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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Apron - with link to picture and video tutorial on: November 29, 2010 10:01:30 PM
Ignore the daft pose.  All the images were taken from the video and I was doing a dumb dance at the time.  
Mum made this as part of a video tutorial series she wants to do and I'm helping with the filming, editing and website and stuff.  



To check out the proper tutorial and video:http://gentlefootprint.com.au/sewing-class-2-making-an-apron/

Otherwise, this is how it's done.  


Cut out apron from a 1m x 70cm piece of fabric.
For the arm hole cut a curved shape 15cm from the fold, to 25cm from the top.

Cut 2 straps, 10cm x 75cm; 2 x 40cm cotton tape and rectangular pocket.

Make the straps by taking your long piece of material and fold it in half lengthwise, right sides together.
Pin and sew leaving one end open to turn inside out. .

Trim the corners and push the strap right side out.

Use quick-unpick or pin to gently pull the corners so they are sharp.

Iron the straps flat.

Next we prepare the pockets.

Begin by stitching a hem.
Fold the fabric at the top of the pocket over twice, pin and sew.

Fold in and iron the other two sides and bottom, folding in the corners for a neater finish.


The Apron:
Fold down the top of the apron twice and sew to form a hem 2cm to 3cm wide.

Hem the other three straight sides by folding, pining and sewing as you did with the other top of the apron and pocket. This hem only needs to be about 1cm wide.

Pin the apron in place, in the center about 20cm down from the arm holes.
Top stitch the sides and bottom, being sure to secure the stitches with reverse stitching at the ends.

Hem the arm holes the same as you did the other hems.
It is a little trickier than the straight hems, but making this hem a little smaller will help.

Sew the straps on.
First of all by sewing with the long tail of the strap in, and then fold the strap up and sew over it again.


And youre done!

Dance.

xoxo <3
2  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Beef patties/burgers with link to video tutorial on: November 23, 2010 06:28:43 PM


Made these with my mum as part of her video tutorial project. 

Beef Burgers

You will need:

450 g minced beef or lamb
1 small onion, chopped
1 egg, beaten
Salt and black pepper
4 round bread rolls
Little cooking oil
Mix the onion, mince, egg and a pinch of salt and pepper in a bowl
Cut the bread rolls in half and toast lightly under grill
Divide the burger mixture into 4 pieces.
Form into a ball and flatten with your hands
Brush the burgers with a little oil, and cook under a grill, or on the barbeque
Place the cooked burgers in the bread roll.
Add a slice of cheese, lettuce and tomato to make a healthy meal
Serves 4

Something different:

Burgers on a barbeque are great with onions and a variety of salads.
Add some cooked bacon for a deluxe version

Oddly enough I'm vegetarian, and I think meat is really icky.  Filming and editing this video together was a challenge.

To check out the video and grab the pdf: http://gentlefootprint.com.au/beef-burger/ 

<3 you all.
3  COOKING / Dessert / Trifle, with link to video tutorial on: November 23, 2010 06:18:13 PM


Made this as part of the video tutorial series on the blog I am working on with my mum. 

Plain sponge cake
500g of fresh or tinned fruit
2 packets of jelly set
2 cups custard
1/2 cup fruit drink / ice-cream
topping or sherry
250g whipped cream
Make up and set jellies as directed on packets
Chop and drain fruits as desired. Use as many different coloured fruit as possible for visual impact
Make up custard
Slice cake into 1.5cm slices
Arrange layers of cake, fruit, jelly and custard in a glass bowl being as creative as you like. Soak layer of cake in fruit juice etc
Top with whipped cream and decorate with fruit.
Serves 8

Use different fruit for different flavours.
Match flavour of fruit to jelly
Use fruche or yoghurt instead of cream for lower fat
option

If you want to see the video's or download the pdf they're at http://gentlefootprint.com.au/cooking-class-2-trifle/

<3 you all. 
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / I made you an apron! With video tutorial. on: May 20, 2010 07:36:53 PM
First of all glorious pics of the apron. 

