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1  Crocheted Chicky and Ball in Crochet: Completed Projects by BeaG on: Today at 08:23:12 AM
Hi Craftsters,

As part of a basket full of baby gifts I made this Chicky (NOT my own design) and Ball (my own pattern).

If you follow my work, you might have seen Chicky before.
I made her several times over the years.
The very first time was back in 1984, when I was pregnant with my son.
The pattern came from a Dutch magazine.

I also made plenty of these balls over the years.
I used my own pattern for them. It is stuffed ball, with a bell inside.

Here they are one more time together (since I had so much fun with the photo shoot).

I hope you like them.
Kind regards,
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2  Re: Baby gift basket (I made the lining) in Completed Projects by BeaG on: April 18, 2018 12:21:25 AM
Thanks, pottermouth, alwaysinmyroom and craftylittlemonkey!

This was my photo shoot set-up:

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3  Baby gift basket (I made the lining) in Completed Projects by BeaG on: April 17, 2018 02:56:00 PM
Hi Craftsters,

I made the lining for this store bought picnic basket out of 100% natural Scottish linen.

I then filled it with lots of handmade baby gifts for our neighbors who are in their mid thirties and just had a beautiful little baby girl.
I will post each of the individual projects on their own in the coming weeks.

I had no pattern for the lining and basically just winged it.
I'll try and explain how I did that.

1. I laid a piece of pattern tracing paper on the bottom of the basket and with my hands pushed it into the edges of the bottom part. I then took out the piece of paper, folded it twice and cut the corners. This way all four corners were the same.

2. I used that pattern piece to cut out a piece of foam and two pieces of fabric. I made the fabric pieces about an inch bigger all around. I then sandwiched them, with the foam in the middle en basted along the edge of the foam, pulling it as flat as possible between the layers of fabric, so I could sew closely around the foam.

3. For the sides I measured around the bottom part and around the outer part of the top.
I also measured the height, from the bottom until around the top edge, including extra height to make a tunnel for the cord. I made sure I had a little extra width, because the sides would not be a perfect fit and I needed room for random pleats.

4. I made two halves and sewed them together in the middle, at the side of the basket.
I then sewed the entire lining to the bottom part.

5. I cut out parts for where the fabric needed to go around the handle (on both sides). And I cut a strip of fabric that I used as a bias binding to sturdy those holes.

6. I then made the tunnels for the cord.

7. I made the cord by cutting long 4cm wide strips of fabric, folding the outsides towards the middle (1cm each) and then folding the strip again with the edges on the inside. That way I got a flat cord of 1cm width.
I cut extra cord to attach the lids to the basket (the store bought basket had ugly plastic/metal attachments that I didn't like).

8. I used a safety pin to push the cord (cut in half) through the tunnels, one on each side of the basket, finished the edges with zigzag stitches and tied them into bows.
This way the fabric lining can be removed to be washed.

9. I used the extra cord I made to attach the lids to the basket. That wasn't as easy as it sounds, because there was very little space to push them through. I tied them into knots and secured the knots with a couple of hand stitches.

English isn't my first language, so I hope nothing got lost in translation.
If you still have questions, feel free to ask!

I hope you like my basket with home made lining.
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4  'Welcome Baby' Cards in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by BeaG on: April 06, 2018 02:17:15 PM
More cards...

Basically a simple card design. With real (paper) bunting.
A bit fiddly.
Just stuck the bunting down with those double sided tape squares you use for photo's, but cut them into smaller parts.
Then cut the bunting off at the edges of the card.
Added a little paper glue where needed (bare thread ends, etc.).
The text is store bought letter stickers (old stash, can't find them for sale anymore).

'Welkom' is Dutch for 'welcome'.

I hope you like them!

Feel free to copy the idea.

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5  Airplane Cards in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by BeaG on: April 03, 2018 10:23:53 AM
I proudly present my airplane cards:

I was looking for an idea for cards for men/boys and came up with airplanes.
I found some silhouettes online, did some editing, mainly resizing, in Photoshop and printed them. I then traced them on recycled cardboard, cut those out and used them over and over again as a template.
Like I said in a previous post, I don't use fancy machines, just recycled cardboard templates (even for the sun and moon), pencil and scissors. And double sided sticky foam tape for the 3D effect.

You can find a picture of my airplane templates in that previous post: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=454623.msg5485110#msg5485110

I made the 'moons' out of mother of pearl colored cardstock.

A different shape airplane. I made more of these too, but didn't take any more pictures.

I hope you like them.
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6  Re: Butterfly Cards (and Heart Cards) in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by BeaG on: April 01, 2018 01:36:06 AM
Thanks for asking, excelsior!

I use all kinds of layouts for my cards.
And when I've got a layout I like, I usually make a bunch at the same time.

I took some pictures of my templates:

The edges show how much this one has been used...
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7  Butterfly Cards (and Heart Cards) in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by BeaG on: March 30, 2018 08:49:55 AM
Hi everyone,
I have made dozens of Butterfly Cards in the past few years.
Here are a few examples:

I drew a simple design of a butterfly on recycled cardboard (cereal box), cut it out and used it as a template over and over again.
(To make sure the butterfly was the same on both sides, I drew half of it on a piece of paper that I had folded in half, cut it out, folded it open, and then traced it on the cardboard.)
For each card I traced and cut three of those butterflies out of some fancy kind of paper.
I also decorated the card with some fancy kind of paper.
This is a nice way to use up your paper scraps.
I carefully scored the backside of the butterflies with scissors at the sides of its body, folded the wings forward and only glued the body part of the butterflies to the card, with a simple paper glue.

Feel free to copy this idea!

Edited to add the next day:
A variation, with hearts instead of butterflies.

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8  Re: You know you're a Craftster when... (part THREE!) in Discussion and Questions by BeaG on: February 01, 2018 08:12:21 AM
I also don't realize where I used to keep the contents of those 85 sorting boxes of small craft supplies like beads and stuff that I keep on that platform in my warehouse before I organized them...

I know where the big stuff was (piling up in all sorts of boxes and bags in the room of doom that became my warehouse), but I don't remember having that much small supplies.
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9  my Table Garden in Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects by BeaG on: July 04, 2017 10:54:16 AM
I started this project because I am unable to work in our big normal garden as a result of health issues.
And also to perk up the boring stretch of asphalt between the back of our home and our garden.

I designed the tables and a nice local carpenter made them for me.
They are made from the same wood as the fence behind them. So eventually they will get the same color.

Then I kept buying more and more pots, tools, herbs and flowery plants.
Now I need to grow a green thumb...., LOL.

My Marc uses the herbs for his cooking.
The big window you see is our kitchen/dining room window.
It now has a beautiful view!

More pictures in my online photo album:

I'd love to hear what you think of my table garden.
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10  More bolster pillows (recycled jeans) in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by BeaG on: March 25, 2017 12:05:18 PM
After making these previous two: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=451111.0 (post contains turorial!), I now finished two more roll pillows, or bolster pillows, using recycled jeans (both 'legs' of one pair of jeans) for the outside covers.

In real life they are a darker, less bright, shade of denim blue.

I use them as a 'table' on my lap for a book, e-reader or puzzle book.
And also as a comfortable arm rest for when I lay/hang on the couch (I have fibro).

Even though I took these pictures in our living room, like with the other ones (because of more daylight) these will be used in my 'little home within our home', where I have a dark brown couch and light blue walls.

I hope you like them.

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