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21  Toddler Butterfly Apron from a tea towel in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by christephi on: July 13, 2009 02:44:22 PM
My daughter loves to "help" do the dishes. (In fact, she loves *anything* where water's involved!)  But she invariably gets her front soaked.  So I figured it was time to make her an apron.

I had this tea towel hanging around from a sale at Tall Mouse (the best local quilt/craft shop when we lived in California). And I picked up this cute ribbon at Michael's sale this weekend.  I free-handed the butterfly applique from some scraps of twill.  I followed Petchy's tutorial.

Excuse the post-naptime hair.  Roll Eyes

I hope I run across some good deals on more cute tea towels sometime soon! This was way too much fun to make!
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22  Re: 2009 Holiday Handmade Crusade :: (July Theme Page 1) in Craftalongs by christephi on: July 10, 2009 09:14:14 AM
I can cross off one item from my list!

This is the first pair of socks I ever knit. The pattern said to try it on and start knitting the toe when it was long enough, well since I didn't know how long the toe would be, I started in a little too soon. But it worked out in my favor since the sock was also a bit too wide for me...I decided it was perfect for my sister who has feet the width of a woman's size 9, but the length of a woman's size 6 (poor thing!). Anyway, they can't hold a candle to the other gorgeous socks on this craftalong, but at least I finished!

my stepsis - wood burned picture frame
mama - salt dough plaque
my brother - recipe book
bro's SO - hippy clothes
nephew - play mat...I know, I know I've been talking about it since January! I'll finish it eventually, I really will!
sister - socks -- almost done!
hubby - ninja costume (he's been begging for one)
daughter - dress up clothes, bedding for her dolly bunkbed (an awesome garage sale find!), matching apron and tablecloth for her "kitchen"

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23  Fourth of July Dress in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by christephi on: July 04, 2009 07:16:46 PM
I had some red, white, and blue fabric left over from a British flag pillow I made for my step-sister (an Anglophile).  There was only about a quarter yard of red and white and less than half that of blue. But I managed to squeeze out this patchwork dress for my DD for the Fourth!  The bodice is shirred and the straps are flag shoe laces I've had since I was about 8 years old! Oh, and no pic, but there's attached bloomers underneath.

Tied halter style...

Don't mind the mess in my garage. I haven't invested in any sort of shelving yet.

Tied over the shoulders...

Apparently she spotted a deer crossing the street into the yard just behind me...but when I saw that look of horror cross her face, I wasn't sure what to expect!

I almost fell off my chair laughing when I realized I actually caught it on film!

Comments welcome!
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24  Re: Ladybugs and a sunny yellow recon (PICS) in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by christephi on: June 30, 2009 07:33:29 PM
I didn't have any of the Size 5 cotton thread the ladybug crochet pattern calls for, so I used regular ol' worsted weight. DD loves it and said, "Can I hold him?" when she saw me sewing on the wings. Then after I pinned it to her dress, she said, "I'm snuggling him." So I guess it's a hit in that department. What do you think of it?

Sorry for the wrinkled dress...I snagged it from the laundry to try out the ladybug!
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25  Homemade Yogurt in Recipes and Cooking Tips by christephi on: June 30, 2009 09:52:37 AM
When I was in college, one of my roommates made homemade yogurt. Of course, she forgot she had it culturing in the oven and turned the oven on to preheat which resulted in yogurt mixed with melted plastic! But somewhere along the way, she must have made a good batch because I remember it being very good.

So I recently got it into my head to try to make my own yogurt. I read up on various methods (yay Google!) and decided it can't be that hard.  Then my dad went and bought a dehydrator, and since he conveniently lives right next door, I borrowed it and whipped up my first batch of homemade yogurt last night. This is what was waiting for me this morning:

The creamiest, sweetest plain yogurt I've ever tasted!  I had some for breakfast with honey and fresh peach.

It was heavenly!

How do you make it in the dehydrator? I love homemade yogurt, you are right, it is MUCH tastier.   I've done oven with the light on for incubation... And I've noticed that the brand you use for starter really makes a difference (the local grocery store's name brand is gross...)

I used Dannon brand for starter -- it's the only "real" yogurt in our local grocery store. Everything else has jello added to stablize it and that won't work very well!

The dehydrator manual actually has instructions for how to make yogurt! What I did was heat 4 cups 2% milk on the stove until 180 degrees, cooled it down to 120 degrees, mixed 3/8 cup plain yogurt with 1/2 cup of the milk till smooth, then combined it all together in a microwave safe bowl, set it in the bottom of the dehydrator for 6 hours with the dehydrator set at about 95 degrees.  I didn't have any powdered milk, so I didn't add that even though my recipe called for it.  The "worst" part was waiting for the milk to cool down enough!
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26  Ladybugs and a sunny yellow recon (PICS) in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by christephi on: June 30, 2009 09:36:19 AM
DD's been begging me to make her a dress with this ladybug fabric and I couldn't decide on a style that would work well with the busy print, so I went for a quick and easy tshirt dress.  I'm not sure if it's lacking something though...what do you think? Should I add something to the shirt part to make it "go" better? An applique, maybe? ** See what I did -- pics on page 2.**

I made little ruffled shorts out of the bottom half of the t-shirt.

