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1  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Dexter Nails on: October 10, 2012 12:14:53 PM
I had been thinking about creating Dexter inspired nails for around Halloween, but I wasn't sure what to do.  Last night I was inspired by the colors of the blood slides, so I used Gelish "Bashful" to create a nude (nearly clear) base and used Gelish "Hot Rod Red" to do the french tips and the blood spots.  I tried to keep them neat (So I could wear them to work without them seeming too bloody and creepy).  I need some more practice applying french tips with a brush..this was the first time I didn't use stickers/tape as a guide.  Hope you like them!

2  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Philadelphia Phillies Nails on: July 19, 2012 08:31:52 AM
Hey everyone!

I just finished my nails in preparation for attending a Phillies game this weekend Smiley  I just wanted to share!

I did them using Gelish polishes, which are very similar to Shellac.  If you are getting Shellac or Gelish nails done at the salon all the time, I recommend investing in an LED curing lamp and trying it at home!  Took some practice, but within 3 manicures I've got the process down!

Annnnyway, on to my nails!

I used Gelish "Ooba Ooba Blue" for the majority of my nails, but created the baseballs using "Sheek White" and "Hot Rod Red"

The Phillies logo came from a temporary tattoo set I got on Amazon.  Just transfer to the nail like you would onto skin!  Then a topcoat of Gelish "Top it off".  I also used two coats of "Structure" for thickness and strength, because I have super bendy nails.

Hope you like it!

Any suggestions for future attempts? I'm pretty new at doing my own nails with Gelish, and  I think my baseballs could be cleaner looking.

3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Tshirt to Workout Pants! on: September 19, 2010 08:10:25 PM
So I recently started going to Zumba (and LOVE it!) but I'm typically used to going to the gym in ugly shorts and a baggy T shirt.  Everyone else in my class wears those cute yoga pants/spandex leggings that as a graduate student I can't afford.

So I went to Goodwill and got a Men's Tshirt that was awful ugly in pattern by itself and made these!  I should have taken a before picture, but I really thought there was NO way they would turn out useful at all.

next time I'll make a wider waist band and get a stretchier shirt, but I'm not sure how well these will hold up, but enough talking!

Let me know what you think!
4  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Mario quilt for the bf! (FINALLY FINISHED!) **NOW WITH TUT! on: October 04, 2009 12:00:30 PM
Hey Everyone!  Sorry it took me forever (like a year) to get my tutorial photos together and up here.  Had a lot going on...  Anyway, hope this helps everyone!  (tut at bottom)

So, I was incredibly inspired by iddosteveperry's mario quilt that was posted awhile ago (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=220857.0) and I had to try it for myself.  I started making the characters about a month ago and just finished last night (my boyfriend received it today Cheesy)  Needless to say he is extremely happy with his gift.  It was a ton of work, but I'm so pleased with it.  

I made each character out of 1" squares and trimmed the outer edges.  Then they were attached to the blue blocks using iron-on and stitch applique.  Finished with satin binding.  The back is blocks like the front, except their navy blue..somehow I never got a pic of the back

This is me and the boy holding up his gift.  I love how the light blue resembles the sky in mario!

^^ I love that last photo bc thats when it finally dawned on him what I made and he was utterly in shock. Its the first time I had a gift for him that he had NO idea what it would be!

I'm so pleased with this project, but i'm also so glad its finished!  I was really sad to see it go tho...I almost wouldn't let him take it with him!  I have some more in progress/a mini tut on how I did it if anyone's interested.  Thanks so much for looking!!!


First, I created patterns to follow by finding images of the original characters online and blowing them up large enough to count the pixels.  To make them easier for me to see, I created a document in Excel with equally sized blocks that I changed their colors to create the characters.  After that, I was able to print them all and generally make an estimate of how much fabric to buy of each color (I went to Walmart and bought cheap solids and some remnants to get the colors I wanted).  Then, I cut the fabric into 1.5" by 1.5" squares (very annoying and time consuming...it made me a rotary cutter master)  If your careful, you can cut a few layers at a time..

I essentially worked on the characters from the top down, working on two rows at a time.  Its a little hard to explain,  but I sewed two blocks together (the top row block to the second row block, and then working to the right)  I tried to keep a steady flow of stitching, and sewed multiple blocks in one shot, and cut the thread to separate them after stitching a whole rows worth.  Then I pressed them flat (trying to keep pressing to the dark side, since the lighter fabrics allowed the darker colors to show through)

Next I sewed the two block parts together into small four-patches

The hardest part for this was trying to keep track of the pattern and where everything was going to ultimately end up.  There is probably an easier way to organize the pieces, but this is how I ended up doing it.  

