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1  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Artwork by my 6 year old son on: June 29, 2009 12:33:28 PM
Please forgive the shameless brag and posting for someone else but he is 6 and not able to have a craftster account himself. My son draws constantly and goes through more paper in a week than most kids do in a year. Seriously all I can ever tell people to get him for gifts is paper and markers. His marker collection rivals many classrooms. He learned to draw simply by watching "how to draw" portions on his videos. Now he can see a character and recreate it pretty much on his own. So here are a few of his drawings.

His take on me (see my avatar for comparison)


Another Wall-E

Little Joe (from veggie tails reference photo https://www.hotmoviesale.com/dvds/7588/1/Veggie-Tales-The-Ballad-Of-Little-Joe.jpg

I have stacks and stack of pictures he has drawn but those are the ones I happen to have pics of at the moment. 
2  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Two easy peasy little girl dresses on: June 29, 2009 12:25:47 PM
Saturday I finally found my iron after moving so I could finally get some projects done. I have been dying to make these bandanna dresses for months and busted out two Saturday. The cool thing about these is that they will work as shirts once the wee one gets too tall for them to be dresses. I used this tutorial. http://treyandlucy.blogspot.com/2009/01/15-minute-dress.html I got the bandannas for $1 each at Walmart and had the white ribbon. The black ribbon was super cheap at Walmart too and I still have a ton left so these basically cost me $2 each.

The girl in one (as you can see she will need tights in public) Shocked Please excuse the lunch residue on her face. She is hard to corner to clean off  Roll Eyes

And the other as modeled by my couch

These are super easy and fast! The cool thing is that you can take the basic principle and make bigger dresses with only slightly more sewing. I will be making her night gowns with this basic idea only using elastic.
3  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / baby "quilt" on: March 13, 2009 11:25:08 PM
I'm not sure this qualifies as a quilt but this the closest I could find to the correct category. I made this for my friend who is expecting her first baby in April. They are not finding out the sex so I had to use the generic colors of green and yellow. I found this adorable fabric on the clearance rack at Jo-Ann and it was on extra sale too!! The "quilting" I did was tying with yarn so the layers wouldn't shift. There is batting in there though and its very cuddly. I was getting hot with it in my lap sewing it! Let me know what you think, this was my first attempt at anything like this.

side one

side two

My cheater quilting

the fancy machine stitching
4  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions / Adding a drawsting? on: February 04, 2009 03:37:11 PM
Hi everyone. It's been a long time since I posted on Craftster but I am in need of some advice. I think this where to post this, I looked around and it seemed the best place. I got my son some pants that are a bit too big in the waist. He's tall and skinny.  Cheesy I don't want to redo the elastic if I can help it so I was hoping I could add a drawstring. Any advice on how? I was thinking I could just cut a slit on the inside part of the fabric that covers the elastic and feed one through. Would this work? Or am I missing something? Thanks for any help and ideas.
5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Pom Pom hair bows on: October 27, 2008 12:36:18 PM
I think this is where this goes. I made these for DD a while ago but finally got her to wear them yesterday. They are just two sparkly pom poms glued together and then to a small metal barrette. Nothing complicated but I think they are really cute. Smiley

6  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Lots of hearts and half of an infinity dress (Now with action pic!) on: October 04, 2008 11:34:28 PM
Ok so I was planning to make DD an infinity dress out of this fabric but when I looked at the tute I couldn't figure it out. Not sure if that was just my dumb newbie sewing brain or the fact that aunt flo is here. Either way I gave up on that idea. Instead I just made a circle skirt based off the infinity dress. It took me just over an hour once I got it cut out. The luck girl is sleeping since its after midnight. So, I don't have any action pics or actually know if it fits. I'll add action pics tomorrow.

The skirt

close up of waist

showing the "scarf" I cut out to match

Ok its not great but here she is.

I hope she loves it and it actually fits!
7  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Ranch dressing mix substitute? on: September 29, 2008 09:57:54 AM
I have recently discovered that I can't have anything with MSG in it. You would be shocked at how many things have it. Its not a Asian food thing anymore. Anyway, my favorite ranch dressing has it and so does the mix. Do any of you have a spice mix recipe or something that is similar in taste but not full of the nasty MSG? I had something like this once but can't find it and my kids didn't like it.
8  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / My quick and easy dinner on: September 28, 2008 07:35:38 PM
Tonight I was looking at my menu and didn't like the look of anything on it. Smiley So, I started scrounging and made this up. I have no name for it yet.

2 packages of reduced fat crescent rolls
1 package neufchatel cheese softened
Deli ham
cooked chicken
bacon bits 1-2 TBS ranch dressing

Heat oven to 350. Mix ranch, bacon bits (as much as you want) and cheese, set aside. Un-roll one package of rolls on a cookie sheet and press or roll out to make it a little bigger. Spread the cream cheese mixture over the rolls not quote to the edge. Place some have over the cheese on one half and chicken on the other. Un-roll the second package of rolls on top to create a top crust and fold up the the bottom crust.Seal. Bake at 350 for 20 minutes or until golden brown.

We really liked this but I think I'll make the whole thing ham next time. I either use too much chicken or we just didn't like that side as much. You could put any deli meat in this and I'm sure it woudl be really tasty.

Sorry about the bad pic. My camera needs new batteries so my phone had to suffice.
9  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / I killed a body pouf! on: September 27, 2008 12:12:25 AM
And made this!

I have bought these for my son a few times and thought I have to be able to make that!

So I made a basic M&P soap with scent but no color

And killed this pouf

Now I can save some money and be super mom, because I made something just for him, at the same time!

P.S. The mesh is orange not pink like it looks in the pics. I wouldn't do that to a 5 year old boy. Smiley
10  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / My bathina bag (Lots of pics) on: September 12, 2008 11:01:54 AM
So I saw the bathina bag and fell in love! http://www.burdastyle.com/patterns/show/3825

I decided that DD had to have one. Also it looked pretty easy and doable for a baby stitcher like me. Smiley I started this bag on Tuesesday evening and would have had it done that night but I messed up and sewed the lining in backwards and had already trimmed the seams down and had used a really short stitch length to be able to rip out the seams, so I had to scrap it and start over.  Roll Eyes I tried again Wednesday night and actually sewed the pieces together the right way!  Cheesy By then I was tired and finished off the handles yesterday. I used one of my machine's fancy stitches but it didn't like the thickness so I had to help it feed which made the stitches uneven.

I used fleece in place of the felt to I could wash it since it does belong to a two year old.  Wink The hardest part by far was cutting out the handles. That shape may look easy but mine were so uneven! Anyway on to the pics.

front of the bag


the stitching on the handle

inside again

bad action shot from camera phone

When I gave it to DD she immediately stuffed it with all the pamphlets she could find (a cell phone booklet and tourist info thingys) and happy meal toys. Smiley
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