They're loose in this picture 'cause I wasn't sure yet if I'd need elastic in the waist...turns out I did and have since added some!
You should have seen the look she gave my dad when he told her there was a bug on her dress. It was like, "Papa, you're CRAZY!"

Now here's one I made from a hideous well-intentioned dress my MIL picked up at a thrift store. It was WAY too wide and WAY too short for DD, so I combined it with this plus size woman's shirt and came up with something I'd actually dress her in!

I wasn't very satisfied with it at first...seemed like the skirt was TOO poofy and the bodice too narrow, but that was probably just a crafter's perfectionism, 'cause it grew on me as she played out in the backyard.
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27  The Catch Up Post including AWARD WINNING boy's button-up in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by christephi on: June 23, 2009 09:28:38 AM
I'm FINALLY getting around to posting the Easter dress I made for my daughter. I've never in my life seen an Easter dress with long sleeves, but since it's always chilly here at that time of year, I figured, why not? And it's a good thing too...it was almost frigid this year!

I made a little pettiskirt and headband to go with it.

I can't seem to find time these days to post much of anything here on Craftster, so I made a guitar to keep my demanding wee one out of my hair for a bit.

Now that she's happily strumming away, here's a compliation of all I've made these past months.

Mickey Mouse dress, hat, and ruffle-butt bloomers! (Who says she can't have a ruffle butt even though she's potty trained?)

A couple of mei tais I made for my cousin to give to her sisters-in-law (they're also my cousins, right?). She picked out the fabric online, I ordered it and did the sewing. I still need to finish the one I'm making for me!

A button-up shirt for my nephew (size 3-4), modeled by my daughter (size 2).

There's one more outfit I should post, but I don't have pictures of it yet and it's in the laundry right now...so that'll have to wait till next time. Besides, I need to get off of here and expell a busy line of ants from my kitchen!
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28  Re: 2009 Holiday Handmade Crusade :: (May Theme Page 1) in Craftalongs by christephi on: May 28, 2009 07:40:09 AM
My crafting was slowed down for a couple of months while I had morning sickness, but I'm back in the swing of things now! And crafting like a madwoman to get things done before I find out if the baby's a boy or a girl ('cause THEN I'll be crafting baby things, I just know it!)  My personal theme for the month of May has been to get done things that I started, but haven't finished. So far so good! Gotta get some pictures as soon as the sun comes out (it's supposed to be out today!)

The sun finally did come out, so here are the pictures!

Walker bag for my grandmother-in-law.

Two tiny knitted ornaments from a "One Skein Wonder" book I got at the library

Apron for my humminbird-loving grandma -- probably for use when crafting, rather than cooking

Close-up of the hummer...  Freezer paper stencil outlined with fabric Sharpie! (The image was pilfered from the web).

I made the apron from old jeans my dad gave me and made the yellow bias tape from a scrap of calico. I should have made it a bit wider for the denim, but it worked out okay in the end.

Happy holiday crafting, everyone! :-)
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29  Very Hungry Caterpillar halter dress in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by christephi on: March 25, 2009 02:43:58 PM
My two-year-old daughter saw me looking at the Very Hungry Caterpillar fabric at Fabric.com one day and asked for some every single day for a month.  Unfortunately it was out of stock for a long time, but I finally managed to order some.  She was absolutely delighted to get a package in the mail for HER.  "That's Daddy's."  "Nope, it's for you."  "For ME?!  Thank you SO MUCH, Mama!"

I was hit with a lightening bolt of genius (or at least, *I* think so) with the chocolate cake applique.  The brown contrasts so nicely with the orange...and it suits her perfectly since she's always "making" chocolate cake in her kitchen.

I really wasn't sure how it'd turn out since the print is so large, but I'm SUPER pleased with the results.  AND I have enough fabric left to either make another dress or some craft aprons for DD and her cousin or something.
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30  Cute spring blazer! in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by christephi on: March 11, 2009 11:14:22 AM
It's taken me all week to make this blazer...each time I sat down to it, I only got one or two seams done. But it's finally finished! And I love it! It's made of some printed babywale cord I picked up at JoAnns last Fall. There's not much growing room in it, but I love how it fits for now...and when she outgrows it, I'll pass it to my cousin's little girl.

DD is obsessed with her "bralella" and learned how to open it herself.

I'm planning to pick up some fabric to make a few more...and just slightly bigger so she has room to grow.  Any ideas what fun fabric might work well?  Oh, and any button suggestions?

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