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31  Train Appliqued Onesie in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by soakbonus on: May 05, 2008 11:31:42 AM
I appliqued the train and number one onto a plain red onesie for my son's first birthday party.

Here he is with my sister.  It wasn't very complicated, but he looked great in it!
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32  Train Cakes!! in Dessert by soakbonus on: May 05, 2008 11:24:04 AM

These are the train cakes I made for my son's first birthday party.  They were all decorated using a size 16 star tip and size 3 round tip for the writing and other details.  My mom helped with the decorating as I didn't leave myself as much time as I needed.  Smiley

The big engine was made from a Wilton train pan using a Pillsbury Funfetti cake mix frosted with buttercream.  (I used one stick of margarine, four cups of powdered sugar, one teaspoon of vanilla, one tablespoon of Wilton meringue powder, Wilton food coloring, and milk added until it was the right consistency.)

I cut up black licorice for the coal car.

The present car and caboose were made using a regular 13"x9" pan and cut to look like train cars.  These were a cinnamon swirl cake.  Betty Crocker used to make a cinnamon cake mix, but it is not available any longer.  I made my own using a mix of 1/2 cup of sugar, 1/2 cup of brown sugar, and a tablespoon of cinnamon added to a vanilla cake mix.  It tastes very good.

Present details.

I also used two sticks of licorice on the caboose.

The small engine was made using a metal train cookie cutter.  It is the same Funfetti cake as the big engine.  This was Ethan's personal cake to destroy.  Smiley

I think he liked it.

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33  Mona Lisa Easter Egg and others in Easter by soakbonus on: March 19, 2008 04:50:05 PM
This is my brother's extra credit project for his art class. 

The assignment was to create his own Mona Lisa.  It is made using black crayon for the outline, then using various Paas egg dyes applied with Q-tips to paint her body, then coloring over her body using the clear crayon that comes with the egg dye and dyeing the top and bottom of the egg. 

He also made various football related ones.


Dallas Cowboys helmet (his team).

New Orleans Saints helmet (my husband's team).

My mom also made this egg using black crayon.

All of the others in the box.

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34  Puppy Baby Blanket in Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies by soakbonus on: March 08, 2008 08:45:38 PM
I made this for a friend's baby shower.  They have a puppy theme for their nursery.  I found the blanket binding hard to work with.  It kept bunching up on top and the corners are all wonky, plus I had to use a tiny bit more of a second package so that corner is even worse. 

This is the front of the blanket with the red cotton puppy fabric.

Close-up of puppy fabric.

This is the back of the blanket, blue minky.

Showing the back and front together.

Close-up of the crappy corner.

Anyone have any tips for using blanket binding?  How do you keep it from bunching?
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35  Baby Blocks in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by soakbonus on: January 25, 2008 11:25:33 AM
I made these blocks for my 8 month old.  They are 4 inches wide and tall.  I used six different green fabrics for each side of the block and a seventh dark green material with stars for the letters.  This was my first time doing applique.  I think they turned out pretty good; some of the satin stitching is off a little bit.  I made each block "do" something different and stuffed them with polyfil.

All stacked up with baby in background.

E, with taggies on alien fabric.  I have to find something else to make with this fabric.  I love it.  You can see the sixth fabric on the side a little bit, dark green with frogs.

T, with a bell inside on dinosaur fabric.

H, with a squeaker inside on snail flannel.

A, with crinkle paper (cellophane) on star fabric.

N, with a rattle made from a travel container and plastic beads inside on caterpillar flannel.

So far, he's not too interested in them except when I stack them up to play a favorite game of his...knock things down.

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36  Jewelry Sets (necklace, bracelet, and earrings) in Beads: Completed Projects by soakbonus on: January 19, 2008 08:21:23 PM
I made these beaded jewelry sets for my mom for Christmas.

I gave this one to her around Thanksgiving since it was Christmas/winter-themed.  I made it from kits bought at Michael's a couple years ago. 

Blue Snowflake Set.

My mom requested that I make a necklace and bracelet to match these earrings that she had bought.  I couldn't find the exact beads used, but I found ones that closely matched.

Turquoise Set.

Close-up of beads used.

I thought these dragonfly spacers and fastener would look great with these green and turquoise beads.

Dragonfly Set.

Dragonfly Close-up.

Finally, I made this brown set.  I was trying to use a butterfly clasp that called for 3 strands, but I think it is meant to be used as a choker clasp, so it ended up not working.  I wanted to do something different though and went with a double-stranded necklace. 

Brown Butterfly Set.

Close-up of double strands.

Bracelet close-up.

Earrings close-up.

My mom thought they were great, so I was happy with them.  I'm still looking for a way to use that butterfly clasp though.
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37  Dragon!! in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by soakbonus on: December 08, 2007 10:34:41 PM
I made this dragon for my baby.  We have been looking for a cute stuffed animal that was safe for babies (no choking hazards), and we have had a hard time finding one.  After I found this pattern, I knew I had to make it.  This is my first stuffed animal.  I got the idea from this post.


The website for the pattern can be found here.


I used green fleece for most of the body and orange flannel for the stomach and inside of the ears.  I probably won't try to make a stuffed animal with fleece again.  It was very thick to sew in some places.

Front view.

Side view.

Top view.

Dragon butt.

Dragon tummy.

Dragon in action with baby and daddy.
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38  Turtle Taggie Blanket in Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies by soakbonus on: November 18, 2007 09:10:23 PM
This is my first post as a Craftster newbie.  I found Craftster after I saw one of these and got the urge to make it myself. 

Here's a pic of the blanket laid out with the turtle fabric on top.

This one shows the blue flannel back and some of the ribbons.  I used nine different ribbons and top stitched around the edge to give it more of a border.

This is the turtle fabric up close.

Finally, one of my baby boy with his new blanket.

I was thinking of adding his initials or a bigger turtle in the middle.  What do y'all think?
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