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11  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / I conquered the buttonhole demon! (Double-breasted vest) on: March 21, 2011 05:44:06 PM
It's been a while since I've had anything to post on the clothing board, I've had this vest hanging out in my craft room for a while....the buttonholes...well they scared me! The last time I tried to use my buttonhole attachment (which was also the 1st time) it ATE my fabric...granted I wasn't real attached to that fabric, but still!
So my vest has been sitting on my dressform looking pretty and mocking me. Until the other day I decided to conquer that buttonhole monster! And I did!!

So now I can show off my awesome fuzzy vest! Its made out of velveteen (which is WAAAAY easier than working with velvet!) which I got off of the clearance rack!!

The buttons are actually silver and the actual color of the fabric is best shown in the first 2 pictures.

Wow! its definetly time for a haircut!

I used Simplicity 2556 which is part of the project runway collection. The pattern had lots of nice options and I will very likely be making a few more in different styles

Thanks for looking!
12  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Cuddly Colorful Crochet for Mom on: March 19, 2011 06:13:52 PM

Made with Crystal Palace Yarns Taos, a G hook and my imagination!

Thanks for looking! C&C always welcome
13  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / My overspun thick and thin very first yarn! on: March 18, 2011 07:36:04 PM
My kitty is all in favor of my new crafting! She thinks spinning is even better than crocheting (eating yarn) or sewing (hiding in fabric), she's particularly fond of the little fluffies that I toss aside every now and then  Smiley
and if I leave my drop spindle unattended she thinks that its meant for her gnawing pleasure! But she did catch enough little fluffy bits to keep herself entertained and allow me to actually finish my very first yarn!

It is a typical beginner yarn, overspun and thick and thin, but I love it! I have absolutely no idea what the fiber is, but am fairly certain its not exotic or anything. My spindle was given to me after someone abandoned it at my friend's house...along with said mystery fiber.
I have another bunch of roving (yep mystery too) its dark with color streaks, I can't wait to see what it spins up to!
14  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Rosie's Diaper bag and plethora of accessories! (kinda pic happy) on: March 09, 2011 05:53:07 PM
AFTER the babyshower my SIL asked me to employ my mad sewing skills to make her a diaper bag (I would have done it FOR the babyshower but I didn't know she needed a new one). She wanted it more purse like than the typical diaperbag, and she picked out fabrics from my crazy fabric stash....I've got a tonne of pinks inherited from my mom, but not very many things I make are pink! The only things I bought for this project were the clip for the key-holder, and the D-rings and boning for the nursing cover.

the whole set- diaper bag, changing pad/diaper clutch, nursing cover, and a receiving blanket for good measure!

I had limited interfacing so I quilted the front and back pieces with remnant quilt batting inbetween, this of course complicated the construction as I couldn't use a lining to hide my seams without hand stitching.

it has three pockets on one side and two on the other, plus an additional two on the gusset. I didn't want it to scream diaper bag so I left off the elastic, except on the two on the gussets, and they all have box pleats to give them depth. The black on the front (which is identical to the back) also creates two pockets each and there are also pockets on the exterior of the gussets...can never have too many pockets....well untill you have to search them all for that one Really important item Tongue

The bag closes (if you want to call it that) with a magnet, the flower on the inside is an iron on applique sewn in over the interior magnet.

the strap is also quilted with batting to add some stability...this also kinda show the exterior pockets better.

the duo-pocket changing pad clutch is from a tutorial I found from here, which worked out wonderfully. Mine is done with fleece on the pad and also has more quilt batting....you'd think that I would be out of quilt batting reminants....but I'm not!

Nursing covers don't photograph well on dressforms!! the tutorial for this (which is uber excellent) is here She also has lots of other cute tutorials.

and because I already had flannel in my stash and nothing to do with it yet, I serged up a quick receiving blanket. the fabris says "I love Mommy I love Daddy" I think this may be baby brainwashing... Tongue

Delivered it yesterday after work and my SIL was thrilled with it, I think she spent the rest of the evening putting things in and arranging them  Grin

Thanks for putting up with my sub-par pictures and making it this far! C & C always welcome!

15  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / What! Cables! in crochet!?! on: March 07, 2011 06:27:17 PM
With all the projects I've had going on for other people (a brand new niece or nephew, due the 21st, in particular) I thought I needed to do something for me....okay maybe I actually started this project to try out the pattern because I didn't want to waste the homespun on something that doesn't work (it really hates frogging, infact it gets fluffier each time...which I equate to a pissed off cat Grin)

The first picture is the closest to the actual color. Cables weren't too difficult but it's not something you can just zone out on.

