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1  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Fabric Ledger Binder on: December 16, 2007 02:49:41 PM
I was debating exactly where this belonged...it is made of fabric and sewn but is made to hold paper as a binder/book.

Long ago I purchased some loose-leaf ledger paper. Not sure why exactly, I assume it was on clearance. I have a fondness for random paper I think from when my dad would bring home stuff from work. Since nowadays at my work everything is on the computer (hurrah for not having to use to much paper) I get a bit nostalgic for green bar paper and old ledgers. Anyways, when I started my little Etsy shop I started to use the paper to write down my lists and keep track of sent/received, etc. I work in IT so sometimes I just like to be 'old school' and physically write things down. I have been meaning to purchase or make a binder to keep it in. The sheets are larger than letter size but not quite as large as legal size so I was having trouble finding a binder.

Now take into account the bolt of double-sided fusible still interfacing I bought long ago when I was making cube cabanas. What the heck can I use that stuff for?! I made two rectangles to size and fused on an old sheet (we had this print when I was a kid and had to pick it up at Goodwill). I sewed on some wide bias binding, added eyelets and rings to hold the whole thing together. Ta-da binder for my little pocket-money enterprise. Had I thought more about it I would have embroidered the front before fusing so I think I will create an Iron-On to create a label.





Everything was from my stash. I keep telling people I am slowly moving the craft stores to my sewing room.  Cheesy Sometimes it feels good to find a reason for some random thing you acquired and claimed that 'someday I'll need it'.

(usual larger images available on my Flickr disclaimer  Grin )
2  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / More Blythe-sized doll clothes on: September 09, 2007 07:05:58 PM
In the past couple of months Ive gone from 'No way I can ever sew something so small' to 'Ooo I can do this...where is the ribbon'

My first attempts I posted here http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=181727.0

Here are some of my latest. I mostly use puchicollective patterns. It is so addictive sine you don't need a lot of fabric. It's been perfect for the fabric I love but fear cutting into and 'using up'.



3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Doll sized Tree of Life pendant on: August 12, 2007 10:29:08 AM
Last fall/winter I went a little Tree of Life crazy (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=128631.0).

For the recent Blythe swap I was trying to think of something to make for my partner besides clothes (she mades beautiful clothes so my thought was to make her something else since her clothing skills way higher than mine). Anywho...on my pegboard were some of my pendants and I thought "how about a tiny one that a Blythe could wear?"

I didn't have any of the wire on hand for the ring but had some rings I had made so I just reworked one of those. The 'normal' ones I have made are 1.5" in diameter and I use a spool to get the sizing (just make a coil and cut off loops). The doll one is about .75" in diameter. It is a tad too big for Blythe but I think with the right outfit it works. Going that small made it hard though for me to get the detail of the branches.

 
4  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Lap Quilt from Freshcut fabric on: August 10, 2007 11:57:34 PM
During my week off work (I am so depressed I have to go back on Monday  Cry ) I finished up this quilt. It measures about 42" square and is from Freshcut fat quarters I bought as a set at a Quilt/Sewing show in January. The backing is a pale yellow flannel. It is my 2nd quilt. The pattern I bought at the show as well (Hole in One from Aspen Fiber Works)


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5  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Discussion and Questions / Help! Worst backyard ever...need ideas and a plan of attack on: August 06, 2007 02:22:49 PM
I am embarrassed just to post pictures of my backyard. It looks terrible and I just can't take it anymore. Long story short, H was to be the one to work on the yard...we are now on month 6 of a seperation so I don't hold much hope that it will get done.  Cry The past 6 months I've been working a lot on the inside of the house to make it look nicer and finish up projects that never completed. That yard is one of the things I want on that list. I rarely have anyone over since I don't want them to see it. I don't need something ultra fancy but something presentable would be nice...something where I could get some patio furniture and sit outside and craft when it is nice. Someone is coming to do an estimate for new windows tomorrow so all of the yucky screens will be gone (dog shredded them).

So I come here for suggestions and guidance. I have a few limitations:
  • No car so would prefer supplies that can be delivered or work that can be done by a professional.
  • H has the car and I may be able to get a little help so may be able to pick up some things.
  • Pretty much just me, so again some jobs may need to be contracted out.
  • I haven't set a budget but would prefer to not spend too much at once (such as I'm not going out to get a pool out in any time soon) but don't mind paying for services.

The rest of the pictures are on my Flickr. I did get some weed whacking done today which helps a tiny bit.


Those weeds by the orange tree as so thick I couldn't get them with the weed whacker. They are like thorny trees..yipes!

