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1  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / sunny birthday dress 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.
2  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Let the WILD RUMPUS start! 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.

3  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Easter Dresses for my 3 girls 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.
4  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / baby sweater set 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.

5  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / dandelion skirt for my daughter - lots of pics 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.
6  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / kids' aprons 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.
7  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Nativity for mom 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.
8  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Lil' Red and the Big Bad Wolf, Belle and more... 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.

9  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / flower duvet cover 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?
10  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / sock monkey blanket and hat on: October 09, 2008 02:08:19 PM
I was inspired by other sock monkey stuff I've seen on here, and since I needed to make a blanket for an unborn niece/nephew, I figured this was the perfect project.  I love the way the blanket turned out, and am still giggling over the hat.  I hope my SIL likes it.

close up of the hat
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