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21  My first stamps in Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects by dooney on: February 09, 2010 04:31:27 PM
One of my New Year's goals was to learn how to carve stamps. These are my first ones, be kind!
This is for my brother, it's bacon if you can't tell. I'm going to give it to him with a bacon-scented stamp pad.

Lesson learned: don't draw my own designs.

Next is the heart:

Lessons learned: leave a little more room on the sides, don't carve too deeply next to thin lines.

Then my little boy:

It looks a lot better in person. There is actually detail in the eyes that gives it personality, but I couldn't get that to photograph.This one is about 2.5" x 3", which is bigger than the only stamp pad I own, so it was hard to get a good inking. Not to mention the stamp pad is from the dollar store and was half-dead when I got it.
Little darker, but before I cleaned up the lines and carved the straight edges away.

from this photo, modified in Paint.net and slightly freehanded where his forehead cuts off.

Lessons learned: carve deeper in big white spaces, buy a #1 blade, if you can't make edges perfectly straight then make 'em deliberately crooked.

Thanks for looking! Hope to get a lot more made very soon!
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22  Re: You know you are a stamp carver when....... in Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Discussion and Questions by dooney on: February 03, 2010 06:54:14 PM
oops - it's gray. And it was Mastercarve that I found on clearance, not Speedycut (I got one of each - like I said, I'm kinda new and want to find what I like)
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23  Re: Rolled up toilet kit and glasses case in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by dooney on: February 02, 2010 03:17:19 PM
That site looks like they use one long zipper piece with the pull attached later? There is no point where the two halves come together! I used a longer zipper than necessary (read: measured wrong) and I didn't care to add lining as I was just trying it for fun, so I made the extra length into a handle.

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24  Fire truck costume in Halloween Costumes by dooney on: November 04, 2009 02:03:59 PM
My 2-year-old wanted to be a fire truck.
I bought this plastic storage bin that fit over one of his push cars.
My husband and my dad made it into a fire truck.

It has LED taplights for headlights and red reflectors on the back.

We skipped naptime to party in the park, so when it was trick-or-treat time, this happened.
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25  Peanut butter jelly time! Dad & baby bananas in Halloween Costumes by dooney on: November 04, 2009 01:52:47 PM
We had a Halloween party to go to on Friday, and had been lost as to what to wear.
My husband told me Friday morning, "it's very important that I be a banana tonight."
He had this:
and this:
in mind.
I stopped at JoAnn's and picked up 2 yards of fleece, and two hours later:

This used an entire bag of stuffing.
I made the top a hood instead of a continuous shape so my husband could pull it down,
since he's a sweaty guy and I didn't want him roasting all night in a thick layer of fleece and fluff
and then sleeping next to me.

Then I figured I'd dig out the bunting I made for my nephew two years ago when his parents were gorillas.

It's no longer a bunting since Coen's older than my nephew was.

He had little maracas too but we left them at my parents' house.

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26  Re: A Week of Baby Onesies Swap Round 3 GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by dooney on: October 27, 2009 02:48:05 PM
OK I'm ready to post! Took waaay too many pictures...
First is wind turbines! I think this is his favorite.
I actually made him a shirt like this with one big turbine (same colors even!) but he grew out of it.

A yellow Jeep! A yellow Jeep!

Red star! He called this one a starfish, lol!
Aside from getting them over his giant noggin, he thinks turtlenecks are hilarious.

"Here I grow" toooo cute! Sorry for the bad picture. It's applique and then stencil.

And then the brother shirts! Wait, Kalten?

Well, here's Coen. We call him Co-pilot.
Ugh, you're all going to think I'm an awful mommy Sad
Who knew he could climb into the tub? He just started pulling himself up to stand and I never thought he'd be able to fall in.
I set him in the toy room so I could put a game in the Wii for the boy I babysit and he made his way to the bathroom.
That redder mark is an imprint of the seashell tub tread  Cry

There they are together. Kalten's says Pilot.

I had to include this one because it about summarizes their relationship. Check out the look on Co's face...

