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11  Re: Craft This Tote (and fill it)!! Swap--Sign-ups now closed; S/O: 8/1 in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by mommai on: July 10, 2011 05:25:52 AM
Yay!  I'm so excited, and looking forward to swapping with you, estar23!  Oh, and my new sewing machine (for whoever asked) is a brother innov-is 40, which I LOVE! Here's the first tote I made, which is pretty plain, but I'm looking forward to making a more elaborate one for this swap!

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12  Baby OH SNAP! bibs in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by mommai on: June 28, 2011 12:51:56 PM
My youngest is not quite 6 months old yet, but is definitely a drooling machine. She soaks her shirts constantly, and I go through her clean clothes in a very short time. My husband suggested we get some bibs (I don't know why I didn't think of it first) but I decided to make them instead. I found a nice easy tutorial online at http://sewmamasew.com/blog2/2010/10/october-21-fold-up-and-snap-bib-tutorial-watermelon-wishes-giveaway/ and tried it out! I modified it very slightly, mostly because I didn't like the way it curved where it snapped in the back.

Here's my little girl with the second bib I made, with a terrycloth back.

And here's the first one, which was a test run, and made out of just flannel, I think.

They start as mostly just a big rectangle, which you round at the top and put a neck hole in, then stick some snaps on so you can snap it up to catch crumbs or whatever, and you can unsnap it and toss it in the washing machine!
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13  A pair of dragons in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by mommai on: June 19, 2011 04:28:51 PM
So around Christmas or so, I posted a prototype dragon from the Yoki the Fat Dragon, and had been planning to make an actual one for my oldest son for Christmas. Of course things got crazy, what with being 8 months pregnant, and then having my baby by emergency c-section almost 3 weeks early, so it didn't get done until the beginning of April.

I have been wanting to sew more, and to invest in a new sewing machine, so I set myself a deadline for a project to see if I can actually make the time to sew with 3 kids under the age of 4. This is my third dragon, and I did actually finish it in time for my church's service auction. I didn't tell anyone besides my family that I was making it, in case I wasn't able to get it done in time, but I did, and I got so many complements on it!

I will be getting a nice new good sewing machine this year! I've just got to figure out which one! :3
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14  Proto-dragon! in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by mommai on: December 11, 2010 04:14:54 AM

I saw the dragon plushie that rlynn had sewn, and that there was a pattern, and I knew I had to try it!  I've been looking for cute dragons for my boys, and this is definitely the cutest I've seen, and I can even make it for them myself!

I decided to do a prototype test run with fabric laying around the house, since I have little sewing experience aside from a jordy bag, a sad, sad quilt, and a little flannel baby blanket.  I'm very glad I did, because BOY was it a learning experience!  But I stuck with it, and actually finished it!  And I love it very much, even if the batting for one of the wings is on the outside instead of on the inside, and even though the drawn on seam lines show in spots  Roll Eyes

This one was made from some printed cotton I had hoarded and from an old pillow case.  The next two (at least!) will be made from fleece like the pattern says to do.  I hope the fleece will be a little more forgiving. 

rlynn's post - https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=362259.msg4251714;topicseen#msg4251714
pattern - http://www.etsy.com/shop/DIYFluffies?ref=top_trail

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15  Ninja Wedding Plates! in Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects by mommai on: September 27, 2010 09:36:57 AM
I saw the tutorial on here sometime last year about using porcelain paint pens for decorating plates, and I decided to do some custom ninja ones for a wedding present for my brother in law!  They're not super fancy, but it was fun to make my own ninja plates, and they certainly stand out from the rest of their wedding gifts  Grin

(Sorry for the blurry photo, I'm still working on my terrible photo skills)

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16  Embroidered Totoro - my first finished embroidery project! in Needlework: Completed Projects by mommai on: September 27, 2010 09:32:46 AM
So I've really liked embroidering for a while now, and I decided to go ahead and try it out myself!  My 3 year old LOVES My Neighbor Totoro, so I decided to embroider the picture of Totoro that's the Studio Ghibli logo for him.  It hangs on the wall in his room, and we're both very happy with it!

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17  holy cow I actually finished a project!!! baby blanket in Crochet: Completed Projects by mommai on: August 30, 2009 06:39:59 PM

So I wanted to crochet something for my little one who is due in 5 weeks, and I decided to make a blanket, mostly because I felt like making a blanket but didn't want to make a really huge one.  I found a fairly easy granny square-ish pattern on the Lion Brand website, only they wanted me to switch colors EVERY round, which I thought was more work than I really wanted to do.  I wanted a nice project I could just pick up and do without thinking too much about, and it was really nice and soothing for me, and helped with my anxiety.  I bought a REALLY REALLY big ball of variegated super fuzzy yarn and got to work!

Apparently the best picture I took was slightly too big for craftster's photo hosting, so you'll have to settle for these not so great ones Cheesy

My hubby said his feet were cold, and he didn't want to hold it up for me, so here's my mini scale shot

I also tried to hold it up on my pregnant belly, but I didn't realize how hard it is to take a photo of yourself (makes sense why I don't have more photos of myself)

I think the coloring on the yarn came out really well, it makes nice squares and things with very little effort on my part Cheesy
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