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1  Obi Belt in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by kjlutz on: February 27, 2014 10:00:08 AM
I had been eyeing a red and black belt like this at a store, but decided the colours and fit weren't right for what I wanted so I made one up really quickly.  I used bias tape for the ties and used shirting fabric on one side and kona cotton on the other.  I am really happy with how it turned out. 

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2  Painted Space Scarf in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by kjlutz on: February 27, 2014 09:57:25 AM
I have been inspired by all the space clothing around here and wanted to give it a try.  I bought a black scarf at the store where I volunteer and had such a great time painting it.  I loved doing this so much although i am still learning about using fabric medium so the consistency of the paint could have been a little better.  I also found it challenging to work cohesively along such a long service, so I think what I need to do is do it more often to practice.   





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3  Barbie Clothes in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by kjlutz on: February 27, 2014 09:49:52 AM
I have been meaning to make Barbie Clothes ever since my daughter discovered Barbies (I loved making Barbie clothes as a teen), and sadly have been doing more materials stockpiling than sewing, but here is one outfit I made.  It is made from a vintage pattern.


My only regret is that I didn't get my husband to take a picture of her back, the clothes were too big so I used sewing clips to fit them, she looked just like a modal at a shoot.
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4  Some recent pieces I've done in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by kjlutz on: February 27, 2014 09:46:46 AM
So I have recently started doing some mixed media pieces and I love doing it so much.  I am just starting out and trying things so i would love feedback

The one I made for my husband based on a quote that is important to him (the bird is from Calvin and Hobbes)



This one I made for my best friend for her 30th birthday.  The paperbag princess is cut out of felt I made.


And I made this one for my daughter (once upon a time my plan had been to do Calvin and Hobbes for her wall, it never happened, so I made something more suited to her current tastes)


And here it is on her wall
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5  Painted Gingham Scarf in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by kjlutz on: February 27, 2014 08:15:26 AM
I hope this is the right place for this.  For the sunshine swap I made my partner a painted gingham scarf.  I used painters tape to mark it off.  I think it turned out pretty well and she liked it which is all that matters.



And here you can see the whole thing

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6  Re: Box of Sunshine Gallery (SO Feb 17) in The Swap Gallery by kjlutz on: February 10, 2014 07:23:15 PM
Yes they are chocolate gold coins, we had some left from Christmas at the store where I work. 

I received a spectacular package from Cherie.  Full of beautiful sunshiny things.  She wrapped everything up so nicely in yellow paper with lots of paper butterflies, it was wonderful to open.  There was a basket that she challenged me to decorate more, a little pincushion that will sit on my finger (such a great idea), a coin purse, a cuff, a little hanging, and the most beautiful stitch markers, and a really fun broach that I am going to pin to my winter coat to chase away the winter greys, and a beautifully packaged chocolate bar (and I hope I didn't forget anything).   

Here you can see the plaque, I love the quilled (I don't think I spelled that right) flowers. 


Here you can see the coin purse and cuff, both made from poptabs and so awesome.  I love them.




Thank you so much Cherie for being such a fantastic partner. 
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7  La la la la, la la la la, Elmo Panties in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by kjlutz on: May 16, 2013 01:22:11 PM
My tiny little daughter has started toilet training, and being 20lbs at 2 years old all the commercial panties are too big for her, so I made her some.  I used an Ottobre pattern which was super easy.  The Elmo fabric is quilting cotton, the red is t-shirt fabric.  I edged them in fold-over elastic (the greatest invention ever).  I lined the front and gusset with bamboo fleece to make them slightly absorbent. 



The inside:


Another pair:
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8  Soul Shine Painting in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by kjlutz on: May 16, 2013 01:13:02 PM
On a whim I picked up a copy of Somerset Apprentice about a month ago because it looked good, and was really inspired to try one of the tutorials (you can see the original work here).

I did it a little differently because I didn't want it to be all yellow.  

This is my first time doing anything like this so comments and encouragement and ways to improve are welcome.


