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11  Such a girly girly skirt (made from old baby clothes!) in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by gerrijo on: August 19, 2008 08:54:47 AM
What do you do with the dozens of old baby clothes you have that are too stained in some places to ever be sold or given away?

Cut them up and make something new!

Made from a pair of pants (waistband) and five different shirts that were heavily stained on the front.  I just cut out the back parts of the shirts to make the patches.

Front (don't mind the umbrella - it was the only way she would stick around for the pictures  Grin)

Back-ish view

Side view

I just had to add the lace on the bottom to really girl it up.  Definitely not the best sewing job but it works  Wink

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12  I Heart Destroy! (Threadless tee made into baby dress) in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by gerrijo on: July 30, 2008 09:55:21 AM
Hubby has shrunk quite a bit and so his old too-large tees are being slowly recycled in clothes for my beaner!

This was my first attempt at making a dress from a tee

Here you can see the shoulder straps a bit better

I just love the "i heart destroy" - it totally fits her personality  Cheesy  And it wasn't too terribly hard to make, just had a fit with the gathering at the top (my thread kept breaking  Angry )

Any comments or critiques are welcome, thanks for looking!!
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13  Re: Fibre Friday - 20th June 2008 in Spinning: Completed Projects by gerrijo on: June 20, 2008 12:26:23 PM
As always beautiful yarns are abound this week! 

I went too crazy when I first got my spindle and used up all my craft allowance.  So I had to wait till this week to get some more (I bought a pound of corriedale wool off etsy!!) and spun up 60 yards, thick and thin.

Then I got the kool aid dye bug in me

And it didn't quite turn out as I had envisioned (obviously needed to get it more mixed around).  But oh well, I think I still like it - maybe it will crochet/knit up pretty? 
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14  I learned me some knittin' in Knitting: Completed Projects by gerrijo on: May 30, 2008 10:43:07 AM
After crocheting for years and deathly afraid of trying knitting, I finally caved after buying some gorgeous handspun yarn from Biggie.etsy.com.  I think knitting for me was easier to learn with thick yarn and big needles, it was just easier to see what the darn-heck I was doing

Of course the first time you knit, you have to do a scarf like thing (it's like in the knitters manual right?) so I made a cowl for next winter!

Obligatory goofy-face action shot - please forgive the total lack of having done anything presentable to myself

So many newbie mistakes (like I think I drop some stitches because I have a few holes?) but I love it just because I did it  Cheesy

Thanks for looking, any comment/criticisms welcome!
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15  Re: Fiber Friday 05-30-08 - Returned Mojo Edition :) in Spinning: Completed Projects by gerrijo on: May 30, 2008 08:50:16 AM
Yay!  My first Fiber Friday!

First - This thread totally inspired me to try my hand at spinning so thank you guys for sharing your beautiful work each week.  I am loving all the yarns so far.  Bisongrass is BEAUTIFUL Lufah and I love the color combo in land and deep water myklia!

So here are mine for the week.  My second, third, and forth attempts at spinning on my drop spindle. 

Battlestar - unknown wool just for practice with silver firestar and plied with silver thread.  About 16 yards.  For sure easier than my first attempt

Tiger Tails and Bubblegum - merino with bits of firestar.  36 yards.  WAY over twisted and coiling in on itself (even after setting the twist) but had fun playing with the colors.

Fruit Loops - unknown wool that froggy fibers sent with the drop spindle (thank you!) and plied with embroidery thread.  I just couldn't resist trying kool aid dying, which is a lot of fun and my yarn smells so fruity!  About 17 yards

I wish I had someone in person to show me best how to split down the roving, show me how to do my joins better, and tips for better spinning on the spindle.  I have so much to learn yet. 

Super ditto to that.  I am doing the pre-draft/spin/park it/twist it method and I feel like it takes me much longer that just learning to draft while spinning.  Practice, practice, practice.
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16  Don't laugh at my ugly baby - it's only my first! in Spinning: Completed Projects by gerrijo on: May 29, 2008 07:11:15 PM
A yarn only a mother could love because it is my first handspun ever!  Grin Grin Grin Grin

I got my drop spindle Tuesday from froggy fibers - can I just say what a dear she is?

It's only about 6 yards with an unknown wool that I just used to practice.  I wanted to practice plying too so the red is just a commercial yarn.

Now I can see why you all are soooo addicted to this spinning thing - I will show my other attempts off tomorrow for my first fiber friday!

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17  Clover, my new amigurumi bunny in Amigurumi: Completed Projects by gerrijo on: February 06, 2008 11:33:29 AM
I had to do jury duty last week and was about bored to tears.  I didn't realize that jury duty = sitting in a room for 8 hours every day until you *might* get picked for a panel.  Bleh.  But I did have time to putz around and I made this little guy

I have decided to name him Clover.  I used a hand-spun yarn that I received in a swap last year but I have no idea what it is.  It is soft and fuzzy like angora or mohair and with some wool mixed in?  I have no idea. 

And more shots of him (sorry the pics are HUGE):

Thanks for taking a look-e-loo, comments are always welcome  Grin
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18  What's black, yelow and grey all over? My new shoes I painted! *LOTS-O-PICS* in Shoes: Completed Projects by gerrijo on: January 21, 2008 10:11:42 AM
Well it was cold this weekend.  I mean COOOOOOOOOLD 

So I holed myself up in the house and turned out these new puppies:

They started out just as regular black shoes which was fine but really too bland for my taste.  First, I used acetone (read on the internet that this works) to prepare the leather and take off any factory waxes and such.  I took some acrylics paints (blick brand) and thinned them way down so the layers of paint didn't get goopy and the natural leather creases would show through.  I also did an under layer of white so that the yellow wouldn't turn green.  Finally I topped them with a varnish I picked up in a local shoe repair place that prevents the paint from chipping, cracking, or wearing off.  It is specifically formulated for leather so I don't know if will work on vinyl but you can bet your betties I am going to try it out anyway Smiley

the "before" shot:

The under layer:

more shots of the finished shoes:

I still need to find the perfect shoelaces for them and cover up the "DIESEL" stitching on the tongue.  But I am really happy with how the turned out.  Yay shoes! Grin

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19  I finally did it! I organized my craft area, hooray! in Interior Decorating: Completed Projects by gerrijo on: January 15, 2008 12:39:52 PM
I have been meaning to do this for months and months but this past weekend I just sucked it up and got to it.  I was ruthless in tossing things I don't use (no worries though, they were taken by my local goodwill Wink ).  It just feel so good to have this done and that I can finally not be ashamed to show people it.  Now the next challenge comes in keeping it this way. 

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20  My first attempt at embroidery (with some beads thrown in the mix!) in Needlework: Completed Projects by gerrijo on: October 08, 2007 08:34:33 AM
I have long admired people who could embroider and so finally tried it out for myself.  Granted, these are two very simple stitches but it has inspired me to try some more!

It is a leafy pin!  Here is the back too

Thanks for looking!
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