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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / St. Patrick's Day garter flask on: March 20, 2012 06:02:26 PM
The night before St. Patrick's Day my husband mentions how cool he thinks garter flasks are.  This gets me thinking, hey, I bet I could do that!
I had some pretty cool green fabric with a celtic knot-ish design that I bought for no other reason than I thought it was cool so I was excited to get to use it!  I had some scrap 3/4 inch elastic and some velcro so I was set to go, without having to buy anything!
First, I got to work on the garter.  I measured my thigh and cut the elastic so the garter would fit snugly.  Then I cut the fabric twice as long so it would gather, then sewed it to make a sleeve around the elastic.  Then I cut another piece of fabric that I wanted to turn into a ruffle.  I gathered one end and then sewed it to the other piece that was around the elastic.  Then I sewed the ends together to make it into a circle.  That was the garter!
Now, to add a flask pocket.  I took the flask that I wanted and cut out fabric to make a pocket.  Then I hemmed it all.  I added two little straps to go over the top to help keep it in place.  Badabing, flask pocket!
Then to attach the pocket to the garter, I used some adhesive velcro.  I also used adhesive velcro to attach the straps that go over the top.  I'll probably go back and sew it together but I was trying to throw this together at the last minute.
Needless to say, the flask and garter held up all St. Patrick's Day without an incident.  I'm pretty excited that it turned out so well!
Oh, the little shot glass is just attached through the straps  but I ended up not wearing it because it caused a bulged on my thigh.  It might work with a different outfit, but not this year!
Yeah, I know the thread isn't the best match, but I was using what I had on hand.  I wish I would have taken progress shots, but I really didn't expect it to turn out so wel!
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Flip Flop Wreath on: March 20, 2012 05:47:29 PM
I love Pinterest!  I got this idea from there.
I bought 4 pairs of kid's flip flops from the Dollar Tree, hot glued them together, then tied a ribbon at the top for a hanger.  I added a felt flower that I had left over from another project but I think I'll add some more embellishments before I hang it up this summer.
Just a tip, you'll want to only use all left foot or right foot sandals when assembling your wreath so you'll actually make 2 wreaths! Pretty great deal to get 2 wreaths for about $5 in materials.
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Spring/Summer Wreath on: March 20, 2012 05:42:56 PM
So, I'm on spring break and finally have time to do some crafty-type stuff so after reviewing Pinterest for all the things I've been dreaming of doing, I hit Hobby Lobby and Dollar Tree for materials.  I went in with one project in mind and came out with materials for something different, but, in my opinion, better.
I took a dollar tree wicker wreath and wrapped it with 2 peacock blue feather boas from Hobby Lobby (40% off!), using hot glue to secure them.  I then glued on some felt flowers from HL and butterfly pins from DT.  I tied a ribbon around the top to use as a hanger. 
Badabing, badaboom, a wreath for less than $10 that will keep my door looking bright this spring!

4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Doctor Who Charm Bracelet on: December 23, 2011 09:00:51 PM
My daughter is a HUGE Doctor Who fan.  I really have no idea where she got it Smiley
I decided to attempt a charm bracelet for her Christmas gift.  I've never done jewelry or shrinky dink charms but I decided to give it a go.
I googled several images that I thought might work for shrinky dinks.  I came up with a logo, tardis, weeping angel, fez, sonic screwdriver, and dalek.  It turns out the shrinky dink didn't really like the sonic screwdriver- too long and skinny and I had to be quick to get the weeping angel from curling too much because it was kind of long too.  Out of 4 I baked, only 1 came out Sad  The fez's also were a little too wavy so I ended up not using them.  Next time I will definitely make the pieces smaller.  Beginner's mistake!
I bought 3 different kinds of beads in a similar color that I thought resembled the vortex of time.  After several placing attempts I came up with a pattern that worked with the number of beads I bought and was an appropriate size for her wrist. 
I decided to use stretch magic stretchy jewelry cord because it was cheap, easy to use, and would be easy for her to take on and off.
Here's an overview of the whole bracelet:

And a close-up of the dalek:
5  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Daleks celebrate Christmas?? on: December 23, 2011 08:50:41 PM
I was inspired by spike_fan and rhapsody's dalek's designs and decided to turn their dalek designs into Christmas ornaments.  I stitched both on black fabric with silver metallic thread.  Then I added a black cordouroy fabric to the back and a black satin ribbon for the hanger.  I stuffed it with fiberfill and voile! 
Thank you, rhapsody, for the pattern.  Here is the link they gave:http://i100.photobucket.com/albums/m19/meredee/tardis/dalek_pattern.jpg
I just love being inspired by everyone here on craftster!!

6  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Sugar Skull on: December 23, 2011 08:42:10 PM
My sister-in-law loves sugar skulls so I decided to embroider one for her for Christmas.  I googled an outline until I found one I liked (sorry, I couldn't find it again when I went to reference it), then added color to the design.  It took me about a week to finish. 
7  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Welcome to the Family! on: December 23, 2011 08:37:38 PM
My brother in law recently got engaged so I wanted her Christmas present to be special and serve to welcome her to the family.  Her wedding colors are going to be peacock blue, white, and black.  I stitched a simple geometric design using peacock blue on black fabric, repeated to fit, then spelled our family name in the middle. 
Sorry about the glare in the picture!

I also couldn't get close enough to show the designs really well without it being blurry Sad
8  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Hands embroidery on: December 23, 2011 08:33:29 PM
The moment I saw Vekiki's Hands Around Your Heart pillow I knew what I was going to make my mother-in-law for Christmas!  She has been and continues to be a major part of my children's lives, taking care of them for me while I'm at work, and I knew she would love something with all of them. 
I copied off their hands using a copy machine rather than tracing around squirmy fingers.  Then I cut around the copies and placed them in the best way possible.  It quickly became obvious that it would be a large picture.  It ended up being 14X18 to accomodate all 8 of my children's hands without being too busy.  Then I chose the colors and started stitching.  I took me about 2 or 3 nights to finish. 
Thanks for the inspiration Vekiki!!

P.S. for those wondering- I have 7 girls and 1 boy, aged 1-14.  I liked doing this project at this stage in their lives when there's still quite a difference between the sizes of their hands!
9  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / My grandma is awesome! on: December 23, 2011 08:21:52 PM

My grandma was admiring a project I did for a friend based on Stephanie Tillman's design http://www.sbtillman.com/ so decided to stitch her up one for Christmas.
I used a gray fabric I had leftover and framed it instead of hooping it.  It took me about an evening.  I know she'll get a kick out of it Christmas morning!
10  COOKING / Dessert / Bathtub Cake on: October 08, 2011 06:48:24 PM
My 3 year old wanted a cake shaped like a bathtub.  I took 2 regular 9 X 13 cakes, stacked them, and cut out the middle of the top layer.  Then I frosted the whole thing white and added marshmallows for the water knobs.  I used frosting gel to add the H and C for hot and cold then wrote Happy Birthday Scarlett with the rest of the gel.  I used a pipe cleaner for the faucet.  The "water" was the best part, in my opinion.  I took blue jello and let it set halfway.  Then I whisked it up and let it set all the way.  I spooned it into the tub and added a rubber duck to the water.  It wiggled when she touched it.  She LOVED it!

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