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1  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Hobbes... yes, from Calvin and Hobbes on: December 20, 2012 04:49:38 PM
about a month ago a friend asked if I "could" make a Hobbes for their grandson, who is 35yrs old and a Calvin and Hobbes FREAK.... a bit puzzled at first (why dont you just go buy one, right?..).... The only stuffed Hobbes that are out there are ones that people have made... Not being a HUGE Cavlin and Hobbes fan, I just didnt realize that they have NEVER been made into comercial stuffed figures.....

Challenge ON!!!.... I looked at hundreds maybe thousands of pictures and sat down with my handy dandy sketchbook trying my best to come up with a pattern...after a few hours of drawing and A LOT of hours of sewing...... this is what I came up with...

*** for all of you Hobbes lovers out there (and anyone else) please let me know what you think, I know he isnt "perfect", but hey, I tried  Wink***

cant forget the red scarf for all of his adventures!!

thanks for looking!!
2  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Embroidered doodle skull on: August 23, 2012 07:33:37 PM
I made this for noooitaremybirthday in the latsest IYP.....and thought I would share

It started off as a little project to keep me busy while I was restricted to the couch recovering from surgery... and then, lets just say that the pain meds had my brain a bit foggy, and this little project turned out to be a bit more time consuming that I had originally thought....

instead of doodling with markers I used thread..... trying to include a lot of the things that "nooo" liked

if you look at the top, in the outline of the flower petals I stitched "NOOO"

and in the vine/rope that the sloth is hanging on are my initials "ogd"

when I was done I pondered for a while and decided to make it into a journal/notebook cover

Thanks for looking!!
3  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / believe in birdies on: June 13, 2012 07:19:42 PM
I made this for my partner, pjherbert, in the MAQ swap 5..... PJ had a very specific size (12x40 ish) that she wanted to hang above a window in her craft room and had a few different themes for me to choose from....I have done a few MAQ, quilts, mugrugs, placematts with different quilting/applique techniques..... but this is the first time I have turned all of the raw edges under and handsewn everything.

just wanted to share and see what you all think...

I had some of the leaves hanging over the binding....

and a few closeups...
seed beads in the middle of each of the buds...

beads for the eyes and a little embroidery...

it was a lot of hand stitching and totally worth it
thanks for looking!!
4  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / odd scraps...to happy scrappy hatty on: December 14, 2011 08:18:17 PM
I made this hat a few months ago for rlynn, actually her daughter, in the Pinterest Swap... rlynn had a "scrappy" hat, made out of t-shirts pinned for her... I took this idea and ran with it... 99% of this hat is made from recycled/reclaimed items ... I tried to tie in some of her daughters favorite themes... It was one of those projects that when I started I had NO IDEA where I was going with it or what the end result was going to be.....I'm pretty happy with the way it came out, and it is definitely a one of a kind....

here are some up close shots of the embroidery, applique, and other do-dads that found their way onto this hat

the ear flaps.... the little blue bird is the one thing that i actually cut from a piece of fabric... and the "life is good" dude... the original t-shirt was trashed a long time ago, but I couldn't just throw him out

a rainbow and a pirate... the pirate also has a little treasure map embroidered around it, with a palmtree and island... and ofcourse the "X" to mark the spot ..both made from scraps of old sweatshirts

and I couldn't resist elephants and batman..... again, scraps from an old sweatshit... and the elephant is a felted sweater

robot and owl...

thanks for looking!!
5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Fab Fabric Rings on: November 21, 2011 06:19:13 PM
I just signed up for the FABRIC JEWELRY SWAP https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=395855.0   and thought while I was waiting for partner day I would try making some fabric rings.....here is what I came up with....

I started off by machine sewing the strips of fabric... start with the strips double the length that you will need so that you don't have the starting and ending of the thread showing on the finished ring.. because the strips are so skinny, the feed dogs had a hard time .... By the second one i realized that it helped if I left enough behind the foot to hold on to and pull it a little if it wasn't feeding itself ......I then trimmed them to the size I needed and used fabric glue... after the glue dried I added the embellishments....I think the next time I would do all the little detail before i glued them.....I did a blanket stitch around 2 of them to reinforce the ends I had glued... and the other ones I used invisible thread to sew the ends together.

I think that my favorite is the green one with the little bead flower ....

thanks for looking!!!
6  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / A rainbow twirleeeeee dress...picture heavy!! on: November 14, 2011 04:55:48 PM
I haven't posted many projects in the past few months and figured I would take some time and share a few of the things I have done...

I made this rainbow twirly dress for pjherbert's darling GD a few months ago....it took a while,OK maybe a LONG while, but totally worth it.....100 or so 3x3 squares out of 75 or so different fabrics....and believe it or not... had it all in my stash!!!

close ups of some of the detail

was quite happy with the way buttons matched, and to think I already had them as well

all of the seams were serged after sewing it together

and a few other action shots... my little model had a blast running around in her twirly rainbow dress...

thanks for looking!!!....
7  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / holda hoopla on: November 08, 2011 03:08:29 AM
I made this travel embroidery case for limeriot awhile ago and thought I would finally sit down and share...... I'm really not sure if this is where it belongs...BUT.....It holds needlework, and has needlework on it..... so here it is...

the front... there are straps that button to close it as well as a handle to carry it

detail of the embroidered monogrammed "m" in the middle of a Dresden plate quilt pattern

and some details of the inside

a pocket that will hold up to an eight inch hoop

and attached needle book and a strap to hold scissors

tabs to hold floss as well as an extra zipper pocket for whatever

thanks for looking!!
8  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / dot dot pumpkin on: October 31, 2011 04:19:34 AM
ok,so its not really a costume but it is what I'm wearing today..... decided lastnight that i needed something to wear to work today... it was a really easy applique and I  like the dotted fabric, just a bit different than your typical pumpkin face

thanks for looking..... HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!
9  COOKING / Dessert / quick spider webs on: October 31, 2011 03:48:23 AM
my son informed me yesterday,Sunday, afternoon that he had to take a Halloween treat into school..... I guess kids think that we can wiggle our noses and have things appear instantly..... needless to say, put my thinking cap on and opened the pantry door.....an hour later this is what we had..... not hard to do and not real fancy, but pretty happy with the way they came out

1 white cakemix
1 chocolate cakemix
1 can of white frosting
black cookie frosting
orange food coloring

thanks for looking!!

10  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / painted alphabet rocks on: September 26, 2011 02:53:37 AM
I made these for pjherbert and her granddaughter in the geezer swap....being inspired by a pin on her pinterest....  I collected the rocks while we were on vacation in Vermont this summer.

I ran into a few problems with paint bleeding when I put the poly glaze on them.... acrylics work the best with out a doubt.....DONT USE PAINT PENS, some of them don't do well at all

thanks for looking!!
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