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11  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Bday gift for my grown-up SIL on: February 21, 2008 07:20:04 PM
Just wanted to share this cutie pie that I made for my SIL's bday. She got it today so I can post safely without ruining the surprise Smiley

Her name is LuluBelle, and she loves milk and cookies, especially at bedtime Cheesy

Comments are like candy!!
12  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Big mouth cosmetic bag on: February 05, 2008 04:25:53 PM
I made this for my Aunt for her Valentine's Wedding Anniversary (27 yrs!!). She's been traveling for work, so I wanted to give her something pretty to have on the road.

It's Ruby-red velvet (her July birthstone) with red and gold ribbon, and Asian dragon print inside. I quilted all the layers together in a diamond pattern, and hand-sewed the lining in by the zipper.

Think it'll be durable and last as long as her marriage?  Cheesy

Thanks for looking! Comments?

13  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / My first dolly, and a new friend on: February 05, 2008 03:14:44 PM
So when I was tiny, my Grandma gave me my first doll, and my only sister (at the time) got one too (there are 4 of us now). There were gingham dolls in green and blue. I got the green one, and this doll has gone with me everywhere. Including the 7 times we've moved in just the first 7 years of marriage Smiley I knew I'd save it forever, even if I never had a little girl. Well, when my daughter was born, she automatically inherited the doll. My sister still has hers, somewhere, but isn't sure which box it's in Cheesy  Anyway, for Christmas I made one for my niece (my sister's dd) so she'll have a cutie to love too. I have one for my DD in the works, but wanted to share this one for now.

Niece's is pink, mine is green. I didn't have an embroidery pen at the time so I used Sharpies. I think it looks ok Cheesy

Did anyone else have these when they were little? Do you still have them? What colors were yours? Share pics of yours if you have some. I love little trips down memory lane  Grin
14  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Butterfly stick barrette on: January 21, 2008 03:23:09 PM
So I hope this is the correct board for my barrette Smiley

I made this from leather, designed, cut, tooled, and painted it.

There's also a stick for the holes, just forgot to include it, sorry

I'm still getting my fingers used to the small tools and the whole process of working with the leather, but I think this is pretty good, cuz I like it! I made a purse too, out of leather, and I have to admit, this butterfly took longer just to cut out!


plain back

What do you think?
15  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / With Daisies all in a row... on: January 20, 2008 09:26:22 PM
I started making this for myself as a scrap-ghan, and my sister came to visit about halfway through. Needless to say, she loved it too, and boldly asked me if she could have it. She's the baby sister, it comes naturally Smiley I couldn't say no, after all she lives over 1500 miles away in Virginia Beach, it's like a long distance hug Cheesy So here it is, with some closeups so you can better see some of the yarn colors.

The pattern is called Daisy Garden and comes from a booklet for one pound afghans, or something like that.
The pattern recommended three shades of pink, but I think this looks so much better Wink I did a scallop in black to kind of "frame" it in, pretty artwork that it is, hehe.
What do y'all think?

Pattern typed out by Kolibri pg 10
How-to pics on pg 13
New link to free pattern (Lion's Brand "Colorful Wheels Afghan") on pg 17

Ok, heres the written instructions for daisy the pattern.

It has been translated from the symbols pattern at the Jessica Tromp page, and I adapted it to look a bit more like Sonnetbird's. I'm not sure directions are exactly the same as those from the mentioned afghan book, but these came from a free pattern site and looks quite the same. (If there are any errors please let me know!)

Happy Crocheting everybody!

Daisy pattern

2dctog = yo insert hook and draw up loop, yo and draw through 2 loops, yo insert hook in same stitch and draw up loop, yo an draw through 2 loops, yo and draw through all 3 loops.


Start with a chain as long as you want it to be. The number of chains should be dividable by eleven (for instance 22, 33, 44 etc.) TURN

Row 1:
(Start at right side of work)
Ch 2, 2dctog in 8th ch from hook, * ch2, 2dctog in same ch, ch2, 2dctog in next ch, ch2, 2dctog in same ch, skip 4 ch, sc, skip 4 ch, 2dctog *
Repeat from * to * throughout row ending with sc in last ch of the beginning chain. DO NOT TURN


Row 2:
(Start at right side of work)
Join yarn in the ch just before first 2dctog, ch 3, * 2dctog in top op 2dctog, skip ch2 sp, 2dctog in top of next 2dctog, ch 3, sc in ch2 sp, ch 3, 2dctog in top of 2dctog, skip ch2 sp, 2dctog in top of next 2dctog, skip sc *
Repeat from * to * throughout row ending with 2dctog in last 2dctog and dc in last sc of row. TURN

Row 3:
Ch 3, sc in second 2dctog, * ch3, skip ch3 sp, sc in sc, ch 3, skip ch3 sp, sc in top of 2dctog, ch 2, skip next 2 2dctog, sc in next 2dctog *
Repeat from * to * throughout row ending with sc in first of the last 2 2dctog, ch 1, sc in top of ch3 sp. TURN

