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1  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Question about my blanket on: February 28, 2013 10:49:50 PM
So, I am crocheting a blanket, and I LOVE it.  I am doing a granny ripple, and things are going great but I'm very burned out on it.  My blanket is 85 inches wide (holy cow, right?)  This was after I re sized it twice!  (First was 112 inches, Second time was 98 inches)

I am tired of redoing it, and I'm at the point where I cant pull the yarn out.  I was wondering.... is there any way I can cut my blanket in half and tie in the ends? I planned to add a border around it before I realized how massive it was.  If I am able to cut it, I'd like to put a border in.  Any help would be appreciated....

Here is my blanket folded in half.  Ideally I'd like to cut it in half and attach the second half to the top of the bottom half....
2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Mr. Puffy Cloud::Makeup Bag on: December 17, 2010 10:02:44 AM
So my old makeup bag was dead.  It was made of kelly green canvas with a grey zipper.  The first time I put stuff in it, I stuffed it too much and put a small hole between the fabric and zipper.  Since then it progressively got worse. 

Well I was in the mood to make a new bag. [I had recently  been sewing up a bunch of gifts for people this season, and popping out this little bag took like 10 minutes.]

I reused the zipper from the old bag [because it was a good zipper.  And my longest one available. 9".  I have an obsesion with 7 inch zippers for some reason [I have like 15 of those]]

So yeah the applique is Mr. Puffy cloud, something I made a while back and had lying around.  : )  Tell me what you think~

Also the bag is made with electric blue canvas. 

Outside:


With all my makeup in it:

[that white tub in there is clown paint, haha]

With my muggggg


<3~

 
3  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / House Slippers on: December 14, 2010 05:44:48 AM
I sew a lot, but Ive never sewn a pair of shoes. 
So I made a pair of slippers!  These are a gift for my Grandmother. 
I wanted to make her some potholders but I they'd be too lame of a gift.
I might just make the potholders as well.

Anyway, I'm modeling them, we have the same shoe size [I think shes got slightly smaller feet than I do, she always tries my shoes on, lol.]

So yeah.  Here are some pictures! 

Completed shoes:
[The open candy bar was my treat while making these shoes] 
But here you can see that the backs have elastic stitched into them.
Also on the right shoe, there is a flower hand beaded on it. 
That was frustrating as hell because I couldnt get a needle with a small enough eye for the seed beads to go over.


Action Shot [1]:


Action Shot [2]:


My shirt after all the times I had to rip seams and the fabric shredding on me:


I hope she likes them.  I also went back and put puffy paint on the bottom for grip.  I dont want her to slip in them ; _ ;
They took about 4.5 hours because I didnt know what I was doing.
Also, I'm not dirty.  That tile grout was like that when I moved in that apartment, lol.
4  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / What are the pros and cons of using this material: on: December 13, 2010 06:27:12 PM
So, I make tons of beanies and I have a lot of fleece scraps.  I was wondering if it'd be alright if I used these scraps to make a quilt.  I mean, what are the pros and cons of using this material?

I know it'll pill up a little, but Idk.


Thank you!
5  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Beef Tonkatsu on: December 12, 2010 09:51:01 PM
So today I made what I'd like to call beef tonkatsu:


It was super yummy, and cost about $6.75 to serve two people.  It was rather expensive, but these were HUGE HUGE portions. 

This meal included:
Steamed Medium grain rice
Beef Tonkatsu [Chicken fried cube steak]
Green beans
Brown Gravy [not pictured]

I'm stuffed.  I hope the picture fills you all up too! <3
6  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Ironing... on: December 12, 2010 09:39:30 PM
Well, growing up I never used an iron.  I just didn't care.  I was fairly active [playing outside until I was about 16.]  I'd wear my clothes rollerskating, skateboarding and whatever... so I figured that there was no point in ironing if I'd just go and rip a hole in them anyway.   Well I guess I cant lie.  I used to iron my money, haha.

Anyway, so I'm away at college, and before I came up here my mom gave me an Iron.  It was a cheap $7 dollar iron from walmart.  I remember looking at it with an "are you kidding" face.  Well anyway to the point...  I loved that iron.  Since going up to school I've had more space to work on my sewing [A whole apartment compared to an 12x9 bedroom.], and its been extremely helpful.  Ironing is great!  I even iron my clothes now!  People want me to iron their stuff too! [but I'm not THAT excited about it, I wont iron their stuff]

So when I sew, I have this habit of frantically stuffing fabric back into this container I keep it all in.  I'll slightly open the lid and stuff the fabric in there.   My big project now, is going through and ironing all my fabric.  I'm  was seriously having a good time until my boyfriend tripped over the cord, causing the iron to fall and split wide open.  So, I went to walmart and upgraded to a $10 dollar iron!  I love this thing even more so than my old iron!

