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1  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Doodle pad drawing goes freezer paper stencil! on: July 17, 2010 12:25:44 PM
My five year old daughter came up to me with her doodle pad with this drawing on it:

I thought it would make a great design for a shirt, so I took the picture and opened it up in MS Paint.  I then had her write "Big Truck" on a piece of paper and scanned it in.  She wrote "Big Tr" and then ran out of space..so "uck" is on the other side of the page....she's not exactly writing yet - just really good at copying letters. Cheesy

I took that image, put it under the drawing, moved the letters around and resized a bit.  Cleaned up the truck, filled in the lines and got rid of some background.

Printed on freezer paper, cut out the letters and around the lines of the truck, ironed it on to a blank shirt I had that fit my son and painted with black fabric paint.


I could have just printed an iron-on with the image, but this will last through way more washes.

Elias LOVES his new shirt!!

The artists: Jenny and Mama:

This could become my new favourite thing!!!
2  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies / Baby Shower in a Box on: May 01, 2010 06:21:52 PM
I hope it's okay to post this here - I just have to brag on some awesome Craftsters who blessed my socks off by sending me a baby shower in a box to celebrate my soon-to-be-born fourth baby.  The reason I figured I'd post here is because they sent me so many lovely and unique gifts that would all be great gifts for baby showers.  I didn't make any of this so I won't post photos here, but there's a link in my signature to the photos of what they sent me.

As for some of the items, here are some ideas for gifts based on what I received (some of which I've never had before being pregnant with this baby).  Some of these are more typical gifts, but the types of things you can never have enough of.

Appliqued, painted or embroidered onesies and pants
Taggie blankets
Multi-sided sewn cloth balls
Crocheted/knitted balls or blocks with bells sewn in
Hat and bootie sets (one gift I received was two sets in brown and green and a set of flower pins to add in case the baby is a girl - since we don't know what we're having)
Upcycled clothing/blankets sewn into dolls or toys
Burp cloths
Leg warmers made from knee socks or sweater/long sleeve shirt sleeves
Wet bags for keeping soiled cloth diapers or wet/dirty clothing in the diaper bag

Anyway, there's lots more..check out the link to the photos - you'll be amazed at the talent of these women!!
3  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / For Love of Moose on: January 12, 2010 01:30:32 PM
Some moose left a few gifts on my front walkway.  I have a friend who LOVES moose.  She said she'd like some of what they left behind, but I didn't think customs would go over well shipping it into the US.  So I went out with a latex glove and rearranged and took a photo.  And yes, I know this is really bizarre.  Some people will be grossed out but if your mind works like mine (and my friend's) I think you'll get it. Cheesy

Titled: For Love of Moose
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Cases for iPhones (or cameras) on: January 11, 2010 09:13:32 AM
I made this first one for part of an angel package on the random swap.  I knitted it on a round loom and felted by hand and then embroidered the flowers and added the button.  The top colour is a very light blue (I don't think the picture shows the colour quite right).

The second one I made for the ten minute swap.  My partner and I both felt it looked like an iPhone sweater. Smiley

Edit: They moved this from felting to knitting..not entirely sure why unless all the felting projects are supposed to be needle felted??  I know the rows are still showing, probably because I did it by hand, but I wouldn't have thought I should put it here.  Can anyone enlighten me??
5  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 46 ENTRIES / Front Row Seats on: January 04, 2010 04:08:55 PM
I feel silly entering this because of how late I'm getting it in and how many other entries there are, but I was very proud of my little project when I finished it nearly a month ago.  I made it for a city contest and the theme was the upcoming Winter Olympics (I'm in Canada - a good thirteen hours from Vancouver, but everyone is pretty excited for February anyway).  Extra points were given for sports themes, so I incorporated a ski hill into the project.  In the end, I just loved the idea of this cozy little log cabin in the woods right next to a ski hill where the occupants could watch the Olympic skiing right out their window.  I took about fifteen hours to finish this house and was pretty sugared out when it was done (something about the smell of so much sugar...even when you're not eating it, it's a bit much).

So, without further ado, pictures!  I must have taken over a hundred pictures of this house and while my lighting wasn't always great, I did end up with a few good shots from each angle to show the little details. 

I like this one as a catch-photo: the lean-to was probably my favourite detail.

The whole house from the front:

The back:

Woodpile behind lean-to:

Ski hill complete with slalom flags:

Like I said, I have tons of photos, but I'll leave it at this because it more or less shows everything.  I do have a few pretty decent macro shots that I love but I don't want to post too many pictures. Smiley

Oh, and by the way, I didn't win a thing at the city contest. Sad  Sad...but I guess that's why I'm entering this challenge, too....hope! Cheesy
6  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Two hour jumper on: November 14, 2009 08:05:38 PM
I made this quick jumper style dress in under two hours - it's not perfect and it's more of a trial run on a Christmas dress I want to make for my daughter.  I just found a dress of hers that I liked, measured it and added a bit for seams and put it together.  Next time I'll make the pleats (ruffles..I'm not a seamstress..what's the proper word for that?) more even and do the top in four pieces and turn it inside out so none of the seams show.

This is Jenny's expression when I asked her to give me her "biggest smile". Smiley

7  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Freezer paper kids shirts on: November 08, 2009 12:32:41 PM
The Beatles shirt was for the onesie swap and the Made in Canada and Happy Camper shirts I made for my nephew.

8  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Brother shirts on: October 17, 2009 06:23:13 PM
Just some freezer paper shirts I did for my nephews - this font was so time consuming and difficult to cut out, but it was worth it in the end.

9  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Fisherman style yoga pants on: October 17, 2009 06:18:47 PM
This started out as an attempt at Thai fisherman pants for my daughter out of some cheap stretchy pink fabric.  When all was said and done (after lots of trial and error...and seam ripping), they fit like yoga pants.  I just took the adult fisherman pants pattern and tried to reduce it to a size that would fit a four year old.  I guess I actually made them a bit too small, but they really work as yoga pants and she loves them.

Modeling her comfy new pants
10  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Raw food nut/seed pate on: October 17, 2009 10:46:18 AM
I found a recipe online, but changed it a bit.  I've never done any purposefully raw food before - this is good!
1 cup raw pumpkin seeds
1 cup raw sunflower seends
1 cup raw sesame seeds
Soak seeds in a bowl of water for 6-12 hours.  Drain, rinse and drain again.
Process seeds in food processor, add nuts if you wish (cashews, pecans, walnuts, almonds - raw, not toasted..kind of defeats the purpose if they're not raw).  I added some cashews and I think pecans would be quite nice as well.  Obviously almonds are your best bet for nutrition, but I'm allergic Sad.  I then added a bit of lemon juice (a tablespoon or less), about a teaspoon of minced garlic, a teaspoon of Real Salt (or sea salt) and about 1/4 teaspoon of black pepper.  I also gave it a good squirt of olive oil since it was pretty dry.  The great thing is that you could add just about anything you want for flavouring.  I'm not totally content with the way it tastes on its own, but I'm planning to spread it on tortillas or pitas and roll it up with some veggies for an appetizer.  If you were using it as a spread on crackers or chips, you might want more salt or more pungent seasonings. 
Basically you just process it until it's really smooth and then store it in the fridge.  It only lasts for about three days, so dig in quick!
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