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11  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Birds on a Branch wall art on: January 08, 2011 09:38:30 AM
Im redoing my daughters room in a woodland/animal theme and this was my first project I finished. I found the idea here http://www.flickr.com/photos/montessoribyhand/3284664009/ and thought it was just beautiful! Luckily there is a tutorial for how to sew the birds also at this link http://www.spoolsewing.com/blog/2008/05/16/bird-mobile/ (and another cute way to use them, as a mobile). It was really simple! Then I just found a branch in my backyard and hot glued the birds where I wanted them, then used invisible thread to hang it. I even had a few leftover birds for my daughter to play with, good thing cause she really liked them! Heres the pics...

side view

chloe with her birds

12  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Finished Mario Quilt-My first (and maybe last) quilt! *PIC HEAVY* on: December 26, 2010 11:22:01 PM
Ive been working on this for about 6 months and finished it just in time to give it to my 8 year old son for Christmas. Smiley Im redoing his room in nintendo theme and this is the big project Ive been working on. We are both huge mario fans, so I did have a lot of fun making it to. But man I never realized how much work went into a quilt!! I ended up taking the easy way out and tied it instead of hand or machine quilting like I had originally planned..I also learned some valuable quilting tips the hard way such as old tshirt material is not the best idea if you dont want the squares all stretchy and hard to work with, nor is jean material or double layer fleece a good idea when you have to sew it together in many rows of 1 inch squares...also though you are meticulously measuring and cutting these tiny squares, somehow the finished blocks can end up to be inches different in size and not a square at all really lol. But it all turned out okay in the end. Finished size is around 90"x70"ish, a little bigger than queen size. I used 2 inch squares for the mario in the middle and 1 inch squares for all the other blocks. Im really happy with how it turned out! I had planned on making a Harry Potter quilt for myself next but I may need a longggg break before I start on it lol.

My dad and me holding it up, my son is in front

All pinned and almost finished

fire flower








boo before i sewed the rows together

blocks hanging on the wall as i was finishing them. i also made the boo hanging there, the bob-omb lamp and the mario name art! i have pics of all the projects in a different thread under the home sweet home forum

13  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Princess Peach Tutu dress on: November 04, 2010 09:11:19 PM
This didn't turn out exactly how I wanted it but it was still cute! I just ran out of time to perfect it Sad

on the right, my daughter as princess peach (and son as luigi!)

She wouldnt keep the crown on! And I know princess peach doesnt wear black boots lol but she wouldnt let me change them so thats what this princess wore Smiley

trying it on for the first time, this was the original crown which i liked better but it wouldnt stay on at all.
14  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Candy Corn Tutu w/ Leg warmers & Bow on: November 04, 2010 09:06:54 PM
I made this for my 15 month old daughter, Chloe. It is a candy corn tutu dress. It is actually 2 pieces, the top "halter" dress has white and yellow tulle layered and a candy corn embellishment I made with ribbon. The bottom skirt is orange tulle. The leg warmers were a pair of womens knee high socks that I turned into baby leg warmers. And then the hair bow is just a yellow, orange, and white tulle puff with another candy corn ribbon embellishment. I think it turned out really cute! We got a lot of compliments when we were out trick or treating.

Chloe and big brother Gabriel getting ready to go trick or treating

trick or treating
15  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Candy Corn Tutu Dress & Leg Warmers on: October 11, 2010 06:06:56 PM
I made this for my daughter the other day. Im not sure if shes going to wear it trick or treating yet because Im also working on a princess peach tutu dress and havent decided which one to use yet. Ill post pics of that when its done too Smiley This one is a tutu skirt made of orange and a tutu halter dress with the white and yellow layered. I wish the yellow had been a little brighter. I made the candy corn on the front out of grosgrain ribbon and made a matching hair bow the same way. The leg warmers were knee high socks that I turned into leg warmers.

