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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / My first sweater - Central Park Hoodie on: November 25, 2008 06:39:07 AM
I just got a chance to get some good pics today since I'm off this week (yay for being a teacher!)  Anyways, I finished this on the 7th, 8 days before my one year knitaversary!  I can't believe all I've learned this year Smiley 

I present, in Malabrigo, no less, my Central Park Hoodie.





This project wasn't at all difficult but there were a lot of pitfalls!  My husband accidentally felted the back by closing the washer lid, so had to reknit that...then halfway through the sleeves, I closed the door of my car and left the ball of yarn on the outside so I lost a whole skein of yarn *cry*  The construction is quite easy and the only things I changed were the shoulders which I short rowed, and did a zip instead of buttons.  It fits like a glove Smiley
2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Conquered! Amy Butler Weekender Bag on: February 04, 2008 03:41:08 PM
I did it! I did it!

I'm so very excited because this is basically the reason I *started* sewing in the first place.  I adore this bag, and I wanted to make it to match my purse I'd made just a few weeks ago.  It's ready right on time for my honeymoon next week and I couldn't be happier with it.  Well, until I iron it, then I'll be happier with it. Smiley

Anyways, no big mods except I chose to use the outer fabric to do the handles and used regular bias tape instead of using the lining to do the piping  because that's how I did my purse, and I used well interfaced quilting weight fabric instead of home dec.  I couldn't find any home dec to spark any interest with me.  Without further ado...



Comments appreciated Smiley
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / My first cables, Fetching! on: January 26, 2008 10:57:06 AM
I am *so* proud of myself.  I'm thinking not bad since I've been knitting for about 3 months.  I'm actually starting to see some real improvement finally Cheesy

I still need to block it, but other than that, it's done.



I'm having the worst time weaving in ends still, I really need to figure out what I'm doing wrong there...
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / I came, I saw, I serged on: January 18, 2008 08:00:16 PM
I bought myself a serger with my Christmas money like 2 weeks ago.  Well, I finally pulled it out today, read the manual, and this is what came of it.



I'm really proud of it!  Every seam, every raw edge, is nicely encased.  It really wasn't hard to use at all, of course, I was only doing a regular serge on the edges lol

Still, it's only the 3rd clothing project I've ever done, it fits, and it's neat Cheesy

It's the Asian Dream pattern from Sew What Skirts. 

Now I just need a shirt to match Wink
5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / My newest bag on: January 12, 2008 08:14:00 PM
I totally made my dream purse today.  I'm seriously in love here.  Isn't it great when you're always like, "Oh this is crap" when you make things and then all the sudden, one day, you make a bag you just adore?? It's the perfect size, a good shape, great fabric, and it's handmade without looking handmade <3

I'm seriously in love.  It's done in Amy Butler on the outside with bias tape piping I made with my new piping foot Smiley Too easy!

The inside is made up from some unknown FQs from my local quilt shop.

The bag is particularly sturdy because I found the perfect combination of interfacing (for me, at least) which will make the bag stand up on it's own, and be soft, not too stiff, without being fluffy (like with fusible fleece)  It has a zippered pocket inside, and pockets on the front and back of the outside.

Anyways, I love it!!!!  It may be my last bag for a while *sadness*





6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Ball sack a.k.a. On-the-go craft sack...ball sack is funnier though :) on: January 09, 2008 12:58:27 PM
I had a delightfully disastrous crafty day.  It started with a purse I've been working on.  Total failure *tosses in the trash*

Then I tried to make some polymer clay cupcakes, burnt 'em. (I know, off topic, but I'm leading into something)

So I said, I'm going to try to make something I have no tutorials for and it's going to turn out perfect *snarl*

And it turned out pretty good Smiley

Without further ado, my ball sack!!! Muahahahaha!



I've been wanting something I could carry my knitting in when I'm out and about, for a while...so I concocted this pattern using a tiny bit of *gasp* Geometry.  I friggin hate Geometry.  But it turned out well, and I can use it to carry embroidery projects or whatever Smiley

At any rate, in case any crazy ball sack lovers out there wanted to know how to make their own, I put my semi-crappy version of a tutorial up on my blog here.  I would copy and paste but blogger uses a different coding than Craftster on posts, and I have no patience to fix all the urls to the pictures.  My apologies for that.

I still need to thread some cording to close it, but other than that, it's complete Smiley 

Suggestions or comments welcome Wink
7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Miss Moneybags on: December 30, 2007 10:52:56 PM
Yeah, apparently I think I have too much money.  I deliver for a pizza place right now, and about 2 weeks ago, I lost $50 bucks worth of tips out of pockets.  This past Friday, I lost $20.  Instead of continuing to dispose of my income, I made a moneybag.  It's got a keychain on it right now, but I'm going to put a little clasp on it so I can hook it to my belt loops, no more losing money!  I'm too poor to lose money like that Smiley  It's got a flat bottom, and it's big enough to hold all the money I need to stuff in without being ginormous.

I made it in my favorite Chocolate Lollipop (I swear, I'd sew only with that if I could) and with my new zipper topstitch foot and method of sewing...I ended up with a *very* pretty topstitched zipper.  I'm really proud of myself Cheesy  zipper feet make all the difference, I can't wait to try my piping foot Smiley

Anyways here's the bag:



Just wanted to share Smiley
8  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Getting married on a miniscule budget, in less than two months...HEELLLLPPPP! on: December 29, 2007 12:32:53 AM
So I've done a search on here for budget weddings, but none of them seem to fit within my budget.  (it's quite sad, really)

This is where your help comes in...any suggestions will be much appreciated!

20 guests, it's a laid back formal style...I'll wear some semblance of a dress but probably nothing super duper fancy and probably something I make myself (suggestions on patterns would be fantabulous)  The guys are doing khaki's and button up shirts.  We're doing a barbeque as a reception, having the wedding in my aunt's beautiful yard.  It's Mississippi so the cold won't be extreme but it won't be warm either.  I'm okay with using fake flowers (hello, Hobby Lobby sales!) other than that, I got nothing. lol

When I say low budget I mean ***LOW*** like, less than $300 *bites student loans*

Don't make me beg Smiley *pitiful look*
9  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / Hand-carved pin-up girl stamp. My first, hooray! on: December 23, 2007 10:07:40 AM
Yeah, I think I want to try the whole letterboxing thing.  So I carved my stamp last night.  I knew a silhouette couldn't be too hard.  I need to clean up some areas so they won't imprint but other than that, I think I did a nice job on my first try! (So unlike me lol)

It was fun, and I only sliced one finger open so I highly recommend it.

I can't wait to do some more!

10  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Craft room makeover, hooray! *image obese* on: December 20, 2007 08:02:41 PM
It's still a work in progress, I need to organize my cut table, but other than that, it's pretty much done so I thought I'd share.  First the before pictures (Let us hope my grandma never sees them.)







And the after...be prepared for shockingly lime green paint lol









I go into a ton more detail in my blog, but basically I threw on a coat of paint and completely organized everything in its own space.  It's so weird actually knowing where my stuff is. WTF?!? Smiley

I used a lot of ideas from the boards here to decorate.  If I had all the links of inspiration, I'd post 'em.  I'm afraid I used all my organization on this room though.
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