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21  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Cheap and easy Christmas pillow! Would make a great gift! on: December 13, 2007 12:41:33 PM
Here's a great idea for really easy and inexpensive Christmas decor/gifts! Last year, after Christmas, I bought a holiday towel on clearance at Target, for around $1. I just folded it in half with right sides together, sewed around the edges, leaving a space for stuffing. Then I stuffed it and sewed the hole closed, and voila! Super cheap and adorable Christmas pillow! I will give it away as a Christmas gift, and I plan on buying more this year and making a few for next Christmas. You could buy the towels full price now, and it would still be much much cheaper than what they sell the pre-made Christmas pillows for.

22  NEEDLEWORK / Sublime Stitching Embroidery / Chopsticks-and-rice apron on: December 13, 2007 12:31:34 PM
Made this apron for my younger brother for Christmas. His total gift includes this apron, 2 Asian cookbooks, a vegetable steamer, and some bowls for rice and noodles. I intend to buy him some chopsticks too, but haven't done so yet.

Although he doesn't enjoy sushi, I used Sublime's Sushi patterns:

23  NEEDLEWORK / Sublime Stitching Embroidery / Gnome pillow for Christmas gift on: December 13, 2007 12:28:26 PM
Using Sublime's gnomes and fairies pattern, I made this pillow for my Grandma, who loves gnomes. She has even covered one wall at the foot of her staircase with gnome wallpaper! It is sewn on a napkin I bought on clearance last year, and backed with green wool (not pictured) that she gave to me.

Since I got into sewing a few years ago, Grandma has been giving her stash to me bit by bit. Grandma used the green wool in 1976 to make a cape for my mom (who was then pregnant with my older brother).


24  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Emboidered Christmas presents -- Mom apron and Bear pillow on: December 13, 2007 12:17:50 PM
Here are a couple of Christmas presents I've made so far this year.

First, an apron I embroidered for my Mom. I bought the plain white apron at Target for $5.99, and used an Aunt Martha's pattern (I added the word "Mom." It was not part of the pattern).

Close up:

Now here is a pillow I made for my aunt and uncle. This is also an Aunt Martha's pattern. I embroidered it onto a napkin I got on clearance last year, and then backed it with green plaid flannel to make the pillow cover.


25  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Embroidered NJ pillow (my fingers are sore after all this needlework!) on: December 13, 2007 12:02:51 PM
My boyfriend and I are from NJ, but since August, he has been living in Binghamton, NY, and going to grad school up there. And he's homesick. So I made him this pillow for Christmas.

It was inspired by these hand-embroidered region pillowshttp://uncommongoods.com/item/item.jsp?itemId=14733 I saw online that were selling for $136!!

I hope he likes it!

The completed pillow:

Close up of the top: Some of the things you see here are a black bear, the High Point monument, the Paterson Great Falls, Giant stadium, a light bulb for Edison, NJ, a Bon Jovi guitar, and a Bruce Springsteen guitar. I also included a NY Yankees logo with a baseball and bat, since that's our favorite team, and I live close to NYC.

Close up of the bottom: Here you can see the NJ devil presiding over the Pine Barrens, a big old pizza pie, a pint of blueberries, cranberry bogs, Atlantic City, Wildwood, and the Cape May lighthouse.

Another closer shot:
26  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Christmas garland and ornament wreath on: November 15, 2007 08:31:34 AM
I saw a wreath like this: http://www.christmas-forever.com/thestore/prods/DC0157.html at Kohl's yesterday for $40, and thought I would like to make one.

What kind of wreath would you use as a base? Wire? Would you just wrap garland around and then secure the balls with glue? Or would you somehow wire the balls in place?

Advice is appreciated!

27  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Amazing what some paint and new drawer pulls can do on: October 30, 2007 05:16:17 PM
I wanted a new computer desk, but didn't want to spend a fortune. I was thinking of just going to IKEA, but then my mom said, "What about the little desk in your brother's old bedroom? Maybe you can stain it or paint it?"

So I did.


After 3 coats of paint and new drawer knobs:

28  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Black and White Halloween Masquerade Decorations (img heavy) on: October 30, 2007 05:06:58 PM
Here are some of the decorations I put together for my b and w masquerade party last Saturday!

A styrofoam spider on a streamer web... easy to throw together and he even has a mask:

Some painted craft pumpkins and a skull-adorned lampshade:

Jars of black and white and orange candy arranged with some pumpkins and black wreath garlands:

Cheap masks glued to dowels and arranged in a vase with Halloween filler thingys that I got for 50% off at Michael's:

Creepy masks adorned in black paint and glitter (which doesnt show up in the pics), glued to black cardboard, with some spiderwebs thrown in for good measure. This took the place of some artwork I usually have above the couch:

Some mirrors and frames I painted:

And last, here is one of 6 chair covers I made (modelled by my cat):

29  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Halloween costumes: A Raven and the Dread Pirate Roberts on: October 30, 2007 04:52:37 PM
On Saturday, I had a Halloween party with the theme of "Black and White Halloween Masquerade."

I dressed as a raven/crow/blackbird. My costume consisted of black attire, feathery black wings, a feather boa, and a mask that I made by gluing feathers and a cardstock beak to one of those cheap masks you get at Michael's/Party City.

Here I am in all my glory, in a pretty silly pose:

My BF dressed as Westley/The Dread Pirate Roberts from the Princess Bride. I made his shirt, using Butterick B4486. It was my first time using grommets, and my first time doing buttonholes. It turned out great, in my opinion:

30  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Masktacular Halloween Wreath on: October 30, 2007 04:46:37 PM
Inspired by Cheebs' Halloween wreath (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=202368.msg2154905#msg2154905), I made this:

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