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261  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: The transformation of a plain white table. on: June 12, 2007 02:23:18 PM
I just love it!  You did a fantastic job with the mosaic, it looks so great.  Too bad about not having a patio, but I think it would be fabulous inside the house, too.

262  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: Swatch portraits = lovely, cheap art idea. on: June 05, 2007 09:54:24 AM
I love it.  that's such a great idea, and yours look great!  I don't think I could glue them together, maybe I could just pin them around the back.  Although, I suppose that might make them a little too bulky...  I'm always finding new fabrics that become my favorite fabrics, and I like changing things up.  Do you think it would work okay if they weren't glued down like in the tutorial?
263  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Cabled Cardi --- 1st knit garment on: June 05, 2007 09:44:48 AM
That looks fantastic!  I love sweaters, but making them scares me. I can't believe it's your first knit garment!  I just love it, and it looks great on you.
264  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: First wire ring on: June 05, 2007 09:40:20 AM
ooh, that's really pretty!  I'd love to have something like that to wear, but I don't know if I'd be any good at making jewelery.
by the way, your photo looks fantastic, too!
265  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Pink Batik Handbag on: June 05, 2007 09:15:47 AM
love, love, love.  That is some really great fabric.  I'd love to see the green, too!
266  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Stitch n' Pitch bag on: June 05, 2007 09:14:33 AM
That's really cool!  I love all the little details with the embroidery and the sequins!
267  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: octopi for charity on: June 05, 2007 09:12:30 AM
They're really cute, and for a good cause, too!

thanks for sharing!
268  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Both Trinkets and Jewlery (Img Heavy) on: June 05, 2007 09:11:41 AM
I saw your paper beads and I just had to comment!  I had forgotten all about making paper beads, but looking at these brought back happy memories of sitting on my grandma's floor rolling paper with sticky fingers.  Yours are great!  I also like your friendship bracelets.

keep up the great work!
269  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: Tiny turtles went to the park (IMG heavy) on: June 05, 2007 09:04:59 AM
Oh my gosh!  They're so adorable! 
Thanks for the link to the pattern, I'm begging my brother to make one for me now!
270  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Kin-D-Garten Floor Pillows -- Caution, Bright Colors! on: May 31, 2007 08:42:36 PM
Ever since my daughter started kindergarten last fall I've learned to love my 6 1/2 hours of "free" time during the day.  It's amazing how quickly those hours are spent up running errands and cleaning, though.  I swear there's some kind of magic there, but I digress. 

Some how I occasionally manage to fit some sewing time in there, an important thing for my sanity and perhaps someday make some kind of tangible profit from.  I woke up yesterday with the best intentions of getting a couple of things I've finished up on Etsy and start a few new things.  I had the house already tidied up, didn't have to go anywhere, and had a stack of fabrics calling out to me.  I was set!

Until, that is, my daughter's teacher says she has a little project for me.  I love to volunteer for the school as much as I can, so of course I agree to help out.  The project is to recover the classroom floor pillows.  (There's a huge iron bathtub in the classroom full of these pillows, it's so great for the kids)  so I spent my precious 6 1/2 hours shopping for the fabric and notions, ending up well over the cash Mrs. H gave me, and planning out the pillow cases.  I sewed all afternoon, and well into the night, but I managed to get all but three of the pillows finished!

NEway, on to the pictures!

Here's a big stack of them.  There were 3 big pillows that I finished before dd was out of school and the aforementioned 3 pillows that weren't yet done when I took the pic, but you get the idea.

I did zippers on the covers so they can be removed and washed easily.  This fabric was so fantastic. nice and sturdy for the kids to jump and sit on, and such fun bright colors. 

Oh, a little advice! If you're covering cushions or pillows for kids I highly suggest using a few hand stitches to hold the zippers closed.  curious little hands just love unzipping!  I did this for these pillows before I dropped them off.

This is just a little detail shot I did of some machine embroidery over the felt I used to make shapes on the pillows.  I used all the shapes from their shapes worksheet.  there were eight shapes total, from circle and square to rhombus and trapezoid!  so fun!

So that's my big Kin-D-Garten pillow project story.  Sure, I ended the day way behind my schedule and having spent money without making any money, but it was totally worth it.  The kids just went crazy when I dropped them off this morning (by the way, Daughter and I always ride our bikes to and from school, you should have seen me riding down the road with a stack of pillows on my lap all the way up to my chin, and a big bag of pillows on my back.  Good fun, good fun.)  Mrs. H was really happy, too, and that's great because she is just the best, grooviest K teacher ever!

Thanks for looking!
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