Found in on ravelry here:http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/cabled-scarfelette
and her blog is here:http://guh-nome.blogspot.com/2010/02/cabled-scarfelette-pattern.html

Thanks for looking! C&C always welcome!
16  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Goin green (or I didn't want to buy another gift bag) on: February 06, 2011 05:47:17 PM
I did a 100% handmade baby shower gift for my new niece or nephew (which is really difficult, because it was all gender neutral Tongue) and I didn't want to buy yet another gift bag which would be used for all of maybe an hour before getting tossed aside for the more awesome presents. So I designed and stitched up this bag. It was the perfect size for my gifts and my sil can reuse it for toys or groceries or whatnot. Win win!
I didn't make a diaper bag because she had a Juicy bag from her last little one and I thought she was set. Nope, apparently they wore that one out so she asked if I could make her a diaper bag too....but that will be a future post!

yeah it is white, but it is also machine washable

I made it a drawstring top because I didn't want to buy tissue paper either  Grin
The purple is also the lining, no inside shots sorry. just imagine the outside as the inside only lavender and with out straps  Tongue

The beads help weigh down the ribbon an keep it from being pulled back into the casing. They are from my ridiculously large bead collection from one of my Africa trips.

Thanks for looking, I will be back later with the custom order diaper bags....hmmm wonder if I can find someone local to do some embroidering??

C&C always welcome!
17  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Baby monkey quilt and ball (slightly pic heavy) on: February 05, 2011 12:36:37 PM
In August my SIL announced that she was pregnant with her 2nd kiddo  Cheesy but they weren't finding out the gender of the baby Sad Gender neutral is so much harder and generally not as cute, but I had this adorable monkey fabric my mom had given me as part of her clearing out her craft room!

the quilt is not made from any pattern or directions, I did all the math (some of it wrong) and put it all together myself. I did get instruction on free-motion quilting from Leah Day's Freemotion quilting site here:http://www.daystyledesigns.com/
My free motion quilting is no where near that good, but I'm proud that I did the whole quilt!

I did finish the quilt back in November, then I had to hide it till now, tomorrow it goes to its new home (hopefully to be well loved) I also made a "baby brainy ball" to go with it from the scraps (after I bought the pattern I found the online free versions Undecided that's generally how it works)

Did I mention that my current nephew is already spoiled, and I see NO chance of the next one being any better!  Grin  Yeah I contribute to that, but only in the crafty way!

Included in the package with the quilt and ball is:
the dodecathingamabobble https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=371260.msg4367308#msg4367308
and the baby bear hat and mittens https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=372147.msg4379126#msg4379126

thanks for looking, hopefully I will one day score some pictures of the baby with some of my craftygoodness!
C&C always welcome!
18  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / What's cuter than a baby? A baby in a bear hat! on: February 04, 2011 06:44:19 PM
So when my SIL announced she was pregnant again I got a little excited! I can do so much more crafty stuff than when she had her first (for which I have made all kinds of things since) AND I just relearned crochet in December and there are SOOOOO many cute things to make!!!
If my wonderful husband hadn't of reminded me of a craft budget I have, I would have made them like a million more things!!

But! Every baby needs a super adorable hat, right!?!

pattern for the hat is here:http://owlishly.typepad.com/owlishly/files/owlishly_designed_bear_infant_hat_email_quality.pdf

pattern for the mittens (sans paw print) is here:http://caitirin.livejournal.com/1583627.html

more pics cuz there so cute!

Also mommy asked for mittens...so mommy got mittens! A handful of them!

sorry about the photo quality on that last one, it seems that it always rains or I don't get home till its dark on days I want to take pictures. If I get actual baby photos with the above items I will be sure to post them.

Thanks for looking!
19  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / A dodecathingamabobble...guaranteed to make baby smarter(er)! on: January 26, 2011 07:13:21 PM
I made this for my new neice or nephew (dang my sil and bil for not finding out the gender!!! Its driving us crafty people crazy with all this gender neutral stuff!!) whenever they decide to show up!

Its made up of a bunch of points crocheted individually then put together. Its my most challenging project so far

I hope this helps them bring home some A's from school, once they learn the name they're off to a great start!!

The pattern is available through ravelry here: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/dodecahedron-thingymabob

Thanks for looking!
20  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Twilight knock-off mitts! on: January 26, 2011 06:00:24 PM
My friend dragged me to her craft room the last time I came over, pointed to a fake leather bag full of yarn and said "do you want any of this?" how do you say no to free yarn!!!! So I took it (even the kinda weird one that neither of us really like) but I told her that I would make something for her out of some of it.
I might also mention that she is a twilight fan, though not one of those crazy "oh my god we HAVE to go to Forks to see where a fictional book with fictional characters are from" kinda people (I might also point out that Stephanie Meyers is from Arizona but you don't see people flocking there for twilight do you!?!)

*Yes I have been to Forks, but in my defense we were camping on the Olympic Coast and its the only town with a grocery store in quite a vicinity. And all those twi-freaks scare me more than real vampires and werewolves!!

Okay enough ranting...Pictures!!

I really like how they came out and will probably be making another pair or 10 (depending on who sees them and begs me to make a pair)

the pattern came from http://notlikethepicture.blogspot.com/2009/12/alice-mitts-pattern.html

Thanks for looking
C&C always welcome!
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