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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Baby's Space - Pic Heavy on: July 24, 2012 10:29:00 AM
So, me and my husband are slowly fixing up/remodeling the two bedroom singlewide mobile home we currently live in.  We have two little girls and last year we decided to have another child (you know, cause two kids in a home less than 1000 square feet was just too easy lol).  

Anyway, we ended up having a little boy, and we decided not to put him in the girls' room because we didn't want to take away any or their space for the baby and cause anymore sibling hostility than necessary.  Plus, we hope to get in a bigger home before too much longer, so we decided to put him in the only other room with the space, the living room.  I was determined that it would not be tacky though.  No overly baby-ish stuff.  

The living room connects with the kitchen and I have been using a black, white, blue, and red color scheme.  Also, I'm going for a retro feel in the kitchen and classic/contemporary in the living room.  It's still a work in progress, but I knew that the baby's things would have to fit these guidelines.  I found the perfect mini-crib online, but it's not easy to find baby stuff that's not baby-ish, and finding it to fit my color scheme AND fit a mini-crib, impossible.  So I made everything myself.  I decided to use retro robots as my inspiration once I found out I was having a boy.

Here's the crib.  I made the sheets from larger thrifted sheets and the bumper pads from some great fabric I got on Etsy.  It was designed by the seller and was the only fabric I could find to work.  You can also see the vintage suitcase where I keep his clothes.  He's 5 months now and so far it's still big enough!

Here's a close-up of the fabric I got off Etsy.  I used it for the inside of the bumper pad and the diaper stacker.

And the diaper stacker.

This shelf was already in the room.  We use it for holding cd's, dvd's, etc.  We cleared the top and the top two shelves for the babies things.

And my favorite, the mobile!

I made all the patterns for the mobile and hand sewed them all.  It took much more time than I had expected, but it was worth it to see my son smiling at it.  He loves it! Thanks for looking!
2  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Pink Unicorn Costume on: November 01, 2011 12:47:56 PM
Hey all!  My daughter wanted to be a unicorn this year and she wants everything to be pink, so I made her this pink unicorn costume.  It was simple to make, not TOO time consuming, and she loved it!

unicorn2 by mamasweettater, on Flickr

The body is of course just a pink hoodie that I got at Target.  I made the mane by cutting strips of yarn, tying a knot on one end and pulling them through the hood with a large needle.  To get the strips all the same length I just wrapped the yarn around a piece of cardboard until it was covered and then cut the strips all together off of the cardboard. ( I hope that makes sense I didn't think to get any pics of the process, sorry)  Pulling the yarn through the hood was the most time consuming part, but tying all those knots did not make my fingers happy!

I made the horn out of paper.  The hardest part was to get the shape right.  I made one that looked beautiful, but I had rolled the paper so many times to get it that way that it was too heavy and wouldn't stand up.  This one was light enough, but I had to tape it a lot to hold it together.  I used spray adhesive and glitter to cover the tape and make the horn pretty.  You can still see the tape in the picture, but it wasn't too obvious in real life. (Plus it helps that she's still pretty short and below the eye level of most adults! Grin)

unicorn1 by mamasweettater, on Flickr

The tail was made the same as the mane, just with longer strands of yarn.  I would've liked to have made the tail thicker, but I didn't want to mess up the hoodie too much.  I took the tail out today so she could wear it to school (with the mane still in place).  I'm too cheap to buy a hoodie only for it to be worn once! Wink

unicorn3 by mamasweettater, on Flickr

Thanks for looking!  I look forward to hearing what you all think.  Now I'm gonna go check out all the other costumes on here, can't wait! Smiley
3  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions / Double fold elastic? on: March 25, 2010 10:05:31 AM
Hi!  I have started making training pants for my daughter and they are made with double fold elastic.  I never used it when making her diapers, and was looking forward to it.  Unfortunately, the elastic I ordered was very cheap (quality wise, not price), and it didn't gather the material enough.  When I stretched it, the spaces in it were so big I could see clearly through it!  Can any of you recommend a place on-line that you've gotten good double fold elastic from?  I don't want to buy more without knowing it's good quality.  Thanks!
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / A Good Use For Polyester on: November 13, 2009 08:54:06 AM
I'm so excited about this project! I got tons of old polyester a while back.  I resolved to find a way to use it other than clothing, at least not clothing worn next to the skin (makes me itch just thinking about it lol).  One thing I decided on is outerwear since polyester is warm, and this way it won't be so itchy.

I made the pattern myself and am very happy with how it turned out. I had a hard time deciding on a collar or a hood, but I think I made the right choice with the collar. Hoods always reek havoc on my flyaway hair anyway. Smiley

I used a decorative stitch on my machine for the top-stitching on the collar and around the bottom.

