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1  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Rainbows and Butterflies on: January 21, 2010 09:27:08 AM
My mom loves rainbows and butterflies. I made this for her for Christmas, it is a lap quilt and she loved it. I also made a matching rice pack out of the extra fabric. I'm not sure if this is technically a quilt, b/c I tied the layers together with yarn like my grandma did when she made blankets.

This picture is true to color.

I embroidered this in the bottom corner.

This shows detail for the white strip of fabric on the ends, I love the little sparkle flowers.

The fabric I used for the backing.

Thanks for looking!
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Simple Knit Bibs on: January 18, 2010 04:38:50 PM
This is my one of my signature baby shower gifts. I found this pattern a long time ago and wrote it down in a notebook, so I can't give the author credit. I did make one change to the original pattern: it called for the button to be sewn on after the bib was finished, I thread the button onto the yarn and knit it into place. There are three buttonholes on the strap for different sizing for baby.


Supplies: Size 9 needles, Cotton worsted weight yarn, and 1/2 to 5/8 inch button

~Thread button onto yarn
~Cast on 25 stitches
~Knit every row until bib is almost square, on the next row knit about 3 stitches, place button, then knit the rest of the row. Knit until bib is square (about 3 more rows). I always guess where I think the button should go, so this isn't exact.
~Bind off 20 stitches (you should have 5 stitches left)
~Knit every row until strap is 7-8 inches long from cast off edge
~Knit a buttonhole row: Knit 2 stitches, yarnover, knit two together, knit one
~Knit 5 rows (3 ridges show after buttonhole)
~Repeat buttonhole row
~Knit 5 rows
~Repeat buttonhole row
~Knit 5 rows
~Bind off remaining stitches

You can make a variation where you knit in seed or moss stitch, you want a pattern that is the same on the front as on the back.

3  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Paper cutting Mother's Day Cards on: January 13, 2010 10:22:01 PM
When I was younger my mom always loved Scherenschnitte (means "scissors cutting" and is the German and Swiss art of paper cutting.) So for mother's day last year I made her and my boyfriend's mom these cards. I didn't take pictures of the insides of the cards, but I used my typewriter and typed different poems for each of them onto pink card stock that matched the pink envelopes. I found the designs online, printed them out, used a sunny window to trace them onto cardstock then used small scissors and a small razor blade to cut them out.

My mom's card:

Hers is the more elaborate one.

My boyfriend's mom's card:

My fingers hurt so bad after cutting these out, but it was worth it. They both absolutely loved their cards. My mom framed hers.
4  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Cute little elephant on: January 12, 2010 06:40:54 AM
I made this little guy this past summer, he was my second attempt at making a stuffed animal and I used a pattern this time. (My first attempt can be seen here: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=316557.0) The pattern is from the book S.E.W by Dianna Rupp. She has two sizes and this is the smaller size. I made the larger elephant for my boyfriend's niece for xmas, but didn't take any photos before I gave it to her.

This shows the embroidered year on his back leg and the tail I braided (this wasn't part of the pattern, I had trouble with the original tail so I came up with this.) It also shows that I needed to practice sewing up the openings, which I've gotten better at.

I embroidered the eyes, the pattern uses buttons for eyes.

One last shot just for fun. I love those ears.

5  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 45 ENTRIES / "Ugly" doll transformation. on: December 02, 2009 05:04:04 PM
First a fabulous after picture:

I found this doll at the Goodwill, I spent $2.13 on her (I paid for her using the spare change in my purse). I thought this was an "ugly" before because she was so sad and forgotten. And she had been trapped in that awful box for years!!!! I think she's from the 70's but I'm not sure, I couldn't find out too much about her using the info I got off the box and the internet.

Here's how I found her:

The box was all torn up, it had masking tape holding it together, but she was still inside the "unopened" original box. She was part of the "American Gem Collection" by the Uneeda Doll Co. She is the "Virginia" doll.

I knew she had potential, I loved the look of her face.