Alright the pics aren't that glorious. 


And the youtubs link to the tutorial vidja I made:

Here's

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hkC8vMVcq4I

Oh, and the link apron measurements:

Notice the fail on the trapazoid top piece?

aaaannnny who

KI<3BAI
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / How would you re-purpose this fur coat? on: May 11, 2010 11:58:40 PM
I got a fur coat I want to re-purpose but I'm not sure about what I want to do
What would you do?

Also, after video-blogging for so long I feel I communicate best through video blog format, so I made a youtube video.  
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wZmEXm3-G10
You'll see what I mean.  

Charlie (Rosemary)
6  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Oh noes! Not Lye! on: November 27, 2008 03:29:08 PM
Skin has a natural pH balance of 5.5.  This is slightly acidic.
The pH balance of the skin is maintained by the acid mantle (the natural combination of oil and sweat and dry flakes of skin).  The acid mantle protects the healthy skin cells underneath from drying out.
While washing or cleansing the skin the goal is to remove the top layer of dead skin cells as well as any surface dirt without damaging the cells underneath.

Lye, or sodium hydroxide is actually a really strong base (or alkali).  It is found in most commercial soaps as well as all the soap recipes I have found so far here.
The soap does remove all the surface dirt and dead skin cells, but it also removes the acid mantle and dries out the skin cells for another two or three layers. 
The skin feels the change in the pH and tries to compensate to repairing the acid mantle as fast as possible by stimulating the production of oil. 
If you ever experience an oily shine a few hours after washing then your cleanser is probably to blame.
This also slows down the production of new skin cells, causing premature aging.

Has anybody found a soap recipe that doesn't include lye or melt and pour soap?
I am two thirds my way towards becoming the new beauty therapist in the family and think it would make a really nice gift idea for christmas.
7  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Frankenteddy on: March 01, 2007 12:23:52 AM
Frankenteddy Swap Gallery!

Sent  feedbacked Names next to it are who has recieved from this sender.

TEAMS!

LITTLE!

TEAM Ted. E. Bear!
Brianaknitts Peihan17 Flanman Igobylorib
Flanman Peihan Igobylorib Brianaknitts
Igobylorib Peihan Flanman Brianaknitts
Peihan17 Flanman Igobylorib

TEAM Pooh Bear!
Brianaknits CraftADDChick Homerof2 Igobylorib Pinkstars69
CraftADDChick Homerof2 Brianaknits Pinkstars69 Igobylorib
Homerof2 CraftADDChick Igobylorib Pinkstars69 Brianaknits
Pinkstar69 CraftADDChick Igobylorib
Igobylorib CraftADDChick Homerof2 Pinkstar69 Brianaknits


BIG!
TEAM Koala Bear!
Sharre Rosemary Glittergirl94
Sharre (2)
Glittergirl94 Rosemary Sharre
Rosemary Sharre
Rosemary (2)

TEAM Paddington Bear!
Luckie_strike Maltirel Dooney Chloe_hippy Miss Violaceous
Chloe_hippy
Maltirel Luckie_strike dooney Miss Violaceous
Miss Violaceous Maltirel Luckie_strike dooney Chloe_hippy
dooney Miss Violaceous Luckie_strike Maltirel

TEAM Care Bear!
Glittergirl94 stacysews Dragonslair bloomingkinder
Dragonslair stacysews Glittergirl94 bloomingkinder
dragonslair "
bloomingkinder stacysews Glittergirl94 Dragonslair
stacysews Dragonslair Glittergirl94 bloomingkinder


TEAM Smokey Bear!
Luckie_strike Smithyboy Puppygirl Bloomingkinder
Smithyboy Luckie_strike puppygirl Bloomingkinder
Bloomingkinder Puppygirl Smithyboy Luckie_Strike
Born2bwild
pupygirl Smithyboy Luckie_strike Bloomingkinder
8  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Fully lined and zippered messanger bag tutorial! Brown and rainbow love. on: February 09, 2007 04:21:23 PM
Today class I am going to teach you all how to create this bag here


To start you need to decide what size you want it and create your pattern peices.
You want a front and a back,
two side
two top (a zipper seem alowance larger than the bottom
a bottom
a strap

Then you want all that agian in a lining fabric plus what pockets you want to use. 

