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1  Re: rainbow cheesecake...now with two attempts! updated 15Mar08 in Dessert by irismooninthecity on: April 16, 2008 08:55:43 PM
Wow! I came across this thread a couple of weeks ago, and seeing as my birthday was coming up, I offered to make my *own* birthday cake this year, because I wanted to try this! But, my husband insisted that he and the kids would make it for me....so they did!

It turned out *great*. Tasted  terrific, and looked even better. The colours turned out a little paler than the original one that started this thread, but it was still gorgeous and super-cool. We took it to our neighbours house after dinner to share, and they asked where we bought it. They couldn't believe it was homemade. That's a pretty nice compliment.

So kudos to Matthew, Oliver and Julian, and here are some photos......

Mixing it up:



Part-way done:



Top view:



And the piece de resistance:

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2  Re: Goodbye beloved yet ill-fitting purple cords..... in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by irismooninthecity on: April 16, 2008 08:46:36 PM
Oh no, had to be a skirt....skinny jeans look horrible on me! Undecided

Thanks for the comments. I sewed the little diamond shapes in - seemed like the easiest way to deal with the overlap of fabric. It doesn't look super neat close-up, because I'm not great at sewing perfectly straight, controlled lines yet. But practice makes perfect, right?

Here's a close-up of the different direction of the insert:



I've worn the skirt, but still haven't decided what to do with the bottom. I think I'll shorten it a little, but not enough to cut out the insert, and leaved it unhemmed and see what happens with the fraying. I suspect I'll have to anchor the insert part at the bottom with a row or 2 of stitches to prevent it from turning into really long frays.
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3  Goodbye beloved yet ill-fitting purple cords..... in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by irismooninthecity on: April 04, 2008 12:36:57 PM
....hello funky new skirt!

These pants no longer fit me; since I lost a few pounds, they're too baggy, and though I loved them, I never wore them anymore, so I decided to try my hand at recon....




And here's what they look like now.....

Front:




Back:




Will add an action shot later today.

Haven't decided yet whether I want to shorten it or hem the bottom. I turned the corduroy the opposite way in the inserts, so it runs horizontally instead of vertically. If I leave the bottom hem unfinished, will this end up looking funny, because the fabric will fray differently?

Thanks for looking!
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4  Cute yoga mat bag...I'm so proud! in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by irismooninthecity on: April 04, 2008 12:20:20 PM
I'm just starting to reacquaint myself with my sewing machine, with some success! Last night I dug out some of my hoard of fabric and whipped together this yoga mat bag. I'm *really* pleased with the result. I didn't use a pattern, and I'd do it a little differently next time, mainly I'd make it a couple inches taller so the drawstring closes more tightly, and a touch wider too - the mat goes in nicely, but I sorta have to turn it inside out to get the mat out.

Thanks to CMFoster for the recent inspiration ( http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=237739.0 ) especially for the pocket, and the close-up of the boxed corners, which I used because I was not confident I could do a round bottom.

Here are some pics of the finished product....


Empty bag:




Bag with mat inside:





View of carrying strap:




Close up of all 3 fabrics (so you can see the purple stripe in the pocket that matches the flower fabric):




Action shot:




Thanks for looking, comments/critique welcome!
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5  Scrabble board wall art in Completed Projects by irismooninthecity on: April 02, 2008 08:59:43 PM
Hi everyone, this is my first project posted here. I think this is the right board for it, doesn't seem to fit anywhere else.

I made this wall hanging recently, using a vintage (1953) Scrabble board that was my Mom's. I used the tiles to spell out my last name, my partner's last name, and our first names, along with the first names of our 3 kids (blurred out the last names for posting....).

Here it is....




I cut a square of 3/8" plywood just smaller than the board and mounted it on the back so the board would be flat and sturdy. I laid out the tiles and decided how I wanted the names to fit together, then affixed them with clear silicone. We haven't hung it yet, but plan to drill a couple of holes in the plywood backing so it can be hung on a couple of screws/nails/hooks.

This was SO easy it's ridiculous. Fun too!

I used the leftover letters to make fridge magnets. I cut up one of those big advertising magnets you sometimes get in the mail, or free at a show or something, and glued a piece to the back of each tile. This didn't work all that well, as that type of magnet, when cut into little squares, is not strong enough to hold the wooden tiles up very well. I brush by the fridge and they all fall off. I'll have to redo them with stronger magnets.

Thanks for looking!

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