Anyway, so I was wondering if anyone else likes ironing?  Is it odd that a 23 year old likes to iron?  I've always felt like it was an old person thing, but I guess until you've put an ironed shirt or pair of pants on you wont really understand!

My grandmother has a Rowenta Iron and is in love with it.  Maybe the love of ironing is in the genes. : O
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Simple Apron on: December 09, 2010 07:08:01 PM
So I just made an apron!  It took approximately 1.5 hours to complete!  It is made of outdoor upholstery fabric, a belt strap and a parachute buckle!
It cost about 7.25 to make.  A little expensive, but I really like how it came out.  Please tell me what you think!  [Please excuse my fat butt!]

Front:


Buckle (back):


Wrapping:
8  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / 500 5x7 inch papers! Various Colors! WHAT DO I DO?! [IMG X6] on: October 25, 2009 11:27:57 PM
Hey!  A while back, I worked at a certain candle company.  I happened to save these signs from being trashed.  This was about 1.5 years ago!  I have yet to find something to do with them!  As seen in the pictures below they come in many vibrant beautiful colors.  They have tasteful words on them as well.


What would ya'll do with them?  They are 5"x7" and there are about 500 sheets all together. 


I really want to do something pretty with them, but I am unsure. : 0  I just didnt want the SM to throw them away because they were made of high quality paper and had beautiful hues amongst them!











9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Medium Chefcoat, now more formfitting. Still in need of assistance! on: January 19, 2009 08:16:13 AM
So, I walked into the scrub store and I was like Yeah, I need that Chef's coat, and I'm probably a small.  The lady looked over the counter at my hips and made eye contact for a second.  I guess she thought she wanted to let me find out for myself that it wasnt going to fit.  So she takes it off the hanger and unbuttons it for me.  I try it on, and I'm like, Alright, it fits.

Its gotta button over your hips.  She says, eyeballing my hips. 

So I proceeded to try to button the jacket over my hips.  No way in hell.  I lold and tried to pull it off.

She handed me the medium, and it buttoned fine. I paid 27.50 for it. 

I got it home, tried it on once again.  I had to stitch the arms to make them narrower and I had to stitch from the armpit to my bellybutton to make it more form fitting.  Damn men with their broad shoulders.  I didnt want to narrow up the shoulders because there is this big label on the chest of the coat, and I didnt want to mess up the investment I just made.   

I was telling my grandmother that I was making all of these modifications, [It was really only 4 stitches, but it took forever, because I dont think the BF could pin the excess of the coat properly, and I had to do it myself.]  and she was like, Maybe you should have gotten the small and moved the buttons over.

It made sense, but I really hate sewing buttons. : ( 

Any suggestions on how to modify the shoulders so they are a bit more narrow?  I'm not an expert on things of this matter, but I can sew.  I'm a little nervous because there is a bit of embroidery about 2.25 inches from the seam of the arm.  Would I have to take the arms off and restitch but an inch off of the shoulder of each arm hole?  I've never made a jacket or a shirt before, because I'm nervous about he arms holes.

Also, Im thinking about keeping the sleeves rolled up above the elbow, do you think its a good idea to make a small stitch to keep it up?

Here is the picture of it [Mind my messy appearance, I just woke up.  At least the pants are ironed : ) ]::
10  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Redecorating my moms bathroom on: January 03, 2009 04:38:11 AM
Alright.  Well for my moms xmas gift, we [my dad and I] planned to remodel her bathroom.  Like there were big problems with the bathroom.  Here is a small list [some are easily fixable, and others arent]

Heater falling out of the ceiling
Two ceiling lights; one out, and one that constantly shorts
Freaking old wallpaper with beach themed-shells
Toilet seat falling off

So that was some of the things we tackled.  My dad installed two lights, and its TOTALLY brighter in the bathroom.  It felt scary peeing for the first time in there.  Like I could be seen or something.  So, we proceeded to paint the bathroom walls.  [of course, after peeling decades of different wallpapers off.  NEVER AGAIN WILL I ALLOW WALLPAPER IN A HOUSE I LIVE IN]

My dad went to home depot without me, but I mentioned a very VERY light pastel yellow.  He brought home a banana yellow.  Nonetheless, we painted the bathroom as such, and its a real eye opener now.  No joke.  I guess we werent planning to have such a bright bathroom after the light transplant.  Anyway.  I actually like the banana bathroom, but its my mothers bathroom, and what she wants goes, I guess. 

I was planning a brown, yellow, dark blue theme for the whole bathroom.  No more yellow, so I will put dark browns and blues in there.  I kind of drew out something in photoshop, kind of giving me an idea of how it may look when done.  Im just scared that its going to look kind of kiddish.  Am I picking the right colors, what are your suggestions?  [BTW, Im determined to make the banana walls work.  My mom needs to open her eyes to other colors, besides tan, which is what the rest of the house is.] Anyway, here is the sketch:



I figured I would still incorporate the tan and browns that she loves so much, but add some colors that would pop.  Literally : )

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