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1  Twin Monkey Crochet Blankets in Crochet: Completed Projects by bliss2187 on: February 19, 2012 11:42:56 AM
When I found out I was having twins, of course my mom was on the hook to make me some crocheted blankets.  After finding out it was a boy and a girl, we looked through patterns and I immediately was drawn to this one (Monkey Business designed by Jessi Martin, pattern purchased at Annie's Attic).  We are thrilled with how they turned out!

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2  Shower flower cupcake practice run in Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies by bliss2187 on: August 22, 2010 04:17:17 PM
My sister-in-law is having a baby girl and her baby shower will be sometime in October.  I wanted to make and decorate cupcakes for the shower but I've never been very good at it so I felt I needed at least one practice run.  I found a nice idea online (http://www.wilton.com/idea/Cupcake-Corsages) and wanted to make cupcakes like these!  So I bought some pastel fondant and all the accessories (fondant cutters: leaves and flowers, a fondant rolling mat, a fondant roller with thickness sizing rings) and gave it a whirl.  I'm pretty pleased overall, but for the real deal I'll probably make my own fondant and use brighter colors like in the link that gave me the idea.  Also in the link, they used "sparkling sugar" on the smaller flowers which I intend to use as well, gives it a nice texture.

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3  My first "traditional" baby quilt in Quilting: Completed Projects by bliss2187 on: June 22, 2010 07:40:05 PM
This is yet another baby quilt I have recently made and it was my first attempt at a more traditional-style quilt.  The colors are slightly off in the lighting, but it is various hues of blues and greens.

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4  Robot baby quilt and matching doll in Quilting: Completed Projects by bliss2187 on: June 22, 2010 07:30:24 PM
I made a robot quilt and matching doll and peepee teepees.  It was inspired by a post by blue_skiesMN (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=319480.0).

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5  Peepee Teepees in Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies by bliss2187 on: February 25, 2010 06:24:36 PM
I made these for a coworker to match a quilt (I had lots of leftover fabric).  I found these peepee teepees on one of my favorite websites, uncommongoods.com (link to the item is below).  These are pretty simple to make really, and they were a big hit at the shower.  Great idea for baby boys.


My version of the peepee teepees:

And here is the quilt they were made to match (with my dog enjoying the softness):

I'm making another baby quilt right now and will make some matching peepee teepees with it too!
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6  "Stacked stone" bachelor's quilt in Quilting: Completed Projects by bliss2187 on: February 21, 2010 01:50:30 PM
I made this quilt (my third completed quilt) for my big brother as a 30th birthday / housewarming gift.  He described his favorite colors to me as "blue and/or Dallas Cowboy's colors."  So naturally, blue and gray came to mind.  This was done 100% by hand so it took me about 3 months.  It was intended to be a Christmas gift but ended up being a late birthday gift (his birthday is in January).  I like to call it a stacked stone pattern.  If I make another with a similar pattern, I will make much thicker layers because all the stitching took forever!

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7  Low-budget Bathroom Makeover in Interior Decorating: Completed Projects by bliss2187 on: October 04, 2009 02:35:10 PM
I already posted my kitchen makeover (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=277791.0) and we did something similar here in the bathroom.  What we have done so far is again remove the busy wallpaper, texture and paint the walls, and we removed the CARPET that was in the bathroom and tiled the whole area.  Total cost is probably around $900 which included the purchase price of a tile saw and a Kohler "comfort height" toilet - our splurge! Smiley  I know $900 is not cheap, but considering that bathrooms can easily exceed several thousand, I consider this in the realm of low-budget for bathrooms.

New mirrors and lights for the vanity.

Paint makes ALL the difference in the world.

Turquoise accessories/wall art.

We LOVE this toilet!

Should I paint the cabinets high-gloss white like the trim?  I didn't right away because I got lazy, but now I'm used to the oak cabinets with the "mississippi mud" walls and I'm not sure if the white would overpower/sterilize the look.
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8  Re: My first completed quilt (x2!) - 2 identical baby quilts in Quilting: Completed Projects by bliss2187 on: October 04, 2009 02:02:06 PM
I'm using the leftover fabric to make something I found on uncommongoods.com, something they call "pee-pee teepees."  At least one of the quilts is going to a boy, so I thought they would a neat bonus.  They were $12 each on the website.  Surprisingly they are not that difficult to make.  The original link to the item is http://www.uncommongoods.com/item/item.jsp?source=related_ug&itemId=13271

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9  My first completed quilt (x2!) - 2 identical baby quilts in Quilting: Completed Projects by bliss2187 on: October 04, 2009 07:06:52 AM
A few months ago, I found out that a coworker was pregnant.  I wanted to make a quilt for the baby, so I took her input to design this quilt.  I realize the colors are not typical for a baby quilt, but they are some of her favorite colors and are fairly gender-neutral.  Not long after finding out my coworker was pregnant, I found out that my cousin was pregnant too.  I decided to make two identical quilts.  Making identical quilts made it simple; I cut the pieces for both quilts at the same time.  Both were completely hand-stitched.  I now identify myself as a quilter and I can't wait to make more.

Quilt #1

Quilt #2

And my dog loves the quilts.  He loved laying on both of them as I was making them.
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10  Low budget kitchen makeover in Interior Decorating: Completed Projects by bliss2187 on: November 09, 2008 07:46:20 AM
When we purchased our house over a year ago, the very first project we tackled was the kitchen makeover.  We took down the wallpaper, textured the walls, painted the cabinets, and added cabinet hardware and updated a few appliances.  Not including the appliances and light fixtures (which came much later), we spent under $100.  The hardware was on sale and paint and texture is not that expensive, but the impact is dramatic.  We are proud that our kitchen does not look like any others in the neighborhood anymore.

The one "before" picture I could find; typical builder-grade cabinets with busy wallpaper.

"After" that almost matches the above angle.

Another angle

My little breakfast area with the neat counter-height table.

Excuse the mess on the counter, but I really like this angle with the aquarium and the wine and pilsner glasses.
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