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1  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: watercolor dogs on: January 06, 2013 03:37:59 PM
Beautiful!! I don't think the dark eye looks funny, but if you wanted maybe a little white highlight/dot might help it look more "there?" But I think it looks fine the way it is. You have such a talent!
2  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 81 ENTRIES / Re: Embroidered Felt Ornaments on: December 28, 2012 06:39:14 PM
You're all super sweet! Thank you for the compliments, I really enjoyed making them and reading all the nice comments made it all the more worthwhile.  Kiss

You did all of this by hand.  How long did it take?

Sure did. They are about the size of a frozen concentrate lid (which is what I used as a template for the circles). I usually did one a night while I watched TV with my husband. I like to keep my hands busy. I am new at embroidery so it may have taken me longer than it would most people (that and I get really fussy with stuff, if it's not perfect I take it all out). I'm guessing 1-2 hours for each one. But it was fun, and I used many different designs and colors so I wouldn't get bored. Smiley

These fit perfectly into the envelopes with the Christmas cards, I included some other things, stickers and such, for people with kids, and even with the card and photos of my babies, I still only needed one stamp. It was so nice to be able to personalize our holiday cards this way, and I know they were much appreciated.

Thanks again for viewing and commenting!! It really makes my day!

3  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 81 ENTRIES / Embroidered Felt Ornaments 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
4  CRAFTSTER CRAFT CHALLENGES / Craftster Craft Challenges / Re: Craft Challenge #81 - Just Thread It - Entries Due Dec 3 - Dec 10 on: November 15, 2012 07:46:51 AM
Don't think this was asked, yet -- I plan on making ornaments. Do I submit just one ornament as my entry (the best one, haha), or can I submit them all in one post (like a picture of the whole collection)? They will all be made in the same fashion.
5  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Royally adorable (Picture ridiculousness ahead, bewaaaaare...) on: November 15, 2012 07:44:03 AM
Thank you, we've never cut her hair. Pain in the butt to style, but sure looks nice when it's down (for a while, anyway -- she's a pretty wild kid and it never stays nice for long).

Thanks, everyone! I can't wait to "outdo" it with next year's costumes. Smiley
6  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Royally adorable (Picture ridiculousness ahead, bewaaaaare...) on: November 08, 2012 08:01:57 AM
Thank you so much! Yes, after I made it I thought, "Shoot, I want one of those in my size!" Smiley
7  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: 2012 Halloween - What to do with a cardboard box? on: November 07, 2012 07:34:55 PM
SUPER clever! I love it!
8  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Royally adorable (Picture ridiculousness ahead, bewaaaaare...) 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
9  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Please help- new sewing machine trouble! on: August 26, 2012 05:34:03 PM
This might be a silly question, but seeing as your new to sewing, I have to ask, anyway, because I made every "silly" mistake when I taught myself to sew: have you brought the bobbin thread up from the bobbin holder below the plate? The way stitches on a sewing machine work, the thread from the top goes down and winds around the bobbin thread, then goes back up, making the stitch -- so in your case, somewhere the threads aren't catching on each other. I'd double check the threading but if the top thread is threaded properly through the needle I'd guess it's a bobbin thread issue.
10  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: My Little Pony prototype. on: August 24, 2012 11:13:37 PM
This is awesome! I think you did a great job. My daughter would flip for this (her 20-year-old uncle would, too, actually; he's what is known around the internets as a "brony"). If this is how great your first try came out, I'll be really excited to see the future ones!
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