I have to brag on my husband! When he said he was making something for me for our Anniversary, I had no clue it was this awesome!
Every time he rides his bike to work, he brings home metal stuff from the side of the road. We've been talking about him making something from them for quite a while. A few months ago, he got a crash course on welding from our neighbor who just happens to have a mig welder. So a couple weeks ago when he started spending a lot of hours at the neighbor's house, I figured he had a project going. He said it was a surprise. I told him I hate surprises. He told me I'd like this one! Man, was he ever right!
Can you imagine waking up to this in your front yard?!
The only things he purchased were the half-spheres, which are pipe caps. The eye-stalk in mounted in part of a truck hitch, and swivels up and down. The arm without the laser is made from a jack, and telescopes out. The head is a propane tank sliced up, with pieces of our broken garage-door-opener spring on top. The whole thing is four and a half feet tall.
I decided to get a head start on ballet costumes for next performance. So this week I made 15 yards of 1" wide piping. The cord was purchased, but the fabric came from a bedspread (or maybe tablecloth?) from my grandma. Thing is, I ended up cutting waaay too much bias -- I have another 12 yards of it!
Good luck CLM. I would be terrified to move after being in our house for so long.
I have managed to clear about a cubic foot of space on my "sewing bench." This included sorting my buttons and threading together the sets, a lot of mending which I normally avoid at all costs, and finishing these two projects--
Two Halloweens ago I started a prototype/muslin for my son's costume. Halfway through I knew it wasn't what I wanted and stopped. Today I finished it off. This jacket is made totally from stash. Of course I was determined to just get it done and usable, so I skipped putting in a zipper or any other type of closure. But it has pockets, so who cares!
Also a couple years ago, I made this small quilt sandwich to practice free-motion quilting. Couldn't just throw it away. I decided that it would be the perfect size for a dolly blanket. While looking for binding I realized that the 70's fold-over eyelet stuff I had from my hubby's grandma would be just the thing. DD put it right to use.
I'm feeling pretty good. And I have an offer. I came across my daisy-loom while cleaning. I tried it out when I first got it, but it's been sitting around for years now. It's time to pass it along. If anyone would like to have it, just PM me.
I've only gotten a few things de-stashed since school got out. I did finish reconstructing my daughter's yo-yo blanket. I ended up dropping the feed-dogs on my sewing machine, and doing a wide zigzag to tack the yo-yos to the new backing. I tacked each yo-yo in six spots around the edges or where they butted up to each other. Clear as mud? Well she's pleased and it seems to be holding together.
I also finally finished off the box of trousers that's been haunting me. Since I used all the blues in the blankets and the rug before, I was left with browns, blacks, and greens. They were mostly cut into 3" strips already, so I did the rest that way. I just made more blankets backed with double-knit. This time I left the backing an inch wider all the way around, folded it to the front, and stitched it down. I ended up with a twin-sized blanket, and two lap blankets that will probably go in the car trunk for emergencies. They all pretty much look the same.
Of course, the next day my son brought me two pairs or trousers with holes in the knees and asked me to turn them into cut-offs. I refuse to make more blankets. We don't need more, and I don't know that many people who would be happy to get something made out of some one else's worn out clothing. Argh.
I enjoy sewing costumes for my girls' ballet studio, but I am sooo glad it's done! Of course, I was still sewing an hour before the performance. And I did use some of my stash. All of the visible layers of Snow White's costume were from stash. (There was also a lace layer on top of a classical/pancake tutu that she changed into before the prince kissed her--no photo.)
And the black jacquard that I finally settled on for the Evil Queen's bodice.
There were also two pageboys with tam O'shanters and pantaloons made from a burgundy crepe-backed satin from my stash. But no pictures of those. I was so busy in the back with costume changes and then putting away that I didn't get the chance to take pictures of many dancers. And I made several more costumes, but they were from new materials or studio stash.
Now I need to reorganize my sewing bench because I didn't put anything away properly for the last two months or so. And then I can get back to finishing my UFOs and other fun stash-busting.
This is a great pattern for using up those partial skeins I've got laying about. And it's so quick that I made three of them this afternoon. I hope it's okay to sell them at a fundraising auction. I didn't see any copyright notice on the pattern. None of the "don't sell anything made from this pattern--personal use only" kinda' stuff. Anyway..they turned out super cute in neon pink, lime, denim. And I made one in sport yarn with a G hook, which should fit a toddler. Thanks Maria!
So I made a few for a fund-raising auction coming up this weekend. I made one with smaller yarn and hook, but now I'm not sure what size to call it. I'm going to have to accost a neighbor with a baby so I can figure out if it's newborn or toddler or what.
Taramor--you've sure been busy. And well worth it.
CLM--I have the coffee table that gave me stitches when I was little, so I understand the sentiment!
In between using little bits of stash on ballet, I've finished one of my UFO's. Kind of. I had 15 cheap, plastic leis from various activities, and when one started to unravel I realized that they were ready-made plarn! So with all this colorful stuff, I decided to crochet a rug for the weathered floor of the treehouse.
I wasn't too fond of working with the stuff. It doesn't slide along the hook, so takes more manual manipulation and tired out my hand. And after all that, this is what I ended up with.
See that shoe? This rug is only about 8 x 36! I would need about 40 more leis to make a decent size. And that still wouldn't cover the floor. I might still put it our there just because the kids knew I was making it and were excited. And at least that's some stash used I guess.
lovesclutter--I sure wish I could help. Good luck.
Here's my latest finished UFO. My husband almost exclusively wears twill pants (think Dockers). About 10 years ago I started cutting up the old ones into 3" strips. So I had a few. This month I sewed all the black and blue strips together very randomly, cut that into thirds, and threw it all into a bag in the car to braid while I waited. I finished the braiding on Friday. It was about 69 feet long. Yesterday afternoon I laced it into a rug, about 36" across. I didn't do a proper finish on it because I'm trying to convince myself that I will add to it as I get more pants. I'm not thrilled with it, and some of it looks decidedly awkward, but it's serviceable.
So I make my daughters Easter dresses every year, but this year I decided to go with skirts. I decided to use up some of the medium sized scraps I have by making them a little scrappy. I thought they would be simple since they're just rectangles and triangles. But once again I proved to myself that I really work better from a pattern. I do think that they turned out super cute, after some frustration. And they are totally from stash. I'm particularly pleased that I used up every possibly usable bit of the red poppies--a couple of those panels were pieced together, but you can only tell if you know to look.