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21  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: The BEST "home sweet home" sign you will EVER see! on: October 22, 2008 12:55:53 PM
i really love this! what a great piece of kitsch.
22  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Card Catalog Coffee Table! on: October 07, 2008 04:54:07 PM
i really really really like this. great job. what a magnificent piece!
23  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: Show off your dorm room! on: September 10, 2008 03:55:21 PM
do you go to loyola? my sister went there and had a very similar view. fun!
24  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / Re: Am I overreacting? (about a purse someone made for me) on: September 03, 2008 04:54:05 PM
i don't really have any advice as i'm not too clear on etsy buying etiquette, but i just want to reassure you that you're not paranoid. it looks nothing like the inspiration and, to me, doesn't seem worth $60. i'm hesitant to say any more due to the "if you can't say something nice" rule, so suffice to say: you're not overreacting.
25  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: 2 t-shirt recons and high waisted shorts! on: August 27, 2008 11:28:56 AM
those shorts are adorable!
26  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Summer Reading Swap Gallery on: August 26, 2008 02:44:27 PM
the bag with the sexy librarian embroidery is fantastic! what a great package.
27  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: How did you all learn?? So inspired! on: August 19, 2008 05:26:36 PM
when i was a kid, i learned through a class at the big fabric store in town. i'm a classroom-learner, so it was perfect for me. my mom also taught me a lot and i would learn by doing as well. if i wanted to be a ______ for halloween, i would get the pattern and fabric and my mom would help me if i needed it.

recently, i've taken lessons at a great place in san francisco called stitch lounge. it helped me a lot! if you're the type of person that works well in a structured environment, it's a really helpful way to learn. most sewing class places have machines, too, so you can figure out if it's really a hobby you want to pick up without spending a bunch of money on a machine.

i also definitely recommend just trying. start with patterns that say "easy." some people start without patterns, but i'm hopeless without everything being spelled out for me. if a friend has a machine, just bring some scrap fabric over and play around with his/her machine. there's a bunch of great books, my favorite is by the same people i took classes from. they're all about reconstructing clothing and starting with the basics:

http://www.amazon.com/Sew-Subversive-Dirty-Fabulous-Fashionista/dp/1561588091

hope this helps!
28  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: the "it looks like you made it" bag on: August 19, 2008 04:58:31 PM
what a great friend! (please read this with the intended sarcasm.)

i also think you should take it as a compliment. it's one of a kind and lovingly created and that kind of stuff is much better, more expensive, and well made than stuff you can get in the stores.

GREAT job!
29  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: SUI GENERIS. New fallll stuff :) Pic Heavy! on: August 14, 2008 05:39:37 PM
is this the same as the sui generis store in san francisco? just curious to know if local designers/stores post their stuff on craftster.

also, your work is really great. i can't even imagine i'll ever be good enough to even dream about making my own patterns. love all your stuff!
30  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Summer Reading Swap Gallery on: August 13, 2008 10:01:04 AM
I am also really glad that you like the bookmark, cause as soon as I read your styles and likes I drew up a graph and got to work, I am really happy with how it came out, I think I may make one for myself. Cheesy

i love the bookmark. the image is so clear - it's really neat!
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