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1  Re: Reshape a Hockey Jersey? in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by NynaeveAS on: December 25, 2005 07:58:41 AM
Concept used with a hockey jersey:

Don't pick! Yes, the Blue Jackets aren't doing well this season but 1) at least it's hockey and 2) the colors were similar to the original photo.  Anyway, she looks better as a hockey fan.  This may work with a kids jersey on a women if you are one the size 8 and under, I think.  As long as you can stretch it around yourself and it fits in the shoulders, I think it would work.  May even be better since most jerseys are large enough to fit over pads and the like.  Both the neck ribbing and the breast ribbing look to be not part of the original jersey but ribbing from the fabric store.  The rest looks to be parts of the original jersey.  Thoughts?

The question is will my husband kill me if I transform one of MY jerseys. (Insert smiley)
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2  Easy Knitted Dog Collar in Knitting: Completed Projects by NynaeveAS on: December 06, 2005 08:43:00 PM
My greyhounds are so wonderful that I thought they should be on my new years card this year.  But their collars have been very mistreated since they have learned the skill of removing them and leaving them outside for me to hunt down after rainstorms.  So I decided to knit them some fun collars to wear in the photo.  They are staring at a treat that my husband is mocking them with so I could get a photo.  Yes, they each got one after this photo.

How to knit this collar: I used a bulky yarn (Mint Blue is Caron Simply Soft Boucle) and a super bulky yarn (Purple is Bernat Velour).  Both were knitted on size 13 needles (9.0mm).  For the greyhounds, I casted on 30 stitches.  Depending on the neck size of your dog (or cat or boytoy or whatever), youll either need to add or more likely subtract.  Anyway all you do is cast on row 1 and then just cast off row 2.  Thats it.  I added a button later for attaching purposes but a nice little bow works too as they are here in the photo. 

It is nice and stretching so if the dogs get it caught on something, they can get out of it without too much effort.  It is also much lighter than my normal collars for the greyhounds and they cant use their normal trick to get out of it.  Normally, they just lean their heads down, put their ears forward and shake until gravity takes care of the pesky collars.  Next will be a little knitted bag for covering their dog tags so those stop making so much noise.

(Yes, both of my greyhounds are rescues and as lazy as a cat! I think their old collars were uncomfortable during all their naps.)
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3  Re: Show me your craft "room"!! in Interior Decorating: Completed Projects by NynaeveAS on: September 23, 2005 06:21:27 AM
I could have sworn that already posted my craft room but I guess not.  So to add to the green rooms, here is mine about a year an a half ago:

Ikea cabinets with a extra piece of metal fencing for hanging ideas on.  Since the photo, I've added a thick bamboo pole and pretty shower curtain S-hooks across the top for hanging purses and such.

How to make cabinet is here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=13472.0

My darling sewing machine: one is hiding in the cabinet.  So tidy and pretty...now it has piles of projects everywhere.  I have about a 2x3 foot space on top of that table to work with.  I really need to clean.  It is really scary right now.
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4  Re: beaded wire bracelets - with tutorial!! in Beads: Completed Projects by NynaeveAS on: July 26, 2005 01:54:51 PM
Great project!  Here's the four I made from the directions:


I did use a bit more of the thin wire than in the directions but it was easy to add the wire.  I think I like the one with my shells the best.
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5  The Personalized License Plate Purse (or a box) with Tutorial in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by NynaeveAS on: July 25, 2005 06:21:03 PM
So you probably stumbled upon my first license plate purse, which is a bit of a pain to make and worse to explain how to make.  It is here if you are hunting that instead:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=2162.0

This one is a lot easier and best of all is perfect for those personalized plates! I made this one with my old ham plates.  Since it has my call letters on it, Ive covered them for this post.  No offense but it is really easy to hunt people down by their call letters and I only like to flash them now when out with my fellow radio geeks.  Anyway, I think this one maybe an option for those of you overseas if you play around with it a bit.

