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1  Re: Miyazaki Swap Round 2 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by MTANDG on: January 30, 2008 06:11:10 PM
OK so here is what Kamikaze Oreo sent me  cause my fav movies were Whisper of the Heart and Spirited Away

A plaque with the words from Country Roads because my little 7yo plays violin and this is the song she had been rehearsing to play in her last recital and I just love it on violin

A Spirited Away bag that I had to wrassle from the 9yo NO she can NOT have it..lol

And a image of the loot with my Baron notepad!

I thoroughly enjoyed my swap!  Enjoy!
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2  Re: Miyazaki Swap Round 2 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by MTANDG on: January 30, 2008 06:06:49 PM
OK here is what I sent to Kamikaze Oreo cause I figure she is busy and I want to post stuff

Her fav movies were Whisper of the Heart and Kiki so her is an asian inspired handbag and I had never made purses or anything to this point

I decorated a journal in simple black outline images from her fav movies because she is writer and I wanted to give her space to write down her ideas and the outlines is meaningful because she is the one who gets to add the 'color' in words when she is writing her stories

and a little felt Kiki but my camera stopped working and the image in stuck in my cell phone I will drag it out and add it here...there is also a Moon on the way to replace the one my kittens destroyed!

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3  Two Bags Inspired by the Guitar Bag! in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by MTANDG on: January 06, 2008 09:52:54 AM
While browsing Craftster I saw this bag by mewyam https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=210511.0 and since my kids were watching they just wanted me to make one for each of them modeled after their guitar hero guitar---they have more faith in my skills than I do because I have never made a bag, purse or anything and I am just getting back to sewing and crafting after many years hiatus---but I went for it anyway cause with kids you can totally mess up and they still love it and you, great motivators they are for the ego...anyway here they are:

This one is spidey fabric, with blue satin stuff lining, the white bar is supposed to be the Wii controller (bad flash pics) that you stick into the guitar to play the game(for those not familiar) but I traced the actual guitar to come up with the pattern--the buttons are some vintage ones I had laying around and finally have a project to use them on although they are a bit heavy for the fabric they are just about the same size and shininess as the ones on the real guitar so I had to use them I think I will do a tighter stitch to get them to lay flat--I will try to take some better pics cause you can not see the wii controls that I stitched onto this

Here is the pink one, wish she had picked another color cause the contrast did not turn out well against the details...and the whammy bar is not the size I wanted but she wanted it that way...and in this one you can see the Wii remote details, that was fun...She wanted a zipper on the inside of her bag but I think the zipper made it bunch at the top, she plans on using this to take her dolly dressing supplies & accessories to her friend's house and she did not want stuff to fall out, should have known not to make a bag for the critical purse maven who at her tender age of 7 already has a wall in her closet dedicated to purses with a nail for each one

It was a fun project overall, great sewing practice and a good break from the swap stuff I have been working on....thanks mewyam for the good inspiration!  Enjoy!

Anyone know how to make the pictures bigger?
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4  No need to worry Underdog is Furry....7yo designed sweater in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by MTANDG on: December 31, 2007 06:46:01 PM
So she took great pride in finding a sweater and tracing out the pattern and cutting it and glueing it onto the sweater and since I am addicted to here she wanted me to put it on too....her dog is so cute now.

Enjoy!  Never to early to start the love of crafting!
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5  Re: Miyazaki Swap Round 2 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by MTANDG on: December 31, 2007 06:39:40 PM
OK our Jiji in disguise (his real name is Sokka from Avatar The Last Airbender cartoon) helped choose what I was going to make, he came up when I was reading a Miyazaki pic book and placed his paw on a picture which helped me finalize our large craft here he is helping and then below is the teaser

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6  Plain toy trunks to painted cool....Image obese in Interior Decorating: Completed Projects by MTANDG on: December 28, 2007 01:22:44 PM
This first one was painted for my oldest who has her room painted and themed for Harry Potter so I made her a dragon traveling trunk when she goes to track down the dragons from the Dragonology book.  We used stickers from that book-I think they came with the guide--as well as scrapbook traveling pieces from around the world. The trunk pieces are from goodwill leather belts and metal pieces and the 'lock' part are the backings from a drawer pulls which I found the round one for the 'lock' and the long ones for the 'metal bindings'  ...you can see the end of one belt above the 'lock'

The pillow on top is covered with two leather strips and tea colored muslin

This is a side view, this trunk was ugly, dirty white when I bought it from a garage sale for $2

And this is a view of the inside of the lid, I like the dragon scratches-they are stickers from the Dragonology book

I covered all the stickers with a water based clear coat sealer-several layers for kid proofing

The second trunk was for my youngest daughter, she chose the Mary Englebreit fabric and all the colors and stickers-she is very firm in what she likes-you can see the bright colors she has in her room by the yellow on the wall

View of the inside of the lid with scrapbook pieces of 'seed packets' and victorian clothing (these are actually 3D and required a lot of clear coat)

This trunk was also a dirty white and had to be repaired on the bottom, I just coincidentally found them two weeks apart at garage sales and knew what I was meant to do, lol, we did add a kid safety hinge on this one because the lid tended to slam down.

