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11  Native American Indian Baby Costume in Halloween Costumes by amboo213 on: October 31, 2007 12:12:13 PM
The very first moment I laid eyes on my baby when she was born I thought, "Oh, she looks just like an Indian doll!"  I wanted her to be an Indian for Halloween last year but didn't have time to make her a costume.  This year I searched many stores and couldn't find a pre-made Indian costume in her size, so I had to make it.  I'm really happy with it, and I think I'll be making her Halloween costumes from now on:

The top I drafted using a dress she already had, but I ran into trouble when her big ol' baby head wouldn't fit through the neck opening.  Once I fixed that, the rest was no problem.  The pants I made from a capri-pant pattern which I modified.  The headband has velcro on the back so it's adjustable.

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12  Dog dress and bikini, a whole lotta pics in Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects by amboo213 on: September 08, 2007 12:33:43 PM
Our parks and recreation hosted it's second ever "Doggy Dip Day."  It's a day to bring the dogs down to the Spring Fed pool and let them loose for a few hours of fun.  We went to the first one back in the spring, and it went over so well, PARD decided to do it again!  Only this time, the invitation read, "Costumes Required."  I whipped up a bikini for my friend's Boston Terrier, June, and a dress for my labrador, Latte. 

And they ended up winning second and first place because nobody else dressed their dogs up!

So, here's the photographic goodness (click for larger.  Images hosted at FLICKR).
First, June's bikini (I'd made it with her measurements, but it ended up being too big, and my friend had to keep the skirt off when she was swimming so we wouldn't lose it.  I should have used elastic):

Next, my Latte dog (I made this using three of my old, ugly, free t-shirts that I never wore, and designed it on the fly, using no pattern, and just the dog as my form--yay for passive doggies!).

And, action!  Oh, and Latte's dress was much more form-fitting till she went swimming with it, but it held up pretty good!  Also, she won the flowery lay (sp?) as part of her prize.

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13  Re: Been busy making baby stuff: dress, ring sling, taggy blankets in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by amboo213 on: August 13, 2007 05:29:29 AM
just a note, m5089 is not a stitch n save pattern, although it IS a baby dress. i think the pattern was m5367...i only noticed cause i was thinking, i could make this for my preggers friend, it's soooo cute!

Oops!  Thanks for pointing that out!  Actually, it's 5079.  Heh..  my brain's broken.
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14  Been busy making baby stuff: dress, ring sling, taggy blankets in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by amboo213 on: August 09, 2007 08:05:53 PM
Before my baby was born, I made her this dress from McCall's Easy Stitch 'n Save pattern M5089 Oops!  I mean M5079:

It called for a lining, but I just made mine reversible, with two sets of bloomers.  

My girl's finally grown enough to fit (she's grown very slowly) and give me an action shot . . . but she hates hats now, so this was the only shot I could get of the complete outfit:

Then, a friend of mine and my sister-in-law announced their pregnancies, so I made two taggy blankets:

Also, my sister-in-law was curious about the sling in which I carry my baby.  A lady in MOPS (Mothers of PreSchoolers) gave me mine as a gift when I had my girl, and I use it A LOT.  So, I used mine as a pattern, and I sewed a ring sling for my sister-in-law, whose baby was born a month early, so I had to get it done quicker than I'd planned!  Here's me and my girl (who is a sling PRO!)  modeling the ring sling I made:
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15  Re: so i work in a fabric store and... in What the heck can I do with THIS? by amboo213 on: March 13, 2007 07:15:01 PM
So my mom sent me the pictures.  My mom's the best.  She's saved all that crap we made when we were kids!  Here's what I was talking about:

Take one side off of the ribbon spool.

Paint it, glue a picture in the center, glue trinkets around the edge.

Glue paper clip and felt on the back (I'd forgotten about the felt before)

Wasn't I a cute girlscout?  Wink 

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16  Re: Nintendo DS/DS Lite Case Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by amboo213 on: March 06, 2007 03:43:33 PM
Whatever happened to this swap?  I was looking forward to seeing more case ideas.  Anyway, I had contacted my partner, binkin, a while back, and she confirmed receipt, so here's a picture of the case I sent to her:
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17  Re: 2007 Color Craft-A-Long in Craftalongs by amboo213 on: February 28, 2007 06:21:13 PM
A'ight, so I wasn't going to do a February craft because I couldn't think of anything red to make.  But, I kept seeing all y'all's cool crafts, and this is my first craft-along, so I couldn't dare skip a month!  I decided to look through my fabric stash and said to myself, "If I have any red fabrics, I'll make something for Edith."  I found this leftover Hawaiian print from some shorts I made my husband a few years ago, and it was enough!  I plan to make a matching headband for her and for me. 
Oh!  I did french seams for the first time ever.  They look nice, but they don't work too well around corners.  Anyone got any tips on that?

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18  Re: 2007 Color Craft-A-Long in Craftalongs by amboo213 on: February 02, 2007 12:56:26 PM
I finally got my January craft done.  With a new baby in the house, it takes me much longer to finish my crafts!
I bought this sheet at a garage sale some years ago, and it's been sitting in my fabric stash just waiting to be transformed.  I decided to make it into a dress when I got the Simplicity 4531 pattern on sale at Hancock for two bucks, and I'd hoped to get it completed for my "rainbow craft" (although it doesn't have purple in it).
The only alteration I made to the pattern was that I gave the dress a lining (the sheet fabric was quite thin). 
It's a bit tight, and I'm not so comfortable showing all that skin up top, so I plan to get a cardigan sweater to wear over it.
The dress:

In Action:

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19  Re: Nintendo DS/DS Lite Case Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by amboo213 on: January 29, 2007 06:38:49 PM
Oh!  I like pink and brown together, too! 

But, I was super excited to see the case that Whiskey made for me!  When I'd seen the canvas and yarn case as an example, I secretly hoped that would be the one I'd get. 

And, she made it even better, with mushroom details and a red lining! 

click on the picture to see it larger.
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20  Outrageously obnoxious newly upholstered couch in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by amboo213 on: January 05, 2007 09:35:01 PM
I'm so freakin' proud that I finally finished this project.


Dirty, sticky vinyl, cracked


And a link to my flickr set wherein I show some of the steps in recovering the couch.

P.S.  That's my husband in the photos.  The couch was for his game room.
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