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1  Baby Gifts for Baby Shower in Needlework: Completed Projects by jbender85 on: April 08, 2011 03:22:29 PM
Here are some pics of a project I just finished. I needed some baby shower gifts for my friend. I didn't have a ton of money and didn't want to end up just buying a pack of onesies so I made these!

She loves Care bears so I copied this picture from one I found on line and put it in a frame.

I got these patterns from Sublime Stitching <3 and stitched them on Gerber burping cloths.

This one has the babies initials and cute space stuff

Here is everything together. 4 embroidered burp cloths, 2 baby socks (in 2 sizes) with the baby's letter of his first name on the side and the wall hanging. We also bought one thing off the list-a little Care Bear to add to the loot.

I'll find out next weekend if she likes them. I hope so! It took me a few casual days to do these. They're pretty easy and probably took between 1 hour (for the easiest ones) to 2 hours (for the harder ones) to do each. I used a few different colors of thread together to create the difference in the storks wings, the ring around the planet and the fire from the space shuttle. I use mostly my version of the split stitch and a little stem stitch here and there.
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2  Re: Punk swap gallery in The Swap Gallery by jbender85 on: December 18, 2007 10:13:22 AM
Sorry for the delay, I just got a spiffy new phone with a much nicer camera, much better for swap pics! I received a T-shirt, scarf, 2 cat toys and bracelet from athenaknits?, pics below:

The whole lot:

A close up of the 2 cat toys (I could only tear them away from the kitties for a few seconds) and my safety pin bracelet. The cricket cat toy chirps and the worm one moves across the floor when you pull the string:

A t-shirt with someone's face on it, is it Sid Vicious?  How did you do this, it's very cool, it looks like it's almost bleached in? It was hard to take a pic of it because it's white on white so this is the best shot I could get :

And my favorite gift, the Social Distortion scarf...I LOVE it!:

Thank you for everything! My boy cat is playing with the cricket toy right now trying to figure out why it's making noise, so cute!!
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3  Super Easy Cat Mats W/ Attached Toy (with tute) in Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects by jbender85 on: November 17, 2007 07:43:10 PM
I made these 2 kitty beds for my kittens after I made one on the whim for a swap. They seem to love them and they really love the toys that are attached, I'll have to make more of those. Sorry for the crappy pics, I seriously hate my cell phone.
Here's a pic of both beds/mats together (sorry my cats would would not let me take a pic without jumping into it Smiley

The underside:

Fishy bed:

Heart bed:

They're super easy to make, try one!
What you need:
1. Fleece in desired size-about 1 yard ( I used 2 colors, ex. fish on one side, blue on the other)
2. At least 16" ribbon (I used grosgrain)
3. One sheet of felt
4. Embroidery thread
5. Loose Catnip (organic is best)
6. Sewing machine or thread and needle

1. Cut 2 pieces of felt into the shape that you want
2. Hand sew (for a crafty look) with 3 stings of embroidery thread all around the shape leaving a small boarder around the edge and about a 1" opening.
3. Cut a 16" piece of ribbon
4. Pour in about a table spoon of cat nip
5. Stick 2" of the ribbon into the toy and sew the opening shut
6. Keep it plain or add eyes for fish, a break in the heart...

1. Measure 2 sheets of fleece and 1/2" more than you want it on all sides (the ones shown are 15" x 16")
2. Turn right sides together and sew all sides leaving a 3" opening on one side (for stuffing)
3. Turn right sides out and stuff with batting or fleece. I used 2 sheets of fleece for stuffing and warmth but if you have batting that works too.
4. Tie a knot in the ribbon part of the toy and stick the ribbon at least 3" into the bed with the knot inside between the stuffing-this is to secure it from popping out if your cats get too rough with it
5. Sew opening together (I used my machine for a more secure stitch)

Good luck and let me see your results if you decide to make one!
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4  Re: Japanese Anime/Manga swap gallery!! in The Swap Gallery by jbender85 on: May 10, 2007 05:23:45 PM
I got my package today from SakanaSea too! It's so super super cool! I'm posting pics tomorrow. I LOOOOVE everything I got! She's so talented, you'll be jealous! Smiley

EDIT: Ok! Here are the pics! What did I tell you? Jealous?

First: The Loot! Yes that's our cat Morgan trying to steal the cat and bear! 1-Journal, 2-adorable crochet guys (I forget what that's called) I LOOOVE THEM, 1-reversible Hello Kitty headband, 1 set of cupcake earrings and 1-cupcake, cookie and ice cream pin, 2-Japanese sweets! Yummy!

