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21  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / Mushroom House for my Hedgehog :) Pictures out the Wazoo... on: January 14, 2010 02:13:40 PM
I'm getting a hedgehog this Sunday...(SO EXCITED)...and it just so happens that this gives me a perfect opportunity to let out my compulsive need to craft Smiley

Hedgies like to burrow and hide but the only retail brand small animal houses I cuold find were igloos...but I'm pretty sure there aren't any plastic igloos native to where hedgehogs are from...So without further ado..the Mushroom Hedgie Hut!

I just used an upside down butter tub, cut out a hole, and covered it in fleece. Hopefully Algernon (my hedgehog ^.^) will fit in the doorway!

Better view of the top and the spots Smiley

Then my inability to leave anything I make alone for five minutes compelled me to add a door...for privacy? lol

I think Algy likes it Smiley

And while I am on my happy binge about things Ive made for my hedgehog...

Algys cage...made out of storage cubes and lined with Coroplast (that stuff they make campaign signs out of)

After staring at all the whiteness of the coroplast clashing with the otherwise colorful cage, again, my need for change took over and I added...

Well. Paper grass. *giggle* it made me feel ten times better about the color scheme Smiley

Also made the ramp up to the loft; just bent some run of the mill polyester boning and pulled fabric over it covered wagon style.

And finally...

So everyone will know its Algys home Smiley

And I cut up a lunchbox and made a hedgehog carrying case...lol sewing machines + bulky lunchboxes = bad. It was originally just a solid purple lunchbox, I just cut out the front and added some mesh for ventilation.

EE Smiley
Thanks you guys Smiley
22  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / A Question of Taffeta... on: December 07, 2009 08:58:00 PM
(I just realized that this should probably be on the sewing in general board! I'm sorry! It wont let me delete it though...!)

So I want to make my formal dress this year, but never having made any sort of evening wear, I am a tad bit lost as to fabric choices. I've been told taffeta is good to work with, so I looked it up on the Joann's website (we don't have a Joann's here Sad ) and they have 'Party Taffeta' and 'Satin Taffeta'...does anyone know what the difference is? Or what is better? I'd really like to get the fabric from Joann's, because Hancock's here obviously thinks -quite- highly of their taffeta, and I don't really want to spend $14/yard, especially seeing I don't know how much I'll need.

I want to do a (probably) boned bodice and a pick up skirt, if that helps...and any advice on the lining?

Thanks you guys!!
23  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / I've never even TOUCHED a serger...so what do I do?? on: December 02, 2009 08:52:07 PM
Hi everybody! I have wanted a serger for about as long as I've known they existed, but never geared myself up enough to let go of the money to buy one. BUT. My mom was in my uncle's storage shed this weekend and stumbled across a serger, of all things! It had been my grandmother's, and my uncle so said I could just have it. THO EKTHITED!

Its a Brother 634D Home Lock

I -think- its in okay condition, I've never really looked that closely at sergers before. The light works, and I -think- the serger works in general, because I pressed down on the foot a bit and it hummed, so...?
If anyone who knows a thing or two (or anything, I know nothing! lol) about sergers sees anything blatantly wrong, please tell me!

It only has one needle...

The innards....They aren't all that attractive, there is some rusty looking happy going on in there, and I don't know if this thing was ever oiled...is the rust bad? I mean I know its not great...but...?

And (yes, I've got a boatload of questions) the needles are confusing me...I want to get more...but...I do not understand the TE x1 #11, #14 nonsense...

ANY help I would love love love and super appreciate! THANK YOU!

24  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / How Do I Do This??? Bodice Draping..I think? on: November 22, 2009 07:15:40 PM
Does anyone know how I would even begin to start something like this...

On the lavender dress second from the left; that top...pleated...cross..draping?

Closer picture...

Help please?? And what kind of fabric is most conducive for that kind of thing...and at the same time good for a pick up skirt?

Thank you guys!
25  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Formal/Prom dress skirt help (yes, another prom dress question) on: November 12, 2009 12:48:29 PM
I am apologizing in advance if this has already been covered somewhere!! lol And because this is extremely disjointed.

