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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Whirl Away - Butterick 4790 (x2) on: June 19, 2008 08:38:30 PM
I tried this pattern too, but it came out way too big.  I'm a newbie seamstress so i didn't realize how off the fit was until I had already sewn on the bias tape (won't make that mistake again) and now it's sitting in a pile just waiting to have its seams ripped out.  I'm not sure how to fix the fir other than just cut the next smaller size on the pattern.
Anyway, enough of my rambling...
Yours look great!
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: XXL Tee to Tube Dress on: June 16, 2008 01:37:22 PM
What a great dress!  You look great in it- and I love your haircut too!
I love threadless, but they're often sold out of my size in the tees I like.  Next time, I'll buy an XXL and recon it--thanks for the great idea!
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Worm bin on: June 16, 2008 01:00:35 PM
Thanks everyone!  Yes, it's really easy to do.  I think, including time to go out and buy supplies, it took about six hours, and cost about $30.  There's lots of great information on the internet if you're interested in building one.  There's also a good book about vermicomposting I got from the library called "Worms Eat My Garbage".
Sprocket- we're keeping ours in the basement, but you could keep it outside depending on the weather in your area.  Worms like moderate temperatures, so it's a little too hot here this time of year to keep them outside.  There are lots of clever worm bin designs, like benches and such, that can be used inside or out.
A healthy worm bin doesn't smell or attract bugs, so keeping it inside is usually not a problem.
If anyone decides to try this please post, I'd love to see what others are doing!
Happy composting!
4  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / plush elephant of love on: June 16, 2008 12:11:40 PM
I have officially completed my very first plushie!  This is the mama elephant from the Sew Everything Workshop book.
The body is cuddly gray fleece, the ears and accents are a rose colored corduroy.
Here she is (sorry about the color, my camera doesn't like the lights in my bedroom):

This one shows the true colors:

Thanks for looking!
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / colorful patio set on: June 16, 2008 11:59:51 AM
I revamped this patio set a while ago, sorry I don't have a before picture.  A friend of mine had it sitting in her yard, unused, and was going to throw it out.  The chairs and table base were a faded yellow and really rusty in spots.  The cushions were in really bad shape.  They had originally been covered in some gross pea-green vinyl, and it was torn and mildewed and not anything I would want to put my behind on.  The glass top had broken in half and had to be recycled.
After some sanding, painting, new foam, and a little fabric, plus an extra glass table top my parents had in their storage room, my friend said to me "hey, that looks great!  Can I have it back now?"
"uh, no" I said, "but you can come visit it anytime!"
It was my dining room set for awhile but now it lives on the patio where it belongs.
Here it is, in its finished state:

And a close up of the awesome Alexander Henry fabric:

Thanks for looking!
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Worm bin on: June 15, 2008 11:14:07 PM
Long time lurker, first post...
Please let me know if I do something wrong (or right!).  I'm not sure that this is the right place to put this, but it seemed the closest.  If it should go somewhere else let me know.
Being an environmentally conscious (if not perfectly environmentally responsible-I drive when I don't absolutely need to and dry my clothes with an electric dryer in the middle of summer, among other things) type, I hate throwing away kitchen scraps.  I also have a great container garden on my patio that could use some fertilizer, but the organic stuff is quite expensive.
However, our yard is xeriscaped, so we don't really need, or have room for, a compost heap.
I decided that vermicomposting (vermi=worms) was the way to go.  After doing some research I decided that I didn't need to spend $130+ on a commercial worm bin, and that, being a crafty type, I could make one myself.
I made use of this great tutorial and my boyfriend's tools:
http://whatcom.wsu.edu/ag/compost/Easywormbin.htm
Without further adieu, here are some pics of the making of the worm bin.
This morning I said to myself, self, where does one buy red wigglers? 
Why, at the local garden store, of course!  Rick's nursery.
Here they are (well, their container anyway...)

The beginning of the project, with some of the supplies laid out:

We added a petcock (spigot) in the bottom container to drain out the "worm tea", or liquid that results from the composting process.  it's really good for your plants!

Me drilling holes in the bottom of one of the containers--I can use power tools!

The holes:

I also drilled tiny holes in the sides and lid for ventilation:

Then I shredded newspaper and soaked it in water to make bedding for the worms:

Then I added the worms (with some dirt-it helps them digest their food):

And here it is, in its (almost) finished state, ready to compost our food!  My boyfriend is going to build a frame for it so that it sits up off the floor...


Thanks for looking!
7  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 27 ENTRIES / Re: A Little Light Reading on: May 01, 2008 06:43:24 PM
So clever!  And thanks for taking the time to outline how you did it!
8  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: finally i use sewing machine to do sewing on: April 23, 2008 09:09:23 PM
these are absolutely beautiful!  and how wonderful that you can now make more of them in a shorter amount of time!  congratulations on learning to use a sewing machine--and with excellent results!  Smiley
9  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: matchy match hats for monkey and baby on: April 22, 2008 10:25:28 AM
great hats!...but even more impressive is that new baby you made!  what a cutie!  and it's amazing that you found time to sew with a newborn in the house.  i'm in awe...
10  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Glossy Armoire on: April 21, 2008 05:32:02 PM
This is beautiful!  Are the panels in the doors fabric?
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