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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / MOSTLY reconstructed crib bumper on: March 31, 2010 07:13:45 PM
Since 80% of this project was created with re-purposed materials, I figured I could post it here. Anyone who disagrees can meet me in the parking lot after school. Just kidding.
Our crib is a vintage classic. It was my husband's, his mom's and his aunt's crib when all were wee. Given that standard bumper's don't fit since there are no slats on the ends. I had to make my own. I used old towels as the interfacing and stuffing was hand plucked by our dog from various pillows. It was a pain in the $%^# to sew but I am so happy with the finished product.

I would have better pictures but someone was 'helping' me with the camera.

More later... once I clean up all her messes!
2  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Felt Birthday Crown on: March 31, 2010 06:43:55 PM



I made this for my pal's daughter and one for my daughter who just recently turned one! Then I made 2 more for my cousin's son who turned 1 a week before mine littler one and, of course, another for her 3 year old daughter so she would not feel left out.



If, for any reason, you cannot download or print this correctly, you can download the PDF version from my blog post here.

3  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Dragon Tail on: March 31, 2010 06:26:37 PM


I made this tail for a friend's 3 yr old son's birthday. He and his 18 mo old sister loved it. I created a pattern. The finished dimensions are 17 in long by 5 in wide by 5 in high. If you can't print out the pattern pieces on 2 pieces you can download the PDF version which I know will print correctly from my blog post here.
The directions are also included.
This was so much fun to make and I can't wait to make on for my daughter but I will probably go for girly fabrics and maybe lacy or ruffly scales.  


4  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies / Make your own changing pad... on: February 04, 2009 07:56:49 PM

I decided to use my regular bath mats (without non-slip backing) as the perfect changing pad. Here's how using quilting cotton, some batting and the mat:
I just laid the bath mat on top of the fabric, right sides together and cut the fabric to size. Next I pinned the two pieces together plus some batting. I next sewed down one long side around the short side and back up the other long side. I clipped the corners and turned it right side out. I tucked under the open end and added a long length of ribbon to the center and then top stitched the open end. Done. It is cushy and warm. I use it every day and plan to make the rest of the mat (I have 4 khaki colored and 1 more green) so I always have a clean one and so does Husband.

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5  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Recovered Baby Swing on: January 22, 2009 11:38:17 AM

I inherited this baby swing from my sister.

It was in perfect condition but the fabric was blah. It took no time to recover it with this Heather Ross Fabric (West Hill). It is a brushed cotton. So much softer than the crisp green, yellow and red plaid. Plus no more ruffle.

I also redid the mobile that came with. It was plain white and green bears. They were all the same. I whipped up some fish from different scrap fabrics for more stimulation and brighter colors.

6  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Tree mural for nursery on: December 21, 2008 04:47:34 PM


I had originally painted this wall with the same animal silhouettes on the other walls but I really wanted something else. I decided on a wall primed with magnetic primer and then I free-handed a tree.
I have been slowly filling it with fabric magnets (leaves, birds, pears, butterfly) posted here.



7  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Fabric Magnets (Pear, Leaf, Bird & Butterfly...so far) on: December 21, 2008 04:37:26 PM





I made these for my nursery. The wall is primed with magnetic paint and then I free handed a tree. The tree needed leaves, fruit and other life in it so I have been slowly crafting its inhabitants and giving it some color.
Basically, I used fabric and fusible heavy interfacing and magnet tape. The shapes were printed from coloring sheets.
If you want the exact directions, I have written about it on my blog but it is pretty easy to figure out.

Posted on my blog here
8  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Buffalo chicken soup-Super Yummy on: November 20, 2008 06:50:18 PM
I make this year round but especially during the winter. It is a great comfort food and you can adjust the hotness.
There is a downloadable recipe on my blog and I am pretty proud of it because I am still learning to whip up pretty PDFs in photoshop.
Check it out and let me know any tweaks you use so I can try them out too.
Oh and it makes really great leftovers (I love leftovers!)
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Maternity Bras...On the Cheap on: November 19, 2008 06:52:40 PM
I was tired of spilling out of my still newly purchased maternity bras that cost somewhere in the neighborhood of $40 each. Plus in my weird size of big boobs but still small everywhere else, the only color available was black. Which is fine but not if it is your only bra color. I remembered one morning a great article in Sew News demonstrating how to adjust bras to fit. Why couldn't I use this to find a perfectly fitting 'maternity bra'. So I whistled my way down to wal-mart and pick out a fistful of bras in cup sizes that fit, no caring in the least about the band size (I tried to get the smallest possible, not picking a 40'' band when a 38'' was available, for example) and purchased them. It seems that with this technique I could get 3-4 bras for the price of one maternity bra. At home, I basted a tuck between the clasp and the strap and tried it on. Once I got the fit, I went back and sewed the tuck on either side for reinforcement. Voila, my new bras were done. It took me about 30 min to sew 4 bras and I have never felt better in a t-shirt (having 2 breast is so much more comfortable than 4). Now sleeping in a different story...Hello 3rd trimester.
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Baby Mittens on: November 19, 2008 06:33:05 PM
I created this pattern when registering for my upcoming Baby at Babies R Us and I could not find any mittens. Since baby is coming late Jan, I figured warm hands might be good to have. I named them Bittens, a combo of baby and mittens.
These were so fun to come up with and even more so to knit because they are so fast. The pattern is available on my blog but I wanted to share the pictures because I am so pleased that they came out exactly as I had pictured them (this is not always the case). I can't wait to show pictures of them in action


** I fixed the link. I was adding "" when I should have just left it alone. Thanks!
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