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1  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Discussion and Questions / Recrafting Stoneware on: March 30, 2012 04:48:28 PM

I have these two mugs that I want to paint some designs onto for my parents.

I would like to find a ceramic paint (in orange, in case anyone was interested) that:
1) doesn't need to be put in the kiln (I don't have one and I don't think you can do it twice) - "fired" in the oven is fine.
2) can safely go into the dishwasher
3) can safely go into the microwave
4) is permanent (obviously!)

Does anyone know of a product that can do this?

Or what kind of product I should be looking for?

I have some glass-paint that you fire into the oven, and once it has been you can put in the dishwasher, but it's for glass, so it doesn't say it's microwave safe (the paint is called Vitrea 160 with a tube of gold Pebeo).
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / 'Wendy' the Knit Doll on: January 05, 2012 11:35:51 AM

This was a Christmas gift to my best friend's 2.5 year old daughter. She named her 'Wendy!'

I used black foam, with acrylic paint to paint her eyes. And some nice brown wool for her hair.

The body and dress are made out of Eco-cotton, reused cotton - I think it's from Red Heart?

The straps ended up being a little long, but that's okay. Because I hear Wendy likes to go naked. LOL

Sorry, I should also add that the pattern comes from Whimsical Little Knits by Ysolda. Great pattern, really easy to understand and there were other beautiful patterns in the small book, too. I will probably borrow it from the Library again!
3  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Quilted "Hot Pad" Table Runner on: January 05, 2012 11:28:47 AM

For my SIL this Christmas, she asked for a table runner. I decided to give her something better.

It's a "hot pad" table runner. I added the quilted batting that you use for pot holders or oven mitts inside it.

I could have done the binding better, but I didn't realize it was twisting until I was half-way through sewing it down!

I love these two fabrics, they are my favourite!
4  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Native Quilt Design on: January 05, 2012 11:25:17 AM

I came up with this pattern for my MIL who loves Native art. I looked up some Native designs and decided on this pattern.

Unfortunately, I started this project two years ago, and finished it this year, so the quality is totally.....off. LOL And clearly my skills have grown over time, but I'm probably NOT going to be doing a triangle-styled quilt again......for a long while at least.

I love the red fabric that went onto the back! It's really beautiful!

Thanks for looking!
5  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Sailor Galaxia on: November 28, 2011 10:31:35 AM
I did this Amigurumi doll up for an awesome Sailormoon Swap, and for my partner, HoneyD.

Her outfit is sewn on with embroidery thread and felt.

Her skirt is individual pieces of cut felt and sewn on.

Her cuffs have little sunburst embroidery around a glass bead.

I didn't have very gold beads, unfortunately, to add to her tiara, but I thought it came out well.

I wanted to do a little clay brooch, with a clay head piece, but they were destroyed while they cooked. Unfortunately Scupley III sucks for small detail items.

It took a while to cut everything out, and trying to get it all even, but I totally enjoyed it - it was a tough project but so rewarding in the end!

I also posted the doll on my DeviantArt account.
6  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Little Red Fox on: October 31, 2011 10:58:22 PM
I decided that my son would parade around as a little red fox this year!

I found a great hat tutorial at http://clearkid.deviantart.com/art/Typhlosion-Hat-Tutorial-116825139?q=gallery%3Aclearkid%2F9494194&qo=4 and decided that I could alter it into a lovely little fox! Which I did!

A cute little fox-tail, some black arm-bands and an applique white fox-belly and the costume was done! I am glad I took the extra time on the little details, like the tail and the ears! The whole toque came out looking really professional, and everyone loved his little outfit!

More pictures are available on my DeviantArt account.
7  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Little Birds Quilt - 18.5"x 16" on: October 02, 2011 01:56:09 PM
I made this sweet little quilt from a beautiful book I purchased called Little Birds by Design Collective - this specific pattern was designed by Anita Peluso. I really loved making it because it was super quick and a perfect baby-shower gift for my friend who doesn't know the gender of her baby yet.

