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81  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Bright Embroidered Baby Quilt on: December 27, 2008 08:11:24 AM
My SIL bought me Aimee Ray's Doodle-Stitching for my birthday and, wanting to try out a project from it, I decided to make her daughter (my littlest niece) the quilt. My niece has 3 older brothers, so the quilt needed to be as girlie as possible.  Wink

It took me about 2 1/2 weeks from start to finish...I finished right before our family opened presents on Christmas Eve  Shocked (as in, I snuck upstairs to bind it after dinner and before the kids started getting whiny about their unopened gifts!). I left the edges of the circles un-hemmed so that it would develop a pretty 'used and cherished' look to it with use. I matched the embroidery floss to the rainbow of colors in the floral batik that I used and I made sure that there were six birds in the design (one for each of her family members). I used the book as a reference, but I free-handed all of the designs. I added a patch to the back with her name on it, too.  Grin I just used knots of embroidery floss to 'quilt' it, with the little tails on top for maximum comfort.

Here it is all done, on my in-laws' dining table (pic is a little dark):

...and over a chair:

Here it is before any embroidery:

After embroidery and before quilting:

And, the back detail (the back is just white with specks of color from the quilting...like sprinkles!):

I think that I took on too many Christmas crafts this year... I made a jewelry set for my 15 yo niece and one for my mom, a bracelet and 3 re-usable grocery bags for my SIL, 2 pairs of earrings for my MIL, crayon rolls with velcro for my 3 yo niece and nephew, and a bracelet for my SIL's niece....didn't snap photos of most of it. Oops.  Cry

Thanks for looking!  Cheesy
82  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Simple crystal bracelet on: November 15, 2008 06:50:21 PM
I just wanted to share this little bracelet that I made for my SIL's niece. She's about 5yo and every time I see her, she's my partner for hide-and-seek, or she's dragging me outside to push her on the swings...bottom line, she's a sweet kid. I like her.  Cheesy  Anyway, last time I saw her she told me that she really liked my green crystal bracelet (made from a store-bought kit  Wink), but I know she likes the color yellow. I told her I made it and she asked if I'd make her one. I told her Christmas was coming up soon... so, I made one for her in light yellow and clear crystals with silver beads and a silver clasp (I didn't want to take the chance of her being allergic to nickel). Sorry for the long back-story...hope you like!

I apologize for the dark photos/shadows...I haven't seen the sun in a week.  Tongue
83  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Pink Pearl Rosary on: November 14, 2008 03:52:11 PM
My SIL gave birth last month to a little girl, after three boys.  Wink I'm just happy to have a new niece to dote on. So, for her baptism, I decided to make her a rosary and have it blessed by our priest beforehand (we're Catholic, if you hadn't guessed Wink ).

So, I went out today and searched for all my components. Got the last crucifix charm on this side of town. The findings are pewter/base, the beads are glass. (And, I got to take advantage of simultaneous sales in 3 stores on the same street.  Grin ) Then I sat down in front of the TV and bent a lot of  eye pins... and, here is my first attempt at a rosary:

Thanks for looking. Any input is always appreciated!  Smiley
84  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / 1980s Rocker Chic on: November 04, 2008 09:36:36 AM
My favorite local band played at my favorite club on Halloween, and because they are an 80s cover band, I decided to dress up in 80s-inspired clothes. Real original, I know.  Undecided I usually go all out on costumes and spend months preparing for Halloween, but I didn't feel like doing that this year. The shirt and gloves were reconned and the leggings and bracelets were purchased...the skirts, wristlet, bow, necklace and earrings were made from scratch (I wore earrings that I bought to the club...they broke halfway through the evening).

No patterns, just winged it. Except for the petticoat, I loosely followed Catladysarah's tute (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=25389.msg210004#msg210004).

I started out with an old lace shirt. I chopped off the sleeves, cut them into rectangles (originally, they were flared), added a band of stretch knit to the unfinished edge and stitched up the sides, leaving a hole for my thumb...voila! fingerless gloves!  Wink

The two skirts are circle skirts with elastic waistbands and trim added to the hem. For the petticoat, I took 5 yards of 60" netting and cut it into 4 strips along the length. I gathered the strips and stitched them on in two rows. I just cut a thin piece of the green knit and sewed it on over the netting...I like the way the edges curl over.  Cheesy For the top skirt, I lightly pleated a strip of the green knit and stitched a strip of lace over it. I gathered up the top skirt so my petticoat was more visible, too (I removed those stitches after Halloween so I could wear it by itself).

The earrings and necklace are made from shrinkies, eyepins, swarovski crystals, glass and metal beads. The images are from Gashly Crumb. I never realized how hard wrapping wire really was until I overloaded on it.

The bow is just lace and ribbon, accented with crystals and a glass star bead and stitched onto a hair clip.