So here is my plan of attack so far to get it to at least a bare state. I am in Arizona so what I need help with is a plan for what to do once I get it cleared up to make it look nice and not get this bad again.
  • Move all junk to front to have picked up (enlist H to help since it is his junk..and ther is a lot of it)
  • Shovel up the dog 'stuff' (so gross...maybe I can get H do do that too...his dog Wink )
  • Find a way to get rid of that tree like weeds (what the heck are those??)
  • Weed whack the rest of the weeds

And here are some of the ideas/needs I have
  • Bushes or something by the windows to prevent the dog from jumping on them
  • Have trees put in to give more shade/interest
  • Someday enclose patio maybe..for now patio furniture and maybe paint concrete
  • I love grass but it probably isn't practical here in AZ. Perhaps just some on the side with the orange tree?
  • Flowers! There is no color in the backyard now...need flowers/bushes that can withstand the dog when he is here
  • Sprinklers: There is an old install that is only 3 pop ups and I'm not sure if it even works. Should I get new installed or can that wait?
  • Get the wood fence replaced with block, replace the gate

Any other ideas?
6  Arizona / Arizona: Central / Any meetups in Chandler area? on: August 03, 2007 05:02:40 PM
Hey all! I'm just getting back into my crafty hobbies and Craftster after a bit of a hiatus and am looking for meetups. Anyone game?
7  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Doll Dresses for Blythe...jeans too! on: July 07, 2007 06:41:24 PM
Good evening! Well my Blythe doll arrived so now I can post the dresses I have made for her. All are cotton from my stash. The belts are ribbon with bra slides I received in a swap (I knew there was a reason to be so giddy when opening that big bag of bra slides!)





8  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Finally finished my first quilt on: June 24, 2007 06:37:30 PM
Greetings! I've been away from Craftster for far too long (when did we get the spiffy corkboard background?) and thought I would get back into the swing of things by posting the quilt I finished this afternoon.

This was my first attempt and though the flaws run rampant it is still very comfortable. The fabric was from a fat quarter pack I bought at the local Sewing & Quilting fair in January. The backing is flannel and I dno't quite recall the batting I used, I think it is warm & natural. There is a combination of machine quilting and tying. Additional yardage was bought so I could bring the finished size to 40" x 54".


link to larger size -> http://sewpixie.tinfoildreams.com/images/pinkquiltdone

And here is my proof that kitties don't care if your beginner machine quilting skills leave much to be desired. Smiley


I have to say I have even more respect for all the prep work that goes into quilting!! I have another quilt top that is nearly done in the same pattern with a different fabric set from the same quilting fair.
9  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Dragonfly stencil from stained glass pattern on: March 04, 2007 11:24:58 AM
Many of the more experienced stencilers may have already discovered this, but I've found that patterns for stained glass can make great stencils. This tshirt was for a swap partner that likes dragonflies and does stained glass (hence the inspiration). I used clear contact paper for the stencils and wound up with three seperate ones to get all the pieces. The paint is just regular acrylic with textile medium added. The hunt is now on for more stained glass patterns! Smiley

10  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Moving Craft Rooms ... Color Pondering and Such on: November 28, 2006 09:38:33 AM
Well, I think I am going to trade dens with DH. The other den (was the computer room until we moved that out to the dining room) is a tiny bit bigger, has a ceiling fan with light, and the cable outlet. The configuration is a bit better for me too since there is a wall that actually has wall space on either perpendicular side so I can in theory have a whole wall of counter and shelves.

Here are assorted photos of my current room. http://sewpixie.tinfoildreams.com/blog/sewingroom.php

The purple I loved at first then grew to not like so much since it really locked me in decorating wise. So, with the new room I am thinking more of a neutral color so I can dress it up differently as my tastes change. For example, I really love the craft room with the fabric pieces on the wall (can't think of the link at the moment) as art work. That would be great to change out over time to display different prints that I like.

The question is, what neutral color to choose? It is plain white now, which is a possibility, but I would like to have something a tad different from white.  I see a lot of rooms with almost a robin's egg blue/aqua which looks nice. The chair I have is a medium/dark olive-ish green, so a very pale olive is a possibility too. See...I'm stumped.  Huh I'm looking for a color that is subtle so the rest of the room can be the star, a color that plays well with lots of other colors and a color that isn't going to make me ill after seeing it for too long.

Also...the large armoire I will be keeping in the room. I don't want to paint it (it is a laminate so it woudl be a pain to get it to look nice painted plus I love it as is), so it will remain it's cherry-like wood color. The purple desk I will repaint, perhaps white? And the workspace and shelving will probably be white as well. If I use some darker brown storage boxes on the shelves, and make change out the handles on the desk, so you think that will balance out the armoire? I don't want it to be this big sea of dark in the room and look out of place. Right now the bench matches it, but I don't think I will have room for the bench so it will go down to the living room.
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