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11  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Angry Birds to the rescue! on: June 28, 2012 01:16:03 AM
 A few weeks back my eldest asked me to house\cat sit while he and his wife were out of the country. Well, as luck would have it, I took no crafts cause I hadn't planned to be in the house that long. I was hoping to be walking the city, sitting at the beach for a week. Well, for reasons out of my control, I had to stay indoors mostly....and was going stir crazy. Soooo on my trip to the store for milk and such I saw a school supply store across the street....10 minutes later I had my stash! Got back to the apartment and improvised anything. So I made pom pom Angry Birds (Simply cause the kids in my family are still in love with them).  This is what came out of such a simple (but therapeutic) craft.
Angry Bird Gang!

And being the mean mommy I am, I decided to get a little "back" by leaving some for them to find. First obvious place was on the TV

Oh, and some on the bookshelf!!! This is getting fun.

And the fruit of an hours work.

Next time I won't be caught without at least something to craft with!!! Grin
Supply list:
bag of multi color pom poms
google eyes
package of different color felt
a pair of nail scissors (great for those eye brows)
12  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Angry Birds are taking over my house! on: May 30, 2012 02:34:37 AM
For Purim this year my little GS asked me to make him an Angry Bird costume to wear around my house when he comes.

And the little guy wearing it:

And simply cause I love the little bugger:

Thank you sweet for posing for your GM.

I found the tutorial at:
Thank you so much Dragonfly Designs! We had so much fun with it.
Thank you for looking.
13  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Crafting my Daughters' Wedding on: May 30, 2012 02:00:22 AM
When my daughter got married she didn't want any DIY because of time, effort, the scale of the wedding (over 350 guests) and so forth. Of course, I was dying to do just anything for my little girls wedding...so almost at the last minute things started "popping" up like....
She decided on having the nieces being flower girls which means flower baskets.
I ran to town and bought 3 baskets 2 days before the wedding(she couldn't find nor had the time.lol)  Then decorated them. I sent poor hubby to hand pick the flowers....white and purple ( her wedding colors) in the early hours of the morning.
Here is what I came up with.

Everything came from my stash! Lucky!

I also got to make a ring bearer pillow. Here is what I came up with:
I looked for something of my Mothers and found her silk dressing gown. Perfect.

Measure twice, cut once;

This is what I made from it:

But noooooo. Little darlin' forgot to tell me that there is an exchange of rings, so....

So now she could pick from two.

We also made a DIY Chuppah sending squares to family members to personalize. (MIL's idea) Cool idea and a lot of work but what to do with it after? Who want's a quilt with glitter on it? I loved the idea though!!!
Hope you enjoyed seeing a little of my daughters wedding. Thank you for looking. (and reading this far down.)

14  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / New Scissor Carousel (dust) Cover and how I did it! on: January 14, 2012 05:12:39 AM
I have a small "built-on" craft room that has very thin walls that allows the dust to continually settle down on everything in there. Therefore, it's time I made some changes. I decided to make a dust cover for my scissor carousel.

And this is how I made it:
Trace circle from the base of the carousel.

Add about a centimeter on all sides. (Use new pattern weights  Roll Eyes)

Not shown:
Cut out circle and place over carousel to make sure it fits. Cut out a long piece of whatever you're using Height x circumference. Add on a bit to the length. Sew circle to length of fabric then sew the end. I used a 5 thread overlock. Done. Hard part over.
Place sewn cover on carousel to check that it fits.

Now take thin wire. I have no idea how thick it is. I just took it from my stash.

Put the wire inside of cover to make a ring. Overlap a bit for stability.

Check again!!!

 Now place cover over carousel to see if it works out and everything is in place.

Everything look ok? Wire? Stitches? Length? Make double sure! (Measure twice cut once!)

Now take some really thin wire (more stash stuff) and wrap thicker wire to add to stability.

Insert round ring into top of cover and push in til it's straight all around. Make sure it is in tight.

As you can see, the wire wasn't in snuggly enough so I worked on it more til I was satisfied.

You want to check the top and sides.

