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1  sunny birthday dress in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by hotfudge on: November 25, 2009 09:43:13 AM
My youngest daughter turned 5 on Sunday, so I made her a dress.  When at the fabric store a few months ago, she saw this fabric and insisted she must have a dress out of it.  I bought the fabric then and told her I'd do it when I had more time - probably in the spring.  However, this pillowcase style dress was so easy to do, I whipped it up the afternoon before her birthday.  Very pleased with how it turned out.
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2  Let the WILD RUMPUS start! in Halloween Costumes by hotfudge on: November 01, 2009 12:29:03 PM
I've never entered one of these challenges, but I'm so pleased with these costumes, I just had to.  I know many have done Max and I've seen a few (some amazing) wild things, but here is my craft challenge entry of Max and 4 of the Wild Things:

I apologize for not having any in progress pics, but with 5 kids to outfit and "help", it gets a bit too chaotic for that.  Anyway, here's a rundown of what I did.  All of their outfits are made out of yards of fleece, except for the dark grey, which is a plain sweat suit.  Their hoods are from a basic balaclava pattern I found on line and freehanded their beaks, horns, ears, teeth, etc.  I made templates for the girls and they used sharpies to drawn on all of their feathers and scales.  Most of the claws are from felt, as is the bird beak.  Not pictured, is a red yarn "wig" headband that my youngest daughter had to go with her costume. They even had shoe covers to coordinate with their character.  All of the characters were based on this pic from the book:

The Max costume was made using a Simplicity pattern for the basic parts, but highly modified with the button placket on on the front and the hood, which was done free hand.  The ears are free hand and the crown is made from posterboard painted gold and leftover faux fur from the tail.  The tail is faux fur, stuffed at the end for fulness and the top was just glued shut as turning that stuff was a more daunting task than I cared to undertake.  The whiskers are black pipe cleaners running through 2 holes in the hood and twisted.  I may be biased, but I think he's the cutest "Max" ever.

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3  Re: Kids Craft and Swap Rnd 2 GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by hotfudge on: July 28, 2009 07:10:49 AM
My apologies for being so tardy in posting pics of all the great stuff my kids received.  I did my best, but don't have pics of everything.  So, if those that sent to my kids have better pics of all of the great stuff, feel free to post them and share.  I will say that all of my kids loved their packages - even my little ones got spoiled by koalascout.  Thanks everyone!

First pics - what Caemlyn received from Tess/Wignatz

close-up of the t-shirt and very cool shrinky dink bracelet with cats on it

all of it

Second - what Zephram received from Maverick/Crazyda79

painted folder and personalized art kit (he also got a very cool magnet, but I don't have a pic of it)

inside the folder - artwork by Maverick

Last - what Kezia (and me and my little ones) received from Beth/koalascout

cutest froggy backpack, and even the cute denim skirt

all of it - well most of it anyway.  there was so much stuff, that by the time I was able to take pics, I wasn't able to gather it all together.  if you have more/better pics koalascout, please share the amazing mass of stuff you sent.  all of my little ones were thrilled.

even a small package just for me.  now I finally have my own stitch markers, so cool.

Thanks again everyone, you all rocked!
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4  Easter Dresses for my 3 girls in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by hotfudge on: April 15, 2009 01:41:46 PM
Once again, I made my 3 girls new dresses for Easter.  Same fabric, but different patterns for each.  I even crocheted the cropped cardi for my youngest.  Pics were taken rather late in the day, so they're all a bit wrinkled.
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5  baby sweater set in Crochet: Completed Projects by hotfudge on: February 15, 2009 12:34:13 PM
Made this set real quick this week for a friend's baby shower.  Got the pattern for the sweater and the booties off of Ravelry (free) and made up the hat as I went along.  If anyone wants a link to the patterns I used, I'd be happy to look them up.

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6  dandelion skirt for my daughter - lots of pics in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by hotfudge on: February 04, 2009 12:46:40 PM
I decided (very last minute) to enter the Sewing with Nature contest. http://craftzine.com/sewingwithnature/  I made a basic a-line skirt for my daughter using white muslin that I hand-dyed with spinach leaves.  I then appliqued on the dandelion stem and leaves and attached the eyelash yarn with free-motion.  For the blown "seed", I tied a piece of the yarn in a loose knot and sewed them on with brown thread as the stems.  It's pretty basic and simple, but I'm pleased with how it turned out.  Dyed the fabric yesterday and made the whole thing today. 

This was the best pic I had that showed the brown stems on the blown seeds.

And, an action shot of my daughter spinning.
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7  kids' aprons in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by hotfudge on: January 18, 2009 06:45:39 PM
Made these aprons for a friend's kids before they moved on New Year's.  It was a late request, so I had to use what fabric I had on hand.  I think they turned out pretty cute.  My own pattern, reversible, with a snap on the neck strap.
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8  Nativity for mom in Amigurumi: Completed Projects by hotfudge on: December 04, 2008 07:34:52 AM
I've seen the other nativities posted here and just had to make one for my mom since she collects them.  I got the pattern from gourmet crochet.  She got it in the mail yesterday, and I'm just hoping she didn't laugh too hard.  Although, she probably got teary instead.

And while I'm at it, I might as well share the slippers I whipped up last night for my daughter's friend's birthday today.
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9  Lil' Red and the Big Bad Wolf, Belle and more... in Halloween Costumes by hotfudge on: November 04, 2008 02:40:13 PM
I'm quite proud of most of my kids' costumes this year.  I made the cape for Lil' Red last year for my youngest DD, but made a new skirt and belt for another DD this year.  And what good is Little Red without the Big Bad Wolf?  I used a pattern for the hood, but made the rest without patterns.  And now the fur is removed and he can wear the fleece pants and shirt whenever.

My youngest DD wanted to be Belle this year and helped pick out the fabrics.  I'm most proud of this one as I made it all, including the crown, without patterns.  The top and skirt are separate for easier dress-up use.

My oldest DS wanted to be a sage and re-used the costume we made for him last year, adding a batting beard very last minute.

And my oldest was a black pixie.  She made her tutu (no sew) and we made her wings out of knee highs and wire.  Too bad you can't see all the sparklies in the pic.

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10  flower duvet cover in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by hotfudge on: October 09, 2008 02:13:55 PM
I had a queen size duvet that I no longer needed.  DH suggested we give it to DD, even though she's only in a twin.  Having only a navy blue cover for it, I rummaged through my stash and found some fabric (and a sheet) that I had enough of to make a new cover.  It could be better, but I'm not very good at cutting such large pieces of fabric.  But, I'm quite pleased with the way it turned out.  DD will be quite surprised when she gets home from school this afternoon.

close up of the applique I added

It's not completely done, as I still need to decide how I want to keep the top closed.  Buttons or velcro?
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