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31  Re: By Kids for Kids Holiday Swap Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by leighi123 on: December 26, 2011 07:18:30 PM
Here is the package Levi got from Israel:

Wrapped in very pretty paper that we will reuse!  He got a mini treasure chest with shells inside, and cute ornaments that he put on his little tree right away!

Thank You!!!
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32  Handmade light box in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by leighi123 on: December 26, 2011 07:12:12 PM
I saw this on play at home mom blog, and thought it was really cool, so I made my own!

Its a light box we can use for homeschool activities, and arts and crafts for tracing and whatnot.  It also looks pretty neat.  

It was very easy to make, its just a plastic box lined with foil and filled with christmas lights I got on sale, The lid of the box is lined with parchment paper to spread out the light.   It cost maybe $7 to make, much cheaper than buying a $75 light box!
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33  Christmas outfit! Christmas in Florida Theme in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by leighi123 on: December 11, 2011 02:16:05 PM
We are going to stay home in florida this year for christmas, so I made Levi a Christmas in Florida theme outfit!




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34  EVERYTHING play table, a little imagination needed :) in CHALLENGE 69 ENTRIES by leighi123 on: December 08, 2011 08:41:25 PM
 I usually make a lot of Levi's gifts, but this time I wanted to make sure it was something he would actually play with!   He has all kinds of little toys that don't get used often so I thought I'd find a way to get them used.  The play table I came up with can be used for setting up little scenes to play with, which is great for him to use his imagination with!  Its also something I can continue to add too when I come up with new ideas.  

I also did not want to buy anything at all for this project, and it needed to take up 0 space b/c he and I share a room so I keep the "stuff" down.  

I started with a pointless shoe rack that lived in our bedroom, and found some wood in the garage to build a top for it (I'm sooo not a wood worker, but I tried!)   Then I used some felt, and fabric scraps to make all kinds of little things to go with it!  

Here is what 4yr old Levi is getting!  (I also made him a quilt, but I think this is more fun!)

Down on the Farm:  Piggys are playing in the mud, made from puff paint and felt.  Sheep by the pond and the farmer plants carrots on the felt field (they are pickable!)

Wizard of Oz scene:    Inspired by the outfit I made for Levi here:
I made the road from felt, stitched with a brick pattern (a bit hard to see in the pic!), and then painted for color variation.  The rainbow is made from wood and painted.  

Now, because we live on the Space Coast, here is a rocket scene:

On earth ready for lift off (felt earth)

Arrived on the moon, with stitched and painted in craters. (flip side of the earth).  Sequins make nice stars too.  

Did I mention that the table top isn't attached?   And notice that it doesn't have a edge piece on one of the short sides?   Here is why!

Lift the blue bar for a race!   Levi loves to build ramps so I thought this would be fun, I tested it several times and it works wonderfully.  

Or for a regular roadway, I made little felt pieces that can be put in any shape.   I even made a cross-walk because I found little cross-walk signs.  And the little red rectangles are puff painted with dots, just like the bumpy things by cross walks.  (bonus points if you knew what those are called:  Trunkated Domes)

Or we can have a pirate island:  Made from felt with foam inside, and an X marks the spot!

Or maybe the treasure is in the pirate cave (also made from layers of felt)

Or we can dive down to make an underwater scene:

This is a wave in a bottle, oil/food coloring/water

The cave could be an underwater cave too, with a lobster in it:

Meanwhile, back on the shore, we have a relaxing beach scene with felt rocks and sand.  I made a beach towel too, and I'm working on a sand castle

Back in time to the dinosaurs!  The sand flips over to make dirt, the fire is also made from wood like the rainbow.

Or maybe we have a jungle floor, infested with bugs!

Or just monkeys: (the dirt can be a mountain background too!)

And here is my version of Angry Birds,  these bird guys aren't angry, and are propelled by a catapult that Levi made by himself using the contents of the recycle bin and a glue gun (cold melt of course)

We have a slingshot too though:

And here it is all put away, the shelf under it is perfect storage for all the little baskets I found to hold it all (I had to take a picture of this, once Levi gets it, it will never be this neat again!)

Thanks for looking!  

Oh and if you have any "scene" ideas for me, let me know, I want to keep adding to this!   Next up, is a Egyptian scene, he has little Egyptian characters in his advent calender soon.

