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41  A Winter and a Thanksgiving Vignette in Needlework: Completed Projects by ostera15 on: February 07, 2010 05:29:32 PM
I have had these patterns for  few years now and every year I say I'm going to make them for myself and then I get wrapped up in making Christmas presents and they never get done. So, I added them to my 50 projects in 2010 list and then realized that if I did then now they wouldn't get pushed aside come holiday season. Both are done on 10 count plastic canvas with embroidery floss. Thanks for looking!


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42  Dress becomes bathing suit skirt in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by ostera15 on: January 30, 2010 07:40:21 PM
My daughter had a dress that she loved, but one strap was broken and it was to short for her:

So I removed the top (not sure what I'm going to do with that yet) and turned the rest into a bathing suit skirt with a tie on the side:

It may not be a big project, but I'm proud of it since it's my first clothing item!
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43  Adult themed altered notebook/scrapbook (slightly mature) in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by ostera15 on: January 29, 2010 05:09:28 PM
I'm not very talented when it comes to paper crafting (mainly because once you glue it's really hard to take it apart and fix screw ups), so to challenge myself I joined an adult themed altered notebook/scrapbook swap. Here are some of the results of all my hard work:

The first page when you open the book, pages cut from an old dictionary with sexual terms circled like a want age page:

Next a collection of names for male genitalia with space to add your own:
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Then clips from magazines that I added some string to, I didn't really like the way it came out so it was the only one with it:

Then a few pages with poetry on various backgrounds

Then two pages that I praticed paper cutting:

There were about 80 double sided pages total, but after all that paper work I still think that the cover, which is embroidered felt, ended up being my favorite part!
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44  Guitar Strap Covers for Rock Band in Completed Projects by ostera15 on: January 02, 2010 07:15:16 PM
I'm not sure if this is the right place to post this, but it didn't seem to fit in any of the other sewing sections.

I'm still learning to sew and create my own items, not using a pre-made pattern, and this was my attempt at something basic and easy or so I thought. The first picture is of them open and flat, the second picture is closed the way they would look around the strap.

The one with the skulls was my first attempt, I made the front and the back out of two separate pieces, with felt inside for padding, and then sewed them together on one side, with Velcro tabs on the other side. The one with the flames I sewed the two different fabrics together with felt in the middle and then sewed two creases legnth wise to make it fold into thirds and placed Velcro on the back of the first third and the front of the last third.

I like the way the flame one looks better, but I like tabs on the first one. The next time I make one I'll have to combine the two ideas together!
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45  Re: 2009 Holiday Handmade Crusade :: (December Theme Page 1) in Craftalongs by ostera15 on: December 15, 2009 11:26:36 AM
Sorry to hear about the crafting catstrophy! It was/is a great idea.

I have finished two of the three presents I have left to do, but I completely spaced pictures before I wrapped them so no pictures Sad All I have left to do is a pillow for my daughter that I'm hoping to have finished today. Pillow is finished and I actually remembered to take a picture before wrapping Then I might make some stuffies for a friends' kids if I can find the time.

Front of the pillow, patches are from a shirt she outgrew:

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46  Mary Engelbreit inspired makeover in CHALLENGE 45 ENTRIES by ostera15 on: December 01, 2009 11:05:48 PM
My mom had painted a small wooden table in Mary Engelbreit style/design and I loved it, so when I saw this chair that was my first thought, it would look so much better bright and colorful, so I set to work.

My before chair:

This was actually a dumpster find, so cost nothing except for the price of the red paint that I didn't already have on hand. Not the best before picture, you can see that it had started rusting and was cracked down the middle. I sanded off 3 layers of paint, a peach, a cream, and the original white. After sanding I repaired the crack with wood glue and sanded yet again. And took the whole thing apart so I could clean the rusted parts for hours on end ( no pics). Then I painted it energy red:

The red wasn't enough for me so I added some black accent stripes, which I neglected to take a picture of, and then set to work painting the seat:

The detail that I wanted for the back (not sure what the technical name for this part of the chair is) was beyond my painting skills so I decoupaged pictures pictures on to it:

Many coats of varnish, and I have a great garden chair!

Thanks for taking the time to look at my entry.
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47  Re: 2009 Holiday Handmade Crusade :: (November Theme Page 1) in Craftalongs by ostera15 on: November 20, 2009 02:54:11 PM
The painted onsies, my kids helped to pick out the designs:

I have one more left to decorate, I think I'm going to sew a patch on it, I need to finish the gift tags/ornaments, and I'm debating on soft blocks and then I'm done with the presents that have to be mailed out in two weeks.
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48  Re: 2009 Holiday Handmade Crusade :: (November Theme Page 1) in Craftalongs by ostera15 on: November 18, 2009 11:58:10 AM
Great embroidery! and I can't wait to see pics of the jammies, I love seeing handmade kids clothes!

I have finished the crafting part of my NFL paint cans:

And the coasters that match:

Now all I have to do is buy the snacks to go in them and they're done. I also finished 3 more painted onsies, but haven't taken the pictures yet.
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49  Re: 2009 Holiday Handmade Crusade :: (November Theme Page 1) in Craftalongs by ostera15 on: November 13, 2009 10:52:14 AM
I have finally finished all my bath salts, here's a few of the 35 jars I made:

And now I'm working on ornaments for package tags, the first two:

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50  Re: 2009 Holiday Handmade Crusade :: (November Theme Page 1) in Craftalongs by ostera15 on: November 06, 2009 11:47:33 AM
I've been really bad about posting my pictures and in some cases even taking them. Here's what I have done since my last post:

Burp cloths and a blanket, round two, for my niece on the way:

I've also finished all my bath salts and labeled them, I just need to put the fabric on the tops of them.
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