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3581  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: cherry blossoms stained glass embroidery on: December 08, 2009 08:43:28 AM
WOW! How'd I miss this before?  I've been saving stained glass images because they seem like they'd be good embroidery patterns and now I know for sure that they would!  I also know that maybe they'd be more work than I want to do.  You're amazing!
3582  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Book Safes for Vices on: December 08, 2009 08:23:35 AM
oh how I wish you'd done this in october so I could have nicked the idea for my sister in law's xma pressie lol!!

as it is she's getting a handbag made from ties, but still.....

A handbag made from ties sounds pretty awesome to me!  There's always next year and her birthday, though, right?
3583  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Book Safes for Vices on: December 08, 2009 08:05:53 AM
Very cool. I love the mystery that surrounds Book Safes, I can picture them sitting on a dusty old bookshelf with a secret room hidden behind it. (I think I may have seen too many movies! lol)

Really though, I think it's a great pressie idea, I am sure they will love them and they can use them to hide whatever they want later on. I personally would be very happy to receive such a gift from my in-laws and homemade gifts are always a big hit.

Have a great Christmas.  Cheesy

Thanks!  They have lots of books around their house, as the sister is a voracious reader (as much as one can be with 2 little kids and a business to run these days) so these should sneak right into their library.

Great idea, and it will be a good present for anyone.

I've made several of these, and I always line mine with black felt.  It dresses up the inside and hides the ragged edges where I cut out the pages.

Nice job.

Thank you!  I, too, had planned on lining them with some kind of fabric, but in the depth there is not any space to spare!  Once I glued the top paper down (done after everything else) I liked them better and kind of ended up liking seeing the layers of excavated paper - it feels archeological to me.

oh how cute to have a place to hide chocolate!! 

The fact that you made something so personal makes this an extra special gift!

and, also something that probably is easy to give to the person who "has everything"!

Thanks!  I think they'll like and appreciate them.  They seem to appreciate handmade things.
3584  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Book Safes for Vices on: December 07, 2009 10:50:22 PM
So, I wanted to give The ManFlesh's super nice sister and brother-in-law gifts this Christmas, but I don't know them that well and they can buy anything they want, pretty much.  So I was poking around the internet and found for sale a book safe with a flask in it and thought that might do the trick for the brother-in-law.

For the humor of irony, it's a religious book, but not a sacred text. 

Being that the brother-in-law is named John, I was able to find a page with a section title referring to "John's Revelation" and used that to line the bottom of the cavity.

While searching around I came upon the idea of using a book safe to hide chocolate and that's perfect for The ManFlesh's sister who, like their mom, always has some chocolate around.  I wanted to be able to put more than a single bar in there, so it's a bigger book, an "Encyclopedia of Modern Art" of some sort and has this cool cover.

Two cavities in there cut to fit 2 sizes of chocolate bars. 

I made this one first and it was probably a mistake as the thickness of it was a real challenge and maybe with more experience I'd have been able to keep it neater.

These will be the first gifts we've ever given together and I feel honored he'd trust me to make something for his family that's from him, too.   Smiley
3585  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: The Cats' Pajamas... on: December 07, 2009 10:17:55 PM
So Precious!
You're really getting into garment sewing now! I can imagine all kinds of ways things could have gone awry with those big pieces. You did a fabulous job!
Be sure you get yours made soon so you and the MF can chase each other around the house and have sliding contests on that hardwood floor! (that's what we used to do  Wink )

Aw, thanks MrsBowles!  I'm glad I started with the flannel ones, that are also significantly smaller.  As you know, working with most of 4 1/2 yards of polar fleece was kind of a hassle.  I sure hope he likes them as much in practice as he does in theory!
3586  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: The Cats' Pajamas... on: December 07, 2009 09:59:22 PM
these are made of all kinds of win! 'specially that purple one. also, good idea with the non-slip fabric at the bottom. just imagine how fun it'd be to watch someone in a one-piece trying to get up after a slip Tongue (...that didn't come out that sadistic right?)

Thank you!  They were pretty fun to make, but boy was that polar fleece a bear to deal with in such quantities!  Hoo, boy.  That'd be like watching a beetle that's on it's back!  The pattern called for the non-slip and I think The ManFlesh might be disappointed, because he was remembering fondly sliding on the wood floors with slick-bottomed feet.  Safety first, though. 
3587  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Butterfly fairy on: December 07, 2009 09:54:25 PM
That's gorgeous!  What a generous and kind angel you are!
3588  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / The Cats' Pajamas... on: December 07, 2009 09:39:42 PM
... and by "cats' pajamas" I mean "my mom's pajamas and The ManFlesh's pajamas." I got the idea to make The ManFlesh footie pajamas for Christmas this year after a conversation we had reminiscing about our footie pajama days.  I got lucky and found a pattern for adult footie pajamas: Kwik Sew 3713 (mens)!  After finding the pattern I decided my mom needed a pair, too (Kwik Sew 3712).  There's quite a bit of difference in the sizing on the patterns and there's quite a bit of difference in the sizing of The ManFlesh and my mom, so I got both, but the only other difference is the side the opening buttons/snaps on.

This time of year it's hard to get good lighting around here with the short days and it's REALLY COLD outside right now and I don't want to wear these outside, so... crappy pictures it is!  Sorry.  I hope to get action shots of these jammies' rightful owners on Christmas.

I'm taller and bigger than my mom, so these will be a bit more roomy on her.  They look okay on me, but are a bit less comfy-cozy than I'd like for such a garment.

There are side-seam pockets which I'm pretty sure Mom won't use and The ManFlesh will.

A close-up of the flannel, the ribbing and the cute snaps! 

I chose green binding because I thought white would get dingy and there wasn't a suitable blue (and it was a 35% off all fabric sale) and I think that the green is probably cuter than either of the others would have been anyway!

And a quick pic of The ManFlesh's which are actually purple-purple polar fleece with black ribbing and purple snaps. Purple is his favorite color and there wasn't a good match to the fleece, so I went with the safety of basic black.

He's taller than I so these are pretty baggy on me.  Also I left the elastic waist out of them, because I think he'll prefer the looser fit.

Both pairs have that no-slip fabric on the bottom of the feet, which are lined with the body fabric.  I only very rarely craft for myself, but I think I'll be making a pair of these for me in January if I can!  Thanks for looking!
3589  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Lunch bag with beaver on: December 07, 2009 03:28:30 PM
 Grin No, no!  I mean that your sister gave you very little to go on and you made this great thing!   Grin
3590  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Lunch bag with beaver on: December 07, 2009 03:02:33 PM
He'll look cool carrying that anywhere!  You've done so much with so  little information!
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