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71  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / It used to cover my pregnant belly before she was born on: January 17, 2008 04:40:45 PM
So I found these tights in my daughter's clothes the other day. I'm not sure if I purchased them or if they were given (handed down) from a friend. Anyway, I think they're adorable and needed a dress. I planned to buy some fabric to make said dress and stuck the tights in my purse for matching purposes. Days passed until I had a chance to go shopping. All of my short sleeved shirts are packed away for winter, but I was hot and wanted something cool to wear. I looked through my closet and found this shirt.

It's not maternity, but it is a 26/28 which is a 3X or 4X I believe. I have pics of me wearing it when I was pregnant with my little girl. I realized it was the perfect color and was inspired to make this.

Here's a detail of the hem. I did a fancy, schmancy stitch on my machine using a varigated machine quilting thread. The fabric puckered because I had to pull it a bit thereby stretching it. I like the puckery effect though. I did this around the neckline and hem and think it's rather cute.

Action shot with the tights that inspired the dress. My daughter seems rather pleased with the dress doesn't she? Smiley Or perhaps it's the donut she's eating....

72  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions / How would you fix this? on: January 01, 2008 08:43:00 AM
My son is 3 years old and very hard to find clothing for. He's tall and very slender. His 3T pants are a bit too short, not so much that he can't wear them in public, but they really could be a bit longer. His waist is more of a 2T or even smaller. I always put darts in his pants to keep them from falling down. My question is, how can I make his pants a little longer? For my daughter, I just add some cute fabric as a cuff and then maybe a patch or two to tie it together visually. Would that work for my son, or would it look silly for a boy? Too girly?
73  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Knitting machines - anyone here use one? on: December 18, 2007 10:38:00 AM
I am really interested in buying a knitting machine because I'm a crocheter first and knitting takes me FOREVER. I want to make sweaters and such for family and I would love to have the option of knitting. So, I have a couple of questions and would really appreciate some help.

1) Is it really as easy as the ads say? I'm a pretty competent crafter (crochet, sew, knit a little, and lots and lots of other crafts) but the terms I see about knitting on a machine don't make sense to me. Will they when I get a machine and watch the video that comes with it?

2) Which machine would you recommend to a newbie for making sweaters?

3) Any other advice you can think of?

I really appreciate any help you all can provide. And my husband will to if it keeps me from buying something that I won't use, or convinces me that I will love this as much as I think I will.

74  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / 6 foot tall hat (pic heavy) - Inspired by fellow Craftster choleblack on: December 17, 2007 05:49:41 AM
Inspired by choleblack's "A hat as tall as she is" and "Nameless Gnome Hats", I made my nephew a hat that is 6 feet long.

My husband showing just how long it is. It would touch the ground but he has the fringe on top of his head.

My nephew modeling it. He LOVED it!  Grin

Thanks choleblack for the inspiration!
75  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / My first venture into Polymer Clay Land - an ornament for a friend (2 pics) on: December 08, 2007 02:02:36 PM
I'm participating in an ornament swap with some online friends. The person I had to get an ornament for LOVES ladybugs. I looked and looked for one but all were either ugly or out of the agreed on price range. I looked all over the craft stores for inspiration, bought several things much to my husband's chagrin, but still didn't know what I was going to make. Then I remembered I have one of those sampler kits of Sculpey clay. So I broke it out and started playing. I fell in love with polymer clay and can't wait to make more things  Grin Anyway, here's what I came up with.

It's about 4" tall. The green was created by blending a really dark green and a light green. I made a cone out of aluminum foil, wrapped it in the clay, then used a good old fork to make some texture. The lady bugs are about 1/4" in diameter or so. The star is free sculpted and didn't turn out as well as I'd liked. If I had it to do over again I'd use a cookie cutter to start with, but this is ok I suppose.

Detail of a ladybug:

After it baked, I did a wash with black acrylic on the tree then a heavier wash with gold acrylic on the star. Some of the gold paint got on the tree so I did a super light wash in gold paint on it as well. After the paint dried, I sprayed a clear acrylic sealer on it. Hope she likes it Smiley

Comments and critiques are most welcomed!
76  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Fuzzy bunny (pic heavy) on: October 30, 2007 07:20:42 AM

I made this for a friend who loves bunnies and is expecting her first baby in a few weeks. It's made from wool yarn and I felted it twice after crocheting all the parts. The tail is an eyelash yarn. The ears are scraps from a felted wool sweater. The eyes and nose are scraps. I just made this up as I went so it's not perfect but I think it's really cute. It's so soft and fuzzy too.
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