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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / awesome rainbow pinata on: August 31, 2008 05:08:05 PM
My daughter just had her 4th birthday, and she wanted a rainbow party. So, I made her a rainbow pinata (with the help of a friend) and it turned out totally awesome. As my friend would say "we're brilliant!" It was not an easy task by any means, but it was worth it to see my daughter's face when she saw it finished. If anyone has made a pinata before, you know what a long process it is. So, I suggest to anyone who wants to make a pinata to start about a week and a half before you want it done. I can explain the process if anyone wants me to.

2  COOKING / Dessert / rainbow cupcake cake on: August 31, 2008 04:49:09 PM
My daughter just had her 4th birthday, and she wanted a rainbow party. So, I made her a rainbow pinata and we had rainbow-colored food to eat such as rainbow popcorn, rainbow goldfish and a rainbow cupcake cake. I am so excited with how it turned out. It looked so cute and just like I had imagined it!

3  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / baby quilt with embroidery on: July 21, 2008 06:53:10 AM
I'm not sure if I should have put this here or in the "embroidery" category, but here it is because it is a quilt!

I made this quilt for my best friend's baby after she was born. I machine embroidered all the stats for the baby - such as her birth weight, length, date of birth, parents names and the baby's name of course. My mother-in-law made similar quilts for each of my two kids and I just love them. Not that you would probably ever forget those stats of your kids but it is a nice reminder just in case! It did take me until the baby was 6 months old to get it finished but it did get finished! I love the way it turned out and my friend loved it too!

weight and length

baby's name

finished quilt
4  COOKING / Dessert / baby shower cake on: July 20, 2008 01:12:07 PM
I made this cake for my best friend's baby shower. She had decorated the nursery with stars and moons and clouds and such. She then painted (she's a very talented artist) a mural on the wall with a teddy bear sleeping on a crescent moon with the "Now I lay me down to sleep" poem with it. So, I got her to take a picture of the wall (I wish I could find this picture) and then made the cake to look like the wall. I did add more features to the bear (eyes, mouth, nose, outline for legs) with black icing but I can't find the finished cake. So, use your imagination for the bear's features!

5  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / rainbow skirt and tank on: July 20, 2008 01:00:42 PM
I was originally making a shawl/poncho for my daughter, but when it was done she wanted to wear it as a skirt instead. Besides, the pattern I followed was way too big to be worn as a poncho anyway. SO, in order for the skirt to stay up, I weaved in a long chain through the top stitches and then pull it tight and tie a bow in front. So, then she wanted a shirt to go with it. So, I started the shirt basically the same way as the skirt - a big chain that I make into a loop and then half-double crochet around until it's the right height. Then, I added a couple straps (which took me a couple tries to get them in the right place) and attached them with a couple buttons on the back. Well, it's not perfect, but she absolutley loves it! As you can see from the picture taken of the back, the shirt was way to big for her, so I gathered it at the top and stitched in place. So, that's why you see the gather on the back of the shirt.

front view...

back view which shows the buttons and where I had to gather it at the top
6  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Thomas the train jacket on: July 20, 2008 12:48:45 PM
I made a Thomas the train fleece jacket for my nephew Ben. He LOVES Thomas the train, and so I thought it'd be fun to make him a jacket. This was my first ever jacket and I did have a pattern, but can't remember who made the pattern. My daughter Emma had to try it on before we gave it to Ben, so she is the one modeling it in the picture. I found cute little train buttons at JoAnn's because I didn't want to attempt a zipper!

7  SEWING IN GENERAL / Machine Embroidery: Completed Projects / Quinton's diaper bag on: July 16, 2008 11:18:01 AM
A friend asked me to embroider something on a bag for a baby shower gift. This was the design she liked and so we decided to put "Quinton's Things" on it. She said that it went over very well at the shower. THis is such an easy (and cheap) gift idea. She just bought a tote bag at Hobby Lobby for like $4-5 and then I put the design on it. BTW, my machine is a Husqvarna Viking Designer 1.

8  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Green and purple squares blanket on: July 16, 2008 06:13:28 AM
I made this blanket for my niece Olivia. It was either for her birthday or Christmas, I can't remember. THis was one of the first blankets I crocheted. I had a book with a bunch of different square patterns. So, I just picked out the ones I liked, alternating green and purple, and then sewed them together with a cream-colored yarn. I added a border and 'viola' it was done!

9  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Rachel's Europe blanket on: July 15, 2008 06:34:44 PM
Well, this is my first post! I actually made this quilt a few years ago. My niece Rachel was going on a trip to Europe with a group called People to People. It's a program that allows American teenagers the opportunity to be "ambassadors" to other countries and to experience a new place and a new culture. Anyway, there's an interview process and she had to get people to sponsor her to go. SO, it was a big deal.

SO, I made her a quilt with some of the big landmarks of Europe embroidered on it. She was going to Italy, Greece, and France. So, I put the Eiffel Tower and the Leaning Tower of Pisa and a few others. Then, when I gave it to her I gave her a fabric marker so she could have her friends sign it that were on the trip with her. I really loved how it turned out. She really loved it too!

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