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1  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Sewn felt animals... on: September 22, 2010 05:23:09 PM
In a magazine I used a pattern to sew felt birds...see image and was wondering if anyone had resources for other patterns. As you can see I don't even know how to ask for what I am looking for, so I can't search for myself.

Felt bird ornaments by hoxierice, on Flickr
2  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / One baby thing swap? on: September 07, 2010 11:08:51 AM
I know there isn't much time with a baby...I am typing one handed. So keep it simple, just one thing.

Good at making bags, but want a fun knitted hat? Make stuffies, but not clothes? Share your baby crafts with another
3  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies / Paper mobile on: August 24, 2010 03:18:19 PM
I had this swatch book of papers (I ordered to choose paper for our wedding). I didn't know what to do with it, but decided to make a mobile. There is so much paper I could probably make three more.

The paper swatches were 4"x2". First I cut the paper in half so I had 2" squares. Then I ran the paper through my sticker maker. I ran crochet cotton through the paper.

Paper mobile parts by hoxierice, on Flickr

I used an embroidery hoop to hang the strings.

Paper Mobile by hoxierice, on Flickr
Paper Mobile by hoxierice, on Flickr

4  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies / Birth announcement help on: August 16, 2010 04:09:29 PM
So I am working on the birth announcement and one thing has me stumped. On one side will be a "traditional" announcement, picture of the baby and stats. The other side I want to use different ways of getting across the same information. So, I have her weight in grams and her length in meters. I found obscure holidays for her birth month and day.

That is easy you have Length------0.xxxmeters. But, I have found pictures of obscure "famous" people with my baby's name and want to use that for representing her name. I have a picture and under it a description of who that person is. "Inventor of ..." "character in such-and-such play". I am having a hard time on how to get it to come across that these pictures represent the baby's name.

Right now I have Introducing and then the pictures, but I am afraid that is not enough. Help? I'll see if I can upload my working announcement so you can see what I am trying to say.
5  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions / Flannel and absorbency on: August 14, 2010 05:59:41 AM
I bought some flannel to make changing/lap pads for baby. Prewashed fabric and some flannel absorbs wetness (pee) like I want, some (same brand, different color) repelled water. It pooled on the surface. Why is that? How do I know what will work and what won't? Ideas? Tips? Know a better place to ask this question?
6  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Completed Projects / Dyeing for baby on: August 01, 2010 01:06:17 PM
I finally got around to dyeing all the white baby clothes I received.

Why does baby gap not have a green crib sheet? I don't know, so I dyed one

These are changing pad covers
7  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Doll Clothes American Girl Doll on: July 10, 2010 01:13:38 PM
I was at the Goodwill bins with my aunt and I saw a Kirsten doll (she was wearing Kirsten's shoes). She was some bad shape, a really bad make-up job and a raggedy hair cut. But for less than a buck what can you do! I took her home and cleaned her up, my mom trimmed up her hair, the idea was to give her back to my aunt to give to her granddaughter. Anyway, she had no clothes, so I had to make some. Most of the patterns were modified from the "original" American Girl patterns. You can get them for free!

Well, this one I made up, I thought she needed some non-western clothes. So she got a sari

Molly's PJ's in a dino print flannel. As you can see she has just awoken and not had time to brush her hair. With the right fabric the top could become a safari jacket

This one I kind of just made up. I think the skirt is a little short, but I was limited by my fabric.

In a regency style dress. I think this is a modified Josephina pattern. But I think this is a better pattern. And I really like the look of their other historical patterns. I have never used them.

I also made this dress (for my Kirsten) which was a copy of the dresses I made my now nieces for my wedding. We didn't have flower girls, but I made them dresses.

8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Maternity Dresses on: July 10, 2010 11:30:51 AM
Having to go to several weddings and looking at maternity dresses in stores, I decided to make my own because it was cheaper and I got to use NICE fabric, not polyester. Anyway, here are the things I have done so far.

Now I am only a month away from giving birth, but I have some more patterns to make for pre/post pregnancy lounging around the house.