I didn't get a shot of the lining.

If you want to decorate the bag do it now.

I had to redo over the zigzags that hold that fabric bit on like four times by the end.

The first thing we are going to do is put the zipper in.
pin the right side of the fabric to the wrong side of the zipper and sew down the edge.  LEAVE A SEEM ALOWANCE AT THE ENDS


fold it over and sew down the edge again so its flat.  LEAVE A SEEM ALOWANCE AT THE ENDS

Do the same thing for the other side.

For the outer fabric put it right sides together and sew down the side with a seem alowance large endough to put a zipper in.  Then sortof flatten it out.


Then lay it so the seem is over the zipper and sew down either side.  LEAVE A SEEM ALOWANCE AT THE ENDS.  Unpick the stitches going down the middle (or you could leave the stitches in untill the end and it would probibly make attaching the top to the sides easier)


Make your straps (sorry I didn't get a photo) sew them to the sides. Sew all the side peices together.  LEAVE A SEEM ALOWANCE AT THE ENDS


Sew the bottom to the bottom leaving a great big hole. you are going to be turning things insideout through this.

Trim the corners.

Sew the top to the top being carefull not to sew through the lining fabric (wich is easy because you left a seem alowance)

Trim the corners.

Make your pockets for your lining.  I chose to make elastic pockets.


Sew up your lining the same way, but sew it with larger seem alowances because your lining has to be a little smaller than your outer fabric.  And leave an even larger hole in the bottom, you are going to use this to sew closed the hole in the bottom of the outer fabric.

Trim back your seem alowances.

Turn right side out by reaching in the outer bag, grabbing the zip, then pulling.


Sew closed the hole in the bottom of the outer by pulling it through the hole in the lining and sewing from the inside.


Sew closed the lining.


YOU ARE SO DAMN DONE!
9  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Rainbow and brown so go together! on: February 04, 2007 01:53:03 AM
I made me a this!
It is fully lined and zippered.  I took enough photos for a tutorial if anybody is interested.


hmmm.....
it would appear that copying the link for the photo does nothing if you don't past it after.

FIXED IT!
10  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Frankenteady aka the world build my bear Sign up CLOSED Send by 1 March on: January 29, 2007 10:10:09 PM
CAUTION MAC USERS: YOU MAY NOT BE ABLE TO JOIN THIS SWAP UNLESS YOU CAN FIND A MAC PROGRAM THAT WILL ALLOW YOU TO PRINT THE PATTERNS THE RIGHT SIZE!

Frankenteady swap AKA. the world build my bear .
The official stuff is in post 2.  Yo.


Awwww. Isnt he cute






The Idea

The idea of this swap is to build a bear with all the different parts from the best and prettiest of other peoples fabric stashes.
We all print the same pattern, cut the fabric pieces out, then send the different parts off to different people. 


Send by Date

All you have to do is cut out the pattern pieces, then send.  No sewing required before sending.  Because of this the send date is only one week after the close of the sign up period.  You can, and I do SERIOUSLY recommend this, cut the pattern pieces out before the sign up period has closed so all you have to do in that week is find a post office.
Please please please dont be late, not being able to start your bear because you are missing only a few pieces from one person would be INCREADIBLY frustrating.


Postage

I will be dividing the swap applicants into groups with a max of five, so the max amount things you will be sending is to four sets of cut out fabric pieces to four different people (you keep one set yourself).  Some of these pattern pieces wont fit into a business sized envelope so if your swap participants arent in the same country it will be quite expensive enough with only four.

I am also giving you the option to make two bears.  Both bears must be different fabrics.  You can chose if you want to be in the same group for both bears to save on postage and have two bears that look similar, or if you want to be in two different groups to get two completely different looking bears.  If you chose to make two different sized bears then obviously you will be in different groups.

