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1  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Tulle tree on: January 02, 2010 10:46:25 AM
Around Christmastime, I admired a green tulle tree that my MIL had made. She had helped her mom make and sell them when she was a little girl in the 50s, so she had a lot of affection for tulle trees. I wanted a wintry one, so she very kindly got the supplies for me and we spent the afternoon yesterday making a white tulle tree while New Year's dinner cooked. It was a really nice day.  Smiley



The instructions she used can be found at http://www.wwvisions.com/craftbb/ornament/9144.html, and you can use any color of tulle that you want. Because mine is wintry rather than Christmassy, I can leave it out for a couple of months. Enjoy!  Smiley
2  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / 50s bird embroidery on: December 13, 2009 04:16:00 PM
Hi! I recently inherited about 75 issues of Workbasket magazine from the 50s and 60s. Some of them still had iron-on embroidery transfers in them that still transferred! I loved this bird, and have been wanting to make a bag to go with my new blue winter coat, so I made a bird bag using the transfer. It was so, so nice having the design transfer right onto the fabric instead of having to trace it from a printout. I had the brown fabric on hand from making a pillow, and the lining and yoyo are actually a striped yellow napkin.

Close-up of the embroidery. I promise my seams are straight; the way the bag hangs makes them look less straight.  Smiley


And with my coat:


Thanks for looking!  Smiley
3  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Autumn leaves are falling down on: September 20, 2009 01:14:26 PM
Well, not yet, but they will be soon! I've been feeling very fall-y lately, and this embroidery is based on some leaves I doodled while reading at work. I included one little red leaf, and a red yoyo to complement it.  Smiley





Thanks for looking!
4  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Squirrel ami with mushroom! on: September 08, 2009 04:55:53 PM
I loved making this little guy. The pattern is from the wonderful Amigurumi Two! by Ana Paula Rimoli. I used Bernat yarn and craft felt that I had on hand, and I think it turned out really cute.  Grin





Thanks for looking!  Smiley
5  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Egg...or egg hat? on: April 16, 2009 05:47:46 PM
I crocheted a little fried egg using Ana Rimoli's pattern (found at http://amigurumipatterns.blogspot.com/2007/05/little-fried-egg.html) and have been having way too much fun with it.   Smiley Here's the egg, being very egg-like:



This afternoon I bought a new skirt for an upcoming wedding and was showing the outfit to my hubby. He was like, "It's nice, but you need to make something yellow to go with it. Maybe earrings or something on your head." I immediately thought of my little egg. So a couple bobby pins later, I transformed the egg into a dashing little hat! My hubs insisted that I faux-model it for a blog photo. It totally reminds me of one of those wacky hats ladies in 40s movies wear!



So yes, I'm having too much fun with my little fried egg. Thanks for sharing in my goofiness.  Cheesy
6  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Vintage pie with gingham on: February 22, 2009 03:29:00 PM
I love pies of all kind. I'm particularly partial to cherry.  Smiley My kitchen is yellow and red, so I created this for the wall. It combines some of my favorite things: pies, gingham, ric rac, and yoyos! I got the pattern from the Hoop Love flickr group quite a while ago, and just around to stitching it up.

Close up:


In the frame:


Thanks for looking!  Smiley
7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Gingham picnic purse on: January 29, 2009 11:13:18 AM
My husband gave me the book Pretty Little Purses & Pouches for Christmas, and my first creation from the book is this modification of the Yo, Chica pattern. I'm so looking forward to spring, and carrying my bag around has cheered me up even though it's been 10 degrees for the past month.

I used gingham decorator's fabric and made the lining and yo-yo flowers from from a white pillowcase. The buttons are vintage cuties that I received in a swap. I love ric rac and gingham together--it looks so old-fashioned!





Thanks for looking!  Smiley
8  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Bird silhouette pillow on: January 29, 2009 11:08:03 AM
My husband and I just finished redoing our dining room and, since all the furniture is new, I've been trying to make handcrafted things to cozy it up. We got a fantastic chair from Ikea that needed a pillow--something simple, yet fun and artsy. This pillow combines four of my favorite things: polka dots, pompoms, bird silhouettes, and brown!

For the appliqué, I traced the image of a bird and cut it out. I then used fusible web and a white pillowcase to create a double layer of fabric (so the brown wouldn't show through), put more fusible web on one side of the white fabric, traced the bird onto the fusible web, cut that out, and fused the appliqué to the pillow. I then embroidered the outline of the appliqué with a backstitch so it wouldn't peel away from the pillow. Sewing the pompoms was a total pain in the booty, so I ended up sewing the entire pillow by hand. I really love how it turned out! (Ignore the unfortunate moree pattern!)





Thanks for looking!
9  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Deer and bird embroidery on: January 29, 2009 09:46:36 AM
Hi! I made a similar piece for a swap last summer and I liked it so much I made one for myself! I used Aimee Ray's Ghost Birds pattern as the basis for this piece (although I left out some branches and most of the little birds) and used colors that match my dining room. The frame was part of a two-pack from Target, and I made the little yoyo that's attached to the frame. I love how it turned out. Aimee's patterns are the cutest!



Thanks for looking!


10  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Peachy keen wall art on: November 21, 2008 07:33:44 AM
My hubby and I bought our first house earlier this year and have slowly been working on de-80s-ing the rooms. The house has two bathrooms, which means we each get our own, which means I could do whatever I wanted with mine! I wanted a vintage peach theme and, to make it old-timey-feeling, I embroidered and cross stitched all of the art for the walls.

I used the letters from Subversive Cross Stitch for this piece. The frame is 5x7:


This is from an Aunt Martha's transfer. The frame is 8x10:


And this little cutie is something I found online, but can't for the life of me find it again! I think I found it on a blog or a flickr group. The frame is 8x10:


The whole bathroom post is at http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=278813.0 in case anyone is interested in checking it out. (Hope the cross-posting of the wall art photos is cool. If not, just get the switch out on me.  Wink)

Thanks for looking! I love the homey feel they give my bathroom. I'm going to start working on some things for my dining room soon.  Smiley

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