16  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies / DIY baby leg warmers on: July 16, 2010 07:25:35 AM
I found a really good video tutorial on these and decided to make some for my daughter. They are made from womens knee high socks (excpet the gymboree panda ones, those are girls knee high socks). They are pretty easy to do, you just cut off the toe and the heel, then use the foot part to make a cuff. Sew that onto the leg part and thats it. It was the first thing I learned how to do when I got my sewing machine last christmas Smiley Heres a few pictures of some of the ones I did...

17  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies / Harry Potter Mei Tei Baby Carrier on: July 16, 2010 07:09:17 AM
This was my first big sewing project and my first homemade mei tai. I used fabric from a harry potter pillow I had. The straps and red side are twill. Its reversible and has a sleeping hood, padded shoulder straps, extra long straps... I found some tutorials online that helped a lot and just changed a few features to fit what I wanted. I tried to do an applique on the red side but it didnt turn out too good. Its starting to peel a little now around the edges. But not bad for a first attempt and its comfy and my baby loves it Smiley
The 2nd one I made was for a family member, it turned out a lot nicer. I tipped the straps in the print fabric and added a velcro pocket to one side. Heres pics of both!

18  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / DIY wedding projects I did on: July 15, 2010 11:33:56 PM
I did a lot of DIY stuff for our wedding last year. First I made the invitations, I used microsoft word to design them and printed, then hot glued a small flower to the bottom of each one. Very simple and worked good for our wedding which was in a rose garden.

Next I made wedding fan programs, I figured itd be nice to do a fan since it was hot out and our wedding was outdoors. I found a tutorial online for how to make these and it even had a template. It was kinda tricky figuring out at first and it took forever to cut them all out! I used an eyelet to attach them all together and I printed the monogram I designed on the back.

The next project I did was the aisle runner. I designed the monogram using a combination of microsoft word and microsoft publisher. There was sort of a tutorial online, but it took me forever to get it right. Much harder than I thought it would be. I printed the monogram on like 20 pages and then pieced it together to make a stencil. Then I put the stencil under the aisle runner and painted the design onto it. I was very happy with how it came out. After the wedding me cut the monogrammed part off and hung it up at the reception, then we saved it.

I also made my own bouqet, I used fake flowers and I hand tied it. I added a locket my aunt sent me with a picture of my mom inside (she passed away in 2007), and some beads and charms. I made a matching flower headpiece for the flower girl but we ended up not using it. We did a handfasting ceremony and I decorated the cord we used with some Irish good luck charms.

The last project I did (the night before the wedding!) was the bubbles. I bought a big box of the wedding bubble favors at the craft store and decided to print the monogram onto address labels to decorate them. I tied some ribbon around it too. Quick & easy.

Im really glad I did a lot of DIY projects, I got so many compliments and it felt a lot more personal. BTW all this was done within 2 months of the wedding!
19  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Party Planning / 1st birthday diaper cake on: July 15, 2010 11:12:40 PM
I was trying to think of a present I could make for my daughter for her 1st birthday that would be something we could actually use, cause she definitely has enough toys and clothes lol. I decided to make a diaper cake, Ive always thought they were cute and it seemed easy enough. It came out really good I think. I covered the tiers with tissue paper to make it more colorful. The I wrapped ribbon around each tier. The boa at the bottom comes off, there is a bear on top, hairbows and flowers clipped to the ribbon, 2 birthday theme rubber ducks, a small toy, and in the middle is 2 jars of baby food and a container of baby snacks. I had a lot of fun making this Smiley

20  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies / Name Letters/Hairbow holder on: July 15, 2010 11:04:56 PM
I painted these letters for my daughter to hang by her crib. They spell out her name (Chloe). Im going to attach ribbon to hang down from the middle 3 letters to use to hang her hairbows on. This was a super easy craft, bought the letters for 50 cents at joanns, painted them, hot glued the ribbon to hang them. That was it!

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