OKAY. My school's formal is in April, and I'm super excited and decided I wanted to make my senior formal dress. I have sorrtttaaa an idea of what I want (bodice wise), I'm just kinda scattered as far as the skirt goes. Our school is pretty small, (maybe 80 high schoolers total) so consequently our formal is a small affair, so I didn't want to do a full out huge fluffy skirt and take up half the space, but I didn't really want a straight one either.

And. Because SOME PEOPLE decided to completely ignore the dress code at last year's formal, its being doubly enforced this year, so I have to have straps. Grr.


Amusingly enough, a Barbie dress got as close to the bodice style as I could find;

I realllyyy like the ruffle/wrap combination, just with straps and the ruffle not so out there and in your face. And not pink. And hopefully lacing up in the back!

Using our imagination heavily, this is the sort of bodice ISH that I want. Disregard the fabric and the skirt, make the straps slightly more strappy, and keep the ruffly ruffle thing on top. I really like the sorta ruched/gathered bodices, but my main focus is really the ruffle.
( Sorta like Kelly's dress here http://www.uterwincenter.com/applause/2005/June05ap/images/kelly.jpg )

I've never really gathered or ruched a bodice before, and while I would really like the ruching (or that sorta gathered/wrapped look), I am fine with adding straps and a attached skirt to something like this...

I could add some organza or tulle to top without much difficulty...hopefully Wink

OH. And strap wise...

The sorta gathered but not poofy is what I had in mind.

SO. I've said all that to say (believe it or not, lol) I have no idea what to do for the skirt. Like I said, I don't want to have some gigantic mass of fabric following me around, but I want a little flare. A-line maybe? What would best compliment the ruffle up top, if I did one?

Thanks guys!!
26  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / SUPER EASY/CUTE 3(ish)-Step Bolero! (WITH TUTE and PICATURESSS) on: October 09, 2009 11:33:44 PM
Hehe not really. I DIGRESS. I don't know what it is with these things, but I LOVE boleros. With a flaming passion, its insane. So during my covert digging through the 'give-away' pile of old clothing that I am not so sure I'm supposed to be filching from, I foundddd....

A black turtleneck sweater! LET REJOICING ENSUE. Ahem. It wasn't all that terribly interesting, but I made off with it anyway. And...this isn't technically the one I used...I just cut up the original before I took a picture. Anyway. So...after minor alterations...I ended up withhhhh...

Yay! (Forgive the picture blurriness...I blame my technology) In other news, this was SO. EASY. Anybody with a sewing machine and some scissors can make this. And you don't even have to have a sewing machine, either. I am just a prime case of hand-sewaphobia...

++NOW. Onwarddddd....TUTORIALLL!!++


.A turtleneck sweater. (Of course, you do not have to use turtleneck, I have just never tried a sweater without one, and therefore do not wish to go about touting something I have no knowledge of Wink)

.A longish(Mine was 2 feet and then trimmed) piece of ribbon/shoelace/string in a coordinating (or not) color.

.Sewing machine OR needle and thread in coordinating (or not) color.

.Scissors. (Please ask your parents' permission before operating this kind of dangerous sharp equipment, okay?)

.Measuring tape/ruler.



Take your sweater and measure about six inches down from the under-armpit of both sleeves, and mark, drawing a line betwixt the two points. THIS should be a bit below the bust line, with an inch or so for seam allowancing. (Depending on you/your body shape/length. I have a squatty torso and negative boobs, so longer torsoed and actually chested people might need to measure a bit more, but don't do too much more, because it might get exceedingly bunchy at the end.)


Amputate on the sweater, cutting along the line you marked. Fold raw edge under and HEM. Me thinks a serger would be better for knitted fabric...but...I lack one, so...I don't know Smiley Above picture is what you should have at this point in time. ALSO. If you want a more fitted look, you can take in the sweater at the side seams.

And guess what...YOU'RE DONE. ISH. !!
NOW...TO TIE! The tying part is really not hard...you can do it!



Get thee thou ribbon or piece of string.


Makest sure that thou likest thou chosen string or ribbon, and that the string or ribbon is long enough...verily...