So, heres the purse that I made:

How to make this puppy:
1.   Clean your plates.  I used a bit of dish washing soap and lightly removed the bugs who have sacrificed themselves on the front of my plates.  Be carefully here.  You can remove the paint.
2.   Figure out where you want to bend and the resulting size you want.  I decided on either side of my call letters.  So it was like (bend)CALL(bend). But you could also do REDS(bend)FAN(bend) so on the sides it said REDS and on front/back it said FAN.  You just need to end up with 2 bends for the most part.  Mark your bends on each of your 2 plates.  The closer you are to exactly matching each plate to the other, the easier it will be to make the bottom later. 
 
3.   Bending the plates is next.  The way I did it as you can see by the photos is I clamped a heavy metal ruler on top of the plate at the bend point and then bent the plate by hand.  Older plates maybe harder to bend and a rubber mallet will help.

4.   Making the wood base.  This is a good use for scrap wood.  You want something thick enough for you to screw into the edge.  In the photo above you can see what I used and how it fits into place.  Cut the wood so that it fits into the plates and they form a box around the wood.  Depending on the plates, you can either overlap you plate edges or you may need to butt them up against each other like I had to.  Take a look at this close-up of the side.  Ignore the text right now other than to see the rivets.

For the above type, I used a bit of another plate behind the personalized license plate to rivet to.  If you are overlapping instead, you must figure out how much the overlap will be so that you wood base will fit inside.   Cut the wood and paint to go with your plates.
5.   Before we go any farther, those holes that you use to attach your plates to your car really look crappy.  I found that the grommets made by Gritz that you can get in fabric stores like JoAnns fit perfectly into those holes.  I just had them lying around and I love using them.  Place on in each of the holes. If you look at the photo with all the text, you can just see them under the handle screw and the gold earring at the bottom edge.  Yep, thats a earring.  You still have holes at the bottom that you probably wont be using so find something to fill them.  You may want to use a pretty gem or glass stone or a coin.  I used either hot glue or E6000 to glue it in plate.  I forgot right now.  The top edge holes ate perfect for attaching a handle latter.
6.   With a drill with a drill bit for metal, drill holes for the rivets and the bottom edge screws that will attach the wood to your plates.  If you havent already, put on safety glasses.  Metal shards in the eye are really bad.  You will need to figure out where to drill on your own because of the variations in the step 2 bends.  You should have at least 6 screws along the entire bottom for connecting the wood base. I had one on each end and two on the front and two on the back.  For the rivets, have at least 2 along each meeting edge.  You can see how mine is done in that photo with the text.  My butt joint has a total of 4 rivets. 
7.   Screw the wood base into place.  (You need to drill holes into the wood first to match the holes you drilled in your plates.  If you dont, the wood will split.) Rivet the plate edges into place. 
8.   Youve now got an open top box that you may want to use for something else at this point.  I think I may make another on for my incoming mail.  Unless you dont care about the surface you are placing this on, youll need to a so feet to the bottom.  I used chair sliders on the bottom of mine so that the plate edges dont scratch floor and tables and the like.  Adhere them to the bottom of the wood at the corners.
9.   For the handles, I sewed vinyl ones, put grommets in the ends and attached them with screws here.  You could thread them thru the grommet plate holes instead or used rope or whatever.  Maybe some nice bungee cord would go well for the theme.  Creativity is good here.
10.   For the lining, you can go whatever route you want here too. I sewed a box shaped lining to fit inside and added a drawstring top.  You may want to skip the top or you may want a flap cover instead.  Your plates are probably magnetic so you may be able to do a closer with a magnetic just sewn into the flap tip.  Creativity is also good here.

Enjoy! Smiley
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6  Tie One On Cropped Wrap (with tut) in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by NynaeveAS on: July 10, 2005 03:49:58 PM
(The after is at the bottom.)
 While searching for an old t-shirt, I came across a favorite top from my college days (~1993).  I havent worn it since I got done with undergrad so it was in need of a makeover.  Please excuse the odd color combos here.  I didnt feel like matching today.  Below is the before so you can see the fit to begin with.  It is a knitted silk top from Express.  The yarn is very thin in the lightest weight so you can probably use a knit top in any type of fabric. 

