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1  photo placement to resemble a classic photo album - how do I avoid gridlock in Scrapbooking: Discussion and Questions by money2burn on: May 14, 2013 11:12:08 AM

The goal is to save my travel photos from future damage and label them.

I have several albums to do, and wanted to keep the classic album look.


Q:  I have four 3.5" x 5" photos that are all horizontal.   
     I want at least three different layouts that will fit with my style in this album.
     Do you have a clever layout, so I can keep the classic album look?

I have no problem putting photographs at an angle, but can't seem to get a decent layout with four identical rectangles.


Let me show you the simple style that works for me-most of the time.







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2  "No SWEAT" double-sided coasters with variegated yarn in Needlework: Completed Projects by money2burn on: January 21, 2013 09:57:26 AM
These are so simple to make and so very thick.  Perfect for those oversized drinks that "sweat" all over your tables.


Front side made with basic continental stitch using variegated yarn.
I used two pieces of 4" canvas for each coaster.
Worked side to side on one design and from the outside spiraling inward on the other.



Back side made with simple straight stitch.


Wrong sides together and use the loop edge stitch to join.
It didn't even make a dent in my skeins of yarn.

Color choices went with my denim blue sofa I recovered and the khaki table topper and throw pillows I made.
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3  seeking basic instructions for a double-sided mug rug in Needlework: Discussion and Questions by money2burn on: November 10, 2012 07:23:09 AM
I was at the thrift store and found a plastic canvas "mug rug" for just $.05. It looks like many of the yarn mug rugs with the coffee cup, except it does not have fringe. I can tell it's two pieces of square canvas.  The front has the vintage mug rug design (gray and white) and the back is a solid (gray) color.  It looks like they did the front and back separately then bound the two together.  It's nice, thick and very absorbent.


How do you estimate how much yarn is needed to complete one solid coaster?

ANSWER:  approx 7 yds per side without the edge.

just wondering if I have enough yarn for a set of coasters.
The plastic canvas looks to be about 4" square.
If I understand it correctly, it has 7 stitches to the inch.

I thought for sure I would find this pattern on the net, but no luck.
In fact, I haven't found any coasters that are double-sided on the web.
Every design I found is felt backed, but this coaster looks a lot better.

I would appreciate some info on double-sided coasters.  


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4  newbie questions : crocheting in rounds, versus joining or turning -bad idea? in Crochet: Discussion and Questions by money2burn on: September 10, 2011 05:41:16 AM
This is only the second item I have ever crocheted, so my terminology might not make any sense. Anyway...


I am making very simple chemo hats and have a basic question.  The hat is made in rounds using single crochet stitch.  I don't like turning, so I chose to use the joining method after each row. Once I finished the crown of the hat (60 sc) it repeats until the hat is long enough, roughly 8" from the top of head.  When the hat is done, I should still have 60 sc around the brim.

If I work the last section in a continuous round, what will happen?  
I realize I will have to join the last stitch, so the edge will be even.
Will the hat stretch out of shape?
Will a dc or taller stitch worked in a continuous round, be very noticable on the last row?
I have theories on how to resolve the problem, but I thought I would ask the experts.

I did the very first one that way and like how easy it was.
(I didn't read the instructions correctly, but I do like the results)
No ugly seam (except on top)
No turning.
I joined the 2nd to last row with a slip stitch, then turned and sc around the hat.
I just want a tiny edge decoration.










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5  Vintage inspired chemo hat with a sheer ribbon rosette - hdc stitch in Crochet: Completed Projects by money2burn on: August 20, 2011 10:52:46 AM
I have never crocheted before, but easily made this hat. 

inspiration:  Crochet Chemo Cap With Scarf Tie by Barbara at Headhuggers.
I did make a few adjustments to it, but overall it's the same pattern
Almost the whole hat is made in the same stitch (half double crochet) 
It took me less than 24 hours to complete.
I would have finished in one afternoon, but I kept ripping out stitches. 

I replaced the scarf with a 1" wide sheer ribbon and sewed a rosette out of the ends of the ribbon. 
It has a cute scallop around the face (more half double crochet). 

If I can do it, anyone can.

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6  de-stashing my cluttered sewing room with NewLook pattern 6871 in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by money2burn on: June 10, 2011 09:23:01 AM
Great pattern and very simple to make. Here's the first three tops I made.  Pattern versions include sleeveless, short sleeves, or 3/4 sleeves.  Three yoke variations.  Four main pieces (yoke front, yoke back, shirt front, shirt back)


I plan to make a different version for everyday of the week.
Only one rule: I can't purchase anything.  
Next I plan to use of some of my sari/saree fabric.

#1 my favorite. prefer the band at bottom, since it was a time saver.
#2 new, vintage denim sheet and denim fabric, turq/blue beads
#3 broomstick skirt fabric, turq beads, and silky turq. fabric.









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7  beaded Sari (Saree) fabric - can you machine sew it? in Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions by money2burn on: April 22, 2011 06:04:44 PM
I keep my eyes open for free stuff in my area and I hit the jackpot again.

I received a whole lawn leaf bag full of new Sari fabric.

Half of it is silk and half sheer fabric.

(the lilac fabric is sheer)

Most of it is heavily beaded at the edges or one end.

Just a few shown below, but I received about 35 different pieces.

They are at least 6 yards long.



I would like to make some simple wispy summer tops.

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Thanks for the expert advice on sewing Sari fabric with a machine.   Definitely going to crush the beads to avoid breaking the thread.  I can't wait to make a hankerchief-hem tank top (maybe several) 
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8  Re: Recover a dress form ? I did and posted the photos on craftster in Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions by money2burn on: April 22, 2011 05:32:07 PM
I altered mine first, then made a new cover.
I used a very basic shift pattern and pinned it inside out.



and the full process here:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=250311.0
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9  9 feet of wasted kitchen space - in Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions by money2burn on: February 06, 2011 07:30:08 AM



new natural oak kitchen cabinets
white ceiling and bright yellow walls
boring kitchen soffit 9' long by 3' tall
(only one section is shown in the photo)

It would be nice to use a little bit for storage.

I thought about floating shelves above the cabinets.

kitchen related storage items, like picnic baskets.

Wish I had something tall, like an old butter churn and some vintage appliances.

Bring on your ideas and photos.



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10  Barbie as the Empress Josephine - two months in the making in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by money2burn on: December 25, 2010 03:15:38 PM
Recycling was the theme for christmas this year. I found this uncut pattern at my local thrift store for a quarter.   The barbie doll was given to me and I had most of the lace, beads, etc on hand. I used cotton balls to make the sleeves poof up. I had to tea dye the lace to make it match the fabric.  I didn't realize that I would have to hand sew most of it. After two months of work, she is finally finished.

Simplicity pattern 7025
The pattern has a dress for the Empress Josephine and Marie Antoinette''

I present the Empress Josephine (chosen for my mom Josephine an avid Barbie collector)

I used plastic drinking straws for minature hair rollers.  When I removed the rollers after two months, she had really big hair. I literally had to hand sew her hair into a bun with coordinating embroidery floss.  




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