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1  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Not your average birth sampler on: June 16, 2009 01:17:36 PM
It's been awhile since I posted anything, but I spent the past two days making this and wanted to share Smiley

I believe that every baby needs a cross-stitched birth sampler. And although this one is a little overdue (I need to stop procrastinating so much) it's perfect for him. My nephew is one of the most awesome kids ever.

2  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Easy Access Dryer Sheets on: September 26, 2008 07:35:37 PM
I'm sure someone's come up with this idea before, but I still wanted to show off my project of the night:

Our washer/dryer are in a little closet in our bathroom, where there was just enough space on the side of the washer to store a jug of detergent and the dryer sheets. Well, after 8 months of having to bend over to get these items I decided something had to be done about it. There's not enough space to put a shelf (at least not one that can be bought in the store... I'm still on the hunt!), so I tied some scrap yarn onto the box and came up with this:

Which the husband was impressed with, but I knew was only going to be temporary. So tonight I made this:

And now I'm much happier knowing that it matches my bathroom, it has clean lines, and it hides the ugly green box... not that anybody sees it with the door closed, but it still makes me happy Cheesy LOL
3  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / My Wedding ATC on: August 08, 2008 11:52:42 AM
It's been quite awhile since I've made any ATC's. One night I couldn't sleep and needed something to keep from going completely insane (don't you love those nights?) and got out all my papercrafting supplies. My husband and I recently got married on June 13, 2008 so I decided to make an ATC representing that.

The cross is a stamp that I used on just about everything (the invitations, the programs, the favours, the cake topper, and eventually one day it will be added to my tattoo collection!). The 3 stars were made with a star shaped hole punch with blue paper behind it, to represent the 3 blue stars that my husband and I both have tattooed on our wrists. I really like how it came out!
4  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Sugar Skull Wallhanging on: July 11, 2008 05:07:59 PM
My friend just got a new house, and the countertops are a very bright red/orange/salmon-y colour, so instead of trying to match it she's just going to go with a theme of bright random colours in there. I suggested if she goes that route, she might as well do a "Day of the Dead" theme.

And so... I made her this (the flowers are mine, I just thought they looked neat next to it)

It's a mix of felt (the background is some awesome patterned felt I found at Hobby Lobby), embroidery, fabric, puffy paint, and random beads. The frame was a plain wooden frame from Michael's that I painted and removed the glass. The skull is slightly stuffed to give it a 3-d effect. I'm not the best at embroidery, but I'm quite pleased with how this turned out Cheesy
5  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / crochet calla lilies on: April 14, 2008 07:30:44 PM
I came here to post pictures of my crocheted bridesmaid bouquets, and I saw that someone else is knitting/felting theirs! Crafty minds think alike, eh? Wink

I came up with these for the bridesmaids:

They're just a simple circle done all in double crochet, folded over at the base. I used pearls for the center (pistil? stamen? haha, it's been too long since I've learned plant anatomy!) and wrapped the wire "stem" with floral tape, then wrapped the stems with blue ribbon. My bouquet is going to consist of white roses and white calla lilies (fake, not crocheted) and I wanted something similar but not too matchy-matchy.

I might play with them a bit more, but I quite like how they're turning out Smiley
6  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Reception Invite Wording? on: March 31, 2008 06:00:39 PM
We're having a very small wedding to begin with (just family and close friends) and our reception is going to be very informal. We're not having a DJ, no dance floor, no bouquet/garter throwing, no first dances, etc. There will still be food, drinks, cake. Since all of my fiance's family is coming in from out of town and we rarely get to see them, we wanted it to be more like we're "hanging out" with them.. if that makes sense.

I want to stress that it will be casual but I'm having trouble figuring out how to word it. Any ideas?
7  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Bala Shark! on: January 31, 2008 11:35:41 AM
After seeing the Kissing Gourami, I decided to try to make one of my bala sharks (we loooove balas in this household). I used the ones in my tank as reference, but here's a photo too just in case you don't know what one looks like

I'm not completely happy with it, but definitely relieved that it at least LOOKS like a bala! Cheesy There was no pattern, I made it up as I went along and it took about an hour.
8  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Onion! on: January 11, 2008 06:02:22 AM
So I finally taught myself how to *officially* crochet (I had only ever done small things made entirely of slip stitches) and here is my first finished project!

I used the pattern for the head/body of the "cupcake critters" (basically just a ball) found here:
then made the stalk on my own. I had to tie them up though because they got a little unruly (onion bed head?)
9  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / Kitty-rific on: January 02, 2008 08:25:25 AM
Okay, so these aren't crafted FOR my pets.. but they were pet-inspired.

First, I noticed my bathroom walls were looking kind of bare. I dug through my fabric stash and came up with this to hang on the wall (my bathroom colours are burgundy/cream/black):

I've also been looking everywhere for ornaments that look like my girls, and it's near impossible (they have just about every breed of dog in ornament form, but only two to choose from for cats). So I gave up and just made my own:

And some pictures of the girls for reference Wink Raziel is the all-black beauty and Joelle is the Toyger pain-in-the-butt (she's sitting at my feet crying because I stopped paying attention to her for two minutes. She's lucky she's so cute!)

10  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Crafty Charitable/Social Causes / Quilt Pink on: July 11, 2007 09:04:26 PM
I live across the street from a fabric store (I know, how lucky am I?) and they are participating in the Quilt Pink project. They're asking for people to donate 12.5x12.5 pink/white quilt blocks that they will turn into bigger quilts. I'm not much of a quilter myself, but the project is an awesome idea (the quilts will be auctioned off on ebay with the proceeds going to help fight breast cancer) so I'm going to try my hand at making a few blocks.

If anyone would also like to donate, feel free to PM me and I'll give you my address. They don't have to be fancy blocks, every bit helps!


ETA: This is the excerpt from the local newspaper about the project.

Join the fight against breast cancer for the second annual Quilt Pink Day to benefit the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. The Fabric Peddler is once again participating in the event and encouraging everyone to create a 12.5 x 12.5 inch pink and white block to be assembled into a quilt. You may drop off your block anytime before September. American Patchwork and Quilting magazine sells the quilts via online auction and donates the proceeds to the foundation. To view and bid on the 2006 quilts or for information on Quilt Pink Day visit www.quiltpink.com.
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