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1  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Name pillow[s] for a 6-yr-old on: January 17, 2008 06:35:22 AM

I sewed them together after taking a picture to make one giant pillow [about 27" long] so she can put it on her bed or hang it or whatever. My son's comment "Mom, the first letter is supposed to be uppercase!" [so much for appreciation...]

Do you think she will like it? It's super soft fleece [fabric remnant at JoAnn] stuffed with polyfill.

Thanks for looking!
2  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / old t-shirt + tulle = 90% [3-year-old] ANGEL dress on: June 20, 2007 08:28:10 AM
I had this adorable conversation starter tee from my teen years "90% ANGEL" and sadly it had some stains so I couldn't wear it anymore. Luckily, my daughter is a lot like me so the inscription fits her attitude as well Wink

The recon involved 1 stretchy tee, some rubber band [top of tee], 2 yards of tulle [skirt - on purpose not fluffy and straps on the tube top [you can tie them].

Result - birthday dress for a happy princess. We are going to a bouncy place for her 3rd birthday so she will take the skirt off for bouncing and wear shorts Smiley

Thanks for looking!

3  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Lamb's Wool - now what? on: May 28, 2007 08:04:33 AM
I rescued this cute pink sweater from 'death by hanging' [at Savers] and the tag said "100% Lamb's Wool"... I ripped it and handwashed the wool. Now what should I make? There is enough yarn to make a decent sized knitted item for myself/my daughter etc. The weight is like worsted weight, 4ply, maybe slightly thinner than worsted, between worsted and sport, I guess I could use needles size 5-6 although I am flexible in that department Cheesy

Do you guys know any cute patterns for this kind of wool or is knitting something from wool a no-no when you live in Arizona?

Some info about myself:
1. I live in a VERY warm place
2. I don't want to knit/own any pink wool socks
3. I have a 3yr old little girl [pink is out of the question for my son and I don't want to dye it]
4. I am an advanced knitter and can follow pretty much any pattern. I also crochet.

Any suggestions? Grin
4  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Is it worth it? - Bags for fellow moms... on: May 12, 2007 10:22:08 AM
So... I make a couple of bags here and there, mostly for my friends' birthdays and their daughters'. And before I even notice, their friends see these bags and tell them they want one too - a similar one, a slightly different one etc. And I am wondering if I should start selling them... but how do I proceed?

The thing is, I don't think I would want to do etsy. The bags I make are not a fashion statement, more discreet accessories made to fit a couple of outfits of a person - 2-3 color tones, less prints, more solids, not over the top, a pocket or two inside. Just mommy style for people like me. So crafty gals with extreme styles wouldn't necessarily buy anything like that which excludes etsy, pretty much. Also I basically know these mommies, what kind of clothing they usually wear, etc. The bag then is some kind of a completion for their outfit, shoes, accessories and not something people will notice on the street and drive their cars into walls staring at it, hahaha.

What is left as a selling strategy is probably word of mouth since I am starting to get inquiries.

So what would be my best option - a simple website? a scrapbook with pics of my previous bags? Anyone doing a similar thing here? How do suburban moms pay and what appeals to them?

I was also thinking of selling at a Moms Club boutique. We have this 1-2 times a year.

Also - is it really worth it? I already have my own business [non-craft related] and it is going really well and eats up a lot of my time [not to mention 2 kids, a cat, a house and a husband!] but I reaallyyy looove crafting!

But... should I offer some moms to make them bags and then it might spin out of control [or should I just charge them a lot so they stop asking hahaha]...? I am kinda scared!

Any input would be really appreciated!
5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / A Date with a Movie Star on: April 23, 2007 10:00:57 AM
I already submitted this bag on the Debbie Stoller Stitch n Bitch board. I hope it is OK to post it again for a challenge!

Here is my favorite movie star, knitted based on the picture from my wists. My sister made me a chart.


Me going on a date with Colin Farrell Grin [yeah I know - I wish!... Roll Eyes ]

The bag is lined with black and white checkered fabric. The strap is also knitted.

Thank you for looking!

6  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / husband said he just wanted ME for his birthday so... on: April 02, 2007 11:00:54 AM
So there you go, DH! A mini-me complete with the same top, jeans and undies [not shown here but trust me, she is wearing them!!!]. Since there are kids looking at these boards, I will just mention and not show the following - vagina, boobs with nipples, pubic hair Grin [trimmed] hahaha

Why are we grumpy? Well because we already turned 31 last week hahaha.

Oh, the humongous eyes of the doll are an insider joke. When we were looking at my baby pictures, my husband said: "Wow you used to have gigantic eyes, like an alien!" Me: "Yeah but then my head grew into them..." Him: "Well..."

So there they are, the huge green alien eyes he loves so much. hahaha.

7  KNITTING / Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller / Meet Colin F., 100% acrylic on: February 04, 2007 07:08:44 AM
The ideal man, never talks back, always warm, never leaves socks around the house and carries all your stuff. Of course unfortunately no sex.

The pic I took to do this can be seen on my wist.

Thanks for looking!
8  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Activity book for a 3-yr-old - give or not?? // img heavy on: January 28, 2007 11:50:13 AM
My friend's son is turning 3 and I made him this activity book, but now I am unsure if this is just not good enough... what do you think? Particurarly how the glue bulked out some of the [paper] pages... ugh. I honestly need an opinion if I need to toss it? I must add this is a very good friend so even if this is crappy, she will still say she loved it!

All of the buttons, snaps, zippers etc. open and close and are glued and stitched to cardboard.


page with zipper [hidden under the buttons]

page with snaps

page with colors/shapes

page with buttons

page with backpack snap

last page

Thanks for looking, if anyone knows how to fix the glue thing or has any honest, semi-nice feedback I would appreciate it... Huh
9  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / crochet al dente on: January 12, 2007 04:14:03 PM
Crocheted standard spaghetti, generic brand, 1 minute undercooked, greased with vegetable oil. Method: a very thick hook and later fingers. Stitch: chain. Result: Yummy. Maybe an idea for a romantic Valentine's Day dinner for a patient, long-waiting housewife and her spouse? [this is supposed to be a heart]

Hope you like it.

10  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Europe meets USA - winter cap and shawl with sleeves on: January 04, 2007 10:08:37 AM
One pattern came from Debbie Stoller's SNBN [Cabled Newsboy Cap] and the other from the German Rebecca website [free pattern - http://www.rebecca-online.de/cont_de/anleitungen/heft_12_anl_17.pdf  - the model here wears one made of thinner yarn than I used, I think]

And bingo, a hat and shawl with sleeves to wear in our heavy Arizona winter Smiley

You can wear the shawl and tie it as you wish so I just showed the main thing without me and then a closeup of the cap and me. The shawl kinda makes me look fat so it is probably better to take extremely thin yarn and/or be a model hahaha.

Enjoy, any comments welcome.

PS. I wasn't sure how this will work out so I used cheapie Wool-Ease and it is nice and warm.

Thanks for looking!!!
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