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11  My son's room is finally done! in Interior Decorating: Completed Projects by LovieDovieAnn on: December 30, 2009 08:37:44 PM
There are no before pics because his room was basically a mattress, a box for the bed that was not assembled, and some toys scattered around. Fairly nondescript. I couldn't paint or anything like that, so it's not as super cool as I may have liked. But here is the finished product! I'm in love with it!

In case you were wondering, here's the list of things I bought:

IKEA KURA bed: $199
IKEA KURA bed tent: $19
IKEA SULTAN FLORVG mattress (That's the one and only time I'll ever say that name in public again. >.<): $99
Chalkboard paint, primer, and supples: $40
2 Mainstays bookshelves: $38
18 Dollar Tree basket finds: $18
IKEA KASSETT magazine files: $3
IKEA MINIFNGST hanging stuffed animal storage: $3
IKEA NJE storage baskets: $4
IKEA NJE wall pockets: $6
IKEA MLA chalk (I DO NOT recommend this to anyone. It breaks WAY too easily.): $2
IKEA SMILA moon lamp: $10
IKEA FNISS wastepaper baskets: $6
IKEA SIGNE rugs: $6
Sterlite 3-drawer wide cart used in closet as a dresser: $16
Miscellaneous bought throughout the past year or two, including a PotC set that has since been added: $50

Total: $516

It's much more than I originally planned on spending, but I think it'll grow for a long time with him. And there's plenty of room to expand into since six of those little baskets are complete empty and several only have one or two toys in them.

So...Whatcha think, Craftster? Did I do okay considering I can't paint?

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12  I heart zombies! in Knitting: Completed Projects by LovieDovieAnn on: November 03, 2009 03:11:20 PM
I just realized that I never posted the pillow I made a couple of years ago. It being shortly after Halloween and Craftster being inundated with zombie goodness, I figured it was a good time to do so!

And the overly excited recipient! (Gives you a better idea of the size.)

I backed it with this awesome neon green fabric and stuffed it with polyfil.

I used this chart: http://www.theanticraft.com/archive/samhain06/iheartzombies.htm
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13  Red and Green Placemat Clutch in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by LovieDovieAnn on: September 26, 2009 08:38:06 AM
I found this great placemat at Dollar Tree that I knew just HAD to be a clutch. Perfect since I needed a new purse for a friend's big Honors' Society induction today. But I hate using heavy duty interfacing. And so does my machine. What to use? A mesh placemat, of course! I have no idea why they make them since they're not nonslip. But whatever. It was just the perfect stiffness for me. So I dug in buttons and my stash, found the perfect stuff, and whipped this up in about 15 minutes. AND I made a real button hole. That functions well and isn't too stiff! That, fellow crafters, is a major feat for me. Button holes are evil contraptions! D:



The inside which was supposed to be the front but I wasn't paying attention when I sewed the lining in. Can't have the sewn up hole for flipping showing on the outside, can we?  Roll Eyes:

I'm satisfied with it. And I'll try to add action pics later. Now to find an outfit to wear with it.  Undecided
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14  The Parasol Experiment in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by LovieDovieAnn on: September 15, 2008 10:43:28 AM
I tried a tute I saw on here with this, screwed it up halfway through, then did a little improvising. The end result is a bag that gets ogled over everywhere I go. I know how to hide the flaws well.  Wink

I have a lot more of this fabric left. I still can't decide if it wants to be a quilt or a bag.  Huh
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15  My Eddie Hat in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by LovieDovieAnn on: September 15, 2008 10:41:14 AM
I'm in LOVE with the Eddie Hat pattern and decided to see if my son shared my enthusiasm. The first day he hated it.  Embarrassed Now he won't put it down.  Grin

How do you get an antsy almost two year old to sit still and now make a frowning face long enough for a picture? Distract him with Yo Gabba Gabba, of course!

I plan on making a ton more of these. They're so easy and fast!
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16  My first book ever. [Overly proud number of pics] in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by LovieDovieAnn on: August 09, 2008 09:16:09 PM
I decided to try my hand at bookmaking. I think I did pretty well. Excuse the geeky subject matter, though. It's for a Craft-along with a theme. And it's also not exactly done, either. There are still a few pages that the hubby's begging to be made.

It's 32 sheets of paper, meaning 64 pages front and back. Hand-sewn using the Coptic stitch with a handmade cover.

Sorry for some of the blurriness. I'm experimenting making a homemade lightbox that was apparently too small so I had to hold the camera. I've had the shakes all day.
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17  Aunts are required to be crafty! [+Break Your Dialup] in Quilting: Completed Projects by LovieDovieAnn on: July 10, 2008 04:14:42 PM
My sis is having her baby in about 7 weeks and the shower is Saturday. I started this Monday with much trepidation of getting it done. This is me being really really tired. hahaha

Anywho, the design is mine and I think I did fairly well with it. You know, considering I haven't quilted in well over ten years.

The supplies, not including three more yards of fabric I bought later.

Now I know why I don't do this often.  Cry

The backing fabric since I forgot to take a pic of it after completion...

Giant pixelated pattern thanks to a huge mess at the copy shop.  Roll Eyes

TONS OF PINS...Cause I couldn't find the safety pins and it was 4 in the morning...


And the final product!

So...What do you guys think?!?!
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18  First Time Quilter Needs Advice in Quilting: Discussion and Questions by LovieDovieAnn on: July 06, 2008 10:29:00 PM
Okay. So maybe not first time. But first time in over ten years. So it's kinda lost to me. I want to make a quilt for my sister's baby shower next weekend. It's going to be a crib quilt and I opted for large pieces totaling only 16 for the entire front. It's a homemade design done on QuiltAssistant 2.03 and I'm rather proud of it. But I need a little help with ideas here.

The Design:

The Supplies:

Should I just do ditch quilting all over? Or would a little straight quilting through the pieces be too much? The outer fabrics are large print plaids and the design fabrics have very little pattern. What do you guys think?

Also, the proper way to piece this one escapes me. Should I do to sun and rays first, then the hills, then the borders?  Huh

Last question: The batting is rather thin, natural wool. Is doubling up on a baby quilt acceptable or should I just do the one layer to avoid bulk?
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19  Tikuf in Real Life in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by LovieDovieAnn on: March 08, 2008 10:59:09 PM
For those of you who aren't familiar with The Technical Hitch, you HAVE to see it.

So I made my first sewn squishy and used him as the inspiration. There will be various "facial expressions" to come!

And for size reference:
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20  Mini Modified Jordy w/ hand beading in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by LovieDovieAnn on: March 01, 2008 09:56:44 PM
I whipped this up this morning in an about an hour. I was very pleased with the results. It's got a Velcro closure.

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