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1  Awesome orange bird pillow in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by Ana_Ng on: November 16, 2006 02:42:32 PM
Hello All!

Here is my super awesome orange pillow.  I love it so much!!  I used plain orange fabric and stencilled the birds in a brick color.  It sat on my sewing desk, stencilled and unsewn for weeks.  Then I just whipped it up lickety-split.  I'm very pleased!

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2  Fleece penguin pullover for toddler boy in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by Ana_Ng on: November 15, 2006 07:52:12 PM
My son will NOT wear any sweaters no matter how soft they are.  So I took one of his old fleece pullovers from last winter, traced it and made a new pattern, making it a little bigger to fit this year.  I am so proud of myself because I made the pattern last night and made the shirt from start to finish today.  Anyone with a two year old will know what a MIRACLE that is!!  I put penguins on it to entice him to wear it.

Here's a closeup of the penguins: 

The shirt is fleece, and the applique is felt.  I used a stencil from Stencilry for the penguin design.  Next I cut out the felt and used Heat n Bond to fuse the layers together.  I've never used that stuff before and it is AWESOME!  I also did some hand stitching around the edges, for added toddler durability.  Total cost: $3!!!!  Woo hoo!!!!!
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3  Max The Wild Thing! in Halloween Costumes by Ana_Ng on: November 05, 2006 11:33:04 AM
Anyone who has or has been around a two year old knows that they are full of energy and opinions of their own!  So...I decided to make my son this Max costume from Maurice Sendak's "Where the Wild Things Are."  The book's first line is:  "The night Max wore his wolf suit, and made mischief of one kind and another, his mother called him WILD THING!"  It suits my lovable son to a "T"! 

I modified a Simplicity pattern for a dinosaur costume.  The jumpsuit and hood are white fleece, the black tail is faux fur.  I improvised the ears (used a cut-up water jug to make them stiff because I had no interfacing) and used fun foam for the whiskers.  Unfortunately, my son only wore the hood for a few minutes because he hates stuff on his head. 

I felt like I really got all the details of the costume right, but sadly, everyone kept calling him a cat.  *sigh*
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4  some papel picado I made in Party Planning by Ana_Ng on: October 01, 2006 05:56:21 PM
More stuff for the Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) party I am having next month. 

I am cutting about a million of these papel picado to make a big banner.  Each is cut from a standard size piece of construction paper with an x-acto knife.  I downloaded the pattern for the one on the top from here: http://www.storyboardtoys.com/releases/Papel-Picado-Pattern-Simple.pdf#search=%22papel%20picado%20pattern%22

The middle one I drew myself but borrowed the design from one I saw for sale online.  The bottom (blue) one, I designed the pattern myself. 

These would make great halloween decorations, too.  I think they'd  look nice cut out in one color, then mounted on another color.

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5  Dia de los Muertos party invitations in Party Planning by Ana_Ng on: October 01, 2006 05:38:37 PM
I am planning a big Day of the Dead party for next month and just got the invitations out in the mail.  Thought I'd share with everyone.  I took an 8.5" x 11" piece of cardstock and printed on the inside an explanation of what the day of the dead is, and all the party particulars.  Then I folded each piece of paper in half horizontally. Next I cut about a zillion papel picado and glued one on the front of each.  I am really pleased with how they turned out!

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6  Check out my nipples! (warning: beautiful art but graphic text) in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by Ana_Ng on: August 15, 2006 07:17:22 PM
So I have been trying to motivate myself to work on new and different projects lately, to stretch my legs, artistically speaking.  It's nice to force yourself into someone else's idea and see what you come up with.  That said, I found www.thenippleproject.com and thought it would be the perfect opportunity for a little project.  Of all the examples they show on their website, none of them seem to deal with what nipples are really for: breastfeeding.

The text on the left nipple reads "When I began to nurse my newborn, my nipples cracked and bled.  Every time I nursed, it felt like razor blades on my nipples.  It was excruciating pain."  The right nipple reads, "But I continued and the pain stopped.  At times my milk was so plentiful, it poured out my nipples.  In all, I nursed the baby a year and a half."

They are mixed media.  I cut circles out of gessoed canvas and painted them. Then I made bias tape out of fabric scraps and sewed it along the edges.  The nipples are also fabric.  The text was inked on last.

I have really fallen in love with these babies and am beginning to wonder if I will be able to part with them.....

I wish the colors in the photo had turned out better.  The border on the right one is really hot pink, not red.

p.s. there's a craftalong for this: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=112623.0
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7  Re: Post your picture of your UNIQUE STORAGE SOLUTION in Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions by Ana_Ng on: April 05, 2006 05:45:41 PM
My house was built in 1926, so it completely lacks any storage space.  I guess people just didn't own as much crap as we do now.  

Anyway, my bathroom has a tiny closet, but it doesn't have a vanity or any storage space that is out in the open.  So to organize my wee things like cosmetics, essential oils, perfumes, etc, I put up that old interior decorating icon of the 80's: the shadow box.  I had it when I was a girl, to display little knick knacks in.  It is made of wood but it used to be stained a really dark brown and it was gross.  So I painted it white to match the wall, and put it up.  I was originally planning on it being temporary, but I have been in the house eleven years and haven't taken it down yet.

Mmmmmm....Colors.....smells like boys in the 80's........

P.S. Lauren~I love your space!!!  
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