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1  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / It's okay, I guess on: October 01, 2011 08:15:01 PM
The last quilt I made, my mom just loved. So, I figured that I would make her one for her birthday. (October 5th). Since I had this idea back in like, July, I figured that I'd have plenty of time. We all know how that goes. I kept putting it off and putting it off, and I've only just finished, and it's almost the second of October. My mom's favorite color is brown, and let me tell you, it gets really old looking at different shades of brown material. I finally just said enough, and the material I had up to that point was what I was making the quilt with. Turns out, it takes up almost the entire top of my king size bed, with about 16 inches hanging off the bottom.
   As I was laying the pieces into groups for the blocks, I was thinking, "Oh, what have I done? This is going to be the ugliest quilt ever."
   But it turned out surprisingly nice. I actually like it. And I would like to point out that this is the first quilt I've made that didn't have a ton of folds or gathers on the backing fabric, from shifting while I was quilting. This time around, I washed my backing fabric, ironed it, and used twice as many pins as I have on previous quilts. Something worked out right, because it's completely wrinkle-free! Hopefully my mom likes it.

2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Birthday Aprons! on: July 28, 2011 05:26:28 PM
One of my best friends requested an apron for her birthday, with the only requirement being a pocket. So, I looked through my patterns, and found one I liked. I'm pretty sure it's McCall's, and if anyone wants to know for sure, let me know, and I'll go dig it out of my pattern box.
  I'll go ahead and apologize for the pictures. I didn't want to model them, and my hubby sure as heck isn't going to. And they're a bit large for my 2 year old. But back to my story...

  I went to Joann's, and some fabric just jumped out at me. And this is what happened:

And the lining:

The colors are more vivid in real life, I promise. My living room has crappy lighting.
I'm so happy with how this turned out! And it was so easy! Except the straps. Ugh. Turning them right side out was so tedious. But I'm very happy with the result.

And secondly, my MIL has been dropping not-so-subtle hints that she wanted me to make her an apron for her birthday. It's rapidly approaching, so I decided I'd better get down to it. I made my hubby go with me to pick out the fabric, since it's for his mom. Her kitchen is done in an apple theme, so that's what we were looking for. He found the one bolt of apple fabric that Joann's had. It's a little much for my personal taste, but I have a pink plaid apron, so I don't have any room to talk Smiley
So here's the apple apron....

With long-ish ties, because my MIL is a little on the short... round side.

Comments and suggestions always appreciated!
3  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Super easy toddler outfit! on: June 13, 2011 04:27:07 PM
My mom has a wedding shower on Saturday, and I wanted to make my daughter a new outfit to wear. It's McCall's  5836, and it's really easy. I found this fabric at Hobby Lobby a while back, and I fell in love with it. I bought two yards, knowing I wanted to make something for my daughter, but not knowing what. And this is what finally happened...

And the shorts...

I'm so proud of myself! The shorts gave me the most trouble. You use the same pattern pieces for the shorts and pants options, and the sewing directions illustrate the pants. I knew it was easy, my brain just didn't want to cooperate.
4  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Golden Girls Swap? on: June 05, 2011 05:44:44 AM

Who doesn't love the Golden Girls? I'm pretty sure I can quote every line from every episode (or close to it). I know I would LOVE a swap. It would be awesome! I don't know if I'm confident enough in myself to organize, but if enough people are interested, I might try it. Any takers?
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / You know, for a clownfish, he's not that funny... on: May 07, 2011 12:10:26 PM
   The hubbs loves keeping a fishtank. I told him I don't care, so long as I don't have to take care of it. And my daughter loves to watch the fish, because the tank is just about her eye level. And he has a couple of clownfish in there, which of course, I named Nemo and Marlin.  Smiley
  So when I saw Simplicity pattern #3955, which includes a clownfish fleece blanket, naturally, I had to make it. I just didn't realize until I got ready to buy fabric how big it is. (Just about six feet. It literally takes up my entire couch, as evidenced in the following pictures...)

Sorry for the crappy shot. I wanted to upload these pictures, but there was no one to hold the blankie for me. So my couch is serving as stand-in model.