All the pics here: http://s169.photobucket.com/albums/u218/leighi123/crafts/playscapes/
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35  Wizard of Oz outfit in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by leighi123 on: December 01, 2011 06:27:37 AM
Levi sees VERY few movies and no TV at all, but one of the things I let him watch was the Wizard of Oz.   And then the day after we found out that they were doing a play at the theater, so of course we had to go, and he needed a new outfit.  He LOVED it and sat through all 3+ hours mesmerized, and left the theater singing all the songs.  

  I didn't have time to make a new top, so the shirt is one I made for St. Patty's day, with a stencil of tin man added.  
The pants are fully lined to cover all the stitching from the brick appliques (probably wouldn't bother Levi, but for me, it would be way too itchy)

(this is why I have to make all the clothes I make super durable, they see a lot of action!)
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36  Some recent sewing projects (lots of pics!) in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by leighi123 on: November 27, 2011 12:32:35 PM

Long sleeve button down shirt, comfy knit fabric and super easy to make, I'm going to do more of these!

Newborn girl outfit, hat, tunic and leggings  - tunic and leggings have cuffs that fold down for growing room. 

Holiday tie - for christmas photos

skinny corduroy cargo pants, also for christmas pics.

colorful outfit, the sleeves have a button to roll them up or they can be elbow length.

pj pants

Gardening pants

Garden shirt to match.

Tunic, designed by my 4yr old son!

Ruffle pants for my cousin's baby

And a hoodie:

Hat, shirt and shorts

Newborn outfit, for my dad's cousin's baby

Lady bug outfit

7 pocket pants, in his favorite color! 

Thats about it!   Thanks for looking!
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37  Re: Ongoing Holiday List Swap Round 3 Gallery and Discussion in The Swap Gallery by leighi123 on: November 13, 2011 02:28:07 PM
I got my packages!   Sorry I haven't posted, I was sick, and then Levi had a food allergy reaction that he is still recovering from, its been exhausting!

Here are my 2 packages!

From klg_jlg -  The purple in the background is a fitted sheet for Levi's bed.  His favorite color is purple and I haven't been able to find a solid purple one in the store.  I'm making him a purple quilt for christmas and this matches perfectly! 
Then is a zippered bag with a fun metal zipper that I'm going to give to my sister for makeup and whatnot. 

And the second package is from myloveasdeep and has 2 cute little sea critters, an octopus and a squid.   Levi loves ocean animals and likes to make up stories with little animals like these.   And lastly is an awesome hat!  Its got a mohawk on it!  Hopefully it will be cold enough to wear it by christmas, its still so hot here, but I'm sure it will look great on him (he loves hats!)

Thanks for my packages guys, they are great!
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38  Handmade mask (made by 4yr old Levi) in Halloween Costumes by leighi123 on: November 08, 2011 09:01:30 PM
(Posting this on behalf of my 4yr old son Levi, who doesn't have a crafster account but wanted to post his mask, he is very proud!)

"I'm Levi and I'm 4yrs old.  I made this mask in my mr Science class, its made from recycling and metal tape and egg things and sparkly things and cups and you can just tape it on your face and scare people.  RAAARRRR!!!!"  

He made this 100% on his own, from egg cartons, tape, foam tray, and cups.  He cut everything, colored it, fit it to his face, and borrowed some scrapbooking gems to add some bling!   

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39  A boat boy - Ursalia the boat! in Halloween Costumes by leighi123 on: November 08, 2011 08:58:59 PM
My son decided he wanted to be a boat for halloween, and what he wants, he gets!  

I started with chicken wire, cut it and shaped it into a boat.  Then I coved the pokey bits with fleece, hand sewing it in place.   Then covered the whole thing in felt.  

Its held up with a vest shaped thing which is sewn into the hole in the middle of the boat.   I used a pair of pants I made: http://i169.photobucket.com/albums/u218/leighi123/crafts/clothes/100_0319.jpg
As the "legs" in the boat- I attached a belt to go around his waist under his shirt to hold them in place, and stuffed them.  

His actual legs are the "under the water" part, so I made pants with fishy fabric.  Also under the boat are stitched and painted felt sea creatures.  

