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11  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.

12  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.

13  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!
14  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.

15  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!
16  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:


17  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 123 ENTRIES / Radioactive Rainbow Market Bag on: April 03, 2018 05:14:51 PM
I'm of the opinion that one can never have too many tote bags. Also, I had a lot of yarn left after finishing a rainbow afghan for my son, and this project was a good way to use up quite a bit of it.

I have a few bags like this and they're great all-purpose bags...trips to the farmer's market, going to the beach, apple picking, toting around all of my kids' stuff, etc.

The inspiration for this project came from this pattern and this bag I saw on Pinterest. I had made the original pattern a couple years ago, and modified it by changing the lace pattern. I think my lace looks like the radioactive symbol. Cheesy It makes my nerdy self happy.

18  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Olive Green Linen Dress Make-Over on: February 22, 2018 07:49:39 AM
I picked up a dress at Goodwill because I liked the fabric. It's a really soft cotton/linen blend with some decent weight to it.

I took it almost completely apart and re-fitted it into a knee-length, casual dress with a side zipper. My DS suggested I change the color to violet, but I can't bleach out the olive.  Cry I could always dye it a darker color, though...black, navy, dark green. I didn't have matching thread - I just used ivory cotton thread - so I'd like to dye it regardless.

I'd also like to add patch pockets...need to decide between using the same fabric and the fabric I used to face the collar and armholes.

Here's what the original dress looked like:

Thanks for looking! I'm totally stuck, so any opinions on dye color or pocket fabric would be much appreciated!  Kiss

19  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Stars and Stripes Toddler Quilt w/lots of in-process pics on: February 19, 2018 08:13:04 AM

I originally intended this to be a Christmas present for my toddler, but I overextended myself and it ended up being a birthday present instead. I had made everyone else in my house a quilt of their own, including the cat (excluding the fish, lol), so I feel a bit guilty that it took me two years to get around to making one for the baby.  Embarrassed

I started with a theme of the American flag and bought most of the fabric with that in mind. Then I made a plan based on how much fabric I had in each print. Kind of backwards, but it was a fun challenge.

I used this tutorial to make the squares, and started laying them randomly.

But, I didn't like how that looked. So, I modified my plans.

I liked that much better. I chose to do a border in a golden yellow since many ceremonial flags have a gold fringe and the primary colors make me happy.

When it came time to do the back of the quilt, I didn't want just a solid color or print. I have been wanting to try out piecing with jelly rolls and I saw this great pattern on pinterest. I had red, white, and blue fabric in equal portions, so I went back to the graph paper and made a plan.

I put it together without any pinning, so it's a bit wonky.  Cheesy

Definitely not wide enough and I ran out of fabric. I ordered a custom print from Spoonflower without getting swatches first...big mistake. Roll Eyes The color was nothing like the preview and didn't match what I already had.  Cry  Off to the fabric store...luckily, they had some new fabrics and I found one I liked even better.

I free-motion quilted it with an echoed star pattern. 80% of the way through quilting, my machine started acting up in desperate need of a good oiling...oops. Thought I had the problem solved, finished up, only to find that the tension had gotten screwed up for a small section of quilting and needed restitching.  Tongue Re-stitched it, that's why some of the stitching really stands out in the pictures...I'll pick out the bad stitches later. My little boy was pretty happy when I handed it to him this morning, all finished.  Cheesy

Thanks for looking!
20  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Nebula Journals in UV-Reactive Paint on: October 04, 2017 09:26:48 AM
I just finished a series of journals/sketchbooks that I've been working on for about a year, on and off.

I used UV-reactive acrylic paint on wood. I suspect that not many people would be doing their writing/sketching by blacklight, but I think it looks cool. Looks really neat with 3-D glasses on, too.

Have to touch up a few stars that had a paint transfer issue and try to fix those rings of paint  Tongue, but it's a relief to have them (mostly) done.

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