This last one was something I cobbled together from scrap wood to contain the magazines, I stenciled it on to the primed wood with acrylics--I made the stencils after seeing them in a craft book, so I did not design them but I cut them and adapted them

Here is the frog stencil side

Here is the fairy castle side, darn warped scrap wood

Here is my fav part of the whole thing, I just love this scene--the inside is just a plain color and the shelf behind it is a work in progress bookshelf/costume trunk

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7  Meet Baa La La in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by MTANDG on: December 28, 2007 12:42:29 PM
Please welcome Baa La La to the stuffed animal universe.  She was supposed to be small but as I was sewing her body kept getting bigger, must be sheep magic? So she poofed herself up to become a sittable, leanable stuffy and as long as you don't block her mouth (so she can have access to beautiful flowers) you can hang out with her.  She also chose her own lips, requested two pink bows on her ears(and promptly pulled one off, which I can not figure out how she did that because she has no neck) and the necklace from my daughter...she is very persnickity and totally loveable!  She even named herself!

And here is a close up so you can see her button eyes.  Unfortunately in the poofing process she was made without feet but mostly because she is so large she has to roll everywhere and feet would just ruin the rolling momentum but she does have a nubby tail under which rests the hole (now sewed together) through which her body was stuffed (the girls loved that part and I did too because it was like vet school only no gloves needed lol)--she requested that we not take a photo of her backside for obvious reasons!  Enjoy!
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8  Gauchos for the girls!--Now with the cape in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by MTANDG on: December 28, 2007 12:29:53 PM
Made these for my youngest for her violin recital but forgot to take a pic of the outfit that eve so today I finally got her to put these back on, they turned out very easy but I overestimated her size and so they have to be arranged around her waist, other than that she loves them and that is what is impt right?!

Ok so then the oldest wanted a pair and she got into my vintage fabric stash and picked out some LOVELY polyester style which actually turned out pretty cool and it really matches her style, I like the whole pirate fling the ties give these.....forgive the loving looks on my kids faces, the oldest one is on a guitar hero binge and has been rocking into the wee hours and her hair is permanantly mussed because she has taken to wearing bat ears on some imagination kick she is on and the little one just plain does not like to do things because I asked her to

I made both pants longer than normal because the girls wanted them longer and wider-perhaps born in the wrong era?  LOL

They are from Design A of Butterick B4848

Added this image of the cape that went with the outfit-just finishing the top never got it done in time but the colors of the fabric and sparkles went with the colors on the top and I will post that when it is finished!---I procrastinated and did not get the top done for her concert so I figured I would at least get these done first!

There is a matching sparkle 'blob' on the other side and she picked her ribbon to go with it...too fun to make!
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9  Re: HARRY POTTER QUILT BLOCK SWAP GALLERY! in The Swap Gallery by MTANDG on: December 12, 2007 02:37:52 PM
Cat, I got your blocks two days ago but have been offline and sicky.....plus sicky kids and the 12 billion other things you still have to do even when you are sick, lol  so here are my picks I LOVE LOVE LOVE the colors and the designs I am so inspired to do more and better and hope to look back at my crafts on here and see how much I have improved!  I really have done some cool things in my life but never a quilt block other than my own creations  and this was so nervewracking making something that is cool that others will like...I am working on my original idea of the books and if I come up with something that works I will send them to you all as a make-up for my other designs....y'all will not mind will you?  I figure for the four of you I can do anything you have been so nice and welcoming!

Can not wait to see these all together

Here are my pics I hope they come through..yea I just previewed it and it was so simple to do, glad to learn something new every day!

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10  Re: HARRY POTTER QUILT BLOCK SWAP GALLERY! in The Swap Gallery by MTANDG on: December 03, 2007 08:48:15 AM
Here are the ones I received from annamhudson!  Hmm I can upload them to my personal gallery but they are not showing up here, user error, I put the link between the code but they are still not showing up, what am I doing wrong?



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