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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Mad Hatter-esque Type Hat on: January 06, 2011 06:24:34 PM
I have a little party to attend this weekend and I'll be having to wear a "fun and/or silly hat".
...I do not own any fun and/or silly hats.
...so I turned to the internet and found a tutorial, located here: http://craft-with-confidence.blogspot.com/2010/10/mad-hatter-hat-tutorial.html.  The tutorial was amazingly easy, she was detailed enough and provided pictures for everything!

I thought it suited my needs so I got to crafting.  Hats are completely out of my comfort zone, but because the tutorial was so detailed, I had no issues at all.

Along the way I made some changes...I wanted a somewhat ruffled front to the brim, so I made it slightly bigger.
I used a purple fabric and covered it with tulle, but I didn't quilt it.  Instead, I used iron on interfacing for the sides and brim and a stiff sewable interfacing for the top.  I like the thinner interfacing on the brim, it allows me to form it however I'd like.

I definitely suggest drawing your pattern out on paper first (like the tutorial suggested)..it saved me on a few measurements!!

I chose not to duplicate the Mad Hatter's hat, but use the style as my base.

At first, I added ball chain...I'm on the fence as to whether I should keep it or not:



 And then I thought *silly*..so I put a doll I received in a creepy doll swap into the band:



Not sure...I'm thinking of going back to the ball chain.  Sorry for the quality of pictures, I only had my phone.  ..but thanks for looking!



2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Bicycle Basket Liners for my amazingly awesome Simple Seven on: May 18, 2010 03:21:24 PM
I'm fairly certain this belongs here....if not, please let me know so I can move it.

The other day my brother brought my bike in off the porch and gave it a complete tune up in an effort to encourage me to ride my bike to work.  ...he's always so awesome that way.
I agree...it would be best to ride my bike to work, but I always have so much stuff.
So I went and bought a basket.
...which was wire.  It's easily detachable so I can bring it up to the office with me or into the grocery store if I need.  (I work above a Trader Joe'preg_replace('/(.{19})/', '$1 ', 's...literally....right') upstairs.)



I thought the wire would never do.  I carry so much stuff, I really needed something that could hold little things as well as my big things.
I decided on basket liners.
...and I couldn't just make one.
Nope.
A girl's gotta have options!!
So I made two.
One for when I'm feeling all girly and pretty and one for when I'm feeling all 80's and reminiscing for my teenage years.

So here is what I came up with.

First one is the girly one.  Alexander Henry Regent Skull pink print with a grey duckcloth.  The lining snaps onto the basket.  One of the snaps looks a little wonky...and in all honesty, it is a little skewed...I don't know if I'll redo that one.





This second one is my "pining for the 80's" one.  Timeless Treasures Music Collection fabric (I received a 1/2 yard in a recent swap and loved the fabric so much I went out and bought 2 more yards...thanks so much Lindsay!!), with a black duckcloth.
This lining ties onto the basket.  I really don't have a preference as far as the "installation" of the lining onto the basket goes.  Both offer a unique look.





...and that's my tale of my bicycyle basket liners.
...not overly impressive...I know.
But I'm proud of them!
3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Bulldog Messenger on: February 07, 2010 12:25:09 PM
So, usually I stay pretty quiet on the boards...every once in a while, posting a comment here and there.
But I like the way this bag came out.  Usually I make tote bags, some plain, some with bulldogs on them.  I'm slightly obsessed with bulldogs, I love them, they're an amazing breed with wonderful temperaments and personalities, and I love putting their images on the bags I make. 
Recently, some friends were asking if I make any bags with flaps, messenger style-like.  I've only made one before, for a swap, and it had a gusset and while it was durable and amazing in every way, I wanted something a little more simple...so I came up with this.  Of course, the flap had to have a bulldog on it.
Bulldog was done using a freezer paper stencil.
Bag was done with a black canvas, a printed novelty cotton and stiff interfacing.
Adjustable 1" strap (took me the longest because TWICE, I put it on incorrectly).
Cell phone and pen pocket on outside of bag (once you open the flap) and a zipper pocket inside.
The flap closes to the bag using a 1" non-slip buckle. 
Bag itself is about 12" x 15"

Next time, I'd use black thread to hide the stitching on the straps and I'd make the pen/phone pocket not so deep...I just happened to have that piece lying around and I didn't want to waste anything.

Here are the pics:

Full bag:


As you open the flap:


Inside


Close up of the closed bag:



*An aside, I do have an english bulldog, Sampson, he's pretty awesome, but about a month ago, he was diagnosed with lymphocytic lukemia...he's only two, and the vet said the prognosis was not good at all...but he's been a real trooper...playing, and being as "normal" as ever (aside from his skinny frame) and being the best bulldog a mama could ever ask for.  I've been making bulldog themed things pretty much non-stop...I guess to help me cope with the news.
4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Two funky bags on: June 09, 2009 05:48:49 PM
I was perusing around Craftster, looking for ideas and inspiration and came across this bag someone posted.  I can't, for the life of me find the link again...(she used some amazing pink fabric that had a female face and skulls on it), if someone knows what I'm talking about, please give me the link so I can give credit.

