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1  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Feather Baby Boot-ies on: October 13, 2009 06:49:49 PM
New pair of booties! 6-9 months size, Hand embroidered with variegated thread and machine sewn together. I really like how the feathers turned out!

2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Valentine Pendants - Embroidered Felt on: January 13, 2009 04:29:31 PM

3  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / I have cloth baby diapers and wool diaper covers...now I just need the baby! on: January 10, 2009 07:13:01 PM
I love cloth diapers! I used the old fashioned prefold with pins kind with my twins, who are now 4 years old.  But then I found all these wonderful patterns to make your own fitted diapers and I knew I had to make them after I found out I was pregnant. Well, I am 7 months pregnant..and have been sewing for 7 months  Grin

for the diapers i relied mostly on this pattern; www.fernandfaerie.com/sewing_fitteds.html and after much searching I found this great pattern for the diaper covers where I could print off an actual pattern for 5 different sizes,http://katrinassqs.blogspot.com/2007/10/free-soaker-pattern.html. This by far the best diaper cover pattern/instructions I found. 

I attacked my closet, my husband's closet (sshh, don't tell him), my fabric stash, cheap (and ugly) walmart fabric and the local consignment shop for all the fabric used. A variety of cotton, flannel, fleece and wool (for the covers). For the inside soaker part of the diaper I actually used the cloth diapers that I had already. I cut one in half, folded it and used those for two diapers. I am pretty sure they will work pretty well! The only thing I had to buy new was ribbing for the covers, elastic and velcro. I have 22 small diapers and 6 small covers, as well as 14 medium diapers and 7 covers. I am still working on more medium diapers but am so happy with how these have turned out I'll post some of them anyway. I figured I could take a little break before I start on the large diapers Grin

On to the pictures!

these are a few of the size small diapers and covers

medium diapers, i love the halloween one!

medium covers

small vs. medium

medium vs. small

and the insides

I found larger velcro for the size M and placed them outside the edge of the diaper vs. small and inside on the size S. I think the large velcro will work much better for a baby that size who is crawling around.

Would love your opinions and suggestions!! Thanks!
4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Embroidered Felt Falling Leaf Necklaces on: November 19, 2008 06:12:20 PM
Here are a couple of necklaces I just finished.  I love embroidering on felt and pleased with the look and feel of these. 

5  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / A dozen rural tree paintings. on: October 26, 2008 04:50:03 PM
These paintings are all done on illustration board with acrylic.  They measure 15" x 20"and are unmatted.  I've finished them over about the last year and a half showing some of all seasons.  I think the gray/blue winter trees are some of my favorite.  I am thinking about opening an etsy shop.  Do you think they would sell?  Any suggestions before I post them on etsy? Thanks!

cropped view of a labryinth meditation path

No, this one is definitely my favorite!

Thanks for looking and for all the help in advance!
6  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / snowman, wheat, church and grass seed bags on: October 25, 2008 11:58:04 AM
So for the last year I have either had no internet or no working camera, or both.  Well now I have a new camera and am taking pictures of everything I have made in the past year to get over my craftster withdrawal.  Here are a few bags. Enjoy!

front side

close up

other side

close up


bag I made from a pant leg from husband's old pair of khaki's

close ups

a very small one from fabric stash

and my favorite....made from an old grass seed bag.

I have been thinking of setting up a shop on etsy, do you think these bags would sell?  There are a variety of sizes.  Any suggestions before I post these on etsy?  Thanks.
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / pinwheel sweater, blankets, bats...img heavy (Now with bat pattern!) on: October 25, 2008 11:21:30 AM
So for the last year i have been either stuck with no internet access or a busted camer, or both!  I've been having craftster withdrawal Tongue  But luckily I bought a new digital camera two days ago and having been taking pictures of everything I have made since last fall.  Enjoy!

...and finally two bats.  My son found a stuffed bat he just loved at a garage sale.  Well, he lost it which was just a tragedy for a four year old.  So I cruised around the internet, got some ideas and made my own.  Once I was done with the brown one his twin brother, of course, wanted one of his own.

Hanging upside down with their wings buttoned.

Thanks for looking!

As requested, here are my notes for the knitted bats. This is the first pattern I have ever wrote so if some of it doesn't make sense, please let me know and I will try to clarify.

