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1  polymer clay keychains in Polymer Clay: Completed Projects by BeagleMommy on: July 31, 2008 11:21:34 AM
I'm brand new to using polymer clay, but I thought I'd share this. I had a couple of old carabiners I used as keychains. They were all scratched and the paint was coming off. So, I covered them with clay.

I also did a few magnets:

I'm open to any and all suggestions to improve them. Thanks for looking!  Smiley
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2  Re: If you could have ANY sewing machine... in Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions by BeagleMommy on: June 09, 2008 04:20:53 AM
Oooh, good topic. I have two machines from the 50's and I'm afraid I'm in love. I have an Atlas Deluxe that is pink (!!) and was my primary machine until my cheapy Brother got returned to me. I have a love/ hate relationship with my Brother. It's only good at thin fabrics, but will zigzag. The Atlas will sew through ANYTHING.
So, now for the sad part, I already own my dream machine! It doesn't work correctly at the moment. And it's in a cabinet so that means I have to take the truck to the repair shop. The truck gets a whopping 9 miles to the gallon, so I wait. Did I mention the repair shop is 40 miles away?
My dream machine is a Singer 319W. It's 1950's green and with the correct cams, which I don't have, will do 60+ kinds of stitches. It sews now, but won't adjust the stitch length.

BTW, a treadle was on my wish list. My mom bought one in January that she still hasn't fixed, but it's in good shape except for the belt. I can hardly wait to learn to sew with it!
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3  Latest fitted diapers in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by BeagleMommy on: June 05, 2008 07:54:27 AM
Here are my three latest fitted dipes for my LO. I used the MamaBird pattern.

The flowered diaper on the right is made from a fitted sheet.

The red is silk from a 75 cent thrifted shirt instead of flannel like the other two.

And the back showing the calf nursing is my favorite!

What do you think? They are all supposed to be the same size, but aren't. They do, however, all fit. Maybe I'll get good with seam allowances someday!  Smiley
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4  Flicker dress in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by BeagleMommy on: May 12, 2008 02:25:58 PM
Well, I'm a bit of a bird nut. So when I saw this fabric with flickers on it the only question in my mind was how much to buy. And since I'm a dolt at figuring out patterns, I made dd a dress using the singlet shopping bag tute. It worked pretty well, but it hangs a bit strange and it's a little tight in the bodice. I may try to rework it. So, here is the second dress for my little one that is not a recon! (I guess it is sort of a recon since the lining is an thrifted bedsheet!  Smiley  )

And with a real live toddler:

Please excuse the junk in the background! Getting a picture of a toddler on the move requires one to be less picky about backgrounds!

Comments are welcome!
Also, if any of you have ever seen any other woodpecker/ flicker/ sapsucker fabrics, please let me know!!
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5  Small Purse for my sister in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by BeagleMommy on: May 11, 2008 12:47:52 PM
Here is a bag I just made for my sister. It's reversible. She loves small bags with short straps that she puts over her shoulder. I don't know if that description makes sense, but here it is:


And with it reversed:

It's not as crooked as it looks in the picture!

What do you think? I think I like the solid for the outside better except that it shows my less than perfect stitching!
I hope she likes it!  Smiley
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6  reconstructed adult sweater to 2T dress in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by BeagleMommy on: March 13, 2008 06:06:25 AM
Well, I debated whether or not to post this, but you guys will be gentle with me, right?
This is my first real recon for my daughter. I started with a pretty aqua and brown women's sweater with a hole in one arm. I was going to pay 50 cents for it at my favorite thrift store. But when the lady saw the hole she gave it to me instead! Yay! Cheap is good, free is better! I failed to take any before pictures because, frankly, I figured it wouldn't turn out well. It was your typical tight fitting, thin cotton women's sweater.
And it became:

DD has decided that playing peekaboo is the best thing ever.

The hardest part was trying to keep the stripes lined up. Just sewing on that stretchy fabric sucked!
It's not perfect. The right sleeve keeps rolling up and the neck is a bit bigger than I had intended, but, all in all, I'm pleased. I can't wait to go thrifting for more sweaters of this type!
This is the first dress I have ever made for dd that looked presentable enought to leave the house in!
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7  Re: Newbies Only Swap Round 8 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by BeagleMommy on: March 06, 2008 05:38:19 PM
All the swaps look great!

I'm so glad grenouille78 liked her stuff. I got my package today and I LOVE everything! I'm new to this posting pictures thing so, lets see how it goes:
Before I opened it-
You'll notice that the inner package is wrapped, so even more suspense than I expected!

My beautiful frog box:

Everything all together:

From left to right we have my beautiful and soft cloth napkins, coffee and crocheted coffee in its own coffee cup, and the prettiest little dress for my little girl! It's all great, but the dress is amazing! I'm going to try to get a shot of dd wearing the dress later. It really does fit well. It was all I could do not to take dd out in 30 degree weather wearing her new spring-y dress!
What a great swap! Smiley
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