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1  Re: 2013 Annual DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by Mrs. Awesome_Pants on: September 05, 2013 08:37:54 PM
The stash-ghan is looking fab Smiley  Although I don't envy you having to weave all those ends!

I have a few pictures to share!

I used up two skeins of Lion Brand Suede making this.  It was going to be a lap blanket to donate to the nursing home my mother works at, but I overestimated how far the yarn would go so it's now a pet mat. 

Also, a pair of slipper socks for DH.  He didn't want to me to take a picture of him "in his slippers and underwear" but I did get a snapshot  Roll Eyes.  I hoped these would make a sizeable dent in the 1-lb roll of black Red Heart I have, but I honestly don't see much difference. 

I'm thinking I'll make a baby-sized matching pair for Baby Boy and then use the rest for part of an afghan.  If it has an end...
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2  Re: 2013 Annual DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by Mrs. Awesome_Pants on: August 16, 2013 08:01:36 PM
Carolmb, those are such pretty quilt blocks!  I especially love the Koi fish Smiley

I finished a few little projects.  Three bookmarks (never did get around to making more) aaaaaannnnnddd....

My very first pair of socks!

They were meant for Baby Boy due in December, but turned out unintentionally large and probably won't fit him until *next* winter.  Oh, well.  I destashed the majority of a bamboo/wool blend skein I've had in my stash for ages.  They'll keep his little toes warm eventually.  Now I just have to figure out what to do with the remnant that doesn't involve buying a matching skein.

If anyone is interested, I used this pattern: http://gingerschatz.blogspot.com/2010/07/pattern-advent-baby-socks.html

It was a little confusing and I made mods (mainly crocheting in a spiral instead of joined rounds) but I was pleased with the results.

The bookmarks:

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3  Re: 2013 Annual DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by Mrs. Awesome_Pants on: August 08, 2013 01:27:59 PM
CLM, that little dog is so cute! 

SenatorOrgana, I love the zipper pouch -- great color set Smiley

I started out the month crafting like crazy, but we've had a bit of a heat spell and now I don't want to do anything but sit around.  And Baby Boy has decided that he likes using my lungs as his pillows  Huh

But I've got almost a day's worth of newborn/small cloth diapers finished and a bunch of stash used.  I love the bug print fabric; I was sad to see I only had one fat quarter of it and the diaper used most of it. 

I also finished a 14x14" granny square for the Snuggles Project, got started on a larger one, and cut/pinned some jersey knit I found for a maxi dress.  Btw, I hate working with that stuff  Undecided
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4  Re: 2013 Annual DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by Mrs. Awesome_Pants on: July 25, 2013 03:40:45 PM
CLM, that's definitely some great destashing and recycling.  I also hate throwing out little bits and bobs.  It took a lot of self-discipline to toss out the bucket of scraps I had collected after my recent diaper-sewing binge.

Speaking of which, I thought I'd share a photo of one I'd made recently.  I was able to complete 3 before running out of elastic and metal snaps.  I've got a stack of cuts pinned and waiting to be sewn and another that's sewn but needs the finishing touches. 

Made from recycled terrycloth and a yard-sale receiving blanket Smiley
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5  Re: Ongoing Holiday List Swap Round 9 Discussion and Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Mrs. Awesome_Pants on: December 07, 2012 04:44:16 PM
I received an excellent package from TwistedTruth!  She claimed me for granny's daughters, wall art for my mother, and cat toys.  It was a great package!

I was honestly a little apprehensive that Oreo wouldn't do anything with the toys, since she's going on nine years and doesn't do much anymore (even for a cat), but she fell in love with them right away.  She was chewing and rubbing her face all over them for a good half hour before she dropped them behind the couch.

There was also a lovely photo on canvas.  It's hard to see here, but it says "Following behind the Great Shepherd one step at a time..."  

I put the granny's daughters in my stash before I thought to take a picture, but she sent several and they are much appreciated!  Thanks for a great package TwistedTruth!
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6  Re: Ongoing Holiday List Swap Round 9 Discussion and Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Mrs. Awesome_Pants on: November 30, 2012 04:07:26 PM
I received a wonderful package from sweetyetevil yesterday.  A pair of stay-put kitchen towels for a friend of mine.  I love them and I know she will, too.

