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11  Re: 2009 Holiday Handmade Crusade :: (March Theme Page 1) in Craftalongs by Lrschic on: March 16, 2009 01:44:59 PM
It took me a while to decide what to make in March, but I decided on a throw pillow. I agree about the slump thing! Sometimes I make myself do crafts. This is going to my boyfriend's mom. I found this cool print in the remnants at Hancock Fabrics. I used a turquoise for the sides and backing. I kind of quilted the front in a random pattern, but it's hard to tell.

Good luck to everyone else trying to finish a March project!  Cheesy
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12  Name Book for Caleb (image heavy) in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by Lrschic on: March 02, 2009 01:35:25 PM
I love the felt Name Books that I've seen, especially Wren's by Craftster user kahlan.

For my nephew's second birthday, I decided that this would be the perfect gift. I chose to do three words per letter because he already has a large vocabulary. I tried to pick a mix of things that he likes (car, balloon, bear) and things that he doesn't know the words for yet (cactus, lollipop, button).

I tried to get naturally lit photos, but some may not be very good. His birthday isn't until summer so I'll have to wait until then for his reaction. However, he did see all of the felt on the dining room table and gasped. (It's his new favorite way to show he likes something.)

Anyway, let me know what you think!  Cheesy

I'm going to put a picture of the B-day boy in this little train frame closer to his B-day.

Whew, lots of photos, but I hope that you enjoy the project.
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13  A "Kate bag" of my very own in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Lrschic on: February 23, 2009 10:03:33 AM
I saw the Kate bags here on Craftster and was so in love with them that I had to make my own. ModernGirl's Lovely bags are here.
She did not have any tutorial, I just guessed at what it looked like and started cutting & sewing.

I made the straps very long because I like to have purses fit comfortably on my shoulder and not be squeezing my armpit. Know what I mean?  Wink

I normally wouldn't use the color combination of gray with pinks and oranges, but I love it in this bag.

I hope this imitation is seen as flattery!  Cheesy
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14  Re: 2009 Holiday Handmade Crusade :: Formerly the "All Year Christmas Craft-a-long" in Craftalongs by Lrschic on: February 20, 2009 06:46:52 PM
My February contribution is for my best friend. It's funny because so was my January gift, but she's like the sister that I never had.
This is the apron I made for her using fabric from IKEA that we both loved. It looks silly on me because I tied it very loose.

Here are the ties in the back...

...and the decorative pocket on the front.

Also, I wanted to say that this thread rocks. Those Beatle ornaments are fantastic!
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15  *FINISHED* little things to fit in a candy box? in Valentine's Day by Lrschic on: February 08, 2009 08:15:00 PM
A box full of "candy"

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My guy hates candy, but I love the idea of giving him little gifts in a candy box. I already have an empty candy box that I've been saving.

Here's a picture of the box I will be using.

I was hoping that you craftsters could help me think of small objects to put inside. There are 12 small spots, so I need 12 little items.
I thought of:
A mini book
mini card
small keychain
picture of us

Any better ideas?  Grin Thanks!


I've finished my gift, and wanted to share. Thanks to everyone for the ideas. I was actually surprised that some things didn't fit very well... like a matchbox, for instance. You really have to think small!

A box full of "candy"

Top row left to right: Love coupon (left blank), "wish anklet", peppermint
2nd row l to r: Memory card for his digital camera, Resident Evil keychain, sculpey cheese
3rd row: I am Loved pin, felt cat, heart painted bottlecap magnet
Bottom row: Felt fortune cookie, "I love..." origami book, puka shell necklace

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Love coupon left blank, Felt cat, crocheted anklet ("wish" anklet), heart bottlecap magnet, "I love..." origami book, and a maroon felt fortune cookie.

The little book just says I love....
...your big, brown eyes.
...your laugh.
...your silky hair.
...your kindness.

I hope that he likes it!
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16  Re: 2009 Holiday Handmade Crusade :: Formerly the "All Year Christmas Craft-a-long" in Craftalongs by Lrschic on: January 12, 2009 07:21:43 PM
I finished an ornament. It's a Dala Horse or Dalahst for my Swedophile* friend. (*meaning a person who loves Sweden)  Cheesy

What do you think?
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17  Collage Works: Samurai & Ballerina in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by Lrschic on: December 20, 2008 11:48:14 PM
When I was a freshman in college I took a 2-dimensional design class. The professor was fond of collaging, so one of the projects was to make a big piece from magazine pictures. I decided to do a ballerina in red. I didn't have time to collage skin on the ballerina, so her body is a ghostly outline. My intent was to finish it later, but I never did, and my mom framed it as is.

The art measures 3 feet by 2 feet.

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Sorry for the smudged frame!

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Anyway, my boyfriend likes the old piece so much that he asked me to make him one a few months ago. I just made it today so it's being wrapped for him for Christmas. His is a Samurai.

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Framed and ready to go! This piece is 8x10 (inches) in a 11x16 frame (I think).

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In case you are wondering about the method, I just draw an outline of what I want and then cut and paste magazine pictures in the desired color. I try to stick with the shapes of whatever I'm working with instead on lopping off pieces to fit my outline. It's time consuming, but very rewarding in the end.

Thanks for looking. I'd love to know what you think!  Wink
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18  Re: Christmas Stocking Swap Round 4 gallery in The Swap Gallery by Lrschic on: December 20, 2008 11:36:07 PM
Sorry it took so long for me to post this photo, but suueedee chose my mom to receive the stocking she made since her partner flaked. The stocking was even more beautiful in person and my mom just loves it!

My nephew had to jump in the picture because of all of the excitement. ha!
Thanks so much for brightening my mom's day suueedee!
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19  Ladybug Ballerina Doll in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by Lrschic on: December 15, 2008 05:46:00 PM
For Christmas I made my cousin a Ladybug ballerina doll. I guess I should say that she's my 20-something year old cousin, but us college graduates love cute things too!  Grin

She has a tutu because my cousin is a dancer who loves ladybugs.

I gave her some ladybug wings and antennae.


I don't think I like the embroidery for the mouth, but oh well.

What do you think? Thanks for looking!
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20  Nutcracker Card in Winter Holidays by Lrschic on: December 12, 2008 02:56:51 PM
I really like Nutcrackers. I think that they are a fun Holiday decoration. So when I was trying to think of a DIY Holiday greeting card, I thought it'd be neat to make a Nutcracker, and have his mouth pull down with a message behind it.

I used acrylic paint on the cardboard from a Pop tart box.

Because the pull tab is also made out of the thick cardboard, the fit was kind of snug.

I glued the little guy to an air mail envelope for the cool border, and also because the pop tart logo was on the back.
My original idea was to make it all out of different colored construction paper pieces, but I wanted to paint rather than cut and paste.

Thanks for looking!

I have added a template for the Nutcracker and directions on my blog in case anyone would like to make one too!
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