And a close up of the face, which shows the color better:

She loves it. But she's only two, so next to her, this blanket is HUGE. Oh well. She'll grow into it. Smiley
Comments and criticism always appreciated!
6  COOKING / Dessert / St. Patrick's Day Mint Pie - Super yummy!! on: March 20, 2011 01:49:28 PM
  So lately I've been on a recipe kick. I've been snagging recipes out of my local paper, and actually trying them. Most of them have turned out pretty good. This was today's creation... and it is delicious!! If it wasn't so late in the afternoon and close to dinner time (for which my MIL is making one of my favorite things, so I know I'm going to pig out), I'd have another piece. And if you like chocolate/mint cookies, this is like, a whole pie that tastes like that. Smiley And it's super easy!
Here's how mine looked:

*Someone* ate a piece before I took the picture. *Shifts eyes around, trying to look innocent*. But you get the idea.

Here's the recipe, from my local paper's website:

Mint Pie

6 ounces of semi-sweet chocolate mini morsels

12 fluid ounces of evaporated milk, divided

1 tablespoon butter

1 prepared 9-inch chocolate crumb crust

1 3.4-ounce package of vanilla instant pudding and pie filling mix

1/3 cup water

1 teaspoon peppermint extract

3 to 4 drops green food coloring

8 ounces frozen whipped topping, thawed, divided

Additional semi-sweet chocolate mini morsels, fresh mint sprigs

Microwave 1 cup morsels and 1/3 cup evaporated milk in medium, uncovered, microwave-safe bowl on high for 45 seconds; stir until smooth. Stir in butter; pour into crust. Refrigerate for 20 minutes or until cool to the touch. Meanwhile, beat remaining evaporated milk, pudding mix, water, peppermint extract and three drops food coloring in medium bowl until combined. Gently stir in 2 cups whipped topping and additional drop of food coloring, if desired. Spoon over chocolate layer.

Refrigerate for two hours or until set. Sprinkle with additional morsels. Spoon remaining whipped topping in center of pie. Garnish with fresh mint.

Makes 8 servings.

Point to note: Don't leave the bag of chocolate chips in the vicinity of the oven whilst you're baking bread. I now have one solid chunk of chocolate chips. But it's still chocolate, so it'll be put to good use.  Grin
7  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Real men need memo boards! (Pic Heavy) on: March 02, 2011 08:10:47 PM
  So, my dad's birthday was back a couple weeks ago in February. I knew I wouldn't be with him on his birthday, so awful as it is of me, I knew I had some extra time to get his present. Well, he's IMPOSSIBLE to buy for, and anytime I ask him what he wants, he always says, "Something handmade." (I'm sure all you guys hear that a lot, too.) Not only was I completely devoid of ideas, but I was short on time. (I'm going up to see him this weekend.) I was thinking and thinking of something I could make, and then it hit me: A photo/memo board. Because he's always forgetting things.
  Well, I could've bought one, but all the ones in stores are definitely geared towards us of the feminine persuasion, and not at all 'dad like'. So since my hubby is a handyman, he has access to all sorts of tools, and could find anything in Home Depot with his eyes closed, I wanted to do a sort of industrial look. And this is what I came up with...

Hubby drilling some holes in my selected wood... (it's about 1/4" thick).

(He hates it when I take his picture. I snapped this one before he caught me)

Of course, he had to be all, "Let's measure, and make sure they're all symmetrical, and this, that, and the other thing." And me, Mrs. ADD, is just like, "Would you drill the holes already so I can get on with this?" But he took the time to make them perfect, and he's awesome!
So after I got the holes drilled, I took it inside and covered it with black felt, using my trusty E6000. And then I noticed that I was getting a lot of glue on my hand. Upon closer inspection, I found this:

 In case you can't see, there's a hole in the side of my tube, there. Back to the ADD: I was squeezing the glue faster than it wanted to come out, because I didn't want to wait on it, resulting in aforementioned blow-out.
I get all that cleaned up, and then get everything assembled, aaaaannnnddd..... here's what we have. Sorry for the crappy lighting. It was dark outside, and I didn't want to wait.

