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1  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Peace Be In This House... on: June 16, 2014 07:05:58 PM
I came across this gorgeous pattern off of Pinterest. As I am looking for items to make for our (myself and the bf) new place. Its going to be in a rustic decor with brown, turquoise, teals and beige colors. Luckily for me, the whole pattern was on the site, not just one page. I did some research and the pattern is by a gentleman (his name escapes me right now), there is a book of his art made into cross stitch patterns. I think it came out MAGNIFICENT!! Now I just need to find the perfect 12x12 frame.  Grin

2  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Over Painted Kitchen Hutch Makeover... on: May 22, 2014 09:25:10 PM
My boyfriend and I love finding vintage pieces of furniture and other antiques for our home.
We have found a couple of thrift, consignment and antique stores we frequent every week or so for my crafty fix.
I saw this adorable kitchen hutch posted on our thrift stores fb page. I had to go see it, hopefully it was still there.
I had a vision for it to become my new kitchen hutch for our glassware.


I ran to the local Home Depot where I looked at paint sample colors for about 5 minutes (yes, that quick) and found the 2 colors I was going to re-paint this with.
I fell in love with Behr's Botanical Tint (main color) and Behr's Pastel Jade (lighter color).


Two coats of Botanical Tint paint dried over night. I then found these very pretty Fleur-de-lis stencils. Stenciling it took some time. The first time was botched. The stencil moved and it was a hot mess. After re-sanding the area and painted anothe coat, I tried again real slow with a small paint brush. All 3 stencils took 45 minutes, but it was worth it. They came out flawless. I then re-attached doors and screwed in the lovely 8 beautiful glass hexagon knobs, found also at Home Depot. All in all about 5 hours for this makeover. Mostly dry time for paint. I completed it in 3-4 days. I'm very pleased with how it came out.


Thanks for looking. This was a fun find and makeover. Can't wait till I get my next piece to work on.   Grin
3  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Power of the Dark Side on: February 18, 2014 06:57:19 PM
My boyfriend & I are planning to turn one of our entertainment rooms in our future place into a Star Wars themed game/hangout room. I have some posters, little action figures but I wanted something crafty, of course, added to it for decoration. I came across a very neat picture of Darth Vader but made out of words. HECK YEAH! I added the photo into a graph software. It came out okay and I followed it but added some of my own touches were I thought needed.

In progress...

I was very happy with the results. Now I just need to find a nice black maybe red frame for it.

Finished project...

Excellent fun seeing this come about. I'm on to my next SW themed cross stitch project.  Grin
4  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Home Sweet Home on: January 06, 2014 12:29:44 AM
This is the Home Sweet Home pattern I found on the web. I changed a few things as to not "copy" the original. I made this for my boyfriends parents for X-mas. Although late, as i did not plan on stitching all the white, white on there, (a little stain happened) it came out really nice.   Smiley
5  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / The Griswold's ROCK!! on: November 04, 2013 08:40:26 PM
I found my favorite Clark W. Griswold quote from their famous Christmas movie and I just had to cross stitch it.  Smiley
The picture did not come out good using the graph chart software, so I was gutsy and did this bad boy FREE HAND!

I'm very proud of myself and will add some poinsettias in the section that is kind of bare to the one side.
My bf loves it and it's our first homemade Christmas decor item for our first Christmas together. Thanks for looking.

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6  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / 4125 stitches = this BEAUTY! on: May 11, 2010 11:19:29 AM
  My mother has had Jean Greenhowe's Knitted Toys book for like forever. So I finally attempted to look at it and read how to make a knitted doll. It looked easy enough so I started knitting one for my future stepdaughter (5 yr old). I used the twin dolls girl pattern and used my choice of yarn for the body, a beige TLC yarn (very soft).

  I also had this crazy idea for yarn hair. Very colorful and I love it. The hair is very soft. I used a pink TLC yarn, purple Lion Brand yarn, neon yellow/green Lion Brand yarn, a multi colored Lion Brand Fun Fur and a turquoise blue yarn (lost yarn sleeve tag).

  For the shoes and under-roo's I used scrap purple yarn I had laying around. I think the panties turned out cute.

  The doll's face still needs to be completed. I need some medium/big sized dark purple buttons for the eyes or I might just stitch eyes on. I have yet to make up my mind. I did however add dark blue buttons for earrings. I liked how it looked after I placed them there for a nice added touch.

  In my mom's fabric stash she had this very nice purple flower print, very thick and not see through. I found a basic doll dress pattern on-line and printed it out, cut 2 of each the print and a basic deep purple solid for the inside. I sewed the shoulder straps together, left the arm holes open and sewed in the middle of the side dress to about 2 inches from the bottom, as to let the dress split on the sides. I love it and it's the first doll clothes I have ever sewn. Make that any clothes period.

Comments are of course welcomed! Any ideas about the face is greatly appreciated. I will update this post once the face is done and of course after she receives this lovely doll for her birthday. I can't wait to see her face and to learn what she will name it.  Thanks ladies & gents!   Grin
7  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Moose and Zee (Nick Jr.) Felt Book... (IMAGE HEAVY) on: January 08, 2010 11:21:16 AM
I was inspired by the name felt books I saw on craftster back in the summer time, but I decided to do a story instead of a name. Many of us know the loveable Moose and Zee characters on Nick Jr. My little one (who's about to turn 2) loves them. He has plenty of Nick Jr character themed toys but you can never find anything with Moose or Zee on it. (Why I do not know, they would make a killing off that stuff if they did.) So I made him a Moose and Zee counting felt book.

I started this back in June thinking it would take me a week or two. HA!! I literally just finished it this afternoon. It was very time consuming. Cutting out all the letters and shapes. For the Moose and Zee characters, I printed out a Moose and Zee coloring sheet off Nick Jr. com and cut around it, traced it on to the proper color of felt and them lightly glued it on to the main piece of background felt with craft tacky glue. Not alot as it can bleed through the felt.

My fingers are sore from all the thread work. I stitched around everything in the book, even did the story in free hand. It's not perfect lettering, but I like it the way it is. Adds character to the book. Now a family treasure. I sewed the sides up facing each other except for alittle 3 inch spot on the binding side, as I could reach in and pull the page inside out. PERFECT. Felt really does sew up good. I them threaded the pages together on the bind. I do not however like how that turned out. Kind of messy looking. I am still looking for something to cover that part up from the outside. I also only binded the book up in the middle of the spine area. As the pages would be easier to turn with little hands, as it is quite bulky.

I have a few favorite pages. Like the birds sitting on the bare tree. The pond with the lily pads. The fish are buttons I got at Wal-Mart and the birds eyes are little brown and purple buttons.

I had a really nice time doing this. Glad I can say it's over and I will never temp to do this project again. It about killed me. Always something to add and it just seemed like it was never gonna get done. Any comments would be appreciated!! First time poster here!! Thanks  :0)

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