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I also made this for the I Love Ewe Round 2 swap. My partner had little ninja bunnies in her wists and I thought they were adorable! So I made her little ninja bunnies hair clips!

Ninja Bunnies Hair Clips

Ninja Bunnies Hair Clips

They are just little pieces of craft felt glued to each other and to the clip. The eyes are sewn.

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I made this for the I Love Ewe Round 2 Swap. My partner liked asian stuff and bunnies (among other things!). So I made her a bag out of chinese jacquard. I embroidered the japanese symbol for bunny on it (because I know Japanese and not Chinese!).

 

Asian purse

Asian purse

 

I had a lot of trouble with the fabric because it kept unweaving itself after I cut it. Plus my machine was eating at it! And of course, on the sendout day of the swap, my machine broke! I had to finish it by hand!

I still think it turned out great, though!

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I came across this amazing tutorial on Craftster on how to make paperback bookcovers. I love anything bookish and I read a lot so, of course, I had to make one!

I chose a summery fabric (this was back in May), bright green, blue and yellow, and embroidered a yellow sun on the front in chain stitch. Unfortunately, it was too small for my book…

So I made another one (since I didn’t have enough of the bright fabric left, I chose a red polka dotted one), embroidered this time with a music note. I also lined the flaps on both of my covers. I had to adjust the measurements and the cut list to:

Outer fabric  (1) 11¼ x 8
Interfacing  (1) 11¼ x 8
Lining  (1) 11¼ x 8
Flaps  (2) 3 ¾ x 8
Interfacing  (2) 3 ¾ x 8
Flaps lining (2) 3¾ x 8
Closure tab (2) 2 x 4 ½
Interfacing  (1) 2 x 4 ½

Summer bookcover

Summer bookcover

Music bookcover

Music bookcover

I have since made two other bookcovers, one for an angel package in the Fairy Swap, and another one for my boyfriend for his birthday.

Fairy bookcover

Fairy bookcover

Fairy bookcover

Fairy bookcover

I had so much trouble with this one because the fabric shrunk a lot in the embroidering process, so it’s a bit shorter. The patch is there to hide a mistake! Eh! Plus, it was my first *major* embroidery project, and it didn’t turn out as good as it was in my head! The Fairy is based on Brian Froud’s Gwenhyfar and the leaves and nuts are based on the oak pattern from Adeline Dieudonné’s Broder les saisons: 90 modèles de la Maison Noël.

Bookcover

Bookcover

This last one was for my boyfriend for his birthday. My original idea was to embroider the little falling man icon from the game Portal on it but I didn’t have enough time! It’s made out of flanel, so it’s like a book pajama!

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This is the picture frame I did for the Disposable Camera Swap Round 5 on Craftster. For the swap I had to take a certain number of pictures of my city and craft a picture frame for my partner. Since she liked oldish/retro stuff, I decided to make an “antique” frame.

Antique picture frame

Antique picture frame

Basically I just bought a normal 5×7 frame that was on sale because it had been roughed up a bit, and covered it with nice textured crafting paper I got at Deserres. The paper had old French (from France!) postcards printed on it. I glued the paper on the frame with Podge-it (Mod-Podge type glue). Then, I diluted a bit of brown acrylic paint with acrylic extender and applied it with a make-up sponge (the kind you use to apply foundation) on the ridges of the frame.

Close-up of the postcard paper

Close-up of the postcard paper

The only difficulty I had was cutting the paper so it fitted the frame because the frame had a little curve. What I did was simply to cut an X in the middle of my rectangle of paper and glue it on the face. And then I folded it so it went all the way to the back, cut it to fit the corners and glued it on the back.

Close-up of French text

Close-up of French text

This is one of the swap items I made I was the most proud of! I wanted to keep it! Alas, I had to send it away!

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This is the reason I started knitting again (these were done even before the baby blanket, sorry for the mess-up…). When I grew up, every house I went to had a ton of these slippers. We had a bunch in our home too. So in my mind Home = Phentex Slippers. (Weird I know!)

When I moved out of my parents’ house and in with my boyfriend in May 2007, of course I had to make myself a couple of pairs of these slippers!! So I asked my mom to re-show me how to knit for the umpteenth time. And here is the result!

Traditional slippers

Traditional slippers

So far I have made one pair. And it’s a bit too small for me… But I still wear them! I have another pair on needles somewhere. The thing with pairs is that when you finish, you’re not really done, you’re only halfway done. That bugs me… I’m not patient enough for pairs I think!

This is the pattern I used. It’s in French.

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