Close up of Kitty and Bear crochets, earrings and pin and other side of headband!

My SUPER cute journal! It's pink and purple stripe felt inside and has all different colors of construction paper inside! Why didn't I htink of this?

"Don't attack, don't attack!"

The bear trying to take over New York

Thanks again SOOOOO much I really, really love it all! This was sucha a great swap! You really rock!
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5  Re: The Un-birthday Swap Gallery!! in The Swap Gallery by jbender85 on: May 10, 2007 05:05:11 PM
I got my package from Spirals420 today and it's SO unbelievably cool I can't even describe but you will be jealous!!!! I'm posting pictures tomorrow!

Zombiekilla-your nursery is so cute! I love it! Good job!!!

EDIT: As promised...!!!!

First The loot: I got the coolest stuff EVER!!!! Really can't tell you how excited I am especially about the Hello Kitty hat with interchangeable bows! Spirals420 got it off my Wists and made it! It's so professional! I also got matching arm warmers with PINK satin lace ups! And both are in acrylic so I'm not allergic to them!!! How sweet is that? And a SUPER cool tie cuff, what a great idea! I'm totally stealing that idea for other swaps! And finally a cat toy that our kitty took off with as soon as I opened the package!

Close up of super cool tie cuff! Look at the pretty pink buttons!

The kitty toy (this was the short amount of time that I could get it away from Morgan)

And Morgan in LOVE and a bit high from his super cool toy (it has a pink leopard print paw on one side and says "meow" on the other". He drooled all over his new favorite toy. And you said you've never made a cat toy before!? It is awesome!

I need to get a better pic of me wearing my hat because taking pictures int he mirror with my cell phone was not turning out well! I'll add that later. Was I right? Jealous? The hat is my MOST favorite thing EVER! My real birthday is coming in June and I can't imagine anyone getting me anything better!
Thank you thank you! Spirals420 is the BEST! You Rock!
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6  Re: Altoid Tin Theme Swap Round 4 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by jbender85 on: April 27, 2007 11:07:23 AM
Here's all of the stuff that I got from BigMouth...thanks again so much, I really love the little tin inside, I'm not sure where you got that!!! It rocks! And the chapstick was at the perfect ime, because I just ran out! It looks like you made 2 of the pins or did you make them all? And I think i'm going to make a headband from the ribbon! Thank you again so much!
The loot from the top:

The loot and the boxes opened:

Close up of pins and chapstick...yum!
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7  Re: Worth Your While Apron Swap #2 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by jbender85 on: April 25, 2007 08:49:03 AM
OK so I finally got pictures up and am ready to post! The first pic is the whole package I got, with recipes and pretty tissue paper and all...

This is the OTHER side of the apron, that's right, it has TWO sides! And both are beautiful!!! Notice the flower appliques on the ties!

Another pic of the front (also shown in the first pic)

And...sorry for the pic overload, I just needed to show a close up of the appliques:

This is SUCH a pretty apron, I couldn't have asked for a better one, thank you again!!!!
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8  Strawberry cat toy and Birdy cat bed***pic heavy in Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects by jbender85 on: March 28, 2007 01:12:46 PM
Since it seems cat toys are so expensive for what seems so easy I thought "hey I can do that!" so here's my first attempt at making a cat toy for our cat Morgan. He must like it because it's now missing, meaning it's probably lodged under the couch where his other "favorites" get batted to. Sorry for the grainy weird colored pics again, I'm using my cell phone until I get a camera for my birthday (crossing fingers and hoping my family picks up on my not-so-subtle hints!)
The strawberry in it's wholeness...it's not as round as it seems in the pic

Side view (the seems look like their stressing but they're not)

Top view

Kitty saying Hmmm...what is this yummy crack goodness...and then BAP! it's gone to his "secret" hiding place

This is the kitty bed that I made (and posted in the wrong area before) that he snuggles on, other beds are just icky looking so this was hip

What do you think??
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9  Re: Heart swap <3!! in The Swap Gallery by jbender85 on: February 28, 2007 07:22:59 PM
Sorry I posted my pics on the wrong page! here they are (in the correct spot this time)

Ok, my swap partner Kibbi was even nice enough to take pictures (could this be any easier?) herself so here's what I got:
We opted for 3 smaller things. I got these really awesome cards, they look professional, I don't even want to give them away!!!! And I LOVE this pretty little heart necklace:

And since I'm in the kitchen a ton, she made me this super cute apron:

This was my first swap and it tunred out quite well! Can't wait for the next one Smiley Thanks Kibbi!
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