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1  Re: DAY OF THE DEAD SWAP (round 2) GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by AnnaReilly on: October 22, 2007 07:11:54 PM
I received my package from Inle_rah today too but waited to open it until my grabby-handed kids were in bed. Wink (I love 'em but I don't like to share. Wink)

She sent an awesome apron - my kitchen is a Day of the Dead theme, my favorite color is orange and I needed an apron - it's PERFECT.

She also sent a beautiful black felted bag with an embroidered calavera in all my favorite colors, a domino necklace with a painted calevera on it, three skully magnets that are already on my fridge and a skull stamp.

 Kiss Thank you!
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2  Life-size Felt Kitchen-Aid Stand Mixer in CHALLENGE 18 ENTRIES by AnnaReilly on: May 06, 2007 08:53:54 PM
Here she is...

I love my turquoise blue KitchenAid stand mixer so it was an obvious choice for me to recreate it in felt! I found turquoise felt that was a surprisingly good match and went to town.

The mixer itself is made entirely from craft felt, handsewn into shape, with polyester stuffing. I cut up an old ice cream pail to make the form for the bowl and then sewed a felt cover for it. (The handle of the bowl is filled with polyester stuffing.)

I hope you like it!

Edited to add a link to the flickr set: http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/sets/72157600185523583/
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3  Dia de los Muertos Suzy Homemaker in CHALLENGE 12 ENTRIES by AnnaReilly on: June 03, 2006 01:10:36 PM

I used:
chenille stems
dried pasta
popsicle sticks

an old picture frame
a scrap of black fabric
a piece of cardboard
white paint
a black Sharpie
pink fabric
pink ribbon
strand "pearls"
needle and thread
an x-acto knife

First I sketched a pattern for the bones and whittled popsicle sticks into the right sizes and shapes, gluing two of the large posicle sticks together to make her skull.

I painted the bones white and added details with the black Sharpie then mounted them with glue onto the fabric covered cardboard in the picture frame.

I made her a little apron with some fabric and ribbon, gave her some orange rotini (spiral pasta) hair, added a hair bow and a pearl necklace (a must for a Suzy Homemaker) and put a little whittled popsicle stick rolling pin in her hand. Then I decorated her shrine with pipe cleaner flowers.

She fits in perfectly in my "fiesta" kitchen.  Cheesy
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4  Glitter Buddha in CHALLENGE 11 ENTRIES by AnnaReilly on: May 01, 2006 05:10:47 PM
Before ($1.50)

It seemed very meditative to me so I added a Buddha. Then, since everything is better in glitter, I gave Buddha a glittery halo and added sequins. I also painted under the lotus with purple glitter and added sequins in the trees like little fireflies. Finally, I painted the notches in the frame with purple glitter.

The result (although all the glitter is hard to see)...
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5  Patchwork Decoupage Dr. Scholls in CHALLENGE 10 ENTRIES by AnnaReilly on: April 05, 2006 09:14:33 PM

These shoes came to me as plain Dr. Scholl's exercise sandals...

I removed the leather strap, sanded the wood soles and decoupaged on bits of magazines and catalogs to create a patchwork look. I applied several coats of acrylic gel medium so they're waterproof and very durable. Then I reattached the strap. Voila! Patchwork Decoupage Dr. Scholls!
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6  Zebra print + green + turquoise = chair in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by AnnaReilly on: March 02, 2006 12:10:32 PM
This is a chair I reconstructed a bit.

I got the chair for free from an estate sale since it was in pretty rough shape.
The "before"...

I ripped off the woven seat that was in horrible condition, sanded it all down and then made a paper template for a seat. I cut the seat out of a piece of 1/4 inch plywood, attached some foam from an old couch cushion, wrapped batting around it and then some zebra print faux fur. The seat isn't actually attached to the base of the chair, but it's a snug fit so it doesn't come off very easily. I painted the chair with some leftover latex paint (oil would probably be more durable, but I didn't want to buy anything new.) I made the whole thing with materials that I had leftover from other projects so it was basically free, minus my time.
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7  Re: postage stamps in What the heck can I do with THIS? by AnnaReilly on: February 18, 2006 04:55:52 PM
Inspired by this thread, I started buying up otherwise worthless stamps on eBay, whenever I found a good deal, and just decoupaged the top of our coffee table. (It's our old dining table that my husband sawed the legs down on - so it has drop leaves.)

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8  Embroidery Sampler Skirt in Needlework: Completed Projects by AnnaReilly on: May 26, 2005 10:58:50 PM
I got a cool old book with lots of different stitches at a book sale for a quarter. I was inspired to learn some new stitches so I made this "sampler" on the hem of a pillowcase skirt.

(Yes, I'm pregnant.  Wink)

Here's a detail pic of the embroidery...
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9  Re: DIY Maternity Jeans with tutorial in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by AnnaReilly on: March 12, 2005 09:06:29 AM
Thanks!  Smiley

The tattoo is a dragon...
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10  DIY Maternity Jeans with tutorial in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by AnnaReilly on: March 12, 2005 08:58:34 AM
Great fitting maternity jeans exist, but I'm not spending $80 on a pair of jeans I'll only wear for 3 more months. Tongue (The cheap ones either don't fit right or don't look like jeans.) SO I decided to craft myself up a pair! Smiley

I started with a pair of jeans that fit me everywhere except my growing belly, (this happened to be a pair of stretch jeans 2 sizes larger than I normally wear found at the thrift store for $4) and a t-shirt (I could have used a blue shirt to match the denim, but I found a cute print that I liked better for $2.)

First, I put the jeans on and figured out how far up I could comfortably wear the zipper and marked that place.

Then I cut out the zipper and handstitched the fly shut. From the top of the new fly, I sketched a curved line up to just below the belt loops which would become my new waistband. (Please excuse the stretch marks... they come with the territory, you know... and a flash is oh so flattering on them.  Roll Eyes)

I sewed along this line with upholstery weight thread and a small stitch length to make sure it would hold.

As you might be able to see in the pic, I removed the small 5th pocket to cut down on bulk.

I tried the jeans on with the new waist seam to check that they fit, and then cut off the excess denim.

I sewed a 6" wide strip of my t-shirt into a loop and then pinned it onto my jeans, right sides together.

(To get the circumference for the t-shirt waist, I pulled the t-shirt around my belly as tight as I could get it and went with that.) Since the t-shirt circumference was smaller than the jeans waist circumference I had to stretch the t-shirt to get it all pinned together. I did most of that stretching on the back side since that side doesn't need to have as much stretch when I wear them. That left lots of stretch in the front part where I need it.

I turned the t-shirt out, and then top-stitched to make it lay flat when worn.

This is what the jeans look like on if I pull the t-shirt waist all the way up...

And if I scrunch it down it...

If I wear an actual maternity shirt it comes down far enough to cover the waist band entirely, but if I wear a shorter (normal) shirt, then it's visible but, with the print, looks more intentional than if I had used a blue shirt. (The color of the shirt is washed out in the pics - it looks better in person.)

Now I have a pair of maternity jeans for $6 and about 30 minutes of sewing, but having jeans that fit me right now is PRICELESS!  Grin
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