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21  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Felt garlands with mistletoe and holly on: December 10, 2007 04:51:31 PM
I loved all of the garlands and felt Christmas objects that I've seen on Craftster this year, like

and was inspired to make these!

One says Happy Holidays with mistletoe between the letters, and the other says Merry Xmas, with holly. Closeups:

(that one was inspired by mistletoe present toppers in a Martha Stewart mag this month, I admit it!)

It was pretty easy--I cut the leaf shapes, and then sewed down the middle of each, sewing them onto a piece of ribbon in the process. I then sewed berries on top. For the letters, the circle was sewn onto the ribbon and then I sewed a felt letter to each circle.

I think they turned out cute! I was going to give one to my dad for Christmas, but I'm finding myself kind of attached to them both. Smiley
22  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Moderator wedding gift on: September 26, 2007 08:14:22 PM
So, I asked the moderators to contribute something to my wedding this summer, and this is the beautiful object they made:

(I put it on a purple shawl so you can see the beautiful details)

I sent yarn to everyone and asked anyone who wanted to to knit or crochet a section that was 3 feet long and as wide as they wanted. Then I sewed all the sections together. Everyone used such different patterns and techniques, some people even added beads to match my wedding colors--I thought it turned out so beautifully!! It's such a special keepsake of the love I felt surrounded by on that day. Here's how we used it at the ceremony, on the table with the programs and everything:

23  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Blue spectrum--sawtooth star quilt on: September 23, 2007 08:13:29 PM
This is my first quilt in a long time, and my first quilt ever that wasn't a tied, blocky baby quilt!

It's a sawtooth star pattern, from "The Complete Guide to Quiltmaking" by Diana McClun and Laura Nownes (a great, great book--I had only the faintest clue what I was doing and this walked me through the entire process). Superstich helped me a ton also! It's in between a baby quilt size and a twin quilt size, because I was going to make it twin quilt size but I got tired of putting together blocks  Tongue, quilted around and inside the stars and in lines around the sides. I used this beautiful set of gradated blue fabrics that I got from my LFS, and used the scraps to make a gradated inner edging. It's backed by a pretty firework patterned fabric that matches the blues of the quilt.

It's a wedding present for a good friend of mine, and I'm giving it to her tomorrow--I hope she likes it! And I am totally into quilting now...I just started cutting pieces for a new baby quilt!
24  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / A couple simple wristwarmers on: September 23, 2007 08:04:23 PM
I made these for personal swaps--I'd forgotten how nice it is to do something with immediate gratification!

Irish Hiking Wristwarmers, made out of Frog Tree merino, so soft and yummy!! I only modified the ribbing on the top of the wristwarmers.

Band cuffs, made out of, I think, knit picks worsted wool. Fun pattern!
25  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Reupholstery--blah couch to snazzy couch! on: September 23, 2007 07:42:02 PM
We got our couch for free on Craigs List years ago, and it's pretty comfy, but it was ugly as hell.

Tan faux-suede, worn off in patches, stained, lumpy sides, and weird poofy arms!

So I bought a whole bunch of yards of grey plaid cotton velvet at the fabric store, staple gun staples, and got to work. A week, lots of swearing, and many episodes of the new Doctor Who later:

Yay! I want to recover the chair to match, but I think it'll be awhile until I work up the energy again. I love it though!

I didn't use any pattern, not even tracing the fabric that came off (because I wanted to create a different shape entirely), just a lot of stapling, tugging, and some glue (I created those front sections on each side by wrapping cardboard with batting and fabric and glueing them to the front of the couch).
26  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / EmilyFlew's orange & red wedding crafts--now with (TONS of) wedding pictures!! on: June 11, 2007 06:37:05 PM
So I really love and am inspired by everyone's threads with all their wedding crafts in one place, and I wanted to show off some of mine! Our date is July 28, it's going to be a pretty casual affair with decorations in oranges and reds and yellows. I'm having fun planning everything!!

Our save-the-date postcards, info on the back

Invites, designed and made totally from scratch:

Bridesmaid gifts--totebags I embroidered and filled with goodies from chinatown (slippers, parasols, fans, candies, pashminas, coin purses, toys)

Favors--plastic bags ordered from ebay, filled with chinese fortune telling fish, party blowers, jumping frogs, chinese candies, drink umbrellas, and my favorite--fireworks glasses, the ones that make all the lights in the room all sparkly and shiny!

Favors all together:

And my project for today--"lanterns" to decorate the windowsills at the reception and add more color and candle light. They're cheap glasses from kmart, covered with different papers in our colors and they'll have votive candles in them.


I'll keep posting wedding crafts as I get them done, I'm sure I'll have many more!

We got married, it was so fun!!! It was a lot of work getting everything organized, and a pretty crazy weekend, but it was a wonderful time and I'm loving being a new wifey!  Wink

Some more crafts and DIY stuff from the day:
My hubby's cousin made the cake, an amazing red velvet covered with fondant.

My girlfriends helped me make the name tags for the table:

My coworker did my hair, and her friend did my makeup. My grandmother made the sash, and that's her wedding dress:

I ordered the flowers online and my mom and aunt made all the flower arrangements, including the centerpieces in the pots that she made for the occasion. I made the table numbers with extra paper supplies and sticky vinyl letters from Staples.

The wonderful craftster moderators made this amazing table runner, which I'm going to post in a separate thread:

Hubby and I wrote the programs (included pages about us and about the historic site we got married at, people seemed to like it!) and I added the tags to the birdseed bags (which were ordered from oriental trading co along with the fans you see in the above picture)

Here's an image of how we used the colored paper candles, along with paper lanterns and drinking glasses used as vases for extra flowers:

My new brother-in-law played the music for the ceremony (from The Life Aquatic), despite a raging case of shingles!

and one of the groomsman played DJ!

And some more pictures, just to show how fun it was. Smiley

(we told lady attendants to wear anything black, and my grandmother made sashes for them, and told the boy attendants to wear any grey suit and warm-colored tie)

27  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Does a website like this exist for selling photography? on: March 29, 2007 08:54:52 PM
I'm looking for a website, like cafepress, but for photos. I'd like to upload photos I've taken to them and have a shop of my photos and have them take the orders, create the prints and ship them out, and then send me the profit from the photos. I feel like there should be such a thing out there--has anyone run into this? Thanks in advance for your help! Smiley
28  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Print o' the wave pillows! on: December 20, 2006 09:06:38 PM
I started making Eunny Jang's beautiful print o' the wave stole and got about a quarter of the way through before remembering that I don't wear shawl-type things! So I decided to use the pattern for pillow panels for a christmas present for my mom.

They're in mohair, I think, backed and edged with pale green raw silk, with zippers so you can take the pillows out (and which I messed up only a little on). They're about 12 inches by 16 inches. Yay for being done with christmas presents!
29  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / hummingbird xmas present on: December 20, 2006 09:00:42 PM
Yay finished my dad's christmas present!

I'm still learning embroidery technique--this is my most complicated project yet. It's little, about 4 inches wide, and I'm going to frame it for him. I love free embroidery though--so fun!
30  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Naughty Knitting book! on: December 15, 2006 01:37:53 PM
I just saw this on Boing Boing and I totally want it! sex-ay!

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