I had some issues with my machine, though.

It's not suited for free-form quilting, the feed-dogs don't lower; so I had to do a tight zig-zag stitch around the birds, and reduce the amount of extra details the birds originally had.

The birds were all supposed to have little feathers on their heads or little loops.

Plus wings and tail feathers or loops.

And because I didn't know my machine wouldn't do this BEFORE I sewed the quilt to the back, I would have embroidered little details by hand.

I do really love the binding fabric, I was looking everywhere for some nice fabric and this was the only one that really looked good with the other fabrics.

Finished size is 18.5x16" - perfect for transport between the car in a baby-bucket {carseat}.

Next time I'll be borrowing my mom's machine for detailed quilting work. I know her feed-dogs go down and I can always purchase a free-form quilting-foot for her machine -- I don't think my machine even has options like that {it's like a kids model with very little stitch-options, but it was all I could afford at the time}.
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Making clothes for a larger busted mom! [Help] on: September 30, 2010 10:43:53 PM
I have a big problem, well, a sized DD-bra problem! XD

I want to make some clothes for myself, I'm still breastfeeding my little guy {he's 16 months} and I am tired of wearing stretched out t-shirts, the same old breast-feeding tops and tank tops. Plus, winter is around the corner and I want to start looking more like a woman and less like a run-down mom!

I'm not really into vintage clothes, and I have a problem with button up shirts {because the buttons always pull and the waist of the shirt is ALWAYS 4" too short and the waist, itself is ALWAYS too large!} I have a small waist and not very big hips. My bottoms fit into a small and my top is a large, with the middle being small-to-medium sized!

Anyone have any reccommendations for styles? Or where to start looking? Or what is even in fashion for big busted moms? I'm only 27, but I don't want to try looking like a "diva," I just want to not end up on "What Not To Wear!" LOL
9  CANADA / British Columbia / Langley Knitter looking for more Crafty friends! on: August 04, 2009 11:43:43 AM
I know, it sounds like a personal add! I was wondering if there were any crafty people out in the Langley area who are baby-friendly and looking to get together sometime? I'm looking to expand my friend-circle and get some good knitting/crochet time in! I'm also on Ravelry with the same Username.
10  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Crafty new Journal on: April 07, 2009 02:23:54 PM
I have a few Strathmore Sketchbooks, and as much as I love them - their papers are nice and smooth, and it's easy to tear out - I really dislike the covers. That ugly green does nothing for me, so when I got another little 5.5" x 8.5" sketchbook on sale, I decided this one would be "A Collection" of misc. bits.

I've started to get back into scrapbooking, and I really love to journal, sketch, collect little papers {like old tags or designed paper from misc. objects} and I decided that I also needed something to get me inspired. So this book is going to be a collection of those things. I'll include scrapbooking, quotes I enjoy, inspiring little designs I acquire and slap 'em all into one spot!

Onto the pictures!

The original sketchbook

The front cover. I used some new paper I got from Michaels {in one of those packs, it was on sale!} And the bookmark is a La Senza tag that I covered with a sticker {pink on one side, blue on the other} and attached with some green ribbon.

Inside you can see how I PROPERLY covered the front {the front paper follows through over the binding holes and has a seam-allowance for the inside paper}, and you can see my beginning list of goals. The second page has some fun little tag from some clothing, my hubby's name in Chinese characters and some little cut out designs from a tea-bag wrapper. {I've also recently added a little quote in that empty space there}.

The back cover, with a little bird I cut out from the front-cover paper. And you can see how I messed up on the inside paper. I didn't fully think through the back cover before I glued it down, so it's not as nice looking on the inside as the front cover.

Anyway! I hope you enjoyed my inspiration journal! I hope to add more fun pages later and get my goal list down {I'm planning on adding more to it later, too}! I hope I inspire you to cover your old sketchbooks or new ones, and start something fun and creative! <33
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