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11  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Mother's Day / Wine Bottle Cozy on: May 10, 2013 02:11:16 PM
I have the problem of having a very crafty mama. Well, it's not a problem in general, it's awesome because she's taught me lots of awesome crafty things throughout my life. But when her birthday and Mother's Day roll around it's a challenge, 'cause anything I make her is slightly less impressive since she can make just about anything.

Today I decided to use my new skill, couching, which I learned about on PBS recently  Tongue, to make her an accoutrement for her other favorite thing in life besides crafting, which is wine. It just fancies up the bottle a bit. My explanation for its usefulness is that when she is having guests over but doesn't wanna splurge, she can get a bottle of Tisdale, slip the cozy over the label, and tell people it's a fancy expensive wine. (The wine I bought her is not Tisdale, by the way, it's something slightly fancier  Tongue)

I am going to have to use my technique for thorns again, which I did freehand on a regular zig zag machine. I like the way it turned out. Wish my pictures were better. I think my design would translate well to a pillow.

12  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Decoupage Toy Box for Baby Room on: April 23, 2013 02:14:31 PM
Hi everyone,

This is a pretty simple project and nothing too impressive, but I am happy with it because it solved 2 problems I had:

1. I had tons and tons of tissue paper and gift bags left over from my baby showers, and
2. I needed a box that would fit under the crib to keep baby stuff in, and I wanted it to be cute.

So I cut the top several inches and the top flaps off a Huggies box to fit under the crib, used wallpaper paste and paper grocery bags to cover the whole box, then put a layer of teal tissue paper on top. When that was dry I cut out some cute animal shapes from one of the gift bags we had and used spray adhesive to decorate the sides of the box with them. (First I attempted to use the wallpaper paste, but the paper from the bag is thick and glossy and the edges curled up.) I am going to put a top coat over the whole thing later to seal it and make it more durable. I would have used Mod Podge or Elmer's and water, but I didn't have any around. The wallpaper paste worked pretty well.

13  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: March Maternity Madness / Seafoam Sundress on: March 14, 2013 10:18:07 AM
Thanks everyone!!!! Unfortunately it hasn't stopped snowing in Minnesota....
14  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / March Maternity Madness / Seafoam Sundress on: March 12, 2013 05:50:03 PM
I couldn't decide on just one alliteration for the title...

I didn't use a pattern for this dress, just saw the material in the thrift store and knew I wanted to make a maxi dress that I could wear for the last month of my pregnancy and continue wearing all summer. I wish it were about an inch longer, but once the basketball underneath is gone I think it'll be toe-length :-) I hesitated to give it such thin straps cause I can't wear a bra with it, but thick straps would have ruined the summery look of it, plus I wanted tie straps so that as I change bra sizes I can adjust as needed without alterations. So ultimately I ended up sewing in a shelf bra. This will be an added bonus when I'm nursing cause it'll be easy to just pop one out the top ;-) Now I just hope we have some nice days in April!

15  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Color Block Skirt from Boring Green Dress on: March 10, 2013 07:22:35 PM
I like it! I get where you're coming from with the moment of "uh oh, I just cut up all my fabric and it's not going to work like this..." great job pulling it off! Are you going to make another something out of the top part of the dress?
16  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Maternity Dress with Scalloped Hem on: February 13, 2013 06:51:01 PM
I guess the volume in the skirt hides it a little bit... I'm seven months pregnant! Thanks guys :-)
17  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Pillow and Mobile for New Baby Room on: February 13, 2013 03:17:26 PM
These are a couple of the items I've made in the process of putting together my baby room for my son, who's due in just a couple months. The room has just about everything except for a crib, which makes it look pretty unfinished... maybe once we get the crib I'll do some overall nursery shots, but for now: a pillow/ cushion I made out of this star fabric with a big red star in the corner, which opens with a flap on the back for washability, and a simple mobile with little stuffed primary colored shapes, for which I used a bit of fabric, a bit of fluff, some thread, yarn, and an embroidery hoop, which I spray painted.

18  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Maternity Dress with Scalloped Hem on: February 13, 2013 02:50:26 PM
I was going to throw out this white sweater because it fit weird and the sleeves were too short. But I can't bring myself to get rid of any clothes right now because of how few of the items in my wardrobe actually fit.... so I used the sweater as the top of this dress. The bottom is a heavy upholstery fabric I've had forever, just made a simple dirndl skirt and added some elastic where I attached the top and bottom, created a scalloped hem, and we have one more dress to get us through the next 2 months! I am really sorry you can see my bra through the top in the pictures. Too lazy to do anything about it.
19  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Rock n Roll Baby on: January 29, 2013 01:00:53 PM
Hi everyone! It has been a super long time since I've posted a project on craftster, but I now have the best reason to craft and to share my projects- I am expecting my first baby! He's due May 1, and I've been sewing, knitting, and crafting projects for his wardrobe and his room since I found out about him back in August. This is the first one I've felt like posting: a shirt that I sewed up in a matter of minutes, made out of scraps from another project for my husband involving a black t-shirt and a red hoodie with a broken zipper. I left the neck and armholes unfinished for a punk rock edge, and also to make it easier to put on the baby since I didn't put little snaps at the shoulders like many baby clothes have. (On a sort of related note, I ordered a bunch of those little plastic snaps and the tool to attach them off the internet... when they arrive, soooo much baby crafting is going to ensue.)

Wish I could take an action pic but that will have to wait til spring!
Please forgive the photo quality. I am a terrible photographer.... sigh.

20  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Sea nymph costume HELP on: October 08, 2012 11:34:30 AM
If you're not afraid of ruining the corset for future uses, you could stitch or glue actual seashells onto it, along the top edge or randomly all over it. If you knit, or know someone that does, you could try making "seaweed"- a couple years ago I went as a mermaid and for warmth I knit a "seaweed" shawl out of green and blue novelty yarn. I also made a smaller cord of the seaweed and hung a seashell from the middle of it, which I wore on my head with the seashell falling onto my forehead (think of the headpiece that the childlike empress wore in the Neverending Story... but with seashells. Pearls would also be fitting!!) Just some ideas!
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