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61  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Corduroy and Rebellious My Little Pony jordy bag on: August 31, 2007 05:39:37 PM
I made this for my sister in law.  She's getting married in 2 weeks and this is one of her wedding presents (another is a super awesome custom order necklace made by miserylovesme).  Anyhoo, I got the rebellious my little pony idea from this post.  What's so rebellious about this pony?  Check out the symbol on her butt.  Hee!  The name is my SIL's soon-to-be last name.  I made the pony and name patches from pieces of an old dress of my daughter's that I ironed on to fusible interfacing and then sewed onto pieces of old khaki pants.  I used my homemade stencil to draw the my little pony on the fabric (the name I just freehanded) and then embroidered both of the patches.  I think the inside fabric does a good job of pulling together the embroidery colors.  Oh, and the outside of the purse is from an old corduroy jacket of my husband's that we were going to give to goodwill. 

Side A:


Side A closeup:

Side B:

Side B closeup:


Inside with stuff:

62  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Rainbow-y, Polka-dotted, lightning bolt-y goodness (lots of pics) on: August 27, 2007 06:27:43 AM
I made this messenger bag for my daughter.  We got both fabrics from the dollar table at Wal-Mart (score!) and it's the first bag I've made.  I used this tutorial

The bag:

close up of the flap:

Other side of the flap and the pencil holder thingies:

Inside of the bag:

Baby girl modeling the bag:

63  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Ode to Sophia---My cheytown dress on: August 20, 2007 08:50:33 AM
Well, this is my version of cheytown's dress.  I made it for my niece Sophia.  She's 2 and she's too cute for words.  A lot of things contribute to her cuteness.  She's tiny (turned 2 in April and only weighs 20 lbs), she has really bouncy hair, she smiles a lot, she has a tiny little voice and she says cute stuff all the time.  For instance, last time I visited, she saw me crocheting and she went and found one of my mom's old crochet hooks and a shoestring and walked around saying "look, I crochenaying".  Ha!!

Anyway, here's a few pictures of her to demonstrate her awesome cuteness.

Sophia and my nephew Julian (who's a handsome devil)

Sophia and my son, Sebastian at my house in February

Ok, here's the original shirt:

And, here's the finished dress:

Front (the picture is from the first pic of Sophia above and I photoshopped it and made a stencil and painted it on with fabric paint and embroidered the outlines):


Close up of pic:

Close up of words:

Oh, and the words mean "Absolute Doll" in Spanish because, well, she is.  She speaks a few words of Spanish (we're 1/2 Mexican and so is her dad) and muneca is one of the words she knows especially well.
64  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / HAHA!!! Sheriff Poopypants!! on: August 11, 2007 03:30:48 PM
I hacked up one of my husband's old white t-shirts to make this romper.  I stenciled on all the lettering, made the badge, and again had to hand sew.  But, I'm getting a machine this week (yay!).  I don't know which recess of my twisted brain this idea came from, but it seemed funny to me.  I hope this isn't one of those times where I think something's hysterical while everyone else is thinking "Uh........what now?".  So, here it is.

Close up of the badge (I made that by using part of an old shirt fused to a piece of some old khaki pants.  I drew on the lines and whatnot and embroidered over them.)

Close up of the tiny cowboy hat that I used in lieu of an A.

And, the action shots.

He says "Dang, mom, get off me!! I'm supposed to meet the guys at the saloon!"

Disgusting.  He obviously had one too many at the saloon.

Sheesh!!  What's in that firewater, anyway?

Sighhhhh.  Good times. Good times.

