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21  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / Talk About The Swap Process / smoke allergies on: December 12, 2011 11:09:39 AM
Twice now I've received items that smell like smoke.   Sad  I'm super allergic and have had breathing issues both times, and even after washing the washable parts I can still smell it.   Not to mention that I have a chemical sensitive young child with lots of allergies who I don't want exposed to even third hand smoke. 

I put in my questionnaire every time, very clearly that we are very allergic to smoke.   I'm allergic to cats too, but not to the extent where it will make me stop breathing (just makes me sneeze) so I don't even include that because I can deal with it, but smoke is something I can't handle!   

So either the organizer partnered me with a smoking home, or the smoking home didn't disclose their status. 

Spraying things with febreeze or airing them out doesn't help me any, the smoke is still there!  (besides my son is allergic to frebreeze and similar)   So if you are a smoker, or if anyone in your house is, or if there is ANY chance your crafted items will be exposed to smoke, please let the organizer know so people who are truly allergic don't get packages that make them sick!    It also sucks because the items I received both times were really nice, I just couldn't use them!   
22  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Christmas outfit! Christmas in Florida Theme 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!




23  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 69 ENTRIES / EVERYTHING play table, a little imagination needed :) 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/
24  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Wizard of Oz outfit 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!)
25  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Some recent sewing projects (lots of pics!) 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!
26  SEWING IN GENERAL / Machine Embroidery: Discussion and Questions / Which machine? on: November 22, 2011 03:59:39 PM
I'm looking to upgrade my embroidery machine from the Brother SE350 which I have now.  I really want something that I can get free embroidery designs off the computer and transfer them to the machine:

(these for example:) http://www.embroiderydesigns.com/freeembroiderydesigns.aspx?searchtext=halloween

A couple I've looked at online are the Janome 200e, and the Brother PE770.  I'd like something in a similar price range.  So far all of my machines have been Brother or Singer machines and I've liked most of them other than my singer serger (the brother one is great though), and I teach sewing lessons on Viking machines which I really don't like.  I've never used a Janome so I don't know how it compares.
Are either of those good machines?  Or any other ones around the same price?   What should I ask santa for?
27  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Handmade mask (made by 4yr old Levi) 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!   

28  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / A boat boy - Ursalia the boat! 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)
29  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / What pattern should I use for a charm pack? on: October 08, 2011 10:01:02 AM
I have this charm pack:


christmas fabrics, 45x 5" squares

I'm looking for a pattern that will make the most of the squares, I want to make a christmas blanky for my 4yr old!   I have some solid fabric in white, red, green and brown as well.   I was thinking of using minkee for the backing.

Anyone have a cute pattern? (free would be best!)
30  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / need help with halloween costumes on: September 20, 2011 04:09:13 PM
I need help coming up with my son's costume this year!

Last year he was an awesome parrot.   I was thinking maybe some type of animal, but I don't want him to have anything that other kids will have (he needs to be the only one with that costume!), so I can't come up with anything -  ideas??

His only idea was "purple alien" (he loves purple),  I have an idea in my head for that one, but it will involve a "stuffed" silhouette (kinda like pumpkin costumes).  Cute, but the only problem is that its still 80-90 degrees on halloween here, even in the evening.   So I need to make it so he won't keel over from heat exhaustion running around in it.   Ideas on how to achieve the stuffed look without it being HOT to wear?   

Another consideration is that I cannot use any type of face paint/hair dye on him, he is allergic.   He also has really crazy curly hair if that helps any.  He is 4, and a tiny little guy, the size of many 2yr olds.

Also, if I were to make a costume that has the wearer's face hidden behind some kind of fabric, what fabric would I use?   I've seen store bought costumes with some type of mesh that the person can see out, but their face is hidden.   Ideas on how to do this?  (possibly for the alien costume)
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