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1  Painted Tree - who needs vinyl? in Interior Decorating: Completed Projects by Gentle Quiet on: June 22, 2009 06:48:02 PM
After some deliberating, I decided to paint a tree in my son's bedroom. I poked around on the internet for vinyl options, but I had trouble finding exactly what I wanted - something simple but realistic (not too whimsical).  I found a photo of basically what I wanted and just printed it out and folded it several times to get a grid to work from.  I spent a bit of time measuring both the paper and wall *numbers crunched* and sketched an outline with pencil. When I was happy with my sketch, I just outlined it with painter's tape, painted several coats of brown paint, and VOILA...a tree.

The idea is to add leaves, animals and other nature items to match the seasons as they come and go.  We may also take creative liberties and add space aliens and the like Smiley.

The room is still 'in the works'.  I'll post photos of his entire room when it's finished.  Stay tuned.
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2  Diaper Bag and Change Kit for me (img heavy) - *Updated* in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Gentle Quiet on: March 09, 2009 02:57:55 PM
I'm due next month and can't wait to meet this new little one!  Even though I don't know if I'm having a boy or a girl, I couldn't resist making a diaper bag that will (hopefully) work either way.  It's a touch on the girly side, but I'm the one carrying it around, right!?  (I may take off the yo-yo detail on the diaper bag if it it's a boy, though.)

I also decided to make a matching diaper-changing kit.  The diaper bag turned out a little smaller than I had envisioned and the kit turned out a little bigger.  It still fits inside, but there isn't much room for anything else.  I may just use it for quick errands or maybe keep it in the car.  Hmmm. Any ideas?

Thanks for looking!  I'd love to read your comments.

There are two bottle pockets on the outside and ties on both sides for 'expandability'.

The back.

The change pad is attached with snaps, so it's removable.


Here are some pics of the inside.  The diaper bag has flat pockets on both sides and an elastic bottle ring (I figured the bottle pockets on the outside should be enough, but a ring on the inside wouldn't take up too much space - just in case)

The diaper kit just has a couple flat pockets - nothing fancy.  I wanted it to fit some diapers, wipes and maybe some diaper rash cream.
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3  Mini Diaper Bag (lotsa pics) in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Gentle Quiet on: February 02, 2009 02:16:55 PM
This was a custom order for a friend, and it was a ton of fun to make. I'm so happy with how it turned out. In fact, I'm a little jealous - I may have to make one for myself some day Smiley.

She wanted a small-ish bag that could fit a few diapers, a wipes container, and two bottles/sippy cups.  She is in love with these Amy Butler fabrics, so we HAD to use them.

She wanted a funky curved flap.  So I decided to add a little embroidery since the flap drew attention to that part of the bag.

The change pad has a layer of clear vinyl for easy cleanups and to protect the loverly fabric.
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4  "Cheeky Monkey" laundry bag in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by Gentle Quiet on: January 24, 2009 01:49:47 PM
I found this pattern in Amy Butler's "Little Stitches for Little Ones".  I'm in the middle of redecorating my son's room, and even though the theme is bugs and nature, I couldn't resist adding Mr. Cheeky here.

I used Anna Griffin's "Bailey" Harlequin fabric for the outside and a Heidi Grace stripe fabric for the lining.  Mr. Cheeky is made out of micro-fleece, so he's super soft despite his inevitable home on the door.  Poor guy.

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5  Giraffe 'Scoodie' Variation in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by Gentle Quiet on: December 04, 2008 02:41:48 PM
I needed a break from sewing Christmas presents, and decided to make this scoodie.  I've had the design in my head for some time.  While the idea is not my own (vegbee has a great tutorial if you want to make her version), I came up with my own pattern. 

I just wish I had made a bunch in time for Christmas!  It's a bit late, but maybe I could make a few for January - we'll see...

I'd love to read your comments.  I'd also like to get feedback about whether or not it looks like a giraffe (no, I wasn't really going for 'space alien' with those antennaes Smiley).  I'd also love to get ideas for more animal scoodies.  I'm already thinking a monkey one would be cute.

Thanks for looking!
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6  Va-va Voom Cupcake Apron in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by Gentle Quiet on: August 02, 2008 03:36:38 PM
I made this for a friend of mine.  She's not a fan of pink, so I managed to find her a cute, girly fabric that wasn't pink (there is a little bit of pink in the cupcakes, but she Ok'd it) Smiley.

I was originally going to do it all in the same fabric, but decided to make the band/ties out of chocolate and green polka dot fabric instead.  I hope she likes it!

Close-up of the fabric.

Close-up of the gathers.  I decided to do big stitches for the top stitching - I thought it looked cute and more 'hand-made'.
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7  Crafty Baby Shower in Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies by Gentle Quiet on: July 09, 2008 10:59:18 AM
Last night I hosted a surprise baby shower for my friend.  I've been planning it for a couple months and everything turned out great!  She was completely surprised Wink.

I made her a diaper monkey instead of the typical diaper cakes.  I wanted something different but still fun and cute.  The monkey is made from 29 size 1 diapers and wire.  I decoarted her with 3 pairs of socks, leggings (made from this tutorial http://www.flickr.com/photos/babyhopes/237396880/in/set-72157594274454468/ ), a teething ring, pacifier, bib, play rings and a handmade taggy blankey.  She loved it!  I bought all the items in multiple packs, so I have all the supplies I need to make another diaper animal for the next baby shower!

