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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / It must have been a sign! (pic badonkadonk!) 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

2  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / McCalls 5613 (a.k.a. PITA) 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.
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Baaaaahhhhh! Felted Knit Sheep 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.

4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Baby booties 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).


5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / first preemie sock 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!
6  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / the end of my affair with knits......and 2 y.o.'s personal recon 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.
7  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions / beating a dead horse.......among other things. (sewing knits) 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.

8  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / My first (successful) recon.....and a very pleased little one! 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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