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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Book Cover on: April 19, 2012 09:45:37 AM
Hello Everybody!

I am extremely proud of this project! This is a book cover I made for the Reading Swap. I had so much fun making it! The fabric has a really soft feel to it and I got to create the pattern myself which was very new to me:) On top of that, I got to experiment with the cool stitches on my sewing machine!

The front with the clasp (velcro) closed:

The back:

The Inside with the Ribbon Bookmark:

Thank you for looking!
2  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Breakfast at Tiffany's Mug Rug on: April 19, 2012 08:19:19 AM
Hello Everybody!

I've finally found these pictures and decided I wanted to post them:)
This is a mug rug (my first!) that I made for my partner in the Reading Swap. I had so much fun doing this! Each piece of fabric in the body represents a piece of the story, starting from the beginning and going all the way through to the end.

This is the embroidery I did of the main character (Sadly, this was awhile ago and I can't remember her name!)

The embroidery of my partner's favorite quote from Breakfast at Tiffany's. I couldn't find an embroidery floss color that showed up well on both the black and white fabrics and matched with the mug rug:(

Thank you everybody for looking!

3  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / We came as romans embroidery on: February 08, 2012 10:38:19 AM
So this year my boyfriend went off to college four years away and with my separation anxiety I had a bit of a hard time with it. So I did what most (or all) of us crafters do, I poured my feelings into crafts! I wanted to deal directly with the issue and give myself something to look at to remind me of what we're going through and that it's going to be ok. So I took a rose embroidery design from urbanthreads (I loooove this place!) and made it into a heart shape. The reason the roses are black is that we each have a fake black rose that we keep that we send "messages" and stuff to each other through when we miss each other. I know it's super lame and corny but hey, it's fun and keeps things interesting:) Next thing I decided to do was put some lyrics inside the heart, but the lyrics had to be special. We had kinda decided that "roads that don't end and views that never cease" by we came as romans was our "theme song" for the long-distance part of our relationship. Out of that song I chose "This is how we love" because it represented to me that right now, this is how our relationship and that right now we love each other enough to do the long distance thing:) Now it sits on the stand next to bed. It has defiantly helped me through!

Thank you for looking:) comments and critiques are always welcome Cheesy
4  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Quilted Tablerunner Set on: December 31, 2011 12:42:55 PM
So this year for christmas, I decided to make my boyfriend's parents a tablerunner with matching placemats:)  I had alot of fun doing this because I got to try a new technique, I didnt stitch in the ditch! I felt like I was actually quilting:D This was mainly done with scrap fabric I had around the house, and the blue matches their kitchen/dining room.

The front of the tablerunner:

The back of the tablerunner:

The placemats:

I don't have any action shots yet, but when I do I shall post them:)
5  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Nerdy Embroidery for Dorm room on: December 31, 2011 11:22:14 AM
So for my boyfriend's first birthday at college (and our first long-distance boyfriend) I decided to do some nerdy embroidery for him to hang up on his wall since he goes to nerd college:)
What I did for these was I did the embroidery and then cut a cardboard square out that I glued the embroidery to. Then I decoupaged some fabric onto the back and then I decoupaged fabric on as like a binding of a quilt because I wanted to give it a quilt feel.

The First one:

The Second one:

And what the back of them look like:
6  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Geeky Birthday Card on: December 31, 2011 11:14:13 AM
A card I made for my boyfriend for his 19th birthday this year Smiley


7  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / My Inspirational Quilt on: August 29, 2011 06:01:40 PM
This is gunna be long one because I feel as though this quilt has an amazing story.
Last winter I was working on a quilt for my boyfriend at the local high school's musical I volunteer at. A mom of a cast member asked me if I could make a quilt for her. Her grandmother had left her a bunch of squares that she had cut but couldn't put together before she passed. This mom wanted the quilt made for her daughter who never got to have a quilt from her great-grandmother, but she had no quilting skills herself. So I agreed.
When she gave me the squares she also brought the quilt her grandmother made her so I could get an idea of she made her quilts and do it as accuratly as possible. As she was showing me the stuff, she was pointing out how the squares she was giving me were cut from the same cloth of squares in her quilt, and her mother's quilt. Some were the same fabric as a dress her grandmother made her in kindergarten and the same as fabric used to make doll clothes for her mom when she was a kid. It was so amazing to see the connections:) I knew this was a really important quilt.

So the first thing I did like her grandmother was the diagonal design. It was tricky because there were three patches her grandmother had already sewn that needed to be included (the quilt wouldnt have been right without them).

The next thing was that her grandmother used a flannel like blanket for the batting, so I did the same and I am actually in love with this technique:) I feel like it makes it homeyer.

And the last thing was her grandmother used a sheet for backing, which is another technique I fell in love with! It also ended up that I used a green sheet very similar to the green sheet used in the quilt she showed me, so it made it even more special.

When I gave her the completed quilt...the look on her face proved how much the quilt meant to her and her daughter, to have a piece of their grandmother even after she was gone. It made me realize I want to do this for the rest of my life. I want to quilt and make people feel good, feel like that. This quilt was my inspiration and I have to thank her grandmother for that.

And thank you guys for reading my story and looking at the second quilt I've completed! Comments and critiques are always welcome:)
8  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Amanda and Amandus Bears on: February 08, 2011 04:09:49 PM
Soooo I got a book of stuffed animal patterns for christmas and decided to make matching bears for me and my boyfriend to snuggle with on nights we can't be together (cheesy, I know:d it gets worse lol cause I'm a cheeseball). His bear is Amanda-Bear cause it's my middle name and my bear is Amandus-Bear because it's the male version of amanda so that's my "pet" name for him.

Amanda-Bear has green eyes like me and has MC + MF 4E embroidered on her heart. She turned out awesome:D

Amandus-Bear has blue eyes like him and has MF + MC 4E embroidered on his heart. I kinda screwed up when making him. The eyes are wonky, I didnt stuff the nose enough and the bottom is on backwards. Oopsies lol, I him anyway<3

And here's Amanda and Amandus together! I switched the colors when making Amandus to represent that we're differant but the same and it totally works:) They are so cute together Cheesy

Thanks for checking them out!! They love attention Smiley
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Black and Red Apron:) on: February 08, 2011 03:56:47 PM
This is an apron I made for my sister's birthday. First clothing piece I've ever made that didnt end totally screwed up lol. We were happy (her last birthday gift was a cloak that ended up looking like a cape with a hood that choked because it was heavy and I did something wrong:d) I'm happy with it and it only took a day or too.

Me modeling it right after it's creation (sorry about the messy room and the crazy dog:d)

My cousin modeling it in a cleaner environment and for a less blurry picture lol. My sister would be the wearer but she hates her picture being taken

Soooo I totally love this apron:D Thanks for checking it out!
10  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Completed Projects / Chicken Chili Champ on: February 06, 2011 08:51:20 PM
This is my first (and so far only because I haven't had a chance to do another) multi-colored silkscreen project. Wooo it was tough but totally worth it! I had a lot of fun. I messed up (dropped a glob of orange where it wasnt supposed to be) but thankfully I was able to cover it up by extending the flames and it turned out super awesome:D

I did this shirt for a friend who won a chili-off with his chicken chili

Thanks for looking!
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