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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Vintage train case smells on: February 06, 2009 06:14:55 AM
My Grandma gave me one of those vintage train cases (it looks like this only mine is white) that she's had for years.  I love it! But the problem is is that it smells like old makeup.  I'm wondering if theres a way to get that disgusting smell out of those things?  I figured I would ask before I do because I don't want to ruin it.  Thanks!
2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Bag made out of jeans....not what you think (pic heavy) on: October 23, 2008 12:37:42 PM
After the birth of my youngest daughter, she left pounds on me, that 4 years later I just can't get rid of.  Eh!

So when I was cleaning out the closet, I found a pair of jeans that I loved wearing pre-her.  They had a little stretch, made my bum look good, and had flocked butterflies on them.

So, since I've been wanting a new bag, I decided I would use the jeans as my material.



I used both pant legs, cut them opened, then free handed a purse shape as to not cut into the butterflies.  The back jean pockets were carefully cut off and re-used as the pocket on the front (for my cell phone) as well as for the button flap.  The button is from a mason jar I picked up from an antique shop. 





As far as the handle, I didn't want to use the lining fabric because I was afraid it would look tacky.  Plus, being that the jeans had stretch to them, I was afraid that any handle I made out of the remaining fabric would just come out wonky and ugly looking.  So I hacked off the waistband from the jeans, cut off the belt loops and used it.  It's actually the perfect length for me.



 Smiley Thanks for looking!  Smiley
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / New to knitting sweaters, need help! on: July 02, 2008 11:16:56 PM
I'm new to sweater knitting and am going to be making my daughter a cardigan. The pattern I'm going to be making her is Little Boy Blue from Twelve Months of Knitting (not that that is the important part of my story, just an FYI).  The pattern is worked by CO for the back, knitting, BO, CO for the 2 front pieces, knitting, BO and then of course the sleeves.

I'm really wanting to make this thing sorda "all at once" and was wondering if when I cast on for the front and back, if I need to add a stitch or two (thought I saw somewhere on a blog or website that when doing this you need to add a few stitches).  Also, after working my way up to the sleeves, would I just put them on waste yarn and continue knitting the rest of the cardigan then go back and work the sleeves?

Thank you so much in advance for any help/advice!  Grin
4  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Butterfly flower thingy on: June 13, 2008 05:51:39 AM
It is going to get stitched onto a pillow for my daughter.  She knows that I've been working on this, but she doesn't know it's going to be for her. 



Pattern for it can be found here from shelsta78 (she has a ton of other ones on her account).
5  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Ladybug mushroom house turned pillow on: June 07, 2008 09:40:08 PM
So I got this stitchery kit from Goodwill for $2.00.  Awesome!  I've worked on it on and off for about 2 weeks now.  Eventually it got completed and I wasn't sure what to do with it until some people commented on my blog that I should make it into a pillow.

Stitchery all complete


Turned into a pillow


All fabric used was from my stash.  I played and played with many different fabrics until I remember that I had some mushroom fabric I purchased last year.

Also, this was my first time doing any type of piecework and I'm really happy with how it turned out.  Seriously happy!   Grin

Back of pillow


Originally it was suppose to be the size of a 16"x16" pillow form that I had but somehow in the making I cut it waaaay to small so had to stuff it with polyfill (yuk!)

Just for fun, a WIP photo
6  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Peasant top, capris, ladybugs, and cherries oh my! on: May 16, 2008 05:56:07 AM
Sorry for the cheesy title but it's Friday, I'm ready for the weekend, and I've only had 1 out my of daily 10 cups of coffee.

Ok, so last year my Mom gave me 5 (or so) yds of this ladybug fabric that she's had for who knows how long.  So now I guess my youngest daughter's summer wardrobe is going to be ladybug fabric.  Good thing she like's ladybugs.

Patterns I used were Simplicity 4336 and Butterick 4910 which are both actually pj patterns but really to me they are just staple patterns (pant pattern and a peasant top pattern).


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Her cute little scrunchy face

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Another view of her capris as well as her new cherry shoes that I found at the Dollar Store.  She loves them!

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The fabric for the capris is red linen.  I would've added ric rac or some ladybug fabric to them but she has a few other tops that would match these.  I know, way to be cheap Mom  Roll Eyes, but I really do try to get the most out of my kids clothes.  If I can find some more plain red fabric (that is not broadcloth) I'll make her another pair of capris for the peasant top and beautify them.

Thanks for looking!  Smiley
7  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / A few recons for my girls on: May 08, 2008 05:33:06 PM
Let's face it, it seems like kids grow about a mile a minute and clothes that do still fit them, they end up getting a chocolate milk stain on them or they just plain out grow them.

With Spring here and Summer right around the corner (and hubby not back to his full hours of work) I decided that I would raid my kids closets and pull out anything that a. didn't fit them anymore and b. had some sort of stain on it.

So, with that in mind and being that both my girls looooove to wear dresses, I pulled out a few shirts, hacked them up, and made them into dresses.

First dress
Before (this onesie still fit my youngest in the chest and arm area but she outgrew the snap area):


After:


Another after (I call this one her "jumping for joy" picture):


Second dress (also for my youngest)
Before (a nice white shirt that she had outgrown the sleeves and also has a chocolate milk stain on it)


After:


Third dress (for my oldest daughter, still going to do a few more for her)
Before (and yes, it is a Valentines shirt and fabric but that's what she picked out that she wanted)


After


Oh, and total cost of project, FREE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Grin  The shirts were already in their closets and the fabric is all what I've had on hand that I've been trying to think of something to do with.  woohoo!
8  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / New jammies for my daughter on: March 25, 2008 02:17:24 PM
For some reason I got it in my head that both my girls needed new jammies for Spring  Roll Eyes.  One down and one to go.  I used Butterick 4910 View D and the sleeves are view A.  (My daughter picked out the fabric and View D).

I swear, it took me more time to get the sleeves just right than making the whole pj's (including cutting out the fabric).



She is so happy and has made today "jammie day".




I'm definetly going to use this pattern again for more jammies for her.  Also, I'm thinking of changing up the fabric with some contrasting sleeves and band to go around the bottom and make some summer dresses for her.

Thanks for looking!  Smiley
9  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions / Need help with sleeve for Simplicity 3860 on: March 25, 2008 09:36:08 AM
I'm making my daughter a dress using Simplicity 3860.  The pattern doesn't have sleeves but due to the dress code at her school, I want to add a little cap sleeve or some type of cute sleeve that will "flow" with the rest of the dress.

I've tried to figure out how to do a sleeve for it (even laying the dress down and tracing the arm hole) and can't get it just right.

Does anyone have any suggestions on how to make a nice sleeve for this dress or am I doomed for disaster?

Thanks in advance for any help you have to offer.
10  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / New for me Springtime handbag on: March 19, 2008 09:34:05 AM
Browsing around looking for a handbag pattern/tutorial, I stumbled across the 1 hour bag tutorial from Vintage Ric-Rac.

I absolutely loved the shape of it and it just screamed "new Spring handbag" for me.



I modified the pattern just a little bit by adding some d-rings, and a little button flap because I didn't have any magnetic snaps (trying to use up what I have in my stash and make "no-cost" projects)  The fabric is left over from other projects (both the outer and the lining) and the button is from my Grandma's button stash.


I'm in love with how the d-rings for the handles came out because I've never done that before (not that it was hard or anything, just first timer).

Also, I loved the detail for the two lines of stitching for the inner pocket that I put it around the top of the purse as well.


Thanks for looking!  Smiley
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