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1  It will be a hard Christmas for some in Crafty Charitable/Social Causes by allyinthevalley on: December 02, 2008 03:09:37 PM
So, I considered not posting this at all. But it occurred to me that it might serve as an encouragement to some and as a way to spread awareness for others. Then I considered not posting until I was completely done, but it won't do any good by that point. So I'm posting it now.

This year my husband and I had a miscarriage. There are a LOT of people out there that don't think that's a big deal, but mostly those people have never gone through one. For many, many women and their significant others, a miscarriage is an incredibly painful and traumatic experience, NO MATTER HOW FAR ALONG IN THE PREGNANCY THEY WERE.

My miscarriage gave me a chance to come in contact with a lot of other women who went through the same thing. And for those women who have had a miscarriage or infant death in this past year, the holidays are proving to be a difficult time. Most of us don't have any family or close friends that recognize this, or any tangible way to remember our lost loves.

That's why I made these stockings. First one for my baby, then more for the women that I have met who went through the same thing. (Each of them requested a stocking and they were made to their specifications.) I have several more that still have to be made. I know they're nothing wonderful, but for us they mean a lot. It's good for us to remember, and it's good to know that somebody else cares.

So I'm posting this in the hopes that I might open the eyes of some. Please, if you know someone who has lost a pregnancy or a baby in this year, please know that most (though, I admit, not ALL) women in their situation are smiling on the outside and crying on the inside. Please consider doing something for them in memory of their baby, so that they know that they are not alone and that they are not crazy for feeling the way that they do. I've been lucky enough to find a GREAT support group. Most women haven't. I know that everyone on this site is so talented and creative. Please think of using that this year for people who are hurting.

Off my rant now. Wink
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2  Blendina, Cynthia, and Madeline the dolls ;) in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by allyinthevalley on: October 19, 2008 08:58:38 PM
I'm working on these little dolls a lot these days. I love making them, as they each seem to develop a personality as I go along, and it's so much fun to come up with a little story for each of them.
So here are my three latest (or, I should say, two of my latest... Cynthia was made by a friend of mine)--




Hope you like them!
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3  Re: How's your Etsy shop doing now? in Selling Crafts on Etsy.com by allyinthevalley on: August 26, 2008 10:41:39 AM
The pretty new banners that Ren made for me:

I couldn't be happier with them!  Grin Grin Grin
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4  My very, very long (20 ft.) scarf in Knitting: Completed Projects by allyinthevalley on: August 22, 2008 10:36:27 AM
Well, it's been done before, but not exactly like this. I searched Craftster for Dr. Who inspired scarfs (like this one), and with as long as they all were, this one beats all! (Mwuah, hahahahah!! I'm entirely too pleased with myself for this...)

Okay, I'm a nerd. I love Doctor Who. I've wanted Tom Baker's scarf since I was a little kid. So I finally taught myself to knit just to make this one. So, here is my first knitting project EVER. It took me right under a month to make. It is 10 inches wide by 20 feet long. To measure it, I had to unroll it across my entire living room and dining room. And yes, I plan on wearing it everywhere, and possibly saving the world while I'm at it.

Also, I now consider myself an expert at the garter stitch.

The Doctor with his scarf:

Thanks for looking,

P.S. The colors look a bit off in the pictures. They're significantly more subdued in real life. No bright blues or anything...
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5  Re: Dead Like Me Gallery in The Swap Gallery by allyinthevalley on: April 13, 2008 08:25:23 AM
Hey everyone,
I sort of half-angelled for CrochetAdikt. She had someone else angel for her, too, who apparently dropped out Huh and another person is supposedly really spoiling her.
I was really sick during all of this, so forgive the lack of items. I made a Der Waffle Haus apron and a God Save the Queen choker. Wasn't too happy with how the choker turned out, but it's been a hard month so, yeah...
Here is what I sent to her:

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6  My Sister's 20th B-day mini-tiered cake in Dessert by allyinthevalley on: April 05, 2008 08:22:12 PM
Tomorrow's my baby sister's 20th birthday!!  Shocked None of the family can believe that she's not a little girl anymore. Today I threw her a bit of a surprise birthday party, and made her a red velvet cake. She's been very much into wedding planning lately (as some girls do when they're in love, which she is), and so I made it tiered like a mini wedding cake. Thought she'd get a kick out of that.  Roll Eyes Plus, it had to have strawberries on it, because she likes having strawberries at all of her birthdays. Her own little tradition I suppose.

