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31  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Literal Dress Form on: February 20, 2009 01:41:52 PM
Hahaha!!!  That friend/co-worker must be awesome.  I especially like the "length re: knees" part where it has the last skirt length designated as "orthodox".  And the random insertion of the junior-high-do-you-like-me-check-yes-or-no thing is cracking me up!
32  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: My name is Dorian!!! I like to DANCE!!! on: February 20, 2009 06:45:10 AM
these are really really well done!

he looks so happy with his cake Cheesy

Haha!  Actually, in that picture he was kind of shrieking/laughing because he didn't want us to sing Happy Birthday.  He was in the middle of pushing his sister and screaming "STOP IT!!!".  That picture is deceiving.
33  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: My name is Dorian!!! I like to DANCE!!! on: February 19, 2009 01:10:07 PM
Those really are great.  Nice stitching work on the appliques.  About those nick jr things, if there is a project you see that you want to make, download it then, they disappear and they don't always archive them!  I saw the 'wonder pets meet the beetles' transfer like six months ago and I just got some transfer paper and now its gone.

You mean this one?


When I was looking for the Yo Gabba Gabba character transfers, I just googled the specific character plus the word shirt and went directly to that URL rather than looking on the site.  Hope that link was what you were looking for!

These are awesome!!!  Sewing and wearing Yo Gabba Gabba clothes is awesome!
We love Yo Gabba Gabba in our house.  I'm already planning my little girl's Yo Gabba Gabba birthday party (it's in June)!
Super Job!

Haha!  We do that all the time about everything.  "Eating cereal issssssss....AWESOME!!!",  "Taking a bath issssssss....AWESOME!!!", etc.

Thanks for all the nice comments you guys Grin
34  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / My name is Dorian!!! I like to DANCE!!! on: February 19, 2009 11:16:26 AM
So, Dorian, my now 2 year old, had a birthday yesterday.  He is completely in love with Yo Gabba Gabba.  About a month or so ago, he was sick and I made him a Muno shirt to cheer him up.  He loved it so much that I decided to make him the rest of the gang as a birthday present.  These were all machine appliqued.  On the Nick Jr. website, they have a section of Yo Gabba Gabba craft stuff and there are iron on printables of each character.  I just used those as my guides for tracing/cutting the pieces.  Sadly, our printer is broken so I had to trace everything off of our monitor Roll Eyes.

Here they are all together:

And separately, in the order that I made them.





Toodee--I don't know what's up with the colors in this picture.  They're all washed out except the orange.  The colors in the group photo above are more accurate.

Foofa is his absolute favorite character.  Truth be told, she's my favorite too.  She's got such a sweet little voice and she's always nice.  Plus, I think she's the best dancer.  I sing the "My name is Foofa!  Fuh foofa!  Fuh fuh fuh fuh fuh fuh fuh fuh Foofa!" song to myself all the time.  Er....I may be watching it a little too frequently.  Anyway, every time he sees her, he sings "I so happy..."  and he just thinks she's the greatest.  I briefly considered stenciling something on that shirt (something like "boys love foofa too") so that people would still know that he's a boy, but then I was like "what do I care if people I don't know think he's a girl?".  Plus the idea of that being the only shirt with wording on it offended by symmetry sensibilities.  Foofa was also the hardest one to applique because of all the curves.  But, it turned out ok!

And, here are a few action shots.  Before the night was over, he had worn all of them, heehee.  They were definitely a hit with him!!!

And, just for kicks, here's one of him with his Muno cake (I made that, which is why it looks so messy:) when we sang Happy Birthday to him!

Those are my 2 older kids and my husband's arm in the picture with him.  So, questions, comments, criticisms?   
35  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Eye Heart U on: February 18, 2009 06:35:08 AM
Wow, that is so great!!  I must admit that I caught it on your blog before I saw it on here (I follow your blog) and I immediately thought "hmmmm, my anniversary is coming up this weekend...".
36  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Valentine's Day / Re: The Playing Card Book Redux-Definitely NSFW, Mature Images and Language on: February 15, 2009 05:45:20 AM
Ooops!!  I don't know what happened with the pictures.  They worked yesterday, but they weren't showing for me either just now.  I think I fixed them though!
37  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Valentine's Day / The Playing Card Book Redux-Definitely NSFW, Mature Images and Language on: February 14, 2009 02:10:34 PM
I made this for my husband for Valentine's Day.  Basically it's a redux because

1) our printer is broken so I had to trace all these pictures off the internet and color them and whatnot so it was taking waaaaay longer than I planned so 52 images wasn't going to be feasible

2) I had to make the images big enough to trace and still get the detail but then they were too big to fit on the cards

So, here's the cover:

And here are some of the individual pages.

It says "When Sebastian asked if he could be a ninja when he grows up, you told him 'yes'". Sebastian is our 5 year old son.  I just thought that was sweet and encouraging. You know, a 'you can be whatever you want' kind of sentiment.

For this one, I glued one of our used and unfortunately, losing, lottery tickets down to the neon green card stock. It says "You fake spend our nonexistent lottery winnings with me". We do that a lot. We talk about what kind of house we'd buy, who else we'd buy houses for, whether or not we should get a hybrid car or wait and see if they come out with something more advanced and awesome, how we'd invest our winnings, etc. We get pretty detailed, heeehee.

And it's true!! My husband has never smelled bad for as long as I've known him/been married to him. Plus, his armpit hair is always really dry and poofy, never sweaty. This is all probably TMI, but oh well.

