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61  Re: Post Photos of Your Tattoos! in Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects by hockamama on: April 18, 2008 07:56:21 PM
I got this about 23 years ago, so it's not near as pretty as it used to be, of course the dry skin doesn't do anything for the beauty of it, either... Undecided

my husband got this last month, just for me!

as you've probably guessed by now, I'm holly

I'm planning to get a heart with wings on my shoulder as a memorial to my father-in-law, and a tramp stamp with my kids' names.
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62  a blanket, bibs and burp cloths for new grandbaby in Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies by hockamama on: April 18, 2008 05:31:48 AM
a friend just had his second grandchild, Chloe, so I made her a blanket, some bibs and a couple of burp cloths.

the nursery is decorated in butterflies and flowers.  Chloe was born on St. Patrick's day, so green was obviously the color choice!

unfortunately, my butterfly looks more like a tulip, but hopefully they'll know what it is.

I just love love love the pink candy flannel.  I've made so many bibs and burp cloths out of it, and now it's running low; I'm sad.
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63  taggie/lovey for my niece in Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies by hockamama on: April 08, 2008 05:13:04 PM
slacker that I am, the taggie I meant to make my niece when she was younger, finally came to fruition as a first birthday gift.  I used pink minkee on one side a mottled pink flannel on the other.  I attached 32 tags.  It's roughly 14" by 24".  It's bigger than most I've seen, but I wanted it to be big enough so all the tags wouldn't be up on top of each other, plus, she likes to have it draped over her like a stole.

She really likes it

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64  my advent calendar in Winter Holidays by hockamama on: November 29, 2007 10:01:13 AM
I have been seeking inspiration for an advent calendar.  I have seen alot of great ideas, but the one I loved the most was in the Pottery Barn catalog, for $129.  It is just a piece of pinboard covered in linen.  The ornaments and numbered day tags are not included. 

I didn't love it that much, but it did give me the inspiration I was looking for.  I asked my husband for advice as far as what wood to use, and he hijacked my project! 

He used a nice sheet of plywood and stained it a pretty cherry color.  He then cut up strips of a nicer wood for the tags.  I traced the numbers onto the tags and he burnt them on-he bought a wood burner just for the occasion-and then attached cuphooks over each tag.  Then it was my turn.

Using this great fabric I bought last Christmas, I made 24 lined drawstring bags.  The fun part was shopping for ornaments.  Most of them are just generic things that struck my fancy, but a few of them are specifically related to the date.  I found a cute piece of cake ornament for my son's birthday, a wedding cake for our anniversary, a train engine for the day we'll ride the Polar Express, and a nativity ornament for Christmas Eve.  There are also 2 pieces of chocolate in each bag, since my son and niece will be opening them together.

All in all, we probably didn't save any money, but I'm so much happier with it, especially because we did it together.  And the kids can't wait for December 1st.
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65  my scarecrow wreath in Halloween Decor and Parties by hockamama on: September 27, 2007 12:09:14 PM

I made this a couple of years ago.  I saw it in a magazine, made with a snowman, but I liked the idea of a scarecrow better.  I like that he greets guests with such a happy smile.
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66  t-shirt quilt for my daughter in Quilting: Completed Projects by hockamama on: July 18, 2007 07:34:25 PM
well, I reckon it's not really a quilt, but that's what she calls it.  she didn't want to get rid of these shirts, so I made 30 12x12 squares.  some of them were the plain backs of the shirts, and I added patches and other little details from some of the shirts.

a couple of the designs were bigger than the square, so I offset them over several squares.

at one time, the spice girls were her world, so this was probably the most beloved addition.

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67  shirts for the order of the phoenix movie *OOps! now with picture* in Screen Printing: Completed Projects by hockamama on: July 16, 2007 06:53:05 PM
inspired by all you groovy craftsters, I decided to try my hand at silk screening.  the first two didn't come out very well, real light in some areas and heavy in others.  by the third and last try, I finally started getting the hang of it.

for my son's, I screen printed dumbledore's army with a phoenix.  for mine, I made an inkjet iron-on of snape, it says misunderstood.  now that I think I may be on the road to knowing what I'm doing, I can't wait to try more screens!

thanks for all the inspiration, ideas and information, y'all!

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68  my second attempt at a wedding cake in Dessert by hockamama on: June 25, 2007 05:49:48 AM
I did this Saturday.  I'm fairly happy with the outcome, the bride was pleased, so that's all that counts, I reckon.  it took me about 3 1/2 hours to decorate.

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69  my church bag, with a request for advice in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by hockamama on: October 21, 2006 08:39:11 AM
I'm not sure if I'm loading the pictures right, but here is a bag I made for my bible study things.  It's a little bigger than it needs to be, I didn't measure beforehand, stupidly.  I used homespun prints to make the church, adhered it with Wonder Under, then outlined it with silver and black thread.  I modified the Jordy pattern.  

The thing I can't figure out is the pockets.  I sewed the bottom of each pocket to the side individually, and then I sewed the sides together with the lining.  What can I do to prevent the floppiness?  Any help/advice would be greatly appreciated.

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70  Re: come one! come all! post pics of your tattoos! in Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects by hockamama on: September 02, 2005 05:10:35 PM
Ladies, y'all have got some beautiful tattoos!!  I'm so inspired.  I have a holly on my ankle, it's been there about 20 years.   

I am trying to work out a design with my 3 children's names in it, for the small of my back.  My daughter got the chinese symbols for soul on the nape of her neck for her 17th birthday.  She is working on a design for a heart with wings that she, my husband and I will get as a memorial for my father-in-law.  She wanted me to ask if any of y'all had any suggestions.  Thanks so much for all the great pics. 
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