I opened the box, unfastened her from the cardboard, and removed her old clothes. She was covered in a layer of grimmy dust (which you can see on her clothes in the pic) and smelled musty and gross. In this picture is her bonnet, dress, shoes and underwear that she came with.

And the dramatic tranformation. First she had a new dress custom made and fit just for her. Then she cut her hair into a cute bob that is slightly shorter in the back (just like mine). She had her shoes changed from blue to black and picked out some awesome accessories to match. She feels like a brand new doll! And she couldn't be happier to be able to interact with the world. She also decided that she wants to be called Gina.

I hand sewed her dress using the cuff of an old sweater as the material, her accesories are scraps from a pair of sweatpants I had cut into shorts and I colored her shoes black with a permanant marker.

This is true to color:

A few more just for fun:

And this one shows of her hair:

Thanks for looking. I had a ton of fun doing this.
6  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 42 ENTRIES / Appliqued Nurse Hoodie on: September 03, 2009 06:24:30 AM
When I went to the Dollar Tree I had no idea what I was going to make, I went in hopes that something would hit me. While I was wandering the aisles I passed a bin that sat low to the ground and it was full of t-shirts, all colors and sizes of kids t-shirts. I thought I could do something with a couple of them, so I started to dig through and that's when I discovered the hoodie! The only one in the bin and it was a kid's XL, just big enough to fit me, except the sleeves were a little short.

Anyway, this is the inspiration I worked from:http://www.nursesdirect.com/product.html?t_q=CB706WH
I've wanted one of these since I was in nursing school (2 years ago), but I didn't want to pay $30 for it.

The final product "action shot" I wore this to work as soon as it was finished:

The two items I bought:

1 charcoal colored t-shirt and 1 white hooded sweatshirt

I cut the letters out of the t-shirt and appliqued them onto the back of the hoodie and stitched around them with white contrasting thread.

In progress:

And finished:

Since the sleeves of the hoodie were too short I cut off the original cuffs and made new ones out of the t-shirt sleeves (b/c of the nice hem).

I left the front plain here it is finished:

Thank you for looking at my new favorite hoodie!
7  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Peel and stick tile: need advice about removing. on: August 26, 2009 11:26:57 AM
In our kitchen the previous owners put down peel and stick tile that is grayish-blue in color, which totally doesn't go with the yellow counter tops. They also didn't do a good job at lining the tiles up, so there are gaps that have various bits of dirt and yuck that I can't get clean b/c the tiles are just close enough that you can't get between them to clean. A few of the tiles have loosened and I've pulled up on the edges to peak at what's under there. The flooring underneath matches the counters, and would be decent enough to keep. My problem is the tiles that have come up leave a terribly sticky residue. I've read on the internet that you can use adhesive/glue solvents to remove this, but they all say that this helps to prepare the floor to lay down new tiles. I want to keep the floor underneath and I'm wondering if these solvents are safe for the floor that I want to keep? Are there specific brands that are safe? I don't want to spend a lot redoing the floor right now and if I pull the tiles up I don't want to ruin the floor underneath and have to go out and get more peel and stick to lay down. Any advise with this will be a huge help. Thank you.
8  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Stuffie Bunny w/jingle bell ears on: August 09, 2009 06:33:54 PM
This is my first attempt at a stuffed animal. I am giving her to my boyfriend's neice for her first birthday in a few weeks.

I made up the pattern and everything while I went along. I had the fabric left over from another project. It's a purple fleece. I drew a freehand outline of a bunny on it and cut out two. I then embroidered a little pink face to the front half and sewed jingle bells to the inside of the ears (since this was going to someone so young I thought it'd be safe to put the bells on this inside so they are enclosed and don't pose a chocking hazard). I sewed the halfs together and stuffed her. When you shake her the bells jingle!

Here's some pics:

And a close up of her face:

Thank you for looking. I'm so proud of my first stuffie and I wanted to share her.
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