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1  Happy or Sad? in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by joiedemusique on: November 18, 2008 08:53:03 PM
This is the latest project that I have made for my beloved 16-month-old daughter, who really loves everything soft and pretty. It's going to be one of her X-mas presents this year, and I can hardly wait until she opens it next month. It is a "topsy turvy" doll that I made from a pattern by Leslie Molen. For those of you who don't know what a topsy turvy doll is---it is like having 2 dolls in 1. The 2 torsos are separated by a skirt that you lift over the dolls head, turning it over so that it becomes a totally different looking doll. Instead of doing the traditional white doll vs. black doll like her pattern, I did a happy vs. sad doll like the one that I had and loved when I was a little girl. I also reduced the size of the pattern pieces with a photocopier, so that the finished doll is about 14" tall. Here is the happy side:

And the sad side:

If you look closely, you can see little finger details stitched into the hands. What separated this pattern from all of the others when I was searching for one, is that this doll has little ears! I thought that was another really cute detail  Grin  The doll's skirts are separated by a white slip in between that has the eyelet trim at the bottom. I think that all of the layers really do give it a nice weight and thickness to it. Here is the back of the happy doll:

And the back of the sad doll:

The little aprons tie on and off. The hair was a little tricky. The pattern calls for a miniscule amount of home-dec fringe trim to sew between the head pieces, so that if you looked at the doll from the face-on, it would look like it has hair. The problem is, that was the only instructions the pattern gave for the hair, which would leave the whole back of the head bald! So I bought extra trim and painstakingly attached it in a spiral to the back of the doll's head, which became really difficult when I got to the center and resulted in many needle-sticks to my fingers. Then there were tiny amounts of places where you could see "scalp" showing through, so I filled them in with matching permanent Sharpie marker. Voila! So what do you think?
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2  Re: "The time has come," the Walrus said, "to talk of many things..." in Halloween Costumes by joiedemusique on: October 31, 2007 10:52:41 PM
We had a little Halloween party, and my baby was too tired for the festivities. So while she was sleeping, her 5-month-old "boyfriend" tried on her costume  Grin

Tummy time for the walrus!

It was like having a live walrus flopping around on my kitchen floor!  Cheesy
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3  "The time has come," the Walrus said, "to talk of many things..." in Halloween Costumes by joiedemusique on: October 30, 2007 04:48:41 PM

After much cutting...

...and sewing...

...and fittings (as a seal-- hehehehe!)...

I present to you:  my 3-month-old daughter's Halloween costume  Smiley

I was inspired by Tom Arma but didn't feel like making a costume from a time-consuming pattern. So I traced a footsie-pajama for the sleeves and length, I traced a hood from a different shirt, and I just cut down the front and added velcro. It only took me 2 nights to make while she was sleeping, and it probably only cost about $10 total in materials. Out of all of the sewing projects that I've ever made--this was probably the most fun, not to mention--the most rewarding  Smiley  We thought it might be a problem since her thumb is covered, but she loves to suck on her fins  Grin
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4  Two Collaged Boxes with pics of every side in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by joiedemusique on: August 17, 2007 08:49:27 AM
Here are two collaged boxes that I made for my sister and friend for Sister's Day (August 5th). They were gift boxes that I used to contain "handmade treasures from the heart" (posted in Bags forum). The first was originally a baby shoe box. My sister and I have a connection to the movie "In Her Shoes" about the whole crazy-mother thing:

The inside  Grin

This was originally a palm pilot box. We bought our palm pilots together for nursing school:

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5  "Handmade Treasures from the Heart" in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by joiedemusique on: August 16, 2007 04:41:48 PM
Here are two trinket bags from "Kokoro No Te" by Kumiko Sudo. I made them as gifts for my sister and friend for Sister's Day (August 5th). I really liked making these little bags. After sewing huge clothes projects for the past several years, it's nice to have something little to work on.

