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1  Kids Camera Case in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by straw_holder on: March 18, 2010 12:46:01 PM
My 6 year old got a kids camera for his birthday.  I really wanted him to have some sort of case to keep it in, but even after scouring the internet for *way* too long, I couldn't find anything I was happy with.  SO...I decided to jump in and just design one myself.  It is FAR from perfect, but he really loves it.  He loves the airplanes, and he loves that it has his name on it.  I like that it zips (so even when he swings it around, nothing falls out), and I like the little pocket inside (for keeping little candies or extra memory cards or whatever).  Gotta say that the zipper about killed me.   Shocked

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2  Tooth Pillow in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by straw_holder on: March 01, 2010 09:36:32 PM
My oldest son lost his first tooth yesterday, so I had to whip up a quick pillow for him to stick the tooth in for the tooth fairy.  I didn't embellish it much b/c I just didn't have time.  The mouth is a pocket, and yes, it does have a bit of a five o'clock shadow.   Cheesy

I used this tutorial:  http://mmmcrafts.blogspot.com/2009/02/tooth-pillow-revisited.html

My son and the pillow:

A closer view of the pillow:
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3  Doll, Bassinet, and Blanket in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by straw_holder on: February 28, 2010 05:13:20 PM
My four year old was invited to a birthday party, and we're broke so I decided to stash bust a little bit and make the gift.  I'm thrilled with how it all turned out.

I made this doll using the Black Apple doll tutorial on Martha Stewart.  (Sorry, don't know how to embed the links.)  http://www.marthastewart.com/article/black-apple-doll?autonomy_kw=black%20apple%20doll&rsc=header_1

The bassinet was created using this tutorial (which was featured on ucreate this weekend).  http://nothingfancyschmancy.blogspot.com/2009/11/baby-doll-bassinet-tutorial.html

Face detail.  The tutorial said to paint it on, but I don't have any paint, and I don't trust myself with paint, so I embroidered it instead. 

The bassinet.  I will definitely be making this again, but I think I will use some interfacing next time so it holds its shape a bit better.

The little lace trim on the hood:

The doll and her blanket.  I ran out of time, or she would have had buttons or pockets or something.  I think the dress is too plain.  I also realize that the arms are on upside down.  Oh well.  It's cute anyways. Cheesy

And all together:
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4  Simple Valentine's Shirts in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by straw_holder on: February 15, 2010 07:11:00 AM
These were super easy to make, but I think they turned out fairly cute.  It was my first time doing reverse applique, and I'm hoping they hold up in the wash.   Wink 

This one shows the detail a little better (I think little one feels the same way about Valentine's Day as I do Cheesy):
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5  My Denim Rag Quilt in Quilting: Completed Projects by straw_holder on: January 25, 2010 06:56:39 AM
Holy cow was this ever a LOT of work!  But totally worth it.  I didn't buy ANYTHING to make this quilt.  I used old jeans from our family (we have 2 boys who go through jeans so fast), and my sister in law sent me some jeans from her family as well (she has 4 boys).  The back is made from stash fabric scraps.  Even the thread was just what I had on hand, so there are several colors in there. 

Each side has 384 squares.  The colorful side has 18 rows that alternate the colors of the rainbow.  This thing was a beast to get through my sewing machine (the denim made it SO heavy), but the worst part was clipping the edges so it would fray.  I ended up with several bleeding blisters and it took me many hours to clip them all.

I learned a few lessons while making this.  Mainly, that stretch denim doesn't fray properly.   Tongue  But I still adore how it turned out, and we use it ALL the time as a picnic quilt or a place to sit and read outside.

Now for the pics (unfortunately, I don't have a good picture of the colorful side.  The kids weren't really wanting to get off of it....

Me, the baby, and the quilt

The denim side

This kind of shows how big it is

And just for fun (I used this pic on our Christmas cards)

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6  How I organized my fabric stash!! in Interior Decorating: Completed Projects by straw_holder on: March 01, 2009 09:55:43 PM
It's been a long time since I've sewn. Many things have contributed to that (time, finances, etc), but probably the biggest factor was the problem with my fabric. See, I have a closet in my bedroom that has been dedicated to my "stash". Unfortunately, my stash has grown a bit, and as it has multiplied, it has also become quite unruly. So much so, that I couldn't find anything and had no idea what was even in the closet. It was difficult to justify buying fabric when the perfect thing was probably just stuffed in there somewhere.

