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141  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / i got a new sewing machine, HELP! on: December 25, 2004 01:35:53 PM
hey guys, i just got the BROTHER cs-8060

http://www.rtsewingmachines.co.uk/newmachines/CS-8060/cs8060.jpg

i thought i could handle it but obviously not. does n e one else own it that could help me out with a couple of questions??? i'd appreciate it a lot

<3,
karen

p.s. MERRY XMAS 2 1 & ALL!!!!!!
142  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / collage/decoupage bench **MUST SEE** on: December 24, 2004 01:27:31 PM
hey guys! well, i've had this brown bench since i can remember, and my sister and i saw some tables from a coffeehouse that had been decoupaged so we decided that we would do that with this bench. we didn't want to spend money on decoupage glue and since my dad is a carpenter, we made a mixture 2 parts woodworking glue and one part water. that's why you can see streaks of yellow. anyways, this is what we ended up with. the glue didn't work so well so it's peeling off in some parts. enjoy!

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v413/rckfella/100_1413.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v413/rckfella/100_1415.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v413/rckfella/100_1416.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v413/rckfella/100_1417.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v413/rckfella/100_1418.jpg
thanks 4 ur time!

<3,
karen
143  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / "Pooch Cafe" and others newspaper wallet on: December 20, 2004 02:12:45 PM
here's my first attempt at a newspaper wallet with all my fave comic characters from the Union Tribune down here in San Diego, California. I don't know if the characters are the same all over the states. so n e wayz, i used yesterday's comics because they're in color and since it's all christmas-y it fits the occasion for the time being. so yeah, here it is:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v413/rckfella/100_1313.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v413/rckfella/100_1304.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v413/rckfella/100_1305.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v413/rckfella/100_1309.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v413/rckfella/100_1312.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v413/rckfella/100_1314.jpg


i basically used teryakimoto's tutorial http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=9299.0 but made the dimensions a little bigger and on the third pocket i cut a square so that my buspass can show thru and instead of doing a "Closure Strip" i just used velcro instead. n e wayz, yeah, hope u guys liked in and get inspired!

happy wallet making!

<3,
karen

144  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / make slip covers for your appliances on: December 19, 2004 04:27:25 PM
we just bought new appliances and they're all "chrome" so you can basically see every stain and finger print so i decided to make some slip covers. here's how to make them.

1. first measure the dimensions of your appliance
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v413/rckfella/m1.jpg

2. so then, on your piece of fabric, take the length of the side, in this case 12'', divide it by two, so it would be six. so on your fabric, measure in 6 inches across and vertically, then measure the length and width of your appliance, in this case 24"x 18". so cut out the square.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v413/rckfella/m2.jpg
3. fold over the fabric in half and on the corner measure a 6x6 inch square. unfold and sew the sides and the bottom. then pinch the fabric and finish sewing up the squares. then turn it inside out which is really the right side to hide the seams and you're done!
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v413/rckfella/m3.jpg

hope you guys understand it and that it comes in handy!

<3,
karen
145  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Perfect present for young mom on: December 18, 2004 03:59:55 PM
my friend who's 18 is expecting. i made her this little baby tote. i decided not to use baby prints because that way, she can use the same tote later on when she doesn't need it for baby any more. i wasnt sure what she was having so i made it this "Martha Stewart" green with that gwen stefani print on the outside.  i was inspired by a couple of purses i saw at urban outfitters. what do u guys think?


cute huh!

bottle holder

inside (with velcro)

ta-da!!!!

<3,
karen
146  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / "abby" baby inspired tote on: December 16, 2004 10:34:33 PM
my cousin recently had a baby and since i've been making totes for x-mas like crazy, i decided to make her one too.

cute huh!



inside (with velcro!!! chA-CHING~!)



bottle holder



detail of Scarlett



what do u guys think?

147  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / purse out of fabric scraps! must see! on: December 15, 2004 10:13:52 PM
This is my latests creation and i LOVE it. i took a 5x5 square of every fabric i own/owned and just patched it together. the inside is the same mustard yellow as in the bottom right hand corner
 

i used the tutorial from http://www.ohmystars.net/craft/index.htm
except i patched up the squares first what do u guys think?