I made the cicada bag for my sister, because when we were little, I used to chase her around with the dried cicada shells that I found on the trees  Grin

My girlfriend luvs dragonflies
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6  Re: Show off you giant veggies or just your green thumb in Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects by joiedemusique on: July 28, 2007 07:46:59 PM
Ohh how exciting--I just now discovered the gardening category!

Here are my little plants (this is early in the morning, they get much more sun than this throughout the day):

Banana Peppers:


My husband and I thought it would be interesting to try "container" planting, and we're really glad that we did. Our potted veggies were originally sitting in our yard along our flower bed, but just last week we noticed a groundhog digging around under our shed! Eeeee!!!! So we moved the plants to the safety of our deck/balcony. These pictures were taken then, and the plants have become a little yellow-leafed since.... hmm.... Needs more watering, maybe?

Interesting recipe for fried green tomatos, redforkhippie. I think I will try the buttermilk next time, I hadn't heard of that before and it sounds really good.

My recipe for fried green tomatos:  Slice tomatos. Sprinkle salt all over tomato slices and let them sit in the fridge for 15 minutes. While they are "marinating", heat about a 1/4" of olive oil in a frying pan. Coat the tomato slices with cornmeal and fry until golden. Yum!! I think that maybe now, some of my bigger green tomatos won't be making it to red ripeness  Wink
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7  Man's Renaissance Fair Costume (lots of pics) in Costumes: Completed Projects by joiedemusique on: July 05, 2007 05:11:07 AM
In preparation for this year's Maryland Renaissance Festival, I've made outfits for both myself and my husband. He's the only man I know that is willing to wear a costume involving tights! I showed him the pattern that I had in mind, and he absolutely loved it: Simplicity 4059. So here are the pictures:

Front view. I think when we actually go to the festival, I'll make him tuck the shirt in  Tongue

Close-up of the hat (his favorite part of the whole thing, I think).

Here is a close-up of the sleeve cuffs with the trim sewed on, and...

... here is a picture of the other side of the cuff--the red thread is invisible on the backside, because I tacked the trim through the red dots of the fabric  Cheesy

This is the shirt (not tucked in) made with gauzy cotton. I used a Tide pen to remove the markings from the tracing paper  Cheesy

Nursing support knee-highs from the scrub store. Such an understanding husband!

The pattern instructions were absolutely awful, but I had the advantage of 1) being an advanced sewer and 2) having a wonderful sister to help me! She really helped a lot with the overcoat, and she also helped me save some time. This costume took 4 full days total and only 1 extra trip to Jo-Ann's!
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8  Penguin Baby Toy in Knitting: Completed Projects by joiedemusique on: June 19, 2007 07:47:13 AM
I must admit--I am one of the preggers that Kathy was talking about ( http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=175576.0 ) Shocked  So here is what I knitted for my baby!

It was from "Nursery Knits" by Zoe Mellor. When I first saw it, I knew that I had to make it. It has the white on black with the bright orange accents--good colors to stimulate Baby's developing mind! This was the first "real" knitting project that I had done, and it really wasn't too complicated. I did have a time figuring out what to do with the black strings behind the white belly--when I tried to carry it over behind the white stitches, the black showed through to the front  Undecided So I ended up leaving them longer and then cutting and tying them together along the insides when I was finished. Would anyone else have done it differently? It was a fun project, but I'm still not quite convinced that it is better than crochet  Grin
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9  Funky Baby Quilt in Quilting: Completed Projects by joiedemusique on: June 19, 2007 07:22:18 AM
My baby is due next month, and I really wanted something different for the crib bedding. We don't know if it is a boy or girl, so I had to have something neutral, but everything that I found was boring... until I stepped into G Street Fabrics and found The Perfect fabric! Enter: bright stimulating colors and fun theme! Here is the quilt

Inside the crib with the fishies bumper

Everything really is "square", but I think the angle that I took the pictures makes it look crooked  Cheesy  All of the fabrics coordinate--blue waves on the crib skirt, seahorses on the outer bumper. I used McCall's pattern #4328, it was very very simple and easy to make. Actually, this was probably the quickest quilt that I've made so far  Smiley
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