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1  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Tiny mother and baby mouse plushies on: April 11, 2011 10:09:05 AM
My husband bought me a vintage book called "The Blackberry Hollow Cuddly Toy Book" a while back. I fell in love with this wonderful book and have created a whole mess of mice and a couple of hedgehogs for my nieces and sons. There are also patterns for squirrels, rabbits, moles and owls. All the animals come in "Mommy and baby" sizes. The plushie and costume patterns are full sized and and are accompanied by extremely easy to follow instructions.

A great book that I highly recommend adding to you crafting library!

I dressed mommy mouse in a circle skirt trimmed with beads.

Baby mouse is wearing a tutu made from tiny strips of tulle and a thin piece of elastic.

Thanks for looking.
2  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Birthday party toile embroidery on: April 07, 2011 09:58:48 AM
I have always been a huge fan of toile fabric and after being inspired by several posts here on craftster,  https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=331859.0
https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=344019.0 and finding Richard Saja's amazing work http://historically-inaccurate.blogspot.com/
i decided that I would give it a try. My embroidery skills are not very advanced but I am super proud of it. I used a faux suede upholstery fabric (50% off at Joann's) and turned my piece into a pillow. The toile ia also a 50 percent off upholstry special.
It figured it took me about 7 hours to complete and I am already working on a couple other themes.....zombies and day of the dead.

Excuse my pencil marks.....these pics were taken before I washed it up.

I added beads to the tree to give the appearance of tiny flowers.

3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Upcycled cufflinks - my world on: May 24, 2010 07:10:47 PM

I came across a pair of cufflinks in the "misc jewelry" basket at my local Salvation Army. I fell in love right away, snatched them up and hurried home to create something. These have all of a sudden become my favorite bracelets!

I removed the cufflink portions and drilled holes in either side. I attached a nice thick silver chain and a lobster clasp.
Ever since I have been trolling the internet for another pair  Smiley
4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / My best bag so far....skulls and roses on: March 28, 2010 10:16:00 AM

I am a big fan of Alexander Henry prints. I am a sucker for a skull.

The outer shell is done in a black cordoury. It is fully lined with skulls and roses and I added an elastic topped pocket that is sperated in to 2 compartments.

It measures 10.5 x 8 inches

Here is a shot of the inside.

5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / My first laptop bag on: March 28, 2010 10:02:20 AM
This is my first laptop bag. I made it using a brown cordoury fabric and a blue paisley print I really liked. I used a very stiff sew in interfacing and 2 layers of Mountain Mist quilting batting.

I underestimated how difficult it would be to sew through so many layers of fabric.

There are no pockets (which I regret) but I am planning on how to add 1 or 2.

Here is the inside

6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / My very own monster purse on: March 21, 2010 10:42:04 AM
I have seen sooooo many cute monsters on crafster....all colors shapes and sizes.

I decided it was time to have one of my very own.

I used some furry pink fabric I had in my stash. Fabric I said I would never use again! I used it once to make a pink poodle halloween costume and it almost killed me. I ended up with fine pink furr everywhere.

Several times I had to stop production to remove it from my eye.

I think it was worth it.

She is fully lined with a pink fabric and I added a hanging pocket inside.

I used vintage rhinestone buttons my grandmother gave me for the eyes. I think they give her a willd look.

I gave her a cute tail and a strap long enough to put over my shoulders.

7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Padded ipod cozy on: March 21, 2010 10:01:16 AM
I have recently become very intersted in making pouches and bags. Here is a padded cozy I whipped up the other night. I am a clumsy, clumsy individual and wanted something a little more protective for my ipod touch.

I am a little disapointed with the straightness of the machine stiching. I am a beginner at best (and using a very old machine). I will get the hang of it.

8  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Charlotte - my first doll on: February 18, 2010 08:31:46 AM
This is Charlotte. She is my very first attempt at making a doll.

I first stumbled across Waldorf dolls here on Craftster and fell in love with their little expressionless faces. It was a three week project and I had a couple issues.

1. Floppy Head
2. Neck Wrinkles

Despite those things I really love the way she turned out. I used a chenille-type baby yarn for the wig and she is wearing one of 2 outfits I made for her. I used an American Girl clothes pattern and altered just a bit. One was this pink princess dress, petticoat and jacket.

My niece Alicia turned 5 on Valentines Day and this was one of my gifts to her.

Thanks to all the people who's posts I studied so hard in order to make this.

Feedback really appreciated on the problems.
9  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Old picture frames....monogramed jewelry frame on: November 23, 2009 10:22:36 PM

I had an abundance of picture frames that had no glass. With the price of picture frames (and suitable substitutes) so low, I always just replace the entire frame.

I embroidered monograms on black material and padded a piece of cardboard before mounting.

 I also added a few beads and embellishments along with a few strips of ribbon to hold a bracelet, necklace or ring.

10  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Old Levi's - become Memory Box on: November 23, 2009 09:53:45 PM

Here is a new box (made of post consumer recycled paper) that I covered in a the scraps from a pair of old levi's.

The waistband goes round the top and the entire outside is covered in material.

I make them as memory boxes. Inside, a denim pocket holds cards and a pencil. Small notes and memories are recorded and slipped inside. My life is fast paced and I do not want to forget those funny things my children say and do. This is a simple way of keeping memories.

I have attached a silver dog tag and plan on hand stamping a little something on each one I make as a gift this Christmas.

The credit goes to a friend of mine who mentioned the idea.
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