She created the bag from a pattern that came out of a magazine who knows how long ago.  I thought the bag was interesting so I wanted to re-create it if I could.
These are my first two attempts.  The straps are a little....awkward.  It feels and fits fine when using the bag, but I think they look a little wonky, maybe not having such a slant would solve that.

This is the first one I did.  I don't believe hers had any stabilizer in it, so I used fusible interfacing and ultra-thick pellon on the bottom to give it shape.  I was so excited I figured out the strap, I forgot to put in a snap, so it's just a hook and eye closure...certainly not ideal.







Then I got brave and figured....well heck, I'll do this in vinyl.  I changed the shape to a square rather than the angled shape and sewed pleats into the side...which I failed to take a picture of.  This one has a magnetic snap closure and a pocket inside.  I also used two colors of thread for the top stitching, black for the outside and red for the interior.





I wish I took a picture of the side.  It's triangular, 4" at the top and 6" at the bottom...looks neat in person.

I would love some criticism on these if anyone feels they want to give it!!
Thanks!!

5  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Easter-Spring Cookie Swap Gallery! on: March 31, 2009 01:47:04 PM
Gallery for the Easter-Spring Cookie swap!
Original Thread here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=297290.0

BLUE - PACKAGE SENT
GREEN - PACKAGE RECEIVED
PURPLE - FEEDBACK GIVEN
LIME GREEN - PACKAGE SENT AND RECEIVED
RED - CONTACT ORGANIZER IMMEDIATELY!  THERE MIGHT BE A SMALL ISSUE!

Swappers:

The Platypus Project
- hannah19142
YoungMom - princesspimp81
butterflyangel - mrs.cullen

Now...show us the yumminess!!!!

6  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Easter-Spring Cookie Swap (Sign Up 03-18 to 03-27; Mail by 04-06-09) on: March 18, 2009 06:01:15 AM
Swap name:  Easter-Spring Cookie Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap:  The Platypus Project
Sign-up date range:  03-18-09 to 03-27-09
Date to send item by:  04-06-09 (to arrive in time for Easter which is 04-12-09 this year!)

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): Absolutely not!  The more cookies the merrier!

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? YES (Because of the perishableness of the cookies, unless there is more than one swapper from outside the US, the swap will be restricted to the US...sorry!)

If so, which country?  US

Age requirement?  13 (but PLEASE make sure if you have transportation and funds to get to the store to get your supplies and you can get to the post office to mail your package!)

Swap Organizer himself/herself meets these conditions:
- Has fully read the Swap Info Guide: YES
- Has successfully completed two swaps as a participant: YES
- Is not organizing more than three swaps right now: YES
- Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a Swap Moderator if this swap has more than 25 participants: YES

Swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions:
- Has been a member for at least one month: YES
- Has posted at least 15 times: YES
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YES
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: YES
- Does not have any negative feedback: YES
- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 13 years old: YES
- Participant lives in the United States: YES
   - If yes, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES
   - If no, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES

Details of swap:
Welcome to the Spring/Easter Cookie Swap!!!  For this swap we will be baking two batches of cookies, along with sending the recipes for the cookies, crafting one item based on our partner's likes and sending out two small store bought items based around the spring time and Easter if you celebrate.
It's been a looooooong winter, I certainly can use some cookies to celebrate! 
To give you ideas of past baking swaps, here are links to some of the galleries:

Holiday Cookie Swap: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=281926.msg3193535#msg3193535
Valentine's Day Cookie Swap: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=289362.0
St. Patrick's Day Cookie Swap: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=295818.0

Cookie/Baked Goods packing tips can be found here:  http://mochaxlight.blogspot.com/2009/01/cookie-website-database.html  (thank you mochaxlight!!)

You must get a DC number for this swap.
You must send your package via Priority Mail (those cookies need to get to their destination quick!!)
When you send your package, you must message both myself and your swap partner.
When you receive your package, you must message both myself and your swap partner.  You must also post pictures in the swap gallery.




If you want to participate, information to send to organizer:

QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER:
Name of swap
Craftster username
Email address
Your real name
Mailing address including the country
Confirm that are at least 13 years old (yes/no)
Do you have any allergies and if so, what are they:
Are you vegan/vegetarian:
If you are not vegan/vegetarian, are you able to bake with a vegan/vegetarian in mind? 
What would you LOVE LOVE LOVE in/on your cookies:
What do you completely want kept OUT of your cookies:

With regards to the store bought/crafted item
Favorite spring colors? (if you hate all the pale colors, you can choose just your favorite)
Any small thing you are in need of?  (ex, a pot holder, kitchen mitt, spatulas, spoons etc)
Do you celebrate Easter...or are you just THRILLED to have spring here...or both?