(Yes, I changed ribbons...the black wasn't showing up to nice) Threadest thou thine ribbon through the neck of thine sweater.


Pullest out of the bottom, and thou shalt havest this. Hopefully.


Tie-est thou thine ribbon....


Makest thou a bow...and VIOLA! Grin cheesily, because you are DONE!

(Forgive the Old English; I've been watching Monty Python...)
What do you think?? Mom has already told me it looks sorta weird, so its okay Smiley
I would LUB LUB LUB to see you guyses' if you make one!!! PWEESE!

27  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Tried and true recipes....for kids?? HELP!? Please? :) on: September 29, 2009 01:48:32 PM
Hi everybody ;)
So my mom recently gave me the job of making supper a few nights a week, which I really enjoy. Unnnfooortunately, I've pretty much made the same basic recipes over and over again, and am a tad bit afraid to try something 'out there' because my three brothers aren't really the most...accepting...of different types of food. In a shorter way, they can be hard to cook for sometimes.


I was wondering (and you have NO idea, this would be soo appreciated) if anyone had any recipes they wouldn't mind sharing that they have made/tried before that their kids (or younger people in general) liked. It can be anything, seriously. I'm just extremely inept in the meal planning area....so....

thank you guys SO. MUCH. :)
28  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / I WILL EAT YOUR BEHIND! SEE IF I DON'T! (Monstrous beanbag chair) -PICS- on: September 12, 2009 12:21:38 AM
SO. I LOVE the Threadbanger podcast; it makes me rather happy on so many levels, and a few days ago I saw the Decor-it-Yourself segment on beanbag chairs! ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gCfHdij4uBM ) Anddd, I had always wanted one but had never psyched myself up enough to pay $50 for one. SO. I had some super-soft micro suede leftover from my Katherine Luther costume ( http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=318905.msg3673014#msg3673014 ) and decided one night at 4am that it looked easy enough. I am always most rational at that hour....

I got my pieces cut out (which, I must say, reminded me a rather lot of a giant pad) and sewed the lining...and realized I had nothing to stuff it with. -.- I looked online for the poly beads....AND THEY ARE SO SPENSIFF SHEESH. I didn't figure fiber fluff was an option because I'd need so much of it. Soo....I settled on...shredded paper. Yes, I know, that has GOT to be really uncomfortable, right? Actually, lol, defying all odds, its really nice and comfy. Granted, it is very loud and crinkly when I sit down, but, its got nice form, and it is pretty light considering the size.


lol you sit in the mouth...its actually kind of disconcerting Wink

I ended up sewing the teeth down because I didn't really like them flopping around...

I'm not -quite- finished; I still need to buy either a reallllyyy longgg zipper (ehh) or some snap stripping (like snaps on a long strip...does anyone know where I could buy that?) OR OR Velcro. I might go with the Velcro idea...There is currently a yawning chasm that needs sewing shut on one of the seams...but I wanted to show you guys...I'm really impatient Wink

++Progress-ness Smiley

The obligatory during-the-craft-apocalypse shot of my room Smiley

My faithful (mostly) shredder buddy...I shredded sooooo muchhh pappperrr. lol Sometimes I think he got so tired he just stopped...lol yeahh...it got overheated quite frequently....

Almost there...sort of...
Seriously. I went ballistic about finding paper to shred. (A whole lot of it was old school stuff)
Among the contents;
+A year's worth of biology work
+17 lessons of Frankenstein questions
+ Frankenstein (Okay, the book was in disrepair anyway..it was the yard sale cheapo depot $2 paperback...)
+About 10 newspapers
+Last year's calculus work (AHH shredding math is sooo therapeutic!!!)
+All the ANNOYING SPAM MAIL I've gotten...most of it from Birmingham Southern college, who has sent me four letters and two magazines in the past week. I didn't ask for them... -.-
+My notes from computer programming (almost as therapeutic as the math shredding)
+Instruction manuals that I will probably need later
+A BAZILLION old issues of Reader's Digest

It got bad. I would walk though the kitchen and see some sort of paper in the garbage can and be like 'NO!! WHY IS THAT IN THE GARBAGE?? I NEED THAT!' Also, (yes, weird) MAGAZINES make AMAZING shredding/stuffing...idk, they are softer...lol I'm serious, they aren't stiff like regular paper...

