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1  UNITED STATES / Kansas / looking for someone in the KC area... on: July 13, 2007 02:02:24 PM
ok, I'm REALLY looking to get a KC Royals t-shirt, but I can't get one locally (in Houston)...is there anyone willing to do a PS for one?  One from Walmart would even be good.  I'm willing to make pretty much anything you would want :-), and a little extra if it's a Sweeney or Teahen shirt.

Sorry if anyone gets mad at this post...if you're interested, please PM me!

2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / rosary and chaplet *religious* on: April 04, 2007 11:12:47 PM
So, for Lent I decided I was going to learn to make rosaries.  Here's my first completed project (mind you, I am a total jewelry/beading newbie aside from sewing some beads on a doll here and there)

it's a St Anthony chaplet, made with AB beads.  The metal parts look gold in the pic, but they're oxidized metal/base metal.  The beads are blue, pink and clear, not gold.  Obviously, I need to learn to photograph better.  Embarrassed

Here's the second one. 

It's a rosary made with a St Francis (patron saint of animals, so he's a favorite of mine) center and cracked glass beads.  It's REALLY heavy for a rosary, so I learned to use smaller glass beads.  Wink

I've made a third one (a Grandmother's chaplet, also known as a Mejdugorje chaplet), with purple and white beads, but haven't photographed it yet.
3  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies / new baby goodies! on: January 31, 2007 02:45:25 AM
Ok, so here's another set of baby gifts, this time for my sister's supervisor who just had her first baby.  It's a little girl, so we went with a little more pink than last time.

set of 3 burpcloths (flannel on one side, double layer of terry on the other), and 6 coordinating washcloths (flannel on one side and a single layer of terry on the other).  Made from the scraps after the gowns were cut out.  I found out I could get a gown, 2 washcloths and a burpcloth out of a yard of fabric.  Cool.

4 gowns, 3 flannel and 1 cotton.

made a little butterfly looking thingie on the pink one

My sister delivered it yesterday afternoon on her way to work (supervisor is still on maternity leave), and mommy was so happy that her baby got some new things, since everything else was a hand-me-down. 
I did tell my sister that after this, it will only be one gown/burpcloth/washcloth set for someone, unless that person is uber-special.  What set it off?  Besides her idea that I could complete everything in a day or two (which I could, but that's not the point), she also said that I could sell the gowns for about $6-7 each.  Shocked  Um, that's about the cost of supplies.  Non-crafters will just never know, will they?  Roll Eyes
4  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Jack Skellington stuffie! on: January 13, 2007 02:46:17 PM
After the first crochet challenge, I had to make another Jack Skellington, this time in stuffie form.  And here he is...

he's about 12 inches tall, and all fleece.  He even has the little batwings on his back and bat shaped bowtie.
5  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / sweetheart bag on: January 13, 2007 02:22:50 PM
::mind you, I hate Valentine's Day.  But some reason, I just had to make this::

crocheted out of strips of felt with a K hook (strips were cut about 3/8ths of an inch wide), lined with stiffened felt, felt sides and handle.  After the two hearts, I just couldn't weave any more ends in!  This stuff (if you cut it thin enough) pulls apart pretty easily  Undecided  Cute though!

close-up of the crocheted portion

a view inside
6  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Craft for my sibling/SO/best friend swap? on: January 08, 2007 03:12:16 PM
::I apologize if this has been suggested recently, but I went through 5 pages and didn't find it  Cheesy::

So, when I was opening my awesome December wishlist swap package from irid3sc3nt, I noticed my sister was kinda sad.  She claims she can't sew, paint, whatever, but I think she would love to get something cool and crafty in the mail.  I'm sure there are other craftsters out there who would craft for someone else's sibling/child/significant other/best friend/parent/whoever in order to get something for their own ::i don't want to list them all over again!::

Is this a good idea?  Any takers for organizing if it comes together?  Grin

7  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Puffed pancakes? on: December 06, 2006 09:45:44 PM
There was a recipe that I remember making a LONG time ago, that was called something like "German Puffed Pancakes"...it was a batter that was poured into a pan and baked in the oven, where it puffed up all lovely.  Does anyone have a recipe for me to monkey around with?

8  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Jack Skellington, the Pumpkin King! on: December 02, 2006 08:24:06 PM
Just getting in under the wire here... Grin

He's got felt lapels/shirt and wings on the back.  After his picture session (which was kind of rushed  Undecided), he was hidden away to be wrapped later as a Christmas present for my sister who is obsessed with Nightmare Before Christmas.
Hope y'all like him!

edited to add:
forgot to mention that he's poseable, with 3 pipecleaners in each limb, and his fingers were wrapped so they're poseable too.  He also has a loop on top of his head to let my sister hang him, probably with the rag doll Sally that I'm working on. 
9  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / hoodies! on: November 20, 2006 09:53:34 PM
Finished just in time...it's supposed to get down to the 30's tonight, and well, we're not used to that here in SE Texas!
This is my first ever screwing around with one of my precious hoodies...

I don't have a good full-body shot (must work on that).  It's being modelled by my lovely assistant, the headless, pasty white Conrad.  I basically removed the hood, added a strip of blue leopard fur to the bottom of the hood, added another strip to the front, and lined it with the leopard (kitty overkill?) I then added black tape with silver eyelets.  The sleeves had the stretchy cuffs chopped off, and loverly leopard added.  They cover half of my hand and I even have little holes in the seamlines for my thumbs.  My sister said it's a little too Susan Lucci for me...I told her it's a little too Susan Lucci's daughter  Grin
After the first one, I thought it would be fun to mess with one of my black pullover ones that I have 3 of.

First I split the arms and added the stars (sewed the red fleece to the underside of the sleeve fabric, then cut the black out to show the red), the added the red tape and the star to the pocket.  Added a zipper and then added the red tape to the hood (unstitched the hem to give a little more depth), but left the hood unlined.  I resized it a bit by bringing the sleeve seams a bit closer to the shoulder. since they were originally hanging over halfway down my upper arms.  They still aren't up to the right spot, but if I pull them up any more, the sleeves are too short.  Undecided  It's cute, but I think the stars need a little something...at least the one on the pocket.  Any ideas?

PS:  I'm thinking of resizing the black one a bit so it's a little smaller...I'm just not used to fitted clothes really  Embarrassed and not thrilled about having stuff fit snug across the belly.  Any help or confidence boosters?
10  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / the halloween pail that wouldn't be used... on: November 18, 2006 07:01:43 PM
So my mom asks my sister and I if we could find a Shrek pail for her to give candy to a coworker's youngin.  After searching a bunch of stores, I finally give in and try to make one.

basically, covered a plastic pumpkin from the 99 cent only store with batting and fleece, added eyes (they're slightly stuffed), a 3D nose and those little horn thingies on his head.  Not happy with his lip color, but it's all I could find.
And she doesn't even use it.  Never mind she said she would pay me 5 bucks for it (of course she didn't), but she realized she wouldn't see her co-worker until after halloween, so she just wouldn't use it.   Undecided or  Angry, not sure.  He's even lined with orange fabric so he wouldn't look all icky inside.
Oh well, he held my halloween candy.  Tongue
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