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1  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Wonder Women on: November 02, 2017 07:00:45 AM
My daughter originally had plans to go as a witch princess ... or something like that.  She had specific enough plans that didn't require Mom to make anything this year.  However, I'm still enough of a child that I like to dress up as well.  Especially if I'm going to brave the cold with her (it was 32F on Oct 31st!)

We have gotten pretty good at using the Freezer Paper Stencil method of decorating plain t-shirts.   Saturday was a cold, dreary day - perfect for crafting.
 My daughter picked out several girl superhero symbols she wanted, we got them cut on freezer paper (I have a cutting machine, thankfully), and ironed them on the shirt.

She's old enough now that she's good at careful painting, so I let her paint her own shirts this time around.  While she was painting, it gave me the idea that perhaps I could dress up as Wonder Woman this year, so I decorated one of my own shirts.

Note: I wrote up details on all the steps for Freezer Paper stenciling [url = http://www.asimplehomestead.com/freezer-paper-stencil-shirts/]here[/url].

Wonder Woman has awesome red boots, but I figured I could get by without those.  However, I knew I couldn't go without a belt or headband.  When my daughter realized I wasn't going to dress up in what she suggested (which would have been an elaborate, expensive and/or time-consuming costume), she wanted to go as Wonder Woman too.

We even watched a 1970s Wonder Woman episode to get in the spirit of things! 

Hubby suggested some bubble wrap for the belt - kind of like they did for Klingons in the original Star Trek episodes, but I couldn't find any.  Then I remembered I had strips of bright yellow fabric already cut out, that were just waiting in my craft room.  I'm not much of a sewer, but I could handle sewing up these strips.  The fabric is a thicker cotton - almost like a denim, which made it a nice stiffness.  We found some red star fabric in my scrap basket to make the ovals.  I made two headbands, two belts and four wrist bands.  The head and waist versions had elastic in the back to make them easier to put on.  The wrist bands used a small piece of velcro.

I cut star shapes out of cardboard which we spread with glue, added glitter and later Mod Podged so the glitter wouldn't get all over everything (again).

My daughter even added a crocheted star washcloth to her ensemble.  She said it was her "throwing star".

2  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / King of Kings on: February 04, 2016 01:53:18 PM
My sister's birthday was last week but I won't see her until this coming weekend.  Meanwhile, I'm dying to show this off!

She loves lions and requested I make her a sweatshirt with a lion and this wording.  I did the freezer paper stencil technique.

3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Trinity Cabled Pillows on: September 30, 2015 10:24:35 AM
I just finished these last night and was horribly impatient for the sun to come out this morning so I could take pictures.  These have to be my absolute favorite craft to-date.  And even better?  I designed them myself Smiley pat on the back

I made the first one for a Designers Challenge over on Ravelry (ends today ... nothing like cutting it close!)  I made the pillow cover as two separate panels, seamed at the top with buttoned openings on the sides to make it super-easy to pull the pillow form out for washing.

For the back I ended up making a simple ribbed pattern.

I had so much fun making the first pillow that I had additional ideas I wanted to try, so here is the second pillow.

This one has a better feel to it - the vertical stripes in between accent the cables.  

Again, a fairly simple pattern for the back.

The second pattern is definitely my favorite.  I'd love to make one or two more ... but I think hubby might feel overwhelmed by all the new pillows in the house  Cheesy
4  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / T-shirts for a princess (and one for a "king") on: July 14, 2015 02:48:20 PM
Last year bunny1kenobi inspired me to give freezer paper stenciling a try.  I love this technique.  I made a couple of shirts for Christmas, and just finished another batch this month.  I really need to figure out how to use my fancy paper cutter ... cutting out by hand is rather tedious.

Three of the shirts are for my princess-loving 4 year old daughter.  The chicken shirt is for my husband, since we keep laying hens.

ETA: The castle shirt was made up with a layer of black paint and then a silver glitter paint on top that dries clear.

5  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Rocky and Ginger on: July 14, 2015 02:39:44 PM
We love chickens and currently have 13 laying hens.  I'd love to have some in the house, but they make an awful mess, so I decided to make a couple that would be safe to keep inside.

First came this rooster.  My daughter decided he should be name Rocky, from Chicken Run.

I no more than had him finished that she wanted me to make Ginger! 

They've both disappeared somewhere in the house - to be played with by a 4-year-old Cheesy
6  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / freeform butterfly on: May 11, 2015 07:13:16 AM

I recently participated in my first Craftster swap - Yarnies vs Sewists.  My sewing skills are quite lacking so I was a yarnie. My partner said she liked artistic or functional items, using natural materials and colors.  I sent her some simple pencil-style pouches for my small item but I wanted something with a bit more flair for the medium item.  

