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1  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Hands-free Baby Costume on: November 05, 2009 10:38:10 AM
Thanks for all the comments!

This was really rather easy to make. First I will start with the clothes part. She is wearing a green long sleeve shirt. I was really ambitious at first and start machine sewing ribs on all the leaves which are just cut from green craft felt. At some point I decided that we needed way more leaves than I was willing to sew. As a result, some of the leaves have ribs and some don't. I sewed them on around her collar because I didn't want any hot glue scratchy bits around her face. The rest are just hotglued onto her shirt. I only used a dot of hot glue for each leave so that they would have a billowy effect. I think it wouldn't have looked as good if they were glued down flat. The flowers at her wrist, shoulder, and in her hair are also from felt. The two on the shirt are just glued right on. The one in her hair is glued to a hair clip. I love that it is huge up there.

The pot itself is made from cardboard...a Pampers box specifically. I just bent the cardboard into a curve and tapered it towards the bottom like a terracotta pot. Then used glue and masking tape to attach a half circle as a bottom. The bottom helps hold the shape. The ridge on the top of the pot is just two additional strips of cardboard glued together. The strips were wrapped in orange fabric separately. The pot was completely wrapped in orange fabric, then the strips were glued on. Two holes were poked into the sides of the pot using a screwdriver. Two fabric ribbons were threaded into the holes so that the pot could be tied around my neck and waist (she likes to kick out when she is in the front back). The hoddie that I am wearing hides the frontpack straps and the ribbons that are tying on the pot.

It all turned out way better than expected. Glad you all like it!
2  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Hands-free Baby Costume on: November 02, 2009 09:16:04 AM
Coming up with a costume for a small fry was challenging. Our daughter is 10 months old, but we wanted her to go trick or treating with her cousins who are 6 and 10. We thought about doing a stroller costume, but then inspiration hit for a costume based around using our Bjorn Baby Frontpack.

Meet Libby the Potted Plant! She was a huge hit. Cant wait for next year!

3  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Easy Peasy Swap Gallery on: April 05, 2008 10:37:13 AM
Beautiful!  Miss. Cellaneous, how did you do that?

Glad that everyone seems to like the horse wall art. I would love to say that it was terribly complex and I could only do it because I am so uber-talented, but that would be a giant fib.

The canvases are 16x20 and I already had them from a previous project. I covered the canvases with Amy Butler fabric just using a staple gun to attach to the back. I used an online template for the horse which I found at this wonderful website: http://www.pinkofperfection.com/2006/02/drawn_and_quartered.php.
The metal of the horse is roof flashing* that I got at Lowe's. It is really easy to work with and can be cut with a pair of desk scissors. I just traced the template on the metal using a sharpie. I attached each metal piece to the fabric using heavy duty craft glue. The trim is just some cording I found at Walmart attached with hot glue.

BEBG, I am so glad you like it. I loved making it. It looks great on your wall!!!

*If you are ever using roof flashing, be careful. It is often sold as a long roll for about $5. When you release the roll, it can spring open very quickly. The edges and corners are sharp! Having said that, it is a great medium to work with. Cuts easily, resists fingerprints, lightweight, etc. Have fun with it!
4  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Easy Peasy Swap Gallery on: April 01, 2008 08:35:18 AM
So many thanks to Buckeyebeadgirl for this totally cute desk organizer and tissue box. So totally cute and the colors are just perfect!! There she is, finishing up her vet degree, prepping for a move, and she still took the time to make me this perfect pretty! I absolutely love it and it is very much my style!   Grin

And, of course, decked out with all my goodies!

Buckeyebeadgirl, you're the best!!
5  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Easy Peasy Swap - sendouts 4/7 on: March 31, 2008 08:20:54 PM
Awesome Awesome Awesome!!
That's all I can say about my new desk organizer from Buckeyebeadgirl! Pics will be up in the gallery tomorrow. Thank you so much BBG!!

My project for her is almost done. Just need the perfect ribbon of course. I thought I had it, but I didn't buy enough. Hoping to finish it tomorrow night and get it in the mail on Wed. Wish me luck!   Grin
6  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Easy Peasy Swap - sendouts 4/7 on: March 20, 2008 01:46:47 PM
Yeah! I made it in. Just under the wire. Thanks Craftydeb!!
7  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Easy Peasy Swap - signups til 3/20 approx 3pm EST (Craftster time) on: March 20, 2008 09:44:57 AM
Oh my goodness. Didn't mean to post so late. I hope I made it in. I hadn't been checking swaps for a while. I have been in a funk with all the bad weather and my hubby suggested last night that I do a swap since I always get so into them. I checked at noon, saw this one and signed up right away. Sounds like a great swap!

I was just now reading all the comments when I got to page 6 and realized that the cut off is not only today, but today in about 15 minutes. I hope I made it. I will keep my fingers crossed.   Grin
8  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: An Xmas Ornament in a Week Gallery! on: December 04, 2007 07:31:50 AM
Love, love, love the tea ornaments. So clever to remember to put the year on there. As I was putting ornaments on my tree I realized I should have done that on the ones that I sent since I always seem to look at all the years on all my ornaments. I seem to mark time by the ornaments I add to my collection each year.
All the ornaments have been fantastic. This swap has really done a lot to kick of my holiday spirit. Thanks everyone!!
9  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: An Xmas Ornament in a Week Gallery! on: December 04, 2007 07:27:49 AM
Miss. Cellaneous said they were soldered. Have to ask her for details though.

The glass ornaments are indeed soldered. I got the beveled glass pieces at a local stained glass store and soldered them together with images sandwiched in between. I got most of my soldering equipment at Hobby Lobby using their weekly 40% off coupons. All the stuff you need is located in their stained glass section.

There are a couple of tutorials on soldering here on craftster, but I found some great tips from a book called Pretty Little Things written by Sally Jean Alexander. She sells her goods on her site, sallyjean.com. I found her book at my library.

Since I am new to soldering, I am still having some ups and downs. However, I will say that this is one of the most fun craft methods that I have attempted. I don't know what it is about potential danger (700 degree soldering iron) that makes it more amusing.   Grin  Be careful, though. There are certain types of solder that can't be used due to their lead content. Used lead free or silver.

Glad you all liked the pieces!
10  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Diet Recipe Swap Gallery on: December 03, 2007 08:42:54 AM
It looks like my partner never got a chance to post pics of what I sent to her, so I am going to go ahead and post pics.   Grin

I was pretty pleased with the way this turned out. We had decided to exchand recipe card boxes instead of books since we both use 3x5 cards. I couldn't find a good sized recipe card box to embellish, so I used a photo box. It gave me the opportunity to create a section for extra pens and cards. I thought it would look good on a bookcase or something. My partner indicated that her favorite colors included brown and teal so I tried to incorporate that. The photo box was already covered in felt, so I peeled the felt back and painted the inside of the box green. Then I made the box partition and covered it with matching ribbon. I included about 25 recipes and some extra pens and cards. I think she like it.  Smiley

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