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1  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Adventure Time Altoids Tin on: September 12, 2016 11:14:09 AM
My husband and I just celebrated our first wedding anniversary. Like most couples just starting out, we're trying to save money for our future. So we decided to not go crazy and spend a lot of money on gifts for each other.
He carries Tums and Aspirin in an Altoids tin to work everyday in his lunch box and I thought it was time he get a fannish upgrade. We've really fallen in love with Adventure Time after marathoning it a few months back. He's got a background on his computer that I thought would be easy to translate into an embroidery piece, I was just waiting to see what it wanted to be put onto.

Since I already had an altoids tin, sandpaper, paint, brushes, mod podge, threads, and a needle, all I needed to complete this project was the felt. So I made this cute little gift for less than $2! (I think that's what made him happiest, my frugal, frugal man.)

Oh, and scroll down to see what he made me. He stuck with the traditional first anniversary theme of paper. I love them so much. Thanks husband!

2  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Mermaid Tail Fleece Braided Sack Blanket on: September 12, 2016 10:32:56 AM
I made a fleece mermaid tail for my friend's 4 year old daughter's birthday. I think she'll love it because she watches Little Mermaid 2 almost every day, and now she can be a mermaid too!

Started by making a cardboard template out of the long, flat sides of fabric bolts. I work currently at Joann's Fabrics, and they were just going to throw them away, so waste not, want not.

I actually started by drawing one side of the tail shape I wanted on a piece of printer paper, cutting it out, and cutting another one for the other side. I laid these down on the cardboard and measured out 2 inches all the way around the tail then measured up from there for the rest of the tail, making sure to keep measurements with 2 inches extra on both sides.

Then I cut the fabric out, the full tail on both colors. I cut the tails off because I knew I wanted to switch the colors. Then I measured out 2 inches in and laid down removable painters tape to that measurement. It was then time to start cutting, just like with regular fleece tie blankets! If I make another one (and I should, I've got plenty of fabric left over) I would wait to cut the tail pieces until after the ties were done, and I would have laid and cut both fabrics together. I had a few spots where I made the cut pieces bigger on one side and it left some holes. Oh well.

Instead of tying the pieces together I decided to cut slits in all the cut tabs (by folding each in on itself and cutting into the fold) and crochet/braid them together. It gave a cleaner look, I thought.

I wanted to make it to where she could actually stick her feet in the tail part, so I had to cut tabs going across the top of tail pieces too. If you were to make this and don't care to alternate the colors like I did, this would not be necessary.

Her mother, father, and aunt all said she'll love it, so all in all I'm pretty happy with how it turned out.

3  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Quilled snowflakes on: January 14, 2014 07:57:49 AM
These are amazing. They will be family heirlooms in the years to come.
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: Pegboard of awesomeness on: August 24, 2012 07:24:26 AM
Jenn - I'm thinking of an update pic, since I've gotten the new sewing area done. (And this post has been viewed over 2,000 times! Hi everybody! Hope I've been able to inspire some of you to get organized!)

This is a push to get you to upload pics of your new sewing area, and to show what you did with my old pegboard. ::push, push::
5  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Penguin - first embroidery project on: August 03, 2012 10:31:36 AM
He's great! As you can see from my name I love penguins. This little guy has such personality, just like real penguins. Your stitches look much better than my first embroidery stitches did. Great job and keep it up. Glad to have another penguin fan on craftster.
6  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / needlefelted Jungle Animal Mobile for my nephew on: May 22, 2012 06:22:36 PM
 I made this mobile for my brand new nephew. His parents decided to paint his room in greens, orange, and peach. And his mother hung up some wire and nylon dragonflies and butterflies. So I had to include those animals, even if they aren't usually considered jungle animals.

 I made the giraffe and butterfly from the great book Wool Pets by Laurie Sharp. The dragonfly I found on her website of the same name. The elephant, who is my favorite, I made without a pattern, all by myself. He's got the cutest little mouth! The mobile itself I got off craiglists for only $5! So the whole thing only cost me about $20, and would have been a lot less if I could have stopped myself from throwing more animals on at the top. They're those little velcro handed things that hang on pencils and whatnots.

forgot the flash! oops.

Thanks for looking! Go make something!
7  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: Pegboard of awesomeness on: May 19, 2012 09:32:25 AM
Hey Jenn...I still have that pegboard I had up in the other bedroom that was between the closets. You want it? It would go well over your new beading desk, and you could hang all your tools up. And you could put shelving up on it like I did up top to hold your bead boxes. Think about it. 'Cause it's doing nothing right now but sitting in my closet taking up space.
8  COOKING / Dessert / Re: Nerdfighter Cake! on: May 19, 2012 09:25:56 AM
You shall have it my Jennba! Hopefully neither of us will run afoul of tiny chicken disease around then and can fully celebrate.
9  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: postcard collage love in many forms on: May 19, 2012 09:23:28 AM
Thanks. And it takes as much time as you're willing to give it. I like to do things like these under a time limit. I think for this one I gave myself an hour and a half. Make structure where there is none. We're both good at that I think.
10  KNITTING / Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller / Re: Sparky's Hot Head on: May 19, 2012 09:12:11 AM
Thanks! He does love it, still wears it, and still tells people his sister made it for him. Smiley I've got white and pink tissue paper stuffed up in my glass head now (so it looks like she has a brain! lol.) She's the thing sitting on top of the bookshelf with the light with no shade behind her, so when I turn on the light it looks like she's had a really good idea.
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