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21  Re: A Week of Baby Onesies Swap Round 4 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by arimethia on: May 13, 2010 12:55:25 PM
I received from knittychick yesterday and got my son to cooperate for a few action shots!

"His Banner Over Me Is Love"

Straight from my wists: baby Mr. T! (My husband and I used to own his autobiography, which is AWESOME if you ever come across it!)

Fish! This one is our favorite! Its beautiful!

"G" for giraffe, and Gabe!

Octopus T!

Some fun tye dye shirts!

Live Long and prosper hand print.

Monster applique!

Turtle applique!

And two applique patches with a Spock stencil!

And some goodies for me! I am going to have to figure out how to knit!

Thanks so much, knittychick!
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22  Monty Python Killer Bunny Onesies in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by arimethia on: May 10, 2010 03:47:26 PM
For a recent onesie swap, my partner mentioned Monty Python among her "likes" so I made up a little "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" reference, slightly adorable-fied, of course:

And then one of my husband's coworkers saw it and wanted one for his expected bundle of joy, so I made another one:

The words and skulls are freezer paper stenciled and the bunnies are wool felt appliques with some embroidery and a bit of paint.

Thanks for looking! Be blessed!

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23  Beach-y 2-year-old boy's Birthday Party in Party Planning by arimethia on: April 26, 2010 01:54:18 PM
My son turns 2 this week! Last year, we threw his birthday party at my parents' house since they had more space for entertaining, but this year, we bought a house and we wanted to throw our son's birthday party here since we had the space and a lot of our friends and relatives had not been up to see our new house yet. We invited all of our friends and family, a few of which have kids, so I wanted the decorations to be fun, but not baby-ish and I didn't want to have to throw away a bunch of plastic and paper decorations.

So I ordered a half yard set of Snorkel fabric by Cosmo Cricket and picked out some solids to go in between and I sewed about 26 feet of bunting and two large table runners. I figured we could use these decorations again for more summer BBQ's and parties, or I could take them apart later and make my boy a birthday quilt!

I also made a Happy Birthday banner which I had been meaning to make for awhile to use at all of our family and friends' birthday celebrations.

For the tablecloths, I bought a set of full size sheets on sale at Kmart for about $15 and took the elastic out of the fitted sheet and cut the edges clean so I would have two large flat sheets to use for table coverings.

The favor buckets I got at the dollar store, and using Word, I made a graphic similar to the life preserver graphic on the fabric I used and printed up the stickers for the outsides of the bucket. I then found some sand toys, bubbles, glitter balls and candy, also at the dollar store. Each favor bucket cost a total of less than $5. I actually forgot to hand them out as the kids were leaving so I've been making special deliveries this week!

It turned out to be a really fun party, and my son sure enjoyed it!

(I also made the shirt my son is wearing, out of the same fabric I used for the table runners and buntings.)

Although making the buntings was really easy, it was a bit time consuming, I spent many an episode of Law & Order SVU, cutting and pinning. Since it was a party for two year olds, we just filled the sandbox with sand, a water table with water, and set out the other outdoor toys and just let them have at it, I think next year they'll be a bit more ready for party games.

Thanks for enjoying our party with us!  Cheesy
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24  Re: A Week of Baby Onesies Swap Round 4 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by arimethia on: April 21, 2010 06:08:06 PM
My partner, knittychick, is in labor and delivery right now!  Shocked
So I will be posting pictures of what I made for her little one who is Oh SO anxious to make like a baby and head out.  Cheesy

Apple of mom's eye. (I'm very bad at picking out what threads will pop on prints! Its easier to read in person!)

Stud Muffin

Hot air balloon. This one was my personal favorite.

knittychick and her husband are into Monty Python so I did a homage to the killer bunny in Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

"That Rabbit's Dynamite!" (My husband's work buddy has already ordered another one of these to be made for his little one.)

Eat. Play. Sleep. Repeat. (Babies have the best life ever!)

