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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / bulletin board / little by little on: July 17, 2009 08:03:15 PM

DD modelling the bulletin board I made for her room... Now, *i* realize you don't need to model a bulletin board. But apparently she didn't, cos she just jumped right in there. Goodness knows I can't get her to model nicely when I sew her some clothes, of course.

WIP of bulletin board (sorry i don't have the original, but trust me, HI-DE-OUS! old and used and homemade)

Little area... little by little i'm putting my DD's room together...
sorry, this was taken in the dark. LOL.

2  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / simplicity dress (my toughguy hubby helped make this! d'aww!) on: July 14, 2009 07:20:18 PM

I loved this fabric so I had to buy it, and then buy a pattern for a dress to make with it. This is actually a pretty complex pattern for such a simple looking dress. There's like, six godets, the top is fully lined, the ruffles seem to be done in the most complex way possible, the instructions are in engrishican, etc etc etc. But I pushed through it! i especially love that it is a faux wrap top with ruffles on the wrap part. tres cute.

It needs a new ribbon, I just grabbed something from my stash, I want something wider. Oh and something that isn't the backside of a patterned ribbon LOL.

The cutest thing about this dress? my HUSBAND helped me with it! so cute, i know. He pulled out the gathering stitches from the sleeves when I was done sewing the bodice, and he also helped pinning the godets onto the skirt pieces while i started sewing the other half of the skirt. Such a crap pinner, but I didn't say a word because I was just too tickled that he was helping.

funny what a baby girl will do to a man. This:

becomes this:

and then he starts making dresses. Cheesy

(and yes, that is a canada flag down his pants in that first one, and fairy wings on his back in the second)
3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / playing around (turquoise, jade, and superiority-complex-kitty) on: April 08, 2009 05:49:18 AM

my first real forays into jewelry (at least, since I did seed beading as a teen. I can make a mean flower, I tell ya)

The earrings I bought years ago and when I finished my necklace and bracelate I realized it was a perfect match. Bracelet needs a clasp yet, I'm fresh out.

Keys To My Heart set is actually unfinished because it will not involve the bathtub chain, or whatever those are actually called in the jewelry world (lol) b/c I haven't worn those since I was a teenager.
4  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / adult shirts to toddler shirts (img heavy)(updated) on: March 24, 2009 11:31:03 AM
I considered not counting this as a refashion considering you can't really tell, but I guess the creative cutting and the reuse of already-present hems etc really does make it still a refashion. These were two waffleknit shirts I picked up for $1ea to refashion. The red one was a pain b/c it was the kind where the buttons go down the front of the shirt, plus I had to do some major resizing halfway through b/c DD got sick and had a growth spurt at the same time and mostly ditched the Buddha belly. My chubby baby has refashioned herself into a little girl alluvasudden as well. *tears up*

Oh and I added tags on these ones. haha. They are styled deliberatly, i'm not that incompetant; lol.

and some modelled shots of my cheeky monkey... just the grey, I'll have to do the pink/red later - it doesn't look like such a hack job when it's on. LOL.

See-food  Roll Eyes She's hitting the terrible twos about four months early. lol.
She has a really easy time getting this one on and off, which is great because she's starting to get into that. Which isn't great in the middle of the mall btw. lol. Which is why we wear jeans, they're harder to get off. LOL. (those are new Joe Fresh, btw. there's a bleach flower on the pocket and they have a slight flare and i LOVE them. $15!!! j'adore.)

edit: modelled red shirt:

5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / paper crane jacket / drapey cardigan thing ? on: March 13, 2009 08:41:16 PM
Okay, so what I am looking for, I know is available in a book under the name of 'paper crane jacket' ... but it looks fairly simple, so i wonder if anyone has seen a tutorial / pattern for those sweaters that are a fitted cardigan on the sleeves, have no fastening, and are longish and drapey on the front? that you can tie or belt or just leave as-is? they're all the rage right now, i gather, so i figure they must be out there somewhere!
6  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Valentine's Day / valentine topiaries on: February 03, 2009 12:20:04 PM
okay, firstly this was not an original idea, I saw a photo of something very similar to this but done with green hearts for st patty's day. So no creds for the concept.

