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1  Husband's Birthday Cake in Dessert by m1chelle_kip09 on: August 08, 2009 09:12:02 AM
  We are celebrating my husband's 30th birthday with some friends and some beer Smiley  I couldn't decide if I wanted to make a pint glass or beer mug, so I did both. I settled on Guinness and Bass (mainly because their logos were so simple).    The Guinness cake is a 9x13 cake cut to shape. The Bass cake is a little smaller (8x10?) with a round cake cut in half for the handle and foam/head.My cake decorating tools are pretty limited and I think if I were to do it again, I would make my own frosting. Overall I think they came out alright.


Guinness Cake


Bass
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2  Baby sling I made for Sister-in-law in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by m1chelle_kip09 on: May 25, 2009 11:06:53 AM
 After posting this sling (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=304439.0) that I made a few weeks ago for a baby shower, my sister-in-law saw it and asked if I would make one for her birthday.  So I got an idea of what she wanted (do you want baby theme? Girl theme? Modern?) and went from there. I think I like this one even better than the two I made before.It is super soft and just looks great!

 Almost all of my information came from Jan Andrea's website http://www.sleepingbaby.net/jan/Baby/

  I decided not to sew the fabric to the rings, but left extra fabric to thread it with.  In doing this it is reversible and also she doesn't have to worry about the rings banging up her washer and dryer.  I use a twin sheet of 400 thread count cotton and 1/4 yd of decorative fabric on each side.  The green pattern side has a zipper pocket and the purple side has a velcro pocket (see other post for better idea of how this looked).  I made them big enough to hold things like a diaper and wipes, keys, etc...
 My only hesitation is that the sheet is cream colored. I found the purple fabric first and loved it, but I had a hard time finding a color coordinating sheet that fit in my budget ($20 total project).  Thankfully Kohls was having a sale but cream was all I could find.  So my kids are getting her stain sticks to go with it as a birthday present  Wink

My 3 year old testing out the ring sling.


The other side (the pic won't rotate for some stupid reason)



 Here are the instructions that I enclosed.
Watch this video:
 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IOOp09IdlE8&feature=related


Make sure that the rings are high (like you are wearing a broach).  Also, it is very important that it spread across your back and makes a cape across your shoulder. Place baby in sling, tighten up and go on your way.

Threading the sling ring:
http://www.sleepingbaby.net/wearing/threading.php
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uoxZ2ahcBKM&feature=PlayList&p=AF438547F414AA22&playnext=1&playnext_from=PL&index=10
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7lhk8lcO8as


Newborn/Cradle Hold
http://www.sleepingbaby.net/wearing/cradle.php
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=azy6D0VYRs8&feature=related

Chest to Chest:
   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x87UWk_iKxA&feature=related


Bigger Baby Positions:
Hug and Carry Hold
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HGWkMLhdXSg&feature=PlayList&p=7B0D6BF1E8DEEB17&index=5   


Kangaroo Carry
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yd_wgV3TDJo&NR=1

   Hip Carry
   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q3tCR_eFOpM&feature=related

   Back Carry
   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ufq_QLjHbFk&feature=related

Nursing in Sling
 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fkocmgaaXJQ
   
Other Helpful Videos
http://slingyourbaby.blogspot.com/2007/07/how-to-thread-your-ring-sling.html

