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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Happy Day and Night Toddler Room on: January 17, 2011 08:05:08 PM
I have posted about my son's room before in the earlier stages of decorating it. We live in an apartment and cannot paint or do much damage (unless we want to pay for it!) so I had to come up with a gentle way to decorate my 2 year old's room. I started with the sun and a few clouds, added more clouds, then the rain. Now I added a moon and some stars. The rain drops and stars are hung with masking tape, the other stuff just has very small nails and string holding them in place. The nails and string are entirely concealed except on the sun, but you probably can't tell in the photos.

2  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Native Art Studio Final Project on: January 01, 2011 06:26:11 PM
While I'm not First Nations myself, I'm doing a minor in Native American Studies in university. I took a Native Art Studio class because I thought it sounded like a great way to get another NAS credit. For our final project we were told to find a piece by a contemporary First Nations, Metis or Inuit artist and do our own piece based on it. For mine, I found this picture (http://www.leahdorion.com/sevengenerations.html) and I recreated it using scraps and garbage from around my apartment. If you go to the url of the original piece, it explains the meaning which ties in with the materials I used.

It's 2ft by 3ft and took so much work, but I'm so happy with it.
Here is a list of all the materials used, if you're interested.

Top blue corners: blue jello powder
Pink: little roles of scrap cardstock
White: toilet paper with light blue paint dabbed on top
Orange: felt scraps
Dark Red: strips on an old t-shirt
Blue: fabric scraps
Next Blue: felt scraps
Red: pieces of coke cans, pieces of coke bottle labels, pieces of paper from magazine ads
Orange: pieces of text from magazines, painted orange
Pink: scraps of pink cardstock
Yellow: paint
Medicine wheel: toilet paper, felt scraps, magazine ad pieces, coffee grounds
Purple Lady: fabric from old clothes, felt, fabric paint,
All Hair: black felt scraps
Blue Girls: fabric scraps & paper from magazine ads
Orange Girls: felt scraps, embroidery thread
Ground: pieces of the school newspaper, painted orange, dark spots are used coffee grounds
Turtles: pieces of yogurt containers
Swirls: pieces of magazine ads
Black dots (going up the centre): pieces of a cereal box, painted black
White Squiggly Lines (between colour rows): strips of an old t-shirt
All other details are painted.
3  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Homemade Calendar for Grandma on: January 01, 2011 06:06:37 PM
This year for Christmas I made a calendar by hand for my mom, full of pictures of her grandsons and their parents. It was SO MUCH work, but well worth it. Smiley

4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Mother & Daughter Matching Aprons on: January 01, 2011 05:49:28 PM
These were an xmas gift that my step-mom commissioned me to make for my cousin and her daughter. Her daughter is still just a baby and won't fit the apron for a year or two, but they are super cute! The mom is very girly (and her daughter will be a total princess), but not the type to wear barbie pink, so I tried to make them really girly, but still a little darker. Obviously Amy Butler fabric was the best choice I could find. Smiley

And the aprons are my own original design.
5  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / Heat Transfer Baby Shirts on: January 01, 2011 05:44:46 PM
I got a Silhouette SD a couple months ago and finally got around to using the fuzzy heat transfer material that I got with it. I love how they turned out, I think the fuzzy heat transfer is perfect for kids clothes. These are both size 6-9 month shirts for my little nephew.

For the owl one, I used the owl from the Silhouette online store and added the text.

For the robot one, I used a character from the font Tombots and I modified it a little on the Silhouette Studio software. The main change is that he went from an emotionless robot to a happy robot. Smiley

6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Birds on a Swing Clutch on: January 01, 2011 05:39:37 PM
I made this for my sister for xmas. The top seam isn't perfect because my sewing machine is, well, a piece of %$%@. Anyways, it's still totally functional, and I'm sure others don't notice the flaws as much as I do!

7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Orange Purse - Xmas/Bday Gift on: December 27, 2010 09:22:11 PM
I made this purse for my step-sister for her bday/xmas gift this year.

I dyed the outer fabric orange. It was originally white and black, like this:

Here are a couple more photos of the finished bag:

I used the pattern called "Dapper Day Bag" from the book Sew Liberated and changed a couple small details. The strap is skinnier and the liner is made of my own pieces so I could include a zippered pocket as well as a flat pocket. (Every purse needs a zippered pocket, in my eyes, every girl has something to stash away in a hidden compartment!)
8  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Blue/Green/Brown Toddler Bed Set on: November 20, 2010 07:43:44 PM
My son recently made the move from his crib to his "big boy bed" so I decided to celebrate it by making him a new bed set. (I'll leave links to the tutorials used at the bottom)

Here's the whole thing:

The Pillowcase (it has a pocket in the open side so the pillow stays put):

And another view of the whole thing so you can see the dust ruffle a bit better:

What do you think?

Pillowcase tutorial: (http://acireg.blogspot.com/2010/11/easy-pillow-case-tutorial.html)
Fitted sheet tutorial: (http://www.dana-made-it.com/2008/07/tutorial-crib-and-toddler-bed-sheets.html)
Dust Ruffle Tutorial: (http://acireg.blogspot.com/2010/11/peek-blue-dust-ruffle-tutorial.html)
9  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Decorated Onesies on: October 12, 2010 10:05:22 AM
Hi all!

I just hosted a baby shower for my sister the other day. The theme was onesies, so we all got to be creative and dress up some plain onesies. (I got the idea from here: http://cathiefilian.blogspot.com/2010/07/how-to-throw-snapsuit-onesie-decorating.html) As is suggested on that site, I made some sample onesies for my guests to use for inspiration. These are them!

I did this one with a freezer paper stencil. I put the design together on my computer, printed it on the paper side of the freezer paper, cut it out and did the stencilling.

This one I did with dark t-shirt iron on paper. (more on that here http://acireg.blogspot.com/2010/10/baby-shower-series-samples.html)

This one I tie-dyed first, then I cut out the letters from felt and stitched them on.

I hope you like them! I'll post more on all the guests' creations later!
10  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies / Baby Shower Invites on: October 10, 2010 08:55:29 AM
Hi all!

I made these invites for my sister's baby shower that I put on yesterday. I used a template for the onesie shape that I found here: (http://cathiefilian.blogspot.com/2010/07/snapsuit-decorating-baby-shower_05.html) and then I used coloured cardstock. I printed the text on (more on the technical details of that here: http://acireg.blogspot.com/2010/10/baby-shower-series-invitations.html) and I drew the onesie details on the other side. I love how they turned out!

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