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11  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Matryoshka Doll Tunic on: August 20, 2017 09:07:20 AM
A few years ago, craftylittlemonkey sent me some lovely sheer fabric and lining to make a skirt.  I kept it because , well, I stopped making clothing years ago...but, the fabric was just so unique and it needed out of the closet...

So, since I do not wear skirts often, I decided to see if I had enough to make a tunic.  I did!

The fabric is sheer and frays a lot, so it took a bit of work cutting it out and then finishing all of the edges nicely.  I used French seams.  The only thing I would change if I did it over again is to use a darker interfacing...the white showed through too much so I had to double the fabric in the facings.  I made a shell to wear underneath as well.

Can't wait for cooler weather to wear it!





Close up of fabric...love the matryoshka dolls!



Thanks for looking!

12  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Boot Trees from Bed Sheet! on: April 15, 2017 10:32:04 AM
A few years ago, we had a challenge to make something from a bed sheet.  I made a dress from the top sheet but still had the bottom sheet left.  Since it was a twin size, it languished in a wash basket for years...

This winter, I bought a bunch of new tall boots and since it is finally getting warm, I am putting away my winter wardrobe. I have used commercial boot trees in the past, rolled newspapers, etc. But I was never happy about them.  I started doodling around and came up with this idea.

I cut the elastic from around the bottom sheet off very carefully. I measured around the fattest and thinnest part of my boots and the height...I sort of drew a wedge from these measurements.  I added the elastic to the sides, making a loop on one side. Stuffed the thing sewing the bottom by hand. After I stuffed them in the boots, they looked plain so I added a felt flower that I sprayed with Fabreze. Target has these really cute baby hangers that I found years ago so I am using them to hang my boots in a closet!

Boot tree and one boot:


The boots can stand on their own if I want:


Boots ready to hang in the closet for next year!
13  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Scarf Quilt on: March 01, 2017 05:08:25 PM
One of our cousins is a breast cancer survivor. Each time she had to have chemo, they gave her a soft knit tube scarf for her head since she lost all of her hair due to the treatments. She sent me her scarves and asked that I make her something to celebrate and remind herself of her battle and the hope and optimism she had during this very challenging time.

She picked out her three favorite scarves and asked that I keep them intact, that is, not chop them into bits. After measuring and drawing and re-drawing many times, I finally got something I liked and could work with. The fabric is a thin, slinky knit.  I cut each of the three tube scarves in half and then picked out 9 more that I thought would blend and cut them into quarters. I had to use iron on knit interfacing on each piece before using it.

After sewing all the pieces together (the sashing is quilting cotton), I used a layer of batting and used polar fleece for the backing. The quilting was simple but very difficult to do...thank goodness for my walking foot!  This part took hours, wrestling that heavy thing!

Anyway, I posted it on FB for all to see, and she loves it!  Can't wait to mail it to her this weekend!  Thanks for looking!




14  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / 50 Projects More or Less...2017...Let's Create and Have Fun! on: January 02, 2017 09:51:08 AM
50 Projects (More or Less ) 2017




2017 Snuck on me...busy with real life...BUT, I do know that I am happiest when I am making things and sharing them with such wonderful creative friends like you....so...let's get 2017 going with our lists, our ideas, our things to learn...


15  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Leftovers: Make mandalas while trying new color combos! on: August 16, 2016 01:31:56 PM
I have a huge bin of leftover DK weight yarn from the many afghan projects I do...I hate them...they seem to multiply each week...

I decided to try to keep up, so I am doing projects that I can finish quickly and give away...like mandalas (which my hubby thinks are just colorful doilies...Grin)...

Mandalas are a fun way to test out color combos as well:

purple, cream, lime


grey, yellow, cream, burgandy


teal, baby blue, cream, grey


These are free patterns I found in the net and one I just made up as I ran out of yarn...

Thanks for looking!
16  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / A little lace goes a long way... on: July 06, 2016 09:51:31 AM
I love to knit lace but usually it takes me hours since I have to pay attention to a chart and spend more time writing down stuff and counting...ugh...

So, I decided that I was going to knit things with "some" lace...way faster and much more satisfying...

I found two triangle scarves/shawl patterns in an old issue of Creative Knitting magazine...made both shawls start to finish in about four days...

Made with a single skein of Knit Picks Chroma fingering weight:



Simple little rows of lace stuck in between stockinette:



Just enough lace to show off while wearing as a scarf:



Made with a single skein of Knit Picks Chroma fingering weight:



Close up of simple lace:


Soft and comfy when worn:


Thanks for looking...now onto another project...simple lace socks! Grin
17  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Little Hexies, little hexies...what do I use you for? on: June 27, 2016 10:30:47 AM
I love making hexies but never know what to do with them when I am done...I doubt that I have the patience to make a huge quilt with them all!

So, when I found out we were doing a white elephant gift exchange at the recent Canada Meet-up, I decided to make a linen journal or book cover.  I picked out a bunch of green ones I made in a variety of sizes and scattered them on this natural green/grey linen.

I wanted a simple but useful closure...I have had this bakelite button found in my great grandma's button box forever that screamed out at me...

Here it is:






I enjoyed making it and had so much fun watching everyone as they opened their prizes.  I am hoping that the person who got my prize can use it to make a list of her next fabulous projects or gift it to a friend who needs some organization in life, like me!
18  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / NWS hoopla on: May 25, 2016 06:35:11 AM
A friend of mine recently went back to work.  She wanted some stuff to decorate her office space.  Since everyone now has computers at work and most offices have rules about internet use, I thought I would make her something as a reminder...Grin.




I just find the term "Not Work Safe" so funny and could not get this image out of my head, so I had to make it.

I used washi tape around the hoop, backed it with bright yellow felt, and used words cloth in the back (she is also an excellent writer and quilter...the words all involve sewing!)....

It can be a little joke for her to remember me by...not that I am hard to forget...Grin.

19  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Coloring Book Cats--then what? on: May 06, 2016 06:43:10 AM
I am absolutely obsessed with coloring books...I find that is is relaxing and helps me get creative and motivate to make other projects if I spend a little time coloring...I also love to experiment with pens, pencils, paint, markers, gel writers, glitter, etc.

In the Sunshine Swap, ChameleonHound sent me the cutest coloring book with cats...I colored a page the first day, using gel pens and glitter pens...well, after you color pages, then what?

I am using some of the pages to make junk journals, and I also cut some pages up to make notecards...

I decided to cut out each of the kitties and glue them on card stock to make notecards that I can use in swaps, etc.  Simple and fun!



Close-ups fo my favorites:





What do you guys do with your pages? Grin
20  CRAFTSTER CRAFT CHALLENGES / Craftster Craft Challenge Theme Ideas, Etc. / Create a Postcard of Where you Live on: April 11, 2016 08:53:54 AM
One of the things I request when I swap is a postcard from where the person lives...usually I get a landmark of some architectural wonder or nature scenes...just love them!

I thought a fun challenge would be to see a postcard hand crafted with a craftster point of view...perhaps of a local yarn shop if you are a knitter...your favorite place to get "used" supplies, like coffee sleeves at a local coffee shop...anything that you consider special from your area...

If you don't have such a thing, how about a postcard of something from your point of view...and not the usual "touristy" point of view?

Your postcard could be made altered art style, sewn, felted, painted, drawn, collaged....

It would be fun to then print them and send them along to your fellow craftsters when you swap or maybe we could do a handmade postcard swap!

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