http://zolowear.com/Wearing.aspx

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3  Ring Sling I made for baby shower. in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by m1chelle_kip09 on: May 10, 2009 12:19:10 PM
  One of my good friends and her sister were having a joint baby shower so I checked the registry to see what they wanted.  On one of the registries I saw baby sling ($80). I thought, "I can make that" and started searching craftster.org and a few other sites. The most helpful one I found was http://www.sleepingbaby.net/jan/Baby/index.html  After much research on rings, I went to my local "Family Farm and Home" store (Grand Rapids,MI) and bought two 3" heavy duty rings. They don't weigh that much and are made to hold farm animals, so I figured a baby was safe. I might order nylon ones next time I make a sling, but due to time constraints I chose to buy these locally.  Next I went to BEd Bath and BEyond and got this really nice twin sheet. It was 500 thread count, flat, chocolate brown (because we all know its going to get puke and poop on it at some point  Smiley ) and only $13. I cut it in half and then made it to the size that the online pattern called for.    I bought 1/4 yard colorful fabric for each and added a hidden pocket/pouch with velcro closure on each.  I think both came out great.  I think it would be fun to make another one with an adult print instead (something Amy Butler-ish).
Each sling cost less than $13, but that was because I used 1 sheet for 2 slings.
Thanks for looking  Grin
 Michelle

Sling 2


Upclose picture of second Fabric


Upclose picture of first fabric


Sling 1



Hidden Pocket on sling 2


Backside of sling 2 with zippered pocket


Here is a list of helpful videos/instructions I enclosed with the gift.
Watch this video:
 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IOOp09IdlE8&feature=related


Make sure that the rings are high (like you are wearing a broach).  Also, it is very important that it spread across your back and makes a cape across your shoulder. Place baby in sling, tighten up and go on your way J

Threading the sling ring:
http://www.sleepingbaby.net/wearing/threading.php
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uoxZ2ahcBKM&feature=PlayList&p=AF438547F414AA22&playnext=1&playnext_from=PL&index=10


Newborn/Cradle Hold
http://www.sleepingbaby.net/wearing/cradle.php
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=azy6D0VYRs8&feature=related

Chest to Chest:
   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x87UWk_iKxA&feature=related


Bigger Baby Positions:
Hug and Carry Hold
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HGWkMLhdXSg&feature=PlayList&p=7B0D6BF1E8DEEB17&index=5   


Kangaroo Carry
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yd_wgV3TDJo&NR=1

   Hip Carry
   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q3tCR_eFOpM&feature=related

   Back Carry
   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ufq_QLjHbFk&feature=related

Nursing in Sling
 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fkocmgaaXJQ
   
Other Helpful Videos
http://slingyourbaby.blogspot.com/2007/07/how-to-thread-your-ring-sling.html

http://zolowear.com/Wearing.aspx
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4  "Real Simple" Bangle in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by m1chelle_kip09 on: February 27, 2009 06:37:15 AM
 My mom has a giant zip-lock bag full of 80's pastel and neon bangles. She offered them to me for my 2 little girls' dress up collection. But I had bigger plans (of course I did share a few).  Wink

I was inspired by the One Pearl Button blog. 
http://onepearlbutton.blogspot.com/2008/09/reasons-to-celebrate.html

This is my first one, but I plan on making all different colors. I used 1 "Real Simple" magazine for the strips which are mostly cut from ads, mod podge, and sealed it with Acrylic spray. 

Beauty is on the inside.




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5  Shower Curtain from Sheets in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by m1chelle_kip09 on: February 12, 2009 06:58:40 AM
 I bought this queen sheet set from Goodwill for $4.00. I used the flat sheet to make a new shower curtain and accent towels.  Basically I just cut the sheet to size using a different shower curtain and also used that for the hole placements. Then I just hemmed the bottom and 1 side and here it is


here is one of the accent towels


And a shirt I made out of leftover flat sheet  (Simplicity 2927).