Now go find a place for it. (But before that I'll give it another cleaning in the hopes that I won't need to wash it down every few weeks.)
That's my new dust cover. It took me less than an hour including rummaging and figuring out measurements. Hope this helps someone. And I do believe that this is actually my first tutorial. Please be gentle.

C &C Always welcome. Thank you for reading this.
15  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Totally inspired Pattern Weights on: January 10, 2012 12:19:54 AM
This project was totally inspired by TheMistressT and her pattern weights found here...
I cut most of my patterns from thick clear plastic from a large roll of plastic so the pieces have a tendency  to curl.  So when I saw TheMistressT's pattern weights I knew this is what I need to keep my patterns in place and to keep them straight. Of course I had to complicate things. I wanted a pyramid shaped weight. On to the pics:

I used an old cookie tin to hold them in (Thanks TMT) and since I don't have any nice paper or stickers I'll just use the nice tin.

Here they all are with the proto type I made.
And a fancy picture just cause I like the weights so much.

Again, thank you TMT. Now to start using them.
Hope you like.
16  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / King Leo Sewing Machine on: December 19, 2011 11:40:32 PM
Anyone heard or have any advice on these machines? Any good? Reliable? etc? Thank you.
17  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies / Fleecy Goodness for new baby on: May 30, 2010 02:21:53 AM
I've been having so much fun crafting for my new GS.  DIL received a fleece vest for the baby and hinted that she wanted more so I simply used hers as a model, cut it out on a used cereal box, cut it out with one side a larger neck line and put on a picture on the front.  Easy, simple, fast and he now has 4 new vests for the winter.
Right one is the original.

Close up of the new vest.  Picture is a recon from an old shirt.

Here is the not too pleased young man wearing a fleece hat I sewed laying on a fleece blanket (I just sewed two layers of different colored fleece together, turned it right side out and over stitched the whole thing.  Another fast easy project and everyone loves it.

Better picture of the blankets.

If anyone has any questions or comments, please.
18  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies / When a project goes wrong Craftsterize\improvise From Bumper to blanket on: May 30, 2010 02:00:19 AM
Being an over zealous grandmother got me into trouble this time.  I found two super soft blankets and decided to make my own crib bumpers. I loved the shade of brown and light blue so I cut them into strips, overlocked them together, made one long strip for the top, added a zillion Velcro strips to attach it to the crib. Then showed it to my BF and was told that synthetic bumpers and very fuzzy ones at that were taboo for babies. I thought it came out great.  Oh well...

And I was so pleased with myself...(being a little winnie here)

So I took the thing apart at the length. Cut it into long strips

Sewed  that sucker back up.

Close up of "bumper blanket"

Finally, a finished super soft baby blanket.  Who cares if it's a little big?  It's great on the floor also.

Long story short.  I sewed a baby blanket.
(You never learn if you don't try.)
Comments always welcome.  (Or am I the only person that has to do things multiple times.lol)
19  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies / Diaper Stacker\Storage on: May 30, 2010 01:28:42 AM
Being a new grandmother brings new things into my life constantly and it's wonderful.  My kids got us a used crib for the new GS so of course I've had to go craft for the new addition to the room to our family.  In order to have some place to put the new diapers, crib sheets, shoulder bibs, flannel blankets, etc I had to come up with something.  Then I remembered that I had one of these for my eldest.  It's been years since I've seen one so with help from the internet I kind of winged how to make one.  The only thing I would change\add is some type of tape\ribbon on the front seam going across at the top because the tension from the weight exposes the thread. This now hangs on the new crib.

Just after sewing them.

Close up of the design I copied from the bed bumper.  I cut out felt pieces and just glued them on.

I hope it looks right.

20  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Passover 2010 What are you making? on: March 21, 2010 10:28:50 PM
This year our Sedder is at our sons new home which luckly is just down the road from us.  I've been asked to make the usual brisket, potatoes and never fail matza balls (with out the soup...they don't like powdered soup).  DIL's mom and grandmother are filling in the rest.  I've decided that I'll make some deserts also.  A mousse and probably peanutbutter balls (in which I got great help and tips from Retro Rose now I'll have the confidence to try them again.)
What are you making?  Any new recipes or new variations out there?  Passover is always a challenge that I love.
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