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on: January 09, 2013 02:43:56 PM 
Started by alteredmommy, Message by mini_mum
Relevance: 54.9%
I'm in Smiley Great motivation to do things for ME - I usually either do things for my boys (so sort of for me) or do swaps to get things for me, but would be great to make some things myself too.
I have some WIP's to finish and some birthday and Christmas pressies to use/learn to do.

Green = WIP

1. finish shrug DONE Cheesy
2. slippers - knit/crochet
3. learn to carve stamps DONE Smiley - were for swap but will do some for ME as well
4. learn to spin with spindle kit WIP Smiley
5. learn to dye with dye from spindle kit
6. Art Journal Calendar challenge (December to finish challenge, but will list when I've finished the pages done: 5/12 see some HERE)
7. 'Embrace the Day' on-line course (lots of pages done - you can see some of them HERE) DONE Cheesy
8. up-cycle black velvet skirt and dress into something I can wear
9. make some sort of wall art for our bedroom
10. make at least one birthday cake* Epic fail on that one Sad
11. knit some socks
12. start hessian wall hanging (big project - will take forever, but need to get it started as been mulling it for about 2 1/2 years now!) (YES - now a WIP!!)
13. do something with 4 years worth of pictures of my babies
14. finish the blue doily started by Grandma
15. a jumper/cardigan
16. Altered book (you can see these HERE - same place as the Embrace the Day pages) 3 shareable pages done.

more than 12 - but room to flake on some Tongue  

* cooking/baking is a biggy for me as it triggers my panic/anxiety disorder! I have 4 chances to do this

Completed projects

First 2 calendar challenge pages:

(not finished yet - needs firing/glazing, but happy with this little fella Wink he survived the firing - glazing next)  He's all done and in our new display cabinet Cheesy

from felt making class: this will go on the wall hanging Smiley  


More from Felt Making class:

on: May 04, 2013 07:02:13 PM 
Started by alteredmommy, Message by JS
Relevance: 56.4%
Each and every project mentioned in this thread has my wish list growing.  Where else can I troll a thread containing such diverse talents (aside from the combined rest of this board of course lol)?!  The creativity is awesome - dollmakers who painstakingly insert itty bitty hairs into scalps, quilt artists who cut up perfectly good fabric in order to sew it back together, spinners, stencilers, recyclers, ... the list is endless.  It is exciting and inspiring.

My ME-list might be changing somewhat.  You see, there is a house that was sitting all empty and abandoned.   Roomy, with a bit of yard for the kidlets, not in the city, and in need of TLC.  After a lengthy buying process, we became official owners and have begun the task (tasks!  many, many tasks!) of renovating.  At the moment there are no "after" pics but there are some "befores."   Without further ado, please meet my new project:


This bowed window is 12 feet wide by 6 feet tall.  It cannot be replaced because window manufacturers only make up to 117 inches wide these days.  In order to replace, it would need modified into multiple smaller sized windows grouped together.

We are doing the kitchen walls in a sort of minty retro-ish green.  We love the woodwork of the stairs and are trying to match the cupboard stain to the golden oak of the stairs.

These are bedroom pics, before the carpet was pulled up.  We planned to paint and replace the carpet.   

However, we were thrilled to discover beautiful hardwood floors underneath the carpet!  Gorgeous, thick, real hardwood floors - not prefabricated layment or fancy, easy care stuff.  Pics to follow soon.  And work.  Lots and lots of work.

Suggestions appreciated.  Thanks for looking Smiley
on: June 12, 2017 02:06:19 PM 
Started by alteredmommy, Message by craftylittlemonkey
Relevance: 64.8%
Oops, I haven't been keeping up here. I've made quite a few things for myself:
Foam stamps, yoga mat bag, lined project baskets, prayer flags (made months ago but only hung up now), piano bench cushion cover, sunglasses case, and a wrench roll.

I'm still working on the swap item I'd like to have kept for myself, a little progress but so busy with all the summer things it's hard to set aside time.

