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21  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Shopping bag - teacher's gifts on: June 16, 2010 07:54:31 AM
I have been absolutely horrible about posting my crafts on here and on my blog.  But I had to share this with ya'll.  I made a ton of singlet style shopping bags for my sons' teachers, aides, etc. for the end of the year.  My oldest only needed 2 but my youngest has so many teachers, aides and others helping him that I just made a bunch and didn't put names on them and asked the teacher to distribute them  to whomever helped my son out, that way they could pick what colors they wanted, LOL.  I know that's not the way you usually give out gifts, but it worked for us.  he got tons of enthusiastic thank you notes.  Since it was summer time, I decided to use up some of my summer fabric stash to make these.

I actually pulled out a stack of fabric that had enough to make bags and let my sons pick which fabrics they liked best to make the bags out of.  So they had a hand in picking out the gifts.
22  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Steampunk pots - picture heavy on: June 16, 2010 07:38:51 AM
I'm slowly (very slowly) redecorating my house, inside and out in steampunk style.  I'm not sure what I'm going to do with my yard, but here's a start.  I took plain old plastic pots that were faded and revamped them with plastic paint.  I used black, blue and dark green to make these. 

Pot #1:  I started by spray painting the pot black.  I then cut out tentacle stencils out of contact paper and put them on the pot.  I then lightly sprayed them with blue and green spray paint to give them a watery look.  I sprayed them more solidly towards the bottom of the pot and let it fade into black towards the top.  This pot is the biggest of the pots I painted.

Pot #2 - I started out painting this pot black and just spray painted the top with the blue and black and let if fade into the black towards the bottom.

Pot #3 - I started out painting this pot black.  I taped off areas and then sprayed blue and green.  I then pulled off the tape.  I found some upholstery tacks and cut off the shanks.  I glued them onto the pot with e-6000 to make the pot look studded. 

I have also painted some of them with just the blue and green. I didn't get a picture of them before I got them planted.  But here is one of them:

Oh and for giggles, here is the before picture:

I haven't painted all of them yet ( I ran out of good weather and paint), but I did paint over half of them.  I haven't decided what else I'm going to do to my yard yet to add a touch of steampunk to it, so I'm open to suggestions.  I'm actually thinking of painting images on the fence.  I want to add an arbor over the deck out of copper pipe but that might get expensive.  Here are some pictures of the backyard so far:

Sorry I didn't get better pictures of the backyard, I thought I had more of them.  Oh well.
23  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Easter / Easter Grass Mats on: March 02, 2010 10:23:38 AM
I came up with this concept 2 years ago.  I absolutely HATE the loose easter grass that is made for baskets.  It gets everywhere....in your yard.....all over the house.  So I decided to use furry yarn to knit some grass mats for my sons baskets instead.  They turned out so well that I decided to make extras to sell.  The other mothers at my son's speech therapy office have all asked me to make some for them as well. woohoo.  

Here is one of the ones I made for my sons in a basket:


Here is the stack of them that I made to sell:

Here are some others I've made:

Any furry yarn works, but I like how the Yarn Bee yarn looks and feels the best.  You can use these as a background for decorations too.    And the major plus, you can use them year after year and not have easter grass all over the house afterwards.  

I've thought about making some bigger to use as playmats for the kiddos, but they are just about out of that stage, so I won't.  I will probably end up making one longer to use on my table as a decoration or should I say, background for some decorations.  

24  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Seth's Birthday Gifts (placemats) on: March 01, 2010 09:40:29 AM
My nephew's birthday was in January.  For Christmas he got a leapster tag and The Cat in the Hat book to read with it.  He loved it so I used up my Cat in the Hat fabric scraps to make him some 4 placemat sets for his birthday.  I make these sets smaller for young kiddos.  I also make a separate coaster so that the child is not trying to put his or her cup to close to the plate to cut down on accidents.  And I made a napkin to match.  He seemed to love them.

Here is a picture of the sets with a small place setting.  The plate is a salad plate.

Here are the sets:

I wrapped it in the lime green and teal loom knitted gift bag I made a while back (picture is on my blog) and pinned on a bow that I made with a round flower loom.  I made 2 other bows to put on gifts about the same time also on flower looms (one square and one round).

I used the bow on the right for the gift.

I forgot to take a picture of the gift all put together but it was cute.  He loves Cat in the Hat so this turned out perfect.
25  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Goody bags or a way to use up that fabric stash... (IMG heavy) on: January 08, 2010 02:05:01 PM
Well I decided to use up some of my fabric stash and make the goody bags for my 9 year old's birthday party this year.  I wanted to do something different and I didn't want to give the kids just junk.

