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31  Re: Hair Accessories Swap (signups 6-12-6-24, sendouts 7-30) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by dulcet on: June 29, 2011 10:12:49 AM
Lovely timing--Hobby Lobby has blank hair accessories for 50% off right now.

I don't remember who suggested that we all post pictures of our hair, but here's mine.

Cue "You're So Vain" by Carly Simon.
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32  artificial fading? in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by dulcet on: December 03, 2010 12:49:53 PM
I bought this abfab 80's dress at a garage sale.  It's all velvety on top, with a satin mermaid skirt including netting underneath for volume.  I want to cut off the poufy skirt to use by itself.  But this stripey fading is only on the front.

The back is the original deep purple without the pink fading.  I think it's probably from sun exposure.  I don't mind the fading, but it looks funny just in front.  So anyone know how I could artificially fade the rayon/acetate satin?
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33  sunburst in greens and turquoises in Quilting: Completed Projects by dulcet on: September 27, 2010 11:02:01 AM
So I finally finished the quilt that I started for my brother's wedding...two years ago.  But they loved it, so all's well that ends well.  I got the pattern from "Royal Stars of the States" by Eula Long.  This woman drafted a star pattern for each of the 50 United States.  This is Virginia.  

Most of the fabrics are from my Grandma's stash that I inherited.  

If you can't tell, their favorite colors are green and turquoise.  The fabric for the background and backing are the same as the center medallion.

I've also made Ohio (my profile pic) and Utah, each for a sibling's wedding, each over a year late.  Maybe I'll start another now, even though the two left don't have prospects, yet. =)

(My apologies for the tiny pictures.  Any suggestions on making them show larger?)

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34  Re: I Heart Headbands! Swap in The Swap Gallery by dulcet on: September 27, 2010 10:34:16 AM
I've come up with another way to store my headbands, and thought I'd share.  Just a heavy, narrow vase.  I've got nine in it here, and could fit a couple more. 

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35  Re: I Heart Headbands! Swap in The Swap Gallery by dulcet on: September 19, 2010 01:01:42 PM
I received from rosyposie yesterday.  It's a flower from some cute fabric.

Thanks!  I hope you get mine soon, I don't know what's taking it so long.
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36  Re: I Heart Headbands! Swap in The Swap Gallery by dulcet on: September 17, 2010 02:06:21 PM
Woohoo!  I received my headband from edenkitty!  It's got cute, red, vintage buttons wired onto it.  With that flower one, it'll go nicely with my new skirt that's a red Hawaiian print.

Sorry my pictures are always so small.  Don't know how to adjust that.
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37  Re: I Heart Headbands! Swap in The Swap Gallery by dulcet on: September 13, 2010 08:23:46 PM
It is just too fun getting packages in the mail!  I received from mymymissmai today.

My daughter gasped when she saw it.  I think she'll probably be wearing it tomarrow.

Now I  have a question.

Does anyone have any ideas for some kind of holder for storing the headbands?  I don't have a drawer to throw them in, and I probably wouldn't even if I did. (My husband says that I should get a model head from the movie Alien, but I just don't have the space for it.)

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38  Re: I Heart Headbands! Swap in The Swap Gallery by dulcet on: September 12, 2010 08:04:33 PM
I actually received my package from nmcakemom07 on Thursday, but had told myself that I couldn't open any packages until I made and sent out all my headbands.  Torture, but good motivation.  I made it to the post office on Sat.  And then imagine my surprise when I opened up my package and found four cute headbands!

Here's a closer view of the purple one.

It's funny that nmcakemom07 sent me four, because when I came up with what I thought was the perfect idea to make for her, it was so simple that it felt like cheating.  So I made a second one and threw it in for good measure!  Total karma!  Thanks nmcakemom07!
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39  kusudama in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by dulcet on: May 27, 2010 02:22:55 PM
I saw the kusudama tutorial on foldingtrees quite a while ago, and loved it.  
It's really simple to do, it just takes time to fold 60 units, then glue them all together.
I used pages from a thrifted Japanese book.

Here you can see the basic unit or petal (farthest right).  You glue five units into a flower.  Then six flowers into a hemisphere.  (I started with papers 4" square.)

Finally, you glue two hemispheres into a ball, traditionally with a string loop for hanging in between, but I used a bamboo skewer instead.  It was tricky getting the two halfs to stay positioned so that all those surfaces were touching while the glue was still wet, so I used bobbypins.

It looks nice in a vase, but in my head I imagine it displayed with the skewer placed between books on a full shelf.  I gave it to a friend for her birthday, and never tried it with the books.

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40  ballet fairy wings in Costumes: Completed Projects by dulcet on: May 21, 2010 09:02:12 PM
In exchange for a discount on ballet lessons, I used my fledgling skills to help make costumes.  I've been wanting to make wings, so when the instructor told me they needed fairy costumes I was so excited.  I didn't even have to buy the supplies!

The two biggest mistakes I learned from:  1. Make sure you don't buy the knee-highs with reinforced toes!  They didn't show up much from the stage, but they would've been much better without.  ***2. Don't make each wing separately!***  When you assemble them they will swivel individually and just not work.  I ended up taking them apart and twisting the wires together, which wasted hours.  Instead, just do the wire for all four wings in the set in one long, zig-zag piece.  It'll spring apart and drive you crazy until you get the hose over it and all wrapped together, but it's much better that way.

I got to make eight sets and they're each a little different.  To color them, first I drew lines/swirls/veins on them with Sharpie permanent markers, then sprayed the lines with rubbing alcohol.  The alcohol grabs the color and spreads it.  Once that was dry, I sprayed them with egg dye that I bought on clearance after Easter.  I couldn't resist hanging them out on the clothesline to dry!

Then I fancied them up with glitter and gems.  Around the bar in the middle of the wings is a tab of grosgrain ribbon.  That gets pinned to the dancer's leotard, with a big flower to hide it.  It worked out pretty well.

Here's my favorite pair.

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