She likes butterflies and even has a butterfly tattoo.  I started with this pile of rainbow-ish yarns from my stash and came up with a way to use all except the red recycled silk in lower left and the dark green in the upper right.

Most of these are natural fibers - cotton, wool, bamboo, angora.  I don't have much orange in my stash so that ended up to be a rayon thread but it has a great sheen to it.  I also grabbed the black fuzzy yarn (polyester) because I thought it would make a great body for the butterfly with the gold thread running through it.

I just picked a couple of crochet stitches and started working.  I did take careful notes as I had to make two large wings and two small ones and they were supposed to match Cheesy

I struggled to figure out how to bring the butterfly together and ended up putting thick black felt on the back ... which I won't show here because, did I mention my hand-sewing is terrible too?

I forgot to take measurements before sending it off to my partner but I believe it ended up approximately 7" in height and 9" wide.
7  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / A Goal Book Beginning on: January 29, 2015 11:40:38 AM
I was inspired by Smeddley and the goal book she made here. Someone in her post talked about the Wreck This Journal - I'd never heard of such a thing, so I went searching for ideas.  The very next day I was off to the store to pick up a little composition book to make my own.  

I also snagged some printable burlap sheets.  Actually at the time, I didn't realize they were printable but that gave me some additional inspiration.  The only thing I regret now is that I used a blue book since my theme ended up in black, but it's constructed and I won't change this year.

I found a swirl pattern I liked on the internet, used a photo editor to add the year and printed up on the burlap.  Then I cut the burlap to size and glue to the top of the book. Easy peasy!  I added a bit of black striped washi tape to the edge and glued a little butterfly bead to the front (glue is still drying in this picture).

There was even a little strip of burlap left from the bottom of the picture I printed, so I added a cute brad and made a bookmark.

My innards aren't nearly as fancy as those I've seen - so far I have some rather plain goal lists, a stamp page, an inspiration page (to list places I've gathered inspiration this year), and a page for Valentine's day ideas since I want to make this year special for my hubby.  

I really need to sit down with some fun pens / pencils and make my pages more crafty.
8  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Ariel the Mermaid on: October 27, 2014 09:15:46 AM
I'm trying to be good and not show this off to all my friends and family until Friday (Halloween), but it's too hard.  You guys won't tell anyone right?  Smiley
My daughter wanted to be Ariel (The Little Mermaid) for Halloween this year.  I was going to just use a turquoise tutu my mom made as the basis for a very simple costume but then I got inspired on the way down to the fabric store and came home with lots of supplies.

The hair is a super-stretchy ribbed hat made with Red Heart Sparkle yarn.  I wove strands of the yarn through the hat to make "hair".  It's not as neat looking as I wanted, but it'll work.
I struggled the most trying to figure out how to make a seashell top.  I just purchased a $5 long-sleeved shirt (which is good because it's supposed to be cold on Friday).  Hubby came up with the idea to just sew a couple of puffy shells on the shirt.  But when I went in my craft room to find purple fabric I spotted the felt.  Wonderful!  Less sewing for me (I'm not the greatest sewer).  We decided since it was felt, puffy wasn't the way to go (she's not yet 4 so she doesn't need puffy breasts!)

The tail fabric is actually part of the Frozen collection, but I thought the turquoise sequined fabric looked a little like a mermaid tail.  The biggest problem was I ended up hand-sewing the entire tail.  The fabric was stretchy and contained some sort of sticky substance that kept coming off the fabric and gumming up the needle so the thread would stick and break!  (I may end up taking my machine in for a good cleaning now sigh.)

I just made a simple skirt with the fabric and a knit fabric lining since the fabric was so thin.  The main part of the tail was doubled over and sewn as kind of an apron that is tacked to the inside of the skirt. The ends of the tail are slightly stuffed with filling to give them a bit of dimension.  I originally was going to put the tail in back but putting it in front where she could kick it and it would be more visible was hubby's idea.  It's hard to see but there is a stretchy sequinned belt on the skirt.  My daughter has turquoise sparkly sneakers she'll also wear with the costume.
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Baby Ziggy Tunic on: June 09, 2012 12:46:43 PM
Just finished this last weekend. Took about 10 days to finish because I don't have much time to knit - less than an hour a day. Turned out very cute!
Pattern is here: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/baby-ziggy

10  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / First doily on: June 10, 2009 11:09:51 AM
This is my very first doily.  I'm discovering I love working with thread!

The pattern is available at http://ninasatmyhouse.blogspot.com/2009/05/gift-doily.html.  Any comments or suggestions are welcome.  I did try blocking it (also my first), but it almost looks like it could use a bit more.
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