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11  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / I'm seeing spots! No wait, squares... on: December 24, 2010 08:12:24 PM
   So my best friend StephanieGravatt loves polka dots. So, I had an idea about six months ago that I would make her a polka dot quilt. So I've been stashing polka dot fabric for a while. Well, a few weeks ago, she told me that some Christmas plans with some of her family got cancelled, and she was bummed about it. So, I had the wonderful idea to try and crank out a quilt for her in time for Christmas. And I got it done in time! Woo hoo! The quilt measures about 5'x5', and has a dark red fabric for the backing. I used 4.5" blocks, so that after the seam allowance, they would be an even 4". I originally intended for it to be rectangular, but I'm terrible at math, so it came out square. But she loves it just the same. So, here's a picture that she took of it. (I forgot to take a picture before I wrapped it).

12  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / It's a surprise!! Well not anymore.... on: November 10, 2010 05:32:51 PM
  So my best friend StephanieGravatt 's mother called me the week before her birthday (which is today, by the way), and asked if I would be willing to help her with a surprise party for Steph. I said, "Of course!" (of course). I've never thrown a surprise party, so I was excited. As soon as I got home that evening, I started making a birthday banner. I knew Steph would appreciate the time and effort. (and let's not mention that I burned myself with and iron while pressing seams. The burn mark is still on my thumb, over a week later.) I also knew Steph would put the banner on display, and not tuck it away in a box somewhere.
  So after rifling through my remnant stash, I found suitable fabrics out of which to make the banner. I know this isn't an original idea, but I wanted to post it anyway. I didn't use a stencil or pattern (a dangerous notion, indeed), I just started cutting. Which would explain why some of my letters came out a little squiffy. But unless you look really closely, you can't tell. Now, on to the pictures. I didn't snap a good shot at the party, so I asked Steph to take some, since it was already on display in her craft room.

Each triangle is about seven inches long, five inches across. And the whole thing is probably about eight feet long. Comments and criticism greatly appreciated.
13  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / BRAINS!!!!! Not really, just zombie clothes :) Warning: Fake Blood Splatter on: October 28, 2010 04:46:22 PM
  WARNING: I've got (fake) blood-splattered clothes, so if you're not into that sort of thing, keep on scrolling.

I wasn't sure if this should be in 'general clothing', or in 'Halloween'. But if you ask me, zombies are good year-round. Smiley

Alright, so StephanieGravatt and I (along with several other people) are participating in a zombie walk here in town (to benefit charity). I've been told they're having them all over the US (and possibly the world). It's going to be awesome! But I had to have some blood-splattered clothes to be a zombie. So, here's what I did....

This is my shirt:
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The only reason it looks yellow is because of one of the lights we have outside. It's not really yellow.
To accomplish this, I started with a white shirt. I work at a screenprinting shop, so I've got access to red screenprinting ink, which works better than paint Smiley. The "splotches" are ink, and I took a design that we used recently, tape out all the words, and printed the splotches all over the shirt. For the "spray", I had the Hubbs give me an empty spray bottle, and after thoroughly washing it, I put acrylic paint in it, and enough water so that it would spray, and after shaking, I started spraying. Smiley

I also did some jeans (there was a tear in a very inopportune place, so I never wore them, even though they were my faves).


I also did some pants for the Hubbs' best friend:

Afterwards, I tore some holes in everything, and then rolled it around in the dirt. Apparently, I didn't take pictures of that. But just imagine Smiley
14  COOKING / Dessert / Coming in just under the wire... Halloween Cookies! (Kind of a lot of pictures) on: October 28, 2010 04:21:23 PM
I've been meaning to make Halloween cookies since the beginning of October. I procrastinated (naturally), and here we were, two and a half days until Halloween, and me with no cookies. So, my best friend is down visiting from Canada, and she was over last night, and I decided to make cookies. I also got a little motivation from StephanieGravatt , who would be my other best friend. I didn't want to take a chance on the Halloween cookies she made being all eaten by the time I got to her place for the zombie walk we're doing tomorrow night. (As soon as I'm done with this post, I'll be posting my zombie outfit.)
   But I digress. So, I made sugar cookies with royal icing. And boy, are they yummy. For some reason, though, they came out sort of puffy, so you can't really tell that they're Halloween shapes, such as bats, pumpkins, and skulls. Maybe I should've rolled them out thinner? I do have the recipe for the cookies and the icing, if anyone is interested. They're not original. I found them on the internet a while ago, and found they work well. (Except the puffiness.) So, on to the pictures...

First up, naked cookies!

Second, the royal icing with food coloring in separate bowls:

Third, icing on cookies:

And then, the one cookie that most resembled its correct shape, a ghost. And then my friend said, "Hey, that one looks perfect!" And then I dropped it, resulting in this:

And the last cookie, which I promptly ate. By this point, I didn't have a whole lot of icing left, so I had to scrape from each of the bowls But I thought it was pretty, anyway.

So those are my cookies. If anyone has any suggestions for making them not so... puffy, for lack of a better word, I would love to hear them. Happy Halloween!
15  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Eye See You! New throw pillows! on: October 10, 2010 08:07:02 PM
  So my best friend StephanieGravatt and I took a day trip up to Hancock Fabrics. Where they had Halloween fabric 50% off. Awesome, right? So after spending half an hour looking at Halloween fabric, I finally picked out this really awesome eyeball fabric. And then my best friend says, "You could make an eyeball pillow out of this."
   So that's what I did. Only I made two, so she could have one as well. Hope you like them. (Don't mind the odd shape. I was too lazy to get something circular to trace.)

And that would be the awesome eyeball fabric, comprising the back of the pillows.
The irises, pupils, and the red "blood vessels" are felt, sewed / apliqued on.
Comments and criticism always welcome.
16  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / It's movie time! on: August 09, 2010 05:26:21 AM
I hope I'm putting this on the right board. If not, I apologize.