65  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Dead things, Mikey!! Dead things!! (Shameless Amounts of Pics) on: August 07, 2007 09:36:09 PM
If you don't know what the heck I'm talking about, don't worry.  That's just one of my favorite lines from the movie The Goonies.  So, I was inspired by this:


But I couldn't make mine that way because the shirt I wanted to use was too big.  I ended up just tracing around an existing romper and making my "pattern" out of that.  It started out life like this:




See, I got it to wear as a maternity shirt when I was in my first trimester with my 2nd child.  Well, fast forward to now when that child is 4, my oldest is 9, and I have an almost 6 month old and let's just say that the back of the shirt (the "chunk" part) is a pretty apt description.  The shirt doesn't fit me anymore is what I'm trying to say.  So, I made it into the most bad ass baby romper that's ever lived.  I don't have a sewing machine (YET!!), so I had to hand sew the whole effing thing.  Here comes the photo overload. Baby was all up in my grill while I was taking pictures Grin.

He's like "Oh, this is quality cotton, mom" (don't mind the spots, they're just baby spit)

Back: Again, he's unable to keep his hands off the merchandise

Close up of sleeve:
He's saying "Yep, yep, looks good"

And now, for the obligatory action shots starring Dorian.

"Deer, meet headlights"

Yeah, it looks like it says CHONK now.  I don't care.

"Mom, this shirt RULES."

"Hey, does this make my butt look big?"

And you can't really see a crappin thing in this one, but he was just so bright eyed and bushy tailed.  I couldn't resist.

66  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Marilyn Monroe. Too cool for school? I think not. on: August 02, 2007 11:21:23 PM
This is a binder I fancied up for my 9 yr old daughter.  It's one of those white ones with the clear plastic pocket things.

Front.  Don't mind the black spot.  That's on the plastic.  Stencil is from stencilry.  It's done in acrylic paint (the blue), color pencil (the hot pink), and sharpie (the black).

Back.  Diamond image I found on google images.  The silver, blue, and hot pink are all color pencil.  The black is all black sharpie.

My daughter thinks it's ultra glam. Grin

67  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Duhhhrrrrrr on: July 31, 2007 09:23:09 AM
Haha!!  I just had to tell this story.  I kept seeing people talking about going to their "LYS" to get this or that yarn and I thought it was a chain or something.  I kept thinking "Dang, I wish there was an LYS around here so I could check out some of those yarns!".  Then, last night, I happened to stumble onto a website that was talking about LYS and that it meant Local Yarn Shop.  HAHA!!  I felt so stupid! Grin
68  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Cabbage wrap? on: July 30, 2007 08:52:39 PM
Ok, I was looking for a shawl pattern for my mother in law.  We're going to be visiting them in September and I really wanted to make this for when we go there.  I found this:


but there's no mention of a pattern.  When I googled any number of different versions of cabbage wrap, shawl, cabbage leaf, etc, I just kept getting shawls for Cabbage Patch Dolls (WTH?).  Does anyone know how I'd go about making this?
69  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Cropped hoodie and MY VERY FIRST ORIGINAL PATTERN!!!!!!! on: July 30, 2007 12:14:26 PM
OK, perhaps I'm a tad spastic, but I am just so unbelievably excited that I finally made up my own pattern and that it actually turned out to be something wearable!!!  I dubbed this the Bethany Hoodie (I hope it's not pretentious to name my pattern  Wink)because that's my daughter's name and she's who I made it for.  Every inch of this pattern came out of my brain (which is now completely frazzled from the effort).  So, here's the finished product, modeled by it's namesake, the fabulous Bethany!

Oh, and a tute is forthcoming for anyone who's interested!  Thanks for looking!!

Added some better pics, plus one of the belt, which I crocheted also.
70  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Any interest in a cropped hoodie tute? on: July 26, 2007 09:43:10 PM
So, I'm nearing the finish line for this cropped hoodie that I'm making for my 9 year old daughter.  The shape is modeled after this style of shirt (just the brown hoodie part, not the striped shirt underneath):

I'll be done with it tonight.  This is my very first completely original pattern and it's been a real b*tch.  Making up patterns is really freaking hard!!  Anyhoo, I've been writing down the pattern as I go and taking pictures along the way so if there's any interest, I'll go ahead and make up the tute.  I'm just fishing first because I don't want to waste my time making the tute (which would obviously be a free pattern) if no one's interested, ya know?  So, let me know if you guys are interested!  Thanks!
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