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21  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 39 ENTRIES / Ikea's New Clothing Line on: June 02, 2009 04:28:32 PM
I used the expired 2008 Ikea catalog (in Canada - it may be different than the one in the US).
The idea came to me because Ikea has such great prints on rugs, slipcovers, bedspreads, etc. and I figured some of those would make nice shirts and pants and skirts.  Actually, the first piece was the red skirt, which came from the corner of a photo of a sofa - I didn't have to alter it at all and it looks just like a skirt.  I decided in the end to just put all ten outfits on a canvas so I could hang it up somewhere.  I'm so happy with the end result!

If I had been thinking, I would have kept track of the exact names of the products I used to make each piece, but I had to go back through the catalogue and find them after I had already cut things out, so there is only the item description, rather than Ikea's name for each thing.
(From top left to bottom right)

Outfit #1: Shirt: quilt cover, skirt: sofa
Outfit #2: Floor lamp
Outfit #3: Shirt: lampshade, skirt: quilt cover
Outfit #4: Shirt: quilt cover, pants: rug
Outfit #5: Shirt: laundry bag, scarf: rug, skirt: lamp
Outfit #6: Shirt: plate, skirt: cushion cover
Outfit #7: Shirt: duvet cover,  skirt: lampshade
Outfit #8: Shirt: picture, pants: bed tent (children's Ikea)
Outfit #9: Picture
Outfit #10: Shirt: Ikea fabric, pants: box 

22  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Haitian "home sweet home" on: May 11, 2009 12:26:26 PM
I was on a cross stitch bender when I started making little houses as a border....then I decided I'd better have a plan for it.  My mother-in-law's birthday was yesterday (on Mother's Day) and since I just made my mom something for Mother's Day, I thought I'd make this for my MIL.  

My husband spent seven years in Haiti with his family and his parents still speak some Creole with each other, so I decided to do Home Sweet Home in Creole.  I asked a girl who was in Haiti when they were there how to do this, and she said that "lakay se lakay" is like saying there's no place like home.  This was perfect for the size of the piece (4x6, roughly), so I went with it.  I took the lettering from a magazine (The World of Cross Stitching, Issue 149, page 46) and winged the rest of it.  I tried to use lots of bright colours and black to make it look a lot like Haiti. My mother-in-law loved it!

23  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Knitting needle/paintbrush case on: May 05, 2009 09:48:16 AM
I couldn't find a better place to put this, although it was a sewing project.  I made my sister-in-law, an avid knitter, a roll up case for her needles that could also be used for paintbrushes.  I left some big pockets in it so she can keep a bit of yarn, circular needles, scissors and patterns in it as well.  I tested it with a pair of scissors, quite a few pairs of needles, a yarn needle, cotton yarn and a pattern and it rolled up quite nice. 

All filled up

With the top flap down so that things don't spill out if it's turned upside down.

All rolled up and ready to go!

I did start out using a tute from wikihow, but somehow the measurments were weird and so then I just did my own thing after the initial pieces were together.  I'm very happy with the outcome, now hopefully my sister-in-law likes it, too!
24  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Hippie skirt on: May 04, 2009 10:36:29 AM
I made a somewhat goofy skirt for my daughter - I originally drew out a pattern on the fabric for a sundress but then decided to make a long skirt for her.  The shape is funny, but in the end, I'm glad I did it that way because she can really run and play in it without tripping or showing off her underthings. Smiley  I bought the fabric at the thrift store and have no idea what it was in its former life, but it had something done to it...I love it, though!

Back view
25  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Invented flowers for Mother's Day on: May 04, 2009 10:14:31 AM
I made a pattern on graph paper, but in the end, just made them up as I went along - I'm so happy with it and have already mailed it off to my mom for Mother's Day.  I thought a simple white frame looked best with the colour scheme.
Oh, and I used 14 count Aida for this project.

I forgot to take a picture before framing it, but here's a close up for detail:

26  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Dress up elf bonnet on: April 29, 2009 12:53:20 PM
Not sure what else to call it - it's just two squares of broadcloth sewed together on two sides, then I attached ribbon and buttons.  Sorry about the uncooperative model - I was attempting to take pictures of it on her while she was watching a movie.

Oh, yeah, and if there is a better place to put this, will someone let me know?  I couldn't figure that one out and just thought maybe kids clothing was a good place to put it.
27  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Painting tiles? on: April 20, 2009 01:34:12 PM
I have really ugly tiles for backsplash in my kitchen and I'd love to change them without spending a whole bunch and having the work of replacing them.  I'm sure that I saw somewhere a way to paint tiles and seal them - anyone know how to do this and what supplies I'll need?  It would make a huge difference to what my kitchen looks like now...probably be good for resale, too.  Thanks!
28  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / As yet unnamed mixed media piece on: April 20, 2009 09:35:49 AM
I'm sure the title will be something related to recycling, as I used newspaper pieces to make a tree (tree makes paper, paper makes tree).  I'm very happy with it, and the colours are so perfect for spring, too.

I don't think this photo does it justice, really.  Oh, well.
29  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Ninety minute snuggly fleece bear on: April 19, 2009 11:06:05 PM
I made this little blue fleece bear/pillow for a birthday gift the night before the party - it took about an hour and a half and was very easy.  It's just plain blue polar fleece, some flannel for the eyes, a pom pom for the nose and thread for the mouth.  I made a simple pattern in paper - drew half and folded it before cutting it out so it would be symmetrical, although in the end, it wasn't very symmetrical - oh, well.  I don't have process pictures because I was in such a hurry - just the end result.  Smiley

30  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Banged up nightstand gets a new look! (Lots of pics) on: April 14, 2009 02:29:15 PM
I've been wanting nightstands for quite a while and mentioned it on Facebook - and a friend who is moving gave me two for free!  They are sturdy, but have a veneer top and were pretty banged up.  I thought about just sticking them in my bedroom and not worrying about doing any work on them, but I was feeling crafty, so I got to work.  For now, I've only done one, but I plan to do the second in the same style.

I forgot to take a picture before doing anything - but I took a picture of the other nightstand since it looks more or less the same as the one I fixed.

I first painted green with a black crackle over top, but ended up changing my mind about that part later on.

I found a picture of a tree online and did a bit of editing to it before printing it out, pasting to two layers of cardstock and decoupaging it to the top of the nightstand.

After that was dry, I painted black over the whole thing and outlined the tree with green.

I ended up painting the whole thing black, sponge painting black over the sides and drawers and finally covering the whole thing in another coat of mod podge (all but the sides).

I also bought new hardware and I'm very happy with the end result!
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