I found this pattern:
And thought I'd give it a try.  The bag ended up being too small but it was cute:

So I made them using a 16X16 inch square instead of the 12X12 the pattern called for.  The finished product is about 7 inches wide with this size. 

I also made tissue holders and tic tac toe games and small drawstring bags to house them and the pieces.  Then I stuffed them with left over party stuffers I have from years past.  All I bought to finish these bags were ribbon, game pieces, tissue packets (all 3 of these from the dollar store) and some smarties candy.  I ended up making 17 of them.

I hope the kiddos like them.
26  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Gift bags on: January 08, 2010 12:58:51 PM
I've been working on different patterns for gift bags.  I don't want just plain rectangle bags.  I want pretty bags that I'm happy to use year to year.  Here are my latest bags.....

Ornament Shaped bags:
The first bag I made is the one on the bottom.  I used hook and loop tape for the closure on it.  The top bag was made with drawstrings and was the second bag I made.

I'm still tweaking the pattern.  Here they are with the drawstring closed and the other open so you can see the hook and loop.

Here is another using the same pattern after I tweaked the stripe part of the pattern:

Here is the second ornament pattern I've come up with so far:

27  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Teacher gifts on: December 15, 2009 11:32:02 AM

Here are the teacher gifts I made for the boys' teachers this year for Christmas.

For Colin's Teacher (who is an Aggie):

The Tissue Holder is a Puff to go tissue holder. The coasters are the crisscross coasters. The coffee mug corset cozy is my pattern. I'm not overly happy with the grommets on this one. They didn't set like they were supposed to, but I couldn't take them off, once I put them on.

This set is for Gavin's Teacher (Gavin picked the purple fabric):

Same set that I made for Colin's teacher, but I hand embroidered the openings for the lacing on this coffee mug cozy. I picked the turquoise coordinating fabric for this set.

Gavin's aides and math teacher:

I made each of them a puffs to go tissue holder. I'm putting them in a special gift bag (I've only made one so far).

I'm hoping to make some bigger ones for the boys regular teacher too. I made the one above out of left over microterry (I think that's what its called)  that I had left over from my diaper making supplies. I used scrap fabric for the nose and coal mouth and eyes. The lining fabric was some Christmas fabric that I wasn't overly fond of after I bought it. It was too thin to use as gift bag fabric on its own. As a liner for the microterry, it works great.

Here is the puff to go pattern I used (I modified mine slightly, but its basically the same.

Here is the criss cross coaster pattern.
I make mine 5"X5". And I don't use fusible webbing or interfacing in mine. 
28  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Klean Kanteen covers on: December 07, 2009 09:59:07 AM
I made these for my sons at the start of school this year.  I bought them 18 oz. Klean Kanteens but they are so cold to hold and they sweat so I made these covers to go over them. 

The inside is made with PUL (that I have left over from making diaper covers for them when they were babies) so that it would cut down on the condensation soaking through.  I hand embroidered their names on the bottles so that no one would try to walk off with them.  I like how they turned out.

29  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Baby Octopus on: December 07, 2009 09:53:58 AM
My son takes speech therapy and his therapist is pregnant and due on Christmas day, so I decided to make her something for her baby.  I crocheted this baby octopus.  I made my own pattern, but I was smart about it and wrote down the steps as I was crocheting, LOL.  I liked how it turned out so much I'm making one for my neice (hopefully I'll finish before Christmas). 

Anyway, I made it out of cotton yarn and stuffed it with cotton yarn, so its pretty heavy.  And I used black safety eyes on it. 

I also made the gift bag that I'm putting it.  I made it on a knitting loom.

I hope she likes it.
30  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Christmas Gift Bags on: December 07, 2009 09:46:59 AM
Every year I try to make some reusable cloth gift bags for Christmas.  These are the ones I've made recently. 

This first one was made from a pattern/directions found a book called "Omiyage" by Kumiko Sudo.  The pattern is called candy twist.  These 2 bags were made from 3 different fabrics.  I tweaked the pattern just a little after making the first one just to suit my tastes.

Closed - when these are drawn up, they look like Christmas Tree ornaments. 


Close up

My pattern, using 3 different fabrics


Closed/Drawn up and tied

This one is also one of my patterns.  Its made from 3 different fabrics and has jingle bells on each of the points.



The last 2 are smaller bags made from 2 different fabrics each.  The one on the left was made from scrap pieces with on pattern.  The one on the right was made from the book I mentioned above.  The pattern is called Chrysanthemum.  It makes a very small bag, only fit for jewelry. 

I have more information and pictures of some of these on my blog, but this is pretty much it.  I think they all turned out great.  I'm thinking of increasing the size of the candy twist bags, to make bigger gift bags.  But we will see.
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