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1  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Black Apple dolls and dinosaurs and bears, oh my! Christmas gift extravaganza! on: December 08, 2008 06:06:29 PM
Wowee, I've been swept up into a storm of gift-making recently, and here are some of the items I came up with to give my friends' children.

It all started about a month ago when I found the Black Apple doll pattern on the Martha Stewart website, and I made these for a newborn baby and her two-year-old sister.  When I gave the blond doll to the two-year-old she was so excited that she had to go show me her room and all of her other toys.  Apparently she sleeps with my doll every night!  How cute. (Also, note the Elizabethtown hat that I begged my aunt to make for me since I don't knit.  I love it!)

And that led me to making more toys for Christmas presents.  I sketched up a couple of quick patterns and made these polar fleece and felt dinosaur and bear.  I just can't get them to stay out of the tree, those naughty boys.

I made three more Black Apple dolls for girls aged 4 years, 1 year, and 6 months.  The brunette's curl matches the curl atop the actual baby girl's head.  She has the wildest hair!

My friend, Leslie, and I write a fitness blog called Pink Spandex, and I decided to make her a workout doll decked out in our blog's namesake.  Spandex is evil to sew!  After hours of struggle, I figured out I could put masking tape around the edges of the spandex to make it easier to deal with.  The workout doll is accessorized with a headband, ipod with felt earbuds that actually stick to the head, water bottle, and sneakers.  I'm so proud of how this doll turned out, and I think Leslie is going to love it!

Please let me know what you think!  I love feedback.
2  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / Reproducing images on baby clothing for Etsy on: December 01, 2008 12:09:53 AM
My friend, Sierra, has drawn really cute cartoons like the following for as long as I've known her:

I think that these designs (not necessarily the whole scene, but individual animals) would be so perfect and cute on baby onesies, bibs, or just as prints.  How would we go about making these available in a shop on Etsy?  Iron-on transfers seem kind of like too simple of a way to go.  Do sellers really use those on products?  What way would you recommend we get these animals onto the products?  Oh, also what do you think of stuffed creatures of these designs?  Thank you very much!
3  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Budget Bridal Shower on: May 19, 2008 02:03:15 AM
I'm having a major issue that I've been worrying about, and I'd like some help and advice.  I'm the maid of honor for my friend's wedding in September, and I'm in charge of the bridal shower in July.  Problem is that I'm rather strapped for cash, and my job barely pays for gas let alone a large party.

I don't want my friend's party to be awful simply because I'm on a tight budget, so I need ideas for how to make the bridal shower nice AND affordable.  I was trying to brainstorm ideas, and I thought that a cupcake and tea party could be fun.  It wouldn't be hard to provide those sorts of snacks (and little sandwiches and cookies), but do you have any ideas for decorations, affordable invites, etc?  Basically how could I draw the whole party together into a nice little package.  P.S.  I don't have ANY party planning experience, so that freaks me out, too.

Any other party themes would be very welcome, also!  Thank you, thank you, thank you!

OHHHH, and the honeymoon is in Hawaii, and the bride and groom LOVE anything Irish.  If those help with theme ideas.  Again, thanks!
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Rockin' red velvet couch! on: February 26, 2008 11:38:51 AM
Or at least that's what I want it to be.

I found a couch on craigslist that is free and, judging from the extremely crappy photos, it is exactly the style I want.  I love the buttons!  I've never reupholstered anything before, and I was wondering how much it would cost to do it myself.  Where can I get fabric on the cheap?  How much fabric will it take, and how much will it cost?  I've always wanted a red or purple velvet button couch, so do you think this couch is worth saving for that project?


Also, is reupholstering a tufted couch MUCH more difficult than a normal couch?  Where can I find detailed instructions on how to do this?

Ahhh....  Let me know what you think soon.  I need to reply to the Craigslist offer, and beg my dad to pick the couch up with me and find somewhere to store it.

5  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / I Love Lucy baby blanket on: February 12, 2008 07:19:45 PM
My friend is pregnant with a girl, and she wants the baby's room to be decorated in I Love Lucy memorabilia.  I want to crochet her an I Love Lucy inspired baby blanket made of light pink with black polka dots crocheted in.  How would I go about doing this?  I'm thinking that I want the polka dots to be of varying sizes so that it looks a bit more funky.  Help help help!

Please and thank you.

