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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / Sock monkey on: December 20, 2010 06:17:36 PM
For Christmas this year I decided to make our Bouvier Luna a sock monkey. I double stitched everything using the machine for durability (not an easy feat with a sock), and omitted the stuffing. Rather, I loosely stuffed with knotted strips of a t-shirt and a tennis ball for the head.

I am excited for her reaction Christmas morning!

I ended up giving Luna her present on Christmas Eve -- she loved it!

2  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / Wool Dog Coats on: November 07, 2010 09:50:59 PM
Last year, after the death of my parents long time neighbour, I was given several full length wool skirts. Though beautiful, and at one time very expensive, no one was interested in them as skirts, therefore they became dog coats for Luna (Bouvier), Brinkley (Doxie-??), and Odie (Min-Pin X Chihuahua).

I used a McCall pattern, modified slightly for the various versions. I made Luna one jacket, Brinkley three, and Odie two.
3  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Odie the sock monkey on: November 04, 2010 05:21:19 PM
For Halloween I decided to make one of our dogs into a sock monkey. He was a really big hit with the kids while handing out candy.

Made entirely out of a pair of wool socks, Odie loves the costume (he generally wears a hat on winter walks so he is use to them). He will wear it for hours with no problem, even sleep in it. I am going to make similar sweaters for him to wear all winter.
4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Fabric-covered Guitar on: August 18, 2010 09:19:05 AM
I wasn't sure where to put this.  I was inspired by an Etsy post of a fabric-covered guitar (I'd link it but it is no longer up). My husband liked the idea so he volunteered one of his guitars. I don't have a before pic but it was just a plain black Strat-copy guitar. I used spray-on adhesive to attach the fabric and hand-sewed the perimeter. My husband picked the fabric. Total time: approx. 8 hours. On to the pictures:
Guitar Front

Guitar Back (temporarily missing back plate)

Guitar Top (rather than sewing in wedges in the contoured areas, I covered the missing wedges with decorative pieces)

Guitar Butt (though not needed, I also did a decorative piece, including my initials and the year)

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5  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Gocco Project - Nicholas Ring's Memorial on: July 19, 2008 06:50:30 PM

Without going into details, two weeks ago, my fiancee lost his younger brother following complications during his recovery from jaw surgery.  Needless to say this has been a very hard time for everyone who loved Nick.  We decided this would be the time to finally use the Gocco I got for my birthday.  We had been waiting for a worthy project and had the idea of putting Nick's tattoos on t-shirt sleeves for close friends and family, right where he had his.  We also made arm bands and memory cards carrying the same design.  Nick was a huge Star Wars fan, and his tattoos reflected this.  I thought I would share these special items with you...

The original design (includes text which was taped off for t-shirts and armbands).  The name is in his twin brother's handwriting.

The result of working from 11:30 pm - 4:30 am

Cards drying

Box of armbands and cards

This was another shirt we made for Nick's Dad.  I'll put a pic of the shirt later...

Finally, my mom prepared dinner and baked a cake for his family.  She had the idea of stenciling his circular tattoo on the cake

This project really helped us to deal with our loss...if even to only keep us busy and focused on a goal.  We had the memorial today and it was really nice to see the t-shirts and armbands on so many people.  There were nearly 300 people in attendance...

6  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 26 ENTRIES / Paper Crane Mobile on: April 04, 2008 07:43:32 PM
This is my first Craftster challenge...

My supplies (courtesy of my local Dollarama):
2 packages of scrapbook paper ($1 each)
1 package craft paper ($1)
2 pairs of chopsticks (5 pairs/$1)
1 spool of thread ($1)
1 spool of ribbon ($1)

Total: $6

My inspiration was a paper crane chandelier I saw a couple of years ago in a decorating magazine.

The pictures don't do it justice...the mobile is always subtly moving and the spinning.  This could be used as a baby mobile, or simply hanging in a room.  I have it hanging in my bedroom...

7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Modified / Repaired ring on: April 03, 2008 08:21:49 PM

I found this ring at a thrift store and there was a stone missing.  I thought it was really nice so I cut off the empty setting, and carefully smoothed and buffed the old joint. I also trimmed the side bar to make it symmetrical.  A good polish and it was done...It turned out great!


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