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1  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / my wreath on: December 07, 2011 08:43:03 PM

IMG_8037 by jbg1977, on Flickr

 i've seen this going around, thought i'd try it.  took an hour, cost about $3. i'm happy with it. Smiley
2  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / fat quarter baby quilt... on: October 28, 2011 10:26:35 PM
I found this wonderful tutorial online http://neverenoughhours.blogspot.com/2010/08/fat-quarter-baby-quilt-tutorial.html a while ago and had been wanting to make this.  I'm not much of a quilter but I wanted to make a blanket for the new baby that was born into the host family that I stayed with in Mexico this summer. Her name is Yulisa. So i bought some fat quarters and went to work. I did not use batting as it does get rather warm down there.  Also, a member from my church is taking it down in her suitcase and I didn't want to take up too much room in her suitcase..

IMG_7159 by jbg1977, on Flickr

IMG_7160 by jbg1977, on Flickr

IMG_7162 by jbg1977, on Flickr

Now, I have to admit, I ended up putting the blocks together wrong. I was in the middle of the first block and my husband decides he wants to make a run to the local convenience store for a little snack. I went with. Well, when I got back I figured I had it right and just went to town. I just noticed I put them together wrong, but oh well. It's still vibrant and lively.

Is it "too" lively? LOL!  Grin
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / cheap couch cover on: October 10, 2011 01:02:23 PM

IMG_6916 by jbg1977, on Flickr
this is what my couch in the kids living room looked like earlier today. it's looked like this for a while. hideous, yes? the fabric on the cushions was coming off for a while so i just stuck a sheet over it... I didn't want to deal. and of course the kids don't care anyway.. well, their 19 and 20, why would they? lol!

well, i finally cared enough and decided to make a cover. i am no great seamstress by any stretch of the imagination so i decided to go about it the quick and easy way.. a big throw cover! now, given the fact the kids tend to spill and what not, i didn't want to go out and spend a lot of money on fabric so i used my favorite trick lately-sheets. i bought 3 flat twin sheets (walmart-$5/each) and sewed 2 of them together and got this:

IMG_6919 by jbg1977, on Flickr

not so great yet. see the sides still? well, i didn't want to use the entire third sheet, so i cut off two pieces, so i still have most of the sheet to make a cover for a chair, too, but was able to make the cover look better.. at least for me it does.. and like i said, the kids don't care.  

IMG_6923 by jbg1977, on Flickr

IMG_6922 by jbg1977, on Flickr

not perfect, but much better!  Grin
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / cashmere sweater into a sweater vest! on: August 24, 2010 01:54:23 PM
recently, though my husbands cousin, i began purchasing old wool sweaters from the goodwill to felt and turn into something awesome (i.e. blankets mostly lol). i bought this green cashmere sweater and unfortunately it didn't felt down as much as i liked.  my stepdaughter claimed it, though as you can see, the arms are too short(for her)-

she told me after claiming it that she wanted it turned into a sweater vest.  and it worked out rather nice! i cut off the arms and hemmed them.  the first time she tried it on it was too big so i ended up taking in another inch on each side and now it's perfect!

5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / e-6000 & food safety? on: August 14, 2010 04:15:46 PM
i found this tutorial online http://www.thriftyfun.com/tf90912977.tip.html  and have the things to make it. i bought the e-6000 glue and then read on the back not to use it on items that come in contact with food.

is there a safer glue i could use for such a project? or is the e-6000 safe if it's not on where the food would go? (i.e. underneath the candle stick)
6  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / the worlds ugliest ring holder, but i like it! on: January 05, 2010 01:19:13 PM
this is my first "real" attempt using clay.  yes, it's sculpey.. i had it on hand leftover from some craft projects with summer camp.  i wanted a ring holder for christmas, but i didn't get one. i figured i'd try to make my own.  i have no idea any terms for anything with clay, and i have no tools... but here it is. the ugliest ring holder... EVER! Smiley

be gentle... or in awe of its ugly Wink
7  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / mitten ornaments... galore! on: December 17, 2009 12:17:49 PM
i love to make ornaments, but this year i made some rather special ones. i had TONS of fleece left from various projects so i figured i'd make some personalized mittens.

all i did was outline a wooden shape of a mitten, stitched on the persons initial, sewed it, filled them with a little polyfill, sewed them closed, and hot glued the ribbon around it.  this is the batch from this morning, which is about 25-27... and i did some earlier this week for my bible study kids as well.

an action shot Smiley

and as look at this, i see some of my skills leave a lot to be desired (like cutting straight lol) but that gives character!
8  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / shades and patterns in greens, oh my! on: December 14, 2009 11:10:29 AM
this is only my second quilt, and i think it's better than my first... i should do it more often. they turn out lovely!
this is for my mom for christmas. her living room is green, and it will look just great in there!  all the fabrics are from joanns, including the fleece i used on the back.  i didn't put any middle layer in it, only because it would be a little too heavy then. this is a nice heavier fleece and i want my mom to be cozy, not sweating Wink

(this one is sideways. i couldn't get a decent picture today:( )

here is a close up of the colors all together, with the yarn i used to tie it together.
9  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / how to finish this quilt on: December 11, 2009 11:53:09 AM
i am still pretty new to quilting, and my quilts are kamikaze at best hahaha...
but this is the front of a quilt i've made for my mom. nothing fancy:

and i'm just putting green fleece on the back so she can use it as a throw blanket.  now, is it necessery to use bias tape to finish a quilt, or can i just sew the fronts together, and flip it inside out?  what are the benefits of bias tape?

i just am not sure how i should finish this and i don't want to ruin it, either, which is why i came for a little advice.

thanks in advance!
10  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / 2 dresses into bags- (pics work again! :) on: August 13, 2009 10:14:38 AM
when my stpedaughter packed up to go stay with her mom, she cleaned out her closet. she left these two gems, which were going to do into the donation pile until i got inspired...

the first one i turned into a tote bag to give her grandmother for a present. the two of them have always been close and when i decided to make her a bag (she was jealous of one i made for an auction at her work). i knew this would be right up her alley...

this one i decided to make something for myself. it's different than any other i've carried, too... but i like it.

i love that it has the pockets on the outside so i can easily get to my cell phone.    
i've become fascinated with reconstructing clothes into purses. i have more items i think i'll make into more bags (because we all need more bags right  Wink )

*edit- fixed the links. my regular website is down, moved them to photobucket.
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