Below is a diagram of my cuts.  It's the best I can do for a tutotial.  First, I cut down the middle front. Then I tried it on to figure out where I wanted the knot, which is right below the breast line and marked the bottom edge length.  I cut a line from the neckline to that knot point to create the v-neck part.  Next, (pretend the second photo is the backside) I cut across the back only from side seam to side seam. Finally, I cut from the side seam to the center bottom edge of the top.  To get the ruffled edge, I put the fabric taunt while I sewed the heamed edges.   

After:

The bottom edge is ruffled not scalloped like the photo may look like.  Enjoy!  Wink
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7  Re: Cool Eye Mask in Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects by NynaeveAS on: December 24, 2004 05:23:00 PM
LOOK UP! THE PATTERN IS ONE THE FIRST POST! - (That's for my cousin who wanted the pattern.  Hey, wild woman!)

Anyway, I had a little surprise and found out my friends and I were exchanging gifts for "Whatever Darn Holiday You're ****ing Celebrating Around Now, Girl".  I found this out yesterday night and we're getting together on Sunday night.  Great, huh?  So I had to last minute craft it all.  I whipped out 10 of these in an hour.  The bottom red one is like the top one from my first post.  It is made from fabric which was came quilted with batting on the back.  The pink one is with silky fabric and I'm keeping one of those even if it looks weird with my dark red hair!  Same as above but remember when you are sweing them together you need a layer of batting, layer of fabric #1 and layer of fabric #2 with the two fabrics having their right sides facing each other.  The best advice  of fabric is make sure to use soft, silky, dark fabric for the back side.  It keeps the light out and feels really nice.  You can cover the elastic with a tube fabric that is about 1.5 times the elastic length.  I saw one in the store that had that.


I am combining this with some lavender scented pillows, a mix for chai tea and homemade candy bark from here:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=20584.0
Thank you for neighbors with candycanes! I think that totals the $10 goal but who knows.
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8  Re: My cellphone "BLING-BLING" in Completed Projects by NynaeveAS on: December 19, 2004 09:32:14 AM
800 3mm acrylic rhinestones later and the husband will never take my phone by mistake again.  It has been named "The Glitz Phone" by the girlfriends.  I just can't see why....  Wink
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9  Re: Monet's Pen from an Advertisement Pen in Completed Projects by NynaeveAS on: December 05, 2004 06:14:46 PM
Unluckily, I was so excited about my idea that I forgot to take a before photo.  I'd ask my neighbors if I could borrow their free pen but they already think I'm a bit nutty.  Grin So, I played with my photo program instead.
Recreated before photo and how I added the ink in dot form:

The acetone lightens all the colors on the pen since it also removes the printed ink.  The bright green became a watercolor green and the printing smeared to a really light blue so I added the permanent marker to get the watercolor blue. 
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10  Spice Rack a la Martha Stewart in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by NynaeveAS on: December 04, 2004 07:01:42 PM
My reaction when I saw this Martha version of a spice rack (link below) about a year ago: "Mmmmm....Spice rack....Agh! NO! $169! For a spice rack!  I can so make that."
http://www.marthastewart.com/page.jhtml?type=product&id=product1133&site=&_requestid=72067
The Result:
The spice containers are candle tins from an online candle making shop.  I made the labels with my computer. I love sticker paper!  On one side is the name of the spice and on the back is a desciption.  For example, cumin says "Gives a distinctive warm flavor to a range of savory dishes from Asian, Mexican, Indian and Thai.  Commonly used in curries, satays and garam masala."  I found the descriptions at online spice shops. The rack was built to fit between my door and the cabinet. I matched the stain to the cabinet wood. Tip: Make sure your spice contains fit and can be easily removed.  If this space was 1/4 inch smaller a space, I couldn't have fit 30 spices.  It would have only been 20. Wink  The extra space at the bottom holds my measurement spoons too.
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