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11  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / My mom's crafty gift to me on: December 25, 2007 08:29:23 AM
My Marmie (that's what I call her), made me this doll for Christmas. At first when I opened it I thought "Good grief, I'm 23 and she makes me a doll?". Then I realized that it had a few special items on it. It's wearing a dress I wore as a baby, my hospital bracelet and hat from when I was born, and the pin they gave my mother to wear. She made the doll herself, she didn't think it turned out very good but I thought it was nice.

I think I get my craftiness from my Marmie!
Merry Christmas everyone  Grin

* Edited to fix links, lemme know if they still don't work *
12  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Laundry bag with slightly subversive embriodery on: December 19, 2007 06:53:50 AM
I made this little bag to carry my laundry soap and dryer sheets in after I went through about 10 plastic bags that kept busting. This is a little more environmentally friendly anyway.
I decided it needed a little something, so I embroidered a clothesline with a little surprise.  I grew up out in the country and I can remember my horror when somehow on the days I had friends over my mom just happened to be hanging out underwear that day. I don't think it was on purpose, but who knows.  Thankfully it wasn't lingerie  Wink

I used stem stitching on about 98% of it, the rest were straight stitches.
Thanks for lookin'!
13  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Christmas Presents... on: December 17, 2007 11:17:52 AM
I made Mommy bracelets for my best friend, sister, & sister-in-law. The dangling beads are the birthstones of the parents. I made them all adjustable instead of using toggle clasps. I have one more to make for my mother-in-law, it will have the names of her two kids, plus her two grandkids on it (my SIL's kids). She's not getting any grandkids from us anytime soon, lol, so I thought she'd be able to wear it for a while.

I hope they like them Smiley
14  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / A glass bead watchband (IMG chubby) on: November 09, 2007 01:46:35 PM
My watch band (2 words?) officially bit the dust today. It had been slowly falling apart for a while. I loved the watch face, so I made a beaded watch band for it. Please ignore my hairy arms, that's my Italian heritage showing itself.

As always, thanks for looking!
15  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / My Little Pony-ish stuffed pony on: October 31, 2007 06:13:14 PM
I made this for one of my niece's 4th birthday. For the crazy mane and tail I used stem, outline, chain, split and running stitches. The outline is chain stitched.

The last one is the finished embroidery before I sewed it and stuffed it.
I'm not totally happy with the stuffing, it came out a little lumpy. I'm sure a 4 year old wont care though! I am pretty happy with the embroidery and all the colors. My niece asked for a My Little Pony and I figured that if I couldn't find one without lead paint at least she would have something similar to one!
Any comments and critiques welcome  Smiley
16  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies / Hand painted onesies - Updated with action shots! on: October 01, 2007 08:58:27 AM
My sister sent me pics of her baby in the onesies I made for her.  Here's Isabella:

Here's links to the original pics.

The angel and butterfly wings I found a pic online I liked and used it as reference for the painting. The butterfly onesie is blank on the front. On the cupcake I free handed it, the sheep is just glitter fabric paint for the wool and black fabric paint for everything else. On the ladybugs I made potato stamps. I got the idea from Martha Stewart's show the other day about the Sweet Potato Prints.

The only botch was that I dropped my paintbrush (with orange paint on it) on the butterfly onesie, so I had to put on more dots to make it look like I did it on purpose, lol.

Comments/critiques welcome!
17  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Four-sided light up picture frame (Pic heavy!) on: September 20, 2007 03:23:09 PM
I made this for my best friend's birthday. It took a lot of trials before I finally got it right.

Here it is all lit up, I used a piece of blank vellum on top so you can't see the innards. The bottom is open.

Here it is un-lit

Here are the lights

Here's the corner bracket I used, put one in each corner, at the top and bottom of the corners.

I finally used 4 picture frames of the same size, some corner brackets, and I printed the pictures out on vellum on my home ink jet printer.

For the pictures I used photoshop to crop pics of my friend's kids and put them on different backgrounds and to make them black and white. I attached the pictures with sticky dots to the frame, and then I put another piece of vellum behind the picture so it wouldn't be too see through.

The lights were little battery powered LED rice lights that I got at Hobby Lobby. I used two 20-packs. I found them after the stock boy I asked told me that they didn't carry battery powered LED lights. Just goes to show how much their own employees know (I found them in the Christmas aisle). The pic makes them look blue but they're really more white than blue.  I put them in a little vase just so they would be easy to maneuver. If I make another one of these I think I'd staple the lights along the inside of the frames.

The main snag I ran into was attaching the corner brackets. I finally found some really short screws instead of using the longer ones that came with the brackets. I used black electrical tape to cover the brackets and to also keep them from sliding around since the screws didn't fit very well in the holes.

All in all this probably cost me about $20-25, which isn't back considering I saw something like this online for about $150!

Comments/critiques welcome!

18  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Scrapbook paper + Eyelets= Very easy earring hanger! on: August 06, 2007 11:09:25 AM
This may have been done before, I'm sure I'm not the only one who thought of this.

This can be done in pretty much any shape, size or color you want.
Thanks for lookin'!
19  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / My guestroom/ craftroom on: July 31, 2007 08:14:04 AM
I feel like a grown up now that I have a guest room. When we moved to this apartment in March I immediately took it over for my craft room. There's a bed in there, what else to the guests need? Hehe

I'll post a couple pics and link to the detail pics.

View from the door

Another view of the crafting area

View of the bed area

Frames I painted (the pictures in the frames are ones I took)

A little shelf I rescued and jazzed up

My craft drawers, this is my main piece for keeping my stuff organized.

I found the bedding set on Ebay and pulled the colors for the room from it. If you can't tell from the pics it's a smoke blue with black and cream accents. The cream baskets on the wall over the table are from Hobby Lobby.
Once school starts in August this will also be my place to study. I'll have to fight the temptation to craft first and study later Wink
Thanks for looking, as always comments and improvement ideas are welcome!
20  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Painted tote bag = Too cool for school! on: July 24, 2007 07:48:30 AM
I'm going back to nursing school after taking a year off. I realized last year that my backpack was just too bulky and a lot of wasted space. I bought this roomy tote bag at Hobby Lobby and had to personalize it. It was too boring!

The stripe colors I copied off of another tote bag I have. Once I had the stripes done I knew it was still missing something so I painted on the flower.

Comments/ improvement suggestions welcome!
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