This one says "Even though I'm a really poor sport and act like an asshole, you still play Scrabble with me". I'm kind of the worst sportsman ever. When I'm winning, I'm all "YOU SUCK" and "IN YOUR FACE" and when I'm losing, I'm like "I'm just gonna quit cause there's no way I can catch up" and "hey, that's not a word--I'm gonna look it up" and that kind of thing.

This one is pretty self-explanatory, I guess. 

These next two are tied for my almost favorite.

And this one is definitely my favorite:

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HAHAHA!!  Seriously, ladies, though, you feel me on that, right? 

I laminated all the pages and the cover and then did some hole-punching and put it all together with binder rings.  My husband loved it.  He said it was very sweet and also a peek into the very random nature of my thought processes.  Comments and criticisms welcome, as always!

38  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: <3 <3 rachel maddow <3 <3 on: February 14, 2009 01:50:53 PM
Wow, that is AWESOME!!  I love Rachel Maddow!  My SIL has a pretty major crush on her also.  That's pretty much my favorite photo of her too.  Well, besides this one:

Anyway, you did such an amazing job on this!!!
39  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Needle Roll for Mom!!! Now with my friend's tutorial added on page 2!!! on: February 06, 2009 05:47:44 AM
Ok, so someone pm'd me and asked if I could post the tutorial that my friend made for me.  I have a real problem with spatial reasoning.  It's difficult for me to visualize how to get from point A to point B without some visual cues, so that's why I needed this tutorial from my friend.  Hopefully, this will help the craftster member that pm'd me along with anyone else who needs it:) 

Er, one thing to keep in mind.  Remember that she was doing this for a friend, so it's not all technically worded and stuff.  If you have any questions, just ask and I'll try to help:)  Here's the tutorial:

You're going to need approx 1/2 yard outer fabric and 1 yard inner fabric for the needle roll. You will also need 1/2 yard thin batting or fleece if you want it kinda squishy like yours. And bias tape.  And ribbon.

Here's what you'll do:

Cut three rectangular pieces the size you want your needle roll to be. Or measure the one I made and give yourself 1 inch seam allowance all around  [See note from thankyoulocust at bottom]. You need one outer, one inner, and one batting.

Sew fleece to the WRONG side of your inner rectangle as close to the edge as possible so you still have most of your 1" seam allowance. Sweet!

You're almost done! Not really.

Now, get the rest of your inner fabric (or a completely different fabric if you want) to make some pocket things. They need to be the width of your rectangular pieces and as tall as you would like them to be plus an inch or so. Note that the highest pocket must reach all the way to the bottom of the rectangle, not just to the second highest pocket top. Make sure to leave enough room for a fold over flap thing. Confused? Me too. Time for another diagram!

Don't sew anything yet! If you have enough fabric you can fold it to make both the outer and lining of the pocket, or you can sew two pieces together right sides facing, flip over, and press. That will make your pieces. Then you just need to sew bias tape along the tops of all pocket strips (3 if you're doing it like yours.) [See note from thankyoulocust at bottom]

Now, layer all the pockets on top of inner rectangle. How lovely it looks. Pin them in place all nice and good. Sew along both sides and bottom, make sure to do this in your nice 1" seam allowance area.

Now you'll need to decide how wide you want the slots to be. After lots of precise calculations, stitch straight lines. [See note from thankyoulocust at bottom] Wee. Hate this part. Make them straight! I mean really straight! Start at the top and stitch down. When you are finished pull all pieces of thread at the top (along all your little slots) to the back and stitch by hand over the top stitch a billion times (like 5) in the same holes made by your machine. Knot. It looks neater this way, but you can backstitch on the machine if you don't like sewing by hand. 


Now, pin right sides of the outside and inner pieces together. Stick in a ribbon or fabric strips as closure on the left side. [See note from thankyoulocust at bottom]  Two pieces of ribbon, overlapping. Make sure the pieces are INSIDE your little fabric sandwich, or the ribbon will end up on the inside of the roll after you turn it. Stitch all the way around your inside out roll, leaving about 3-4 inches unstitched on the right side to turn it all out. Turn out, stitch hole closed.


A few notes from thankyoulocust-the measurements of the needle roll my friend made for me are as follows (these are with the 1" for seam allowance added):

18 inches tall
19 inches wide

My pocket measurements are:

bottom pocket: 5 1/2 inches tall
middle pocket: 8 1/2 inches tall
tallest pocket: 12 inches tall

The individual pocket widths go like this:

1-4 inches wide
2-2 inches wide
2-1 1/2 inches wide
1-1 3/4 inches wide
5-inch wide

Each piece of my ribbon is approximately:

1 1/2 inches wide
20 inches long

I hope you guys find this helpful!
40  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Lichtenstein-esque Photoshopping on: February 04, 2009 04:13:58 PM
This is VERY cool!  I love what you did & don't you dare undercut it... both are fantastic.  What will you do with them now?

My sister said she was going to make a pillowcase with Sophia's and Shawn's on it.  I think with my son's, I'm going to do that thing where you can use an inkjet printer to print onto fabric (like this: http://h71036.www7.hp.com/hho/cache/344435-0-0-225-121.html) and then I'm gonna cut it out and applique it onto a shirt for him. 
Now I want sopapillas. Mmmmm. Nice photoshopping, by the way. I like Lichendstein's stuff.

Yeah, sopapillas pretty much always sound good Smiley
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