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1  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Megara on: November 08, 2013 08:48:55 AM
Hercules is my favorite Disney movie (doesn't hurt that her nickname is also Meg...), so I was thrilled when my hubby agreed to the couples costume this year Smiley  Unfortunately things did not exactly as planned, so the Hercules costume is not home-made, so I am only submitting the Megara costume for the contest:

I drafted a pattern from scratch (in addition to some draping on my dress form) to get the base of the dress in the shape I wanted, and then added the two sashes before sewing in the side zipper.  I made the gold "coins" from Fimo clay, as well as a Barrette for the hair.  I used interfacing in the lower sash to make it stand out from the hip like the cartoon Smiley  I ordered a wig online and styled it back with a gold barrette to get the extra fullness/curliness that Megara has.
Unfortunately, Halloween was more focused on my cute neice, so we only got a few pictures, but will try to add more before Sunday Smiley  One more of us together, but only mine is home-made:
2  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Robot Apocalypse on: March 14, 2013 11:48:02 AM
i am finally getting to post my projects from sept 2011-the ongoing hoopla swap round 3!  it was my first ongoing swap, so I made it my goal to try a new technique for each hoop i did.  my fourth (and final) hoop was for amnesia who requested a "robot apolcalypse" scene.  for hers i decided to try felt applique, so it would have the feel of an old-timey move poster:

i had a "starry" fabric in my stash with blue/black and gold specks for stars which i used as the background.  i started with the silhouette of a city skyline, added the attacking robot behind, and an unfortunate victim in the front.  used stitching for the "laser beam" and other details on the robot body and a piece of scrap red fabric for the "zap" area.  pic before stitching:

and closeup of robot cuz i had so much fun with him Smiley

i really enjoyed working with the felt, and i can totally see why people choose that medium!  great way to block out colors/shapes and then let the stitching do the details Smiley
3  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Hunger Games Mockingjay Hoop on: March 14, 2013 11:31:06 AM
i am finally getting to post my projects from sept 2011-the ongoing hoopla swap round 3!  it was my first ongoing swap, so I made it my goal to try a new technique for each hoop i did.  my third hoop was for sarad who wanted a mockingjay from hunger games.  i LOVED the books, so I knew I had to give it a try.  i really wanted to play with the shading, so i decided to give crayon-tinting a try:

i crayon colored the image with a black background and yellow and brown tones for the body of the mockingjay and i was really pleased that it didn't have a "waxy" feel once i heat-set the colors.  i then added yellow stitching for the outline, with a little brown in the wing for additional shading.  i painted the hoop black as well to make the image stand out.  closer shot of the shading:

i would definitely do the crayon-tinting again, i was really pleased with how it allowed for color-blending and shading withing the body Smiley
4  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Kiss Silhouette on: March 14, 2013 11:22:43 AM
i am finally getting to post my projects from sept 2011-the ongoing hoopla swap round 3!  it was my first ongoing swap, so I made it my goal to try a new technique for each hoop i did.  my second hoop was for rubylynns, who had a silhouette of a boy and girl kissing on her pinterest.  i wanted to have something extra with the silhouette, so i added a pink heart in the background with white beads on the outer edge for a little "pop":

this was my first time using an oval hoop Smiley
5  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Dreamcatcher Hoop on: March 14, 2013 11:19:35 AM
i am finally getting to post my projects from sept 2011-the ongoing hoopla swap round 3!  it was my first ongoing swap, so I made it my goal to try a new technique for each hoop i did.  my first hoop was for zidishaluxe who had a dreamcatcher as one of her themes/options:

i had a starry flannel fabric in my stash to use as the background, i used varigated colored thread for each of the "petals" in her fav colors: blue, purple and yellow.  to simulate the knots where the thread crossed i added a black seed bead:

and then for a 3d element and to draw again on the dreamcatcher theme, i added beaded strings hanging from the bottom of the hoop at different lengths.
6  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / "Not just thread" Penny Farthing on: March 14, 2013 10:04:09 AM
For Embroidery Hoopla Round 9, my partner twisted5whispers had a request for a penny-farthing: an antique bicycle with the giant front wheel.  The theme of the swap was "not just thread", so I knew I wanted an embellishment for the wheels.  After searching every store I had in my area and coming up short, I finally found what I wanted on an out-of-state road trip:

The larger wheel is a silver bangle, meant for making your own jewelry.  The smaller wheel is a keychain hoop, I was really pleased with how the sizes worked.  I also wanted to try something different for the fabric, so I used a coffee-dye technique to get an "antique" feel on the white cotton.  Comparison of original fabric with a dyed piece:

I used "tardis blue" thread for the bike frame since my partner shared a love of dr. who, and i practiced some satin stitch on the handlebars and seat.  pic of stitching before silver hoops were added:

and a final shot of the finished project:

This was my first swap in a while, and it was a great one to get back into them Smiley  I am obsessed with hoopla and don't think I realized how much I had missed it this last year until I got started again!
7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Kids travel kit on: February 01, 2013 07:06:14 AM
i was very torn as to where to post this, so i apologize in advance if it should be somewhere else!
my husband and i are on a tight budget this year, so i decided to do more home-made christmas gifts than store-bought.  i had an idea to make a "travel kit" for my two cousins (age 10 and 11), to keep everything together when they travel.  i started with a "page" for markers/crayons and a coloring book:

i found a set of 20 washable markers, so i divied them up so each had 10 colors.  the sleeve is large enough to hold a small coloring book, and i made a booklet out of blank paper for them to doodle on.  then, when you flip the "page":

i also wanted a section for their toy cars/spaceships, which they do not leave home without.  the "sky" side is a zippered pouch to keep the toys/planes when not in use, and then the opposite is a background to play on with a looping road (it's hard to see in this pic, but the road was stitched with yellow thread for "traffic lanes").  then when they are done, they can close it up and carry away:

i learned a lot in creating this project.  mostly that i need to improve my choices of "boy fabrics" in my stash Smiley  i'll be trying another one this month for another cousin's birthday with a few changes and modifications (improvements...), so i will create a tutorial for it if it works out how i want Smiley
hope you enjoy!
8  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Mug Rug set on: February 01, 2013 06:36:45 AM
this year was all about the home-made christmas gift, so for my grandparents i decided on a set of mug rugs:

closeup of the front:

i had forgotten how much i loved making these things until i whipped up this set, i can see quite a few more of these being made in the near future Smiley
9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Scrabble Tile Magnets on: February 01, 2013 06:32:34 AM

After creating a set of Scrabble Tile Coasters for a Christmas gift, I had tiles leftover.  I decided to use the remaining letters to make a set of magnets as another gift.  I glued the tiles to strips of cork, used modge podge and a clear coating to seal them, and then stuck a magnet strip on the back, and voila!
10  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Christmas TuTus on: December 12, 2012 07:43:04 AM
My sister and I signed up for the "Jingle Bell Run" this year (a 5k), and wanted to have something festive to wear.

We decided on holiday tutus, in the style of: http://www.theimaginationtree.com/2011/12/easy-no-sew-tutu.html  I found red 1" elastic at JoAnn's for the waistbands, and we found red, silver, and green glittery tulle at AC Moore.  I LOVED the way the glitter looked when done, but it was a mess on my craft room floor Smiley  I had made an elf hat with ears our of fleece last year, so I wore that and some striped socks from Target to complete the look.  My sister found some reindeer antlers, and we were ready to walk!
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