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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Pencil case made from my own printed fabric on: September 29, 2011 09:19:48 PM
A month or so ago, I got a free swatch from Spoonflower (http://www.spoonflower.com/). I had designed the print on Illustrator previously to post on my blog (originally posted here: http://wp.me/p1JmBr-1A). It was originally just for fun. I thought people could use the pattern for twitter backgrounds or something. Then. when I found out about free swatch day, I thought that this design could look pretty cool on fabric.

I got it in the mail and it wasn't very big. I decided to make a pencil bag. For the lining, I used fabric from a skirt that was about to get donated (it had a coffee stain).

A few stitches here and there...

And tahhh dahhh...

Sorry the picture on the right is a little blurry. I took it on my phone.

Comments are appreciated! Thanks for looking!
2  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Re: Tribal Stripe Painted Canvas Shoes on: September 24, 2011 02:57:16 PM
these are super cute. nice job!
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / From dumpy romper to retro shirt dress - thrift store re-do! on: September 18, 2011 03:58:18 PM
So I'm a bit of a thrift store junkie. I picked up this romper a couple weeks ago with high hopes... although for what exactly, I wasn't sure.

When I finally got the courage, I tried it on at home and decided it probably needed just a little tweaking to make it something wearable -- and hopefully cute!

First, I cut out the built in shoulder pads. Next, I ripped out the seam that created the two leg holes. Third, I sewed seams down the front and back converting the gaucho-like pants into a skirt. Fourth, I shortened and hemmed the garment, and then it was done! Here are the results:

I also wrote a short blog post today about the experience if you want to check it out: http://t.co/3uynjtjp

Thanks for looking!
4  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Matryoshka (Russian Doll) Embroidered Tote on: July 30, 2011 11:16:15 AM
This is so sweet. I love Russian stacking dolls! I have some in my room now and they always brighten my day.

So lovely!
5  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Cat in the Hat, Thing 1 & Thing 2! on: November 01, 2010 08:48:48 AM
oh my gosh! this just made my day. the CUTEST thing ever!!!!!!!!!!!
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Laura Amiss Inspired Wall Hanging on: September 03, 2010 01:20:09 PM
I was inspired by artist Laura Amiss www.lauraamiss.com to make some sort of architectural stitching project... Anyways this is what I came up with. I used canvas fabric from a canvas bag that was a free giveaway from a conference my dad went to. I used fusible web to fuse the colored fabric to the canvas. I used fabric paint for the sky and then machine stitched with black thread to create outlines.

Let me know what you think!

wooden frames I used to frame the pieces

Pre-framing... unstretched canvas


In the frame


Thanks for looking!
7  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Peace and Love Cross Stich Pillow on: August 30, 2010 10:43:10 AM
Your pillow is absolutely lovely! What size/count fabric did you use?

I used 14 ct/in (5,5/cm) Ada cloth for the cross stitch. The piece ended up being about 12in by 8in and the pillow is 18 in x 18 in.
8  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Cubicle sweet cubicle framed gift on: August 29, 2010 10:46:47 AM
A friend and neighbor of mine recently let me shadow her at work for the day. I'm about to be a senior in college, so the tour of the office and the conversation that followed was really useful in helping me figure out my future.... :/ Anyways... I thought it would be nice to make her some sort of thank-you gift.

I got the idea of making a "cubicle sweet cubicle" project from the Subversive Cross Stitch. Instead of cross stitch, I made my own pattern using Helvetica font and then traced it onto the fabric with pencil. Once I had completed the stitching, I wrapped it around a piece of cardboard with batting glued to the front and then stapled it on the back. I made it to fit in this old frame my grandma had lying around the house. I ended up using fabric glue to glue it into the frame because the frame had no backing or closures. Let me know what you think!

The back:

Thanks for looking!
9  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Doodle Pillow on: August 28, 2010 10:08:34 AM
AMAZING! I wish I had the patience to get something like this done. So many little stitches and so much detail. Nice job!
10  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Peace and Love Cross Stich Pillow on: August 28, 2010 10:03:39 AM
I used a pattern from A Rainbow of Stiches (http://www.amazon.com/Rainbow-Stitches-Embroidery-Cross-Stitch-Project/dp/0823014789/ref=cm_lmf_img_12_rsrssi0) to make the Peace and Love cross stitch. I used DMC floss in #472 for the entire piece. Next, I framed the pillow with some Amy Butler prints I bought at Crafty Planet (craftyplanet.com) a great fabric and craft store in Minneapolis. I'm really happy with the pillow and can't wait to bring it back to school!

Enjoy Smiley

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