Gosh. WORDY, I'm sorry you guys....what do you think??


29  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Yarn Whale! (This totally might not go here?! I'm sorry!?) on: August 28, 2009 11:24:53 PM
I was playing around with yarn-art the other day, and I have a disturbing fondness for whales...soo....here is what i came up with:

The eyyyeee Wink

I just used regular craft yarn and burlap for the background. I think I am going to mat and frame it; I thought it would be really cute for a baby room...and do like a series?

What do you guys think??

Jordan, called Pippi
30  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Yes, Martin Luther DID have a wife... =!HERETICAL AMOUNT OF PICTURES!= on: August 26, 2009 04:03:10 PM
******UPDATE! Reformation Day Picatures!******

Pics from Reformation Day; I had an amazing time, and everyone was so super nice about my costume!! I ended up boning the back of the bodice to give it more shape, as well as re-pleating the skirt and I honestly loved it TEN times better after I altered it. ANYWAY.

So here they are....

And here are we...

lol My husband for the night and I had a blast, we followed each other around screaming 'I WANT A DIVORCE!' in hilariously bad German accents' ^.^ My only beef with this outfit was the black stretch faux leather stuff. It stretched ten different directions as I sewed and looked kinda bad...

(The feather was my pen...those sleeves were AWESOME. By the end of the night, my pen, my handkerchief, my CAMERA, and my candy was all in my sleeves lol)

Pink lemonade, a delicacy Wink

And my absolute favorite picture of the night...


Then I got tired and popped a squat...not smart, it took ten minutes to get back up again...

SO. I was signed up (more or less without my knowledge) to be Katherine Von Bora Luther for my church's Reformation Day '09. I wasn't even aware that Martin Luther had a wife... seeing as he was a monk and whatnot. Ironically, she was a nun...so...they apparently both broke their celibacy vows. Also ironically, they met while Martin Luther was helping Katherine escape (yes escape) from the convent she was in. I already love her... Wink

ANYWAY. I was told I had to write a speech (still working on the German accent), and dress up. Sooo I only found one picture of her, being thus;

...and I had to go from there. I originally had posted a week or so ago asking for some help with the partlet, and I got a couple of replies (I was grateful!) but I didn't like the patterns so I made my own. ANYWAY..wordy, so onto the pictures...

I looked through several patterns and didn't really see many that I thought could be altered easily, BUT.

I used the Simplicity 2832 for the bodice front, altered the front insert quite a bit, and drafted my own back and sleeve patterns.

-The Partlet
I made the partlet first, my own pattern; just basic white cotton and some black piping...fully lined Smiley

-The Hoop Skirt (farthingale) and Bum Roll
lol Okay, I know the hoop skirt looks downright horrid, I will be the first to admit it, because, well, it does. I forgotted I'd need one until after I bought my fabric, and being the instant craft gratificational person I am...I used what i had on hand....lol...an old plaid skirt I made way back when, three different colors of bias tape...and ornery boning that is NOT cooperative...AT ALL.

And this was my second-try bum roll; the first was...huge...lol I had no idea how big to make it..and..yeah...SHEET FABRIC.

(Eke, I'm sorry about the picture quality on these...)

-Le Bodice

In progress... Smiley (Excuse the belly shots!)

The collar...ahhh...was...a tad difficult...at best, but I ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT! AHH. I just..I don't know why, but i feel sorta piratey/Kate Beckinsale from Underworld-y in it Smiley

OO THE CUFFS!!! I didn't know what to do for them..so... being a ridiculous fan of lacing...


Trying to be whimsy...

lol I take really bad pictures...

It was soo windy...I'm going to have to add another layer over the hoopskirt, I think...

OHH!?!? I made shoes?! They look terrible, lol, but I didn't have anything else to wear and they are actually quite comfy. I'm prettttyy sure they aren't historically correct.... Wink

Like I said...bad...but Smiley

Thank you guys for looking?!?? Comments??

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