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261  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Tooth Fairy Pillow on: May 14, 2008 10:44:45 AM
Not exactly sure where this goes, but I decided it's more of a home-thing than a play-thing.  It's a toothfairy pillow for my nephew's birthday.  I made them for his sisters when they were little, too.  It was a fun challenge to make something for a little boy who isn't into superheros (my only little boy crafting experience).

The tooth-y pocket is kind of big, but I just visualized these proportions.

Close up of the top-stitching and the little tag made from some vintage trim I had around.

Even though I kept reminding myself to include the tag when I sewed on the pocket, I forgot.  I considered leaving it off since I'd already sewn the front and back together by the time I noticed - BUT it's about 30x cuter with the tag.  I think there was more seam ripping with this "quick" little project than many more complicated ones!  Geez.
262  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Hot Licks on: May 13, 2008 01:14:53 PM
More oven mitts!  This time from a male friend who is his family's cook.  He's a finish carpenter and a big fan of all kinds of guitar music.  I used a few new-to-me things on the guitar one.  First I bothered to match the print on the bottom and top pieces and was mostly successful and second I made my own bias tape and used it to bind the edges.  Also I sewed that on in 2 steps, one by machine, the other by hand and it's the first time I'm pleased with how my bias tape looks!  That's why it's the first pic!

The back side and the side that's hand sewn.  I think I'm going to need to get a leather thimble for my thumb!

Front of guitar model:

Action shot (minus hot pan):

And yes, that's the sleeve of one of my bathrobes in the shot.  I can't be the only one who starts craftin before she gets dressed on the weekends.  Right? Undecided

Wood grain model:

Store bought bias tape on this one.  Ho-hum.

263  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Varmint Voodoo: Mouse & Mole Editions on: May 11, 2008 07:52:53 PM
I'm on a Varmint Voodoo kick since I stumbled upon my Varmint Voodoo: Squirrel Edition (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=210006.msg2250561#msg2250561) in a couple of the wists of strangers (people I don't even know from here)!  Whoa.


Mouse's Evil Eye:


The Face of The Mole:

The Pins for Pokin':

264  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.
265  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.
266  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!
267  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!
268  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Macro Photo Entry: Condensation on: May 02, 2008 10:54:05 AM
This is the condensation on the underside of a pot lid that had covered a pot used to boiled water. It reminded me of something aquatic like frog eggs.  I had a completely different idea for a shot, but I'm glad I came upon one just in the course of my day rather than setting one up like I'd thought I would.

PhotoShop Alterations: Rotated 90 degrees CW, resized and Save for Web.

I've really enjoyed seeing everyone's submissions!
269  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / 1st ATC - Impractical Joker on: April 28, 2008 08:38:18 AM

I've long admired ATCs, both for the amazing art and for the rule that they can't be sold, only exchanged.  I didn't think I had the skills to make one after seeing so many beautiful examples, but recently I took an  opportunity to give it a try.  I was in an organized swap (Jar of Mini Whimsies Swap) with a partner who likes playing cards, especially jokers.  I'd found 8 or so jokers from different decks, but was kind of stuck on what to make for the swap.  I thought, "How can I make a joker that's cool?"  I started searching my Dover books - no real jokers there - but she also likes skulls, so I thought that I could print onto iron-on transfer paper then embroider a joker hat!  Black and red are two of her favorite colors, so that was the logical choice.  And since she also likes silver, I used that for the "bells" on his hat.  The bells are a diamond, heart club and spade and boy, is that silver embroidery floss mean to work with.

The embroidered transfer (on muslin) is sewn to black vinyl and the information is another iron-on transfer on muslin, sewn on.

I can't believe how nervous I am about posting this!  I'm not used to projects with "rules"!  I looked at a couple of sources for rules and hope I didn't break any.  It's 2.5" x 3.5", of course.  Set me straight on anything I missed, please!
270  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Celtic-influenced Monogram (UPDATE: rockstarmom's reaction) - 6 images on: April 21, 2008 02:24:32 PM
I just completed this for a personal swap and I'm really pleased and relieved at how this turned out.  I was unsuccessful at using carbon paper (how the heck did Aimee Ray do that towel in Doodle Stitching?) and only got the vaguest shadow of the parentheses-like parts of the "M" so I mostly had to wing it using the print out of the font.




I had to add a few stitches to that to make it look a little nicer, since there's really no hiding it.  I'm not completely pleased with the back, but it's a lot better than it could have been had I not been paying attention.

In progress:

The more I worked this the more I saw a stylized hairdo (with widow's peak) in this part of the "M".

The font that the monogram was based on:

Mine is not an exact replica, but I'm pleased with how close I could get. 

UPDATE!  She loved it!  WHEW!  I was most worried about the color of the towel, but she likes it enough to be asking where I got it.  YEY!  I was pretty confident about the style of the monogram, but you can never tell until it's all said and done if you've been understanding each other - especially w/o the benefit of hand gestures, facial expressions and tone-of-voice. 

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