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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Presents for my new niece (Image & Project OBESE!!!) on: April 02, 2009 07:40:03 PM
So, I finally became a member of the Auntie club in my family. I have the two oldest grandchildren, so all my siblings got to enjoy aunt-hood and uncle-hood before my husband and I ever did. But that came to an end when my sister had a baby girl (YAY baby girls!!!). She was born February 20th and I've finally completed all the items I wanted to make for her (that is, until she's sitting up and I make a high chair/shopping cart cover).

For our family baby shower, I provided the dessert inspired from the book, Hello Cupcake!:

I can't remember the name of the font, but they were made with white chocolate and white nonpareils


Hello little lady bug


Mmmm....oreos

I also made her a little diaper cake:



It's wrapped with pink and purple pre-fold diapers (best burp clothes ever) and adorned with little sock roses


Spoon accents


And topped with a darling pink giraffe wearing ballet slippers

She wanted a diaper bag that her husband would feel comfortable carrying, so this is what I made:

Unfortunately, I don't have any pictures of the inside, but there are a total of 4 pockets, spanning the length of the bag on each side (2 per side) a front pocket under the flap and two outside side pockets.

I had a bunch of material left over of the bag lining, so I made her a nursing cover. Hey look! Baby Dassa is there, under the cover!!!

She's just modeling, not actually feeding Smiley

The last item I made her was my favorite by far:

Dassa likes it!!!


I loved these so much that I made myself one as well


Ben loves it too!
I am in the process of making quite a few more of these to send with my mother-in-law to Haiti. She's a missionary and I figure these would be great for the women of Haiti. They are going to teach in an orphanage, add an addition to the orphanage and help out at a medical clinic that people start waiting in line at 2am for medical attention. I know it's not much, but I know it'll help at least a few women out...and that's good enough for me.

And of course, I didn't make this, but it's only fair to see the baby that inspired all these creations!
2  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Japanese Wood Dolls-Kokeshi? on: March 23, 2009 08:33:51 PM
I've fallen in love with the modern style kokeshi dolls!!! I see finished dolls on etsy but I can't, for the life of me, find any blanks to paint on my own. I wanted to find something similar to these (but obviously unpainted):

http://www.kokeshidesigns.com/wp-content/uploads/wpsc/product_images/12_DSCN1276_web.jpg

I can't find the blanks anywhere and I really want to make some for myself. Please help me satisfy my hours of searching.

Thanks!
3  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Need help with a spider costume on: October 25, 2008 01:22:36 PM
Hey everyone,

So my almost 4 year old son wants to go as Spiderman this year and since that costume is easier to buy than make, I went that route. My dilemma lies in my 2.5 month old son. I'm currently in the process of making him his costume. He's going to be the irradiated spider that bit Peter Parker, seen here:

http://www.geocities.com/d_dasylva/spiderman.html

I've constructed a black baby bag to be the black body, including the legs....but I've run across a problem with the bulbous butt. I initially planned on making it detachable using a modified cloth ball pattern Since he's still a little guy, I need to be able to hold him. How should I make the bottom without smushing him in polyfill but still giving him a roundish shape so he closely resembles the spider?

Thanks in advance!
4  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / The best present ever....a cute little dress! on: June 22, 2008 05:32:30 AM
I'm really happy with the way this one came out. I modified my pattern a little from the dresses I made for market because I didn't have enough fabric to do the dress portion. I think it came out better than the other ones. I also added buttons because buttons are fun!!!!

http://pics.livejournal.com/nero_fiore/pic/0005zfws/s640x480

http://pics.livejournal.com/nero_fiore/pic/00060qrt/s640x480

The bottom hem and the yoke are the same color, the sun just makes it look lighter. Dang sun, messing up my pictures and stuff!!!
5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Key Fob Madness (IMAGE HEAVY!!!) on: June 20, 2008 07:37:30 AM
These things are sooo addicting!!! I made them for a local crafter's market a couple weekends past.



















I hope you like them!
6  SEWING IN GENERAL / Machine Embroidery: Discussion and Questions / In need of a new embroidery machine...suggestions please!!! on: June 20, 2008 06:26:09 AM
Hi everyone!

I'm actually asking on behalf of a friend who currently owns a Huskystar EM10 which has been nothing but problems for her. She's had it replaced once and is constantly having it repaired or having someone help her with another problem. The husqvarna rep she spoke to said if there was any more problems, they'd refund her money.

She's concerned because she wants to get a new one still in that price range that has the features that the huskystar had. Does anyone have any recommendations for an embroidery machine she can replace this with in the $450-$500 range?

Thanks so much!!!
7  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / I have no girls, does that stop me from making dresses? NO!!! (img heavy) on: June 19, 2008 06:44:00 PM
It all started with helping a friend of mine make a dress for her daughter. I wanted to make more...and more. I only have boys, so these were made for a local crafter's market. I'm very happy with the way they came out!

http://pics.livejournal.com/nero_fiore/pic/0004c629/s640x480

http://pics.livejournal.com/nero_fiore/pic/0004d8y4/s640x480

http://pics.livejournal.com/nero_fiore/pic/0004ep6q/s640x480

http://pics.livejournal.com/nero_fiore/pic/0004fyxh/s640x480

http://pics.livejournal.com/nero_fiore/pic/0004gxh5/s640x480

http://pics.livejournal.com/nero_fiore/pic/0004hsrx/s640x480

http://pics.livejournal.com/nero_fiore/pic/0004kc6z/s640x480

http://pics.livejournal.com/nero_fiore/pic/0004px1g/s640x480

http://pics.livejournal.com/nero_fiore/pic/0004q3a1/s640x480

http://pics.livejournal.com/nero_fiore/pic/0004rqww/s640x480

Hope you like them!
8  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions / I need help with thigh measurements please! on: June 06, 2008 03:51:36 PM
I'm making a bunch of dresses for market and the pattern I had doesn't give upper thigh specifications for their sizes for the elastic band. They simply tell me to measure the child's thigh. Well....I have a 3 1/2 year old boy and expecting another boy. Can you please help me by posting your child's age and thigh measurement? I don't want to make the pants too tight around baby girls' legs.

I'm using sizes S (13-15lbs) through XL (22-24lbs)

Thanks!!!
9  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions / Boning for nursing covers on: May 28, 2008 07:08:53 PM
Hi everyone!

I'm hoping someone can help me. I've been working on a nursing cover for the little guy coming in August, but I haven't completely finished it. I'm wondering where to get the plastic piece that holds it open so I can see him while he's nursing.

Like this:
http://www.bebeaulait.com/

TIA!
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / I need help shortening my dress please!-Sorry posted twice on: April 22, 2008 08:43:32 PM
Okay, so I made this empire waist dress that I'm really proud of. I didn't use a pattern, just sort of figured things out as I went along...mainly because all maternity patterns seem to be quite matronly. That being said, I did cut the top portion a little too short (for my tastes [read: boobies]) and I made the skirt a bit too long (again, for my tastes [read: my short ass]).

Here's a crappy camera phone shot of the dress:



...it's really a lot cuter on. The bulky part right under the bust are ties that wrap around front and tie in back, thus accentuating my baby belly. It's not bulky when it's on me. I plan on doing a french cuff on the sleeves using the flowered fabric.

Here's where my dilemma lies, I'd rather shorten it from the waistline rather than the hem. I tried messing with it today, but I guess I'm just not that talented to figure out how to do it from there. I can take out the seam, though I did already trim it, so there's not much fabric on the top to resew. Do I just need to resew the seam or is there some super awesome trick way to take up the hem from the waist that I don't know about?

Any help would be great! Thanks!

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