<3

karen
148  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Chandeliere earrings with tutorial on: December 07, 2004 09:44:21 PM
here are the chandeliere earrings. i'm giving them to my friend as an x-mas present. i worked on them non stop and it took me about 2 1/2 hours.



okay, here goes the tutorial

Materials:
32 and 26 gauge wire
flat and round nose pliers
wire cutter
earring hook
beads (60 for this project)

1) First, lets look at where all the beads will go


2) begin by taking a piece of wire and making a loop at the end with your round nose pliers. i usually make them about 1 1/2 cm long, depends on how thick your bead is. place bead and make a loop at other end going the opposite direction. this is with the 26 gauge wire. like so:

do this for 46 of the beads. remember you have to reserve 7 x 2 beads that go on the horizontal wire.
3) after you do this for all 46 start linking them. you need 4 links of each: 2, 3, and 4 beads. you only need 2 links that are five beads long.
4) take the 32 gauge wire and make a loop at the end. put in a bead then a 2 bead link, then another bead and a 3 bead link and so on. when you put the 5 bead link go back to 4, 3, and finally 2. do not put a bead after the last link. there should only be seven beads across the top. now close off the wire with another loop, like so

5) now take some of the 26 gauge wire and make a total of 16 loops in the shape of an eight. then link 4 together so you will have four links with 4 loops in them like so

6) take the links and hook one on each loop from the 32 gauge wire and then link them on the loop in the earring hook


if i'm correct, this is it. i'm sorry if my tutorial is confusing! Huh
i'd love any feedback!
thanks
karen
149  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Discussion and Questions / perfect stencils of ur fave celebs!!!!! on: October 03, 2004 10:05:54 AM
HEY GUYS!!!!! well, i've noticed that it's kind of hard to find a large enough picture on google to make stencils with sooooo i foudn this site http://editorial.gettyimages.com/ms_gins/source/CFW/home.aspx?pg=1. just go there and on search put anyone's name (that's a celeb of course) and they'll show u some pretty large and clear pictures so u can make stencils with them. my favorite one's are the lindsay lohan ones and adam levine from maroon 5!!!!!! n e wayz, i hope this helps some of you!
<3
karen
150  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / stripped purse with tutorial on: September 18, 2004 03:56:19 PM
heeeey guys!!! well, i just made my pro-est looking purse ever! i just need to add some straps but, yeah. i've made a couple of bags in my day but they're pretty ghetto. i made this out of some sheets from a bed set that my parents bought recently. this is what it looks like:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v413/rckfella/1.jpg
outside
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v413/rckfella/2.jpg
inside
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v413/rckfella/4.jpg
 i miss-calculated the size so instead of being big enough for my books, i can barely fit my binder, but it's okay!

n e wayz, here's how i made it.

1. I took the two different fabrics, one for the inside and the other for the outside. i had a third fabirc, i'm not sure what it is but it's very thick. i used it to make the bag sturdy basically. you can skip that if your fabric is strong enough. okay, so, anyways, i wanted my purse to be <---------15''---------> by 15'' long so, i cut the stirp 15" by 30" so i could fold it over and sew it. so, i layered the fabric like this
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v413/rckfella/5.jpg
make sure that they're all the same size, obviously.
2. sew all along but leave a space big enough for you hand
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v413/rckfella/6.jpg
3. stick your hand in there and pull the fabric out so that the right sides are out. so in my case, one side is green and the other pink. take the machine and sew out the space that you left for your hand. i used black thread, and it looks kinda bad, but i don't care. okay, so now, fold the fabric in half, and this is going to be the size of your purse. so, i wanted the pinkish side on the outside, so i folded it inside out and sewed the sides.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v413/rckfella/7.jpg
4. turn it back out to it's right side, which in my case is pink, and then just add some straps. i'm actually going to unsew about and inch from the top so i can slip in some of the strap and then sew it back.
5. if you want to add a little space for pencils on the inside do it before you sew all three fabrics together.

okay, i'm actually confused by this tutorial myself, haha, so feel free to ask me any questions! i'd appreciate any feed back!!!!!!!

karen.
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