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11  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Help!! I HATE our Christmas tree! on: December 17, 2008 02:48:53 PM
I think you need some brighter contrasting colors (your garland is a great idea, but it kind of blends in with the tree too well), a tree topper (maybe some oragami??) and a different tree skirt (Maybe something a little more "colorful", that gold is pretty neutral really.

Most of all, I agree with what has been said a few times already, get healthy, appreciate the love you have around you now and focus on creating positive traditions for your son.  Its Christmas!!!
12  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Reconstructed Tree Angel on: December 15, 2008 09:21:51 PM
Thank you everyone Smiley  I was definitely feeling brave when I decided to makeover the angel (I really didn't want to screw it up), but I am happy with the result and feel confident in future endeavors as well. Tongue

I highly recommend 'readjusting' whats out there to fit your tree-topping (or other decor) needs.  Often the base product is pretty good, its the mass produced details that aren't the best.  It also saves you a ton of time by not having to recreate the wheel.
13  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Reconstructed Tree Angel on: December 15, 2008 11:48:16 AM
I think this is in the right place. Huh

So, ever since I was a little girl, my mother has had two Christmas trees.  On top of each tree was a tree angel.  One of those tree angels is one my mother has had FOREVER and one is one that my grandmother gave me when I was a little girl. Well, last year my mother felt that my brother and I were finally adult enough to have the massive amounts of christmas decor that she had collected for both of us since we were children to keep at our respective homes.  However, this left my mom one tree angel short, and since this is the frist Christmas for her that both my brother and I are out of the house, I thought I would buy her a new tree angel.  Well, all of the angels I found were... hideous.  I don't do fiber-optic tree angels, sorry. So then I was going to make her one... but I think I would still be working on it if that had happened.  So I did the next best thing.  I found one with pretty wings and a pretty face and remade her dress and other decor. 
On to the pictures!!
This is pre-makeover angel:

Notice the nice wings, peaceful face, but unfortunate dress, and what exactly is she holding???
In progress angel:

Plastic bags and a business card to protect her wings

Letting the hemdown and changing the underskirt.  I also changed her collar, and waist line to be less "gold"
Finished Angel:

With banner that reads "God Bless This Family" and *removeable* holly crown (I wasn't sure if i liked it, so I let my mom decide).  There are also some lacey flowers sewn to the underskirt and a holly garland running through her hands behind the banner.

All in all, it was success.  She cried and smiled and then cried some more.  It's going to be one of those Christmases  Tongue

14  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: not too crafty but organised- ribbons & binding erm & rickrack now too on: December 05, 2008 12:01:34 AM
I am so envious of your organization.  Every time I go through my crafting supplies I try and get rid of things but usually I end up with this tiny little pile of stuff I can part with and a lot of "Oh yeah!! i forgot I had this!!" moments. Tongue  Oh well Roll Eyes
15  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: 100% DIY Punk Rock Glamour Wedding Chicago 8.9.8 (image super heavy) on: November 23, 2008 06:44:22 PM
Fabulous!! It looks you had a really fantastic time.
16  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Fun mobius cowl on: November 23, 2008 06:30:25 PM
I love this!! I have wanted a cowl for a while now and this is gorgeous... Do you think it would be possible to crochet something similar?  I am much better at crocheting than knitting.
17  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: You've Got the Button: From Yard Sale Find to One-of-a-Kind, a Side Table on: May 06, 2008 07:20:14 PM
Well.... This rocks
(so much that I am at a loss for words)

Fabulous might cover it....
18  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: Baptism Gown on: April 14, 2008 04:59:04 PM
Thanks everyone Grin  I love giving meaningful gifts, and this is probably the best one to date.
19  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Baptism Gown on: April 11, 2008 09:31:07 AM
I made this for my best friends first child (my god daughter) a WHILE ago.  It was a pain the butt because it included a bunch of things I had never done before, however, now my friend has her first family 'heirloom' and both her daughters have since been baptized in it. 
AND, just to toot my own horn for a second, I won "Best in Show" at the county fair for this gown (which means I won a big ribbon and a gift card to Safeway,  Tongue)
To the pictures!!!

This is Cecilia (daughter number two) in the gown.  It doesn't show the detail very well, but it does give an idea of the length.  The gown is an under'skirt' and over dress.  (Both are actually dresses)

Here she is modeling it.  Relishing the attention and posing nicely.  The collar looks a little weird here, but I assure you, it is not, because I took it apart and re-sewed it about half a dozen times.  This shows the texture of the fabric nicely and the lace around the sleeves, collar and bodice (ooooo, flowers)

I (my mother actually, I am no good at free hand embroidery) had the girls names embroidered on the underskirt, and there is plenty of room for future siblings.

Final action shot!  You can almost see here that the bottom has four tiers of different lace on it (Two on the dress, two on the underskirt).  I also washed the fabric a few times before sewing it to make sure it was extra soft for sensitive baby skin.  The back has a button closure to allow room for bigger babies.
Whew!  Thats it. Comments welcome Smiley
20  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Very Modern, Urban Outfitters Style Lap Quilt on: April 02, 2008 10:54:37 PM
Very nice.  I think the unmatchiness of the lotus fabric makes it very urban outfitters-esque.  I like it.   Smiley
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