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21  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making? on: September 23, 2009 10:35:55 AM
I was thinking of ideas for my cousins who have pretty much everything they want, but have very minimal things if that makes sense. I was going to do the crayon rolls and make imagination books for them, but my aunt keeps all their coloring things together so I thought it'd be a waste of time since shes anal and would prolly not like that they had their own.

Anywhoooo I was looking through a craft book I snagged at the library and found these super cute name pillows. The pillows are the first letter of the name then the rest of the name is appliqued to the pillow. Think like a big stuffed K for Kristina then ristina appliqued to the pillow. The ones in the book were just plain but think of the fun you could have with a solid pillow and fun different fabrics for the letters!

Just thought I'd share cos I think it's a great idea for something to make for kids who are hard to craft for, and I'm pretty sure most kids don't have their own name pillow. It's also cool cos it's be something they would keep forever!
22  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making? on: September 17, 2009 08:31:39 PM
So far I have started making ornaments. It's only September and I'm already procrastinating! I have all the materials for all 3 of my nieces' gifts (2 sets of tutus and wands and some baby toys), and the materials for my aunt's bag and I sit here gluing buttons to balls haha. Oh well, at least I'm getting something done! I want to get the bag and the girls' things done this weekend hopefully.

I was just going to say I'd post pics when they were done but I have to wait a few weeks because I am getting a new camera but I sold my old one to my aunt and I dropped it off yesterday so now I'm camera-less and going CRAZY!!!!!

Soon I will have my lovely new Nikon D60 though and then all will be good in the world.

Hope everyone is working like busy little elves!
23  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: What I did at my first anime (mini)convention on: September 09, 2009 06:03:53 PM
I love that you sat at the kids table to learn origami.

Very cool.

24  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Mustard Summer Sling on: September 08, 2009 02:06:20 PM
Thanks! =D

I just used Caron One Pound yarn I got on super sale a few years ago that needs to be used up. It's fairly soft for what it is. I got one in black, too. I'm using the rest of both for an afghan I'm making for my sister this Christmas.
25  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Mustard Summer Sling on: September 07, 2009 07:37:00 PM
I'm not sure I have posted enough to be able to post pictures, but here is the bag I made months ago! I just now uploaded my pictures from my camera haha. That's what happens when I have a huge memory card.

I made this for a friend of mine. I didn't do the whole pattern for the sides so they're a little different. I also made the base/strap a bit wider. She loves bulldogs so I free handed that little fella to stick on there. That's the first embroidery I've ever done. I also added a little flap to the bag so it wouldn't gap since I didn't go all the way on the sides. I covered the button in the same fabric I used for the puppy. The lining is this flannel stuff I had on hand, and I made some pockets in the side. Two biggish ones and one for a pen. The lining picture is from before I sewed it in.

I'm pretty proud of this little thing haha.
26  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making? on: September 07, 2009 05:00:38 PM
You just totally reminded me that I bought a recipe box and cards with apples on them from Michael's out of the dollar bin a few weeks ago to give her! While it takes my gifts from 100% to like 95% handmade I still would have so forgot if you hadn't said that! Thanks haha.

Also, his brother is 10, so he's still into like Mario/Sonic/Zelda type games. Last year I drew him a picture of Sonic (his favorite) in oil pastels that he adored.

That snuggie idea is a good one, although I freaking hate snuggies haha. I may go pick up some team fleece to make the scarves and hats out of though, and seriously save some time since sewing is so much faster than crochet.

Thanks for the suggestions! They totally helped. =D
27  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making? on: September 07, 2009 02:29:12 PM
I'm just starting to get excited about this Christmas too! I have decided to make 100% of my gifts this year (except for some gifts for my fiance, not all his will be handmade), which seems a bit daunting but I think I will pull it off. I have quite a bit of crocheting to do, as I'm making hat and scarf sets for a lot of people.

I'm also making an afghan (my first!) for my sister.

Today I bought a 4 pack of lime green place mats on clearance at the dollar store to make a bag for my aunt.

My soon to be MIL is getting a number of apple things for her kitchen, including embroidered tea towels and hot pads. I'm going to try to make an apple mosaic too, which I have never ever done, but she always talks about one she had that her brother broke.

My fiance's sister is getting a french memo board, and his brother, well, I have no idea! He's a gamer kid like his brother so I'm sure I'll come up with something.

I'm making name puzzles for my two toddler nieces and dress up tutus and wands, I have a baby niece who will be 8 mos by Christmas and I don't know what to make her yet. I also have two nephews, one is getting a Titanic painting (he's been obsessed for years) and I'm not sure about the other.

My grandmother is getting a crocheted purse that she's wanted for awhile, and her boyfriend I may just make a hat and scarf set for. They travel a lot so I'm trying to think of something else that may be better? I don't know.

Dad is getting a hat and scarf set in Eagles colors.

Fiance's mom's boyfriend is getting the same but in another team, that I have to find out.

Fiance's dad is getting the same, but in "woodsman" colors haha.

No idea about my mom yet, I have a ceramic snowman that I am going to paint for her, but other than that I have no clue. She has everything!!

I also need to figure out what to do for my fiance's Nanny and step-mom.

Aaaand I need to figure out something small to make a lot of for the many aunts and uncles and cousins of my fiance's.

And I want to do something small for my brothers and their wives.


Oh shucks. I have 4 close friends to do something for too. Ahh!!

It should be fun to figure this stuff out, I want to use up as much of my GIGANTIC stash as I can so it's like a game to figure out what I can make.

If anyone still reading this way too long post has any ideas about the people I don't know about yet, please share!

28  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: Amigurumi Creatures - Spirits, Snook & Treep - (Image heavy) on: May 16, 2009 01:23:15 PM
I adore these. They are super awesome. I want them!
29  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Mustard Summer Sling on: May 16, 2009 12:09:35 AM
Oh my gosh! I love this! I am so planning on making this!!!

Cheesy yes! You need too! It's amazing.

I sooo will!

Yea I totally quoted the wrong post haha, but I will definitely post a pic once mine is finished haha.
30  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: Fiber Friday May 15, 2009 on: May 15, 2009 10:28:17 PM
I have fiber envy right now! I haven't spun anything lately... just been dying like nobodys business. Here's the most recent:

(They're all 4oz Falkland roving)

Anyone know what to name the last two?

The orange and green remind me of a pumpkin patch.

The pink blue and green remind me of the ocean for some reason, I dunno. =]

They are all very pretty colors!
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