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21  Patchwork circle skirt in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by christian_cowgirlGSR on: February 21, 2010 10:19:01 AM
This skirt has been completed for a month or so, but I'm way behind on posting to craftster...

For a long time, I was working on a wall-hanging for my sister (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=335968.msg3885883#msg3885883).  I was hitting a mental block with it because of all the problems I'd been having.  So, I decided to take a break from working on the wall hanging and make something that I could complete in a short period of time.  I was hoping that finishing something would inspire me to finish the wall-hanging for my sister.  I whipped this skirt up in about 10 hours, using part of a king-size sheet I got at a thrift store for $3.50.  My original intention with the skirt was to line it by making each square double-layered (the other one white).  It sat in the uncompleted project pile for quite a while waiting for me to finish cutting the lining squares.  I decided that I'd make the skirt without the lining, in favor of actually finishing it.  Right now, the waste band is elastic.  I would like to change it so that it is elastic in the back with ties in the front so I can make the waste as tight or loose as I want.  Other than that, I am extremely happy with it.  I have gotten several complements on it from people who were in disbelief when I told them that I made it myself (isn't that the greatest feeling?!?).  For the seams, I used a zig-zag stitch and then went back and pinked all the seam allowances to prevent fraying.

On to the pictures (please excuse my black under-shirt showing).  Side note:  I also made the necklace I'm wearing in these pictures.


And an obligatory action shot!


Edited to fix second picture.
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22  Homemade breads - YUM! in Recipes and Cooking Tips by christian_cowgirlGSR on: February 21, 2010 09:49:48 AM
I've always enjoyed baking but had never tried bread (except quick breads like banana bread).  When my husband and I got married, we were given a bread machine as a wedding gift.  My husband mastered the art of making bread via the bread machine and so I never really tried.  Then, we started having trouble with the bread machine around the same time I found this craftster post:   http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=312021.0.

So, I tried it, and it turned out very well.  Since my first loaf, we haven't gone back to using the bread machine, partially because we never got the bread machine fixed, but mostly because this bread is just SO GOOD!  I've also had a craving for cinnamon raisin bread recently.  My mom used to use her bread machine to make some delicious cinnamon raisin bread.  So, I found a recipe (http://www.ehow.com/how_4604587_yummy-homemade-cinnamon-raisin-bread.html) and made some.  It turned out very well!

The cinnamon raisin bread:




The artisan bread:




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23  Better late than never UPDATED 8/18/2010 with another picture! in Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects by christian_cowgirlGSR on: January 28, 2010 09:17:22 PM
So, this wall hanging was supposed to be a gift for my sister and her husband.  Their anniversary and each of their birthdays all fall within a two week time period...  in July.  Here it is January and I just finished this.  Better late than never, right?  

I have procrastinated terribly on this project because I have run into no end of problems with it.  The wall hanging is a picture that I rasterized using this website: http://homokaasu.org/rasterbator/.  Then, I printed it onto iron-on  transfer papers and transferred it to a piece of fabric.  However, when I first rasterized the picture, it was a grayscale picture with red in it.  When I printed it, the grey printed green.  The biggest frustration with the printing was that it printed fine on normal printer paper, but never printed correctly with the iron-on transfer paper.   Several months of procrastination later, I visited my parents and used some software my dad has to change the greyscale dots to black.  After that, it printed just fine.  After printing it, I ironed the picture onto the fabric.  After spending hours ironing, I removed the paper backing from the iron-on transfers only to realize that there was a spot on the table I was using.  The spot had gone through the sheet I had put on the table and had soaked into my fabric, and I had ironed it into the image.  In a desperate attempt to save the wall-hanging, I tried rubbing water on the back of the fabric to get the spot out.  It helped, but the spot was set in the image.  So, I decided to try to wash it.  The washing caused the iron-on transfers to fade and the black again turned to green!  Not only that, but several of the iron-on transfers tore.  Now the wall-hanging was really ruined.  So, I took the back layer of fabric off.  It then became the front.  I bought more iron-on transfer paper and another piece of fabric for the back.  Several weeks of procrastination later, I decided that I was tired of this project hanging over my head.  I spent one evening re-printing everything, another evening cutting the border off the iron-on transfer pages and ironing the image onto the fabric.  I spent a third evening attaching the border and the hanging hooks.

Without further ado, the pictures (yes, I did use a broom handle to hang it with):


Here is a close-up of the flowers.  It more closely resembles the true colors of the project.


Here's a picture with it hanging at my sister's house.


