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21  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Stitchalongs / Doodle Stitch along on: January 13, 2011 10:38:15 AM
Last week I heard about the 4 week Doodle Stitch along from Aimee Ray's new book. I'm pretty excited to do this. They are posting a new pattern each week and also are hosting giveaways. I'm planning on sewing up last week's cute gnome tonight. I'm thinking of using him in a mug rug for my grandpa.

Anyways I wanted to see if any craftsters wanted to join the fun too!

Here are the details from lark crafts:
22  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Kurt Halsey inspired Hoopla on: September 17, 2010 03:03:06 PM
I came across this piece by Kurt Halsey that I think was on a journal or something. I loved it because it had a tug boat on it and my husband happens to work with Tug boats and barges. I decided that I would stitch it up in a hoop as a present. I finally finished the back and hung it up. I love this piece. Its my first hoopla piece too. (normally I stitch onsies, tea towels, and of course teacozies).
I added a little tiny "foss" to the barge at my hubby's request (thats the name of the maritime company he works for). The origional drawing was also in greens, grey and white however I made sure to use a green green as that is also Hubby's request (and work's color)

Here it is hanging on our wall

23  NEEDLEWORK / Sublime Stitching Embroidery / Zombie loving tea cozy on: September 12, 2010 10:06:30 PM
For our 6th anniversary I decided to make my hubby a tea cozy for his teapot. I've done a couple of these before and do one "company" side that is just a nice fabric and then another side that is funny. For him I decided to do zombies. I used sublime stitching zombies and the brain from vital organs. (the font is just a standard computer font)

He loved his present! I think this was one of my funnest projects yet.

24  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Where to purchase blank baby appael (bodysuits/onsies) on: August 15, 2010 10:24:39 PM
I'm thinking of doing up some cute onsies for a fundraiser for a breast cancer walk I'm doing. I've noticed that alot of people just use Gerber onsies but I'm not much of a fan of them. (As a mom, I find they run small and are pretty thin). Does anyone know of any other good cheap plain onsies/bodysuits and where to buy them? I really want some colored ones too without having to dye them myself. Suggestions? Tips?
(I know Target used to carry Circo plain colored onsies but it looks like they stopped. I loved these ones and used to use them for baby gifts all the time).

25  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies / Fabric flower burp clothes on: February 08, 2009 03:06:35 PM
A couple friends of mine just had baby girls and I decided to make them some fun burp cloths. I was inspired by this link:


I simply covered a cheap burp cloth in white flanel. Then used some fun fabric scraps to do the flowers. I used some green ribbon I had for the stems

Purple flowers

The faded look came with some "help" from some bleach. By help I mean an accident involving a pink onsie that made the burp cloth have pink stains on it. I then used my friend bleach to take out the pink spots. However bleach got a bit carried away with herself and started fading out the fabric too.

I'm pretty proud of these burp cloths. I just hope my friends and their wee ones love them too.
26  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / mug cozy for my sewing circle on: February 08, 2009 01:55:04 PM
Some friends of mine all started a sewing cirlce. We decided to do a valentine swap and make something valentiney. I was stumped and couldn't figure out what to do. I had come across this awesome image and decided to use it on some mug cozies.

So here they are. There are 5 other ladies in the group so each person got a cup with a cozy on it. The white square is actually a pocket to put a tea bag or something in it. The image was added using iron on paper for my printer.

Group shot


Another group shot

Sadly I forgot to make myself one. Now I'll have to wait till I get more iron on paper.
27  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / book holder or rest suggetions on: October 17, 2008 09:20:12 PM
So I'm trying to plan out some christmas and near xmas bday presents. I really want to make my best buddy this book holder/rest:

Sadly I'm not ingenius enough to create my own pattern. Has anyone else found similar pattern or tutorials for something that serves this kinda purpose? Or does anyone have any tips on how I too could make the coolest hands free reading device known to man?

Help is greatly appreciated!
28  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Some sweet pot holders on: October 17, 2008 08:17:49 PM
So a friend of mine lives in London and just rented her first "flat." She has since gone into uber kitchen mode and is now cooking up a storm. I think its the two years of living off subway and bad dorm food that did it. She won't be able to come home for christmas or her birthday (happens right after christmas) so I made her some presents to show her I love her and miss her. These I deemed her bday present. I'm sending them to her via her family who is flying her to disney land for the weekend. (I wish my family would fly me to disney land!)

Here they are:

I got the martini one from some site I now can't find/remember. (you may recall seeing my sock monkey speaking sock, also came from that awesome site)
The other one is supposed to be liquid butter. Its my friend's saying for a dreamy guy. Mainly that Orlando whats his name (bloom?) So I made her some butter becoming liquid. I hope she likes them! (though I have to wait till the begining of January to find out! blurg)

I had a tea towel all planned out for her as well, but sadly it was not completed by my deadline (today). I think I might just have to send her that in the mail once I finish it.

Comments, suggestions, critique, and spelling corrections are always appreciated!

Ps. I used some dollar pot holders from Joann's fabrics. Gotta love the dollar area!
29  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / super awesome retro apron on: October 17, 2008 08:12:31 PM
This was my first apron attempt. I have 3 more planned out. I used a tutorial found on better homes and garden online. (its a free pattern, you just have to give them your email address) Here is the link: http://www.bhg.com/crafts/sewing/accessories/easy-retro-apron/

I made this one for a christmas present for a dear friend who lives in London. She just rented her first "flat" and is now being all housewifey (psuedo since she's single and a student). I hope she loves this as much as I do! I found the tutorial ok. It was a bit vague about things like adding the ties, sewing the ties, and how to create a gather. (though I could just not know how to read and look at diagrams) I kinda just figured most of it out. I think when I remake this for another friend I'm going to shorten the bottom ruffle area a bit. I hope you all enjoy my very first super cool apron

Modeled by my lovely birthing hips (they have even birthed!)

Being modeled by my lovely couch. (It makes a great model)

I love the fabric, its my first Amy Butler purchase. I think I may become addicted! I sent the present off today, can't wait for christmas to come so I can find out if she likes it! (Though I may find out sooner if she's bad and opens the present when she gets it!)

Any comments and suggestions are always appreciated!
30  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / oh baby- some embroidered onsies and blanket on: October 04, 2008 12:47:09 PM
I got uber creative with the baby gifts lately and made some cute onsie's for some friends.

Here is the cute sock monkey (I forget where I got the design from...)

(sorry for the bad colors not showing up, but he's speaking sock if you can't tell whats in the word box)

cute owl onsie for a friend's baby girl (design from same place as monkey)

taggie blanet with bunnie embroidery (design also from same place that I can't find in my bookmarks...darn disapearing bookmarks)

I used some simple freezer paper for stablizer because I ruined my other stuff with a tea bag. It fell into my embroidery bin and then was forgotten about. It managed to get moldy and gross on my lovely stablizer. Oh and ruined some (but not all) of my transfer paper. Lesson: don't leave tea bags/tea in a place where your young child will knock over. Don't leave your embroidery bin open in that same vicinity. When cleaning up said messes, don't forget that there was a tea bag in that cup of tea.

I hope you enjoyed my cute onsies.
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