This one is Butterick 5348 I made it to fit my new bust measurment and omitted the zipper (I can pull it on just fine) In fact I took out about 3"total from the back. I slightly altered the front empire seam line and added a band with ties. In the back I also added a little elastic to suck up the back a bit.

This one is a pattern I found at work (I work in a costume shop), it is a 1970's McCalls maternity pattern. I am unhappy with it because it is way to big across the armpits and I think it looks a little frumpy. I guess because I said this to my husband before he could say anything he kept on reassuring me I look fine. I realized that I should have used the above pattern as the basis since they both have raglan sleeves. and the top one fits!

The third one I started with McCall's 5843 but again that was silly, because the skirt part is just gathered (more flared than the Butterick) and I completely changed the bodice, so it was more of a complete bodice than a bodice section with wide straps. Again just a pullover style, no closures.

The patterns I am working on next are New Look 6962 (my pattern says 0561, but that comes up with nothing!) I'll have to add some more to the skirt part to make sure it can get around my belly! McCall's 5989 for the nightgown, with a modified top for more coverage and Simplicity 9505 because I am not ready to give up on an elastic neck raglan sleeve item!
9  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Gift suggestion graduating student on: October 02, 2009 04:17:55 PM
I work in a costume shop in a university and one of my students will be graduating at the end of this term. I was trying to think of a gift I could make her. My main crafts are sewing and knitting, but I can do lots of things. I thought about making her socks, because that is basically my go to project, but this is a time when I want something that won't be worn out, like socks. Something maybe more "art-y" than practical. Although practical is good too. My other idea was to make her a little half apron, for sewing. I would buy her nice scissors, but she has them, or maybe a costuming book, but a gift of the crafty kind would be fun.

10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Ladybug Apron! on: September 02, 2009 09:21:22 PM
Here is the story, or skip it and look at the pictures.

I was married this summer. After the wedding my husband went to talk to his friend "Steve". Steve was in the wedding and Steve's wife "Anne" was not, but Ann helped a whole bunch especially on the day of the wedding, she arranged chairs and other things ran around when someone said "I need....." and went to find stuff when someone said "Where is the...." Very helpful. It is very nice to have couple who have been to many weddings at your wedding. Anyway my husband told Steve that he had a gift picked out as a think you/Best Man gift, but wanted to get Anne something too. Steve mentioned that Anne was admiring the apron of one of the caterers. It was a red apron with black polka-dots, the edge was cut in a circular manner with a little circular ruffle, but Anne would like it even better if it was a similar apron, but with ladybugs (Anne really likes ladybugs). Steve went on to say something about where you could find such an apron (apparently he asked the caterer, or knows apron shops or the "everything ladybug" website...don't laugh we were looking for blue shirts and came across the cobalt blue store so there are stores for everything!

Anyway my husband said "well we can do better than that Hoxie makes aprons! Then he came to me and told me the story. So I went about looking for ladybug fabric, something with a black background and red ladybugs. I wasn't finding anything when my husband came up and said "No no, that isn't what I was thinking, I was thinking you could make an apron ladybug. Not a print, but one that looks like a ladybug. You could use the pattern you used to make your cousin's apron and you do this". He drew a sketch. And here is what came to be....so far his drawing had pockets, I don't know, or if it needs a black line down the center to distinguish the wings.

It took me like four hours to find red with black polka dot fabric on line. Then at the fabric store a saw some! Until DH whispered to me "that is watermelon fabric". It was red with black dots, but the dots were watermelon seeds!

The pattern is Butterick 4945

And the sketch my husband did

It was so much fun and I love the concept. I also love that DH new I would be into making an apron, and that he remembered the apron I made for my cousin and that while he hates the fabric store he is AWESOME at picking good fabric. Whenever I don't know I bring him a long and say "I need a green fabric that will contrast nicely with this one" and BOOM he picks out an amazing fabric.

This is the first of the wedding related crafts I have posted. I am waiting to get the collection of wedding pictures, because I think I want to post the other stuff all at the same time.
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