It's reversible too. The inside is like a melon pink color with lime green top-stitching. I couldn't get a decent picture of it to save my life though. The color is way off! lol

I'd love to hear what y'all think.  Oh, and any tips on getting creases out of polyester would be much appreciated!lol  Thanks for looking and have a good weekend! Smiley
5  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Mother Nature on: November 02, 2009 06:58:23 AM
I decided at 2am Halloween morning to dress up this year.  Being a bit of a hippie, I decided to go as mother nature.  I know I've seen this done somewhere, most likely on here lol, but I did make the costume off the top of my head.  My mom and grandma said I looked like mother nature from an old commercial, but I couldn't for the life of me figure out which one they were talking about. lol

Anyway, it's just a bed sheet cut in a smaller rectangle.  I tied it over one shoulder, pinned it under my arm, and sewed a seam up to the pin.  I then hand sewed the ivy vine around the bottom and wrapped the smaller vine around the top after getting dressed.  The belt is just braided hemp cord, and I made the daisy crown by braiding fake daisies together and forming a wreath.  The whole thing was incredibly easy, a good thing when you wait till the last minute!  Thanks for looking!  Hope everyone had a great Halloween!
6  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Ticking on: October 08, 2009 06:49:56 AM
Hi all!  I am in need of some help.  I have decided to make a mattress.  I have figured out how to put the whole thing together and decided that if I was going to do this it would be nice to use the old fashioned blue stripe ticking.  Here is where the problem comes in.  I am making a queen size mattress so I need at least 63 inch wide fabric.  I could do a seam down the middle, but I'd rather not.  Do any of you know where I can get ticking in that width?  When I google all I get is curtains. lol  Thanks!
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Bella Pants on: September 22, 2009 12:50:49 PM
These pants have been on my mind since the first time I saw them on Burda Style's website. That was quite a while ago, but I eventually bought the pattern, eventually got some printer paper, and ink, and tape... You get the picture! Anyway, they have finally come to be and I am very excited to finally show them off!

There are eight buttons.  I can't believe I actually got that many button holes made without a major disaster!

I had a hard time getting a pic of the legs, but they are nice and wide!

I made them with light weight denim and decided to construct them as much like traditional jeans as possible. They have flat felled seams on the inner and outer leg as well as the crotch, and all the top-stitching is done with jean thread. I also used traditional jean buttons on the fly.

I was skeptical of the pleated pockets, but am really happy with the way they came out. The only problem I have is that the back puckers a bit. I had to make the jeans in size 40 (European) so that they would fit my hips, but my waist is a size 38, so I had to take in the waist sections to fit. It came out better than I had expected, though, so a little puckering is fine with me. Besides, I'd have never gotten a fit like this from off the rack clothing!

Here's my little monkey!  She loves to count all the buttons and couldn't resist even when I was trying to take the pictures! Smiley

Thanks for looking!  I can't wait to hear what yall think! (good or bad!)
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Bathing Suit Cover-ups (pic heavy) on: July 22, 2009 10:40:25 AM
Hey!  I don't think I've ever posted anything in this particular board, if I have it's been a while.  Y'all make some great stuff on here though, so I wanted to share my bathing suit cover-ups to see what y'all think.  I made them for the Singer cover-up contest on Flickr.  If you haven't heard about it, you can read about it here http://www.craftzine.com/swimsuitcoverup/.  It's almost over though, the deadline is Thursday.

Anyway, you can enter three different cover ups, so I did.

I just finished this one.  If they hadn't extended the deadline it would've never made it in.  I have a love/hate relationship with these round neck shirts.  I love the way they look, but hate to make them.  This one actually came out pretty well though.

This one was really simple.  The bottom is made from a vintage bed sheet and the lace hem was already on the sheet, which saved an extra step.  That's always a good thing!

This last one is actually reconstructed but I didn't really want to make a whole different post for it.  Hope that's ok.  It was originally an xxl men's dress shirt, but I used two rows of shirring to gather it at the top, in front and back, and took in the sides a little.  It also has rolled hems around the neckline and armholes, and this is the first time I have attempted that.  I think I'll use a rolled hem more often now that I know how though.

Thanks for looking!  I would love to know what y'all think, good or bad.  Good luck to any of you who also entered the contest!
9  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Reversible Pinafores on: June 03, 2009 11:46:51 AM
I've been wanting to make these for a long time and finally got around to it just in time for the warm weather.  I've seen so many great ones on here and was totally inspired by them.

I used the Olivia reversible pinafore pattern on etsy to make them, and I'm wondering if anyone else has used the pattern.  If so what did you think about it?  I had a bit of trouble putting pattern together.  I'm wondering if it was just me or if anyone else had that problem.  It wasn't too bad though.  I just kinda winged it, but I think the finished product came out ok.