Row 4:
Ch 4, 2dctog in ch1 sp, ch 2, 2dctog in same sp, skip ch3 sp, sc in sc, * skip ch 3 sp, 2dctog in ch2 sp, (ch 2, 2dctog) 3 times in same sp, skip chain 3 sp, sc in sc *
Repeat from * to * throughout row ending row with (2dctog, ch 2, 2dctog, ch 1, dc) in last ch3 sp. DO NOT TURN


Row 5:(Start at right side of work)
Join yarn in 3rd ch in ch4 sp, ch5, * 2dctog in top of first 2dctog, skip ch2 sp, 2dctog in top of next  2dctog, skip sc, 2dctog in top of next 2dctog, skip ch2 sp, 2dctog in top of next 2dctog, ch 3, sc in ch 2 sp, ch 3 *
Repeat from * to * throughout row ending with sc in last dc. TURN

Row 6:
Like Row 3, but starts a bit different:  Ch5, skip ch 3 sp, sc in first 2dctog.  Ch2, skip next 2 2dctog, sc in next 2dctog.  From this point repeat  * to * from "Row 3" ending with ch3, skip ch3 sp, sc in 4th chain from 2dctog below, turn.

Row 7:
Like Row 4 but starts: Ch2.  From this point repeat * to * from "Row 4" ending with sc in 4th chain from left of ch2sp below.

16  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / I'm a big "fan" of my baby on: December 11, 2007 08:47:40 AM
Here's a baby blanket I started Summer 06 when I was preggo with my daughter. I packed it away when we moved to CA that Aug, took it out for a few weeks until she was born in Dec, packed it away again. We packed up in May, and it was tucked away once again. We're settled in ND now, with time to craft. Well, I've made a (mental) list of all my unfinished projects, and this was at the top. I pulled it out a couple of weeks ago and determined to finish it before her 1st bday. I didn't quite make it, but only by 2 days. I've got 3 kids and a hubby and they all need me Smiley

So here is my pretty little blanket. I don't remember what stitched I used. I picked from one of my Gramma's pattern books and started it there. Whenever I picked it up again I just copied what I had already done. If I come across the pattern online I can set a link. Or if anyone else does, that would be nice of you!

I think it's called fans, and not shells, if I remember right. I like the lacy look it creates without being too flimsy or "holey". Plus it's really warm. Anyway, the edging is a bit plain, but she kept getting her earrings caught in another blanket with pretty frilly edging so I wanted to avoid that with this one.

I used 3 7/8 skeins of Caron yarn called "baby brights" and I love this yarn Smiley It's so soft and smooth. Not scratchy like some others I've used. Plus the colors aren't so subdued that it's got no personality. My little one is a firecracker and this suits her just right.

Here's a close-up so you can see the pattern. (5dc fans and 2dc V's that alternate with each row)

Well thanks for looking, please leave some comments if you are so inclined - especially if you know what the pattern is called. Thanks a bunch!!
17  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Diaper bag in a shiny flash! on: November 21, 2007 05:46:17 PM
One of my friends in CA was due right about the time my hubby got orders outta there. I wanted to make something super quick but really handy. I found some really perfect kitchen towels on Clearance (walmart i think), they were a heavy twill-like fabric with the perfect colors!

I also tried something new, which is the part I am actually excited to share. I bought a tablecloth vinyl for the outside, to give it superb durability - and it worked! The vinyl was so stiff that I didn't even have to use a separate interfacing Smiley I sewed all three layers together, including a "wall of pockets" on each side, so I would only have to turn it once, and then covered the seam with a strip of lining.  Sewing the zipper on the outside was a bit of a challenge, and took a while since I didn't have a teflon foot and went REALLY slow Undecided (zipper lining=more striped fabric) And she liked it! I was able to stuff it too, it holds quite a lot! So it was all-around successful!!

My packing tote was the only photo stage I had

I'm super happy with how it turned out, but does if anyone has tips for less-bulky seams, I'm all ears/eyes! Thanks for stopping by  Cheesy
18  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Little blue stars for a baby boy on: November 21, 2007 03:20:11 PM
So a friend of mine is due any day, with a baby boy. I'm about 1,500 miles away which is too far for a baby shower, so I'm hoping this will warm her heart from a distance, and keep her new son cozy  Wink

It's a cute pinwheel patchwork in 6 different blues, and then yet another blue fabric, with stars, for the sashing and the entire back. I quilted in the seams of the pinwheel squares. It's about 43"x43" and quite fluffy Smiley I love this pattern because it goes together so quickly, and that is essential with 3 little ones!!

Happy Thanksgiving!
19  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Furry wolf Fleece pullover on: November 01, 2007 07:46:49 AM
Made this fleece pullover for the nippy days where a light layer was just right. Those days were gone overnight, but we still have the cool cover-up!

A little pocket in front keeps his hands, and various toys, warm and toasty  Wink
20  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Cowboy Rail Fence on: November 01, 2007 07:36:46 AM
After looking around and thinking about all the things I'd made since I started having kids, I realized a sad thing - I'd made my oldest and youngest quilts, but neglected to create one for my middle boy Sad  So after a productive week of nap times, I finished this:

He claimed it before he even knew it was his, good sign right!

a close up of the prints.

I used a black fleece on the back for cuddly warmth without all the bulk.

He loves his little quilt, and I've washed it several hundred times already and it just gets cozier every time Smiley

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