Next, I attached the four patches together to form a strip of the two rows that are being worked on.

**don't forget to keep pressing the seams flat while you work!  It makes things go together so much nicer!

I repeated these steps to create 2 row segments, and attached them to one another carefully (lots and lots of pinning to keep everything straight!)

Also, since the outer blocks ended up having an extra 0.5" I just carefully used my rotary cutter to trim them

After completing each character, I cut large blocks of the sky blue, and used iron on applique to attach the characters and keep them in place until I could stitch around the outside of all of them. The binding was ready made satin binding (which I will never ever ever work with again.  It was SUCH a pain!

Heres some extra photos to show you how the back ended up looking, and also some of the characters as they were being completed.  I hope this helps everyone! I apologize again for taking so darn long...

5  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / I'm looking for binary novelty fabric on: September 07, 2009 10:09:56 AM
Does anyone know where I could purchase fabric covered in binary numbers (1s and 0s).  My dad is a big time computer geek, and I would love to make him a present for christmas.  I found one place, but the fabric is more of a textile/wool fabric and I'm looking for either cotton or jersey, basically anything softer.  Thanks!
Thats an example of what I'm looking for
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / screwed up armpits. on: December 16, 2008 08:45:15 PM
So every time I try to recon something with sleeves somehow the armpit areas of the shirt never look right or don't seem to match one another.  Iv'e tried multiple methods of sewing up the sides, attaching the sleeves, etc.   I like to use my serger, but maybe thats whats causing me to screw it up, since I have it set up to cut the excess away while I sew.  Any suggestions?  thanks!
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / StarWars Fleecy PJ's! on: August 05, 2008 09:13:27 PM
Its been awhile since I posted, but I decided to share my last project.  My sister graduated from highschool this year and is off to college (Penn State! Woo!) and due to her intense love of Star Wars (and my good luck with finding the fleece) I constructed these cuddly things to make her more comfy away at school.  I used an old McCalls pattern that I found in my stockpile and had used before.  The hips were way too wide tho so I altered the pants until they fit me (thank god she's the same size) and she LOVES them! I used the extra fabric to make a pillow.  All in all it took me about 2 hours to complete, since the pants were really simply constructed (and I made them a drawstring instead of elastic, because elastic and I don't quite get along!)

Sry for crappy photos..my camera is dead and I had to use my phone (What looks blue is actually black. Including her shirt)

Pillow! ^^

The sister modeling in front of the fishtank.

Thanks for looking!
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Dress in a few hours on: February 23, 2008 03:26:34 PM
So, my parents bought me a sewing machine for my 21st birthday and I couldn't have been more excited.  Conveniently my boyfriend decided we were going to his fraternity formal at the last second and I didn't have any dresses with me, so I decided to try my hand at making a dress..This is the result. I'm pretty proud of it (especially because I had about 5 hours in which to make it, shower, and be ready to leave)  Any comments or ideas for me?  I need to find someone to teach  me how to attach zippers better, I ended up having to cover the edges with more black fabric bc my stitches weren't straight enough on the red.

Hahaha...and an action shot captured by a friend who stopped in..I'm making such a goofy face.
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Tshirt Recon for Party on: February 23, 2008 03:17:03 PM
So I havent' been on in awhile and I definitely missed you guys.  I got invited to a fraternity "GLOW" party and decided to recon a few shirts to make a glowing awesome top.  Sadly, the orange didnt' end up glowing under black light, but the yellow did.  Everyone else wore white, and my friends and I stood out like no other in our glowing yellow.  I only had a serger at the time, so I couldnt' really hem well, but I think it came out alright.  What do you think?

10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Recons with New Serger! on: January 20, 2008 03:46:47 PM
My mom just let me borrow her old serger for awhile while I'm at college and I spent most of today playing with it and these are the results Smiley

The RUSH shirt is one I picked up cheap at a thrift store and was too big for me.  I tore apart another yellow shirt to get the straps.  then I dug out some hand-me-down shirts from my cousin that don't fit me anymore and constructed one scarf for me and one for a friend ^.^

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