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11  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Button Heart on: March 31, 2010 01:20:42 PM
I've been on a button kick lately and recently made this.

I glued the buttons to some textured scrap paper I had and then sewed them to it using pink embroidery floss.
I really like how it came out and plan on making more.  I'm picturing different shapes, colors and using fabric instead of paper, etc.. The best part is I still have a fairly massive button collection so I shouldn't run out of buttons too soon.
12  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Embroidered Wedding Certificate on: July 28, 2009 01:43:52 AM
I have officially been married a whole year already! As an anniversary gift for my husband I decided to recreate our wedding certificate in embroidery.

Somewhere online (maybe here?) I saw a picture of a queen-size wedding certificate quilt. It was beautiful and something I imagined would be passed down along generations. I don't really have the skills (or time) for a project like that so instead I decided to embroider a stylized wedding certificate. Some web searches of vintage wedding certificates gave me a few ideas and I sketched out my design. I found a square of fabric and my embroidery hoop, relearned a few stitches and was able to make this.I ended up finishing this at work the day of our anniversary, going to the store after work to find a frame (frame size is 16' x 20'!!!) and showing it to my husband framed, yet still wrinkled and unwashed. Oh well, he still loved it anyways. Today I finally ironed it,framed it better and hung it on the wall in our bedroom.

Overall I'm really happy with this project and it inspires me to make something similar for friends and family for their wedding or anniversary.
13  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Seagull Art on: July 16, 2009 03:34:18 PM
So when my roommate moved out she left six or so blue metal panels in the basement. I kept them because I figured I could do something crafty with them, and if I never did then an easy trip to the Goodwill would dispose of them. Flipping through a catalog, most likely Pier 1 or Pottery Barn I found a cool art print of a bike stencil that spanned to large square panels. Inspiration hit and I knew I could stencil something large on two or three of these panels to create some sort of art. My current house has lots of empty wall space so I knew I could find a spot for them. I have a slight obsession with seagulls so I found a cool seagull stencil, taped an outline on the panels and started painting away. It only took an afternoon and I had a brand new piece of art. We decided to hang it about the bed as a mock headboard.

(please ignore dead husband in the picture I was planning on disposing of the body later today)
14  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / T-shirt Quilt on: July 13, 2009 04:47:40 PM
A few t-shirts, scissors, some fleece and thread and I was able to make this for my friend for her birthday.  I bet you can't guess what her name is!

When I set out to make a birthday present for my friend I went through my fabric stash and didn't really see anything that popped out at me. Then I went through a stash of old clothes to see if anything there might work. Voila! My husband's old t-shirts were perfect. They were soft, colorful and destined for a better life than the goodwill pile. I also found a multicolored heart knit fabric that I knew she would love and stitched them all together to make this quilt. I used four t-shirts for the back and the heart fabric and two t-shirts for the front and then cut out a letters cool owl logo from some of the t-shirt remains.

It's not humongous but perfect for one person to curl up in and its super warm (the inside layer is fleece) so perfect for chilly evenings.  I really love how this quilt came out and am keeping my eye out for new-used t-shirts to make more of these. 
15  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Pop Tab Change Purse on: July 10, 2009 01:13:32 PM

A friend gave me a pop tab purse from Brazil.  Its quite amazing and looks like the tabs were crocheted together and then the entire purse was lined. I wanted to recreate this, but on a much smaller level as I lack the millions of tabs necessary as well as the patience to make something too big. So using orange embroidery tread and a small crochet needle I attached tabs together to create a small change purse. My lucky sister got to receive it for her birthday this year. Now I just need to make one for myself.

16  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Blue and Yellow Bday Quilt on: July 10, 2009 01:02:14 PM
Check out this quilt I made my boss(and friend) at work for her birthday. Most of the fabric is from sheets found at thrift stores. I believe the print is by Alexander Henry and was something my mom gave me.

Its a good size to bring to the beach or park, or to just use as an extra blanket.

It didn't take too long, but I unfortunately procrastinated and finished hand sewing the binding at work an hour before I started on the day of her birthday.

I don't necessarily know what I'm doing when it comes to quilting but this is my 6th quilt in the past 2 years and I'm slowing figuring things out.. like binding isn't really that scary and difficult.
17  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Bottlecap Art on: May 09, 2009 08:09:19 PM
So apparently between my roommates my husband and I we drink too much beer because I have amassed a very large bottle cap collection.  Having a very sparse living room I decided it was time to put to use those bottle caps.  recovering a cardboardish thing that was a painting (of which the frame Ive already re purposed) I covered it in black tape (because I was too lazy to paint it and wait for paint to dry) and then proceeded to hot glue bottle caps into a heart shape. Several hours later and quite a few glue sticks later I was able to come up with this.

Its only leaning against the fireplace now, and I kind of like it there, although at some point I will have to deal with figuring out how to hang it up.

18  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / A Flowery Elephant on: February 06, 2006 06:56:11 PM
Here's a prettty little elephant....  i think its a boy.. even though he's quite flowery...

he's made from a pattern in the book  Soft Animals A to Z by Carolyn Vosburg Hall... pretty decent book.. lots of stuffed animals to makel. this is the first pattern in the book ive used so far
19  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / strawberry skirt on: May 19, 2005 08:07:11 PM
theses were curtains.. i was in love with the pattern of the fabric .. very in love..  so i made a skirt.. i have another curtain left.. so perhaps i may make a tank top as well..

p.s.  i hate handsewing very much.. this was all handsewn.. thankfully most of the work was already done.. im looking very forward to reaquanting myself with my sewing machine when i get home for summer in about a week
20  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / a brown themed outfit... on: May 14, 2005 11:54:19 PM
so here's my new outfit..

the shirt was a mini-skirt that i had.. the zipper is actually still in it.. its right in the front in the center.. unzipped... i guess i could zip it .. but i cant breathe then...

the skirt is just the regualr "i took a pair of pants and made a skirt"  added a ruffled bottom and some white rickrack to make it look a litle nicer.. then i used a scarf i had as a belt.. because it looked to plain at the top of the skirt without it..
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