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31  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / My 1st shrinky dinks- Calvin and Hobbes, Ringo Starr, Mario, Kirby, Yellow Sub! on: November 11, 2008 06:46:54 PM
I finally got my hands on a few sheets of shrinky dink plastic the other day- at a thrift store, of all places!  Needless to say, I'm hooked!

My first attempt (after a bracelet charm I haven't yet gotten a picture of) was these cute Yellow Submarines!



After that was Ringo Starr...



Then Calvin and Hobbes...



Then Kirby...



And finally a Mario pin for a friend's birthday! It was supposed to be a keychain, but the little hoop I put on top ended up getting bent under and melted to the back, so it was impossible to get it on a chain. Sad  It looks pretty large in this pic, but it's not that huge! Maybe 2" tops.



I'm addicted. Cheesy What's next...? Monkees logos and more Beatletoons! Wink
32  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Fleecy Monster Bag to.... eat my hands? on: September 20, 2008 06:16:13 PM
My latest randomness; actually for part of a school project that has nothing to do with sewing! Wink
I made this little guy out of this nice green fleece, he's lined with fabric from a yellow pillowcase. His eyes are felt, with the detail drawn in permanent marker, and all the black edges (and eyebrows) are yarn, glued on. I think he's pretty darn cute!



I think in this pic it looks like he's having my hand for a snack....



I used a lunchbag pattern and then just added a flap and a strap! Wink The flap is his 'face' (so his teeth are actually along the edge of the flap... forgot to get a pic of the lining!) I don't know what's wrong with my sewing machine, though, this little guy ate up three needles.... he must have been hungry.
33  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / "Weird Al" Yankovic swap... on: September 01, 2008 01:49:26 PM
...because I can't be the only one around here that loves that man's brain. Wink

Anyone interested?
34  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Aladdin hoodie out of bedsheets and blankets! on: August 26, 2008 08:29:30 PM
Here it is, my second hoodie attempt, my first zipper attempt!
I love the way this one turned out, I'm especially giddy about the way the front lined up!
This one's made from some old children's bedsheets I found at the thrift store, and a couple microfleece blankets for lining.

Apologies in advance for poor pics!

Front:



Back:



Me!:



Next up.... SpongeBob, Pokemon, or whatever else I find in the meantime! Wink
35  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Ninja Turtles hoodie - my first attempt at using a pattern! :D on: August 20, 2008 05:49:27 PM
This is my first attempt at making something on my own, that wasn't a bag made from a pillowcase. :p

So I saw these Ninja Turtle sheets sitting at the thrift store... and every time I passed them I knew I could make something from them, but I didn't know what.  They sat there for about 2 months (I'm surprised no one bought them!) before inspiration struck! I ran out to buy them after work yesterday.... and it turned out it was only one small sheet, but luckily I had some old Ninja Turtle fabric I bought at a yard sale years ago which I tossed in the mix.  Add two flannel blankets for lining, and my first attempt at using a pattern, and you get... this!!









(I think I did alright lining up the pieces for it being my first try! Smiley)
I'm so proud of myself right now, hehehe. Cheesy I think i might add a zipper yet, for those cold winter months, but I've yet to actually get to the fabric store!
36  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Joining different fabrics? on: August 17, 2008 01:51:23 PM
Hey all, I'm relatively new to sewing.... today was my first time finishing something without my mom's guidance! Wink I made myself a shoulder bag out of a vintage pillowcase..... and now I'm hooked!

So my question is this. I have a t-shirt and a pair of cotton pajama pants that I would *love* to turn into a shirt (shirt for the torso, pants for the sleeves).  Does anyone know if using the different fabrics together will cause a problem?  Any other issues with it?  Etc. etc.?  I've never used two different kinds of fabric in one project before (both cotton, but, y'know, t-shirt material differs from PJ pants) except for a quilt, where all the squares were backed so they'd be sturdy.

Any thoughts, please let me know!  I'm itching to start crafting if it can be done! Cheesy
37  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Reversible duct tape tote! on: July 22, 2008 07:55:28 PM
I'm having trouble deciding if I like the outside (checker) or 'lining' (stripes) better!  I can't believe this took over 2 rolls of duct tape... of course, I used small rolls from the dollar store since I'm cheap. Smiley I'm looking forward to making more of these for gifts! They're actually pretty easy to make... I'm making a few matching wallets, too. Cheesy

38  COOKING / Dessert / Rainbow unicorn cake! on: July 19, 2008 10:52:41 PM
So I made this cake for my coworkers' boss' birthday last week- joke was to make it look very .... simple on the outside (I love it- usually cakes take hours to decorate, this took 10 minutes!!) so that no one would expect the inside to be the awesome part!

The outside:


Inside:


It was a long process, but I absolutely love the rainbow effect!  I'm still debating what other cakes would make good rainbow cakes... like Care Bears!

Due to popular demand, here's how to make one of your own!
Simply make up your cake batter, divide it up and dye it.  Spread one layer in the pan, bake for 7 minutes, cool a bit.  Spread the next layer on top, bake for 7, cool, etc. etc.  The bottom layer will crack a bit, but I found it still tasted fine.  You may have to trim the edges of the cake, since they will overcook a bit.  Because of the excessive taking it in and out of the oven, the cake won't rise much, and will be quite dense.  I imagine if you had 2 pans and could be doing different layers in them at the same time, it would probably rise better... less in and out. Smiley
39  COOKING / Dessert / Valentine cupcakes on: July 14, 2008 04:53:08 AM
I realized I've never posted these before, despite being some of my favourite cupcakes I've made to date. Smiley Basically my goal was to make cupcakes that look like the little cupcake charms that many polymer clay artists make. I don't know if they do, really, but I think they're cute anyway!



I used a store-bought mix and store-bought frosting, after about 3 attempts making my own which wouldn't stand up the way I wanted it to.  Also used heart quins from the bulk store.  I made the chocolates on top all by myself. Smiley  I made a few different variations of cupcakes; chocolate with pink frosting, vanilla with chocolate frosting, chocolate with chocolate, vanilla with vanilla, etc., and altered the heart chocolates as well.  Unfortunately this is the only picture I have that kind of came out.  They were soooooo yummy... I have to make them again someday. Cheesy
40  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Archie comic bracelet on: July 12, 2008 01:51:50 PM
Thanks to MissVan722, I decided to make one of these for myself!  Here's her thread with her great tute! http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=255119.0

I decided to use one of my old favourites- Archie comics. I think the hardest part of the whole project was that I decided to read the comic before making the bracelet.  Is it just me, or have Archie comics really gone downhill in the past few years? Sad  In any case, that made it a lot easier to cut up the comic. *giggle*  (No offence intended to Archie fans- guess I grew out of the humour!)

I made a couple changes, though- instead of mod podgeing the beads, I rolled packing tape around them and trimmed the ends.  Since I don't wear bracelets often, I can live with having it not-so-waterproof. Smiley

Without further ado, here are the pics of my creation! Smiley





Thanks for looking! Smiley
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