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11  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / first post in needlework! Eastern United States on: September 09, 2010 08:00:12 AM
Hey guys.  I've done some cross-stitch before, but it's been years since I finished an embroidered project.  

My boyfriend and I did a lot of traveling this summer, driving all over the place.  It was somewhat long-distance to begin with, he stayed in State College for the summer and I went back home to Philadelphia.  Now it's even further, he graduated and got a job in Germany.  So I stitched up a map of the eastern part of the US, with a french knot for everywhere we stopped and stayed.  It's folded up now in a little paper box with a tag pinned to it that says "Home is wherever I'm with you" (Home by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes has pretty much become our song).  I wanted to frame it and send it like that, but it's so freaking expensive to ship internationally, so I put in a little post-it that says "frame not included".

Enough talk, here are some pictures:



ugh, it's blurry.  I'll put up a new one later



and the back!



I made the map by drawing one on tracing paper, turning it over, and pinning it to the cloth.  Then I tore it out when I was finished.


I'll get some nicer pictures up soon, let me know what you think!  Thanks


Bonus: proof we travel!  Here we are in DC

12  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Pink and teal plaid camp shirt on: August 01, 2010 05:28:32 PM
Oh my, what Kwik Sew pattern was this?  Because this shirt AND fabric combination is amazing!
13  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Dresses, dresses, dresses! (7 of them--massive post!) on: July 22, 2010 11:55:37 AM
I really like what you've been doing!  The heart cut-outs are really sweet, but I'm in love with the yellow dress at the bottom.  Pattern notes/tutorial/any sort of guidance for the lazy who aren't particularly good at drafting that style of dress?
14  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: african wax print dress on: July 12, 2010 08:41:02 PM
Wow, thanks to everyone for the comments!

Regarding the pattern, it's a mashup of two patterns from the burdastyle website, one is the "tiered minidress" from 6/2010 and one is the "sabrina" dress.  I took the top portion from the 6/2010 and replaces the buttons with the zipper.  The skirt is adapted from the Sabrina pattern, although I removed the pleats and pockets, lopped the panels off at the waist rather than carrying them up to the bust, and widened them to make up for the pleats.  I also lengthened the pattern about four inches because it was most definitely designed for someone shorter.

I'll have some nice photos up soon, I've been working 12-hour days recently, haven't had a moment to play dress-up with the camera.
15  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / african wax print dress on: July 07, 2010 11:43:12 PM
Tomorrow (technically this afternoon, as it's past 2:30 in the morning) afternoon, I get to pick my boyfriend up at the airport.  He's been in Germany, and I figured it would be fun to wear something new and summery to get him.  I just came back from Ghana, myself, and I picked up a huge amount of fantastic high quality wax prints (made in Ghana, of course) but I wasn't sure what I was going use them for right away.  This just seemed like the right opportunity.  So, after a few hours of trial, error, and pattern splicing, I pulled this together.  I love it.  

Crit/comments absolutely welcome.






Sorry about the webcam pictures, I'm burnt out for the night, I'll take nicer pictures soon.
16  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Dandewine--dandelion wine! with an instructional video! on: March 28, 2010 08:26:07 AM
I love this! I really want to try it, dandelions are abundant in the spring here, and I no longer have any bunnies to munch on them. I know that the sugar is important for the fermenting process, yes? I'm wondering if a lower carb version could be achieved by using as little sugar as possible and then adding stevia for sweetness.
Or Splenda or Xylatol.

When you cut out the sugar, you're actually cutting out what the yeast feeds on to produce the alcohol.  Alternative sweeteners simply won't ferment, and you'll end up with a nasty yeasty fake-sweet mixture.  Honey ferments nicely (traditionally, fermented honey is called mead, and I've been making that for about a year now) and gives you some really complex flavors. 

This whole concept of dandelion wine is really cool, I'm going to have to try this sometime for sure!
17  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Princess Bride Round 2 (Signups 12/31/09-1/31/10) (Sendouts 2/28/10) on: December 30, 2009 11:43:44 AM
I'm filling one of these out, I'll be done not too long from now.

So excited!  First swap I've ever done.
18  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Princess Bride: Round 2 Swap on: December 30, 2009 11:34:10 AM
I'm really interested in this swap.  I've never done one before, but I really want to give it a try.

I just hope this semester isn't too rough as far as work goes.
19  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: happy little white dress on: November 20, 2009 09:47:21 PM
That is fantastic!  Very cute, your own pattern?  I need to learn how to make nice-fitting dresses like that that don't have a horizontal seam at the waist (I guess I need to learn princess seams?)

"This rocks"
20  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Western shirt dress on: September 26, 2009 09:33:57 PM
If you could just walk through the making of the top, that would be fantastic.  The skirt looks like something you just sorta do as you can.  I love it, though.  Very very cute.
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