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1  It must have been a sign! (pic badonkadonk!) in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by heatherthurston on: May 25, 2009 05:48:55 PM
I have been non-crafty lately with some health issues ailing me. However, last night this "little" guy paid me a visit.

When he took flight, it looked like a parakeet flying around the house. It was BEAUTIFUL. Even my kids were in awe of a moth so beautiful. I safely placed him outside where he could fly away (or continue to ram himself into my porch light).

This morning I finished my three bags I have been working on from the "Miranda" pattern. They look crooked in the pics, but they really aren't. I guess I have a lot to learn about photo shooting.

#1 for a co-worker

#2 for my MIL...no pic, but trust me it was cute. A Dachsund pattern in blue red and brown.

#3 for a co-worker. It reminded me so much of a flower basket that I had to make a flower pin for the front. It is made from two felted wool sweaters in the "bottle cap" style.

close-up of flower and the pin sewn on the back. Man my pics are blurry!

It is my first felt project. My first use of embroidery floss. And my first time seeing a moth the size of a small bird!

The flower bas is bottle cap with fiberfill and felted wool. The "rose" is made of a cream colored mohair/wool felted sweater. I mad a bud for the center and filled around with petals.

C&C appreciated. Thanks

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2  McCalls 5613 (a.k.a. PITA) in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by heatherthurston on: April 26, 2009 02:02:43 PM
I am considering this a trial of this pattern. I had so many problems sewing it, not really a hard pattern just a miserable experience. I kept sewing parts of the dress to itself. I had to resew so many seams that I dubbed this a "play only" dress. My husband says it is "practice". At least it looks okay from afar, but if you get close...
No action shots, because my little one threw a Category 4 temper tantrum when I tried it on her. She was upset that the fabric was not SpongeBob.

The only picture file small enough to upload. (I need to figure out how to change the settings on the camera.)

Pockets I added after the first pictures.
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3  Baaaaahhhhh! Felted Knit Sheep in Knitting: Completed Projects by heatherthurston on: March 07, 2009 08:39:02 PM
I decided it is easier to knit stuffed animals this week. I got both of these done on the weekend. Very easy pattern and felting project. My kids are now dragging them around the house on yarn leashes.

This one I did first and embroidered the face. I dried it in the dryer and the ears came out all folded.

Sheep number two got plastic eyes. Big mistake! The kids at daughter's school made fun of poor sheep and now he won't leave the house. We might have to seek therapy.


Sorry about the blurry pictures.

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4  Baby booties in Knitting: Completed Projects by heatherthurston on: March 07, 2009 08:29:59 PM
How many booties can a booty knitter knit?

These are for a gift. Easy peasy. It went so fast that I now have two other booties to knit a mate for (I was using different yarns).


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5  first preemie sock in Knitting: Completed Projects by heatherthurston on: January 27, 2009 07:14:27 PM
Yes, sock...singular. I have yet to finish the mate to this one. I was too excited to wait. My first knitting project. I am new, so it was tough to learn on tiny size 1 needles. Pattern is off the web. sheri-baby monkey socks. using undyed merino/bamboo/nylon yarn.

Anyway, here's the picture.
On a baby doll...

c&c appreciated!
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6  Re: Jar of Whimsies Round 3 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by heatherthurston on: October 14, 2008 09:25:01 PM
Okay, so FINALLY I got to go home and open my box! I am soooooo happy with my stuff. I packed it all back up already so nobody(husband) will swipe anything(candy) while I am at work tomorrow. Here are the pictures.......I have to put my favorites first! B TW...how many pics am I allowed to post, because I am about to break that rule!

My favoritist favorite! I was so bummed that there were only six of the cutest pins...but then...

She sent me the whole box! thank you soo much littlebiskit! I have been wanting some pins like these!

The most precious little glittery decorated glass butterfly. You really hit the nail on the head! I love butterflies!

The box loot! Christmas fabrics, and Little Mermaid knits.....I love knits! How did you know?

My beautiful jar! thinking*mine, hmmhmmhmm, all mine*

The whole shebang. There is so much stuff that I don't think I can name it all. Tons of bottlecaps (I have been itching to try them), beads, barrettes, craft trim, charms, the tiniest little colored pencils,really cool disco ball ornaments?, tiny spools of thread, computer keys (I dont know if I can figure that craft out), chocolate sweets including my all time favorite...dark chocolate covered Altoids (I seriously was talking to a coworker about how good they are today), a flower shaped candle, googly eyes, an incredible sculpted metal drangonfly magnet, lots of tinkerbell pins (my oldest girl's room was decorated with Tinkerbell), a tiny worry doll, foreign coins, a cross stitch kit, ornaments, and last but not least (at all) is two bags for my girls with the cutest prints on them.....panda polka dots and cherries, and yarn with plastic needles to help channel their crafty energy!
I cannot thank littlebiskit enough! I don't know why you were anxious. I am soooo happy with my box, and I can't wait to unpack it again tomorrow!
More pics to link to: more pics to look at:

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7  the end of my affair with knits......and 2 y.o.'s personal recon in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by heatherthurston on: September 14, 2008 11:28:27 AM
I recently ended my affair with knits. I may go back to them later, but I needed a more instant gratification.
Here is a "peasant" type top I finished today. The zipper is uneven, and there are still pattern marks on it (I was too excited to wait until after wash), but I love it. Plus, she does too, but that is beside the point...lol

Now for the little dd's tute on baby doll diapers...

she came to the living room with this...

then proceeded to make this (with help from mom)

obviously my crafting is rubbing off on her.....maybe she will try a different medium next time.
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8  beating a dead horse.......among other things. (sewing knits) in Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions by heatherthurston on: September 09, 2008 05:23:49 PM
 Cry    i know that the topic of sewing knits is frequently discussed and many have answered every question there is to ask, but I need to vent. I have been determined to conquer the land of knits with little experience, and two brand new machines by my side. I have been beaten badly time and again. It has come to the point where I want to quit sewing, because I feel like too much of a novice. But, I go on...barely.
     Tonight I was trying to finish a tissue-thin cotton t-shirt for my daughter. I decided to forgo formal hems (to make things easier on myself) and serge the edges. Okay, one problem down.
     I managed to pin on the sleeves and gather the excess fabric at the top to make a slight poof. i was happy with sleeve #1. Sure I could repeat it, I did the same thing with #2 only to find it sewn on inside out! AAAAARRRRRGGGHHHH!!!
     I need encouragement from someone please! I know this is very word heavy and desperate, but I need someone to tell me things will get better.
     Here's a pic of the poor attempt at the knits.....
This one is the new ant and cupcake print knit(very thin). See the inside out sleeve?

This one is a rib knit. You can see how wavy my seams turned out.

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9  My first (successful) recon.....and a very pleased little one! in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by heatherthurston on: August 31, 2008 03:45:14 PM
I have been lurking around the boards for a while getting ideas and looking at the AMAZING items created by you guys. I initially started this recon as a shirt for my older daughter, but it didn't fit when finished, so, VOILA!, a new dress for the little tot. It is a shirt from Goodwill. The red is from another t-shirt, and the trim is from a thrift shop.....ALL reused materials! I am happy with the results.

Let me shut up and show the pics...

The hint of red behind the white lace is ricrac sandwiched behind the lace.

The dark lace is actually navy blue, but it works.

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