I chose this pattern because it didn't have buttons or ties at the shoulders, which is the way I wanted it.  I'm a little disappointed with the shoulder seams though.  They came out on the front instead of on top of the shoulder.  I guess I'm a little too picky, but I'm gonna try to alter the pattern a bit to adjust the shoulders on my next ones.

I really don't mean to complain so much.  I am happy I got the pattern and will be getting plenty of use out of it.  Just wondering what others thought of it.

Anyway, here's my girls!  I am so happy that the pattern included sizes to fit them both.

So you can see the shoulder:

I got all the fabric at Joann's either 50% off or from the remnant bin.  I love that my girls are small enough I can make them clothes from the remnant bin!  The green on my oldest daughter's is my favorite, but of course she likes the pink better!  Thanks for looking.  I'd love to know what you all think, good or bad!
10  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Crochet Plant Hanger Now with Pattern on: April 23, 2009 08:18:26 PM
*EDIT*  I added the pattern at the bottom. 

I totally got this idea from a tutorial on craft stylish.  You can see it here http://www.craftstylish.com/item/45153/how-to-crochet-a-hanging-terrarium-planter.

I didn't have a terrarium, but my mama has wanted a macrame hanging basket for quite some time.  Since I don't know how to do macrame, I figured this would be a great alternative. 

I used a plastic hanging basket for the inside and took the wire hanger off of it.  I followed the pattern as far as the bottom part adding rounds for the larger size, but for the sides I continued the treble stitches increasing the chain stitches between them as needed.  I winged the rope things to hang it, and they didn't come out even, so I think I'm gonna try something different next time.  If I get them right I'm gonna try to write down the pattern and I'll be sure to share it if anybody's interested.


Thanks for looking.  I'd love to know what y'all think!

Here's the pattern:

**Another Edit**  I originally had the wrong hook size, but I have now changed it.  Sorry if there was any confusion.

Crochet Plant Hanger

This pattern is for use with a basic, plastic hanging basket like you would find at a garden center or nursery.

Cotton yarn ( I used Lily's Sugar n Cream)
US G 6/4.00 MM crochet hook

Ch 6.  Tr into 6th chain from hook.  Ch 1, *Tr into the same stitch as before, Ch 1, repeat from * 10 times. You should have the turning chain plus 11 trebles. Join with a slip stitch to the chain before your first treble.

Round 1: Ch 7, Tr in first Tr of base, Ch 3, *Tr in next Tr, Ch 3, repeat from * around.  Join with slip stitch to the fourth chain.

(This is where the pattern changes from the original on Craft Stylish)

Round 2:  Ch 8, Tr in first Tr of last round, Ch 4, *Tr in next Tr, Ch 4, repeat from * around.  Join with slip stitch to the fourth chain.

Round 3:  Same as round 2.  (This will shape the sides.)

Round 4:  Ch 9, Tr in first Tr of last round, Ch 5, *Tr in next Tr, Ch5, repeat from * around.  Join with slip stitch to the fourth chain.

Round 5:  Ch 10, Tr in first Tr of last round, Ch 6, *Tr in next Tr, Ch6, repeat from * around.  Join with slip stitch to the fourth chain.

Round 6:  Ch 11, Tr in first Tr of last round, Ch 7, *Tr in next Tr, Ch7, repeat from * around.  Join with slip stitch to the fourth chain.

Round 7:  Ch 12, Tr in first Tr of last round, Ch 8, *Tr in next Tr, Ch8, repeat from * around.  Join with slip stitch to the fourth chain.

Round 8:  Ch 13, Tr in first Tr of last round, Ch 9, *Tr in next Tr, Ch9, repeat from * around.  Join with slip stitch to the fourth chain.

As you can see, the space between the trebles is just increased by one stitch each row to fit the tapered sides of a basic plastic hanging basket.

Hanging straps

The straps in the picture did not come out even, so I have altered the original pattern.  These instructions will not make straps that look the same as those pictured.

Ch to the length you want your straps.  I recommend around 75 chain stitches, but you can make them shorter or longer.  (Make sure to make them long enough to tie together at the end.  Also, be sure to remember the number of stitches used so that you can use the same number for each strap.)

SC back down the chain you just made, and across round 8 stopping before the 3rd treble stitch from your first strap.  Sl St in that treble.  Here you will make your next strap.

Ch to the same length of your previous strap.  Sc back down the strap and across round 8 as before, slip stitching in the third treble.

Ch to the same length as the first two straps.  Sc back down the strap and across round 8 to the beginning of the round.

Finnish off and weave in loose ends.  Tie the three straps together at the top with a knot.  Fit your basket inside and hang, you're done.

This is the first crochet pattern I have ever written, so if there are any mistakes, or something doesn't make sense, pm me and I'll try to explain it better.
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