I've got some corkboard on there, suitable for pinning up notes, wire to hold pictures or other paper bits, and four 2" bolts, and a trap door handle to hang things from.

Some close ups:

Hopefully, he'll like it!
Comments and criticisms always welcome!
8  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Birds of a feather... on: February 01, 2011 05:33:08 PM
  This is my first post on the needlework board. Mostly because I've been procrastinating. This is also the first large project I've ever completed. I've started several, but I get bored, and then the project gets buried in my craft room.   Undecided

Anyway.... here it is. The initials are mine and my hubby's. I threw the quarter in for size reference, because I was too lazy to actually measure.

Hope you like!

9  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / "We're going to steal..." (pause for effect) "... the moon!!" on: January 23, 2011 07:55:23 PM
I'll go ahead and warn you, this isn't an amazing, ground-breaking project.
That being said, I LOVE the movie 'Despicable Me'. I wanted to make something to proclaim my love of the movie, so I decided to make Gru's (the main character's) scarf. I'm almost positive that his scarf in the movie is knitted, but since my efforts to teach myself to knit have been as yet unsuccessful, I crocheted mine. It's gray and black, with five rows of gray, two rows of black, fifteen across, all double crochets. It's also fairly long, about 7.5 feet. So, on to the pictures...

Hope you all like!
10  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Presenting.... The wrinkle-iest quilt in the history of quilting! (Long Post) on: January 20, 2011 07:00:27 AM
  Okay, so, this is kind of a long story, but here goes....
  I made my daughter a quilt (post: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=353189.0 )
  Once that was done, I made the hubbs a quilt (post: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=354186.0 )
  And then I wanted to make a quilt for myself. And I thought, "Wouldn't it be neat if my quilt matched my daughter's?" Well, I thought it would be neat, anyway. I had some leftovers from her quilt, but not enough to make a quilt for me, because there's more of me to cover than her. So, I went back to Wal-Mart (where I got all the material for her quilt), and wouldn't you know? They only had about half of the patterns that I used for hers. So, mine gets a little repetitive in one corner. Oh well. Now, I had pieced the top together, and then I went to pin the top to the batting and the backing. And for some reason, it wouldn't come out square. I would pin all the way around, and when I got back to where I started, there would be like, a fold. So I had to start over again. Like four times. Ugh. So I finally get that taken care of, and I start quilting. I get about three lines done (starting in the middle), and then I talk to my best friend (shortly before Christmas), and she was bummed out, so I decided to make her a quilt for Christmas, putting mine on hold. Post: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=367999.0
   So after Christmas, I went back to my quilt. My biggest problem with quilting is that I always get "folds" on the back, where my backing kind of bunches up and folds over. And this quilt was no exception. I tried to fix them, but after I re-sewed one line four times, I gave up, and let the folds happen. I started in the middle, and worked out, so I don't know why I have such a problem with this. Now, as I said before, when I did my pinning, my top didn't come out square, so maybe that's why I had such a problem with this one. But this one had folds on the back, and a couple places on the top, and some around the edges where I had some excess fabric, and just sewed the binding to it. I said 'to heck with it' I was just tired of looking at the stupid thing. So, on to the pictures....
Here's the top (if I had to guess at size, I would say about twin size)

  And somewhere, under that blanket in the upper right hand corner is my hubby. He doesn't like to have his picture taken.

And here's a close-up shot

And the back

You can see a couple of the folds in this shot. But these are by far, not the worst ones. But like I said, I just got tired of working on this. I was originally going to quilt diagonal lines going to opposite direction, to make a criss-cross pattern, but I knew since I had so many folds in the one direction, I would end up with even more folds if I quilted more lines. So I didn't. And another side note: Now that I've finally got my quilt finished, my daughter has outgrown her quilt, that mine was supposed to match. So, I'm going to make her a quilt with leftovers from my best friend's polka dots quilt. *sigh*.
  Comments and suggestions are greatly appreciated.
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