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11  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Crazy Quilted Place mats on: December 20, 2008 11:51:46 AM
So we drew names for our Christmas gifts this year and I drew my SIL. I know that she loves to craft and her and I have very similar tastes, but she just doesn't have any time with 5 kids, 3 under 3 and going to nursing school. I wanted to pamper her with crafted stuff that she would love to do on her own, but doesn't. I made these place mats using the crazy shortcut quilting method. Since she has such a large family four wouldn't cut it, so I had to make 8. I made a blanket using the same method and it only took me a couple of hours, this took me weeks. I was taunted by having to do so many. Well anyway on to the photos:

Here are the fronts of them, I love that they are all different.

Here are the backs. I love this apple print.

And a close up of one of the fronts.

Comments and criticism welcome.
12  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Deck out your Kitchen? on: December 18, 2008 03:48:58 PM
I was thinking of a kitchen accessories swap. On the point system, but with the ideas of aprons, towels, washcloths, potholders, oven mitts, place mats, coasters and anything else you may need for your kitchen/dinning room. I was thinking of starting sign-ups just after the new year, and send-outs the end of February.

What do you think?
13  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Deviled Egg on: November 01, 2008 05:32:14 PM
So my mom wanted to go to a Halloween party this year, (the first one in about 15 years) but didn't know what to dress up as. She asked me for ideas and I went straight to work on the searching. I scoured many websites and found a great Deviled Egg costume, but it was 50+ bucks, and me being crafty said no way I will make it. We went to the store and bought all the materials together. The next day she went by herself and bought more stuff that she thought we would need... she always gets additional stuff even if it isn't necessary. Well she cut out everything, then we sewed it all together (I threaded the serger and she did the sewing). Once it was all sewed together, I cut out all the holes and lined up the horns and tail. Overall she was very proud of the work we put into it. Anyway on to the pictures:

Let me know what you think.
14  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Chore Chart on: August 25, 2008 07:55:41 PM
So, I think this would go here. I made one of these chore charts for a swap that I was in and fell in love with it. Unfortunately I had to give it to my partner. I decided to make one for myself. I probably won't use it that often (I'm bad at keeping to charts), but I made it anyway. I used 4 fat quarters, so it didn't take much fabric and I used scrap paper from my stamping days for the cards. Needless to say it didn't cost me anything. It is just strips of fabric sewn onto a base then attached to a backing. Anyway onto the pictures:

Let me know what you think!
15  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Art Sketchbook Cover on: August 14, 2008 03:41:09 PM
So I have decided to make all my Christmas presents this year. I started today with my a sketchbook cover for my niece. She loves to draw, but currently uses a lined notebook, so I thought I would make a place to put her pencils and a real sketchbook. I really want to give it to her now, but I will have to wait 5 months.  My inspiration was a mix between an Amy Butler pattern and a post from Lelyonna. Anyway on with the pictures:

The inside:

There is a faux button pocket for the eraser, and two diagnol pockets on the front for scratch paper:

I also put a pocket on the back cover for scratch paper and pocket for the back cover of the sketchbook to slip into:
16  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / My new Swimsuit on: July 14, 2008 08:32:48 PM
So I checked my email today and got the Burda Style newsletter. I saw they had a new retro style swimsuit. I went and looked at it and had to make it right away. I printed it all out and guessed what size I would be cut everything out of some fabric that I got at Value Village for a really good deal. I started sewing and realized the instructions were missing some info, so I just went with it and "made it work for" (yeah Tim Gunn, Project Runway). Needless to say I am absolutely in love with it, flaws and all. I am going to try again this week with some learned adjustments. Well here are the pics:

Let me know what you think.
17  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / I want women's board shorts on: July 01, 2008 09:05:50 PM
I really want to make a pair of women's board shorts, but I don't know where to start. I really prefer using patterns, and don't know where to find one. Also I am not sure what type of fabric to use. Any help would be awesome!
18  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Lots of kids Clothes (image heavy) on: June 17, 2008 01:59:45 PM
So I have been very busy making little girls clothing. This is very new for me, I normally make clothing for me. I used Vegbee's tutorial for the peasant shirt, and everything else I just did it wing it style, you know when you randomly cut fabric and sew it and hope it works. I don't have any kids so there are no action shots, but here they are anyway.

There you have it, all the kids clothing I have made recently. Let me know what you think!
19  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Formal with no place to wear it! on: May 04, 2008 06:26:50 PM
So I bought a ton of satin like fabric 2 and 1/2 years ago to practice making a formal dress for my 1st wedding anniversary, well I never got around to making any of the dresses in time or at all for that matter. So I pulled it all out last month and decided I was going to make them even if I didn't have a place to wear them. I love the fabric so much and the patterns are so easy why not, right? Well here is one of them ( I still haven't made the rest of them, not sure if I want to right now)


When I get around to using the rest of the fabric up I will definitely add them!  Let me know what you think.
20  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / New Infinity Dress on: April 20, 2008 10:09:42 PM
I have been working hard to master the Infinity dress. I found a link somewhere here, can't find it now, that led me to a maternity version and I fell in love. I made this for my non maternity body, it still works great.
Also here are the pics for all the different ways to wear it.

I had fun making this one, i am thinking about making a lot more in many different colors.
Let me know what you think.

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