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4111  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Some Kind of Weasel on: May 07, 2008 04:50:50 PM
attentionspanofnone- Thank you!

grenouille78- Aren't they, though?  He's mentioned that he'd like a t-shirt with a weasel on it, so I know that the weaselness won't be an issue.  But he's also mentioned a few times how he has a hard time finding shirt where the image was in the right place and the right size and blah, blah.  Hopefully these fall within his stringent parameters!  Wink  The book is "Animals: 1,419 Copyright-Free Illustrations of Mammals, Birds, Fish, Insects, etc." by Dover Publications and is full of many great old animal illustrations.
4112  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Embroidered Tea Towel on: May 07, 2008 04:43:55 PM
That's gorgeous! Your stitches are so neat, it's amazing that you're a beginner!  I understand totally your conversion experience, too.  I just started up again after not doing any since I was a kid (decades ago - ahem) and it's so rewarding.  It's also so portable and easy to do while visiting or watching movies.
4113  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Flip-top Travel Tissue Cozy on: May 07, 2008 04:35:47 PM
I've been all geared up to make tissue cozies after seeing some cute ones here, but just haven't had that last little spark it takes to finally do it.  Well, a girlfriend had a birthday coming up and just started carrying a purse (at 44 years old)!  I figured a cute little addition to her other gift would be a tissue cozy for her purse.  I couldn't find any of the little travel packs that opened the way the cozies I'd seen here open, so I finally bought a 10-pack at Trader Joe's - they open from the small end, hence the flip-top design.

In person it's a lot more rectilinear and the corners more squared off.  The stacked buttons are from my stash (a tin handed down from mother-to-daughter for 4-5 generations) and it was fun to use those, because she's always commenting on my button stash.  Wink

Here's the naked tissue pack so you can see how it opens.
4114  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Matching Dishtowels on: May 07, 2008 04:20:38 PM
I made these napkins for a friend's birthday in March http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=236986.msg2598601#msg2598601. For scraps I had some long strips and I'd just gotten a hem tape/bias tape maker so I couldn't help but make some using these scraps!  Then the tape sat there awhile.  Finally, I decided to use it to embellish some store-bouught kitchen towels for her.

Close up of the embellishment:

I used contrasting orange thread like on the napkins and one of the fancy stitches on my machine for one.  I'm not sure I like it more than the plain one, so I just did one.

The towels folded:

I think I'm going to do more of this!  I'm kind of obsessed with making the tape and I finally bought a new blade for my rotary cutter so it will be a lot easier to do.
4115  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / It's Dogs Playing Poker! on: May 07, 2008 04:08:33 PM
Many of my friends and I are users of cloth napkins for everyday, so I made these of a couple who's birthdays are both in the spring.  They have great senses of humor and are dog lovers.

I backed them with this green on green "Dinky Diamonds" by Michael Miller that looks a lot better with the Dogs in person than it does in these photos.  After doing 2 sets of napkins (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=236986.msg2598601#msg2598601) using backing fabric instead of hemming and mitering, I don't think I'll go back!

I used contrasting thread to top stitch, because it turned out so cute last time.  I was having a hard time finding something I liked in my stash, when I realized that this vintage rust colored stuff from my grandma's 1970s collection was the same color as their playing cards and drinks!  Eureka!

Pardon the cat hair!
4116  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Some Kind of Weasel on: May 07, 2008 03:41:48 PM
The ManFlesh's birthday is coming up AND he's a big fan of weasels.  In fact, he jokingly refers to them as his spirit animal, even though I don't think he'd much fancy an actual live weasel other than for a quick visit and probably at the weasel's house, not his.  I used scans from an old copyright-free clip art book of animals to make him a couple of tee shirts and iron-on transfer paper for inkjet printers.  There was A LOT of tidying up and tweaking the scans in PhotoShop, but I'm glad I stuck it out.

Here they are in poor lighting.  The white has a cream neck and the other is light blue, its weasel wraps around the side.

Here are close ups of the weasels:

The original images in the book had numbers that corresponded to descriptions at the bottom of the page.  This one was originally 44, but I made it 35 since that's the birthday he's celebrating.



I noticed that the GAP had put info on the inside of the hem and thought it might be fun little surprise thing to  do something like that.  I meant to make them upside down so that when he was wearing the shirt he could flip it up and read it, but I got confused and got them right side up.  Grrrr!

The white ringer with a reference to some funny weasel conversations we've had:

The blue

Iron-on transfers always make me nervous, but I'm mostly pleased with how these turned out - I hope they make it through the first washing.  I just hope he likes them.  And not just because I made them, but like them-likes them.  This might be worse that swap anxiety!
4117  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: Recycled paper journals with picture cover on: May 07, 2008 03:20:38 PM
Brilliant use of cover sheets!  I once had a 3" stack of them from a 4 month temp job and it killed me how wasteful it was... even though they were recycled by most of the office, I decided to take them home and reuse them through my own printer for things that I could before recycling them.  But your idea is much more attractive and fun!
4118  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Celtic-influenced Monogram (UPDATE: rockstarmom's reaction) - 6 images on: May 07, 2008 08:42:41 AM
RockStarMom - Haha!  I don't think I've heard a man refer to embroidery as "kickass", especially a husband!  You're welcome!  It was a good challenge for me.

tampycouture - Thanks! 
4119  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: a shirt for a zombie walk; I love shredding the things I make on: May 04, 2008 12:52:31 PM
Nice!  It's hard to go too far with costume fun!  Besides, you can always use parts of them again for another costume affair.  I've got to look into it to see if there's a local zombie walk.
4120  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: a shirt for a zombie walk; I love shredding the things I make on: May 04, 2008 12:29:14 PM
Very nice!  Being undead is hard on one's threads, so quick construction is probably more accurate anyway.  Please share action shots with all the blood and brains!
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