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11  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / Dog dress and bikini, a whole lotta pics on: September 08, 2007 12:33:43 PM
Our parks and recreation hosted it's second ever "Doggy Dip Day."  It's a day to bring the dogs down to the Spring Fed pool and let them loose for a few hours of fun.  We went to the first one back in the spring, and it went over so well, PARD decided to do it again!  Only this time, the invitation read, "Costumes Required."  I whipped up a bikini for my friend's Boston Terrier, June, and a dress for my labrador, Latte. 

And they ended up winning second and first place because nobody else dressed their dogs up!

So, here's the photographic goodness (click for larger.  Images hosted at FLICKR).
First, June's bikini (I'd made it with her measurements, but it ended up being too big, and my friend had to keep the skirt off when she was swimming so we wouldn't lose it.  I should have used elastic):


Next, my Latte dog (I made this using three of my old, ugly, free t-shirts that I never wore, and designed it on the fly, using no pattern, and just the dog as my form--yay for passive doggies!).


And, action!  Oh, and Latte's dress was much more form-fitting till she went swimming with it, but it held up pretty good!  Also, she won the flowery lay (sp?) as part of her prize.






12  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Been busy making baby stuff: dress, ring sling, taggy blankets on: August 09, 2007 08:05:53 PM
Before my baby was born, I made her this dress from McCall's Easy Stitch 'n Save pattern M5089 Oops!  I mean M5079:

It called for a lining, but I just made mine reversible, with two sets of bloomers.  

My girl's finally grown enough to fit (she's grown very slowly) and give me an action shot . . . but she hates hats now, so this was the only shot I could get of the complete outfit:


Then, a friend of mine and my sister-in-law announced their pregnancies, so I made two taggy blankets:


Also, my sister-in-law was curious about the sling in which I carry my baby.  A lady in MOPS (Mothers of PreSchoolers) gave me mine as a gift when I had my girl, and I use it A LOT.  So, I used mine as a pattern, and I sewed a ring sling for my sister-in-law, whose baby was born a month early, so I had to get it done quicker than I'd planned!  Here's me and my girl (who is a sling PRO!)  modeling the ring sling I made:
13  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Outrageously obnoxious newly upholstered couch on: January 05, 2007 09:35:01 PM
I'm so freakin' proud that I finally finished this project.

Before:

Dirty, sticky vinyl, cracked

After:


And a link to my flickr set wherein I show some of the steps in recovering the couch.

P.S.  That's my husband in the photos.  The couch was for his game room.
14  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Scrapbooking: Discussion and Questions / Scrapbook of old letters? on: December 15, 2006 05:37:46 PM
Here's the story . . .
I saved almost every letter and card that anyone's ever sent me.  Before my husband and I got married we wrote back and forth for 7 years.  He kept almost all the letters I wrote to him.  After we got married I took all the letters we sent to each other and put them in a box intending to make a scrap book out of them.  The thing is, I can't figure out what would be a good way to do it.  We wrote the letters on all different types of papers and usually wrote on the backs too...
So I can't glue them onto paper because the backs won't be readable.  I can't put them in those plastic see-through page covers because they're all different sizes.  What should I do?

And then!  To add to my list of to do things, I have had a friend since I was 5 years old, and when we were teens she moved away, so we also wrote to each other.  She ended up marrying my brother, so now she's my sister-in-law, and recently she gave me a box full of the letters I'd sent her!  So, I want to make the same kind of letter scrapbook for her as I am making for my husband and me. 

I would love any advise I can get, since I'm not much of a scrapbooker, and this will be a big project!
15  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Giant Ornaments (complete w/ photos) on: November 22, 2006 08:06:48 AM
Last year I had some scraps of plywood from a home improvement project, and I decided to make giant Christmas Ornaments, which I'd planned to hang in my front yard tree.  However, as I was in school at the time, I only had time to make two, so I gave them as gifts to my two professors. 



How I made them:
For the round ornament I traced the rim of a bowl on a piece of wood and free-handed a top, then cut it out with a jigsaw.
I free-handed the reindeer, but since I couldn't get the jigsaw to cut such small details, I just cut around the edge.
Then I painted and sprayed with clear acryllic, and finally put a little eye-hook in the top to hang them.
16  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Guard Kitty (painted rock) Images work on: November 20, 2006 08:48:35 AM
I've been checking out Craftster for months.  Today I saw this post by black.apple, and it reminded me of a project I did for my yard.  I "see" kitties in all round rocks, so I made one for my yard.  So, I decided to join and post my kitty rock too, which guards my front yard tree.  
Painted rocks are good for adding color to a dry yard if you're a poor gardner like me.  However, you really must spray a few coats of a good clear acryllic over your painting or else the weather will make the paint fade or wash away.
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