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1  Two New Baby Quilts in Quilting: Completed Projects by roccstarr75 on: February 06, 2010 11:06:01 AM
Here are 2 baby quilts I recently finished:

This one went my nephew and his wife:
She picked a lavender crib set with butterflies.

Here's a closer view. I handstitched the bby's name onto it.

This one went to a friend:
Again, I stitched the baby's name.

I backed them with a soft furry fabric.
I'm so mad, the picture with the full view is missing!  Arg!

Oh well! Enjoy! C&C welcome.
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2  3 quilts in Quilting: Completed Projects by roccstarr75 on: January 26, 2010 08:05:28 PM
Here are 3 quilts I have made recently.

The first was a citrus-y quilt I made with my daughter.  We did this last summer when she was 11.  I did most of the planning, cutting, actual quilting, and the binding, but she did all of the patchwork.  I picked it as a way to introduce her to sewing, really, as it was a lot of repetative sewing.  This one is almost twin size.

The second was a Thomas the Tank Engine Quilt for my great-nephew's 1st birthday.  It is slightly larger than a toddler bed size.

And finally this is a CARS quilt I made for my Grandson's 1st birthday.  This one is also toddler bed sized.

I love how they all turned out, and have a couple more I will posting later that I made for a couple of new babies...
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3  Re: Want a cat tail with LONG fur, help? in Halloween Costumes by roccstarr75 on: September 08, 2009 08:59:55 AM
Not sure how much money you're willing to spend (or time either), but have you considered hair extensions.  The synthetic Kanekelon (sp?) ones you see in Beauty supply stores are pretty cheap.  I was thinking you could just grab little bits (about half the thickness of your pinkie), fold it in half and tie it (in the middle) with black thread or those tiny black rubber bands.  Then secure these hair plugs to a fleece tail.  Either hot glue or sew them on.  It would take a few packages, and a few hours probably but you could maby make a bunch of plugs sitting in front of the tv, and then secure them on later.  You would get a really nice tail out of this I think.

OK, I made a (crude) diagram so you could maybe better visualize what I am talking about.

Hope this helps.  I think you will get a really silky, "long-hair cat" type of tail this way.
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4  Re: Amature shot of a posing cardinal (photography) in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by roccstarr75 on: July 13, 2009 10:47:30 PM
I agree with the other about cropping the photo.  I would do it something like this:

I think the red looks great against the green, there's just too much green.  You can tighten up your pix by zoomin gin on them, but I like to take a wide shot so I can play around with it on the computer.  It helps to have a camera with a high megapixel rating (mine's 10) so you can crop in really tight in the editing software.  By positioning the bird where I did, it takes advantage of the "rule of thirds".  In this case the bird is in the lower right 2/3 of the frame.  For some reason, the human eye likes thirds!
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5  Which one is better? in Quilting: Discussion and Questions by roccstarr75 on: June 05, 2009 12:23:07 AM
Help!!!  I need input!

I made up these 2 quilt top designs on my computer.  They are virtually identical except on has white sashing and borders, and the other as black.  Both have pink binding.  I am partial to the white sashing and borders, but want to get some outside opinions before I sew it up.  The "fabrics" I made are meant to sort of represent the ones I am actally using, they're not pics of the actual fabrics.

The Black one:

The White one:

Thanks for your time!
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6  Re: Big Boy room ::VERY PIC HEAVY:: in Interior Decorating: Completed Projects by roccstarr75 on: May 08, 2009 01:26:39 AM
What about something like this:

Maybe do the rocket in blue/yellow or green/yellow, though just to make it stand out more.  Thoe oddly enough, I like it in the red/yellow on the red wall.  ALso I think the cloud of poof kinda balances out rthe white cog on the other side.  I dunno, just something I threw together; the blue makes me think of sky, and the little lightning jags kinda make me think "spacey".

I don't think this is too old for a 2 1/2 yr old either.  Its one of those rooms that he can grow with for awhile, though!

HTH Smiley
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7  Baby Shower Cake/Decoration in Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies by roccstarr75 on: May 08, 2009 12:48:08 AM
OK, I know this is technically food, but it was a major decoration at the baby shower, and the only one in her theme.  This is the cake I made for my future Daughter-in-law's baby shower.  Her Auntie had thrown the shower, and even though she was told the nursery theme was going to be RainForest/Jungle, she did her own thing and did it in blue & brown. Ya know, I LOVE blue with brown...I did my bedroom in blue & brown...but when a mom-to-be tells you her theme is such-and-such, you should respect that!  *gets off soapbox*  Anyways, this was the ONLY jungle-themed decoration at the whole party!!!!


The inspiration Piece:

Thanks for looking.

ETA:  I just noticed how you can only see one yellow spot on the giraffe's neck.  His neck goes over the side of the cake, and he does have more spots! HAHA!

Also just to answer to FAQ's I usually get about my cakes
1.  This is about the 50th cake I've made.
2.  It took about 4 hours (decoraing only)
3.  I freehanded the entire thing.
4.  It is just regular white frosting (a little shortening, a little milk, a little clear vanilla or almond extract, and a TON of powdered sugar)
5.  I use Wilton's paste food coloring.
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8  Re: I wanted a pink laptop...(3 fat pix) in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by roccstarr75 on: April 27, 2009 12:23:10 PM
Karma Chick - Go ahead, I'll make a better tute if you want one.

Persephone Hazard - Ok 1st off, I friggin LOVE your hair, I have red too, but I can't get it that vivid!!!  Also I used to have 3 chihuahua sisters: Persephone, Calliope, and Daphne.  (RIP)  But here's the pic of Miley.

You can see how those ears don't stay hidden very well LOL!

crendon - The hinges never got sprayed.  Some laptops might be different, but my hinges were beneath the taped off part.  Again, I'll make a real tute if ya'll want one.  It really does make it more personal.
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9  I wanted a pink laptop...(3 fat pix) in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by roccstarr75 on: April 27, 2009 12:04:11 AM
Ok, so all the pink laptops were really weak.  I guess pink=toy in the minds of manufacturers.  So what's a pink lovin' gal to do?  Enter: Spraypaint.

I was going to take my laptops cover off, but I did not want to risk messing up my built-in web cam, so I just very crefully taped it off.

The I sprayed a coat of white KILZ.  After that I put about 4 coats of a super high-gloss tulip pink.  1 coat of micro-fine silver glitter spray, and about 5 coats of clear.

I buffed the shine off my original cover to help the paint stick better, and I lightly sanded each paint layer before applying the next, this helps a LOT.

I am thinking about applying some super sparkly Swarovski crystal rhinestones to make an "M" on the front (For "Michele"), but not sure yet.  Its been done for about 2 weeks, so its good and dry now, but I think I'll let it cure a little longer before doing the stones.

Please ignore the chihuahua ear poking out of the blanket.  HAHA! you can't ignore it now!!! Grin

Here is a close-up:

And here is an extreme close-up:

This picture is terrible, but you can see the size of the glitter in it.

If you want better instructions, lemme know!  It was fun.  Its also pretty durable, this is the second one I've done and the 1st is over 3 years old.  It doesn't have a single chip and only minor scratches in the paint.

C + C + Q welcome!

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