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1  Embroidered Felt Ornaments in CHALLENGE 81 ENTRIES by toesocksrock on: December 04, 2012 11:03:46 PM
This has been a labor of love. I live out West but my mom back in New York sent me a ton of embroidery floss after taking out what she needed to complete her own stash, and I now have 4 clear boxes of the stuff, neatly labeled and organized by number (yay, OCD). I had some, however, that were already wound around cardboard cards and had no number. That's the stuff I used to make these beauties.

I got the pictures from everywhere, all over the internets. I traced them directly onto tissue paper (as in, I literally placed the tissue paper on the screen and traced the design) -- very technical. Wink The paper was then pinned to poly felt and hand embroidered. I did it while we were driving around, while watching TV, while my kids ate lunch... You get the idea. I'm including one in each of my Christmas cards, this year. Because they're thin and light, they will be able to fit right in the envelope with the card and picture of my bitties.

Without further ado, here are the pictures.

All of them (so far) together.

And here they are, a little more up-close. The backs were either left plain, embroidered with my initials and the date, and/or with the recipient's last name.

Leave a comment and let me know your favorite (I don't have one, but my husband loves the Christmas tree). Smiley
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2  Royally adorable (Picture ridiculousness ahead, bewaaaaare...) in Halloween Costumes by toesocksrock on: November 07, 2012 04:59:21 PM
My then-three-year-old daughter asked to be a princess for Halloween. Yeah, reeeeeal original. So I set out to make something extra special. She picked the fabric (a lovely, medium-weight satin, and of course, only pink would do), and although it's probably the most elaborate thing I've ever sewn, it worked up fast and I had so much fun making it. There is a store-bought shirt underneath for warmth. There's also a store-bought crown; she insisted it was "the perfect one" and who was I to argue with that? Smiley The arm bands are removable, and you can see them on and off in the photos below. I did a "quick and dirty" hem, because I am hoping she will get a couple years out of it and I wanted to keep the length. My son, because he's still too little to understand Halloween and ask for anything specific, I decided would be a prince. His tunic is made in white flannel, with poly felt dagging and emblem, and a felt crown (with a little elastic on the back for comfort) -- he actually loved his costume and really enjoys wearing it. Getting pictures of him in it, well... That was a little harder.

For reference's sake, my daughter just turned 4 and she is very slight of build, and I made the standard sized 4T from the pattern. My son is 16 months and HUGE and I made a slightly shortened version of a standard 3T. For both costumes, I modified the patterns contained in Simplicity 5520.

Enough with the formalities! Onto the pictures!

Thank you so much for allowing me to share my babies with you. I'm pretty proud of them, and I think the costumes didn't turn out half bad, either. Wink
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3  Patternless crochet doll, and ideas on how to dress her? in Amigurumi: Completed Projects by toesocksrock on: January 01, 2010 07:45:53 AM
I'm pretty new to crocheting, so when I tried my hand at making a doll and my toddler flat-out rejected the thing, I was a little crushed. So I started the next doll with no desire to please anyone but myself, using no pattern. First time I've ever whipped something up with no instructions whatsoever, and I'm pretty pleased with the results. I wish I'd made it pose-able, so a little sad about that. I'm trying to figure out how to dress it, now. Should I sew the clothes? Crochet them? I'm also having a hard time trying to figure out how her (I tried to make boobs, and it's got some hips, so I hope it's a girl) hair should be.

She's about 9 inches tall. I'm estimating because I'm too lazy to grab a ruler.  Roll Eyes

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4  "Patchwork" baby blanket in Crochet: Completed Projects by toesocksrock on: March 02, 2009 01:33:17 PM
DH's cousin and her husband are having their first baby this month, so I thought I'd take advantage of it and brush up on my crocheting, trying as many new stitches as I could find: 15, to be exact (there are 16 squares but I think I repeated the dc,sc stitch as I was running out of ideas). I wish I'd written down what stitches I did for what square, as now the blankie is gone, 2,000 miles away in Utah, waiting for its wee owner to enter the world.

What do you think?

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5  Re: Sick of me yet? :D Animal sketches in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by toesocksrock on: October 24, 2007 01:56:46 PM

hip hop anonymous

Love the Big Daddy reference! Smiley You are an amazing artist. Wow wow wow. I love the kitties especially, though I've seen your other work, and you do great portraits.

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6  Re: Guitar-playing, poetic boyfriend gift ideas! Please! in Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage by toesocksrock on: December 14, 2005 02:05:36 PM
Okay, I just sent the stuff out, today! Just about everything's been crafted, so I HAD to post it, here.

This one's for my best friend (who just happens to be my boyfriend's sister-in-law). I wanted to make it super-long so she could wrap it around her neck a whole bunch of times, but I didn't have enough yarn... We're both close to six feet tall, so though it's somewhat long, I would have preferred it to be longer...

Next is the guitar pick box I finished for my boyfriend's twin brother (and my best friend's husband). He's VERY into his music. This stuff was sent in a box without a description; I hope he figures out what it's for. Smiley I stained, sanded, and stained again. And I lined the inside with felt. I think it looks very professional, don't you?

Finally is the stuff I made my guy. Smiley He wanted a scarf (it's very cold in North Dakota -- duh, lol), so I made him one in his favorite color, and then I got him the personalized guitar pick, and made him a little pouch for it.

Okay, so how does everything look? I hope they like all of it...

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7  Re: Shaving Cream Cards-- With Tutorial--MUST TRY! in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by toesocksrock on: July 20, 2005 01:53:39 PM
First post here ever! Yay! Love all the stuff I've seen so far. Everyone's so creative.

Just had to show you all what I was able to come up with... VERY fun project. At first I thought my beautiful desidns were ruined, when I lifted the paper off of the shaving cream and everything just looked smeared. But the design was underneath, and I was so excited when I wiped off all the stuff after 10 muinutes. Smiley Did three of them, but the third one won't scan correctly. Keeps showing up on my computer as black and white. I gave up. Oh well.

My brother pointed out that there's a rose hidden in the one above... Can you find it? Smiley

Hope they show up.. Smiley

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