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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Giant Fruit Ottomans (Tomato and Persimmon!) on: November 03, 2008 11:08:06 PM
I really like them stuffed with polyfil. It takes a lot though, so I wait until it's on sale and I buy lots of it. The polyfil seems to keep its shape well. I use them as cushions as well. We sit on them, and they perk right back up.
2  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Meaty Christmas Cards on: November 03, 2008 03:44:10 PM
I've been a lazy crafter. I actually made this two years ago, but I reprinted some more recently because I figured I'd met enough new people to send them out again this year. I got the idea from a japanese site that had a hot dog art gallery. I don't know if the gallery is still up, since the site's in japanese. Anyway, so I made a hot dog reindeer. And I went out and bought bacon, beef jerky and slim jims and built a cabin. I ended leaving out the bacon. The tree is made from frozen spinach. The rest of it is crafting materials, polyfil, pipe cleaners, glue, etc...I did the art first. I came up the Meaty Christmas part later.

I wish I had taken more process pictures. But this is all I have. I took tons of pictures! I only had enough meat to make three walls of the cabin. So I had to be careful of my camera angles.

Let me know what you think! Thanks for looking! Meaty Christmas!

3  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Giant Fruit Ottomans (Tomato and Persimmon!) on: October 02, 2008 11:05:32 AM
Thanks for the comments everyone! I really have fun making them. I got the idea from the Amy Butler gumdrop pillows and then looking at a pin cushion. I didn't want to buy the pattern because I thought I could figure it out own my own. It's just eight surfboard shaped pieces, like a beach ball. They're filled with poly-fil mostly. One of them I used some old pillows I had; washed them, took them apart and used the stuffing from those. I also throw my fabric scraps in there while I'm at it. But poly-fil works the best. It takes a lot to stuff one of these babies. I have a few other fruits and veg I'd like to try...
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Giant Fruit Ottomans (Tomato and Persimmon!) on: October 02, 2008 01:08:12 AM
I've been busy making ottomans! Our living area lacks seating, so I made a few of these giant pillows. I've had the tomato idea for a while, and I finally got around to making it. My roommate loves persimmons, so I decided to make a persimmon, too. We love them so much, I keep making more and more!

I used red bed sheets from goodwill for the tomatoes. The leaves were cut from old medical scrubs. I couldn't find orange bed linens (quite understandably), so I had to buy fabric for that.

I have a thing for fruits and vegetables. It's become my theme. This was my first giant piece of fruit. I made this almost ten years ago. I had seen a pear bean bag that I loved in a magazine, but it was $200! So, even though I couldn't sew, I decided to make one. I stole my dad's favorite beanbag, made a fleece cover for it and added a felt stem and leaf. I haven't been sewing much since then, but now I'm back at it and having fun with it!
5  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Miniature Foods, plus other things on: September 22, 2008 12:54:31 PM
I'm supremely amused by this. This looks like something I would have on my desk. I love it! Great cactus, too!
6  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: Brown and Cream Invitations on: September 22, 2008 12:45:37 PM
Love the colors! I definitely prefer the text left justified. I'd like to see one with a narrower ribbon and the text left aligned as someone suggested earlier. Congrats!
7  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Nameplate for horsestable on: September 17, 2008 11:52:57 AM
that's beautiful! I wish I could paint like that.
8  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Cooking Lessons With Mom - Lesson One on: September 10, 2008 11:13:00 AM
This is so nice to see! it's so great that he's showing an interest in the kitchen so young. It will definitely help him in the future. The shrimp sounds delicious. I recognized your cow apron right away. Love it! 
9  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: Can you guess where these are from? on: September 09, 2008 11:01:19 AM
Those cookies look fantastic! Makes me want to eat cookies and play video games. I'm unemployed at the moment, too, and feeling quite down because of the situation. Crafting is keeping me mostly sane. Good luck, I hope you get the job!
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Bed Sheet Skirt on: September 08, 2008 11:27:14 PM
I'm very excited about this skirt because it's my very first piece of clothing. And the first time I've completed something with a pattern. I've started a few projects, but never finished them.... anyway, I found this fitted sheet at Goodwill and decided that I had to make a skirt with it. So, off to Joann's I went, and found this pattern on sale for $2. The pattern is McCall's M5591. It's easy enough. I'd surely make it again.

The fabric was pretty thin, so I had to add a lining to it. (I didn't want to have to wear a slip with it.) I haven't been sewing for very long, so the lining turned out pretty well, albeit a bit shorter than I wanted. But it hides what it needs to hide   Wink

It has pockets!

It's a really comfortable skirt.  Smiley  Thanks for looking!
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