Blue ... because it matches my livingroom! I have a chocolate brown accent wall, and the other walls are all blue.

red mug... because I didn't have anything else to use! LOL. yupyup.

materials - two sheets of scrapbooking paper, dressmakers pins, two styrofoam balls, two chopsticks painted white, two mugs, two cut ribbons
(i made two, although i only photographed the one)

on to the photos!

lol@flash. But it's the further back pics all have that glarey flash...
7  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / need help finishing... on: February 03, 2009 12:11:32 PM

First of all, foreheadslap over rereading that title
second of all, any suggestions on how to finish this?
it's a gift for my former roomie, we're both married now and she lives quite a drive away... somewhere around 24 hours actually. D: However, Ron Burgundy ties our hearts together, although we be apart... XD

We always used to watch it together. I asked her the other day what the first thing that popped into her head was when i said 'ron burgundy' and she said this and another, and the other was too long / inappropriate (we'd both appreciate the humour but she wouldn't dare display it lol)

AAAANYways. Should I do the same flower/heart thingy as the top? or a similar one? (I have a pattern for a similar one that's a bit smaller and has three hearts and almost no flowerbuds...)
I'm aiming for something ironically traditional and kitschy. Without being TOO kitschy.
Any suggestions would be appreciated!
8  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Little outfit + bow (vegbee peasant top inspired) on: January 30, 2009 11:21:06 AM
I checked out vegbee's peasant top tutorial and liked the basic idea of it. I did this outfit when I tried out the basic concept and I love it to bits. It's a bit small for my DD, more a 12mos outfit than a 9mos outfit, so it will find it's way into somebody's else's wardrobe eventually. (shirt alone nearly fits DD but it's a bit short, she's got a loong torso.)
I did the basic peasant top w/ ribbon, upcycled jeans to jean skirt with ruffle to match top, and a covered button with a bow for a hairpiece. Next time I use this basic concept I'm going to be making a little black velvet bubble dress with the same neckline/sleeves. Cheesy

Soooo, here's the outfit, as modelled by my table, and then by a little friend of mine, Nadia (because I needed it modelled for pictures. Nadia doesn't get to keep the outfit....)

This lovely model was borrowed for these pictures Cheesy

i totally love the hairbow. lol.
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Ottobre Woman Recommendations? on: January 24, 2009 06:42:45 PM
Okay so I like the Ottobre Kids that I have (Winter 08) and I find it not hard to follow directions and such, so I'm thinking of buying one of the Ottobre Woman mags. What I'm wondering is, has anyone tried some of them? As a wardrobe builder overall, which one would you recommend? taking into consideration that i am a size 16 with a post-baby tummy. Also that I am a SAHM so I don't really need too much fancy-dancy but I also don't like the whole sweatpants-and-tshirt thing, I like to take it up a notch and dress a little nicer cos lets face it, at a size 16 you have to take it up a notch to look as good as the size 8 mommies wearing sweats   Grin
10  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / 'ANIMAAAAAAAL!' tshirt to toddler dress recon <3 (EDIT: modeled) on: December 17, 2008 10:49:03 PM
K I honestly can't believe I never posted this! I made it ages ago. But I fixed it tonight; when I first made it, it was when I had only just drafted my first pattern and i knew nothing about necks, so tonight I ripped out the wonky neck and fixed it. Also, put the fake 'sash/tie' on the front where there had been a rosette...

contrast sash/neck... flutter sleeves...

Animal Tshirt to toddler dress! yaaay! <3 (even if she may never know just who Animal is lol)
saw this shirt in a thrift store and paid less than a buck for it in a bag sale, bought it for just this. <3  If ppl wonder how i manage to wind up with such perfect clothes to refashion with, it's b/c the town an hour away from the city i live in has a huge thrift store where you can buy a bag of clothes for $5 soooo it's super fun to pick through with 'snip snip' in mind... if it doesn't work out in the end you wasted less than a buck!


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