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1  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / If you're busty and you know it clap your hands...a swimsuit! on: July 14, 2009 08:48:35 PM
So...I have a large bust...and a long torso...and some curves...so swimsuit shopping is not so much fun. My least favorite part is that my boobies are never supported.

Thus, I made my own swimsuit that has a bra underneath!



The front is fully lined and the back features seaming to bring it in. Big wide straps and it comes up high enough that I don't feel like the girls are out on display. It's comfy and it's fitted, so it won't float up when I'm swimming.
2  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Crafty Charitable/Social Causes / Stephanie and Christian Nielson on: August 28, 2008 07:55:26 AM
Hello Craftsters,

In an amazing example of how the world is really small, I found out about a plane crash that severely burned Stephanie and Christian Nielson. You can read more about them at these blogs:

cjanerun.com - this is from Stephanie's sister
http://www.nieniedialogues.blogspot.com/  -this is Stephanie's blog, which includes updates, but also shows what a beautiful family they are

HOW YOU CAN HELP:
Send cards to decorate our patient's room!
(2 separate rooms)

Maricopa County Hospital
c/o Stephanie and Christian Nielson
2601 East Roosevelt Street
Phoenix, AZ 85008
(No flowers please!)
(Though Nie would love them . . .)

I know you Craftsters make some AMAZING cards and the rooms of these two would be filled with color from your work.


Pray

And, if you feel so inclined, they have set up accounts to donate money and also several etsy shop owners have been doing fundraisers. More info on that can be found at cjanerun.com. I am not the main contact, so I feel better directing you there.

THANKS FOR YOUR HELP!


And in closing, if you only check out one blog, check out one the last Stephanie (NieNie) was able to post. It's about their back-to-school dinner they do. Just look at the wonderful detail and love that went into this: http://nieniedialogues.blogspot.com/2008/08/bell-is-ringing-again.html

3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / whirl away dress disaster to whirl away skirt fabulosity (Butterick 4790) on: August 20, 2008 06:43:15 PM
So, like other ladies I was dazzled by this posting http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=119224.0 and just HAD to have my own retro whirl away dress. I paid almost full price for the pattern and bought some fabric I loved...tons and tons of it to make this dress. I set to work and was chugging along, with the most beautiful darts popping out of my machine. I spent a whole Saturday holed up trying to finish it for a Christmas party. The whole time the neckline looked funny, but I thought, "Ha! It'll turn out!"

WRONG!!!

The bust was tight, but at the same time the shoulders and neckline were HUGE. The top looked like one of those full aprons that are like a shift dress, only way less flattering and with a ton of bias tape. However, I still loved the skirt part. So, what's a girl to do? In the immortal words of Tim Gunn...Make it work!

ta da! my new skirt!



Showing that it's still the same as the whirl away dress.



Some of the 8472 yards of binding that this dress takes:



and, of course, me spinning:



Here's what I did: cut it off, made a waistband that will accept a ribbon tie, put in ribbon, and put binding across the top of the red part.

I'd love any comments! I think I'll change the color of the ribbon belt. What do you think?




4  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / Simplicity 2892 View B Flowy top with puffy sleeves and a belt on: May 27, 2008 10:01:23 AM
Okay, so I'm super excited about this top. Why? Here's why:

1. It's the first time I've ever put sleeves on anything.
2. Those sleeves are lined and gathered and really fancy in person.
3. It is a top like the ones that are all the rage for skinny girls but that tend to make me look preggers...but this one doesn't! Very excited to have one of my own.
4. It was super easy to do.

Here it is:



Thanks for looking!! Comments are very much appreciated Smiley
5  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Mini Green Tea Vegan Cupcakes! on: April 18, 2008 06:02:21 AM
I never thought I'd post to this board...Smiley

My friend Dolly is a vegan. She is currently undergoing a lot of medical stuff because she has nasty ol' cancer. So I decided to make her some cupcakes...here's my first ever vegan cupcakes:



In my small town I could NOT find vegan margarine, so the ones dipped in sugar are totally vegan, while the frosted ones contain Smart Balance, which has a tiny bit of whey in them. I tried! I figure her husband can eat them.

I now need to send them 1000 miles away today. Good luck, little cupcakes!

The recipe is the Green Tea Cupcake from Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World. I added a bit more flour because I'm at 6100 feet above sea level. They are really good and I can't wait to make more. Plus, my toddler is now totally hooked on vanilla rice milk as a treat.

Enjoy!
6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Amy Butler Small Portfolio on: March 20, 2008 08:16:29 PM
So I found the free pattern section of Amy Butler's website and LOVED the portfolio pattern. I printed off the instructions and right away made the small one. Very easy pattern to follow and I love it...but I have no idea what to use it for! Anyway, enjoy some pictures Smiley





7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / McCalls 3979 View A Half Apron on: February 20, 2008 06:53:44 AM
So, I bought the McCalls 3979 for the fabulous price of $1.99 and for the fabulous View E everyone here has been making. However, I made View A for a friend and wanted to share it!



I used cotton for the print and broadcloth for the contrast. The most frustrating part was all the narrow hems, mostly because of the amount of pressing involved. Additionally, the broadcloth didn't hold up well for the narrow hem, so I ended up doubling the fabric for the ties and I think it turned out okay. I really enjoy how the yellow pops against the raspberry print.

Ta da! 

P.S. Please enjoy the view of the sock monkey sheets on my guest bed/fabric holder. They were on sale at Target Smiley
8  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Mommy Swap on: February 15, 2008 06:39:53 AM
Not to swap kids! Smiley

I saw the topic down below about a kid craft swap and then one for preggo moms...so I started to wonder if we couldn't just do a Mommy Swap, where everything is game...stress relief stuff for moms, crafts for kiddos, that kind of stuff.

Thoughts?
9  COOKING / Dessert / Cupcakes with Marzipan Toppings on: January 08, 2008 08:00:21 AM
Okay, this is my first time posting something to Craftster all by itself. I'm a little nervous!

For a New Year's Eve party I made some devil's food cupcakes. They are topped with buttercream swirls and then, as a little joke, marzipan celery and carrot sticks. It's never too early to get a jump on those New Year's resolutions to eat healthier, right?

The cake is Betty Crocker, the frosting is the Wilton recipe and the marzipan is the Odense stuff from the store colored with Wilton gels and food coloring. I wore latex gloves when making them so I wouldn't look like I'd hulked out afterwards!  Smiley

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