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1  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Felted Ring Bowl with Heat and Initals on: January 24, 2011 04:21:35 PM

We are going to an engagement party this weekend, and I picked up this cool Anniversary Dishtowel from Anthropologie to give as a little gift. It lists all of the traditional anniversary gifts up to the sixtieth anniversary. When I purchased it, the woman at the checkout offered me a gift box, to which I said "Sure!" Now the box she gave me was the right length and width, but way to deep for a dishtowel. But it is an Anthro box, and therefore awesome quality and gorgeous in itself, and a total waste to not use. So I had a dilemma. Deep box, flat little dishtowel. What to do? I had no choice but to make something else to go in the box with the dishtowel.

I love to give ring bowls as engagement or wedding gifts. They are a perfect gift for just about every couple, small, inexpensive, and practical. I'd never made one myself, but I still have a bunch of wool roving that needs to be used up. To make this bowl, I layered the roving around a Styrofoam form, then began jabbing away with my felting needle. Once it was mostly felted, I removed it from the form and moved on to wet felting. This shrunk and firmed it up quite a bit, and I formed it into the shape I wanted. I allowed it to dry, and went back in with my needle and patched up any thin spots. Then I needle felted a heart and embroidered it with some cotton embroidery floss in a scratchy style to matches the towel. Finally, I needle felted the heart into the bottom of the bowl.

2  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / Boba Fett tshirt for Daddy on: December 27, 2010 04:40:56 PM

I'm really excited to share this t-shirt that my 4-year-old son, Huck, and I made for my husband, Steve. I asked Huck to draw a big picture of Boba Fett (a bounty hunter from Star Wars, for those of you who don't have Star Wars obsessed persons living in your household). Huck made a line drawing, and I used the freezer paper printing technique to put down the colors. Then I used my handy dandy fabric markers and a light box to translate his drawing over the freezer print and we ended up with this spectacular t-shirt!
Steve loves it, and it comes on the heels of a botched Boba Fett t-shirt that I tried to make for him last year that he hated ("hate" is a strong word he says, but he never wears it) to replace a very old t-shirt that he screenprinted in high school of Boba Fett that is falling apart but he has a deep sentimental attachment to. This shirt, I think, is far more stylin' that both of the previous Boba Fett t-shirts. Huck, however, thinks his lines are too wobbly. Artists!
3  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Handprint Reindeer Table Runner on: December 09, 2010 05:06:51 PM
I love this so much! What a perfect execution of a brilliant idea. The reindeer have such personality in their stance. Any tips on getting the hand prints so nice and non-smeary? My two year-old is so squirmy I haven't been able to get a good print of hers.

Ha ha! Yes, my 2-year old is squirmy, too, and I was totally freaking out about him just slapping his painty hands down and making a mess of the fabric. I sort of hold him by the wrist with one hand and then cover my other hand over his whole hand and ask him to open his hand. Then once his hand is down I put a bit of pressure down-not enough to hurt, of course, but a firm pressure-and press down each finger, then pull straight up. Hmm. kind of hard to explain. I wonder is anyone has done a photo tutorial on how to get a great handprint??
Actually, the bird idea was born because he did manage to get a few small blobs of brown paint on other spots of the runner, so at least three of those birds are strategically placed Smiley
4  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Handprint Reindeer Table Runner on: December 09, 2010 01:13:51 PM

I made this for my dad for Christmas. The reindeer are my boy's handprints (ages 2 and 4). I used gold thread to embroider the trees and silver thread for the ground. The birds are ironed-on appliques made with fabric backed with Lite Steam-a-Seam 2. The reindeer themselves have french knot eyes (I added one strand of white to the black embroidery thread to give a little "glint" to the eyes),and embroidered the antlers in golden brown. I also used a black fabric marker to add little noses and hooves. Finally, I brushed on some silvery white fabric paint "snow" on the ground.
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Apothocary LEECHES jar for my Dad on: December 09, 2010 01:08:53 PM

This is a Christmas gift for my dad's office. He is a Physician's Assistant (somewhere between a doctor and a nurse-he sees and treats patients similar to the way a General Practitioner does). I thought this would be fun to put on his desk to freak out his patients. I bought this jar at Marshall's for $7 and wrote "LEECHES" on it using black paint pen, then stuffed it with some fat little pieces of black licorice.
6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: You Have a Booger purse tissue cozy on: November 22, 2010 06:42:46 PM
I loooove the ease of fabric markers, and I love these!  Did you use a tutorial?  I have limited sewing ability but I NEED one of these!

I used this tutorial: http://www.skiptomylou.org/2008/09/02/3383/
I wrote the text before I did my sewing, but you could probably do it after as long as your fabrics are not too thick or pattern-y too read the text through.
7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / You Have a Booger purse tissue cozy on: November 22, 2010 05:26:52 PM

I'm not sure if this is the right section for this, but this is for inside your purse, and it's kind of a wallet-like thing.
Anyway, I made a bunch of these tissue cozies as stocking stuffers. The outside fabric is muslin and the insides are different cotton scraps I had lying around. To do the text, I printed out my sayings and then traced them in fabric marker over a lightbox. I made a dozen of these in one evening, so very quick to do!
8  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Universal Monsters, Finger Puppet Notecards on: October 14, 2010 10:15:49 AM

Bride of Frankenstein


Wolf Man

The Mummy

I made these finger puppet notecards for a personal swap with someone who is a big fan of the Universal mosters. The cards are 3.5"x5" and the puppets are made from eco felt and various scraps of material.
9  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Yarnies Vs Sewists R2 Gallery Sendouts Changed to September 3 on: September 08, 2010 10:05:54 AM

I received yesterday from Lellibo! I was so excited to see the package from Royal Mail  Smiley
For me, she made two sets of wrist cuffs-just what I wanted and perfect for Southern California fall & winter weather. It is never cold enough for full gloves or mittens, but I have poor circulation in my hands & feet, so these should be great for keeping me nice and warm while still having use of my fingers. And the color choice was perfect-note my nail polish I had just put on that morning before receiving the package. Obviously, I like the colors she chose  Grin

For my boys, she made two very cute robots. They loved them and both slept with them last night. Huck is holding them in the picture (he has been Luigi for the past 3 days-my husband made the hat), because Milo was being moody when I wanted to take pictures, but Milo does love it and he likes to move the arms and legs and say, "Wo-bot, wo-bot, wo-bot" in a mechanical voice.

She also sent me some Smarties from England, which are very different from Smarties in the US. I hadn't tried them before, but it is interesting-I lived in England many years ago when I was a teenager, and as soon as I ate one of the chocolate Smarties, it snapped me back to being 15. I can't describe it, but English chocolate has a taste that is distinctive from American chocolate. Amazing how certain flavors and smells can jog your memory like that!

Anyway, thank you, Lelliebo! I loves the package and had so much fun doing this swap!
And thank you pixieval and klum78 for hosting!
10  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Day of the Dead WIP Tote + Crochet Hook Book on: August 26, 2010 03:00:06 PM
Here is a quick tutorial on how I made the tote with the side panels. The front and back panels were about 18" wide by 16" tall, and the side panels were abut 5"x16".

Note that you will lose some height because part of your side panels will become the bottom of the bag, so cut the panels taller than you want the finished bag to be. If you want to calculate it, it depends on how wide your side panels are-your bag will be shorter by half the width of your side panels. Example-if your side panels are 4 inches wide, your bag will be 2 inches shorter than the pieces you cut. (plus seam allowances)

I hope that makes sense??

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