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1  xmas in Knitting: Completed Projects by julsies on: November 11, 2008 08:49:16 AM
I have decided to give some handmade gifts this year (with the exception of my sister and boyfriend's nephew). I will probably bake something for everyone, and was also thinking of knitting an ornament or something small for everyone. I tried knitting a mini sweater ornament

This was my first attempt (the yarn is not working for me though, looks more like Easter than Christmas) just to practice and see if I thought this is a doable goal.
I knitted the wrong side on the sleeve, but when I did the 2nd sleeve I was able to get it right. I forgot to take a picture of it completed though

Then my 2nd attempt in a more appropriate yarn for a christmas sweater ornament. HOWEVER I originally bought this yarn for a scarf so it built up too much, and I need to get a thinner yarn, and also smaller DPNs (but again, this was a 2nd practice attempt. I was working with what I had at the moment)
This turned out well, I think. However, too big. It's probably a good size for a small teddy bear or something. And I feel accomplished Smiley

(picture taken on a normal sized paperback book to show size)

AND OF COURSE My kitty wanted to try on the sweater ;-)
I was lucky enuogh to catch her mid yawn. Ever since I put the sweater on her, she was yawning constantly. She must have thought it was preettyyy cozy

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2  Some more embellished onesies in Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies by julsies on: October 05, 2008 02:08:06 PM
I had a brain freeze when trying to decide on a gift for a friend's baby shower.
I had the thought of the tuxedo t-shirt turned onesie via a stencil and some paint.
Instead, I took old ties and did my first attempt at applique.

one of the ties (my favorite)

Next tie:

I found out she was decorating the room with sailboats and a nautical theme, so I decided to draw up an anchor stencil. I tried to applique this one, but I had a lot of trouble around the curves and all. So I trashed that onesie, and did another just topstitched..I guess for a more "vintage" feel

They were a hit at the shower, her whole family (who I had never met before yesterday) is already asking for me to sell them, and mommy to be is wanting to try some as well

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3  CANDYLAND wedding --- Bridal Shower Favors in Weddings and Bridal Showers by julsies on: August 06, 2008 07:36:56 AM
OK SO backstory? My 2 good friends are getting married in September (yaay!) Originally this was a fairly traditional wedding (bergundy & champagne colors, backyard, nice idea) Before our first bridesmaid meeting, the bride went to five below, and decided to give all of us yummy candy and pop rock scented shower gel, and nerds lip gloss, and things of the like. This sparked her interest in a way she had not quite expected to. The theme of the whole wedding quickly changed to CANDYLAND!
Which is entirely appropriate for them, and I never could have seen them having such a traditional wedding anyways.

So onto the shower. Due to many miscommunications and cluelessness, I quick tried to throw together a shower. To go with the candyland theme, we are doing a dessert menu. All the girls are baking (or buying) some of their favorite desserts and that is what will be served as food.

So I will be away the few days before the shower (making it hard to make foood...) I decided to tackle the favors. also, her mom is doing the decorating...so i wanted to be able to incorporate some craftiness (since bride is crafty herself) I had some things in mind, and of course it didn't come out quite as I hoped (but I'm poor...so I had to improvise)

Originally wanted terra cotta pots, with the floral styrofoam and "grass" covering it... Instead I went with paper cups (wedding themed)

I made a "candy bouquet" (or tried to at least..)
2 different types of cups, both wedding themed (1-precious moments bride & groom, 1-wedding bells)
Each "bouquet" has
lime green shredded tissue paper "grass"
1-red glittery heart on a wire as the center
1-rainbow twizzler (the stringy rip apart kind)
2 or 3- jolly rancher lollipops
2-little toothpick type things just for decoration
2-heart shaped reeses cups (1 gold, 1 pink)
1-kids size toothbrush (obviously a play on the candy theme...)

All wrapped up in a plastic bag, ribbon holding it together.

Sorry for the bad pictures, I took them on my <camera> **phone. I'm going to try and take better pictures with my camera before the shower.
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4  Starting on my first quilt for a baby boy! in Quilting: Discussion and Questions by julsies on: June 25, 2008 06:00:40 AM
So, My friend is having a baby boy, due in like 2 weeks! I didn't think I'd be seeing her anytime soon so I kept putting off making something for her. But it turns out I'm seeing her Saturday so I wanted to start making a quilt and at least have something to show her on Saturday.

Here's where the question comes in. I cut up all the pieces last night (only took about an hour) and laid them all out how I had planned them. The blocks are 12" squares. Originally planned on making the quilt 3 blocks x 5 blocks (3'x5' pls binding)

That's it all laid out. But 3' x 5' is pretty large. I don't want to leave off just one row because it looks incomplete and not how I designed it. But a friend suggested taking off the 2 end rows (stripes, blue, stipes)
But is 3'x3' a good baby quilt size?

