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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Rainbows, buttons and beads - Oh My! on: April 27, 2010 10:11:49 AM
Disclaimer: If your user name is Twonderland and we are partnered in a swap don't look at this!

I know I should wait until the swap is over but I had to share it as I loved how it came out!!

So here is my latest creation (in part inspired by The Sapphire Moon's button work found on a partner's wist, and my own love of rainbows)

It took me more than a couple hours (I think I did it over week while watching TV so I don't know exactly how long but easily many hours). It is made of buttons and beads. I don't get to keep it tho as I made it for someone else Smiley Hopefully they'll love it as much as I did!

Far away on the wall:

Hanging on the wall

Closer up on the floor

Close up to see some of the detail:

There will shortly be more pics and bigger ones on my blog Smiley There are now pics on my blog (see my signature for the link) that are bigger (click on them there) then what you can see here in case you are interested in the close up details of the different types of buttons and beads I used Smiley

I am considering going in with like colored seed beads to cover up the little spots between beads and buttons with color... not sure tho I already have spent a lot of time on this lol!

C&C always welcome

2  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / The Gnome stands alone on: April 09, 2010 01:19:27 PM
Here is a little gnome I did last night, it is my first attempt at a gnome. He is done on a page from a mickey mouse book and matted in white with a black frame I had lying around. Was hard to get a good picture because the glass in the frame kept reflecting my flash.

This is hanging on the wall and I tried taking the pic from a sideways angle but still got a little glare.

It's all free handed and was done on the fly with sharpies markers.

Inspired by the many gnomes I have been looking at lately around the net and the traditional gnome stories (like David the gnome) and of course my need for art work on my bare walls. He certainly isn't perfect but for drawing a gnome for the 1st time he isn't too bad. I like the thin black sharpy lines throughout the whole thing I think they add a certain interest and energy to the picture.

C&C welcome
3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Whimsy Book #2: Into every life some Whimsy must fall (pic heavy) on: March 24, 2010 09:52:41 AM
I made this for a personal swap, it is the second fabric book of whimsy I have made. This is #2 which I made for Lindy after she saw one I made for Mamaphunk in the JOWVII swap, and is titled "Into Every Life Some Whimsy Must Fall."

I have totally fallen in love with making fabric books and the potential each page has to get your creativity going. I start with making the basic book out of fabric and then I just go from there with no set plan I make it up as I go. I find it is great to do a page and get my creativity going and then either do another page or set it aside and work on something else for awhile. I have to say also its a very forgiving medium and easy to cover up any mistakes you make. I had such a blast making this one!

Basically I came up with the Whimsy book as a way of organizing and displaying lovely whimsy trinkets until you need/want to use them for a project. A lot of the decorations in the book are removable and are meant to be so. There are also pockets to store other Whimsies as well.

The Cover:
The big crystal drops at the end of the sliver rain lines and the sparkly dots on the front page are removable. The cloud and words are not.

Page 2 & 3: All the "fruit" which are the purple and white beads and little gold hearts are removable, as are the buttons that make up the trunk of the tree, the silver butterfly, the owl pin, and a little monkey (not pictured here but was added later). The embroidered outline of the trunk, the green leaves in the tree, and the grass on the ground are all perm and non removable.

Page 4 & 5

Yeah the Fishy is a little needlebook here is a better close up:

Page 6&7

Page 7 is actually fabric patches that I printed on from my computer they can be pulled out for sewing projects Lindy has. I just used some double sided tape to keep them in position until she is ready to use them.

Backcover: The sun in the corner hides a circular binder ring which can be opened to take off the rainbow strands of beads.

Thanks for looking!
4  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Super Hero Cape on: February 28, 2010 10:16:36 AM
I made this for a friend's son whose name is Jackson (hence the J on the patch). He loves it and we get him to do chores while he wears it by telling him it is a superhero mission, which has made getting him to clean his room much easier.

The cape

Reverse inside material:

Close up of the patch on the back:

I drafted the pattern myself and it was a really simple endeavor, I used Bias tape for the seams which made it a billion times easier and the patch is made of felt and attached with some steam a seam (like wonder under or stitch witchery).

Thanks for looking!
5  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Magnet clips made of clothes pins and paper on: February 28, 2010 10:09:01 AM
I made these for a swap. They're wooden clothes pins with magnet strips on the back to stick to the frig and you can open the clothes pin and clip in whatever you want. They are decoupaged for decoration with Mod Podge and scraps of pretty paper, then decorated with bits and bobs or printed photographs.

Had a hard time with glare from my camera as the mod podge and the photos kept reflecting the flash. So I tried taking some pics at an almost sideways angle so you can see the wooden pins in the pics but when you look at them straight on you don't see the wood of the pins normally.