I love love love this owl. Man, that kid is a heartbreaker.

He hates getting dressed/undressed, so I didn't make him change anymore.
God is love. He clapped for this one, I think he likes the shiny.
What kind of silver paint do you use? Mine doesn't look that good, ever.
Do you put a layer of white under it?

Adorable little caterpillar. Of course Co is covering the face.
I didn't realize it or I would have taken a better pic, he's got the cutest little half-smile.
It's perfect because my husband and both boys have what we call "the smirk." They all smile like that occasionally.
I have a picture of Paul and a 2-month-old Kalten together and they are both doing it.

Good things come to those who mate... so clever, can't wait to wear this one out.

"I don't get it, Mom"

Kalten's lot

Coen's lot
(he kept trying to fall off the porch swing head first but I wouldn't let him. That's why I couldn't get a better picture)

I think they are all my favorite.
Thank you, Arimethia!!!
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27  My 2-year-old's pumpkins in Halloween Decor and Parties by dooney on: October 26, 2009 07:09:57 AM
I was frantically trying to finish a swap package (I'm already sending late) and my son decided he neeeeded to decorate his baby pumpkins, which have been sitting around for weeks. I thought about gluing wiggle eyes to them (that's my solution for everything) but I found something else in the drawer with the wiggle eyes, and K was hooked. In fact, he needed to use all six in the package.

They're stuffed animal eyes!
He showed me where each eye should go and I shoved them in.
He told me what kind of mouth he wanted it to have and I cut it from scraps of fabric and paper.
I intended to make the teeth longer but my eyeballing isn't so good.

Aaand the other one.

He had originally wanted two of the little eyes on this one and a sad mouth (lazy Mommy and her Sharpie...)
but took the blue ones out to use for the other one and all I had left was these giant frog eyes.
So he looks kinda dumb but I had to include him.
And here's my little pumpkin.

The thing in his other hand is a smashed-up piece of cheese.
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28  Re: A Week of Baby Onesies Swap Round 3 (signups CLOSED, sendouts 10/19/09) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by dooney on: October 18, 2009 11:56:22 AM
Bleh, I am feeling just awful all-around. Here is Coen, as of last night.

DH came home and put our older son to bed, then he was playing with Co while I worked. The mail came and he set Coen down on the floor to get on the computer to pay a bill. I was in the bathroom and I heard a thump and a giant scream, followed by my husband's footsteps. Coen had crawled over to my crafting area and pulled on the cord of my iron, pulling it down onto his hand and getting 2nd degree burns on three fingers. He is doing just fine, he stopped crying and tried to play with the water when we were cooling him down. He flirted with all the nurses, even let them dress his hand with just a little fuss. The problem is me, I get all shaky and weepy when I think about it and I can't bring myself to pull out the iron and finish the shirts just now. I will send by next Monday, I just need some time. I'm so sorry.
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29  Re: Animal Crossing Swap Rd2 GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by dooney on: October 06, 2009 01:30:25 PM
Oh no! Lock yourself in the bathroom! Bathrooms are ALWAYS private places!
Haha, I'm the only adult here, and seeing as how I'M the one who cleans up, that's not a safe thing to do!
But I finally have pictures!

These were drawn on the box, so cute! I love shooting down presents from balloons!

There was (I gasped) an amaaaazing ami Nook!

A Rolf scarf! He's my buddy, even though he hasn't lived in my town since the GameCube!

Look how freakin awesome he looks!

And Tortimer on a tote bag!

My 2-year-old says thanks for the crinkles.

notice there's one on his head:

and the gratuitious showing-off of the baby:

I'm in love with everything, thanks soooo much!
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30  Re: Animal Crossing Swap Rd2 GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by dooney on: October 05, 2009 01:29:27 PM
I just had a total false alarm. I watched the mail carrier walk down my neighbor's sidewalk and toward my house, with a box under his arm! Turns out it was just the fabric I had ordered. It's the first time I've ever been disappointed to get fabric in the mail, lol.
Anyway, here's a teaser:
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