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11  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / monsters on my table! on: October 01, 2006 06:47:53 AM
i love crazy quilting! i found some really cool halloween fabric with all the old universal horror characters on it (frankenstein, dracula, wolfman, and mummy) and just knew i had to use it for something. after i decided on a table runner, i just gathered a whole bunch of other fabrics that i already had, pieced it, and then did a ton of embellishment. i embroidered alot of spooky themed stuff on the solid colors, added orange sequins to the black and white polka dot fabric, and then stuck googly eyes all over the place. it's pretty busy, but it's really growing on me!

thanks for lookin'!
(and happy halloween!  Wink)
12  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / super-cute bicycle & basket liner on: September 03, 2006 11:57:48 AM
i kind of thought about putting this in the quilting section because the actual product is free motion quilted and bound, but since it was for my dog and my new bike i thought, "miscellaneous it is!" anyway, i got this new awesome bike for my birthday in july and i just thought it needed a basket! and furthermore i thought my dog needed to ride inside the basket since she loves that kind of stuff, hence i made this little liner so her feet wouldn't fall through the silly little parts of the basket! hope y'all like it!

here's the whole bike:

a view of the basket:

a view of how it's attached:

and my gertie getting ready to ride:

thanks for lookin'!!
13  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / re-upholstered video game chair! on: August 28, 2006 08:04:00 PM
hi everybody!
we rediscovered our old video chairs in my dad's warehouse recently. seeing as we still play video games and all, i decided to take a shot at reupholstering them! so far i've only done one. i didn't want to get too ahead of myself since i've never really tried this before, but i think it turned out pretty well, and it didn't take too long either! the other one is going to end up being the same type of retro print fabric that i did on this one only it will be green instead of pink...

here's the before:

i took off the back first:

then ripped off the cushion and used the pieces as patterns:

and here's what happened!:

and the new back:

it's a little more wrinkly than i was hoping, but this barkcloth fabric is much lighter weight than the heavy upholstry stuff that was on there before, so i guess i expected that. i am overall pleased and it's still just as comfy to play in as ever!

thanks for lookin'!  Wink
14  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / being brave in my new swimsuits! on: June 15, 2006 05:53:41 PM
i figure i'm going to be wearing these at the lake in a couple of weeks and everyone there's gonna see me -- why not everyone else in the world? i'm actually pretty proud of how these turned out. i've never done much work with stretch materials, but i came across these two fabrics when i worked at a fabric store and finally decided to get brave. after looking up some advice on how to make swimsuits here on craftster (thanks everyone out there), i found a pattern for the bottoms, but the tops i just kind of traced around some tank tops i like. the embroidery on the black suit is, of course, from jenny hart of sublime stitching (love her!). anyway, i was already super excited about my trip, but now i'm waaay excited 'cause i'll be super cute too!
sorry about the flash and dirty mirror in the pictures....

this was from a remnant we got from whoever made the tommy hilfiger stuff that year (it says "tommy hilfiger" all over it. i didn't like that feature of the fabric so much, but the overall print and softness of the fabric won me over!):

here's the black one:

close up of robot:

this is embroidered on the back of the shirt, i just couldn't get a pic of myself wearing it!

and the u.f.o. on the front of the shorts:

thanks for lookin'! Cool
15  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Bikram Yoga Mat Bag *lotta pics* on: May 10, 2006 09:30:31 PM
hi all!
my sister owns a bikram yoga studio in st. louis (also known as bikram yoga st. louis) and occassionally a student orders one of these from me. this was the last one i made a few weeks ago. it's a pretty simple pattern with a strap that just slides through a carrier at the top fold and a pocket on the side which i embellish with a computer fabric paper print out thing-y that has their logo on it. it's lined with that nylon fabric that people use for making flags and stuff. if you're familiar with bikram yoga you'll know that i use that because it's somewhat waterproof and you sweat ALOT in class, so by the end your mat might be kinda, well, wet. anyway, people seem to like 'em and i've never had anybody mind the wait (i make them as the orders come and i live in texas so it must be shipped!) so i thought i'd share in case anybody else wanted a mat bag style thing to work from...