Also, the bottom row, the stripes are going in the wrong direction. I have to cut a new block for those but just wanted to get an idea of everything.

what do you think so far?

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5  A PURSE FOR MOM!! in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by julsies on: May 17, 2008 12:52:54 PM
Well, I made this purse a while back as my first one
And my mom fell in love with it, and has been begging for one of her own.

Her birthday is Tuesday so it is a combo mother's day/birthday gift. Ran into lots of problems with the lining, so it's not great, but I think she'll enjoy it.

On to the pics...

It needed something extra, looked too plain. So I added this simple flower.

Full shot, with strap.

Lining, with pocket.
Lined in an unbleached muslin, because I ran out of any other fabric!
I think the muslin is nice though, since the fabric is very bright and busy. (it is a MUCH brighter yellow in person)

Closeup of the flower detail

Comments? Criticism?

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6  My very first purse!! in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by julsies on: April 18, 2008 06:28:53 AM
I made my first purse last night, and I've got to say I am really happy with the outcome (sans a few kinks that I will hopefully get down with some more practice!)
The fabric, was haunting me all over Joanns the other night.  I saw this (it's more of a turquoise, but I couldn't get the picture to come out right) then I found a yellow version of the pattern, then I found orange...and so I gave in! Lined in a solid pink cotton.
I basically used this tut  https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=149376.0 of course with my own twists, and for the sizing, I just used an existing purse to get the idea of what size I would want. (I was looking for a normal purse, not a tote)

Let me know what you think!!

Big thick strap - fully extended (click for full size):

Inside, the pockets are "double pockets". I folded a piece of the pink fabric in half and then sewed the edges, and in the middle for a seperation. This was by accident, but I'm happy with it. SO I actually have 4 pockets there rather than just 2. (Click for full size)

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7  FABRIC NECKLACE (with tut) in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by julsies on: April 17, 2008 12:54:51 PM
Well, for starters I am partial to big chunky bead necklaces.
I made this last night, nothing fancy but the style is right up my alley.
I went with a kinda boring brown color for the fabric, so that I can wear this a lot! I think it would look nice with a funky pattern, maybe I'll do that down the road

(NOTE: Brown necklace is the one I made!)

I bought a fat quarter of a basic brown fabric, and cut 2 pieces of a 3" strip.
I sewed the strips together to make one long strip.
Then fold the long strip in half (right sides together.)
Turn the "fabric tube" right side out.
Now, the "beads"... I used 1" styrofoam balls to get the ball shape of fabric, and small wooden beads on the outside of the fabric.
Alternate: "thread" the wooden bead through your fabric. Then push a styrofoam ball down to where you want it. Then wooden bead, then strofoam ball, etc...
I then sewed up the ends of the fabric tube, and simply tie it around my neck.

The nice thing, is you can change the length if you want.

Hope you like it!! Comments & criticisms welcome.
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8  "A HAPPY MEDIUM" for decorating!?!?!? Impossible! PLEASE HELP! in Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions by julsies on: February 05, 2008 07:05:40 AM
****EDIT**** This should be in the interior dec questions, I misposted it and don't know how to move it. Sorry!

So, I have been racking my brain as well as doing extensive searches on here and google for how to decorate my apartment. I saw the thread about "no paint" options, which helped to an extent.

But I have 2 problems:
1) I live in a rental and cannot paint over the INCREDIBLY dull cream/white/dirty paint
2) I live with my boyfriend who IS a painter (home painter - not artist painter) and he believes color variations to be china white, linen white, etc.

There is a picture of part of the BIG open wall, that I need to do something about. You can see the heater in the lower left corner, and the burn marks on the wall above it. This means I CANNOT put anything on the walls until about halfway up.

I am thinking of a mid-wall border. I thought of tissue papering poster board along the wall just to seperate and add color. He doesn't like that idea.

Now I am thinking of "framing" (putting a piece of painted wood above and below) a long stip of neutral fabric, just to break the wall up a little bit.

I don't know how this will work, or if there are better ideas that would suit the taste of a painter (he doesn't like it looking "crafty" he likes it looking meticulous.)

Any ideas?? Thanks if you actually read all of this, and I appreciate any help!
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9  Sewing Novice!! Pillow & Christmas Stockings in Winter Holidays by julsies on: February 03, 2008 07:06:12 PM
I finally got the motivation to begin using that sewing machine I begged for, other than just to mess around with the fun stitching it can do.
I made christmas stockings for my boyfriend and I this Christmas, as it was our first christmas in our apartment and I wanted to make it special. I think they turned out ok.
I wanted to make my own, because I wanted a pink stocking that wasn't for a 7 year old girl

And here's the one I made for the boy, who insisted christmas stockings could ONLY be red:

And today, after fixing my sewing machine, I finished a pillow I started last night with a friend. She found the pattern so I don't remember what it was, but I think Amy Butler? Anyways, it's supposed to be a "cat" I made some mistakes, but I'm still learning

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