Thanks for looking  Cheesy
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6  Junky dresser & nightstand into new chic furniture in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by m1chelle_kip09 on: July 02, 2007 05:35:38 PM
About 5 years ago I bought this beautiful dresser at a consignment store.  Soon enough the veneer began to peel off and 2 knobs broke off, but the piece was so sturdy I couldn't imagine getting rid of it.
We moved and I really wanted new bedroom furniture, but we decided to pay off our car instead.  So I was resigned to keeping what we had. Then one day I was visiting Salvation army (Grand Rapids, MI has an super huge one w/a whole floor dedicated to furniture)  and found 2 night stands for $15/piece. Seriously, these were a STEAL! Very sturdy and I imagine very expensive at the time they were bought. Hardly any wear and tear on them. They were, however, very outdated/ugly and had these hidious door knocker pulls. But I figured for $30 I could experiment and if I didn't like them I could always donate them back. Well 4 cans later of black satin spray paint and some shiny new hardware I have these



All 3 pieces have very detailed work that didn't really show up in the pictures, which is unfortunate. These pictures don't do them justice. They seriously look super sharp, the night stands especially. Between the stands, paint and pulls, the whole project cost me around $70.  Not bad compared to what a new set would have cost. Thanks for checking this out.
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7  Swe & See B4701 in Sewing Pattern Reviews by m1chelle_kip09 on: May 05, 2007 03:55:13 PM
Very Easy!!

I bought a sewing maching a few years ago, and this is the first real pattern I've followed start to finish. I made 2 dresses, one for my 3 yr.old and one for my 1 yr.old.  Since it was winter time, I chose to use fleece and didn't line it. Both girls loved their dresses (phew..thank goodness I made 2), but my son was sad that I didn't make him anything.  Since I had leftover material, I used the top part of the pattern to make him a vest, tie, and hat. 
 I would highly suggest this pattern to anyone b/c it is almost impossible to mess up. I've made 2 other dresses since this one and each has looked great. 


http://i124.photobucket.com/albums/p35/m1chelle_kip09/2.jpg
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8  Etched Glasses, Bridal Shower gift in Glass Crafts: Completed Projects by m1chelle_kip09 on: April 28, 2007 06:34:14 AM
 So I have a bridal shower to go to next week, and I wanted to make something instead of buying something expensive off the registry.  I was told once by my mother-in-law that I'm cheap b/c I don't go out and spend enough $$$$ on gifts. But I prefer to think of it as giving thoughtful gifts that mean something, not just crap I spent lots of money on  Cheesy

 I checked out this tut before I started http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=17742.0

 I bought the etching cream at Michaels w/a 40% off coupon, but it was still $15. The cups I got from Goodwill for $0.50/piece. The stickers were just some letter stickers I picked up in the scrapbook isle (~$2). The first set reads: Travis, Anne, Prince Charming, True Love


The second set reads: His, Hers, June 16th 2007, Princess


The last set are just some various size circle stickers I had laying around.
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9  gifts for my 2yr old niece in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by m1chelle_kip09 on: March 13, 2007 08:37:11 AM
My niece's birthday is coming up, so I decided to make her some gifts. We have a very big and generous family, and she is usually overwhelmed with too many toys.  So I figured this was a great way to give her something she can actually use.  
First I made matching aprons for her and her mom (discount fabric and it only cost $1.50). I got the idea from http://taly.on.neobee.net/tutorial-aprons.htm   I only took a picture of the one for my niece, but her mom's looks the same just adult size. I made a long rectangular pocket for paint brushes or wooden spoons and a square pocket for what ever else.



Next I made her a hooded towel with some fabric I found for $1, a $3 towel, and a $1 hand towel.  I cut strips of the polka dots and made bias tape out of it.  I got the idea from 2 places
http://sewing.about.com/od/freeprojects/ss/hoodtowel.htm
http://www.butterick.com/bhc/pages/articles/kidspgs/towels/towel.htm

My son is practicing his sad face while he models this for me Cheesy
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10  Sweater Surgury in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by m1chelle_kip09 on: January 23, 2007 12:46:58 PM






I saw this Daisy Fuentes sweater around Christmas time but didn't want to pay $30 for it. The waist went up about 4 inches and then the sleeves started. So the sleves were 10 inches long. Very boxy Kindof reminded me of kimono style sleves, but it really wasn't working for me. The week after Christmas I bought it for $8 and sewed it the way I wanted.   Now I love it.  
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