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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Spring Wreath - William Sonoma inspired on: March 21, 2009 07:42:07 PM
I was looking at catalogs today and I saw these two wreaths from William Sonoma and I really liked them but thought they were crazy expensive.  So I went up to the craft store and spent about $10 and my my own version, which is a little of both of these.  I'm really excited with how this turned out and I wanted to share.  (It's been FOREVER since I was crafty and I didn't realize how much I missed it until today)
- Faux Quince Blossom Wreath with Nest http://www.williams-sonoma.com/products/sku7538366/index.cfm?pkey=xsrd0m1|16|||0|||||||wreath&cm_src=SCH
- Ambrosia Bird Wreath http://www.williams-sonoma.com/products/sku7295462/index.cfm?pkey=xsrd0m1|16|||0|||||||wreath&cm_src=SCH

Thank you for looking Smiley
2  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Mighty Boosh Hitcher ornament with tut on: December 23, 2007 09:17:59 AM
I signed up for a Mighty Boosh swap and I was so excited that I started crafting projects for me ahead of time Smiley  I made a Hitcher ornament for our tree

Finished version

Image of the half finished version all laid out

If you want to download the pattern I posted it on my website here

  • Felt in black, green and white
  • small white beads
  • embroidery floss or thread
  • needles
  • yarn for hair

Directions: (this is my first tut so if I missed anything let me know)
1. Cut out all the felt pieces

2. Embroider the face and add beads to embellish the hat

3. Sew yarn onto the white felt piece that holds the hair, you can see this in the getting ready to assemble pic.  I used the sewing machine for this part since no one will be able to see where the hair is sewn on.

3. Sew the hair piece to the back of the head aligning the tops.  

4. Cut off the excess white feltI had left the extra on just to make it easier to work with.

5. Sew the front face to the back of the head.  I used a blanket stitch.

6. Blanket stitch the sides and top of the back and front pieces of the hat together, leaving the bottom of the hat open. (If you want to add a loop to hang the ornament add it now.  I just sewed a loop to the back of the hat before putting the hat together.)

7. Put the hitchers head into his hat between the front and back of the hat. Make sure the hat is down enough to cover the stitching of the hair.  I just machine sewed this part so it would be less noticeable than continuing the blanket stitchreally it is all personal preference.

Please let me know if you have any questions!
3  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Finished Old Gregg on: October 28, 2007 05:30:22 PM
My families Halloween party was this weekend, it was a Pirate Theme...

I posted the pix on Flickr but I had to show off the completed Old Gregg costume...


He couldn't handle the tights so he changed to normal clothes pretty quick...haha. 

I think I was supposed to post this somewhere else...but I don't know how to move it..oops  Tongue
4  Ohio / Ohio: Northeast / Craft show Midview High School on 10/27 on: October 24, 2007 11:50:18 AM
I'm going to do a craft show with my Dad...good quality time with my Pops...this is a more traditional craft show but I think there will be a couple indie people...at least one Smiley 

If I missed something in the rules and I'm not allowed to post here I'm sorry  Huh

Holiday Craft Show
Sat. October 27, 2007
9am - 3pm

Midview High School
38199 Capel Road
Grafton, Ohio 44044

You are invited to participate in the Holiday Craft Show, presented by Darroch Events. Crafters and artists offering you unique, one-of-a-kind gifts and items for the home. Dont miss out on all of the fun!!!!
There will be a $2 admission fee for this event. All attendees will be entered into a raffle every 30 minutes.

put on by http://www.darrochevents.com/craft.htm
5  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Fleece Blankets (image heavy) on: October 20, 2007 05:41:57 PM
Awhile ago I made a bunch of double fleece blankets for my friends.  Some of them I embroidered and some of them I did felt appliqu. 

An embroidered elephant on pink so...a pink elephant

A multi layered frog using the blanket stitch

Leaves using the blanket stitch (I also made that sweet corner shelf in the image background)

Unfortunately I totally didn't get a picture of my favorite one...it had 12 little sheep all over it...I did machine appliqu on that one...I'll have to ask the gift recipient to send me a pic.
6  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Sacred Heart towel - I'm getting there on: October 12, 2007 05:56:02 PM
My sister collects a lot of sacred heart items so to continue to practice my embroidery I made her a tea towel with one of Asta Arts (http://astaarts.com/)  stamps as my pattern...

I think I'm going to try to make my Grandfather some fall leaf hankies next...I think I'm getting the hang of this yet Grin
7  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / sewers collage frame on: October 12, 2007 05:45:17 PM
I did this quite awhile...it is part house wares, part sewing... I finished a sewing project and I took the parts that I had excess of and made this lil collage picture frame

I think it turned out pretty cute.  I used some magazine pic to take the picture...
8  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Old Gregg costume in progress on: October 02, 2007 03:06:31 PM
The hubby and I are HUGE fans of a show called The Mighty Boosh and he wants to be Old Gregg for Halloween...so this is where I'm at so far...http://www.flickr.com/photos/jbartistic/1473595552/

IMG_0300 by jbartistic, on Flickr

If you want to check out the Old Gregg - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_PPWDglTboI  but please be warned this is just a select clip and taken out of context of the rest of the show seems kinda creepy

I needed a white jacket - it isn't as 80's as what Old Gregg wears but for $1.99 at the thift store and no sewing...I'll take it! But if anyone has any suggestion on how to make this look more "Members Only" that would be pretty simple I'd love suggestions.

I think I've got everything else, even made a webbed hand for him:P
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / My first reconstructed tees on: October 02, 2007 02:57:24 PM
I was totally inspired by posts I found here on reconstructed tees.   

 2 years ago my thyroid went nuts and I gained 40 lbs in 8 months and it took me a year but I lost 35 of those lbs. and I didn't want to get rid of all my clothes...I think reconstructing them has become very therapeutic Smiley 

This is a really soft shirt that I bought for comfort and it was an XXL when I started and now it is about a M

This is my size L craft mafia t-shirt...it was so uncomfortable, tight around my hips super baggy in the tummy but just right in the shoulders...not it fits everywhere. (please ignore the fact that the mirror is in desperate need of cleaning...it's not my bathroom, it just has better light)

Thanks for looking....and for inspiring me!!!

10  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 21 ENTRIES / British Pursuit on: October 02, 2007 02:47:28 PM
So my husband and I are American but we love quite a few comedies on BBC but we don't always get what they are talking about so I revamped Trivia Pursuit into British Pursuit.  It is a British Slang/Terminology version that I'm giving to the hubby as a gift. 

A pic of the whole game set up   

Close up of of the question and answer cards (they are really more like old school definitions) http://www.flickr.com/photos/jbartistic/1472688103/in/set-72157600259866432/

and then a close up of the key

I got the words and definitions from http://www.effingpot.com/

I used the original Trivia Pursuit (http://images.businessweek.com/ss/06/09/popular_toys/source/16.htm)as my model so that I could incorporate a lot of British iconic imagery into the board...the only version i have is the Pop Culture edition so instead of pie pieces it is a lava lamp, cell phone, etc.  I figure if I find an original version at the thrift store we can use the pies from that and if not we can use the pop culture version. 

I don't know the post off hand, but to make all the images black on a colored background like the orginal game I used photoshop threshold, that is something I learned from a Craftster post for making stencils...I couldn't find the first post I saw about that to link and give credit so if you want a shout out just post it in the comments  Wink

Thanks for looking at my first challenge entry


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