gotta show off the logo!

my wannabe action shot:

thanks for lookin'!! Grin
16  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / dumpster diving for ponds!!!**UPDATED PICS**8/3/06 on: March 18, 2006 01:05:42 PM
so, it started out with a pond liner that my boyfriend james found next to a dumpster. he brought it home to see if it leaked:

it didn't. turns out the people that threw it away were upgrading to a MUCH bigger better pond (we've peeked over their fence)...
so james started a project. a project to see what would happen if we put a pond in a rented backyard...so far the kids in our complex are mystified by it (and james). we are now those weird people who have a "pool in their yard for the ducks!" anyway, here's a retrospective of the process...

we picked a spot:

we dug a hole (gertie liked that part):

we dumpster dove cinder blocks:

we added plants and such:

we finished!!

the water is still too cold to add fish, but we plan on doing that later on too. hopefully all the plants around the pond will start growing and spreading out over the dirt. i'll take some pics when it's more filled out. anyway, hope you enjoyed our dumpster diving adventure!!!
thanks for lookin'!  Wink

it's been a while so i thought i'd add a picture of what we have now! the verbenas have grown like crazy (and their bloom cycles aren't the same, so the ones on the left will probably bloom this weekend while the others kinda fall off...). we've gotten some small, but pretty strawberries. the bluebonnets have gone dormant for now (it's just too dang hot for 'em). we've added several fish (2 goldfish, some mosquito fish, and some cardinal tetras). the lilies have flourished as well as the cattails. and our lawn needs mowing right now, so that's why it kinda just blends in! we also have to add water about once every week or two due to evaporation, and as you can see, i probably should've waited until this weekend when we do that and then you wouldn't have to look at the "ring around the pond." but oh well. hope you like it!

have a good one!!
17  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / mckenna's new diaper bag! on: March 18, 2006 12:40:36 PM
hi all!
i made this diaper bag as a birthday present for my friend john's wife (their little girl's name is mckenna...) anyway, it was my first attempt at something like this. i think it turned out okay, but since i don't have kids i'm not sure if it's got all the practicalities that a diaper bag should have. i used an old mccall's pattern, #4403. i just mailed it to them, so i don't know what she'll think yet. hope y'all like it though!!!

the bag:

thanks for lookin'!!  Cheesy
18  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / gertie's reversible hoodie! on: March 18, 2006 12:31:56 PM
hi everyone! i got a new puppy for christmas (a poo-pom) and though i have made many a bandana for special occasions for her, this is the first time i've actually attempted a garment. i used mccall's pattern 4686 and added a little sublime stitching embrodery on one side. all in all i'm pretty happy with how it turned out, but it is a bit too large around her belly, so i need to take it in a little bit. does anyone have any advice on fitting a really tiny dog? she's only 6 pounds and very squirmy when you try to measure her...i guess it's just going to be one of those trial and error things! anyway, let me know what you think or how i could improve it! thanks!

the embroidered side:

close up of embroidery:

the reverse:

and her promply attempting to get it the hell off:

thanks for lookin'!  Grin
19  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / UT Arlington embellishment on: January 26, 2006 07:34:31 PM
Hi all!
I just finished embellishing this for my mom's friend. This was her favorite shirt (from her alma mater), but it was unfortunately unwearable after so much use, so she asked me to make it frame-worthy. I hope I met the challenge. I also hope she likes it. She loves strawberries, so I'm pretty sure she'll appreciate that part! Let me know what ya think!

Thanks for lookin'!!
20  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / halloween bowler (and a pink one too!) on: October 17, 2005 07:58:14 PM
here's a couple of purses i made with an old mccall's pattern that i finally got the courage to try. i've been afraid of putting a zipper on a purse for a while, but after these two, i think i'm cool with it 'cause the lining was actually the hard part of it. i made the pink one first earlier in the summer, but i liked the size of it so much that i decided to make the halloween one too. hope you like 'em!

thanks for lookin'!
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