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1  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: Some recent sewing projects (lots of pics!) on: November 27, 2011 03:40:06 PM
All of these are great... such amazing attention to detail.  I love all of it, including those eyes...what a handsome fella.  Thank you so much for sharing. 
2  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Champagne of Beers! on: November 21, 2011 08:10:08 PM
Thanks, everyone! 

Absolutely adorable.  I sent the link to this post to nearly everyone I know from Wisconsin!

That is so awesome! thank you!
3  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: My first gallery exhibit!! (incredible amount of pictures) on: November 13, 2011 09:33:13 PM
These are so beautiful.  Thank you for sharing!
4  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Carrie Kelley - Robin (From Dark Knight Returns) on: November 08, 2011 10:19:03 PM
Well done, it looks like it was blast to wear too!
5  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Rubberized Bicycle Tube Armor for Joan of Arc on: November 08, 2011 10:16:30 PM
This is so great, your hard work and dedication really show through.  Such great textures!
6  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Adam and Barbara Maitland from Beetlejuice on: November 08, 2011 10:01:46 PM
Awesome... so awesome.  Well done.
7  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Champagne of Beers! on: November 08, 2011 09:55:46 PM
It is great to see everyone's awesome costumes this year! 

I have been thinking about making this costume for a few years now, this was the year. My guy and I are originally from Wisconsin, so Miller holds a special place in our hearts. We represented this year with the Miller High Life Girl on the Moon, High Life's logo for the past 100+ years. 

We didn't get a great picture of the two of us, but you can get the idea.  I'm the girl, he's the moon, so when we stood around together you get the whole sha-bang.
I made my whole costume: jacket, skirt, petticoat, corset thingy, hat embellishments,scarf and spray painted some thrifted boots.  I just made things up as I went along, no patterns.

I also made the moon and attached it to a shirt with some stars. My guy was a good sport. 

Here is a close up of the jacket detail (on my duct tape dummy), I sewed the embellishments on by hand.

This costume was so fun, both to make and wear.  It was a hit at the bar, and I am super happy with how it turned out. 

Thanks for looking!
8  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / Re: Another fishy cat bed! (simplicity 9004) on: January 30, 2011 10:51:13 PM
Thank you all for the kind words! 
9  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / Another fishy cat bed! (simplicity 9004) on: January 30, 2011 08:03:28 PM
I finally worked up the courage to try the Simplicity 9004 pattern after considering it for ages.  Pictures first! Then the (long-winded) boring stuff!
Fred the cat, chillin' like a villian, oblivious to the fish sneaking up from the rear.

Oh no!  It has him!

Well, it has most of him...

And two dorky pictures, the fish attacking BB, the pit bull.  And one of me, admittedly doing what I did all day whenever the bf looked at me, probably saying something like, "I've got a fish face...fish face!" Yeah, I'm cool like that.

And the boring (and way too long) stuff... I put off making this for myself for a long time because of reviews I have read about it and worry that my cat would just snub it.  I finally jumped into it for a sad reason.  My friend has been diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gherig's) and cannot sew anymore.  She had some projects in mind for some family members and herself that she just couldn't get to before she lost the use of her hands.  I offered to help by being her little sewing elf, of sorts, and to try to finish what I can before she leaves us. 

Of course she picked this pattern that has been intimidating me for years.  I am so glad that she did though, it gave me the push I needed, plus I made myself finish it just two nights.  She has given me a huge amount of her stash, and I used fabric from that. 

I would say that everything you hear about this pattern is true. The directions are vague, the foam is a real "treat" to work with, and some steps take some creative brainpower.  I changed a few things...

I only used one layer of foam on the body (2 on the head, per directions).  I didn't want to sew through so many layers of foam, and I thought it would stand up well enough with 1 layer, and it does.  People were wondering about where to get foam, I've always bought it at joanns, but wait for a 50% off coupon or sale.
I just sewed the fabric lining together, sewed it in by hand (to avoid the exposed seam inside) and tacked in up to the fish back and sides.  I made a removable bottom pad, for easier washing.
I didn't have a ping pong ball, so I just used felt for the eyes.

Fred the cat is about 18 pounds, a pretty big boy, and I think he could have fit if I gave him more time to get comfortable.  As it was I just lured him in with some cat nip.  I think it just depends on how comfortable your cat is with tiny openings and no other exits. I didn't give him too much time with the fish, as it is for my friend's cats and didn't want him stinking it up too much. 

Sorry this is so long, if you made it this far!

I love feedback!
10  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Black Widow Ring on: December 25, 2010 07:21:42 PM
Ha, take that black widow.  I wish I could have done this with the black widow that bit me, but i smashed it instead.  Great conversation starter ring!
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