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21  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies / Pink and Green Baby Cake (Diaper Cake) on: July 13, 2008 10:24:18 AM
After making several of these over the years, I think I have finally perfected the support system to build the cake on. I used foam core board rounds with a cardboard tube through them for support and to separate the layers. It was incredibly stable, and could really take a lickin'.

Here's an 'in progress' shot to show the base.

And the finished cake!

This cake includes about 70 diapers, a pink and white minky blanket, a bunny rattle, eight pairs of baby socks (made into roses - adorable!), five onesies, wipes, lotion, three baby hats, a pair of BabyLegs, a cardigan-and-pants set, some burp cloths, and a few other things I can't remember anymore.

I wrapped it in cellophane, and used some eyelet ribbon glued to the edges of the base to hide the foam core board. It was a huge hit!
22  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Finished Green and Brown Birch & Bird Wedding Invites on: July 03, 2008 09:45:06 AM
I've posted in progress pics around Craftster, but I finally have pictures of the finished product!

Details: Main invitation page and RSVP card were Gocco'ed; map and directions pages were designed in Illustrator / Word and printed my home printer. All paper and envelopes from Paper Source. (Click on thumbnails for larger versions)

The whole shebang...

On the back of the RSVP card, I used an idea that I found on flickr. Guests are supposed to write or draw something funny or sweet for the couple. So far, no one's used them on the RSVP's I've gotten back, but I remain hopeful.

Btw, if you're saying to yourself "Say, those branches and birds look familiar!" it's because they are a Lara Cameron design (www.laracameron.com). She graciously allowed me to use this image for my invitations. A very big thank you to Lara!

Sorry for the slightly dark pics - I took them as I was running out the door to work this morning.
23  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Martha-Themed Bridal Shower Invitations on: February 27, 2008 08:24:22 AM
My mother and sister, who are putting on a bridal shower for me, asked me to design invitations. It's so great having family that understands I'm a bit of a control freak.

I totally adore Martha Stewart, and I thought it's be funny to do a shower themed around her. Here's the mockup (not final draft) I came up with... thought it would make some Craftsters chuckle.

I'll have the postcards printed by Vistaprint.com, most likely. I've used them before and they're cheap and quick.
24  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Debbie Bliss Baby Shrug in R-a-i-n-b-o-w on: February 24, 2008 06:41:05 AM
A friend at work is pregnant with her second child, (a little girl!), and I took that as an excuse to delve into the realm of Knitting for Bebbies. The pattern is a free one by Debbie Bliss, called 'Baby Shrug.' You can get it here: http://www.prima.co.uk/index.php/v1/Baby_shrug

The yarn is a worsted weight wool/alpaca blend that I dyed with Kool-aid. Not terribly washable, I realize, but we'll consider this more of an heirloom piece, mmmkay?  Smiley

Rainbow-y goodness...

Hopefully I can get some action shots once little Miss makes her debut!
25  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / A Lucky Coin Quilt for, er, Christmas... yeah... on: December 30, 2007 06:46:44 PM
I started this quilt in January of this year, and finished it just a few days before Christmas. It was originally a 'moving in together' gift for my boyfriend (circa June), then an engagement gift for my new fiancee (circa October), but it finally got finished as a Christmas present for him! My poor fingers finally get a rest.

The deets: Approx. queen sized lucky coin quilt. All 99 colored squares (7" x 4", I think) are different cotton prints. Sadly, between my stash and my mom's, I didn't need to buy more than a handful. The rest of the front is an off-white Quilter's Cotton from Joann's, and the back is the same fabric in beige.

I had every intention of machine quilting it, but it wouldn't fit into my darling Kenmore. Hence the long production time... My fingers have developed callouses that would make a guitar legend proud.

Gratuitous cutesy label shot. Made a transfer of the message in my own handwriting and embroidered with cotton floss.

The binding is a striped cotton. I sewed it on by machine to the front, and by hand to the back.

This is a Paint-aided shot of the quilting on the back. I quilted one inch around each block, and one inch inside. The back looks like a field of Pez!

This is my first finished quilt, so I'd love some constructive criticism from the ladies and gents of Craftster. Thanks!  Cheesy
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