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11  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / thread earrings and barefoot thongs! on: March 06, 2010 09:01:40 PM
this took me a while but i'm fairly pleased on how they turned out...







what do you think?
12  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / i know slouchy hats are all the rage.....but here's something for warmer weather on: March 06, 2010 02:05:33 PM
So I started making this last night and finished it this morning....really easy, it just takes a little bit of patience since the string is so small (especially when you're trying to come up with a pattern, lol).  It was actually 2 ply kite string that i had from when I younger.



13  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Stuck on a pattern on: February 06, 2010 08:35:19 PM
I started working on this pattern:

http://www.crochetme.com/media/p/88163.aspx

and on round 12, it says "double crochet below".  What does this mean?  Is it that I am supposed to dc around the previous dc too? 
14  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / skirt from men's slacks...turned out really cute UPDATES WITH TUTORIAL!!! on: November 07, 2009 05:14:39 PM
I had a mad battle with this skirt!  I didn't want to go with the typical slack dress...I was originally going for wide leg dress pants for me.  However, I started by trying them on to see how much I would have to cut off the top.  Well, when I was putting it together, I noticed a hole, which I was going to make a pocket for, but forgot, so I sewed it asymmetrically so I could "get rid of the hole".  I also sewed the zipper down too far so there was a space at the top where the fabric should have met, but it was my second zipper ever, first with the zipper foot, and it turned out awesome Smiley  Overall really pleased with how it turned out especially since I had to battle with it.....questions, comments, all feedback is appreciated Smiley






**You asked for it, so here it is....sorry for the bad illustrations :/

http://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=304727&ppuser=160814


1) Cut off the waistband.  The pockets may come with it too, depending on how you cut it.  You can save them for later or use them to make pockets with (some have really cool patterns on them).

2) Rip your seams...you can really get some aggression out on this one!  I started out with a seam ripper, but then gave it up and just ripped it apart.  A word of caution....use your seam ripper when you take out the zipper, that way it will be easier and less frayed for when you sew it in later Smiley  You only want to rip the inseam and the zipper off, do not worry about the side seams.

3) You should have your main piece right now, a zipper, and a waistband.  Cut the rest of the legs off and turn your piece so that the cuffs of the bottom of your pant are now your top.

4) Sew your legs together along one seam.....it should just be a flap of fabric.

5) Cut the bottom of you skirt similar how you want it, but you will cut it again in a later step so don't cut it too short unless that is what you are going for.  This will allow you more fabric to work with, as well as making it easier to have an even edge for when you attach the ribbon.  When you cut it, think A-line skirt, so, it should be an "A" shape.

6) Ignore this step....I have no idea why I put this picture in here....it doesn't make sense.  I think I was trying to multitask too much :-/

7) Sew your "A" shape to you flap of fabric, so that the shorter edge is at the top (by the cuff) and the longer edge is at the bottom.  Make sure that the top of your "A" shape is a little taller than your actual fabric flap.  That way you can fold it over later to finish it so it won't fray.

Cool Sew in your zipper!!!!  This was the most exciting part for me since it was my second zipper ever.  I was so proud!  I would highly suggest using a zipper foot, makes it so much easier.  But DO NOT try to do a zig-zag stitch while you have a zipper foot on your machine!  My needle broke instantly, lol.

9) Pin together the rest of the two sides together below the zipper and continue to sew to the bottom.  You now have a skirt! Stitch around the top of your skirt over cuff and fold excess fabric down from your extra piece of fabric you added.

10) Embellish your skirt.  I just added ribbon on the side and a bow with contrasting thread.  I also added two pieces of ribbon to tie together above my zipper because I sewed my zipper too low.  After you're done decorating, cut bottom how you want, so it is even.  Use zig-zag stitch to finish off bottom.

This is my first tut, so if there are any problems, let me know.  That and I ran into so many problems, I somewhat lost track of what piece of fabric was what (that's why I had an extra step).  So this is how I remembered I did it to the best of my abilities.  
15  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / junk mail! on: November 06, 2009 07:05:41 AM
I get an unholy amount of junk mail....Bank of America insists that I get their latest credit card, life insurance, etc.  what do I do with it?  I shred some of it to use as litter for my guinea pig cage, but what else can I do with it?
16  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / shampoo and conditioner on: November 02, 2009 07:37:59 AM
so my neighbor brought over this extra shampoo and conditioner she had, but i have no idea what to do with it.  my mom has already given me enough to last me another year (that and she gets me the good stuff).  i can bathe my guinea pig and ferret, but the cats wont have any of it.  what do i do with it or the bottles???
17  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Dad's b-day and xmas on: October 23, 2009 05:23:36 PM
no idea what to get or make for my dad.  i asked, and he avoided the question.  He likes hot sauce/spicy foods, nuts, and beer (but he's not an alcoholic).  He also likes nature/nature shows, the three stooges, and playing the lottery.  anyone have any ideas?
18  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / SOS-- in desparate need of pattern help! on: September 13, 2009 03:27:46 PM
I recently started a pattern with yarn I bought a year ago, however can no longer find the yarn.  *sigh*  So I figured I had some other yarn that I could match a pattern, that way I would have all I needed, right?  Well, couldn't find a pattern to fit with the amount of yarn I had.  *sigh*  So I decided to find a new pattern and buy enough yarn for it at once...problem solved.  However, I cannot get past the 3rd row.

Here's the pattern:
http://www.coatsandclark.com/Crafts/Crochet/Projects/Apparel/LW1526+Weekend+Crochet+Top.htm

I understand how the panel pattern works within the rows.  I did the first row of the panel pattern just fine, but the second row of it is just not working out.  I have tried it and re-tried it several times, but it doesn't work within the pattern as I'm reading it.  HeLp mE!
19  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Skirts, skirts, skirts lots of skirts, skirts, skirts (or just two) on: August 14, 2009 01:04:42 PM
found a  semi-cute skirt at goodwill.  it was really plain....so i cut 2, 3" lengths off the bottom of the skirt. i sewed the two lengths together and added it to the bottom as a ruffle.  i also added a bow Smiley



my second one was originall
y a pair of jeans that i didn't like they fit.  so i cut them to just below the knee and sewed the legs together.  I put a slit up the side with a zipper and left the bottom hem unsewed.  it stayed like that for probably about 2 years.  but i decided it was time for a change.  so, i made the slit higher and took out the zipper.  i also cut some length off and hemmed it and this was the finished result:



what do you think??
20  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / lots of project on: August 10, 2009 07:40:21 AM
wow...i probably should have been posting all along, but i didn't realize how much stuff i actually made....

ps...i suck at putting pics on here, so i just used links Smiley

here are some fingerless gloves that i made using the hairpin lace technique...my own pattern...yey!



they were quite an adventure and my first accomplishment doing the hairpin lace, but the easiest things ever!

my friend's son's girlfriend is having a baby....so...new challenge....baby clothes!!  i will probably make more because i still have a month or so.  I used a pattern, but put my own twist on it because i didn't feel like following the directions anymore, haha.



okay, this pic is kinda blurry, but the earrings look awesome in person....they are made from wire that i pulled out of a dish network receiver (bwahaha!....it will never work again!) and crochet it.  i also added washers Smiley



A late father's day present.....a drink cozy for all those pepsi fanatics Smiley  i originally got the idea from a pattern on lion brand's website, but made up my own pattern for the cozy and pepsi symbol



and a cleveland indians cozy



A cool hair thingy...once again got the idea off the internet, but it seemed too complicated, so i just made it my own



And last but not least the headphone condom....as they like to call it at work
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