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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Pink Ombre Rope Basket on: April 05, 2019 06:09:04 AM
It only took a few hours to turn 100 feet of clothesline into this adorable basket.  Shocked

I was stressed out and needed something new and relatively easy to soothe my nerves. I had originally purchased the clothesline to make one of those fabric coil baskets from all of my quilting scraps, but that seemed like way too much work for how much time I had (and my mood).  Roll Eyes

I read quite a few tutorials, but here's one of the best ones I remembered to Pin.

I didn't want just a plain-Jane basket, though, so I decided to dress it up by using colored thread. Somehow, I've managed to accumulate an insane amount of thread...18 years of sewing and what I've inherited from other people. I grabbed 8 spools of pink, in various shades, and started with the darkest (not in the picture because it was already in the machine).

100 feet of 1/4" clothesline 7.5 partial spools of thread, a scrap of leather, and some waxed linen thread later...

This basket (that I don't have a use for yet)! It's about 11" wide and 5.5" tall.

Thanks for looking!
2  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Two Portraits in Doll Form on: December 23, 2018 04:10:26 PM
My nieces are still young enough to enjoy playing with dolls, so I decided to make them something special for Christmas this year - dolls that look like them! They were very well-received and everyone had questions about the process. These dolls were definitely the most satisfying project of the season and I had a blast creating them. Except the hair. That doll hair is a pain to work with, but it looks and feels so nice!

I used an Ever After High doll and a Monster High doll that sort of matched their skin colors and face shapes. The dolls got a complete repaint and reroot.

I purchased a pattern for the school uniforms, and used actual uniform plaid to make the skirts. The shoes are leather with waxed linen laces. I made my own pattern for those.



Thanks for looking!
3  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Custom Elf on the Shelf (Formerly Draculara) on: December 03, 2018 06:47:05 AM
A couple years ago, I ordered a 3D-printed doll kit and made a custom elf-on-the-shelf. Unfortunately, she began to break around the joints and we needed a replacement for our injured elf.

I chose a Monster High doll for her durability. Draculara is perfect because she has elfin ears. Though, it's not like you can see them under all that hair.  Cheesy

She got the full treatment - repaint, reroot, custom clothes. Took forever.

Her face is done in watercolor pencils and chalk pastels. Her hair is handspun Noro. I got the pattern for her dress from DGRequiem on Etsy. I did accidentally cut only half the skirt for her dress...that's why it's a pencil skirt instead of a cupcake shape. Oops, happy accident.

In process:


To get the shape of the shoes right, I added a bit of hot glue to her toes and then made a tape pattern:

Thanks for looking!
4  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 125 ENTRIES / Star Trek: Voyager - Captain Janeway Cosplay on: November 03, 2018 07:02:57 AM
I was invited to a 'Captains' party for Halloween. Not having a costume on-hand that was appropriate, I decided to make one...in less than two weeks.

To be quite honest, I've always wanted a Star Trek uniform, and this was a great excuse to get one.

I found the pattern on eBay. A few websites sell them, but I was strapped for time and they promised 3-day shipping. The fabric isn't entirely accurate to the screen-used costumes, but the colors were right. The rank pips and badge were purchased, as was the undershirt. I did have to dye the undershirt the correct color and reinforce the collar for the pips.

It was a bit wrinkled after coming out of the wash...

5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Pink Paisley Shirt Dress - McCall's 6696 on: August 08, 2018 01:21:55 PM
After my DS2 was born, and I was still carrying around some extra baby weight, I cut this dress out. I started it, barely, then set is aside for whatever reason...

*two years later*

I lost weight, I injured myself, I gained some back. I picked the dress back up and finished it. It's a tad bit big, but wearable. Yay! I have a wedding to attend in a couple months and I might just wear this dress. It has pockets! Cheesy

The pattern is McCall's 6696, the fabric is a cotton/linen blend that I got on clearance at JoAnn's. I altered the spacing of the buttons and finished all of the seams.

6  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Random Acts of Kindness (RAOK) and Art Abandonment / Space Rocks! on: August 02, 2018 05:23:44 AM
I decided to participate in this challenge sort of last-minute. I was doing yard work and came across these stones that were just begging to be painted (also found a few Petoskey stones and other fossils Shocked). Not sure what to paint, I just went with something I've done before - nebulae/stars in UV-reactive paint.

My kids and I will be hiding them this weekend around town.

7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Bead Destash - Rosary Edition on: July 12, 2018 07:57:43 AM
My craft supplies are getting out of control, so I have been trying to think up projects to destash. Going through my beads a few weeks ago, I noticed that I had a bunch of rosary findings. Then I went through my glass and gemstone beads and sorted them into groups of 59. The only thing missing were the jump rings, eyepins, and chain...had to order those. But, I was able to put together kits to use up all my rosary findings and most of my gemstone beads.

It has been a nice keep-your-hands-busy project to do while watching Netflix after the kids are in bed. And, they'll make good gifts.

These are the first five I've completed out of the group.

Blue glass and Swarovski crystals



Amethyst/Aquamarine/Rose Quartz (this one's mine - it's my sons' birthstones + rose quartz, the love stone)

Green glass

Thanks for looking!
8  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Star Wars Hoops - Enamel Pin Displays on: July 12, 2018 07:08:36 AM
My DH has a pin collection and I wanted to make him something fun that he could use as a display. I was supposed to have them done months ago, but I am the queen of procrastination and distraction. He loves me anyway. Cheesy

Nothing too fancy, but they get the job done. I used crafting felt and just hot-glued the edges down on the back.

9  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Sparkly Purple and Grey HST Quilt on: July 10, 2018 01:05:29 PM
I made this quilt for my first grandniece who was born this Spring.

Her nursery colors are violet and grey, and the space-themed fabrics and the border have a bit of sparkle to them. Glittery quilting fabrics are so much fun, I can't get enough of them. My niece didn't want anything too girly, so I tried to avoid too many floral prints or, at least, keep them subtle.

I chose a pebble quilting pattern and was amused to find that it made the sashing look like Petoskey stones, the state rock of my (and my niece's) home state of Michigan. Cheesy

I still have a few threads to tie off, then I can send it out. I hope she likes it.

Thanks for looking!
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / From Catholic School Uniforms to Plaid Suit Jacket on: June 23, 2018 12:51:42 PM
Obligatory Backstory:

Some of the moms from my DS's school got together for a crafting night. During the course of the evening, it was mentioned that our school's principal (who, funny enough, went to school with my husband) thought it would be hilarious to have a suit made from the plaid uniforms. I said, "let's do it!"

They got me some old uniforms (it took 4 pairs of pants and 2 jumpers), and I did the rest. My SIL did embroider an inside pocket with the principal's name, school name, and year...but, for sake of privacy, I won't share it here.

It had been a while since I had last made anything similar, and I have never done such finicky pockets, so I made a mock-up first. Maybe I'll have all the kids sign it for him next school year. Grin

Working with that polyester plaid was a dream. It's really great fabric.

We presented the principal with the jacket the last week of school, in front of the whole school. He absolutely loved it! So did the kids and other parents - I even got a request for a uniform-plaid kilt. Cheesy At first, he didn't understand that I had made it from old uniforms - he thought we had bought it for him. Now, he says he's going to wear it everywhere.  Cheesy

(Modeled by my DH)

Some in-process pics:


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