I made a onesie cake, which was super simple!  I made a 9 x 13 box cake and cut out the leg holes to make the sleeves.  I thought about covering it in the marshmallow fondant, but in the end I decided on a yummy buttercream frosting.  I piped chocolate frosting for the details and writing.

We played a couple different games.  For one game I tacked candy and chocolate bars to a bulletin board.  I read sentences and everyone had to guess which candy filled in the blank.  The girl with the most correct guesses won her choice of any of the candy.  We also played the game where everyone tries to memorize all the baby items on a tray, but then the questions are about the person carrying the tray Smiley.  The last game we played was a gift wrapped a whole punch of times.  Some of the layers had scrapbook paper (my friend loves to scrapbook) or challenges.  If you won the challenge you got a pack of stickers.  For example, one of the challenges was guessing the baby's length within 2 inches by marking a ribbon and another challenge was dressing a teddy bear in under one minute.  Fun to watch! I used mostly fabric for the wrapping, which meant not wasting wrapping paper and showing off all my loverly fabrics Smiley.  It think I got a couple apron orders out of this party! Wink

After the games and food a few of the young moms had to go, but the rest of us got to paint onesies for the baby.  It was a fun activity to wrap up the evening.  We chatted while we painted and had great time.  I was planning to do the whole freezer paper stencil thing, and I had all the supplies ready.  But most people liked my stamp sets, so everyone ended up either free-handing or stamping their designs.  We covered our designs with fabric markers or acrylic paints.  They dried over night and I'm going to iron them later for the new mom.  I have to say this activity went a lot more smoothly than I had thought.  Everyone had a blast and my friend was thrilled!

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8  Funky stroller cushion and a surprise quilt! in Quilting: Completed Projects by Gentle Quiet on: July 04, 2008 01:30:03 PM
My friend recently had a baby girl and asked me to make a cushion for her baby stroller.  She bought one of those great jogging strollers, but there is little to NO padding for the baby.  The seat is made of water-resistant canvas and there's a metal bar right under where baby is supposed to sit - ouch! Poor baby bum!  So she asked me to make her a custom cushion.  If possible, she wanted it to fit in both the car seat and the stroller - it was possible Smiley.

She picked out this funky brown, maroon, pink and green fabric which I fell in love with.  The bird silhouettes are so cool!  I bought the fabric, but I didn't tell her I bought more than enough to make her a cool quilt for her stroller too!  I didn't make the quilt very big, because I wanted it to fit around baby in the stroller nicely without being bulky to carry around. I picked out the matching minky dot fabric for the other side.  Technically it's reversible, but I don't think she's going to want to hide that gorgeous bird fabric.

It's the first time I've ever made a stroller/carseat cushion or anything like it. It's also only the second quilt I've made. I'm pretty happy with how they turned out.  They were both surprisingly easy.  What do they call quilters? The 'master's of patience'?  Well, that sums up what this project took - patience.  Not hard, just careful measuring and sewing.

Oh, and the reason the bottom hole thingy looks kinda weird is because the stroller and carseat had buckle straps in different places.  I also wanted to make it adjustable for when baby gets bigger.  Hope that makes sense Smiley.

Thanks for looking!  I'd love to read your comments!

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9  Diaper Bag for a Friend in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Gentle Quiet on: June 20, 2008 01:53:09 PM
My friend just had a baby, so she asked me to make her a customized diaper bag.  She wanted a brown messgenger-style bag with lots of pockets.  I sent her the address for Craftster to get ideas, and this is what we came up with.

She wanted a sturdy bag that would hold it's shape, so I used heavy duty stabilizer from Joann's.  The flap has a hidden zipper for extra storage.  The back has a large flat pocket and the sides have flat bottle pockets.  I made the strap adjustable because I love my bags with adjustable straps.

On the inside, I used clear vinyl over the pockets and bottom for easy clean-up and spills.  The inside has 6 flat pockets and a zipper pocket.

Thanks for looking!

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10  'Cute' but 'Manly' Drink Recipe Ring in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by Gentle Quiet on: June 14, 2008 03:41:57 PM
For Father's Day, I decided to put together some drink recipes for my hubby.  We don't drink that much alcohol, but he's always wanted to try drink mixing.  So I decided to put together a basket of the basics.

First I found a couple basic recipes online at webtender.com to find out what things to buy.  Then I went to the store and bought a few different basic ingredients.  Webtender.com is great because when I got home I just typed in all the ingredients we have in our cupboard and they found all the different drinks we can make.  Super cool!

So I hauled out my brand new recipe stamp set from Stampin' Up, and got to work.  I found four coordinating papers and stamped recipe cards.  I also used the "yum scale" stamp in the corner so he can decide which ones are his faves.

I made the covers out of chipboard, cardstock, patterned paper, and jumbo eyelets.  I used clear alphabet stamps for the title.  I punched holes in each of the cards and added the ring.  Tada!

Then, I threw the drink ingredients and recipe ring in a basket for him to open tomorrow.  I think he's going to be surprised and thrilled Smiley.

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