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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / New outfit on: August 08, 2012 05:39:39 AM
Hello -

I almost exclusively sew skirts. But I recently sewed my wedding dress, so started to get used to making tops. This is similar to my wedding dress pattern, but I split it into a top and skirt (instead of a dress).

And it has mushrooms, yay!



2  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / A home for a hedgehog! on: March 14, 2012 09:06:02 AM
Hello-

For many years I lived in a 300 sq foot apartment. Since most things I owned were visible all the time (no storage), I came to believe that everything should be both useful and fun to look at. I still go by that philosophy even though I'm in a slightly larger place now.

So when I started thinking of adopting a hedgehog, I also started thinking of a cool-lookin' hedgie-home. I love Lord of the Rings (my home wifi network is named The Shire), so I thought I'd build a hobbit-ish home.

Hedgehogs are tricky pets for several reasons, but in particular they need a large wheel and they need to be kept at 75-80 degrees. So I had to fit in a wheel and a heat lamp.

Now, I get nervous about leaving a crock-pot on when I go out for the day. So a 24-hour heat lamp is definitely making me nervous. Especially when it's hanging above polar-fleece (which I'm using instead of litter).  So I've ordered a flame-retardant spray (safe for pets) online. I also have a thermostat connected to the heat lamp, so it should turn off if it gets too hot. Hopefully that will prevent disaster.

The house itself is plexiglass. My boyfriend bought a HUGE sheet of plexiglass, then bent the sides up (with a mini blowtorch!). Then glued on either end. All the fixin's are velcro'd on the outside. This way the little guy can't get into trouble eating the moss etc (it's all outside his container). And all the stuff can be removed should I want to clean it (or redecorate). Velcro was the boyfriend's idea, brilliant!

There's a lamp attached to the outside on the far end, so I can see inside in the evening. The tree on the corner hides a messy seam (handy!). The plexiglass broke in half and had to be glued back together, but the crack is fairly well hidden (you can see it on the "brick" wall).

The roof has a hinge on it, so it can be lifted up and then hooked to the shelf above (to keep it open).

The lamp looks very close to the moss roof and the wheel. But incredibly, they are hardly even warm!

I'm on a list to adopt a hedgehog, just waiting for him to be a little older. I'm excited! I hope he likes his new place. I'm sure I'll have to make some modifications, we'll see how it goes.

If you have a hedgehog and have suggestions for me, please let me know! And thanks for reading! Now the photos  Smiley

















April 9th Addendum:
I've adopted a hoglet! His name is Quillbur. He's a snowflake variety. He's loving the hobbit home, yay!















Thanks for reading the post  Smiley
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / A jumper - for travelling! on: February 01, 2011 01:07:46 PM
Hello-

I almost always sew skirts, usually with one seam and no zipper (fit over my head). So this took some effort!  And it was my first time working with knit fabric. But I'm very happy with the results!  Comfy, and won't wrinkle.  Can layer it up for cold weather or no layers for summery days.  Can be pretty casual, or (sorta) fancy. So I figure it's good for travel - versatile  Smiley



4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / finally used pom-pom trim! on: February 01, 2011 01:02:31 PM
Hi!
I've been wanting to make a dress with Pom-Pom trim for YEARS, I have no idea what's been holding me back (maybe that the trim costs as much as the fabric?). Anyway, I made this skirt, and I'm really in love with it.  The "dingle-balls" make it playful, but I've still worn it to work  Smiley

5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Somewhat Steampunk pseudo-Victorian dress on: April 25, 2010 09:13:15 AM
Hi!

OK, I bought the corset super-cheap.  I've been sewing fake-flowers across the front (and idea I got from the brilliant corset done by Theperilouspopsicle  http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=343245.0).  The skirt is two parts - a simple pair of bloomers.  The black top is 4 yards of fabric, in 2 pieces. The front half is a basic 1/2 circle skirt, about mid-shin length and tied up in front of the hips.  The back is basically a 3 yard-long rectangle, cinched up on the sides and randomly bustled up by hand on the back (by sewing the fabric to the two ribbons, decorated with flowers).  The black skirt secures with a ribbon - so no need for exact fitting / zippers.  The outfit is very comfy, and adjustable.

I think my next bustle will have an adjustable length - make it so the bustle can be let down into a wedding-gown like train, or ankle length, or knee length - all depending on how much you cinch it up.



6  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Embroidered and screen printed towels on: January 08, 2010 08:48:13 AM
Hi!

I made these using flour sack towels.  After screen printing the image, I embroidered a bit around them.  To make for a neater backside (no loose embroidery threads), I folded the towel in half and sewed it together (with rick-rack border).  So it ends up being a pretty thick towel, and I find flour sack towels are really good at soaking up water, very handy.

I hope I can give back a tenth of the inspiration I get from craftster!









Sew-Rabbity
7  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / Dressing up the fence on: September 30, 2009 02:52:41 PM
Hello!

My neighbors generously gave me some old windows, so I used one to dress up the 'ol chain link fence. I've started to get into spray painting with stencils since I saw so much gorgeous street art out in San Francisco (TONS of great stencil art on the sidewalks out there). 

I'm going to try a new design soon, since this one doesn't look as good from the other side (would rather have a window that looks good from both yards).



8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Wrinkle Skirt with bow in back on: July 28, 2008 12:02:58 PM
Hello-
I've been doing variations on A-line skirts recently, a fairly easy undertaking.  I've been using the Barcelona A-line skirt pattern by Amy Butler as the model.  I recently found out I can fit these over my head, and so don't need to bother with a zipper!
Here's one that I did recently.  It's 2 skirts layered on each other, the top one is 6 inches longer than the bottom one.  Then I crinkled up the top one and sewed it in bunches through to the one beneath it.  I added the bow to make it more casual, it's not needed for fitting or anything practical like that.




9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Skirt with ribbons on: June 08, 2008 12:33:12 PM
Hello!
this is the second skirt I've made from a sheet I bought for $3 - sheets are a very economical way to sew!  And comfy!
Anywho, it's a basic A-line skirt.  But at 6 points around the bottom I bunched it up, and then sewed a ribbon from the bunching up vertically to the waist.  So it adds a bit of dynamic / interest to the skirt.  I hid the zipper under one of the ribbons.
Here are some photos  Smiley


10  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Completed Projects / Some fake screen-printing shirts, image heavy on: March 23, 2008 10:12:55 AM
Hello!

First off, I love craftster!  It so inspirational!

I've had a lot of fun making fake screen-printing. I say fake because I don't use the photo-emulsion.  But I do use silk screen.  There are some great online tutorials for this, such as this one:

http://community.livejournal.com/craftgrrl/3674467.html

The basic idea is this - print out an image you want to screen print (from a photo you turn into back / white for high contrast, or letters, basically I print it 'cause I can't freehand things).  Then you put some silk screen into a plastic embroidery hoop.  You tape the paper to the screen and trace the image with a pen onto the silk screen.  Then remove the paper part.  Now you very carefully paint water-resistent glue (Mod-Podge) everywhere you don't want the ink to go.  Once that's tried, you then put it over the shirt you want to screen print (put paper under the fabric so it doesn't soak through to the back.  Then I typically gently brush on the ink (I used Speedball fabric screen printing ink).  Then I firmly press the ink through the a firm spatula in one left-to-right stroke.  Then you're done!  Rinse off the silk screen promptly and you can use it over many times.  The ink has to be ironed to be set.

The last shirt I did some simple embroidery around.  I didn't use interfacing on the back, but next time I will because shirts have too much give!

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Thanks for looking  Cheesy

-Mary
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