It took a lot of self-control not to keep these for myself!  Thanks again sweetyetevil Smiley
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7  My Handmade Wedding (long and img heavy!) in Weddings and Bridal Showers by Mrs. Awesome_Pants on: September 21, 2012 06:02:55 PM
It's finally over!

Don't get me wrong, I absolutely loved our wedding and am loving the married life, but WOW was it a big undertaking.  And I had a relatively simple one with less than 50 guests.  

We DIY-ed a huge chunk of it -- the food, the cake, some of the attendants' clothes -- partly out of money concerns, partly because I had really specific ideas on what I wanted and I wasn't willing to outsource it to someone who couldn't see into my head ;-)

I've got some pictures now, but a lot of the detail shots haven't come back.  I'll update when they do.  Enjoy!

Our cake and the "topper".  Mr. Awesome_Pants made the cake the night before, with help from his sister-in-law and a groomsman.  Three layers -- 10", 8", and 6" -- all frosted in white buttercream and decorated with sugared strawberries and blueberries.  The bottom tiers were white cake and the top was chocolate, just for me Smiley  Don't ask for a recipe -- it was from a box, but nobody knew hahaha.  Also, we cut the cake with a medieval replica dagger Cheesy

The little castle was made by a good friend of mine who is an artistic genius.  The frame is sanded wood and all the details are made of painted polymer clay.  She said it took her ages to get it just right, and I absolutely loved it.

All of my lovely ladies lined up before the ceremony.  I made them ribbon rose bouquets in purple and white to complement the emerald dresses.  I was originally going to make coffee filter roses since one girl is severely allergic to real flowers, but those didn't turn out, so I started rolling ribbons.  Those bouquets were one of my favorite details, and they were so cheap and easy to make.  I spent about $15 on styrofoam cones from Michael's, $2 on corsage pins, $5 on floral wire, $7 on wire cutters, and another $5-$7 on ribbon from Wal-Mart.  I made them all slightly different in the way the flowers were arranged.  To cover up the styrofoam I used lace from my mother's wedding dress Smiley

Three of the dresses were also handmade.  The two girls on the far left bought dresses from shops, I made the one in the middle, the redhead's dress was ordered from a designer on Yardsellr, and my grandmother made the last dress for my sister/maid of honor.  That dress turned out spectacular, but the one I made was sorta "ehn."  I finished it at about 12:30 the day of for a 4:30 ceremony, and had to improvise on the back.  I had an elastic band to give the bodice more definition and a gathered back, but all my stitches popped as I was trying to sew on the lace shoulder straps...so I had to change it up and make a big lace bow in the back.   Shocked

I also made the dress for my older flowergirl.  I found an old 80s-ish one at a yardsale; the bodice was covered in lace and the sleeves were kinda puffy, but I loved the fluffy tulle skirt with petals inside.  So, a few days before the wedding I took my seam ripper to it and separated the bodice and the skirt, gave it a waistband of emerald satin, and crafted a matching tube top.  With their little baskets and purple rose hair circlets, my flowergirls were ADORABLE!

Here you get a bit better picture of one of the ribbon rose bouquets, plus my bouquet, which was semi-handmade.  I LOOOOVE lilies and had to have them for my bridal bouquet, so I ordered one off of 1-800-Flowers.  It was delivered on Friday, and with some flower grow powder and a plastic bag, I got them to open by Monday afternoon.  I wrapped the stems with a rubberband and then covered it with silver ribbon, then tied on some more lace from my mother's wedding dress.

Our groomsmen wore replica Hand of the King pins from the Game of Thrones HBO series.  DH and I both read the series and loved it, so we had to be geeks and do non-traditional bouts.  It also went with our medieval theme.  DH himself wore a metal crown pin I bought at Michael's with a purple rose attached, and my ringbearer and usher/little bro wore the same crowns.

Overall, it turned out fantastic and I loved it.  More pics to come soon!  Cheesy
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8  Re: A Year of Homemade Gifts! - 2011-2012 - Are YOU in? in Craftalongs by Mrs. Awesome_Pants on: October 17, 2011 09:31:38 PM
This looks too fun not to join in, even late.  I think I'll extend this all the way to the end of next year, as well Smiley

Such an awesome craft-a-long comes at a really great time, since I have two big birthdays in November -- Mom on the 18th, SO on the 26th.  I'm a freelance writer and one of my big job sites just closed down (ack!), so frugal or free is definitely necessary!

