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1  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Embroidered Easter Coat on: May 01, 2013 07:36:44 PM
Here's a project I finished a few weeks ago.  

A spring jacket I made for my niece.  Embroidered with bunnies and buttons.

The jacket....

Close up of the embroidery...
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Sewing Machine Needle Case on: March 11, 2012 03:17:00 PM
I sew lots of different types of things from clothes to crafts to home dec.  So I need lots of different needles for my machine.  When I change projects I end up having to rummage around in my supplies trying to find the right type and size of needle.

I also like to try and change out the needle often (sharp needles are so much nicer to sew with).  So I switch out the needle on my machine often but then I'm left with what to do with a needle that was used once or twice.  I don't want to put it back in with the new and it still has some life so I don't just want to toss it.  If I put it in a pin cushion then I can never remember later if it was a sharps needle or maybe a ball point and did I use it just for a few seams or is it mostly worn out.  Different manufactures have different colors to code the needle type and so don't have any color...who can remember them all. As for seeing those tiny little numbers to figure out what size it is...almost impossible. 

So my solution...a needle case labeled with common type and size machine needles.  I can flip to the right needle type and find the right size needle for a project instantly.  As I use the needle I'll move them across the strip so needles at the center of the book have more use than those on the edges.  I special marker pin is placed in the spot of the needle in the machine so when I remove it later I'll remember where to return it.  Front and back have a few pockets to keep the unusual needles the don't fit in the labeled spots.  The whole case was made from one Moda charm pack plus some felt for the strips, a bit of printable fabric for the labels, and batting.

3  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Poppets on: December 30, 2011 06:41:05 PM
Just wanted to show off the Poppet couple I made for my partner in the Mini 12 days of Christmas swap.  She asked for a hippy couple and here's what I came up with.  These were my 1st poppets and I had lots of fun with them.  Especially dressing them and figuring out the hair.

The couple together...

The girl...she just had to have a rainbow patchwork skirt and a cute top to show off her cleavage.

It took me the longest time to figure out how to make this boy's dreadlocks.  I love how they turned out.
4  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Plush Pheonix on: January 30, 2011 07:28:58 PM
I wanted to share a plush phoenix I made for phoenixfiredesignsin a recent swap. 

I used a pattern from the Little Birds book
Like the project here https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=341007.0

I changed the tail feathers to be pointy to make them more flame shapes.  I used a felted sweater for the body and home dec fabric samples for the details.  The back of the feathers is just craft felt.  I love the way he came out.

5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Knitted Lion on: January 01, 2011 07:21:12 PM
I thought I'd show off the lion I made for my partner is the Little Stuffies Swap.

I knit this lion up using Alan Darts pattern (part of his Noah's Ark set) for the head and body. The body is Chinchilla yarn that came from a swap (I love swaps!) and the mane is fun fur.  I ended up loving the fuzzy cuddly effect this yarn gave my little cat.  It was my 1st time using this type of yarn, 1st animal, 1st time I tried to modify a pattern on my own.  Lots of 1st but it all worked out. 

I dont like his stick thin legs so I changed those by knitting them in the round and adding more increases to shape (especially for the back legs). I used pipe cleaners inside the legs wrapped with a bit of polyfill to give them shape and allow them to bend. The tail I made as an I-cord with 4 sts. 

6  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / From cheap bookshelves to awsome craft storage on: December 04, 2010 09:22:46 PM
I've been slowly putting together my craft room since we moved over a year ago.  My budget is limited and I like to make/build/repurpose as much as possible so it's coming together slowly. 

My best find so far were these bookshelf/drawer organizers on Craigslist.  They were cheap laminate, furniture in a box quality, and quite ugly but I knew they could make great craft room storage.  I paid $20 for both of them.  I took them apart, sanded down the laminate surface, and patched a few nicks and holes with wood putty.  Then there were multiple coats of a good primer and then paint.  I replaced the cardboard backs with some plywood paneling and reassembled them adding reinforcement to make them sturdier.  Finally I bought some nice oil rubbed bronze hardware to replace the cheap silver ones. 

Here's the end result:

Here's what I started with:

I added baskets to hold various WIP and smaller supplies.  I spent several weeks going through all my fabric and organizing it.  Wovens were placed on these mini bolts (cut out of old cardboard boxes). 

The knits were rolled and placed in the drawers.  Another drawer was designated for baby fabric.

