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1  Need some advice on adding a lining to some shirts in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by Andrea Ravioli on: September 29, 2010 12:16:32 PM
Hi Guys!!! Grin
I need some advice/Help. I bought these 2 shirts on the clearance rack at Macy's and I adore them. EXCEPT for the fact that they are completely see through!! I wore both with an undershirt underneath and it just looked messy.  I want a permanent solution! So how should I go about putting a lining in? I'm really lost as to where to start. Should I just get some jersey knit and tack it to the sides and top of the shirts? or should I try and get some of the same material as the shirt and leave it draped on the inside? Any comments or suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks!

This second shirt has a small piece of fabric, I guess to cover your boobs if your wearing it without a bra.. but it's still completely sheer. Should I remove this? or just add onto the bottom of it? Huh
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2  Diaper Monkey **Now with Tutorial** in Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies by Andrea Ravioli on: March 28, 2010 12:32:45 AM
I was invited to a baby shower by a girl at work, unfortunately I was unable to go. I saw a monkey made out of diapers on here a while back and fell absolutely in love!!! I tried my hand at it and I think it came out pretty cute. I decided to leave it on her desk at work Friday before her shower to surprise her! I was please to find out that they used at as a center piece for the gift table at the shower!  Although, there were some people at the shower/work who mistook it for a cow  Cry
This is the little guy sitting on my couch!

On her desk at work..

His diaper..

For the Diaper Monkey  you will need:
About 30 diapers of your choice (stay away from the blanket soft diapers... See post above)
About 4 wire hangers
Scuncii clear elastic bands (you can get them in the hair brush aisle at k*mart... I used the package that had two sizes in it... I used the bigger sizes for the body and the smaller sizes for the smaller rolled diapers)
4 pairs of baby socks
2 binkies
2 bibs
2 diaper pins
1 washcloth (for the diaper)
Colored Play rings (sorry dont know official name)
Paper White, Black & Blue (or Pink for a girl)
Small Monkey Toy
Extra bag of diapers
FYI: Most of these items I picked up at K*mart. They had a pretty good selection of monkey items. At the time I was living in Guam so that was really my only option anyway. Also, I picked up the socks at Ross; it was a lot cheaper there they had a 5 pack of baby socks so I lucked out! It never hurts to check out places like that to save yourself some $$$.

1.)Start off by forming your wire hangers. I curved mine into a U shape so that it would form both arms and both legs. Start rolling your diapers and threading them on. (dont open the diapers, just roll them from either top to bottom or bottom to top) I think by the time I was finished I had about 11 diapers threaded onto my wire. You want an uneven number of diapers on the wire.  (you also want to do this for a tail.. I wasnt able to figure out how to attach the tail to the body  Undecided)

2.) Next take 2 diapers and open them. Place them over the center diaper on each wire.
3.) Next youre going to take one wire and place it above the other wire. The tops of the diapers should be top to top, next insert the diapers into one another.

4.)   Now youre going to take another diaper and open it. Wrap it around the center of both diapers. I think I did this twice or even 3 times, to make the body look like the right shape. Take your larger elastic bands and put them around the body.

5.)   Okay now lets set that aside and work on the head. Take out 3 more diapers. Lay two of them on top of each other.  Take the 3rd diaper and roll it (like you did for the arms and legs) stick it inside the top diaper at the bottom. This is to make the nose & mouth look like a monkeys (sticking out) Now take a large elastic and put it around the two diapers where the snout part should start. 

6.) Start decorating the head. Cut out eyes, a nose and place socks for ears. For the sock ears, I took a piece of thin cardboard and folded it in half and placed a piece in each ear. I took an elastic band and put it at the bottom of the ear so they would stay. I formed the socks so it looked like he had little wrinkles in his ear. I placed them in between the two diapers. I honestly dont remember how I got it to stay. I did a lot of playing around with the elastic bands. (sorry!) Take your binkie next. I wrapped an elastic band over the nipple part of the binkie. I took another elastic band and attached it to the one on the nipple (like a knot). Then I took the attached band and wrapped it around the bottom diaper. I tried to do it up on the head though so that you couldnt tell it was attached.  To attach the head I took another piece of wire and slid it up through the rubber band that made the snout and placed it in the diapers that were wrapped around the body. (See step 4)

7.) See Photo #7

8.) Now, this is the fun part. Take your socks and place over the hands & Feet of the monkey. Also on the end of his tail. I put a bib around his neck. Place his little stuff animal under his arm. I took his colored play rings and attached them to each other. With the leftover stuff I put it in the rings.. the other binkie, the other pair of socks, and the other bib. Then I set him on her desk on top of a new bag of diapers. (just in case she didnt want to use the ones to make the monkey)

I hope I didnt leave anything out or confuse anyone, if you have any problems or questions, PM me and Ill help you the best I can. Oh and sorry about how long it took to do a tute! I think Ill be making another one of these guys soon, so when I do Ill take pictures for even better detail. Good luck all!
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3  Glass Ball Ornaments... Need help with top part! take a look! Img Heavy! in Winter Holidays by Andrea Ravioli on: February 20, 2010 12:11:59 AM
Hey guys!!!
Okay so I went to the craft store today in search of scrap booking stuff. Well I came home with glass ball ornaments with an idea in mind. I live in Guam, so my seashell collection keeps growing and growing every time we go to the beach. I decided hey, what a cute Idea for my seashells!!! I have a few questions though..
1.) Did I put two much sand/seashells in or do they look okay?
2.) I feel like they're missing something. Like maybe I should find some Guam Trinkets to put inside to show that it's all Guam in there. Or maybe rub-on's or do you think that'd be gaudy looking?
3.) How can I adhere the top piece where you hang it from? Because it's bottom-heavy and It would definitely fall if it were placed on a tree. Hot glue or crazy glue? or some other suggestion please! Let me know!
Thanks for looking and your input..   Grin

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4  Snowflake Garland.. Thanks Paperella! in Winter Holidays by Andrea Ravioli on: December 04, 2009 09:18:15 PM
Hello Fellow Crafters!
          First off, I have to give complete credit to Paperella for her beautiful Snowflake garland design. I am currently residing in Guam with my military BF and we have NO Christmas decorations. Cry Things can be expensive here, so I have to be resourceful and make my own. I thought this was a good start. I was able to find really cute snowflake sequins and I used ribbon with wire instead. Which worked out pretty well. Now I just have to find a better place to hang them.
I <3 them though!!!! SO PRETTY! Thanks again Paperella!

Sorry this one is sideways, I couldn't figure out how to turn it!  Tongue

Here's the link to Paperella's Snowflake Garland and her Tutorial:
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5  Christmas Quilt in Quilting: Completed Projects by Andrea Ravioli on: January 13, 2006 09:56:38 PM
So this is my first picture post!! yay!! It's christmas themed (I've been trying to figure out how to put pictures on for a little while now... lol) Hope you like!!! (and i hope you can see!!)
I couldn't think of anything to give my boyfriends parents for christmas, so i said Hey.... lemme make a quilt woo hooo! Grin

I liked it so much that I debated giving it away.. Huh

This was my first quilt without like simple squares.... lol there were some unmatched pieces but i think it gives it character.. Wink Anyway I hope you all enjoy!!! let me know what ya think!
p.s. His parents loved it!
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