Some close ups:


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9  Stenciling with Office Supplies or How to Craft at Work* in Stenciling: Completed Projects by kjlutz on: April 03, 2013 05:13:20 PM


*Note for all former, current, and future employers, I do not condone the use of work time or office supplies for personal projects, this is merely a turn of phrase to emphasize how common the supplies are. 

Supplies:
Computer and Printer (or another source of images to stencil)
Scotch Tape
Scissors and exacto knife
Acrylic Paint
Paint Brush
Something to put your image on (in my case cotton fabric)
Toddler for stealing craft supplies is optional (and not typically found at work)

I bet all these things are currently in/on your computer desk (Ill wait while you round them up so we can begin).

Step 1:  Decide what you want to stencil and steal find some online images that suit your desires (please only do this for personal use, I do not condone stealing others images for selling or anything like that). 

Remember that simple images (ones without a lot of small details or interior parts) stencil better.

Using some fancy photo editing software (like Paint and MS Word) prepare your images for printing by making sure they are the size you want the image to be, and by ensuring you arent wasting a lot of ink printing things you dont need (we don't want to be wasteful of office supplies...). 



Step 2: Gather Supplies (and if a toddler is present, make sure to keep your eyes on the acrylic paint at all timesdont say I didnt warn you)





Step 3: Cut a rectangle around the image leaving a border.



Step 4: Cover both sides with a layer of scotch tape.





Step 5: Cut out the area you want to stencil.  An exacto knife is handy for this but you could use scissors (keep in mind whatever you cut out is where the paint will go).  If your image has interior pieces cut them out careful and keep them for when you stencil. 





Step 6: Place stencil in desired location and apply paint using a stamping sort of motion.  Note: you need to make sure you are holding the edges of the image while painting or it may bleed beyond the edges of your stencil. 





If your image has interior pieces, use your original image (I printed it out a second time) as a guide for placing them on your printing surface.  Use your fingers to hold the pieces in place as you apply the paint (this was awkward and messy, and to be honest didnt turn out all that great). 





Now you not only have unique stencils but a great way to craft while at work, but I didnt tell you to do that. 
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10  Crockpot Guinness Stew--Image Heavy in Vegetarian / Vegan by kjlutz on: March 24, 2013 06:25:30 PM
I forget exactly how the idea for this came about, but it has become a favourite special winter meal around here, and tastes great over mashed potatoes. 



The recipe is based off of this one with some very obvious changes. 

Ingredients:

Note: The mix of vegetables and amounts vary every time I make it, use things in the quantities you will enjoy and base amounts on what will fit in your Crockpot or pot)
Sweet Onion
Celery
Garlic
White Mushrooms (a lot)
Portobello Mushrooms (3-4)
Carrots
Parsnips
Turnip
Sweet Potatos
Potatoes (a few for in the stew and more for mashing (ones for mashing are not in this photo))
Water (not pictured)



McCormicks All Vegetable Beef Bouillon (typically 2 cubes)
1 Large Can of Guinness (other beers might work but I dont drink the stuff so I cannot offer any advice in this area)
Thickener such as easy blend flour (pictured above) or Veloutine (pictured below... oops)
Salt (to taste)
Pepper (to taste)
Thyme (a few shakes...)
Rosemary (a few shakes)
Malt Vinegar (1Tbs) (not pictured because I forgot it...)

Directions:
Chop Onion and Celery and Fry in a bit of oil with minced garlic until softened.


Chop the rest of the veg into approximately cube-like pieces and put in crockpot.


Add onion mixture to crockpot and fill with water
Add Guinness and bouillon cubes and stir


Cook for 3-4 hours on High or 6-8 on Low




Add thickener to give the gravy base your desired consistency (like a thin-medium gravy)




Add Seasonings to taste and let cook a little bit longer.

As it is finishing make mashed potatoes


Serve Stew over Mashed potatoes with some nice Red Wine


Or milled up in a food mill with a side of avocado and crackers if you prefer
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