Behind the other doors is more misc. craft stuff.  I think I might have too much fabric and craft things (I have even more that lives in the closet).   Grin  But with everything behind closed doors or in nice baskets and boxes it's a bit less obvious how much of a stash problem I actually have!

7  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Craft Storage and Thread Organizers on: December 04, 2010 08:55:21 PM
I made some organizers for my craft room.  I wanted a way to organize thread and misc. sewing notions but also like the room to be neat and have everything contained.  I've seen lots of pegboard organizers and I like the idea but wanted things to look neater for the times when the craft room has to be a guest room.  These are what I came up with. 

I've had this idea in my head for quite awhile and have slowly been making all the bits.  I used the same idea as all those 'jewelry holders behind paintings' I've been seeing here.  Only I made memo boards for the outside.  And inside I built some thread holders and a pegboard.

Here they are hanging on the wall.

Inside of the thread organizer:

Inside of the peg board organizer:
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Knit Veggies on: December 03, 2010 02:54:09 AM
I decided to teach myself to knit last month.  I tried a scarf but got bored after about 10" of plain old knit and purl.  So I figured I'd just jump right in with something more fun.  I found the 'Amigurumi Knit' book at my library and love all the little critters.  I'm working my way through the veggies.  Started with the cucumber, moved on to the tomato, and then the garlic.  I've just started the eggplant.  It's been a lot of fun and I'm hooked on knitting in the round now. 

These are going to be a gift for my sister who is a veggie farmer.

9  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Which material/color do you like best on this memory board? on: November 17, 2010 07:38:18 PM
I'm making a couple of memory boards for my craft room.  I have one finished.

And here it is again showing the wall color...sorry pic is a bit blurry but you get the idea.

I love this Heather Ross Mendocino fabric.  I've been lusting after it for ages and finally got some from another craftster in the OWS swap!  This is what I decided to use it for.  I'm having a really hard time deciding how to do the second one.  I want it to match the one I already have done but I don't want it to be exactly the same. The furniture in the room is white and brown.  And the walls are green.  So I wanted to tie those colors together and use orange as an accent color to add a bit of splash to the room.   Here are some ideas I've come up with.  Which do you like the best?

1) small seahorse material with brown ribbon and orange buttons...or I might try and find some green buttons.

2) small seahorse material with green ribbon and brown buttons.

3) Large seahorse/octopus material with brown ribbon.  (I didn't put out buttons but either orange or green)

4) Large seahorse/octopus material with green ribbon and brown buttons. I didn't take a pic of this but it's be exactly like the one I already did...maybe to much the same

5)Green material with brown ribbon (I didn't put out buttons but either orange or green).

5)Green material with orange ribbon.  I think I'd use brown buttons.
10  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Dino Playmat on: September 05, 2010 12:19:20 AM
I just thought I'd post some pics of a Dino playmat that I made recently for the Ongoing Wish Swap.

I started with this tut but then kinda modified it from there.http://blog.craftzine.com/archive/2009/10/how-to_dinosaur_play_mat.html

I made the base a large circle, cut out shapes for the water, grass, rocky areas, attached them with heat bond, and then stitched them down. 

The volcano and cave came from the tut templates.  Except I made a base for the volcano and cut it to be curvy to add some shape to make slopes.  I decided to use tulle for the lava...I wanted something that would stand up a bit but also wouldn't fray or be able to be pulled apart with rough play.  I found some red and orange rolls in Joanne's 1$ bins and decided it would be perfect.  The top is just strips of varying lengths cut with a pinking blade. glued and then sewn down really well to a strip of felt that was then sewn to the inside of the volcano.  I took some of the longer strips, twisted them together, and stitched them to the side of the volcano to make the lava flows. 

Bushes are fern-like shapes cut out of various material and appliqued to felt.  Then the leaves were sewn together and attached to a wooden disk.  The disk was wrapped in green felt to hide it and help contain the leaves. 

The trees are several pipe cleaners twisted together and wrapped in brown material for the trunk.  The leaves are just oval felt shapes cut out and then another narrow strip of felt sewn along the center to create a 'rib' and give the leaf a bit more strength.  Then I just cut along the sides of the oval to create the fronds.  Base is another wooden disk.

Finally I backed it with some dino fabric and put in a drawstring so it could be closed up into a bag like this:

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