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11  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Sweet baby shoes- embroidered on: March 09, 2009 08:11:33 PM
Hi! I thought at first I'd post this to embroidery, but I think I spent more time sewing these than on the embroidery! I made these shoes using a pattern and tutorial I found online. I thought they'd be a simple project, and they were- after I got through all the kinks. I'm a novice on the sewing machine; I've only made one dress as a kid and some curtains. So my mom spent alot of time showing me the ropes. I'm great at button holes now! I loved how these turned out, and I even got to keep the rocket ship pair for my little boy! We did them first to get some practice. I'm excited that I now have a sweet and personal (and inexpensive) baby gift I can give to my many friends who are having babies in the next few months.

I had so much fun designing the embroidery for the bird shoes and got the rocket ship design from urban threads. I adapted it a little for my purposes. I think that my favorite ones were the black and white ones though. They are precious! If I had a baby girl, I probably would have kept them for her. Smiley Thanks for looking!

12  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Another project of mine- gardening and flowers on: March 09, 2009 07:52:31 PM
This is my third (and final) embroidery post for the day. I started this while in the hospital after my baby was born. I wanted to make something for my mom in honor of my grandma, but couldn't come up with the perfect idea. In the hospital, my mom brought me a book that grandma had given her. My mom had never read it. It was a collection of essays, and there was a bookmark in it with a note from my grandma to my mom, telling her to read a certain essay. It was about gardening (a passion that all of us shared) and when I read it, I knew I had found the quote I wanted to embroider. It also speaks of faith, a legacy I am grateful these two amazing women passed on to me.

I drew the quote out in my own handwriting using a pencil; I don't like my writing too much, but I guess that makes it a little more personal.

Oh, the other photo is a crewl kit that I did. It's from "the creative circle" and is dated 1983. (it's out of business now I think!) A friend gave me a bunch of old kits- some were cute, others just awful! I sold most at a garage sale, but did a few.  Thanks for looking!

13  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / It takes someone special to be a Daddy on: March 09, 2009 07:30:16 PM
Hi! This is my first embroidery project ever (with floss- I did a few crewl kits before that). But it's not the first one I posted. I always loved a cross stitch with this phrase that my mom did for my dad when I was little. Now that I'm married and we have 2 kids, I wanted to do a similar project for my amazing husband. But I hate cross stitch, so I found a graphic I liked on the computer and just went for it. I used a satin stitch for all of it- the letters took a long time! My husband liked it alot and it gave me confidence to do more embroidery. Now I'm hooked! Thanks for looking!

*I saw a version of this online that said "any man can be a sperm donor; it takes someone special to be a father." I kind of liked this, but didn't think I wanted a picture with the word "sperm" on my living room wall. Maybe I'm a prude. lol.
14  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Rock-n-Roll shirts (and cherries) on: March 09, 2009 02:46:47 PM
Hiya! This is my first post to embroidery, I'm excited to share! I'm new to embroidery (about 5 months) and am totally obsessed. I have a new baby who often refuses to sleep except in someones lap, so I do alot of work at 2AM or so. These are a few of my "instant gratification" projects- ones I can knock out in an evening between feedings and toddler chasing. I also have some more detailed ones in the works, but I get bored easily and set them aside for something quicker. lol.

So, here are some shirts I made for my kids to wear at Cornerstone this summer. Cstone is a HUGE christian hard rock fest. Tons of bands, four days of camping, mud, and fellowship. So. Awesome. I can't wait- we see tons of college friends there and I get to show off my sweet kiddos. I made them rock-n-roll shirts for the occasion. I let my daughter pose in hers, but she can't wear it till summer. I'm afraid of stains. Smiley I got the pics from urban threads' digital stock art section. I love their designs! Also included is a pic of my daughter wearing a cherry shirt I designed.

Oh- quick question for fellow embroiderers- I simply put a piece of muslin under the shirt and sewed through both layers for stability and to avoid stretching. Is this a good way? The cherry shirt has been washed and is holding up well, but should I use a stabilizer or something instead? Thanks!

onesie and shirt- the guitar strings were hard and turned out really wavy. But I kinda like them that way. Also, as my husband pointed out, it should have 6 strings, not 5. I just copied the picture! Oh well.

Lily loving her shirt and cowgirl hat (from Halloween)

cheery cherries

15  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Another 52 things playing card book (image obese) on: February 20, 2009 03:26:41 PM
Hi everyone! This is my very first post. I'm excited to share my most recent project and look forward to sharing more of my work- if I can convince myself they're good enough (a problem I have Tongue). This one was so much fun to do, but took more time than I thought it would!

After seeing the playing card books on here, I decided it was the perfect (frugal) gift for my husband for Valentines Day. I'm one of those lucky girls who has a husband who really loves handmade and artistic gifts. His gift to me was an art project too! (Will have to post it soon- it's awesome!)

Thanks to the other posters of books like this! I used a few of your ideas for my pages too. Want to give credit for their inspiration!

As I said, it took me much longer to make this than I thought. First I made a list of things I love about him- then I narrowed it down from almost 150 to 52. Then I googled the phrases and keywords to find just the right images. That took some creative word play to find what I wanted! Generally, I am satisfied with the images. A few pages have our personal photos on them. Every page has a picture of some kind. Some pages have alot more embelishment than others.

Then I went into Publisher and made a box on my screen the scale of a playing card. I sized each picture to fit the box and printed them on photo paper. Alot of cutting later, I had all my images. Some were made into stickers and others put on with photo splits. I don't want them falling off later, and glue tends to do that.

I did all the writing myself, even though I hate my handwriting, because I didn't want to cut all the text out and have the white edges around it for this project. Some of the pages are pretty hard to read though.

Finally, I punched holes (I should have been more careful with where I placed my text- punched right through it on some pages) and tied it together with the front and back covers.

I covered a biscuit tin, used some antique buttons, and put one "bonus" reason- # 53, on the inside of the lid. I just had to get it in there somehow! This tin will probably end up in our family room as a decoration since it matches our colors.

That's about it! My husband really likes it and I think it was well worth the time I spent on it. Hope you've enjoyed seeing it as much as I've enjoyed blabbing about it! I uploaded 18 pics before realizing it was way too many to post. So there are more in my photo gallery if you're interested. Thanks for looking!

I googled each letter and number to find photos of the individual letter. Time consuming, but I love the result. I need to work on eyeing my placement better though- ran out of room on the bottom.

I got the tin from an antique/ junk store. I was originally looking for a box, but this was cheap and a good fit! I love how I decorated it, but think it's a little formal for how eclectic the book turned out to be. Oh well.

The handwriting says, "We're gonna be awesome old people!" I saw these captions on another photo, but it was too grainy and I liked this photo better, so I gave them speech bubbles!

He's my knight in shining armour! He even proposed with the 80's song "Glory of Love" (I am a man who would fight for your honor...) in the background. He's an 80's music freak (the subject of another card!).

My favorite page. "In all this world, you chose me!"

I used to scrapbook and still have all my bits and pieces and paper that I use for other paper projects. I enjoyed rooting through them to find embelishments for this book. I love this photo!

The first time I made him french toast I added too many spices and he hated it, but told me he liked it to spare my feelings. Now when I suspect he's not telling me the truth so he won't hurt me, I ask if it's a french toast answer.

Our two year old was walking around saying "hot tea" for days before Daddy figured out she was saying "hungry!" Go figure!

"You'll buy tampons for me" Yeah, that's a tampon gun. Now he wants one...
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