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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Magnets for Nutrional Tracking on: September 30, 2008 06:29:12 PM

I don't like a bunch of stuff on my fridge and I couldn't find a way to track my family's nutrition without using a chart.  I'm not obsessed with what we eat, but I do like to know that I'm feeding my daughter everything she needs. Of course it also helps me realize what I'm eating.  Anyhow, after some thought I decided to make simple magnets representing the different servings from each food group.  I used; glass beads or stones that one would use for floral arranging (or decorating), clip art I downloaded, round magnets and hot glue.  I tried to use clear liquid glue but it made my pictures bleed. 
The intent is that when I have a serving of something, I will move a magnet from that group to the other side of the fridge. 
I made a couple of sets and the whole suggested daily serving fits in one little tin.  Cute hey?  I think they would make neat gifts for my friends with little kids.  I might also use two sets for myself, one for my daughter and one for me- poor husband has to fend for himself!

An action shot!

What do you think?
2  COOKING / Dessert / HealthiER biscotti on: September 26, 2008 09:29:31 AM
I've been so happy with the way my biscotti has turned out I've gone berserk for biscotti!  The recipes are from a book called one smart cookie.  So far I've made peanut butter biscotti, holiday biscotti (white chocolate, cranberries and walnuts), Milk and white chocolate chip & cappuccino biscotti and power pumpkin biscotti.  I was hoping to package some of them up for Christmas and hostess type gifts.  Any clever ideas on how to package these?

3  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Chinese Silk Brocade Mei Tai on: September 04, 2008 07:39:36 AM
I've been wanting to make one of these for quite a while.  I used a tutorial mentioned on another thread https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=263750.0  and think it worked out great.  I can see that some of my silk came free from the top stitching thanks to some fraying (top left) so I'm going to hand stitch it back in place.  In the future I might not start with this easy to fray silk on my first attempt!  Oh and I used some natural bamboo twill fabric (which feels much lighter than cord or canvas- but is very strong) for the straps.  I'm going to try one of the pouch slings next... any suggestions?
Due to some concern I wanted to point out that the mei tai body is constructed with 3 layers- the inner layer which the straps are securely attached to- is canvas and very heavy.  The silk brocade is a decorative layer on the back.

4  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Tank top to toddler Maxi dress! on: August 22, 2008 08:41:02 AM
I'm not sure if this qualifies as a maxi dress, but that's what it reminds me of.  I picked up this top on vacation but have never worn it.  It's very light and has some soft thin cotton lining.  I cut it to do the wrap thing up top and repositioned the straps.  I added elastic in the back so I wouldn't have to cut out a whole bunch of fabric.  I think I'll still need to do something with the lace up top as it keeps flipping down.  But... all in all... it's my first recon and she seems happy with the result.


After  (that's a necklace she's playing with- not another strap)

5  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Paisley Toddler Dresses on: August 21, 2008 07:53:35 PM
Hello Everyone!
I posted two similar dresses prior, but thought I would share the ones I made this afternoon.  I'm loving this fabric so much that I made my daughter another dress almost identical to those earlier ones (except I used black trim this time) because she's already outgrown the other one.

The third dress is from a pattern I bought (McCall's M5084).  I didn't bother to read the measurements and even though it looked big when I was cutting it out, I just kept going.  Anyhow, it's very large, she's 14 months and I think it won't fit until she's at least 2.  I'm thinking it looks a little busy in the back with the paisley, polka dots and the ruffles too.  Next time I'd use a darker fabric to coordinate with the paisley.  I haven't finished hemming it as I thought I'd wait until she's remotely close to wearing it!

6  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Fun new fabrics for sweet little dresses and maybe more? on: August 04, 2008 03:22:11 PM
I found these new fabrics in the store and just had to make something with them.  I love them so much that I'm contemplating making a duvet cover and curtains for my little girl's room.  I thought I'd do something reversible with the polka dots on one side and the paisley pattern on the other.
  What do you think?  I've included an action shot.


7  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / My version of a creative memories display on: August 01, 2008 11:04:49 AM
I was coveting these creative memories (A scrapbooking supplier) displays even though I'm not much of a scrapbooker.  I racked my brain to come up with a way to magnetize a frame to create the same effect, but eventually found a bulletin board and some fancy tacks and decided to do a slightly different version.  I change up the pictures and backgrounds quite frequently but I believe the intention is to design scrapbook layouts on them.  To make, I used a bulletin board and applied the ribbon by hammering in the silver tacks to the frame (hot glue wasn't strong enough).

Here is the inspiration- not made by me (that my sister-in-law gave me for Christmas!)

And here is my version.

8  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Scrabble Art on: August 01, 2008 10:27:32 AM
I made these for both my mother-in-law and my mom for Christmas last year.  The frame was a bulletin board (already decorated) from HomeSense and I purchased 3 (cheap) scrabble games to get enough letters for both families.  The letters and the game board are all attached with hot glue.  It was very simple to create.  I've actually been looking for another frame similar to make one for myself but haven't found any yet.  I may have to improvise something!

9  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Tutu cute! on: June 30, 2008 08:09:33 PM
I've gone crazy for tutus.  I started out hand-tying the tutus and then eventually moved to sewing them (for a less bulky waistline).  They are crazy easy (to tie), but take a lot of patience working with the tulle and all the cutting.

Here are some pics.

(hand tied)
(tied, the top was woven with ribbon and sewn)

10  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies / Plush 'tag' blanket on: June 30, 2008 06:52:44 PM
I've been making these blankets using different materials for a while now.  These are the latest.  I used 'eyelash' fabric for the pink ones and cabbage swirl for the others.  My daughter loves them.  They've been warmly received as baby gifts.

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