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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Dog panties/diaper pattern? on: January 13, 2009 01:13:28 PM

My sweet little Boston Terrier puppy is growing up way too fast & will be coming into heat for the first time soon. I've seen dog panties at places like PetCo for a ridiculous amount of money, & I was wondering if anyone had a free pattern that I could use to make her some myself. Your help is much appreciated!

Edit: Thanks for moving this, I wasn't sure which thread it belonged in.  Grin
2  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Will this "reverse" blanket stitch hold? on: December 11, 2008 06:28:04 AM
I'm making a fleece throw blanket for my mom for Christmas. The top & bottom I'm just going to cut into strips & knot, but I wanted the edges to have a more finished look. I was going to go ahead & just use the basic blanket stitch, but it looked so boring. I decided to try doing it backwards & I love that it gives the edge a little extra detailing. Here's a picture:

My question/concern now though is that the stitch won't hold or might unravel more easily this way. Does anyone know for sure if this is likely?

Either way, my puppy Chloe refuses to accept that this isn't her blanket:

3  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / "merry christmas" banner/garland *picture heavy* on: December 09, 2008 08:38:21 AM
So far this is my second completed homemade Christmas decoration & I'm just in love with it.

We rent, so I had this huge blank white wall to work with. This was the inspiration banner/garland I based this idea off of.
The scalloped black background was the most difficult. I couldn't find my scalloped edge scissors, so I pulled up scalloped edge shapes in Photoshop, traced those onto paper, & used them as a template. I'm glad, though - the scallops would've been much smaller if I had found the scissors.
I made the bows myself with wired ribbon, & the extra glittery accent on the letters was added with glitter glue.
I think that the blue letters are my favorite. There are a few more images below (including more detailed views). Comments & suggestions appreciated!

4  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Paper rose & mini sparkly ornament Christmas wreaths! *picture heavy* on: December 02, 2008 09:28:19 AM
Okay, so I am sooo happy with how these turned out:

(sorry that these are kind of blurry - the camera didn't focus well because had to take them without the flash so the lights would show up)

I initially came across this tutorial & did the flowers on vines for my Thanksgiving centerpiece. I ended up liking the flowers so much I decided to make a big Christmas wreath with just them out of a bunch of colored card stock that I already had. After a trip to Target my plans changed a bit, though: I was able to find these wreaths at Target &
these super cute mini glitter ornaments:

all for only $2.50 each & decided to make 2 wreaths just featuring the flowers. I wanted more sparkle, so I tested how some glitter (I already had) stuck on with spray adhesive would work. The glitter I first tried out didn't have a lot of glimmer so it ended up looking more like snow. After looking at the test flowers for a while, I found that I actually liked the snow effect & went with the duller glitter.
Here's a detail view where you can see that & the flowers better:

I also found these sets of mini lights:

at Big Lots for only $1.40(!) to give them a little more punch.

The flowers & ornaments were attached with a hot glue gun. These are the first Christmas decorations I've managed to get up so far - or that I even have: it's my first Christmas at my own home with my hubby. Altogether it only cost me about $10 for new materials. I may fiddle with the lights a bit more so they don't stick out in places to much, & I need to paint the wire that goes between the 2 white, but for now I'm very pleased with them. What do you think - any comments/suggestions?

Edit: Awe crud - this probably should've been posted in the holiday & occasions forum, which I somehow seemed to overlook...
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