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91  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Car visor slip cover (with step-by-step replay) on: November 28, 2011 03:29:07 PM
So my car is showing its age (prematurely) and my ceiling fabric is falling down and my visor fabric was flaking off terribly (see pictures below)... I have been on and off wanting to tear off the fabric because every time I bumped it, flakes and bits went floating everywhere.

So here is the finished project:

And here are some pictures of the process. If anyone would like some help/tips on how I did it to give their own car a treatment, please feel free to ask Smiley

Original (after I tore it off the visor... it still had a hard cardboard piece that I saved for the new one). It was pretty rough. Parts of the fabric were actually hanging down for the last couple weeks. Luckily I am short enough that it was not in my vision.

The visor was sewn onto a particle board frame, so to cut it off, I just slid my scissors between the layers of cardboard to cut the thread and leave everything else intact. Here is the inside after cutting it off:

I tore of the old fabric and traced the cardboard to make a pattern and added a 3/8 in seam allowance (I thought I added enough length for a flap, but somehow screwed that one up).

I used spray on adhesive to refasten the cardboard to the particle board frame without fabric so that it will be easy to replace the new cover if I need to.

Here is the slipcover before I put it on:


And some pictures of it in the car:

92  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Camera Strap from scrap fabrics and thrifted strap on: November 26, 2011 04:40:33 PM
I made this camera strap for my swap partner in the Jar of Whimsey Swap. I had the fabric and fleece leftover from a diaper bag that I made. The buckles and nylon strap part came from a camera that I got at a thrift store for 50 cents. Smiley She really liked it!

93  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Santa Claus reusable cloth gift bags on: November 17, 2011 04:22:14 PM
I made a set of holiday themed gift bags for a lady I used to work with. The checked fabric is a heavier material, and the toile was light weight. In all I made 11 bags (only 10 are shown because I am fixing the prototype to match the others). I used the fabric so efficiently that there was less than half a square foot of scrap from the checked material. The last bag had to be made of two strips sewn together and they came out nearly exactly the same dimensions as the other bags. I also had to use the toile to make handles for the last bag.

The toile has little scenes of Santa Claus and lots of cats on it. So cute!

I used French seams since I don't have a serger and wanted to prevent them from fraying. The cloth gift bag is a brilliant idea, and I might have to make some to give away to my own family/friends.

94  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / Queen of Hearts Stamp on: November 16, 2011 03:53:57 PM
My latest stamp was a request for someone to give as a gift...

This is the first stamp I have posted that is mounted (I have several small ones that I haven't gotten around to taking pictures of though).


I didn't get any pictures of this before I sent it away, so the new owner sent me some photos. She did very well, but I didn't specify to get pictures of the mounting... I bought some Halloween stamps on clearance at Walmart for $0.25, tore off the labels and stamps from those, mounted my hand-carved stamp on foam, then fixed it to the wood block. I was silly and washed the stamp while the back hadn't dried, so I had to glue on a piece of paper with the stamp image. I hope that the new owner doesn't find it too difficult to clean because of that...
95  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Mead (honey wine) in three flavors on: November 15, 2011 06:42:09 PM
My fiance and I are serving homebrewed drinks at our wedding next fall. This summer we started a batch of mead, honey wine, with mesquite honey and cinnamon. A couple weeks ago my future father-in-law visited my fiance and they started a second batch with wildflower honey and added blueberries (I live in a different state right now). While I was visiting over the weekend we started a third batch with orange blossom honey and freshly squeezed orange juice. Each batch will yield about 5 gallons! Yum, yum, yum!

Here are the first two batches after we re-racked the blueberry batch:

I think they look nice side-by-side to show the unique colors. (They were prettier in person)

Here is the re-racking process from the blueberry batch:

This is the third batch. It doesn't look very attractive in this picture, but it smelled wonderful.

Each batch has about 15 lbs of honey (some containers not shown):

You can see my prototype bottle label in some previous posts, but that was before I knew we were going to do the second two batches. I will design new labels when we know that all of the mead ferments all right.

Thanks for looking! Smiley

96  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Baby room animal paintings on: October 02, 2011 12:24:28 PM
So my cousin that I made the diaper bag for also envied the paintings I made for her newborn niece's bedroom. Now she gets her own set. Unfortunately, I didn't take pictures of the original set I made for the girl, but here is the new boy set, all on 12"x12" canvas:

The elephant was my least favorite... Sad I don't know why I don't like how he came out. Unfortunately, I rushed to package them up and mail them before I could decide to start him from scratch, so that is how they get him.
97  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / TARDIS and Alice in Wonderland Stamps on: October 02, 2011 12:16:01 PM
These have been done for a few weeks, but I am just now getting around to loading the pictures....

First up, we have a collection of Alice in Wonderland stamps, including two more Cheshire cats, a dormouse in a teapot, two tea cups, a "drink me" bottle, and the Queen of Hearts:

Then, my first Doctor Who craft tribute, the TARDIS:

I need some darker blue ink to make it show up cleaner.

These were my first stamps using the soft pink material. It is so much easier to use. I also bought up a bunch of it on clearance at Michael's. I need to figure out how to mount the bigger ones though to make the pressure even when stamping. there are a few that I had to stamp multiple times to get full contact.
98  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Help finding this fabric? on: August 21, 2011 09:55:12 AM
So after making a diaper bag for my cousin expecting her first baby, her sister wants one, too!

She said she really likes this bag, but I am having troubles finding the same fabric.


Does anyone have some recognize it or have suggestions where I can find it?

99  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / A couple of Cheshires :) on: August 11, 2011 06:29:44 PM
I finally broke down and decided to do something cute and fun.
These two guys are on the same piece of linoleum that was a scrap from my last stamp.

100  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / Sunflower and Bumblebee Linoleum Stamp on: August 10, 2011 06:33:02 PM

Another stamp to add to my wedding stationary suite. Smiley

I was playing around with some pigment so sample has a faint yellow and blue stamping underneath the black stamping.

The eyes look a little cartoony, so I think I will try to fix them... they were supposed to just look shaded.
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