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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Easy-peasy (slightly unfinished) kitchen curtains on: August 29, 2010 04:32:44 PM
Wow, thanks for the input, everyone! This is why I love Craftster—it hadn't even occurred to me to lower the curtains—and plants on the windowsill are a great idea too!

I think I'm going to hem the bottom edges and leave them where they are for the time being. My roommate rightly pointed out that lowering them would mean a lot of sun coming in the top gap—our kitchen is very sunny, which is part of the reason we needed curtains in the first place. There's a hedge right outside the window, so we're not too concerned about people being able to see in.

Then when I find some fabric I like for a valence on the top, I'll probably lower them and add the extra panels above. And if they end up getting scuzzy from sink/stove goo, I can always raise them again!

You guys rock Cheesy
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: I've got a tree growing in my foyer and there are lots of pictures to prove it! on: August 29, 2010 01:19:27 PM
Gorgeous!! I love this idea, most especially your plan for swapping out the foliage for something season-appropriate. Your hall will always have a fresh look!

Did you freehand the tree? It looks amazing...
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Homecoming Dress on: August 29, 2010 01:04:49 PM
It's adorable Cheesy

I love the alternating tiers on the bottom, and it looks fantastic on you!
4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: easy abalone bead earrings and bracelet set on: August 29, 2010 12:58:34 PM
Cute! I would wear those earrings in a heartbeat—and I much prefer elastic bracelets to bangle-style Smiley
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Easy-peasy (slightly unfinished) kitchen curtains on: August 29, 2010 12:37:11 PM
Our kitchen was a little bare, so crafty person that I am, I volunteered to make some kitchen curtains for the big window over the sink/stove. Of course, I can't actually sew, so I cheated just a tad. $9 of IKEA fabric, several feet of Steam-a-Seam, and less than a Praire Home Companion's worth of NPR later, ta-da:



(The right panel looks a little crooked only because of my jerry-rigged curtain rod.)

My problem, however, is fairly obvious. I did not measure the windows before purchasing the fabric, and the curtains aren't quite long enough to cover the whole window. My question for you, fellow crafty people, is this—should I
a) leave them at their present length;
b) shorten them so they're closer to half the height of the window rather than their present two-thirds-or-so; or
c) find some matching/corresponding fabric (I'm thinking plain white) and add an extra panel at the bottom so they're actually window-sized?

I've left the bottom edge unhemmed till I decide what to do. What do you think??
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Dr. Who Scarf on: June 14, 2010 02:10:43 PM
To borrow a phrase from the Ninth Doctor: "Fantastic!"  Grin

My sweetie and I have just been getting into Doctor Who. I've only seen a few episodes of the old series, but I found Tom Baker absolutely splendid. Great job!!
7  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Doctor Who Nesting Dolls on: June 08, 2010 03:42:59 PM
Oh, this rocks so much. My sweetie and I just got into Doctor Who a few months ago and we both love it. These dolls are totally making me geek out with happiness. They're so well done!!
8  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: Lil Hippies (pic obese!) on: March 25, 2010 01:45:25 PM
Dare I say....... high-larious?

I kill me.

Seriously though, I know SO many people who would laugh their hippie butts off at these. Great job!!
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / the magical moving straps: from ugh to comfy in 15 min.! on: March 22, 2010 11:11:42 AM
This is such a tiny project I almost feel bad posting it... But it has completely changed my feelings about this piece of clothing!  Grin

I bought this dress at a street fair a few years ago, but never wore it much because the halter top was weird and slightly uncomfortable. Also, too much movement led to unfortunate amounts of boobage on display—never almost never a good thing.


Oh no blurriness!

I got my mending done over the weekend and finally got around to fixing this poor, cute dress. It was the simplest thing ever: I took the halter off, cut it in half (it was one long strip of fabric, folded in half) and sewed it back on as two spaghetti straps, adding a few button-and-bead details along the way.

New and improved:


Oh dirty bathroom mirror, you embarrass me so.

Honestly, the most difficult thing was making sure the straps were lined up correctly and the same length. But by using another dress as a guide and with careful use of a measuring tape, I got it right. No more untoward boob appearances! The strips were a bit long, so I left the extra dangling down in the back (not pictured) so I can lengthen or shorten the straps as need be. To pretty it up (and cover my stitches where I sewed the strap to the dress) I added a button and a bead on the front, and a sequin and a bead on the back:


This shows the actual color of the dress better, too.

Along the bottom of the dress are a bunch of sequins in different colors. I didn't add them, but they're fun and sparkly and the reason I got it in the first place, so here they are anyway!  Grin



So now I have a dress that I'll actually WEAR—yunno, if it ever gets warm enough (grumble growl).

Thanks for looking!
10  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Turn 6 pack holders into recyled storage caddies on: March 21, 2010 10:34:43 AM
Definitely going to do this. Also: I congratulate you on your fine taste in beer!
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