Some moustache love.

Made with love and carbon.

A rocket ship.

Paper airplane.

And since knittychick and her husband are into Simpsons, a blinky the fish freezer paper stencil.

I really hope she and her new family just adore them!
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25  Re: A Week of Baby Onesies Swap Round 4 (send-outs 4/19) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by arimethia on: April 16, 2010 09:35:02 AM
We got those messages but they won't appear in your "outbox" unless you checked the "save a copy to my outbox" button when writing the message. It is located at the bottom of the PM form.
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26  32 Square Sampler in Needlework: Completed Projects by arimethia on: April 15, 2010 06:21:43 PM

I recently participated in a stitch along organized by Amy of Inspire Co. (her blog is amazing and full of inspiration!) She was stitching 39 one-inch squares, one a day, in honor of her 39th birthday and she invited readers to stitch along. I got up to 32 squares before I ran out of steam. I used some fabric from my stash and framed out my sampler recently so I wanted to show off the completed project!

And here is a collage of most of the squares. (I think there's one or two missing from the batch!)

It was wonderful stitching something every day for 32 days but phew! What a lot of work!

Thanks for looking!
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27  Science Themed Name Book! in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by arimethia on: March 23, 2010 07:05:17 PM
My friends from high school have two kids, and their youngest is close to my son's age. His second birthday party is this weekend and I completed his present this week. His dad is a junior high school science teacher so I made his son a science themed name book!


K is for Potassium (on the periodic table of elements), A is for Atom:

Y is for Y-chromosome, L is for Light:

E is for Earth, B is for Beaker (These are my favorite pages, I love the colors):

Back Page:

The main material for the pages is recycled denim that I got from old jeans one of my friends passed on to me an idea I got from this tutorial. And I am a follower of the Ex Libris Handmade blog and her handmade books are always so inspiring. I came up with a design that worked for me and my purposes and I'm so pleased with the results.

Be blessed and thanks for looking!
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28  Ruffled Onesie Apple Dress in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by arimethia on: March 16, 2010 08:28:07 PM

I made this dress a few weeks ago for my god-daughter. The fabric for the skirt is a very lucky thrift store find and the onesie I picked up later at a clothing swap because the second I saw it I knew it would match the apple fabric perfectly, and thus, a cute little apple dress was born.

I looked at a few tutorials for skirted onesies around the net to get the look I wanted. I leaned very heavily on this tutorial on craftster but just shortened the length of the skirt given in the instructions and made two instead of one. I also moved the seam to the left side of the garment instead of the center so I would have less of a chance of it looking uneven.

I feel like the apple applique on the chest is just the perfect finishing touch.
And just one more picture of my adorable god-daughter modeling her new favorite dress:

Be blessed!
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29  Simplicity 3835 in Yellow Echino Fabric in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by arimethia on: March 16, 2010 08:07:31 PM

This dress has been done oodles of times on craftster and after making it, I can see why. It comes together beautifully and is very simple and satisfying.

I used some Echino linen blend I had in my stash. I don't like the sleeves on this so much so I may try the tied variation next time.

I am definitely going to make this again, and I recommend picking up this pattern if you find it on sale. So satisfying! Again, as many folks have said in reviews of this pattern, the sizes on this are large so if you feel like you would barely fit into a 12 go ahead and make the 12 because the sizing runs a tad big on this pattern.

Thanks for looking! Be blessed!
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30  Studio Mela Tribute Embroidery in Needlework: Completed Projects by arimethia on: February 05, 2010 10:17:15 PM
I bought a few prints from Studio Mela a few months ago and looking at one of them I was totally inspired to create this embroidery for my best friend's birthday.

This is the print that it was inspired by.

I embroidered the saying on white muslin, then salvaged some trim from a thrift store pillowcase for the lace trim and then sewed the whole thing onto gray cotton and framed it in a thrift store frame that I had painted. I love seeing it at my friend's house every time I visit her.
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