I used cheap acrylic worsted that someone gave me a ton of from an auction but I am sure any type would work.
Cast on 5 st. on dpn. i used #5
Increase 5 st. every other round until you have 40 st.
Knit for 5 more inches.  
Next row decrease 5 st.
and the next row decrease 5 st.
slide tapestry needle through stitches but do not pull tight.  
Embroidery facial features, then stuff and then pull tight stiches and weave in ends.  

Feet - Make 2
Cast on 12 st.
Stockinette St. for 6 rows. Bind off.  Sew in a loop so cast on and off edges are on the side of feet and sew onto body of bat.

Ears - Make 2
cast on 6 st.
slip first st. of every row
stockinette st. for 6 rows.
Row 1 - slip st, ssk, k2tog, k1
Row 2 - purl
row 3 - slip st, k2tog, k1
row 4 - purl
cast off
sew on to head

Wings - Make 2
cast on 20 st.
knit for 6 rows in garter stitch
Row A - knit to last 3 st., k2tog, k1
Row B - k1, ssk, knit to end
Repeat A
Repeat B
Repeat A
Repeat B
knit two rows
Row C - k1, ssk, knit to last 2, inc. 1 st, k1
Row D - k1, inc 1 st, knit to end
Repeat C
Repeat D
knit two rows
Row E - k1, ssk, knit to last 3, k2tog, k1
Row F - k1, ssk, knit to end
Repeat E
Repeat F
Repeat E
Repeat F
knit 2 rows
Row G - k1, ssk, knit to last 2, inc. 1 st, k1
Row H - k1, inc 1st, knit to end
Repeat G
Repeat H
knit 2 rows
Repeat E
Repeat F
Repeat E

* from this point each wing will be different. The following will go on wing 1, for a buttonhole

Row I - k2, yo, k2
Row J - knit
Row K - k1, ssk, k2
Row L - k1, ssk, k1
Cast off

** For wing 2 knit the same as wing 1 until the *
Row I - k1, ssk, k1
Row J - knit
Row K - knit
Row L - k1, ssk, k1
cast off

sew wings to body and add button to wing where needed.

If you find any mistakes or have suggestions on how to make this pattern better I would appreciate any input. I'm not too happy with the ears so if you come up with a better way let me know.
8  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Do you have a recipe for green tomatoes? on: October 03, 2008 03:47:02 PM
So I have been literally canning and freezing and preserving all summer long!  I'm glad fall is finally here.  However I am trying to squeeze out the last produce from my garden.  Here in central Illinois the weather has cooled with highs in the 60's and 70's and lows in the 40's therefore my tomatoes aren't ripening as quickly as they were.  My plants are filled with green tomatoes though.  I've made tons of green tomato salsa to try to use some before a frost.  Does anyone have some other type of green tomato recipe that I could can or freeze?  Thanks!
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / what is a good first cable project pattern? on: September 08, 2008 04:50:32 AM
I have been knitting a couple of years and have made socks, mittens, sweaters, blankets, scarfs and have the basic stitches covered (garter, stockinette, yo, psso, increase, decrease, etc.)  But I have never done a cable project...it looks intimidating!! Embarrassed  Does anyone have a good first cable project pattern?  I'm looking for something small and not too time consuming like socks, mittens or a scarf.  (i.e.  instant gratification)  I don't want to jump into anything big like a cabled sweater quite yet, although that is a goal for the future.  Thanks for any patterns you could pass on!
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / My first (successful) socks...and a scarf!! on: October 06, 2007 01:08:41 PM
Is it just me or does everyone get ecstatic when they have finally figured out the whole knitting in the round and the great sock challenge?  Grin My first pair of knitted socks was not a good experience.  They were knit inside out and the heel flap was backwards, the wrong side was on the right side.  I was less than thrilled.  Huh So finally I decided to tackle another pair of socks and after the first one was done I was jumping for joy!  The toes have a weird point to them but they look fine once on your feet.  I don't have an action shot because I made them for a friend with much smaller feet than my own.   

Here they are my first successful pair of socks! 

and a close up

I used this pattern http://www.spunmag.com/article/050605socks and I used sock yarn my great sister gave me, Rio De La Plata Multicolor 100% Merino Wool yarn on #3 needles.  I love this yarn!  www.riodelaplatayarns.com

Plus a stash buster scarf...chunky knit on #10 needles in garter, 2 1/2 inches wide and 75 inches long.

and a close up

Thanks for looking...these were fun!!
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