The Hubbs has been after me for a while to find a different, more pleasing way to display my movie ticket stubs. (Actually, he wanted me to throw them away, but I wasn't going to do that.) So, after some brainstorming, this is what I came up with:
  I traced what looked something like a film reel onto silver posterboard, and then onto some corkboard. You can buy it by the roll, I found out. I glued the posterboard to the corkboard, and was left with this: 

And then I did a music note the same way:

And then I used a rolled piece of tape to affix my movie and concert tickets, and this is the end result:

Comments and suggestions always welcome!
17  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / It's a skirt... sort of. on: July 31, 2010 12:57:57 PM
I had the idea to make a skirt, but I wanted it to look sort of pieced together, with lace and different things. And this is what I came up with. The white is a heavy fabric with random designs and eyelets on it. So, I made a skirt out of that. I didn't use a pattern. Just wrapped in around my waist, got the right measurement, and started cutting. And sewing.
  And here's the result. Don't mind the messy background. The hubbs has invaded my craft space.

Here's the front:

And here's the back:

Comments and suggestions always welcome! Thanks for looking!
18  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / A labor of love- Quilt for the Hubbs (Lots of pics) on: July 18, 2010 01:43:09 PM
  I've recently gotten into quilting, and after making a toddler-size quilt for my daughter as my first project, I decided to make one for the hubbs. I had several remnants that I got, because they reminded me of him. Some Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles fabric (he's a nerd). Some Transformers fabric (total nerd). Some undersea fish fabric (he loves fish, and keeps up a saltwater tank). And some Asian dragon fabric (he loves Asian stuff). It took me a while to come up with the pattern, because I wanted to showcase the four "focus fabrics". A lot of quilt patterns have small pieces, and I didn't want to cut up my focus fabrics that small, because I thought it would detract. So, I thought long and hard, and this is what I came up with...

First, my sketch of the idea, and my math. (I'm terrible at math, so this part took me like, three hours.)

So after I had a plan, I started cutting. And cutting, and cutting. And then, I got distracted, and sliced my arm open with my rotary cutter. When the package suggests you put the cover back on when you're not actively cutting, they're not kidding. But it wasn't all that bad. Alright, here's my pile of pieces parts...

So, I start sewing, following my make-shift pattern, and manage to get one quarter of the whole top, done...

So I sew the other three sections, and then sew them together, and then quilt..... and.... ta da! Finished product!

The top section, with the TMNT and Transformers sections.

And the bottom section, with the fish and the Asian print...

And then the hubbs, showing off his new prize...

I know my lines aren't straight, and there are several creases on the back, and the last section I sewed. Truth be told, I was so tired of looking at this by the time I was close to finished, I didn't care. But the hubbs didn't notice, and he loves me anyway Smiley I think I shouldn't have attempted something so big for only my second quilting project. But I'm still learning! Comments and critiques always welcome!
19  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / With love in every stitch! My first quilt.... (Lots of pics) on: July 08, 2010 04:51:49 PM
I'm new to the world of quilting, but it's always something I wanted to get in to. I found a 'Learn To Quilt' book on the clearance rack at Hobby Lobby, and I thought it must be fate. I read through several times, and spent a few weeks getting everything I would need. I wanted to make a toddler-size quilt for my daughter, since the book suggested a smaller quilt would be easier and less daunting for a first project. I'm a machine quilter, because I don't have the time or the patience to hand quilt, but I applaud those that do.

So first, here's a close-up of the corner:

Next, the back:

And the part I messed up:

I know why I got these creases in the back... This fabric I bought as a remnant, and I didn't realize until I went to cut it and sew it to the top that it was a stretchy, t-shirt type material. I thought, "Meh, how difficult could it be?"
The answer: Not difficult, but ugly. So it's not perfect, but neither am I, and my daughter loves me anyway.

And the front, all finished:

And an action shot of the wonderful Abby, enjoying her new quilt:

Don't mind the thumb-sucking. We're working on that!

When I started, I thought it would be better to do one line, each direction, in the middle, so nothing would move. (So it looked like a big 'X', and then I went out to the corners from the middle.) I think this might have contributed to my creases.

Comments and suggestions always appreciated! Smiley
20  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 52 ENTRIES / To infinity... and the closet! on: July 01, 2010 05:38:51 PM
Alright, this was my first attempt at making clothing. I saw the challenge issued, and I just had to jump in. I decided to make an infinity/convertible dress, using this tutorial: http://rowena.typepad.com/rostitchery/infinity-dress.html
because it was supposed to be super easy. And it would've been, if I had known what I was doing. I'm a relatively new sew-er, so I was just kind of stumbling my way through this. But if you know what you're doing, this dress is super easy, and I would recommend it. A couple of things before the pictures... I wanted the bottom-front of the dress to have a tattered, uneven look. And it would have, if I had realized that the straps are sewn to the BACK of the dress, and not the front. So I got my tattered, uneven look, only it's on the back. As a result of this, when I sit down, the dress is entirely too short. Thus, my modesty dictates I not wear it outside the relative safety of my own home.
  I had to run to Goodwill to get my sheets for this challenge, because all the ones I had were boring, solid colors. I was going to raid my mom's sheet stash, but when I told her I was going to cut it up to make a dress, she was almost offended that I would dare to cut up one of her sheets.
  Alright, the pictures...

  These are the sheets, laid out on my bed...

I figured out that I could "cheat" and use the elastic that was already in the fitted sheet for the waist of my dress. Which would've worked, until I sewed the band on. Beginning sew-er.

And this is the finished product:

And the back:

Can't wait to see the next Craftster Challenge!
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