thread together to create the difference in the storks wings, the ring around the planet and the fire from the space shuttle. I use mostly my version of the split stitch and a little stem stitch here and there.
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / Super Easy Cat Mats W/ Attached Toy (with tute) on: November 17, 2007 07:43:10 PM
I made these 2 kitty beds for my kittens after I made one on the whim for a swap. They seem to love them and they really love the toys that are attached, I'll have to make more of those. Sorry for the crappy pics, I seriously hate my cell phone.
Here's a pic of both beds/mats together (sorry my cats would would not let me take a pic without jumping into it Smiley


The underside:


Fishy bed:


Heart bed:


They're super easy to make, try one!
What you need:
1. Fleece in desired size-about 1 yard ( I used 2 colors, ex. fish on one side, blue on the other)
2. At least 16" ribbon (I used grosgrain)
3. One sheet of felt
4. Embroidery thread
5. Loose Catnip (organic is best)
6. Sewing machine or thread and needle

Toy:
1. Cut 2 pieces of felt into the shape that you want
2. Hand sew (for a crafty look) with 3 stings of embroidery thread all around the shape leaving a small boarder around the edge and about a 1" opening.
3. Cut a 16" piece of ribbon
4. Pour in about a table spoon of cat nip
5. Stick 2" of the ribbon into the toy and sew the opening shut
6. Keep it plain or add eyes for fish, a break in the heart...

Bed/Mat:
1. Measure 2 sheets of fleece and 1/2" more than you want it on all sides (the ones shown are 15" x 16")
2. Turn right sides together and sew all sides leaving a 3" opening on one side (for stuffing)
3. Turn right sides out and stuff with batting or fleece. I used 2 sheets of fleece for stuffing and warmth but if you have batting that works too.
4. Tie a knot in the ribbon part of the toy and stick the ribbon at least 3" into the bed with the knot inside between the stuffing-this is to secure it from popping out if your cats get too rough with it
5. Sew opening together (I used my machine for a more secure stitch)

Good luck and let me see your results if you decide to make one!
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / I need your help! Any suggestions for door draft stoppers? on: November 11, 2007 08:43:01 PM
I need to make 2 draft stoppers for the doors in my apartment. There's a small gap between the floor and the outside door and I don't want it to get chilly because of that or *eek* let anything else into the house!!! Has anyone else made these? I have no idea how to go about it. I see them at stores with cheesy designs of ducks or chickens or something but I want cool ones that will go with my funky apartment. Does anyone have a pattern, idea for cool design or anything else that will help? I'm also not sure what to fill it with because at the stores they seem very heavy like their weighted at the bottom but I'm not sure what they use, I don't want my cats to be able to push it out of the way of the door. Thanks for any help!
5  Illinois / Illinois: North / Chicago Craftster meet-up thread! on: September 07, 2007 04:48:24 PM
Formerly known as: Cool Chicago Crafter Peeps wanna get together?

Are there any cool chicks or dude that live around me (I live near Boystown) that want to get together? I need more artsy friends. I moved here from California almost 4 years ago...I can't believe it's been that long! I'm having a little trouble finding cool people to keep me creative. If anyone likes Brazilian Girls, Social D or Flogging Molly-I'm totally up for concerts!
6  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Gifts for my Kitty Swap on: April 18, 2007 01:41:40 PM
Hey I know there's another swap on here for Cat Lovers III Swap but I was thinking of stuff FOR cats only. Our kitty was affected by the food recall and has been in and out of the vet and he hates it! I was thinking that there might be more people out there who have had the same problem. Dogs always get the cool stuff but cats get stuck without much. I was thinking that we would craft 1 medium/large thing (like a bed or blanket) or some small things like cat nip toys. I know my kitty would like some new stuff after this ordeal...anyone else?
Your kitty doesn't need to be sick to "participate" in this swap, any kitties are welcome.
7  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Any pics of small places with an organized craft room?! on: April 10, 2007 08:47:24 AM
Does anyone have any pics of small rooms or apartments that they've decorated for their craft areas? I live in the city with a small place and am trying to fit everything in it while still keeping with my streamlined/wanna be modern and somehow still clean apartment and craft area. I see a ton of people on here with houses or large places and while I dream of an actual craft ROOM, for now I have a small apartment and need to make it fit in here and not be messy. Darn that Martha Stewart Organizing for making me want to be so darn organized.
Any help/ideas/pics/threads would seriously rock!
Thanks!
8  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / My First Project-Birdy Pillow with 4 pics! on: March 20, 2007 08:10:02 AM
This is my first full on did-it-myself project! Yeah! I came up with the design on my own. The bird, branch and background are all super soft fleece (the type used for baby blankets) the leaves are a cotton paisley print that I used embroidery floss over as the veins to give them texture. I attached the branches and bird, which I freehanded with embroidery floss in the same color to give it more interest.
I originally made this as a cat pillow but I think I filled it with way to much stuffing because he'd have to climb up on it! So I'm deciding if I want to use it a pillow for the couch or take some stuffing out for the kitty.
Aside from the uneven circle, nevermind the lumps on the sides, what do you think?

Sorry for the camera phone pictures, I can't wait until I get a real camera!

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9  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Any good beginner patterns? on: February 05, 2007 02:24:22 PM
Hello! I'm an avid stitcher but I just picked up the Cozy Crochet Kit in an attempt to stop wishing that I could crochet and start doing it! The only problem is the very first craft is a bookmark. I know it's just to begin with but I really want to make something at least half way cool for my first project and I won't use a bookmark. Does anyone know of a very simple "learning" pattern that i can start out with instead?
Thanks!
10  NEEDLEWORK / Sublime Stitching Embroidery / Renegade Craft Fair-CHICAGO! on: September 12, 2006 08:21:03 AM
I saw the banner for the Renegade Craft Fair in Chicago on your site and on the calendar. Will you be at the fair or just your products? It sounds like an awesome fair-can't wait!
Also, just wanted to add that in my newest Lucky Magazine it talks about needlepoint being "the new hip thing", that along with your magazine interview with Anna Sui (and everything else I've been seeing with stitching)-it seems stitching might finally get it's moment of fame.
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