IF YOU WANT TO PARTICIPATE, REMEMBER TO SEND YOUR INFO TO ORGANIZER VIA PRIVATE MESSAGE AND NOT TO REPLY WITH IT HERE.


Also remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find out how to ship your item and other details about participating in a swap.

Partners have been selected!!!!

The Platypus Project - hannah19142
YoungMom - princesspimp81
butterflyangel - mrs.cullen

Happy baking and crafting!!!!!!

GALLERY IS HERE: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=299143.0
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Full Length Apron on: January 20, 2009 05:31:53 PM
I have been meaning to post this all day...but work got in the way.  :p
I made this apron last Sunday.  It's a full length apron with 41" ties.
Someone just posted a bag with this material combination..I have to say, I love this combination!
Ruffle at the bottom of the apron took FOREVER.  I had to baste in small increments because the thread kept breaking...grumble.    The ruffle before ruffling was 82" long.
I like the thick band at the top, I think it totally makes the look.
Thanks for looking!!

8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / *'tis the season* Fleece Hats! on: October 28, 2008 05:19:24 PM
We're supposed to get snow flurries tomorrow!!!!  WAY too early for me here in Mass.

I was searching for some sewing projects today that would offer me somewhat instant gratification.  I found the pattern for these on Deviant Art, but I found the link through a search on Craftster.  Here's the pattern: http://cristophine.deviantart.com/art/Aviator-Cap-Tutorial-84150949.
I had a blast making these.  All are lined and completely reversible. 

This was the first one I made.  I didn't want to deviate much from the pattern because I had never made a hat...and frankly...I needed to figure out how it went together.
I give you my (indoor) action shot:


Later on, I decided to actually tweak the pattern a little and play with it.  I used an oilcloth fabric for the top and flaps (brown and white) and a blue ultra soft fleece for the lining and the "brim" of the hat. 
On my dog's stuffed monkey:


And the (indoor) action shots: (I always get weird when I take pictures of myself, please pardon the weird expression in the first one.  I'm not trying to be "cute"...I just get all wonky when the flash starts going off and I'm the only one in the room).




I have SO  many ideas for my next batch of hats.  The first one was a little snug, it will be perfect when I go snowboarding.  The second one is a little loose, but I really like it that way. If I pull it full down my eyes are covered.  I like the coziness of a big hat.
Thank you for looking!

9  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Resin Mis-Haps on: October 16, 2008 08:44:02 AM
Hi there,
I'm very very new to resin casting..but I try.
I have a couple of pieces that I've done, but I seem to be having issues. 
The first picture here shows tiny little bubbles within the resin.  I mixed slow and did two pours since I'm using Envirotex Epoxy Resin and the molds are 1/4" thick.  They have also taken on a slightly yellowish hue and I can't understand why. 



My second piece has bubbles at the surface.  I breathed on the pieces right after they were cast and I also ran a butane lighter over them which got rid of most of the bubbles, but apparently I missed some.  Does anyone know how long after I pour I should begin with the lighter technique?  I did it about 10 minutes after the initial pour.



My third picture shows some good pieces...however, I'm confused as to how these came out okay while the others didn't since I used the same method on the entire batch.



The temp here in my house is about 68-70 degrees or so.  It's chilly but I refuse to turn on the heat until November if I can help it.  I let them cure about 4 days so I don't think I messed with them too early.
I did have other ones that are fubar, but it's because of how I used the dyes.  I was messing around and just wanted to see the reaction, so, I learned from those ones, but these ones (pictured above) I'm a little lost on.
I read through all 107 pages of the resin topic prior to my even casting my first pieces.  I like trying different things, so I don't mind when I mess up because of something I intentionally did...but with these pieces, I just poured, placed, poured and waited...
Thank you for looking and any words of wisdom will be welcome.
10  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Creepy Doll on: September 26, 2008 03:22:21 PM
I'm part of the Mini Creepy Doll Swap, you can find the gallery of all the wonderfulness that's already been sent over here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=268481.0.
Well, my partner has received her doll, it's the fourth one I've ever made...and my favorite of all the ones I've made so far. 
I wanted to get everyone's take on this.  I'm not sure if I'm being too proud or if it really does have an eerie feel to it.
It was my first time using clay.  I used Das clay as it was inexpensive and I wasn't sure if I was going to be able to work with it. 
His body is fleece with a faux fur piece under his head. 
His head is clay and painted with acrylics.
This doll is only 6" as it was the *mini* creepy doll swap.
I'd love some feedback/criticism/comments...anything you want to give me!





Thank you for looking!!
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