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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Who likes fancy lunches? I like fancy lunches! on: November 15, 2011 06:00:56 PM
I volunteered to participate in the 'Giving Tree' program at my mother's church. I was given the task of gifting to an 'Adult Woman'. Hmmm.. now what sort of gift do you give someone when those are the only details you know?? Well.. after Googling 'gift tutorials' for ideas for the first week of my Maternity Leave I finally came up with what I thought was a 'Grand Idea'.

I had this great two sided, Asian print fabric in my stash that was sturdy enough to make a bag.. So I made a bag, lined it with the opposite side out, made a placemat (2 layered like the bag) and then spent a whole hour putting tiny 1/4" twill tape around a 'napkin'. I added chop stix and a couple containers and Voila! A handy lunch kit.

Even Dad thought it was amazing so I guess it passes the gift test!

2  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Action pic! Matchy Daddy/Son Birthday in Space outfits. on: October 20, 2011 10:20:37 AM
*** Our son was born November 25th!***
Because my husband and I are uber dorks.. I like sewing and he likes wearing matchy outfits for 'special occasions'. Now that we have a Son on the way it gives me tons of reasons to make matchy outfits.

Daddy wanted to have matchy outfits for Going Home From the Hospital Day (which is not coming soon enough I tell ya!). So using some fabric he had already picked out for a shirt for himself, I whipped up the following ensembles.

Using this Tute and pattern found at Sew Mama Sew http://sewmamasew.com/blog2/2010/10/october-20-baby-kimono-wrap-tutorial-london-mummy-giveaway-2/  I made the baby a kimono style top (button closures vs. ties) and used a pair of his existing pants to make a pattern for the elastic waist bottoms. They are sized at 6 mo (yes I know he is going to swim in them.. it's mostly for the photo ops!) so he can wear them for a while.

I used the trusty Kwik Sew pattern I've been using to make shirts all Summer for Hubby.

***We now have an action shot!***

3  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies / Boppies and Snugglers Oh My! on: October 11, 2011 03:07:25 PM
I found a nice fat piece of this super soft tiger flannel at my fave thrift joint. Originally it was to be the back to a baby quilt for my soon-to-be-born-son. Instead it became a Boppy cover and a Snuggler. I credit these two tutes for my sewing genius.. http://blog.craftzine.com/archive/2009/05/craft_pattern_podcast_snuggler.html?CMP=OTC-5JF307375954 and http://www.amberdusick.com/woodmouse_loves_crafts/2010/11/my-boppy-tutorial-slipcover-aka-nursingyear-3.html

Naked Boppy.. and then with cover.


4  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies / If you come to a Sea Turtle party.. you leave with a Sea Turtle! on: September 06, 2011 01:44:21 PM
The theme of my gestating son's baby shower is Sea Turtles. According to my BFF 'personalized' showers are all the rage. So.. I made the 'prizes' for the games we will play. Bath Mitts in the shape of Sea Turtles! I used a soft, green towel and standard art felt. They will be stuffed with soaps in a sea theme.

5  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / T-shirt fetish turned snugglie! on: August 16, 2011 09:11:48 PM
One of the fetishes my Baby Sister and I share is t-shirts. We both like t's with interesting and funny sayings and depictions. For her birthday I made her this t-shirt blanket out of shirts I've worn and now don't fit over my preggo belly, and my stash of 99 cent finds from the thrift store.
She loved it!
I made a 13" pattern out of a paper bag and saved the bottom portion of the t's after I cut them.
I then made two 4x5 square panels.
I sandwiched light weight fleece I've had in my stash for years, between the two layers and machine quilted straight lines across in both directions along the seams of the squares.
I then cut and sewed the saved bottoms into strips and used it as the binding, and made a drawstring bag for it out of another t-shirt.
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Matchy 4th outfits - Cool or Nerdy? on: July 06, 2011 04:56:05 PM
My favorite memories of my mom and I usually include Matchy Outfits. She was an avid sewer and often made us matching get ups.. which then translated into matching outfits for my little sister and I. Does it make anyone wonder why I would want Matchy Outfits for my family too?

Using the same Kwik Sew pattern I used for his Beach shirt, I made Sweetie a shirt using fabric he chose from our local JoAnns.. with a matchy bandanna for our furry little Daisy Fay.

My skirt was a simple circle skirt made for the 4th last year from some thrifted fabric. This year I also added an applique over my Baby Bump to a t-shirt that no longer fit my belly.. until I slit it up the back far enough to let it hang correctly.. Yes.. I have a triangle shaped sunburn on my back.

We got TONS of compliments from strangers as we walked the blvd and Sweetie felt so proud telling them that his beautiful wife sewed them up special.

My little sister had no problem telling us we were such NERDS! I bet she is just jealous. (-;

7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Jimmy Buffet ain't got nothin on my Parrot Head! on: June 20, 2011 12:20:36 PM
I found this super awesome Beachy Sunset themed twin sheet at my local Value Village months and months ago. I thought that I'd make myself a cutie patooty dress out of it. Well.. my growing, preggo belly is too big for a twin sheet.. so Sweetie got himself a shirt out of it instead.

I used Kwik Sew 3792 which was amazingly easy for an experienced sewer. It was missing a paragraph of instructions that were easy to figure out.. and it didn't call for hidden finishes.. just overedged ones.. I couldn't do that.. so I finished my seams correctly.

Sweetie LOVE LOVE LOVES his new shirt and immediately made me go to the fabric store with cash in hand to buy him an array of fun fabrics for new shirts.

Without further ado.. Viola!

8  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Is the game of Checkers considered a 'plaything'? Pics and more pics on: December 22, 2010 12:32:13 PM
So let's say I work for a fabulous graphic design, print and fabrication company...

And after a route job the production manager (knowing what a crafty recycling, re-purposing freak I am..) brings me these 'garbage' pieces of 1.5" acrylic.

So what do I do??? I get one of my designers to make decals depicting the heads of my nephews..

Sew me up some patchwork checkerboards and Voila! Personalized checker games for each family!!

9  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Good Luck Care Bear on: November 04, 2010 04:09:33 PM
I guess I already posted this over in 'costumes'.. but I might as well at least enter the contest.. even though there are a zillion way better and more creative than mine.. I'll try again next year!

Good Luck Care Bear

I found the fleece at a thrift store and used components from a couple vintage patterns to make the top and bloomers.

10  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Rub my shamrock belly for Good Luck Carebear on: October 31, 2010 12:16:52 PM
You would be amazed how many people asked me last night.. "And what are you supposed to be?"

Is it really not that obvious? Or are people just oblivous?

So.. from a $6 find of beautiful fleece at the thrift store to a Good Luck Carebear Halloween costume.

Did you know fleece is really, really soft? Yes.. your drunken friends just might pet you all night long.

I glued the ears onto a headband and used a leftover jersey piece for the belly circle.

The tail is sewn into the seam.

I shirred the back panel to create some shape. My bratty brother complimented me on how it made it look less 'frumpy'. Since he rarely gives compliments.. I'll take it!
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