My one amendment to the handmade rule is for Mom's Christmas -- she has been wanting a laptop for ages and I have committed to getting her one.  I'm going to buy it new from a local shop where I got mine, which means I can make interest-free monthly payments and seriously save some $$$.

So, my list:

Mom -- probably a scrapbook of us kids.  She got me a Cricut lite as a graduation gift, so it'll be good to put it to use for her.

Devin (SO) -- I don't know.  I have seen a plethora of things here and on Etsy he'd love, but a lot of it is out of my crafting expertise.  I did see a Captain American pillow on the Crochet forum he'd die for that I'll probably copy for Christmas.  He's a big gamer, grew up with retro 80s games.  Batman, Captain America, Mario Bros, MegaMan, Metroid.  I crochet mostly, but also sew and do some paper-crafting.  Any ideas, patterns, etc. are much appreciated!

December -- Christmas!

Mom -- laptop, but with some sort of handmade accessory, like a case or lap desk.

Devin -- Captain America pillow

Bro 1 -- Steelers pillows.  I'm going to crochet four granny squares in yellow and black and put them around some pillow forms.  This is perfect because we're currently painting their room yellow with black trim, lol.

Bro 2 -- I'm making a granny's daughter afghan with his name spelled out in the blocks.  I designed a diagram to follow and I've made a TON of squares...I just need to assemble them.

Sister -- Last year I made her mary jane slippers that went over well, but she moved to FL this summer, so the cold weather type stuff is out.  I thought maybe a nice framed picture of her black lab, which she had to leave behind with us until she gets her own place.

BFF and goddaughters -- stuffies for the little ones, maybe a home spa type kit for their mom

College friend 1 -- not sure.  She's in grad school for her teaching degree, plays the piano, loves cats and dry red wine.  We were English majors and organization co-presidents, and I want to do something really nice for her since I wouldn't have gotten through school without her.

College friend 2 -- She's an absolute enigma.  Loves rock music, good wine, spending money, travel.

College friend 3 -- Also wouldn't have made it through without her.  I'm going to put together a cooking box for her, with a customized apron, spice mixes, and some hot chocolate mix

Ex-boss/friend -- NOT.  A.  CLUE!

College friend 1's bf -- He's a writer like myself and a really great guy.  I'm thinking bookmarks and a good used copy of an author bio, perhaps an anti-stress kit geared towards men.

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9  Re: Crafty Detective Round 7 in The Swap Gallery by Mrs. Awesome_Pants on: April 30, 2011 12:59:00 PM
I've finally got pics of the epic box I was sent!  I was so spoiled.  Here are the amazing goodies:

I am totally in love with this shirt. 

Super soft knitted armwarmers.  As I said in the discussion thread, I'm not usually much for winter stuff, but these are too pretty and comfy to pass up Smiley

A London bus pincushion!  I went to England in January and have become a tad obsessed with the buses.  This is such a cute, functional reminder of my trip <3

An awesome wrist rest for the computer, and a super handy miniature project bag.  I've been using it for my granny's daughters Smiley

These cute rubber stamps -- two little owls with a branch and a leaf. 

And...a donut pincushion.  Can you guess who my stalker was? 

It was the lovely chrispykreme!  Thanks so much, I really love everything!

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10  Re: March 2011 Birthday Swap Discussion & Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Mrs. Awesome_Pants on: March 29, 2011 09:12:38 PM
Pictures at last! 

First, the awesome tote bag from alwaysinmyroom:

And the rest of the package -- FOUR beautiful bookmarks, a little notebook, and old maps to use in my scrapbooking.

Aren't the bookmarks great?  I just finished the bookmark swap a while ago and now I have a whole collection of awesome bookmarks.

P.kok sent me some great stamps and a tea wallet, with lots of foreign (to me) teas I can't wait to try.  Not pictured: the chocolate she sent because I already ate it.  Grin

The bird is my favorite, but I do love this little owl.  He actually reminds me of Gizmo from Gremlins.

Thanks so much guys!  I have been truly spoiled this month.  <3  Smiley
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