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1  Re: Vintage Christmas Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by SarahBlais on: December 19, 2013 04:59:42 PM
It doesn't look like SonjaBoo has had a chance to post pictures of what I've sent to her yet since she mentioned she's been traveling for work, so I thought I would.

without the flash
with the flash on my camera
    It's a scene with a "Putz" or glitter house in a hat box. The glitter is actually glow in the dark so it lights up at night.

    I hope you like it, SonjaBoo!

    Again, I have no clue why my photos show up sideways. 
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2  Re: Vintage Christmas Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by SarahBlais on: December 15, 2013 04:52:24 PM
I got a great package from SonjaBoo!

First a cute cone that was filled with chocolates!


She created a pretty winter scene in a jar.


And a traditional looking Christmas sign too!


She also sent a handmade card (no picture of the card.)

Thanks so much, SonjaBoo!

Edited to add: Again, I'm not sure why my photos are sideways!  Sorry y'all are gonna have to tilt your head to see these!
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3  Re: Steampunk Ornament Swap Round 4 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by SarahBlais on: December 10, 2013 07:54:59 PM
I received these pretty gears from Alchamy513.  I love the glittering threads!

And I received this neat airship and moon/star ornament from WhimsicallyObsessed.  It's like multiple ornaments in one!


Thanks Alchamy513 and WhimsicallyObsessed!

Edited to Add: Whoops! Not sure why the pictures are sideways and how to fix them on here!
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4  Re: Steampunk Ornament Swap Round 4 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by SarahBlais on: December 03, 2013 02:05:27 PM
Here's my ornament from deadsweaters!  I love the colors and the bird is so fun! My kitty was very interested in the feathers when I opened the package last night.



Close-up of the bird



Thanks so much!  It'll make a great addition to my tree! (That I still have to get!!)

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5  DIY Watercolor Invitations in Weddings and Bridal Showers by SarahBlais on: October 21, 2013 12:46:47 PM
I wanted to share the DIY invitation suite that I created for my July 2013 wedding. I designed the set myself using Adobe Photoshop. The watercolor background uses a free Photoshop brush from www.brusheezy.com.  I can't recall the fonts I used, but they were free scrapbooking fonts from www.KevinandAmanda.com.  (I blurred out our full names for privacy.)



For the save the date cards, I printed them using Vistaprint and the calendar stickers are from Moo. Their small stickers are the perfect size to fit on a standard wall calendar!

For the invitations, the pocket folds are from Cards & Pockets in the color Lagoon.  I printed all the insert cards using Vistaprint and trimmed them to size using my paper trimmer.  The thank you notes are also printed from Vistaprint.  

Anyone using Vistaprint for their invitations, please be aware that their cards are NOT standard sizes.  Even though the sizes on their website say that the flat cards are 5x7" in size - they are up to 1" off from the actual size!  Please make sure to get some samples and measure them out with a ruler to see the true sizes, especially if you want to order pocket folds or envelopes from another site.
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6  DIY Succulent and Sand Centerpieces in Weddings and Bridal Showers by SarahBlais on: October 21, 2013 11:28:22 AM
I wanted to share the DIY centerpieces that I created for my July 2013 wedding.



For the succulent centerpieces, I purchased various glass dessert dishes from Goodwill and Salvation Army and used faux succulents and small polished river rocks. Some of the tables had larger dessert dishes than others since they all were different. In the larger containers, I used a small piece of Styrofoam in the bottom and then hot glued the stem of the succulents into that, so that the succulents stayed upright and so I wouldn't need to use so many rocks!

For the smaller containers, I purchased juice glasses from IKEA and filled them with playground sand. My florist brought the roses and sunk the stems into the sand using water picks, so that the flowers didn't wilt. (For the table numbers/menus, I used double-sided photo frames from IKEA.)  I used the same play sand in three candle holders of varying heights near my card box too.



Since I used faux succulents, I was able to create these centerpieces ahead of time and didn't have to worry about making them the week of my wedding.  And they make for great home decor as well!

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7  Re: Tote your Hoopla Swap Round 1 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by SarahBlais on: December 03, 2011 06:11:23 AM
I received my package from CraftyOrange yesterday night!  She did a great job pinning down my likes.

Here's a couple of pictures!


Tote Your Hoopla Swap 01 by sarahblais, on Flickr


Tote Your Hoopla Swap 02 by sarahblais, on Flickr

It's so cute - I love it! Thanks so much CraftyOrange!

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8  Flat Iron Pouch in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by SarahBlais on: October 20, 2011 05:22:02 PM

Flat Iron Pouch by sarahblais, on Flickr

I sewed up this cute flat iron travel pouch using a tutorial from Crap I've Made. I thought I'd share the tutorial here on Craftster! Especially with Christmas coming up - I think it'd be a good gift or something that'd get a lot of use with all the holiday traveling!
 
I used insul-brite batting as instructed in the tutorial but didn't have quite enough for the whole thing. So I made the pouch area a bit smaller, as I have a skinnier iron, and didn't use it on the flap. Instead, I used a medium-weight fusible interfacing on the flap. Also I realized that I only had black velcro in my stash, so I plan on picking up some white velcro and hand sewing it in later, since that'll better match the color of my fabric.

If anyone sews this up, I'd love to see pics of theirs!

(and a note to the moderators: feel free to move this post if I didn't put it in the right category since it's technically not a purse or wallet! thanks!)
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9  McCall's 6277 in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by SarahBlais on: October 20, 2011 05:09:50 PM

McCall's 6227 - Finished Dress by sarahblais, on Flickr

A few weeks ago I sewed up my first dress using jersey/knit material. The pattern I used was McCall's 6277, a Laura Ashley pattern. The pattern doesn't call for jersey/knit but I had seen a few reviewers on PatternReview.com that had made it up in this type of material and thought it looked great! The fabric is Style Studio Stretch Rayon Jersey Knit from Fabric.com ($4.99/yard.) Sorry - but it looks like this fabric is no longer available on their site.

The dress came together pretty quickly since I didn't have to create a lining or put in a zipper. The dress has a lot of stretch, so it's very forgiving! I just used a zig-zag stitch on my machine with a regular needle.  I finished the neck by creating a facing using the dress material and didn't bother hemming the bottom or arms since it won't fray.

I think I'll be able to use this pattern again to create a top with the same flutter sleeves or omit the sleeves to make a great sheath dress.

Has anyone else tried this pattern in jersey/knit?
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10  Re: Post Secret Round 13 Gallery (Sent out August 18, 2010) in The Swap Gallery by SarahBlais on: September 03, 2010 07:09:35 PM
Here's the 5th (and final Sad)Secret that I received -


Text reads: i often leave my doors unlocked in the hope that some dumb bastard will try to break in. that way, i can beat him up without feeling guilty.

The picture doesn't show it very well, but the door itself was cut free so you could open and close it...

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