Well, thank goodness for nesting (I'm 7+ months preggo), because the problem has been dealt with. (Of course, I created a few more problems along the way, but we'll deal with those later.) The fabric is now under control.

Over the course of the last 2 days, I spent more than six hours folding fabric onto comic book boards. I got the idea and instructions from this website:  http://featheredfibers.wordpress.com/2008/02/28/fabric-stash-organization-and-tutorial/

Thankfully, Las Vegas has many comic book stores, so I hit up two of them and bought a bunch of the boards. A pack of 100 boards was under $10, so it wasn't too expensive, and I really like how it made the fabric more uniform. (For the record, I used about 250 boards total.)

After folding all the fabric, I sorted it by color, and then got permission from my husband to put it on the living room bookshelf. Most husbands probably wouldn't tolerate an entire bookshelf full of fabric in the living room, but mine didn't even blink at the idea. I think it's because I tolerate 4 huge computer monitors stuck on our bedroom wall. It's give and take in this marriage.  Wink (The problem this created is that I now have a pile of books that have nowhere to go...but like I said...I'll deal with that later.)

So anyways, then I had to tackle the rest of the closet and the pieces of fabric that were too big or too small for the boards. I organized my scraps by color and then sorted them into little clear shoeboxes. The too big pieces I stacked in a bigger bucket and put it on the top shelf of the closet.

I also organized my notions: elastic, bias tape, rick-rack, piping, zippers, velcro, measuring tapes, embroidery floss, trim, etc. Some are in the drawers, and some are in the clear shoeboxes.

Overall, I'm absolutely THRILLED with my results. The project cost just about $50 total, and about 14 hours of work. Tomorrow I will have to figure out a plan for the books that were misplaced, but that will be simple compared to the work that went into this project.

And now, for the pictures...

All of my fabric folded onto boards and organized on my bookcase:

My closet all nice and neat:

And here's the before. Yes, almost all of that fabric was stuffed into this little closet...
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7  Re: Bargain Hunter Swap Round 4 in The Swap Gallery by straw_holder on: March 12, 2008 01:13:35 PM
Sorry for not posting this sooner.  This is an action shot of the beautiful pink headband that crochetadikt made for me.  It's hard to see, but there are beads on it.  Sorry I couldn't get a better picture.  I did the best I could.  (Oh and please ignore my broken-out forehead.  yuck.)

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8  Re: Make-A-Friend Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by straw_holder on: March 12, 2008 01:08:08 PM
I'm so excited to report that I have received from guineverefree.  Here are the awesome goodies she sent!

The postcards and pictures:

Stationery items.  She gave me these really fun pens, and homemade notecards that I love!  As well as thank you cards in my favorite colors (have already used one!)

Get to Know you Items.  (Just have to add that the lotion she sent smells AWESOME!)

Small items.  She blew me away with her awesome crochet. 

and this was straight off of my wist!

surprise!  it's to hold chapstick:

I think that's everything.  I absolutely love it all!  Thank you, Jen!

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9  Retro fruit apron (bias tape madness...lots of pics) in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by straw_holder on: March 03, 2008 06:03:25 PM
I didn't anticipate what a pain this apron would be to make.  I should have guessed though, when I realized I would be sewing on seven yards of 1/4 inch bias tape. Tongue  I kind of hate bias tape. 

It gave me a ton of grief and i had to rip sections out several times, but I'm very happy with the end result.

I used the free pattern found here: http://www.susanbranch.com/shopping/shop5-07/aprontest.pdf

and a silly pic with my uber cool pink spatula...
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10  Re: Bargain Hunter Swap Round 4 in The Swap Gallery by straw_holder on: February 28, 2008 08:24:23 PM
I received today from CrochetAdikt, and I adore everything she sent!  She didn't include a price list, so hopefully she'll post one sometime.

Here's what I got:

She made these wonderful doilies, bookmark, earrings, etc.  Aren't they beautiful?

Fabric scraps that will go on my pink quilt...

A crochet hook case and homemade hot chocolate mix (I think...haven't tasted it yet but it smells AWESOME!)

All sorts of supplies so I can learn to crochet.  The yarn is beautiful colors, and she sent a bunch of patterns. 

Last, but not least, she sent me a little surprise.  This made me laugh so hard because I can SO see something like this ending up in a box that I mail out.  When you have kids, stuff like this happens... Cheesy

Thanks again, Rachel, for a great swap.  You were such a fun partner!
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