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1  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Custom cross stitch for wedding present on: September 27, 2010 09:16:51 PM
One of my good friends just got married this past weekend after a whirlwind romance and this was the gift I made her and her new husband.

Her boyfriend (husband now) proposed in a very unique and totally unplanned way. They were having Chinese food one night and after dinner in the parking lot he very gently slipped something into her hand and whispered, "Will you marry me?" She looked at what he had given her and it was the fortune from the fortune cookie he got from dinner and it said, "Answer just what your heart prompts you." She, of course, said yes and the rest is history Grin

They are a very hippie type of couple - beards and flowers and all that, so I wanted to do something they would like. I looked forever and ever for wedding-themed patterns that would work and wasn't too cutsie or formal but there just wasn't anything that matched their style.  After running out of time I found a pattern for a non-wedding scene in the Mary Engelbreit Cross-Stitch book that would work, but I had to make some changes to tailor it to the purpose and make the figures look more like them. It came down to the wire and I finished it about 30 minutes before leaving for the wedding Tongue  I know the framing looks messy and you aren't supposed to put it behind glass, but I was too rushed and didn't really know how to do it any other way!
2  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Firefly Amis - Captain Mal, Jayne Cobb, Inara on: May 10, 2010 07:15:16 PM
My partner's received, so I wanted to post these little guys! I made them for the Amigurumi Swap. I borrowed heavily from GeekCentralStation's versions on etsy for Mal and Jayne.

Group Shot

Inara. Hair took forever  Tongue

Captain Mal. Browncoat, check. Tightpants, check.

Mal's little gun in holster. I forgot his suspenders!  Lips sealed

Jayne and accessories.

Jayne back belt accessories

Hat's off. + Vera.

It was kinda hard to send these off, but I think I'm going to make a full set of the characters for myself now  Smiley

3  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Hummingbird Pillow on: May 08, 2010 10:42:40 PM
I made this pillow for the previous round of the Ongoing Wish Swap. I did mirror-image hummingbirds on either side, then used strips of matching fabric to border the image. I changed up the order of the colored border on both sides so they aren't exactly the same. The hummingbirds were made from a paper-piecing pattern.

4  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Super Mario Bros. mini quilt on: May 08, 2010 10:32:22 PM
I'm pretty new to any type of quilting - I've only ever done small wall pieces. This is one I did for the Crafty Detective Swap. One thing I learned doing this small quilt is how difficult it can be to match seams when working with multiple squares. Do you sew them together into a bunch of 4-squares or sew one full long row together then sew that to another long row? I think the answer is NOT sewing long rows together  Lips sealed Live and Learn, then (in my case) go back to paper piecing!

5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Ridiculously Easy Mail Package Organizer Bag/Sling on: May 08, 2010 10:13:45 PM
I made this for the previous round of the Ongoing Wish Swap. The tutorial is here: http://www.elsiemarley.com/post-office-bag-tutorial.html
The bag was very easy to make. In fact, I did all the fabric shopping, cutting, and sewing in just one afternoon. I think it turned out pretty similar to the tutorial example. I used canvas-weight outdoor fabric (it was the only kind I could find with the stripes). I showed it to my mom and now I have to make her one  Roll Eyes

6  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Alice Down the Rabbit Hole on: April 02, 2010 07:24:45 PM
I don't think I ever got around to posting this. I think all the Alice stuff going on atm reminded me. I made this wall plaque a while ago for my sister, who wanted it as a gift for a friend of her's who is obsessed with Disney's Alice. My poly clay skills aren't that great, but it was a lot of fun to make :p

thanks for looking!
7  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Elephant pins on: February 17, 2009 05:03:37 PM
My mom has three sisters and they are all very close. They had a vacation planned together and one of my aunts asked me to secretly make these pins. Apparently they have some sisterly joke about being 4 old elephants propping eachother up shoulder to shoulder - supporting eachother through life and all that. I thought it was really sweet and made me wish I had more sisters Grin Anyway, here's what I came up with. The top left one was the first I made, which is why it is a little wonky. I used, surprise, "elephant grey" sculpy. I know they have long tusks and all, but without tusks the elephants looked a bit like lumpy grey mice. They are each about 2.5 inches wide.

Thanks for looking!
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Polka Dot Apron on: January 24, 2009 08:02:55 PM
I made this apron for my sister. She loves Polka Dots and so do I! Its got an adjustable D-ring strap and a ruched band of the blue polka dot around the waist.

This shows the straps tied around front.
9  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / My first ever pet clothing item :) on: January 24, 2009 07:45:36 PM
I made this fleece hoodie for my dad's teeny weeny chihuahua, Wolfie. I wasn't able to deliver it in person, so sorry there are no action shots.

Here's the top of the hoodie with the "W" (for Wolfie) on the back.

This is the underside of the hoodie. I lined the hood with a lighter pink fleece.

Here's the closest I could get to an action shot. I used a ball of jute in place of the dog  Cheesy (which was still too big to represent the chihuahua).

I had so much fun, I think I'm going to make some clothes for Spring next  Cheesy

10  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Elastic thread help on: January 15, 2009 06:30:33 PM
I'm trying to make a scarf like the one here:

I've actually made one before and it turned out well, but I have a new sewing machine now and the fleece/elastic thread combo just doesn't seem to be shirring at all! The weird part is, it worked great on my practice piece of fleece, but once I try it on the actual scarf, it sews out flat Sad Any suggestions?
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