This is the second project I've done of this style.  Here's a link to the first one:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=298955.msg3408149#msg3408149
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24  Changing pad for soon-to-be mom in Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies by christian_cowgirlGSR on: May 07, 2009 08:21:28 AM
One of my co-workers is pregnant.  I wanted to make her something for her baby shower, but I will be moving before long, so I thought I'd give it to her early.  I gave her a list of several ideas, all of which I found here on craftster.  She chose this one: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=290802.0.  However, I couldn't find a bathmat like the one that was described.  So, I decided to use a normal bath towel, cut in half.  I took my co-worker shopping and she helped me pick out the towel, the fabric, and the ribbon.  I then took the supplies home and got busy.  I gave it to her at another friend's birthday party so she wouldn't expect a gift. 

First, the look on the recipient's face when I surprised her with it!


Another picture of the surprised recipient.


Here's the happy recipient posing with the rolled up changing pad.


A blurry picture of the stitching on the binding, with the changing pad rolled up.


Laid out flat.


With ruler, so you can get an idea of how long the longest side is.


All nice and rolled up, sleeping bag style.


I also made a tag for it, which basically said it was made by me! Smiley  Thanks for looking!  Comments and criticism welcome!


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25  Victorian-Equestrian Mother's Day gift in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by christian_cowgirlGSR on: May 07, 2009 06:05:42 AM
For mother's day this year, I wanted to make my mom something.  The hard part was deciding what to make for her.  I originally wanted to make a picture quilt for her, but decided that would be too difficult.  Then, I thought I'd embroider a poem or song onto a pillow for her, but discarded this idea when i took the time constraint into account.  Two weeks just didn't seem long enough to get all of the embroidery and sewing done.  So, I finally settled on making this bag.  I actually found the idea for this victorian, equestrian-esque bag long before mother's day and thought of my mom when I saw it, but I quickly forgot about it with everything that was going on.  Thankfully, I remembered it before it was too late.  I found the tutorial for how to do make this bag here: http://www.etsy.com/storque/how-to/how-tuesday-applique-a-cameo-tote-3352/.  I spent several hours every day for several days working on this trying to get it done by this past weekend.  I made a trip home this past weekend and wanted to give my mom her gift a little early since I wouldn't see her on mother's day.  She seemed to like the bag when I gave it to her!  Well, enough chat.  On to the pictures!

This is a closeup of the front of the bag.


The whole bag.


The front with the top pulled back a little to expose the lining on the inside.


The inside of the bag.


If I were to make another one of these, I would applique the details onto the front in a different order.  I think I would probably applique the black onto the front of the bag.  Then, I would applique the white on top of the black and then finally add the horse head silhouette.  I would also make the black section a little bigger, so there's a slightly larger black border around the white.  Somewhere I saw someone had recommended using an ironed coffee filter to stabilize the fabric a little so it doesn't wrinkle really bad when appliqued.  I've found that that idea really works, but I don't remember where I saw it to give credit to the proper person.
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26  Wedding picture to wall hanging. in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by christian_cowgirlGSR on: March 30, 2009 07:48:54 AM
I discovered craftster several months back.  Since I joined, I have seen many peoples' good ideas.  Several people posted rasturbated images from The Rasturbator ( http://homokaasu.org/rasterbator/ ).  I really liked this idea and began thinking about it while looking at some of the pictures in the photo gallery on The Rasturbator.  One of my friends was married two weeks before me and one of their gifts was a framed piece of fabric with the words "Always Kiss Me Goodnight" on it.  I really liked that saying and have been looking for a way to use it on something of my own.  This is what I came up with.



I moved the furniture around in my bedroom so I could hang the wall hanging on the wall above the bed.  I'm sorry about the blurriness of these photos.  My camera didn't seem to like taking pictures of the rasturbated image.



This is a pretty dark picture of the corner detail.


This is a close-up of the rasturbated portion of the wall hanging.  If I do another wall hanging like this, I'll definitely be more careful not to let the iron-on transfer papers overlap each other when I iron the image onto the fabric.  I think there are gaps in the image because I overlapped a couple of the pages just a little bit...


To make the wall hanging, I used a wedding picture that one of my friends took.  This is the original picture:


And, this is the picture after I edited it.  I used Picnik ( www.picnik.org ) to edit this picture.  It is backwards because I used iron-on transfers to transfer the image to the fabric.


Thanks for looking!  I would love to hear what you think about my wall hanging.  Please be honest!
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