I just winged the wristlet. I hate trying to dance with a huge purse on my shoulder.  Cheesy

The band liked my costume, but everyone else was blown away by my DH's sound-activated equalizer t-shirt.

Thanks for looking! It was fun to make and more fun to wear!
85  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / NSFW! Naughty Mermaid - A First Attempt at Embroidery on: November 03, 2008 07:11:07 PM

So, I've been wanting to try embroidery for a while now...after seeing the fabulous pin-ups that have been posted here on Craftster. I got a copy of Doodle Stitching for my birthday and a gift card to the craft store, which I quickly converted to a nice stash of supplies. I found a website with coloring book pages and traced one onto some cheap cotton with a water-soluble pen. I took some artistic license with the image.  Wink

I used split-stitch for the hair; back stitching for the body and tail; satin stitch for the eyelids, bubbles, cig, waist, bracelets and tail-rings; and, scallop stitches for the scales. I don't think I had the fabric pulled tight enough over my hoop, and my fabric was pretty flimsy...it wrinkled up a bit. Oh well, live and learn. I'll probably use it as an applique or panel for a project-bag.

Sorry about the slightly dark pics...

Thanks for looking! Any input is always appreciated.  Grin
86  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / A Pair of Poppets - Destination: Unknown on: October 31, 2008 08:20:41 AM
My church has a fund-raising auction every year, and they ask parishioners to donate items. I figured, what the heck! I can make something that people would pay money for, and I was really on a poppet-kick.  Grin  (Join the poppet-along here: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=205341.7890 )

So, here is the pair of poppets I made for the occasion. I wanted to keep them simple and cute since I don't know who will take them home, so, no eyelashes or really funky hair. The dresses are from scraps of fabric leftover from making purses.  Wink I just used the fabulous easy-peasy dress instructions. Funny sidenote about the eyes: the green eyes started out light blue. When I glued on the eyelids, and wrapped the fabric around the back, the yellow fabric showed through. So, the eyes were part blue and part green...I just glued a little more fabric to the back of the eyes and made them all green...with a cool texture.  Cheesy

Here they are before hair:

And, the 'after' pictures:

Thanks for looking!

EDIT (11/03/08): The pictures don't really show the true color of their hair  Tongue, probably because of the direct sunlight... the dark hair is a very neutral brown and the light hair is a really light blonde.
87  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / First attempt at handbound journals on: October 01, 2008 12:46:37 PM
Being a bit of a bibliophile and easily fascinated by blank journals, I was browsing through all of the awesome papercrafts here on craftster when I came across a tutorial that I couldn't resist! (http://curiouslycrafty.wordpress.com/tutorials/)
It just looked too easy not to attempt (and it was pretty easy)! I'm really happy with my first attempts and most of them will end up as gifts. There's one that I'll keep for myself because the glue seeped through the fabric. For the others, I used a fusible lightweight interfacing on the fabric and I didn't have that problem again.  Wink
I used cotton fabric for the covers, drawing paper for the signatures, cardboard for the covers, scrapbooking paper for the endpapers and waxed nylon thread to stitch the signatures together. My paper was originally 9"x12", so my books were slightly larger than the journals in the tutorial. I also chose to hand-tear the tops of the pages.

Here is the whole half-dozen:

This one is being sent to my Nana as a late birthday present (she looooooves books!):

the endpapers:

This is going to be a gift for my friend's birthday, I'm teaching her to sew and she could use a sewing journal...

the endpapers that match the ribbons and lace:

I made this one with a Halloween theme for my nephew who is a Halloweenie (his b-day):

skully endpapers:

This one is for my SIL (she has a Chinese daughter and loves all things Chinese  Cheesy):

with striped endpapers:

A patriotic journal for my mom:

and starry endpapers:

And, finally, my journal done in batik (this is the side that doesn't have glue lines  Wink):

easy printer paper endpapers (one side is the Constitution (not pictured), the other is the Declaration of Independence):

Thanks for looking! Any comments and criticisms are welcome!  Grin
88  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Vintage-inspired Handbags (Pic Heavy) on: August 13, 2008 03:40:40 PM
The first one I made was for a friend, and a great excuse to use up some of the silk that my SIL brought back for me from China.  Wink

Here is the bag I made for my friend and the lining (Chinese silk!...those are dragons!!):

This little bag hangs from a plastic bangle carved with an art deco flower and has a ribbon rose decorated with black swarovski crystals:

Another bag in black brocade...I know it's hard to see, but it's such a pretty fabric:

Faux suede with detailed top-stitching and fabric flower accent (the lining is the same fabric as the flower):

I can't decide if these will be gifts, or if I'll keep them for myself...can't have too many purses!  Grin

Any feedback would be much appreciated!  Kiss
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