This was a Martha Stewart recipe. I liked it, though I think I've made red velvets in the past that I liked better. I really wasn't a fan of the frosting, which made too much and was hard to work with. I won't use it again.  Tongue

I'm a sucker for close-up pictures of food. And everything else. My micro option gets used a LOT on my camera. Smiley

And a tiny little slice from the tiny top cake on a tiny little plate.

Looking at the pictures, I'm a little disappointed. It looked better when not viewed through a camera. Still, it tasted good and sister of mine was very pleased.

Thanks for looking.  Wink
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7  My dog pillow~ An attempt at being eco-friendly. in Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects by allyinthevalley on: March 30, 2008 07:26:29 PM
First of, let me just say that I feel sort of lame posting this, because when I opened Craftster to do so I saw in Hot Topics this really cute little fleece dog bed that kicks this one's butt.  Roll Eyes Oh well.
I thought I could make the dog a cheaper pillow than the $35 ones they sell at Walmart, and succeeded in doing so using garage sale fabric and a GIANT stash of plastic grocery bags to fill it. (I used every last one that we had, by the way.) Smiley That is the only reason that I bother posting this. I know that a lot of the people on this site are way into recycling, and thought that they may appreciate the idea.

Ignore my half painted walls in the background, please.

Rose (the dog) seems to like it.  Grin

My girls love their puppy, and she's so tolerant of them. Also, excuse my children's appearances. It's the end of the day, the older is in pajamas, and the younger is covered in ketchup.  Roll Eyes

(I didn't need that many pictures, but I just think my pup is really cute.)
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8  Re: Neil Gaiman Gallery of Wonders! in The Swap Gallery by allyinthevalley on: March 05, 2008 11:32:45 AM
Oh! Oh! I just got my package from zkitten, which I am WAY too excited about!! So my apologies to those of you with dial-up, because I am going to post far too many pictures here!!
First, everything together:

Closeup of a Circus' worth of mice (not all of them are even shown here!)

They're sitting on top of an awesome handmade (?) journal, which is filled with fabulous little Gaiman-y stickers, such as this:

I LOVE this MirrorMask Clockwork doll:

A little closer:

And a LITTLE closer still (I'm a sucker for the details-- the little wound up wires, the tiny clock face):

And then there's a Death necklace that I adore, and which hasn't left my neck since after I took this picture:


(Ignore my smug little face there, please. I despise taking pictures of myself.)
And as if all of that's not enough, zkitten says that she has another package to send out with some things that she forgot to include!!! I'm in heaven!  Grin
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9  A Christmas Tree... well.... kind of. in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by allyinthevalley on: December 12, 2007 02:46:57 PM
This is a set of 3 paintings that make one that I painted for my aunt for Christmas. They're oil paint on canvas. The color is a bit off. They're a good deal darker in person.
Here they are at an angle, which I like because they blend into each other. Smiley

Angled from the top:

Straight on:

A bit of a close-up:

I'm sure nobody is going to be in awe of these Roll Eyes, but I had fun and just wanted to share.  Smiley
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10  Emo pants and a princess dress (recons!) in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by allyinthevalley on: December 06, 2007 04:02:27 PM
It started with some ugly clothes that my sister brought over. I looked at one off-white, xl, lacy shirt and thought, "I could make my daughter a dress out of that." I did, and liked it so much that I've basically set aside 2/3 of my wardrobe for doing recons with. Here are a few I did in the last 24 hours.  Grin

I made these today. Little plaid pants for my 1 year old! (Let's all ignore her messy face and undone hair, shall we?)

They started out as a shirt from Hot Topic that I bought about a year ago. I got bleach stains on it the first time I wore it, and it has been of little use since then.

Close up-ish:

(Please ignore the background. We're in the middle of remodelling our dining room, so the floors are shot and there's paint everywhere.)
And the back:

They're so cute on her! Can't wait for her nightmare before Christmas shirt to be clean so that she can have a little baby goth thing going on.  Roll Eyes (The leftover material is going to be used to make sister a skirt.)
Older sister prefers dresses. "Princess Leia dresses", in particular. In other words, ones that are flowy. And she has to have buns on the side of her head, too. So I took this shirt, which is an XL that was bought for this purpose at the Salvation Army (I've already started cutting it here):

And made this dress:

It's okay, but it has this lace up front, which she keeps pulling tight and then the neckline goes all wonky. If she would just leave it alone and be perfectly still at all times, it would be much better.  Undecided
So that's all for now. But I'm going to take a pic of the first dress I made and post that later. Smiley

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