The one with a star and gold glitter on it actually glows in the dark too!

All of them:

Close ups of the side ones:

Questions and comments welcome!
6  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / The Molly Monkey on: February 28, 2010 09:53:48 AM
I made this stuffed monkey for a friend's daughter, her name is Molly and the pattern was called Molly Monkey so I figured it needed to be made for her. I made it as an xmas present but am just getting around to posting it now.

The pattern by the by was a free one I found online if you like it you can grab it here from mmmcrafts: http://mmmcrafts.blogspot.com/2008/07/drum-roll-pleasemolly-monkey-pattern.html

Molly Monkey's adorable face

Full view sans her little hat

Thanks for looking!

7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / My new Dress - A beginner sewer's attempt on: January 13, 2010 06:56:11 PM
So I am new to sewing got my first machine for my birthday at the end of May 2009. I don't really have anyone near me who sews with any regularity so I have been teaching myself with books, patterns, the internet and my Significant other's Mom via telephone though I live in the Southwest and she on the east coast so her coaching is all verbal.

I attempted a dress and here are the results. The pattern is a McCalls and the fabric is one of the new valentine prints from JoAnn's. I tried the sleeves in the pattern but hated the look on me, I can only think to compare them to Strawberry Shortcake Sleeves (which probably dates me), so after fiddling with them several times and not liking them I ripped them out and on the fly made the sleeves you see on the dress.

I am not very photogenic and I was in such a rush to get the picture taken I didn't even pull my above knee stripey socks all the way up or iron my dress so please excuse me but like I said I was in a hurry and really wanted to get it over with.

I learned a lot in making this dress but now sleeves make me nervous as I had such difficulty with them until I veered off the pattern and just made my own. I also learned that Valentine's is my favorite holiday fabric because JoAnn's just had way too many cute V-day prints!

Anyway without further ado....


Thanks for looking and comments, suggestions and critiques are always welcome.

8  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Christmas Present: American Diner Apron for the chefly inclined on: October 31, 2009 03:03:19 PM
Okay so just finished my latest christmas gift. It's an apron made from McCall's pattern 3979 called the American Diner Apron. It's a present for my soon to be sorta sister in law. I think it came out really nicely considering I have only been teaching myself to sew since may when I got a machine for my birthday. I made it from fabric and binding tape that had been given to me so for costing me nothing I think it will make a nice gift Smiley

Closer detail:

Hanging sorta (It's a small and I didn't have a model to wear it so its sorta twisting in the wind)

Anyway C&C welcome and thanks for looking!
9  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Christmas Present: Refrigerator Ransom Poetry Magnets (images insides) on: October 28, 2009 06:10:25 PM
So my boyfriend's brother who is also my best guy friend loves to write poetry (specifically Haikus but I digress) and is a wonderful writer and as I am currently unemployed and so trying to make at aleast some of my christmas gifts for those I love I came up with this for him.

They're like the magnets you can buy at Border's or elsewhere except better (Imho) because unlike the ones you buy in sets at the store they fonts and letters don't all look the same.

Here's the pictures of what I have so far (it was hard to get a good pic of them on my black refrigerator because the flash reflected too much so sorry the pictures aren't better!)

They were pretty easy to make and I make em while watching TV, plus it helps that I am recycling the words out of magazines and old books I have lying around. The magnets for the project were my only expense and it was 6.99 for a roll of the magnet tape at Micheal's and I have only used about half of it so far, and have done these words using only a couple hours for the past two nights. I am almost finished but feel like I want a few more verbs and nouns to finish the set off. My boyfriend thinks they're cool (he made the first poem pictured) and that his brother will love them.

So anyway if you have someone who loves words, poetry, or general writing this is a really easy, fun and cheap (but not cheap looking) gift to make them.


10  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Happy/Angry Robot Switcheroo - Number One on: September 05, 2009 09:03:24 PM
Since this was my 1st one I ever made I didn't measure things out (aside from the material for which I made my own pattern) just wanted to see if I could make one first so one of his eyebrows is slightly longer than the other and one eye a smidge lower than the other but all in all came out pretty good. It didn't take too long to make it (after all the cutting of the pieces) but I had to get clever with the stitching on the face so the knots wouldn't show. Luckily I am a yankee so I just used some ingenuity I had laying around and got creative.  I made it from some extra material I had for something else so not sure exact cost of materials.... and I have some ideas for variations on this already!

Measures 9 inches tall by 11 inches wide, made of felt, pearlized cotton, buttons

Made the pattern myself.

Swivels head to reveal either the happy face or the angry face on same body.

Angry Side of Number One

Close up of Angry Face

Happy Side of Number One

Close up of Happy Face

Anyway thanks for looking!
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