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1  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / There's still hope for the 22 year old blanky. on: December 23, 2007 10:44:55 AM
I am by NO means a professional or even advanced quilter. However, I do know how to assemble the simpler designs.  Well honestly, I could probably do more advanced but man you guys around here have WAY more patience than me.

Anyway,  meet Pooh blanky.  Can't see Pooh?  No that's because my youngest step-daughter now age 19 stole her older sister's baby blanket as a child and has been drooling on it ever since.  The eldest is 22 so yeah, it's endured a LOT of hugs, drool, snuggles and sometimes she'd wash it.

I recovered it seven years ago and she literally wore off the fabric so you may see a few layers here:

The flash actually made it look better than it really is.  It's YUCKY.  Don't worry this is AFTER I washed it so at least it's clean. haha

Now, Alex's favorite color is purple and she loves skulls and skeletons and Halloween (I think after 10 years I've rubbed off on her.)  She asked me to save her blanky again this year.  The theme was "All grown up on the outside, still a little girl in the middle."  Trust me, this suits her, she fully admits to liking kid stuff and being a Daddy's girl.  (Again rubbing off. LOL)

So meet new blanky with old blanky quilted in.

I didn't follow a pattern, I just kept sewing until it was original blanky size.  Last time I recovered it in jersey material and she asked for it again this time.  So the back and the bias are jersey and the front is cotton.  When I do blankets I fold over the back onto the front to make the bias.  It's easier than making or sewing on "real" bias.  Folks, I went all out on this for me.  I ironed open seams, I zigzagged over every seam and even machine quilted it, to the best of my abilities.

Long story short, she can't be separated from it for more than a day so I did it all yesterday from 9am to 10pm, very few breaks. LOL

Alex lit up when she saw it.  I was going to wrap in a fake quilt with super ugly material but she spied it too soon.  I was a little worried I'd diverted from the Pooh theme but she really likes it so I think we're OK.  I told her about my idea of growing up but being a little girl on the inside and got a really big hug Smiley

So it's not perfect but still a success!  I find jersey hard to quilt, it stretches as you sew and I don't have any special sewing feet, so... yeah.  But she doesn't care, she's already taken it to show off at her Mom's Christmas party and to keep overnight. LOL
2  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / First Lino Block in 19 years... on: November 10, 2007 05:48:52 AM
I assume, it goes here.  I hope!  Move me if I'm wrong.

Anyway, I did Lino blocks WAY back in the eighth grade and I decided I needed to do it again.

First try, I did reference someone else's silhouette off google (took a gander and then drew from memory) so this will never be used commercially or mass produced, or probably used anywhere as it was my "test run."  I just wanted something easy to start.  Next time, my artwork!

Anyway, I didn't cut myself. LOL

3  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / Neat Dollar Tree Find on: October 29, 2007 06:39:48 AM
In the kid's section I found CLEAR plastic playing cards.  I've never seen any like that before so I bought a deck.  I can imagine layering it on cardstock with embellishments showing from underneath.

Since I started ATCs everything looks so different, like "Hey, I could use that!" and "Don't throw that away!" LOL
4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Day of the Dead wooden box recon (lotso' pics) on: October 23, 2007 07:30:21 AM
OK, so I found the typical wooden jewelry box at the thrift store.  (This is no longer a jewelry box so I did not put it in the jewelry section, now it's just a box for whatever I want to put in it. LOL) Sorry no before pic.  Just picture this box, plain with the top smooshed in and glistening with a faux high sheen cherry finish.  It was lined with really dirty green felt.

And now, it looks dirtier!  Yay!

Little Bear says "mmmm poly fumes."







Hot glue gun + felt = evil.

I work ass backwards, so the first thing I did was rip out the lining and reline with the only felt color I had enough of, blue.

Then I painted the outside with a faux patina finish, let dry, apply crackle medium, let dry, apply paint, let dry, apply 1000 layers of antiquing gel and let dry.  I distressed between layers just by rubbing the surface and blotting with a rag.

Then I printed out a fabric design on paper, mounted it on cardstock.  I sharpied the crap out of it and embossed select areas using silver, purple and blue powder.  I trimmed it to size and placed (modged) it in the part that was smooshed.  (I fixed it first)  More antiquing gel, sealed with matte finish poly.

Last applied black trim everywhere, got glue all over the felt and burnt myself about 6 times.
5  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / Vala's ATC Gallery. Updated 01/10/08 :) on: October 16, 2007 05:23:12 AM
OK, these are my first two ATCs ever.  I'm not so sure what to think.  I'd like opinions please.  Keep in mind I was working only with materials I already had.

