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1  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Embroidered/Quilted Wall Hanging- Butterflies and flowers on: February 24, 2013 07:16:02 PM
The nature center I work at has an art sale as its annual fundraiser and I wanted to contribute something to the silent auction. The theme of the show was "art inspired by nature" and thats easy since we work on a beautiful island. I embroidered the butterflies and flowers and quilted them into a wall hanging. I didn't get the dimensions but the butterflies were only about 4" wide max for perspective.

The whole shebang

The Gulf Fritillary


Tiger Swallowtail

I didn't get a picture of the back but I used Alexander Henry's "Everglades"

I spent wayyyyy too long on it for the amount it sold for, but I was pretty proud of how it came out!
2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Wire wrapped necklace- glass beads and a clay button dangly on: April 11, 2011 05:45:41 PM
I've recently fallen in love with wire wrapped beads and bought some liver of sulfur so I can achieve a more "vintage" look. I am kind of embarrassed by how much I've spent in the bead store recently. This is one pricey craft! Anyhoo, here is my newest necklace and I am kinda in love with it. All of the beads are glass even though they are "gemstone-ish". The pendant is a clay button. All you seasoned jewelry ladies, let me know if you see something that looks terrible or incorrect. I wanna learn!

The beautiful handmade (not by me) leaf printed clay button:

My favorite "bead" is actually catfish vertebrae!


And my handmade clasp, just because I'm proud I pulled it off

Thanks for looking, critiques welcome!
3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Beginning wire jewelry adventures on: March 08, 2011 01:11:59 PM
I recently stocked up on a TON of wire jewelry supplies (thanks Joanns gift card!) and have been making lots of syles from the book "101 Wire Earrings" by Denise Peck. I'm still learning so they are far from perfect but I just love the way metal jewelry looks. Here are my first tries.


Hammered silver


Dangly chains

Hammered copper

Tutti Fruitti
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / What homework? Kitty pencil skirt on: January 28, 2011 02:09:28 PM
I bought a black pencil skirt as part of a Halloween costume one year and have only worn it that one time. I love the look of pencil skirts but they don't suit my life at the moment. I have no wear to dress up, and I'm not exactly what you would call "classy". I had this AMAZING cat applique fabric I claimed from one of the lovely ladies over in the STS swap and decided to plaster a kitty head on my skirt! I didn't map anything out so cute kitty turned into nerd kitty by adding some cat eye glasses as an applique. By that time I was an applique tornado and I couldn't stop. I decided nerd kitty needed to say something. I love those old school 'motivational' posters with Garfield hating Mondays and that other cat "hangin in there" but I especially love the phrase "what homework".  I have a MASSIVE scraps pile and found some cool red plaid for the lettering. All of the applique was adhered using heat n' bond and then stitched down using free hand machine embroidery. I'm still new to this method so its a little squiggly, but I think that gives it character.

5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Leafy laptop case- made using amy a la mode tutorial on: December 22, 2010 02:22:07 PM
A friend came to me TODAY to make her mom's Christmas present (the day before I drive 14 hrs to visit family, boy did  I have other stuff to do. BUUUUT as a good friend I agreed to help her out. She chose the fabric, using a cotton quilting fabric for the exterior and a yummy minky for the interior. I used the "amy a la mode" tutorial for the assembly.

It came out really big, I think I had an issue with my math. Measure twice my ass.

6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Owl apron- Butterick 5474 on: December 21, 2010 08:23:26 AM
Made for a friend for Christmas. This is SUCH a fast apron to put together and the bows and bias details on the pockets make it cute none-the-less.

7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Ruffly flowery apron- Butterick 5474 on: December 14, 2010 07:52:20 PM
I only made 1 gift this year for Christmas and it ended up being for my sister-in-law. I think I'm still in a Christmas crafting funk after I made 2 quilts last year for the parents. Thaaaaaat was stressful. Anyhow, this apron came together pretty easily and the end result was way cute. I am in love with this blue flowery fabric. The polka dots, bright colors, and flowers is just about enough to make me puke but somehow... just somehow it works.

I used Butterick 5474 altering only the pockets. I didn't like the way 2 looked together and I wanted to personalize it with a big B for her cake baking business. Instead of hand ruffling the bottom and breast ruffles I got to justify my ruffler foot purchase. It took a little adjusting to make sure I had the ruffle length correct but BOY that was a good purchase.

8  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Christmas peppermint pillow on: November 06, 2010 09:31:23 PM
My mom has wanted me to make some peppermint pillows for the past 3 or so years for her Christmas decoration addiction. I finally had the nerve to tackle them this year and finished early (GASP!) enough for her to actually use them. The pattern is from a joanns flier (which I can email to folks if you want it). I am usually not one for Christmas decorating but I really actually adore this pillow because its almost a bit Katy Perry stage prop-ish.

Its made from polyester/nylon felt in red and white and tulle as the wrapper.

UPDATE! I found the link to the project!

9  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Ms. Frizzle and Antoine Dodson love each other on: October 31, 2010 07:04:25 PM

I decided to go as Ms. Frizzle from the Magic School Bus this year since I found this really rockin solar system fabric (although my favorite episode is when she turns into a salmon). I even found a "Liz" at a thrift store! Ok, so its Iggy the beanie baby, but who cares. I wanted the hubs to go as Bill Nye because when I was a kid I always thought they should be together even though she was animated. But we couldn't locate a blue lab coat in time so we quickly whipped up an Antoine Dodson (from the bedroom intruder, if you haven't seen it check it out http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EzNhaLUT520)

The quality of the pictures isn't so great, we quickly snapped a few before leaving for a party then we forgot to take more!

Heres a view of the entire length

I used McCalls 4769 view E as the pattern for the dress
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Minnie mouse elastic waist dress on: June 11, 2010 02:47:48 PM
My mom calls this the Minnie Mouse dress. I guess I can see where she's coming from but it looks more "ahoy matey" to me. I used Kwik Sew 3758 and unfortunately made it a bit too big. But thats at least good for the ego! Its an easy peasy pattern and I already have millions of color combos in my head for future dresses. The construction is fairly simple but the results look as good as a store bought (such as the neck and arm bindings). Kinda makes me wish I had a serger though...

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