Levi made the sticks for the paddles by hot-gluing popsicle sticks together (I have dowels somewhere, but couldn't find them!)

I also made the sailor hat and shirt, and his trick or treat bag which says "I'm trick or treating for the troops" (we don't eat candy, we donate it!)

Its named Ursalia because he likes to play "coast guard pirates" (where he is a pirate who helps people), and he always makes his own boats from cardboard, he always names them Ursalia - no clue where he got that name, but it sounds like a boat name!

In action:

(close up of the inside, he spilled water all over himself!)

Helping make his costume: http://i169.photobucket.com/albums/u218/leighi123/baby/October%202011/100_1982.jpg

And just for fun, his back up costume: http://i169.photobucket.com/albums/u218/leighi123/baby/October%202011/100_2031.jpg (he made the mask)
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40  Re: How do you organize your fabric? in Quilting: Discussion and Questions by leighi123 on: October 18, 2011 09:16:31 PM

I also have a pic of most of the fabrics here: http://s169.photobucket.com/albums/u218/leighi123/crafts/fabric/
I don't have pics of solids, cords, and most of my knits.  These are just the cotton wovens.

Not all organized, but "sorted".  In the bins, the fabric is (mostly) rolled into log shapes so I can see at a glance looking from the top in at a box whats in there - MUCH better than stacking and easier to grab fabrics out.  Its all random sizes too.

Metal garage shelf:
very top left is all felt, where the pile is up there, the other plastic box contains dying supplies.
second shelf: Green bin is all solid color fabrics, silver box is corduroy, in-between is ocean print fabrics and more cord
third and 4th shelf: quilting cottons and flannel, no particular order, but b/c I can see all of the fabrics I have, its not hard to find a specific one.  On the far right next to the bins is stacked rolls of fleece fabrics
Bottom shelf: Left bin is scraps and its stuffed FULL, right bin is knits, so is the box on the floor and the space between the silver box and the wall.

On top of the dresser:
Plastic bin is all knits, with a pile of other projects on top (half made stuff, a rug kit)
3 cardboard boxes are all "random" fabrics, like tulle, fake fur, shiney stuff, etc.
2 plastic baskets hold thrifted t-shirts and other things I want to cut up and make into something eventually.

In the dresser:
drawer 1,2 have things like rick rack, zippers, string, rope, trims, lace, etc.
drawer 3 has a box of things for i-spy bags, more rope (for fabric coil bowls), my laminator machine
drawer 4 is screen paint supplies and freezer paper stencil supplies
drawer 5 is interfacing and wonder under
drawer 6 is ribbon and bias tape and velcro and elastic

Drsser 2:

I just got this recently (found it by the side of the road) and painted the trim with my 4yr old's help, so its not full yet.
1 drawer has small jars which I'm starting to organize things like elastic, rick rack, velcro, FOE, etc.
another has snap pliers/snaps and a box of buttons
1 as holiday theme fabric
1 has PUL
1 has swimwear fabrics
1 has my embroidery attachment for my sewing machine and my embroidery scanner
The rest is empty, my embroidery machine and ironing board sit on top.

The most organized part of the room:

green thing holds small sewing tools - screw drivers, EZ pull bodkins (a bunch!), seam rippers, fray check, etc, embroidery hoops and rulers are on the wall on the side and measuring tapes/my camera/cord hang on the wall too.
The fishy hoop holds hand sewing needles

Thread is all on the rack
See the door to the left?  DONT open it.  Its FILLED with corduroy fabric, it all falls out when the door opens, its just a big pile!  I also have 2 more of the plastic bins, one full of denim, the other full of more random fabrics, mostly costume type stuff. Tones of other art and homeschool supplies live in there too (somewhere).  There are also 3 sewing machines and a serger in there somewhere!  Oh and all my batting, some of my sewing patterns (rest on the back of the entry door), and stuffing

The plastic bins at the front of the pic are my son's art supplies, he has a ton of different things.  

The desk holds my sewing machine and serger.  Drawers hold extra needles, my fabric labels, sewing machine manuals, "feet" for my machines.  One drawer is all blank t-shirts, another holds empty spools of thread, another holds serger cones and the last holds a box of things like metal snaps/rivets/tools

And the rest of the room is my son's homeschool space:

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