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11  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Fun/Easy Potholders on: December 15, 2006 10:07:28 AM
I made these as Christmas gifts for 2 of my gal pals.  I whipped them up last night from scraps I'd been saving.
This one is for my friend who just got married...

And the second set...

They were so easy to make.  I just made a square pattern with rounded edges.  The tops are cotton material, backed with 2 layers of thick felt and bound with contrasting bias tape.  Tell me your thoughts on these...
12  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Dollar Store Swap gallery (round 3) on: December 14, 2006 11:14:40 AM
Here's the gallery... Post your dollar store crafted goodies here  Grin!
13  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Cheery Ruffled Apron on: December 07, 2006 07:55:28 AM
I just finished making this apron for my mom as a Christmas present.  She rarely asks for anything, so when she asked me if I could please make her a pretty apron for cooking, I set out on my mission!  My mom loves to cook and entertain, and I wanted to make her something she would love to wear while cooking and visiting with guests at the same time. 

Her request was that it not tie at the neck.  So here it is...

And here I am modeling it... please excuse the pregnant belly.  The apron should lay better on my mom...

Comments and questions are welcome  Grin.  I'm really happy with the way it turned out and I think Mom will be pleased.
14  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / toddler dress from FQs on: August 09, 2006 12:29:45 PM
I wanted a dress for my daughter to wear to a preschool open house.  So, last night I raided my fabric box and found a fat quarter of cute carnival fabric and some leftover yellow polka dot scraps from a wrap dress I made for a swap.  I played around with the fabric sizes until I could come up with a design that used what I had...  I ended up making this little halter dress.  I'm in love with it!  Thankfully, I made myself a pattern as I went along, so now I can make another one, or two, or more!  She was a hit at the open house  Grin. What do you think?

15  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Bling Bling Swap on: July 18, 2006 06:40:42 PM
Diamonds are a girl's best friend, right?  But gold, silver, and shiny metals are nice too.  And don't forget emeralds, rubies, topaz and all those lovely stones. 

Wouldn't it be fun to bring a little bling into your life right about now?  Let's have a Bling Bling Swap  Grin.

"What would a bling bling swap entail?" you might ask.  Well, first there is the obvious... jewelry.  But wait!  It could be so much more!  There are metallic fabrics, jewel-toned papers, embellished clothing... just to name a few.  Hey, you are only limited by your imagination!!!!

So, who would be up for a BLING BLING swap???
16  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Men's Oxford to Ruffled Halter (Now with Tute) on: July 04, 2006 01:57:40 PM
My husband was about to throw out this oxford... even though he has never worn it.

The colors were so beautiful, I took it from him and promised him I'd put it to good use.  2 hours later (my poor daughter watched 2 Sesame Street DVDs)...

I kept the buttons and added a ruffle to the bottom.
It doesn't show up too well on camera because of the muted colors.

This is so you can see the tie around the neck.

I wrote up a tutorial and will post it later, for anyone interested. (Tutorial is now below)
17  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Sock Monkey Pillow Case on: June 20, 2006 04:43:42 PM
So, I forgot our wedding anniversary (oops).  My husband was out of town for work and sent me flowers.  He was going to be home around midnight, so I headed up to my sewing room and put together something I knew he'd be crazy over. I left it on the kitchen island so he'd see it as soon as he walked in the door (My husband ADORES sock monkeys).

It is a pillowcase for an airline pillow (he swiped it on his last trip).  I had some sock monkey fabric that I bought a long time ago and wasn't sure what to do with.  The sock monkey face is cut from felt, fused, and then sewn on.  He can take the pillowcase with him when he travels (he goes cross-country a lot) and stick it on the airline pillows and think of me (and our daughter)  Grin.

18  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / b/w and turquoise uptown bag on: May 11, 2006 05:13:08 AM
I designed this bag for my mom for Mother's Day.  The outer is a mid-weight black cotton/poly blend and suiting material, as well as cotton prints to accent (applique).  The lining is cotton with a zipper pocket.  The inside of the pocket is the same turquoise fabric.  The strap has 2 fabrics and a little hardware for accent.  It is fully lined with thin quilt batting, except the flap which just has interfacing.  I made it extra sturdy.  The closure on the bag is a black fabric covered button (it is a bit hard to see in the pic- I did it this way to blend in with the bag).  I was inspired by the outfits of people walking to the subway in the morning in my "uptown" neighborhood (everone seems to wear black/white and a splash of color). I hope my mom likes it.  Comments?  What do you think?


19  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Tootsie Roll short-set for kid on: May 07, 2006 09:46:15 AM
I've been trying to figure out what to do with the tootsie roll fabric that's been in my fabric stash for awhile.  Well, I decided to made my daughter a little outfit for our going away party yesterday, and it was perfect!  I didn't have much of the fabric, so I coordinated it with a brown polka dot fabric that I had plenty of.  I was up at midnight making the tootsie roll bias tape for those shorts- LOL what we do for our kids  Wink.  I started with a pattern, but then improvised to make the outfit the way I wanted.  What do you think?

20  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / rectangular Paris bag on: April 25, 2006 04:50:40 AM
I made this bag last night.  It is cute, but it has some design flaws that I need to correct in my pattern.  I wanted a very rectangular bag, but with this type of purse, I need the sides to angle a bit so they don't gap open when the flap is shut.  I plan on making the adjustments to the pattern.  Also, flannel is not the best material to line a bag with because it is too soft. If I use flannel again, I will have to reinforce it.

The outer is cotton fabric with fused/sewn interfacing, the lining is flannel with a divided pocket, and the strap is nylon.  When I fix my pattern and sew another bag, I'll post the results.
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