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1  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Play garden -- crafting mojo is back! on: April 28, 2015 04:11:02 PM

Here is a photo of my first project (other than knitted dishcloths) since my wife was diagnosed with cancer in 2013.  She is in remission now and life is slowly returning to normal and my crafting juices are kicking back into gear . . . anyway, I found this awesome tutorial (http://www.abeautifulmess.com/.services/blog/6a00d8358081ff69e200d8354b1b2d53ef/search?filter.q=felt+garden) and decided I'd make the big-project leap.  I finished the other day and am very happy with the result.  I did not take good in-progress shots, but here is the finished product.  I added a sign to the box because it is for my nephews and they love to follow their grandpa (my dad) around his garden, which is a market garden called "Kimball's U-Pick."  His very classy advertising statement is "What are u picking?" You can't see it in the photo but that is on the sign Smiley

Excited to send it Friday and hopefully get some action shots when my sis gives it to the boys.  Yay, back in the game, and back on the boards!  Now to choose the next project . . . any suggestions?

2  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Ratty old college sweatshirt . . . into alma mater memorabilia pillow! on: April 10, 2013 06:32:52 PM

It has been forever since I have posted anything (it has been forever since I have MADE anything) but tonight I turned my partner's 16 year old, ratty, college sweatshirt (all frayed around the neck and sleeves and several sizes too big) into Alma Mater memorabilia pillow fun!  I am sure this has been done 1,000s of times but the creation of this squishy trip down memory lane got my endorphins going and reminded me how much fun I have crafting Smiley



Thanks for looking and rock on!
3  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Mermaid costume = sewing machine screwiness -- Please HELP on: October 11, 2011 07:52:10 PM
I am making a mermaid costume for a friend's little girl.  My sewing machine keeps skipping huge skips and sometimes the threads are not catching each other when I sew on the stretchy costume fabric.  Is there something I need to do differently with sewing it?  I am losing my mind -- Please help!

4  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Late Christmas gift table set for my moms on: January 29, 2011 02:39:16 PM
A looong time ago I made my mother and her partner some cloth napkins.  They LOVED them.  They asked for coasters, and I made some.  Then I promised them placemats and a couple other napkins and coasters to round out their set.  Then my mom bought some expensive fabric for a whole different set.  I said I'd do them for Christmas.  Well, now, on January 29, I finished the first set, the one from 2 Novembers ago.  Anyhow, they are far from perfect, but I am proud of them, especially of the coasters.  I sandwiched terry cloth between the fabric layers to make them super absorbant.  They were finicky little things, though.

Here they are:

The set:

A pseudo-action shot:

All wrapped up and ready to go:

I will mail them out Monday . . . I hope I finish the next set within a few months Smiley

5  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / I FINALLY learned to crochet!!!! [granny squares] on: October 21, 2010 11:14:06 AM
Yay!  I am taking a class (after my mom tried to teach me multiple times and I tried to teach myself multiple times) and finally got it.  Here are my first 4 granny squares -- I want to make an autumn themed afghan.  Of course I probably won't finish til spring, but, what the heck?  

Rock on!
6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Old leather jacket resurrected on: September 11, 2010 06:26:54 PM
I was inspired by an article in Green Crafting Magazine (might not be the exact title) to resurrected an old leather thrift store jacket ($10!) as a pocketbook.  This was originally intended as a Christmas gift for my sister but it might not make it to her because it is sooo far from perfect.  I didn't use a pattern and I learned  A LOT about purse construction from this project.  Also came head to head with my machine's limits (broke a few leather needles trying to push them).  Anyway, it came out kind of cute.  I am a lousy photographer, but here are some pics:

(modelled by my male roommate Smiley )

Not a great shot but it shows the little flap that I think was inspired design (using an existing button and hole, just sewn on differently)

Probably the best photo of the bag.  I finally got so frustrated with the strap that I just knotted it on. 

It was a great learning experience and I will try this again.  And this one isn't too bad  . . . .is it?  Let me know what you think.

Rock on!
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Intarsia knitting AND Parallel parking, same week -- I'm on fire! on: June 17, 2010 07:37:08 PM
I learned intarsia knitting with this project (a skill that was aquired on the heels of learning to parallel park . . . what a week it has been!) I think they came out neat (they were graduation presents for a client graduating 8th grade -- she loved em).

Thanks for looking!

Rock on!

PS: These are the geek wristbands from stitch and bitch
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Blanket -- made by 13 young ladies and 1 independent young man on: December 13, 2009 06:41:58 PM
I had to share a couple of photos of the blanket made by the knitting group I co-facilitate at the school where I am a social worker.  We have 13 girls (grades 3,4, and 5) and one fiercely independent boy (grade 6) who worked together the past 6 Tuesday afternoons to create this baby blanket (another is in progress) for local charities.  Some are using needles and others nifty knitters.  They have also made preemie hats with the nifty knitters for the local hospital.  They are a great group of kind kiddos.  Here is the blanket (it is backed with batting and fleece, stitched around the edges and tied . . . I did that tonight):

Thanks for looking!
9  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Play mat for my cousin's little ones - lots of pics on: September 25, 2009 01:44:40 PM
These are some pictures of a play mat I made for my cousin's little ones.  I am somewhat of a haphazard crafter, so this is far from perfect, and the sewing leaves a little to be desired, but it was fun to make.  I got most of the fabrics from the remenent bin at Joann's and drew the pictures on.  (I am not a very good artist but am especially happy with the LDS church I drew on because her family is LDS, because I think you can tell what it is Smiley).  I also fretted over how long it was going to take to get the yellow lines in the road and was pleased by my brainstorm of using yellow cotton thread!  The kiddos are all pretty small and I will send it with some mini farm animals I got in a swap and some hotwheels.  I backed it with cozy yellow fleece so even if it is a complete flop as a toy it can be used as a blanket Smiley

Anyway, c & c welcome.


10  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / How to make these cardboard coasters impermeable, impervious and waterproof?! on: September 02, 2009 05:39:53 PM
Hi everyone!

I am a live-in caretaker for a man with a developmental disability and we try really hard for homemade Christmases, usually with sort of a mass-produced homemade gift line for friends and family (especially for the gifts he gives).  For the past several years we have used his colorful, cheerful artwork as the focus (calenders in which he drew a picture for every month, magnets of pictures of local haunts he had drawn for the next . . . ).  In the spirit of September-being-awfully-close-to-Christmas, we made a trip down to our favorite day trip destination -- the ReStore, where they sell a plethora of recycled stuff a.k.a. supplies cheap (if you live in VT or visit here ever, check it out, on Granite St. in Barre).   We scored TWO TOWERS of these cardboard restaurant coasters for $0.75 each tower:

  We left several more towers there in case there are jealous Vermonters out there Wink  Our plan is to gesso over the unappealing design/writing and then decoupage color copies of his favorite drawings of '09 on some of them, and I will get to play with others myself.  And (boy I took forever to get to the point) my question is how I then seal them so that they are impermeable, impervious and waterproof -- and so the pictures stay intact?  Will plain ole' ModgePodge work?  Is there something better?  Please send any advice my way.
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