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11  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / Easy peasy dog toy on: July 26, 2012 11:07:09 AM
My 13 week old lab puppy has a thing for empty water bottles. He LOVES them.  Because it is a relatively safe thing for him to destroy, I let him play with them occasionally under supervision to make sure he doesn't eat any of the plastic pieces.  Mostly he just crunches on it and enjoys the noise.  A lady at our puppy class was describing how she buys cheap stuffed animals and then removes the stuffing and stuffs them with bottles for her puppy and it gave me an idea.

I took an empty water bottle, threw some kibble in there, and wrapped a piece of fleece fabric around it and knotted the ends.  Voila, super simple, easy peasy dog toy that kept my pup enthralled for a while.

I didn't take pictures of the steps but I think they are pretty self-explanatory.  If not, I can make another with pics.
12  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / Another dog toy on: June 21, 2012 01:27:42 PM
I am making a few dog toys to try out with my dogs at home before I make a huge batch and donate to the humane society.  This toy is made with three different colors of fleece and because I made it for my boyfriend's dog who is part shepherd and part dobie (and HUGE!) it had to be a bit stronger than it would be if made with 3" strips of fleece.  For his toy, I braided three strips of fleece that were 5 inches wide.  My boyfriend had to help me knot it because it was so bulky that it was hard for me to knot it tightly.  We will see how long it lasts.  Fleece is going on sale at Joanns very soon so I should be able to make small, medium, and large toys to donate to our humane society. Smiley

13  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / Dog toy on: June 20, 2012 04:58:25 PM
I found this tutorial on pinterest  http://punquin.livejournal.com/934455.html and because we have a new puppy and he is teething like there is no tomorrow, I decided to try to make some dog toys.  I could not really justify spending almost ten dollars per toy at Petsmart when he is just going to destroy them within a few days or weeks.  I have a few chunks of fleece laying around in my fabric stash to I decided to try my hand at a tug toy. 

It turned out well. I braided it nice and tight and the dogs seem to really like it. I know our local animal shelter is always in need of dog toy donations so I think I am going to buy up a bunch of fleece from Joanns (since it going on sale soon!) and make about 20 or so to donate.   
14  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / Halloween Set for the new baby rats! on: October 23, 2011 10:24:03 PM
My daughter and I just got two new baby rats.  Because Halloween is coming up, I made this cage set for them.  I am totally in love with the pumpkin and the cubes.  I have decided that I will use this set even when it's not in season just because I love it so much. Smiley  My daugther was thrilled with the pumpkin.  We are decorating the rat cage with it all tomorrow.

The set includes a cage blanket, 2 pocket hammocks, 2 cubes (one 8inch and one 6inch), and the awesome pumpkin. 
15  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / can't afford to have my quilt finished at the store, need help doing it at home on: June 21, 2011 12:44:02 PM
I made a big 70" X 70" quilt for my daughter. (well, quilt top).  I was thinking about having the quilting and binding done at the quilt shop down the street. The issues is that now their prices went up and for a quilt that size, the quilting and binding will cost meover $100.  I am willing to do it myself but I am sooooo worried about messing it up. Sad  I have a Singer Simple sewing machine that I hate but can't afford to replace right now.  Does anyone have suggestions for me?  If there are awesome tutorials out there for quilting and binding at home (without a fancy machine) I would really appreciate links. 

I have plenty of fabric so I could make a test sample quilt if I needed something to get the hang of it before I try it on her big quilt.
16  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Nook Ereader Sleeves on: May 31, 2011 04:13:20 PM
My boyfriend just bought a Nook and I wanted to make him a cover.  And since I found an awesome tutorial, I decided to make myself one too. Smiley I used fusible fleece and quilting fabric to make his cover.

For mine, I used polar fleece as the inner layer, with flannel backed with fusible fleece as the outer.  The covers are very cushy and are doing a good job of protecting our awesome Nooks!

17  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / first time quilt on: June 03, 2010 11:55:24 AM
I have a 6 yr old daughter who LOVES blankets.  I would really love to make her a simple quilt for her bed.  I recently made her a simple patchwork skirt which turned out nicely.  That is the only experience I have with sewing anything "quilt-like".  Can you guys direct me to any websites/books with instructions and suggestions for a first-time quilter? I have searched the internet but not found much. Thank you in advanced. Smiley 
18  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / anyone make their own clothes for work? (teachers especially) on: May 20, 2010 10:00:49 AM
Are there any teachers out here who make some of their own clothes to wear to work?  I am a beginner in sewing.  I will be student teaching in fall and would like to make a few skirts to wear while student teaching ( I HATE wearing dress pants!) and am looking for easy patterns. 

So basically, I am just wondering what easy patterns you guys like that still look appropriate for teaching in and also, what kind of shoes do you wear with the clothes for work?  I am a bit lost in the shoe department...
19  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Completed Projects / here is my first overdyed yarn on: July 31, 2009 07:29:03 PM
So I bought two balls of Serenity Sock Yarn at Joann for $3 each. I figured I could try some cheaper yarn before diving into the more expensive yarns I want.  I did not like the color though, it was blue with gray and white.  I thought, "Hey! I could dye this a different color!" It is a wool, bamboo, nylon blend so I was interested to see how it would take the dye.

Here it is:

20  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Completed Projects / More Kool aid dyeing! on: July 25, 2009 10:27:20 PM
This is more Fisherman's Wool, I bought a bunch of it with 40% off coupons at Joann.  I dyed this one with black cherry, cherry, orange, and blue raspberry kool aid. 

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