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11  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Little birdy on a limb necklace--Need opinions!! on: May 05, 2009 08:24:03 PM
I made this necklace over the weekend. I've had it in my head for quite a while now.

There is a chain that goes about halfway around, then it connects to a string of pink pearls. The connector attaches at the bird on a limb charm.

I thought about adding another bit of chain on the right side....not as long as the left, but just a bit of chain. I'm so indecisive.

I thought I liked that it was asymmetrical. I'm really up in the air now. I showed it to my hubby and he implied he wasn't a fan...so, I figured I'd go to the craftster community. What do you all think?? (Like I said, I'm not sure. It's one of those second-opinion type things.)
12  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Crayon tinted and embroidered deer on: April 08, 2009 08:22:27 AM
I decided to try a new technique for a recent embroidery swap. My partner liked deer, and I had some patterns I'd been saving for a rainy day. I'd also just read the thread on here about crayon tinting and decided to try it.

I really like the way it turned out. I just traced the pattern with my water soluble marker, then I colored it in and ironed. And ironed. And ironed. Eventually the crayon felt like any other part of the fabric, so I stopped.

Finished deer:

An in-progress shot:

And she decided she wanted to become a lap blanket:

The edges will fray as she's washed to create a worn in look.

I'm a big fan of crayon tinting. I kind of can't wait to use it again.
13  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Feeling girly...a crocheted necklace on: March 29, 2009 06:40:20 AM
I found this pattern (http://creativeyarn.blogspot.com/2008/08/white-flower-necklace.html) a while ago and knew I had to make it.

I used Sugar 'n Cream, but I think next time, I'll use something different. I made it for my partner in the Make-a-friend, Round 3 swap. I'm definitely going to make one for myself sometime soon.

Here it is on me. Please, ignore the yellow shirt. I just happened to be wearing something that didn't match at all.

I really love the way it hangs, and I think it would look super-cute with a little cotton dress and cardi. I'll definitely be posting more as I make them.

I'd love any questions, comments or critiques you all have.
14  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / Jacket for a Sassy Pooch on: December 26, 2008 02:06:58 PM
I made a jacket for a friend's dog as a Christmas present. He just got a hair cut, and she's going to be bringing him to Wisconsin for the holidays. I didn't want him to freeze his tail off, so I made him a little fleece coat. It was really easy to make...maybe 30 minutes from cutting to snipping the last of the threads off.

Here's one of my babies modeling it. It was made for a dog smaller than mine.

I used a leopard print fleece and a black fleece, and it's reversible. I've got more fleece leftover from other projects, so I'm planning on making more in my dogs' sizes.
15  NEEDLEWORK / Sublime Stitching Embroidery / Sublime Stitching Notecards on: December 16, 2008 04:13:01 AM
Recently I did the Sublime Stitching Swap, and I wanted to do something other than teatowels. I just started stitching the Craftopia patterns on some scrap fabric I had, not having any clue what I was going to do with them. I happened to be walking through Target one day and found silver notecards that I realized would look great with the scrap fabric, thus the crafty cards were born:

This one is by far my favorite!!

I used metallic floss for the first time on these. It didn't give me a hard time at all.

I really like this one too.

And the sewing machine.

I used mostly backstitch, with satin stitch, stem stitch and split stitch. The only thing I'd do differently next time is put the interfacing on the fabric before embroidering, as when I put on the interfacing, the stitches got squished. But since I didn't know what I was making when I first started stitching, I didn't know I'd need interfacing.

Thanks for looking!! Comments and criticisms welcome!!
16  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Fantastically Fall Coasters on: November 15, 2008 07:39:53 PM
I love Fall, and so does Kaissa, my swap partner for the Fill-a-Mug 3 swap. I was so excited because I'd found this tree pattern somewhere on the internet and couldn't wait to use it.

This took me quite a while because of all the tiny leaves. It was so fun though.

I got the yellow and brown leaves fabric for $1 a yard at Hancock Fabrics. The background of the first photo is the apron I made with the swap package.

Here is the link for the pattern: http://www.jmddesigns.co.nz/mosaic/designs/mosaic-tree-fruit-jmd.jpg
17  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Trick-or-Treat!! drawstring bags on: November 01, 2008 11:36:33 AM
I love Halloween. I have a habit around Halloween time of buying lots of Halloween fabrics and then never using them. Not this year. This year my husband nagged me enough that I made my two favorite neighbor children trick-or-treat bags.

I used this tute (http://thelongestyear.typepad.com/DrawstringBagInstructions.pdf), but changed the dimensions to be a bit boxier instead of rectangular.

I made the bags out of the same material, just in different colors so there was no fighting over which belonged to whom. I lined the bags with my favorite material ever: candy corn material!!

Comments, questions, criticisms?

18  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / I <3 the Cardinals on: October 05, 2008 08:29:34 PM
Even if they didn't make it to the postseason, I still love my Cardinals. My hubby and I had a few games to go to this year. I hate wearing shorts to games because they drive me nuts when I'm sitting in the stands sweating like crazy. But I don't think I'd be allowed in wearing just a t-shirt. So, I decided I obviously needed a Cards sundress.

Aren't we some cute baseball fans??

I had the red jersey fabric by the ton. I also had a striped men's button-down. And I had my former favorite Cardinals gear that didn't fit anymore, so I used the logo for my new dress. I had a heck of a time putting it all together, but it worked out. I got a lot of compliments on it at the game. I might have to make another for next year.

I had to add the striped fabric to the bottom of the dress because I asked my husband if the original length was too long. He said yes. I cut without pinning and checking first. I felt slightly indecent. I wish I would've had enough fabric so the bottom could run the same way as the pockets and such. But alas. Don't ask hubby for sewing advice.

The pockets might be my favorite part...not gonna lie.

p.s. Sorry I'm so verbose.
19  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Sushi, anyone? on: September 21, 2008 01:40:25 PM
My hubby left me to go to a wedding. I stayed home because I wasn't feeling well. I ended up watching Penelope and sewing. I was hungry for sushi, but he took the car...so, this is what I came up with:

I'm really proud of my French knots. It's the first time I've done them successfully.

Here he is next to my needle to give you some size perspective. He's small and cute. And for some reason I've decided he's a boy.

20  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Ugly and ill-fitting + polka dots = <3 on: August 12, 2008 03:31:56 PM
I bought this skirt for a wedding and hated the skirt and the fit.

I added some some polka-dotted fabric.

Now the skirt is slightly too large, but way cute and way more me!

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