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1  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Steven Universe: Sadie Pillow Embroidery on: January 04, 2017 04:17:14 PM
So, waaaaaaay back in 2010 and 2012, I made these Pokemon Quilts for myself and my BFF (and now) ex-Husband (but still friend). They are a combination of fabric paints and embroidery, due to the large spaces of color. I found that I kind of liked the texture that the dual art created.

For 2017, I decided to revisit embroidery work for another personal project in that style, but in the world of Steven Universe.

Behold: Sadie!

And she has been incorporated into a pillow, and a matching Lars is in the works. I'm not sure if I like the blanket stitching I did around her to attach her to the fabric. It feels very "Steven Does Crafts" to me, but I want to do an entire quilt in a similar style. Any tips and feedback would be appreciated!
2  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Pokemon FTW (Pt. 2) on: July 02, 2012 01:32:21 PM
Some of you may have seen my previous post, (Pokemon FTW) from last summer. Well, since then my BFF's wedding has come and gone, and I can FINALLY post pictures of her quilt! In case you aren't familiar with the previous post, my BFF and her husband are the BIGGEST Pokemon fans you could ever meet. Seriously, they are obsessive. So much in fact that they got ME hooked on it. Which was the last thing I needed. Oh well! This was a lot of fun to do with them, and I hope that they really, really enjoy it. I made it JUST big enough for them to share, cuddled together on the couch!

The full quilt! My sister did the actual "quilting" bit for me as well as the binding, and my Mom helped me peice the blocks and edging. I am solely responsible for the block embroidery and painting. It turned out a LOT nicer than my quilt did, I think. My Mom had the idea to fill in the center with patches made from the left over sheet bits (I actually ahve quite a few of these sheets; my sister had a set as a kid and I find them at Goodwill on occasion and can't pass them up!)

The backing is an old Pokemon sheet. I know, I know --sheets make terrible backing for quilts. YOU try finding decent Pokemon fabric!

Drifloon is my favorite!! He turned out so GOOD! (A Bride favorite)

Lickitung is the Groom's favorite.

Mew is the Bride's favorite --she even has a tattoo of him on her ankle.

Skitty was a throw in on the bride's side of the quilt. I needed another pinkish pokemon to even out the color.

Slowpoke, another Groom favorite.

Umbreon, another Groom Fave. I did the Shiny one on my quilt, but decided to do a standard on theirs.

I wouldn't post pictures to Facebook until after they had recieved and open their gift --which the BFF was really annoyed about. I wanted it to be a surprise! But about a week before the wedding, I did post this teaser for them. They knew what was on the quilt already, but hadn't seen any of the blocks. Plus, this is my favorite part of the whole quilt --the hearts just turned out perfectly!

Thanks for looking!
3  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Alan-A-Dale Pillowcase on: July 02, 2012 01:06:33 PM
So, two of my co-workers got married this previous weekend. To each other, I mean. When they first got engaged, I had been discussing that I usually make gifts, and was working on a Pokemon quilt for my BFF with the Bride. She got this sparkle in her eye and said, "If I invite you to my wedding, will you make me something?"

I told her she didn't have to invite me and I'd still make her something if she really wanted.  Roll Eyes Silly girl. But, they both think I'm totally awesome, so I was invited anyhow.

I asked her if she wanted a quilt --'cause if so, I'd need to know what theme she wanted me to go with. She said that she didn't want me to go through that much trouble --to just do whatever I thought I'd had time for, but that she had a love of Disney's Robin Hood, ever since she was a kid. So, I ran with it.

First, I thought about doing a Hoop-a-la for her, but then I figured she'd rather have something functional, not just decorative, so I started a pillow for her (...it's still a work in progress; maybe they'll get it for their first anniversary). Instead, I decided to do some pillow cases. Cute and functional.

Plus, I got to stitch Alan-a-dale, which is so much fun!

Sooo, since you read through all of that, here's your reward. Pics!

I unfortunately didn't get pictures of both pillow cases. I sort of forgot... but they're generally the same, aside from slight color differences.

Thanks for looking!
4  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Stocking Stuffer ideas on: November 30, 2011 12:06:14 PM
So, my family decided to pick names for Christmas gifts, so we're all getting one "big" present, and then for everyone else we're supposed to do "stocking stuffers"...

I have no idea what to make anyone.

I've did felt soap and kleenex cozies last year, as well as macrame bracelets the year before. I have minimal sewing skill, and am pretty decent at embroidery and can try just about anything...

What is everyone else doing for their stocking stuffers this year?
5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Globes on: September 26, 2011 09:05:35 AM
I LOVE globes. Unfortunately, the first globe I received had some water damage on it. It was given to me by a friend whose ex-husband had picked up up at a garage sale for a couple of bucks, and then sat collecting dust in the basement. She told me I could have it if I "did something fun" with it. The second globe I just happened to stumble on (almost literally) at my local Goodwill. I was SO EXCITED! Especially since, at the time, my other project globe was sitting at my parents house and I had two ideas for them.

The first globe I did, the Goodwill Globe, I decided to decoupage w/ pieces of a delapitated copy of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

The second globe, I had wanted to Chalkboard, similiar to a project I had seen on http://homeandgarden.craftgossip.com/chalkboard-globe/.
I think it turned out rather well!

I know that the sides aren't lined up quite right. It took me a bit to get it back together beacuse it's an old-school globe w/ a metal rod running through it's center. I had put the spring and small metal piece that extended the rod in a "safe place" and forgotten it... Well, I found them last night! Yay! I haven't gotten to doing a solid gluing back together yet.