Teams
I will organise people into a group of five if I could
Person A
Person B
Person C
Person D
Person E

You cut enough pieces to make an entire teady bear and put them in envelopes.  I will organise what goes in the envelopes soon as I know for SURE how many bears will be in the swap.  You will receive that info along with the addresses of everybody in your team after the sign up closes.
envelope 1
envelope 2
envelope 3
envelope 4
envelope 5

Person A keeps envelope 1
sends envelope 2 to B
3 to C
4 to D
5 to E

Person B keeps envelope 1
Sends envelope 2 to C
3 to D
4 to E
5 to A

etc.
If somebody wants two bears they will then become person B and C so you will be sending them twice as many pieces and be receiving twice as many pieces from them.

The pieces you send out will be the same as the pieces you receive so you will get one entire bear ready for you to sew and stuff yourself.


Sizes

For this bear I used the pattern posted by someone somewhere on craftster, but I cant find it again for the life of me.  When I printed that pattern I found the seem allowances too small for me to be comfortable sewing, so I doubled the height and width.
So now you have TWO options.  You can make either the large bear in the photograph or the smaller bear.
I would recommend the smaller bear for anybody handsewing. 
He is so big and simple, I would recommend him for any beginner.  It doesnt matter what mistakes you make on him he still looks great in the end.


Pattern

Print your pattern pieces from HERE .  The pattern is hoasted by my mummy (Go Mummys! Yay!) on her website.  Check out the website.
Right click the pattern pieces to save to your computer and they will save the right size.
To prevent the pattern pieces from resizing open in MS Paint and print from there.  Windows XP will try to stretch (or in this case shrink) the pattern to fit the page and that wont give you pattern pieces the right size.
Print two of the arm pieces.
Check the size of your printed piece.  If you measure along the grain line arrow you should reach the following measurements

*measure along grain line*
These measurements are for the small bear, the large is twice that.
Face:  S 11cm - 4 in
Inner arm:  S 14cm - 5 in
Body:  S 16.75cm -  6 in
Leg:  S 16.5cm 6 in


Fabric & Cutting

When cutting out the pieces I ask that you please dont use any fabric that is extra thick such as thick fur, or stretchy such as t-shirt fabric, or anything that wont hold together when stuffed hard.  Just imagine if a beginner could sew it and decide if it is appropriate.
If your fabric frays easily and you are convinced it will hold together well enough then please overcast your edges or get some of that no fray goop to put around the edges.

Mark all the pointy point bits by leaving the points on and the points that the arms and legs have to be attached with a dot.
Label all the pattern pieces by writing its name on a piece of tape and sticking it to the pattern piece on the wrong side.

The List
On peices such as the leg it will ask you to cut four peices reversing two.  That is simple enough, just fold the fabric so two of the pattern peices are reversed and you don't have four left sides of the leg. 
To prevent you from sending the wrong pattern side to the wrong person I ask that you mark the peices with up or down.
After you cut the peices the bits that are right side up are marked up and the bits that are right side down are marked down.
Let me know if you have any troubles.
EXAMPLE PIC

You should have:
1 up side paw
1 down side paw
1 up side inner arm
1 down side inner arm
1 up side outer arm (made by gluing paw pattern to inner arm pattern)
1 down side outer arm
1 face
2 foot
4 ear
1 upside head back
1 downside head back
2 upside leg
2 downside leg
1 upside body
1 downside body
1 muzzle


KEEP THE PRINTED COPY OF YOUR PATTERN INCASE A PIECE OF YOURS IS ACCEDENTLALY SENT TO THE WRONG PERSON OR SIZED WRONG ETC.
I will ask you to swap angel yourself if this happens.  Finding a swap angel and getting them to send to you could take weeks and we all have a bit of extra fabric in our stashes we could use.  I will ask anybody whos fabric doesn't make it to their partner to send an appology card to recieve positive feedback.


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