I'm still waiting to see that matrioshka shirt AIMR Wink.
on: May 05, 2013 05:19:23 PM 
Started by alteredmommy, Message by JS
Relevance: 56.4%
Thank you, ladies, for the encouragement and good wishes!  kbrison, your velcro suggestion for the window coverings is brilliant.  I forgot to explain how such a huge project could possibly be befitting for a ME-along.  Our current home is roughly 900 sq ft, with no real claimable space for sewing and crafting.  The routine goes something like this: give kidlets breakfast at dining room table, shoo them off to school, get out a project, spread it out on the table, clear everything off the table when school lets out so kids can do homework at the table, serve dinner and clear, drag out the project, move it so laundry can be folded, ...  lather, rinse, repeat... Hubby heard an earful about my wanting a house with more rooms than what we have now.  Our realtor patiently showed us several places before this one.  I cashed in my meager retirement to buy it.  My very own space, with my name titled first on the deed, since it is "mine."  Selfish? Absolutely.  Deserved?  You betcha! lol

Here is a look at the stained kitchen cabinets and paint color:

Proper pics will be posted when everything is done.
(Kitchen before:

Hubby was thrilled when he pulled up the carpet and discovered those wonderful hardwood floors:

Sometimes the magnitude of work needed seems overwhelming.  We are trying to be patient and prioritize the projects.  Hopefully things won't be too costly.  Oh guess what- the neighbors think that the detached garage is encroaching on their property by ten feet. *sigh*  
I hope all of you are having an awesome day!
on: April 16, 2013 06:10:17 AM 
Started by alteredmommy, Message by JS
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You ladies are multitalented and every project in this thread has me wanting to do more.  Can't say that I've ever seen knit intestines- creative! 
I made a flirty apron out of a skirt with a gorgeous brocade design.  No pattern; just my own idea and basic skill level. 

Top and back shots- The back part of the skirt was used to make the apron top. 

My youngest kidlet was drafted to model the apron:

Thanks for looking!
on: January 27, 2013 07:47:19 PM 
Started by alteredmommy, Message by hgddm
Relevance: 55.2%
Yay! I can finally update my list Smiley Here's the "headband" I made the other day while chatting with a friend. When I went to sew on the button, I found that it's actually too long for a headband so now it's a cute necklace/scarfy thing.

Also, last night I got motivated and covered these little lampshades with fabric. I've had these for a while! They aren't perfect, but they'll do for now. I like how the light looks different shining through each side.

on: February 27, 2013 03:31:13 PM 
Started by alteredmommy, Message by JS
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Jumping in to join the fun, even though 2 months are gone in the year.  This ME Bucket List craftalong is an awesome idea!  I've been hesitant to join since I can't post pics - getting the images from camera to comp, the little card thingy won't do its thing - but I'll try with phone-to-email.  Everyone's projects look fantastic!

... 1. Replace the huge bowed picture window (12' wide x 6' tall and that was pulling downward and about to drag the outer wall with it) -  What an adventure that was. Finally accomplished on New Years Eve 2014.  Yes, I am slow.
... 2. "V" Scarf dickie ---March/ pg.24
... 3. Make butterscotch blondies -- accomplished this 6/2015!
... 4. Purse/tote (purse craftalong) -- made a Mom Brag Bag out of son's band tee shirt
... 5. Reusable shopping bag from recycled pillow case
... 6. headband/ear warmer
... 7. Gift bow from sheet music (special remembrance project)
... 8. Apron... pg 30
... 9. Shrug
... 10. Scarf to match coat
... 11. Eyeglass case large enough for sunglasses ... large enough for curved shades; made in 2019 HPC
... 12. Stain new kitchen cupboards - May

03/01 **Note** Many thanks to my wonderful husband for his patience and tech skills, helping to get the pics uploaded!

Completed Projects
Shrug/Bolero -from a bargain shirt that was way too big but too nice to discard.  I added velcro for a more finished look.

Closeup of the lace trim:  

Repurposed pillowcase into a shopping tote:  (Made a couple weeks ago and used diligently since then!  My apologies for the wrinkles.)

My brag bag tote:  
on: January 04, 2013 05:17:19 PM 
Started by alteredmommy, Message by libertine49
Relevance: 54.9%
I am excited for craftalongs to keep me organized lol

1. purple jersey circle shirt
2. sweater with side zipper
3. batman clutch (WIP)
4. slippers
5. Star Trek xstitch
6. Dr Who Tardis xstitch
7. Tardis messenger bag - from SS swap
8. owl ipod case
9. Loki scarf
10. Alice in Wonderland shirt
11. ACO etching

January - A Clockwork Orange etching


June (My Birthday)
on: January 17, 2013 10:40:04 AM 
Started by alteredmommy, Message by lunamadre
Relevance: 55.1%
OMG I am so in. I actually made a list privately over the holidays for this exact reason, and said I need to stop making stuff to sell, gift, or swap. I've finally resolved to keeping ONE of my items that I make for sale, but I have the same problem, not much here to show for myself or things to enjoy at home. My husband makes the same comments, lol!
I wanted to do the 50 things but that craftalong is SO huge, and overwhelming, I tried it once and never got very far. This is much more doable and I like that it's a smaller crowd.

