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1  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Monsters, monsters everywhere! on: February 09, 2011 04:51:21 PM
I'm currently in the throes of a monster stuffie-making obsession. I call these little guys "Fierce'n'Fuzzy Monsters," my sister calls them "ragdolls with 'tude." Whatever you call 'em, I have been having a great time making them and coming up with new ideas. They're all 8.5" tall, sewn from fleece and stuffed with fiberfill. All of the monsters and clothes are my own patterns, and the faces are hand-painted. I'm loving making them so much that I finally bit the bullet and opened an Etsy shop to help fund my obsession.  Grin Here's hoping someone actually buys them, but even if not, I love them all anyway!
Thanks for looking, and have a great night!

This is Spike, my pierced-face, skully-wearing, horn-gauging tough guy:

Bo, the stealthy camo-sporting soldier-wannabe:

Kyle, who's, like, soooo emo:

And Kassidy, Kyle's girlfriend:

Oh, PS: If you'd like to see more detail, let me know and I'll be happy to post more pics, or you can just check out my etsy listings. Smiley

2  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / The Great Room Makeover--little-kid drab to teen fab! (IMG heavy, sorry!) on: August 26, 2009 10:21:24 AM

(I put a shiny pink picture first because the "befores" are pretty gruesome and I didn't want to subject everyone to that. Wink )
My little girl turned 12 last week. *sniff* You know what that means, right? (Besides me crying in my Cheerios about the lost baby years and all those tiny ruffly dresses.) Yep, it means she's decided she's too old for her "baby" room anymore. Lucky for her, I've been watching design shows like a madwoman and formulating a plan.
I started plotting and planning back... oh, I don't even know. Months ago. She inadvertently helped me by picking her paint color while we were killing time at the doctor's office one day back in June; we were checking out the posters on the wall and she pointed out a particular pink (ew, pink) shade on one of them and said, "If I ever had a room makeover, that's the color I'd want my walls." Ask and you shall receive, child (as long as it's cheap, lol).
As it happened, the week containing her birthday was one she was spending away from our house, so I decided the whole thing could be a surprise and gave myself a one-week time frame to get it all done. One week, says I, is plenty of time. No sweat.


Scratch that. It turned out I had to work parts of that Saturday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, and all day Thursday. Still, no problem, I thought, and I got to work.
Here are a few examples of the disaster that confronted me in the bedroom:

(Believe it or not, I had the kid clean before she left for the week.)

Once all the furniture and such was removed, I realized I had even more work cut out for me than I'd suspected...

....Yeah.  It's hard to really show the disarray and general shabbiness of the room in pictures (especially when I seem to be lacking in the mad photo skillz department), but trust me when I say it was not a shining example of a clean, tidy, well-appointed room. That was one room in serious need of some help.
But before I ramble on about all the projects, let's get to the good stuff... the after pictures!

I set myself a budget of $100 to do the whole room. With that in mind, I decided to rip out the closet and replace it with a smaller one, replace the gigantic dresser, build a new bed with under-bed storage drawers, create a headboard/divider and desk, and turn her dilapidated coverless toybox into a bench. Of course, there were other projects thrown in, like painting the room, adding a few lamps (what kind of room only has one lightbulb, anyway?), and painting all the furniture, but those were the main construction projects. Also, I thought about redoing the nightstand (formerly a wall desk that was passed down by my sister and couldn't be put on the wall) since it doesn't go with the rest of the "new" room, but it was the only piece of my daughter's furniture that stayed in the room, and I wanted her to be able to make the choice about whether/how to change it.
To make a long story short(er), I got the project (mostly) done and she absolutely loved it. There were a few things I wasn't happy with--like the carpet patching job I had to do to make up for the difference in closet size, and the fact that I didn't get to finish the faces of the drawers because I learned at 8pm Thursday that she would be home at 7:30am Friday (as opposed to 6pm, as I was expecting)--but overall, I'm pleased. Ridiculously proud of myself for getting it done in a week and under budget, too.  Grin I re-used and re-purposed A LOT of items from her room (and elsewhere in the house) and did a fair bit of yard sale shopping to make it happen; much of that was just a matter of looking at things differently (turning the toybox shell into a couch, for example, or making strips of the ceiling molding into a replacement piece for the door frame rather than running out to buy new items).
I won't lie, this project involved an incredible amount of stress and swearing, and there were several times I thought I'd never get it done. I'd never done any major project by myself, so there was a pretty big learning curve on a few things (and one bruised rib from a rogue table saw), but really, to anyone who might be nervous about tackling such a big project, I can honestly say: just go for it. You WILL figure it out, and you CAN do it. And don't be afraid to change your plans midway through (even several times, as I did). There are a zillion ways to get a project done, and even if you don't use the "right" way, things can still come out great.
...And that's enough inspirational, motivational rambling from me.  Cheesy If you have any questions, feel free to ask--I'll tell you everything I can about the process and stuff, but I thought this post was already way too long. Details about each major component, costs, etc. can be found on my shiny new blog.

Thanks for reading, hope this gives someone some good ideas! Smiley
3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Woodburned boxes: Elephant, Squirrel, Bass on: September 12, 2008 09:06:55 AM
Hi everyone,
 These are a few boxes I've woodburned in the past few years. I've had the pictures on my laptop for ages and decided to post today in an effort to motivate myself to start on Christmas gifts. They're all done with one of those cheapie Walnut Hollow burners on the lids of smallish boxes (the elephant box is maybe 5"x8", the other two are about 4" each) that I buy at Michaels when they go on sale for $2-$3. I'm not sure what type of wood they are, probably pine. Definitely some kind of softwood.
Sorry for the not-great pictures, I am an abonimable photographer. I know I lose a lot of detail with the blurry pics, but... they're the best I can do. You get the idea, I hope. LOL

Oh, PS: I forgot to mention... I based the images on random photos I found online. I traced the basic outline fo lining-up purposes, but freehanded all the details and whatnot.

Thanks for looking, comments and constructive criticism always welcome! Have a great day!  Cheesy
4  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / First project post--appliqued quilt on: April 08, 2008 05:58:25 PM
Okay, I'm new here and kinda nervous about posting this. I've made a few quilts before, but I've never done applique, so be gentle. It's actually a coverlet, I guess... I made this for my sister, and she absolutely hates to be hot when she's sleeping, so I made the backing and the background for the top out of sheets and didn't use any batting. She's big into Celtic designs and the symbolism of things, so I hand-embroidered the center square--all satin stitch--with a Celtic tree of life (with one silver leaf cluster to represent each member of her family), then machine-appliqued 4 shield knots around it. In the corners of the border are 4 triquetras, which I confess I threw in just because I needed some filler in the corners. Those are made of ribbon, machine-stitched into the shape I wanted. Everything on the quilt is done by machine except the binding--which, btw, took considerably longer to hand-sew than I had anticipated; kudos to those of you who quilt by hand, it's just not for me. Finished size of the center square is 12"x12", overall size of the quilt is about 75" square. I hope she'll like it, even though it's far from perfect.
And since it's my first project post, may I just say a big thanks to Craftster for this rockin' forum.  Grin

Oh, PS: It's not as crooked as it looks in the pictures--I had to hurry and lay it out and take pics before it started raining, then it had to get popped in the mail cause it's already a week late. Oops.  Undecided

The whole thing

Center detail

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