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For “thing” number twenty-eight, I made this cute stuffie, whom I’m calling Grayscale Monster.  I’ve seen various stuffed monsters on Etsy and craft blogs, but the design of this one is purely out of my head.  Designing a monster is pretty easy—you can use any shape or color or embellishment and it works because it’s a monster, and there are no rules about what a monster must look like.  And, seriously, the sillier the better.  I like that.

I tried out some new embroidery stitches (btw, I’m really, really, really enjoying embroidery these days) and paired a new button with a recycled one. The plain black button is an extra that came with a peacoat I purchased several years ago.  The ribbon isn’t terribly secure—observe Nomnom kitty in nomnoming mode—so I’ll need to work on that, should I decide to make/sell stuffies in the future.  But I just love it.  Grayscale Monster isn’t very scary.  He’s really a sweetie at heart—and kind of scared of you.


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It’s obvious I’m really getting into this Challenge, as my projects keep getting more involved. My “thing” number twenty-six, a fabric wreath, was more messy than the burlap wreath and more time-consuming than the Peeps bunting. I followed Moda Bakeshop’s tutorial and used the Harmony honey bun by Jan Patek.

It took one evening to cut all the strips and three more to do the tying. For such a simple concept, it takes quite a lot of time to create! I love how it turned out, though. Very shabby chic. While the honey bun offers ready-made consistency in the size and colors of the fabric strips, this project could easily be done with mismatching scrap fabrics and ribbon for a fun eco-chic wreath.

My mom and sister (Erin) are working on fabric wreaths of their own. I’m excited to see how theirs turn out, and hopefully I can share them here, too.

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It’s done! Finally! Yay! And just in time for Easter. The Peeps bunting was the first “thing” that took me multiple days to complete. Rather than write five posts about the same project, though, I’ll stick with two. But, do know that I was actually doing something creative every day this week. For reals.

I followed the Peeps bunting tutorial from the MADE blog, with some adjustments.  I satin-stitch embroidered the eyes and nose on the first Peep instead of using brown paint.  I thought it might look nicer, and it did, but not nice enough to be worth the extra time.  So I went with paint for the rest and kept the original separate.  Maybe I’ll make one of those door hangers with it.  But, anyway, since I don’t have a working sewing machine, I did decide to embroider around the edges of them all.  I also left more space between each Peep, to show off the pretty ribbon.

(BTW, don’t believe for a second that Pepper was disinterested in the bunting.  I had to take it down after about five minutes, because the kittens were out to destroy it.  Felt is no match for claws!)

I really love how it turned out.  I like simple holiday decorations that add just a touch of cheer to a room, without overwhelming (or replacing) the everyday décor, and bunting does that well.  Plus, it’s so versatile.  I could make Christmas bunting, birthday bunting, all kinds of bunting!

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Soooo, I had this grand plan to make Peeps bunting tonight from the tutorial on the MADE blog for “thing” number twenty. But my mom made crazy yummy dinner (“noodles and gravy,” artichokes and melted butter for dipping, carrot and raisin salad), which put me into a food coma right before I sat down to figure out how to work this:

That beauty is a mid-70s Singer Futura 900.  It used to be my grandmother’s, and I’m pretty excited not only to have a sewing machine, but to have hers.  My sister read from the instruction manual while I tried to string thread through all the right places.  This instruction manual:

Seriously, how dramatic is that photo!?  And the type, oh, the type.  It’s pure 1970s perfection. I love it.  Unfortunately, though, we couldn’t get the machine working.  We figured out how to wind the bobbin after a few tries, but every test sew on material went badly.  It would get out a few stitches and then start gobbling up the material and thread into one knotted mess.  So, we decided the machine needs some maintenance, and I took one last peek at that instruction manual.

These illustrations are wicked sick.  No sarcasm in that at all.  Look at the ink sketches layered over fabric photos—totally cutting edge for the time.  Anyway, back to the recap of the night.  Without a sewing machine, I spent a couple hours doing prep for the Peeps bunting while catching up on American Idol.

Due to the sewing machine situation (and some concern over whether, with my ability, I can actually sew the edges of these Peeps on any machine), I think I’m going to hand-sew everything and perhaps embroider the eyes and noses.  It will take longer, but it might look better in the end.  Stay tuned.

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Whew! “Thing” number nineteen was, by far, the longest and messiest project I’ve taken on during this challenge. Following Tatertots and Jello blog’s burlap wreath tutorial, I cut out hundreds of burlap and fabric circles and glued them to a wreath form. I’ve never worked with burlap before, but I quickly learned it frays easily and creates quite a lot of dust. I have burlap particles from one end of my condo to the other. Hehe. For the fabric, I used leftovers from my not-yet-finished quilt. I also got to use hemp leftover from my days making hemp necklaces as well as some mini clothespins I purchased back in elementary school. Seriously. I’ve kept them that long. Yay for projects that use stuff I already have (though I did need to purchase new brads and some pretty Martha Stewart twill-tape ribbon.)

Wow. A rare moment of decent photo-taking from my camera there. Nice. I love the versatility of this wreath. Practically any color theme would work well for the fabric circles, and the lettering can be changed anytime. I originally used “JOY,” but with so many reds and greens in the fabric, it looked Christmasy. The burlap can be frayed a whole lot more, too, for a more rustic look.

I’m realizing as a comb through creative blogs each day (go, go Google Reader!) that I have very distinct interests. I go ga-ga for flowers, buttons, and wreaths. (You’ll be seeing a yarn wreath before the Thing A Day Challenge is over.) It’s something to ponder as I continually refine my own artistic style. I’d like to someday home in on a line of handmade stuff, but what will it look like? Exciting times ahead. Until then, I leave you with adorable Pepper, who quite enjoyed sitting inside the wreath form—that is until the hot-glue gun came out and I had to put an end to her fun.

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I tried channeling Princess Lasertron for “thing” number six.  Tried. Hehehe.  Not only is she working with much higher quality supplies, but the woman is a machine—I have no idea how she whips up so many perfect little stitches!  Mine are so clumsy.  But I had fun creating this happy flower.  I’d like to experiment with creating more felt flowers and sewing them onto canvas for some kind of mixed media garden piece.

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I’ve died and gone to quilted pillow heaven. I pretty much need these cute, handcrafted accessories made from vintage and reclaimed materials designed by Sébastien Lepitre from Quebec-based Odd Buttons. (Via Ethan Fletcher)

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