Here we go....
Green= work in progress
Blue= complete

1. New coin bra for bellydancing
2. Ghawazee coat or Turkish vest for dance (I've been phobic of that pattern and I need to just do it)
3. Wall art for Molly's room (Painting of squirrel tea party!)
4. Wall art for Evan's room
5. Finish setting up my new craft room and add an artist altar
6. Pot holders or trivets
7. Bag or purse
8. Halloween decoration
9. Christmas decoration (upcycled tree skirt into bunting)
10. One handmade item of clothing
11. One handmade accessory
12. Finish my peacock embroidery from last year and frame it
13. New bellydance costuming (halter top, pantaloons, and peacock fascinator)
14. Paper star garlands for the kids' rooms
15. New curtains for Molly's room
16. Mexican tiled console table

#13. New bellydance costuming


#9. Christmas decoration


#5. Finish setting up my new craft room and add an artist altar
#3. Wall art for Molly's room (Painting of squirrel tea party!)


on: March 07, 2013 01:23:07 PM 
Started by alteredmommy, Message by kittykill
Relevance: 55.7%
This isn't too exciting but it is something I wanted to make since January. We are writing down everything good that happens in 2013 and on New Year's Eve, over dinner we are going to read all the good things that happen to us throughout the year. I think I want to add some glitter to the girl on the jar.

Also, I made a quick garland for our mantle. I had all the green pottery and books  so not too much work.  Cheesy

on: March 09, 2013 05:57:01 AM 
Started by alteredmommy, Message by skatergirl1007
Relevance: 55.7%
First the paper does not come with the hole in the middle. I used a hole punch to do that so I would not have to pin through the paper and contort the paper. Also I do not stitch through the paper. You can but I just stitch the fabric. So the first picture is where I have trimmed the fabric to between 1/4 inch to 1/2 inch around all the sides.

Then you pick which side to start on and fold it over. Now I go counter clock-wise but you could go the other way. So I then turn the hexie to the left and fold the next side down. So that corner will look like it is a metered corner. I then take a few stitches. Oh and you will want to knot your thread here.

Once you get to the end you just take 4 to 5 stitches and I don't knot my thread. Part of the reason is that if I want to take out these stitches I can do it more easily not knotting it.
on: March 11, 2013 06:29:28 PM 
Started by alteredmommy, Message by JS
Relevance: 55.7%
Wow, such creativity in here!  It is inspiring to hang with you multitalented ladies Smiley

My craft for March:  I am tickled pink with this cowl/ dickie/ scarf/ fabric necklace that I've made from a sweater.  It satisfies my craving for a scarf that isn't bulky, repurposed an unused garment, and prettifies (new word! lol) a plain top with a touch of ruffling.


*Runs to strike out a craft in my list posted somewhere on a previous page... Smiley
on: May 26, 2013 01:17:24 AM 
Started by alteredmommy, Message by yoopidou
Relevance: 56.6%
Hey matey, I'd love to have a treasure too!

I made three summer blouses for myself.

on: January 03, 2013 05:26:41 PM 
Started by alteredmommy, Message by hgddm
Relevance: 54.9%
This is an AWESOME idea! I never have anything but pictures of my stuff to show...Smiley I think this will also be less intimidating than the list of 50 (which I failed miserably last year). Here's my list!

1. Lettered sign for entryway
2. HP screen print shirt "I got 99 problems but a snitch ain't one"
3. Fabric hair rollers
4. Giant rag rug
5. Giant coiled fabric basket for holding yarn
6. Blue scarfy necklace
7.Fabric-covered lampshades for craft room

Completed projects

on: January 15, 2013 12:50:03 PM 
Started by alteredmommy, Message by mini_mum
Relevance: 55%
I've managed 2 pages from the Art Journaling Calendar Challenge so far:

and February:

so guessing that 1/6th of 12 done Smiley
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