First one I did:

Green card stock with torn sheet music on top, stars embossed in silver then rubbed with multi-colored stamp pads.  Then I clipped a picture from a vintage book, colored it with pencil and ink, embossed the symbol for "long life" in the crystal ball.  Then added the rick rack, mulberry paper, gold stickers and Asian stamps.

Things look a little yellow due to lighting Sad

# 62 Magic

This one shows the colors better.

This was the second one, just art paper mounted on card stock, colored pencils and ink.

# 1 Introduction

Please don't take offense to this one, it's a personal statement.
6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / BIG sale on Craft Books on: October 09, 2007 07:07:06 PM
Supplies is the closest board I could come up with for crafting books, feel free to move me elsewhere if there is a better place for this.

http://Bookcloseouts.com is having a big sale on their craft and hobby section.  So cheap books, even cheaper.  Use coupon code ultimatecoupons-5 for 5$ off $35 or ultimatecoupons-10 for $10 off $60.

I order from here all the time, best prices evah.

This was my order:

9781579901561B  1 Fabulous Felt Crafts                Ordered   $5.99   $5.99
9780060841300B  1 Craftivity: 40 Projects for the DIY Ordered   $5.99   $5.99
9780823031832B  1 The New Applique                    Ordered   $5.24   $5.24
9780142005064B  1 Bazaar Bizarre                      Ordered   $2.99   $2.99
9789999906692B  1 Crafter's Companion                 Ordered   $3.74   $3.74
9780965608404B  1 Stufflique                          Ordered   $3.74   $3.74
9781554072118S  1 Embroidery Stitches: Over 400 Conte Ordered   $4.67   $4.67
9780809229093B  1 Omiyage                             Ordered   $6.74   $6.74


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7  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Attack of the giant doughnut. on: October 04, 2007 09:06:12 AM

Who is eating who?  I can't tell!

Phew!  I think she has it under control.

She wanted a "doughnut pillow" after spying something else that was giant she saw me make.  I can't post that one until after someone else gets it in the mail Smiley

8  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Turning Crappy Cellphone Pics into Something Special on: September 25, 2007 09:16:53 AM
My 4 yr. old LOVES to play model.  My regular camera was on the fritz so I had to use my cellphone.  They looked horrible.  Plus, she was dressed like a clown with a kabillion different colors.  So, long story short thank you PSP XI.

9  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / 3 Little Girl Reconstructions (Recon) size 6x - Made from Tees and Stuff... on: September 13, 2007 10:32:49 AM
Hi all!

It seems I've been on a recon spree.  Here's the latest 3.

This one my little girl found a pajama top I had and asked me pretty please to make it a dress.  It's almost ankle length on her and ties in the back.

She LOVES sparkle and I had some extra craft trim left over.  Add one old Halloween tee and some polka dot fabric and there you go.  Also ties in the back.

This one... eh I tried. LOL.  I found a ladies tank top at a yard sale for a quarter and knew she'd love the sequins.  I added an old t-shirt that was stained.  My first attempt at lettuce edging.  Any tips on getting a good edge on a regular machine?   I stretched it as taut as possible and used the smallest stitch size and tightest zig-zag.

Thanks for looking!  Comments and critiques are welcome Smiley
10  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / T-shirt recon with arm warmers. For rockin' kids only ;) Pic Heavy! on: August 26, 2007 07:35:31 PM
I had a very large t-shirt that is too big even for my taste.  (I like my clothes baggy.)   So, I thought Rockin' dress for the 4 yr old.

I traced around an existing dress and made a pattern and just went for it.  I don't have a serger so I straight sew everything and then zigzag the raw edges.

The neckline and armholes are just folded under and zigzagged.

As she was wearing it I noticed the neckline was too gappy, so I added two pleats front and back.  She tried it back on and it looked much better and the straps stay up better too.  She wouldn't pose again though.  If I catch her in it I'll add pics later.

Here's some pics of the dress front and pleats.

The armwarmers were an after thought.  I had two scraps left that had finished edges on both ends, so I just eyeballed it and sewed one end a little bigger than the other so the wrist would be snug and it would fit all the way up the arm.  I lucked out majorly that it fit.

Excuse the yucky photos, I had to use the cellphone as my camera has pooped the bed.

Comments and critiques welcome Wink
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