6  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Grandpa's stitches on: February 10, 2008 07:35:34 PM
I haven't done any embroidery, but I've been inspired by something that I ran across in my mom's drawer full of family crafts.  Look what my grandpa did back in the day!

Close-up...  The detail is so wonderful, and there is so much to look at.  Everything is so carefully done and delicate, and I'm in complete awe.

Anyway, I just had to share this with somebody, because I think it's incredibly beautiful.  I think I'm going to go out and find a frame and hang it, so it can be enjoyed all of the time.  Go Grandpa!
7  CROCHET / Projects from The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller / Bloomin' gorgeous bag. on: February 10, 2008 07:27:13 PM
I checked out the Happy Hooker book from the library two weeks ago, and it's been extremely helpful towards me understanding different stitches and whatnot.  I thought that the In Bloom purse was really pretty, so that's what I made!

I also used the pattern for the 6-Petal Flower and attached that to the front.

The lining was some left over faux suede material.  Ahh!  Let me tell you that I dislike sewing.  I am way more into crocheting.  That's where the action's at!

Anyway, I hope you like how the bag turned out.  Thanks!
8  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / I Love Lucy baby blanket and more adventures in mass crocheting. on: February 10, 2008 07:17:11 PM
So it turns out that one of my very best friends, Sierra, and both of her sisters are all pregnant AND due in July.  Amazing, I know, all three siblings pregnant at the same time.  Well, I'd never made a blanket before, but I thought it would be nice if I made baby blankets for all three of them.  Sierra and Chelsea find out what they are having soon, but Keighla knew that she wanted turtles for her theme whether she had a boy or a girl.  This is what I made, hoping it wasn't too boy-ish or girlie.

I really like the bright aqua blue and the minty green colors.  Sierra thinks it would be cool if I crocheted a simple turtle and attached it to the corner.  Does anyone know where I might find a pattern for this?  Thanks so much!  Now to get started on the other two!

--UPDATED ON JUNE 15, 2008--

So, here I am again.  I finished off all the blankets, and they were a hit at the triple baby shower.  Here they are!

Keighla found out that she is having a boy, and she's naming him Kai Ethan.  Here's his updated blanket with a "K" in the corner.

Chelsea is also having a boy, and his name is Jackson Neal.  Chelsea and her husband are into hunting and camping, so I wanted to make a brown blanket.  But that wasn't cute enough for a baby, so I added in the light blue.

And as for my very dear friend, Sierra, she's having a little girl who she's naming Paisley Jean.  Sierra is SOOO into I Love Lucy, and the nursery is completely decorated in I Love Lucy memorabilia.  They even put hot pink polka dots on the wall.  It's so cute.  Anyway, here's the blanket I made for her.  It took the most work, and Sierra says it's her favorite blanket that she received.

So, that's it.  I'm definitely not a professional, and my edges got pretty wacky, but those blankets have a lot of love in them.  Sierra's about ready to pop any day now, so Paisley's going to get some use out of her new blankie!

Let me know what you think!  Thanks. Smiley
9  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Woo! My first hat! on: February 10, 2008 07:09:22 PM

I chose to make the Post Office Hat as my first attempt at headwear.  This was relatively easy once I finally understood how to read a pattern, and the puff stitch was really fun to do!  Now I'm eager to go make more hats.  I'm going to Seattle next weekend, and I want to show them off to all my friends!

Here it looks like a Hershey's Kiss!

Everyone should go look at the pattern for this hat.  It's wonderful!  https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=143420.0
10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Harriet the Spy! on: December 04, 2006 04:14:37 PM
I love love love Harriet the Spy, and I always wanted to be her when I was a kid.  I was obsessed with notebooks and spying, but I never could get myself to love tomatoes though I desperately wanted to.  Ah...  sadness.  Yep, so I ran across this picture of Harriet today, and I'm inspired to incorporate this into some sort of wonderful crafty project.  Any ideas?

Also, any thoughts on how this could be made into a stencil?  The lines are awfully small, but I think the general image would look fabulous.

IMPORTANT UPDATE:  I just made myself a tomato sandwich for dinner, and I must say it wasn't terrible.  It's actually pretty tasty with salt, pepper, a little mayo, and a couple slices of cheese (oh so healthy).  YES!  Now I really CAN be Harriet the Spy.  Oh sweet rapture!
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