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1  Re: 50 projects in 2011 in Craftalongs by windgie79 on: November 19, 2011 11:58:28 AM
Wow... I haven't been on Craftster since the end of August. So much to catch up with, but it's a good thing. I've been in a crafting slump lately and seeing everyone's projects will (hopefully) kick-start my motivation.

Between extra-long hours at work and just feeling wiped out when I get home, I did manage to finish two projects for my nephew's birthday - an iSpy bag and a memory game with a drawstring bag:

With the holidays and squeezing in eight vacation days (where I work, if we don't use them, we lose them) I'm hoping I'll get some crafting in. I don't know that I'll reach my 50 - some of the biggest projects are the priorities on the to-do list - but I can try. Smiley
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2  Dinosaur iSpy and Memory Match in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by windgie79 on: November 09, 2011 06:04:55 PM
For my dinosaur-obsessed nephew on his third birthday ...

iSpy bag! (with dinosaurs, and lots of other goodies)

My sewing is getting better. It was my first attempt at grommets. I love the look, but next time I hammer the grommets on cement, I'll place a towel between the fabric and the cement! (Little tiny rips where the fabric caught on the cement - but a little bit of fray check helps hide them.)

Drawstring bag for ...

Dinosaur Train memory match!

Printed the filed guide from Dinosaur Train's website, and used some camouflage scrapbook paper on the reverse. If I had thought about it ahead of time, I would've scanned in the fabric and printed my own matching paper. Oh well - I'm happy with the overall project!
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3  Re: 50 projects in 2011 in Craftalongs by windgie79 on: August 28, 2011 08:35:42 AM
Wow, I've missed so much. I'm always amazed by the incredible talent in this thread!

After a little crafty hiatus, I'm finally back with finished projects! And, a few new projects to add to my list. Here we go:

The Little House of Horrors for Halloween! Finally finished!:

And here's the post:

Agenda cover!:

And here's the post:

New projects:

Pop Tab bracelet:

Bracelets from a cassette tape and an 8-track tape:

I also made a dinosaur "field guide" and a set of memory cards for my nephew's birthday using the field guide printables from Dinosaur Train's web site. They're laminated, so I can't get pictures to save my life! But, I'm happy they're finished!
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4  Agenda Cover in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by windgie79 on: August 28, 2011 08:21:54 AM
When I ordered my new 2011-2012 calendar, I assumed it would be black. After all, the one pictured was black, and there wasn't an option to choose a color or even a note explaining that you'll get whatever color they decide to send. So I was surprised to find that my new calendar was the most ugly shade of brown imaginable! I couldn't imagine looking at it for a whole year!

Thankfully, a co-worker had a pattern for a legal pad cover - I was able to use her pattern to make a super-nice cover for my agenda (with just a couple of mods).

(Also made the monthly tabs - it was a pain to try to flip between months without them!)

Thanks for looking!
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5  Little House of Horror (lots of pictures) in Completed Projects by windgie79 on: August 28, 2011 08:09:30 AM
Inspired by Knickertwist's AMAZING work, specifically her Little House of Everyday Wonders: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=353043.0. The detail, thought and planning is just mind-blowing, and I knew I wanted to give it a try!

We need some Halloween decorations, and my husband and I love horror movies, so a horror movie-inspired house seemed like a natural fit! I've been working on my version for over a year now. Picking out all the little accessories was super fun! Here's the finished house:

The outside front:

From the sides:

The inside:

The bedroom:

(The skeleton in the closet and the hands reaching up onto the bed glow in the dark.)

The bathroom:

(The skeleton coming out of the toilet glows in the dark.)

The kitchen:

The living room:

Thanks for looking!
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6  Bubble Wrap Bracelet in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by windgie79 on: July 08, 2011 06:02:16 PM
Inspired by this tutorial: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=378142.0

I didn't have enough chain around to make a necklace, so I whipped up a bracelet instead:

(terrible picture - typical Ohio rainy day)

I think the bracelet needs more ... umph ... or something, but I'll add to it later. Maybe some charms or something ...

Anyway, when I fused the bubble wrap, I thought, "There's no way this is going to look like the pictures in the tute. This is going to suck." But once I started punching out the circles, I'm really pleased with how nice they look!

Thanks for looking!
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7  Re: 50 projects in 2011 in Craftalongs by windgie79 on: July 03, 2011 10:26:29 AM
The sound effects pillows are finished - hooray!

Since my stenciling supplies were out, I whipped up a quick design on a shirt for my nephew (a bonus project - not on my list):

The pillows were fun - first time using the zipper foot on my machine, and first time sewing in piping!
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8  Dinosaur Shirt for Nephew in Stenciling: Completed Projects by windgie79 on: July 03, 2011 10:17:52 AM
My nephew is obsessed with dinosaurs! I've had this child's red t-shirt around for forever, left over from a prior craft project. Since I had all my stenciling supplies out anyway, why not stencil a dino shirt, inspired by all the other cute dino shirts out there?

Thanks for looking!
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9  From T-Shirt to Pillow Cover! in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by windgie79 on: July 03, 2011 10:12:52 AM
I've recently redecorated our guest bedroom in a superhero/comic book theme. While searching for inspiration, I found these awesome pillows: http://www.jellio.com/store/pillow.html#. The bad news? They're $60. Each. Yikes.

I've had these plain t-shirts for a while, leftover from another project, so I decided to use them to make my own sound effects pillow covers:

Close up pictures of each pillow:

Sewing them was an adventure. My first time sewing piping and my first time changing the foot on my sewing machine and using the zipper foot!

All three pillows were supposed to have envelope backs. I won't lie - there were some cross words when I realized I cut the yellow shirt incorrectly! The yellow one had to be sewn closed after the stenciling like a regular old pillow. Both red pillows have the envelope back though!

Creating and using the freezer paper stencils was fun, too. I always love peeling the stencil off for the big reveal!

Thanks for looking!
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10  Altered Puzzles - Comic Themed in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by windgie79 on: June 26, 2011 04:02:18 PM
They're finally finished! I wanted some art work to hang in our newly painted comic book-themed guest bedroom, and when I saw all the awesome altered puzzles on this board it just seemed to fit!

I loved working on these altered puzzles, but by the time I got to the fourth puzzle, I was ready to be finished. I'm really pleased with the final product, though!


DC Comics:


Marvel Comics:

And, all four hung on the wall:

And, some close up shots (click on thumbnails):

Thanks for looking!
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