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11  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / From "Blah" to "BAM!" Bookcase on: June 24, 2010 09:38:07 AM
I bought this Ikea bookshelf because the price and size were right, but it needed something...

Then I remembered I have this obsession with Joel Dewberry's "Deer Valley" collection.

So I combined the two and "BAM!"

Suddenly that bookcase is full of awesome!

I used spray adhesive to glue the fabric to the backing before nailing it down to the back of the bookcase. The fabric is wrapped around the back and double sided tape holds the excess down so all the edges are clean and concealed. Very simple, quick and no sewing involved. I am SO in love with my new bookcase.

Thanks for looking! I hope it inspires you!  Cheesy
12  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Another Round of 5"x5" Swap? on: May 21, 2010 02:10:29 PM

5x5 embroidery I made for Gatsby girl in the first 5x5 swap

Three years ago I participated in the 5"x5" swap on craftster. It was so enjoyable and I still think about it to this day! This was the original swap idea originally posted by GatsbyGirl just to give you an idea of what this swap would entail....

Remember on "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" when Faith used to say that things were "5 by 5," meaning that it was all squared away?

Well, that expression popped into my mind this weekend and I thought, "Hmmm ... that might make a good swap."

Here's what I'm thinking: you would craft for your partner one thing that would fit into a 5 inch by 5 inch frame, or on a 5 inch by 5 inch finished canvas. It could be collage, needlework, painting, you name it, as long as it fit in those dimensions.


Here's a link to the original discussion thread and gallery
Oh, and the original thread.

Anyone into this?
13  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Monty Python Killer Bunny Onesies 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!

14  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Party Planning / Beach-y 2-year-old boy's Birthday Party 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
15  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / 32 Square Sampler 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!
16  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Science Themed Name Book! 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!
17  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Ruffled Onesie Apple Dress 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!
18  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Simplicity 3835 in Yellow Echino Fabric 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!
19  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Studio Mela Tribute Embroidery 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.
20  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Ironic Mustache Hearts on: February 05, 2010 08:07:46 PM
All the indie kids are into them these days. So I embroidered one onto a heart for those especially in love with the ironic mustache.

Plus it brightened my mood up quite a bit. I think I'm going to do a series of these in different styles of mustache.

And now I have a sweet new profile pic.

Be blessed!

UPDATE 2/7/10
I was able to complete a second one today, I give you "The Walrus".

My husband says it look's like a policeman's moustache.

Seeing them together makes me want a pile of them, I'm going to keep making these.
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