Apologies for the poor pictures. It is of course night time when I finish anything and lighting isn't very good in my house for pictures. Will try to get some outside in the sun, if it ever clears up around here.
6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / DIY Nook Cover on: March 20, 2011 08:34:25 PM
I recently splurged with my tax return and bought a Nook. Probably not the best use of my money, as I still prefer the heft of a real book in my hand, but I couldn't resist!

However, carrying it around my purse unprotected isn't working out very well (I have some minor scratches on my screen already. Not good!!), and I am SO not paying $30 for a cover! However, I had some awesome fabric laying around, and looked a few covers other people had made, so I shimmied together one of my own.

Inside, with Nook in place.

Outside. Not sure if I really like it plain like this. I think I have to pull out my fabric paints...

Flat. Fits perfectly!

The best part is: this was super easy! I had a very dilapidated  hardcover that I've been cutting apart for various other projects (I won't say what so I don't hear calls of blasphemy,  Grin ), so I used the cover as an inside base. Then I covered the inside with some denim that I had stashed from a pair of worn-out jeans to make it a little softer. There is also a piece on the front cover as well, because the fabric was kind of thin. The rest is pretty self explanatory.

It's not very even, because I just used a hot-glue gun, but it's functional. I don't think I've ever made anything completely straight... ::sigh:: Still, not bad for about an hour's worth of work.

Got antsy, and decided to go with a Percy Jackson theme on the cover. I can't draw to save my life, but I think my little owls are cute. They would have been better if I had finer tipped sharpies...

7  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / An Old Globe on: February 03, 2011 12:21:03 PM
A lady I work with found out that I LOVE globes. She had an old one that her ex-husband had picked up a garage sale years ago and had some water damage done to it, so it's sat in her basement for years and years... I promised her I'd do something crafty with it, but I'm not sure what to do. Any ideas?? There was a form from yeeeears ago with a few suggestions, but due to the water-damage, I feel like I may have to cover it up, or even re-paint it some how. It doesn't have to stay on the stand, and it's hollow inside, so it can be split in half, etc.

 I'll try and get some pictures of it later, but it's your standard old-school globe.
8  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Pokemon FTW! (A little Image Heavy!) on: September 01, 2010 01:21:34 PM
I promised my best friend and her fiance (who are the biggest Pokemon fans I know) that for their wedding, I would make them a Pokemon quilt. Luckily, I have about two years to complete their blanket, so I'm making a trial one for myself first. I'm combining embroidery and paint (because: OMG, so much stitching! I don't have that much patience...)

Anyway, I just finished my first block, Vulpix, and really liked how it turned out!

Here's a closer look at just the tail

I need to go over the paint again, and I didn't think about it before I had already done the embroidery that I should have done that first... My next block is Snorlax, and is turning out much better, though I'll need to go back and repaint that as well when I'm finished (just have to do the feet and claws and he'll be done too!)

Thanks for looking Smiley I've never done a project like this before; so I'm kind of learning as I go.

Edit (10/4/10): I finished Starly tonight! I didn't have the right thread for the wings/head, so I went with a three-tone thread. Unfortunately, I ran out 90% way through finishing the head...so I then had to switch to a similar skein, but since it's just for me, I don't mind too much. I thought it turned out pretty well, albeit a bit more more unique then I really wanted.  If you didn't see it before, Snorlax is below on a separate post.


Finished Oddish a few days ago. I did this one a little differently. I painted the WHOLE THING, and then did the stitching. The purple was leaking a bit, so it came out more textured than I really wanted it to, but I think he still looks pretty cute!

I finally finished my last two blocks! Yay! My Mom is helping me to peice everything together with an awesome batik-star fabric on Monday, so expect some finished results soon!

Edit (5/22/11)

So, my Mom took some leave from work, ultimately handing in her resignation, which means she has lots of time to do some craftering for me! (...Although, she made me do quite a bit of this myself, which sort of defeated the purpose of me handing it over to her...but hey, Moms right?) BUT, last night we finally got down to business and finished my Pokemon quilt!

It was kind of cloudy out today, so the pictures aren't excellent. It's about 36 in., square, so it's really just a throw-blanket.

View of the left side

View of of the right side

...Now, I suppose I have to work on my friends'. Ack!
9  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re-covered Shoulder Bag on: September 01, 2010 12:09:26 PM
My local Wal-Mart had this really awful Jonas Brothers shoulder bags for only $1!! Both my sister's boyfriend and I were looking for new bags, but didn't want to spend a lot of money on them. My sister had the idea to re-cover the cheap bags w/ a t-shirt, and I kind of stole the idea from her when I noticed that they still had a lot of them in stock, so I picked up a few to cover for myself. The best part about these is that they're the perfect size for my lap top, so when I have to go to campus, I don't have to lug around my huge backpack on the days I don't need to bring my entire arsenal of electronics and supplies.

This is the one my sister did for her boyfriend; he's a Star Wars fanatic! They picked up the t-shirt for about $7 at Wal-Mart. (I'm too new to post pics; I've been lurking for ages and apparently never posted...so settle for links for now)

And here are the two I did for myself; yes that IS a Hanner's t-shirt from the webcomic Questionable Content. I've had the shirt for like two years and it didn't fit me; I'm glad I found a good way to use it so I can finally show it off! The Lisa Simpson t-shirt I found on clearance for $5 --so, I basically got 2 bags for $6. (Excuse my unmade bed and poor lighting; it was like 1 in the morning when I finished these)

My sewing machine absolutely hates me, so my stitching is really horrible, but I actually kind of like the rough edges. I've got one more bag, but I don't have another t-shirt for it yet... Maybe I'll use my (old!) Muggle t-shirt for it!
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