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51  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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52  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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53  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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54  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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55  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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56  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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57  Easter dress (just a couple more) in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by dulcet on: April 09, 2010 09:42:36 AM

I love both these fabrics.  I modified a pattern I inherited from my Grandma (Simplicity 8544).  This actually only vaguely resembles what I had originally pictured in my head.  They are a little big, but hopefully that means the girls can wear them longer. 

I love my ruffler-foot.  Wouldn't have even attempted this without it.  My ruffler-foot didn't like being fed taffeta.  But I made it stay at the machine until it finished everything on its plate! 

Normally I don't condone looking up  skirts.

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58  icosahedron dice bag in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by dulcet on: September 22, 2009 07:09:04 PM
So I saw the tutorial for a 20-sided dice bag over on evilmadscientist.  I knew I had to make it for my honey.  He's been gaming for a couple decades.  It was only about a week late for his birthday.  

It took quite a few hours.  Think about it--20 pieces for the outside, 20 for the lining, 20 of interfacing.  Then I decided to put it an invisible zipper that was too long.  I don't know if it was because it wasn't a regular zip, or because of the angles it has to go around, but it's tricky to open.  I still think it looks better.  The lining was also a real bear to deal with.  I think it actually ended up bigger than the outside when I first sewed it up.  I redid it and managed to get it to sit inside reasonably well.  And I really wish I had found stiffer interfacing.  But we uses whats we gots.

I used my husband's 20-sided die to make sure I got the numbers on the corresponding faces.  I even made them face the same directions as on the die.  Yes, I am made of awesome.  It was all worth it, because he loved it.  When I gave it to him, he popped all his dice in it right away, and took it to gaming that night.

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59  knit together as one in CHALLENGE 40 ENTRIES by dulcet on: July 03, 2009 10:25:42 AM
A while ago I saw the knit paintings of goshdarnknit (Rania Hassan) on Poppytalk Handmade (now she's on Etsy).
Wow!  But I thought they would look even better if they were more 3-D and mixed media.

Aren't tripods and timers great?  I never would've gotten a picture of myself knitting otherwise.  (That's #10 crochet thread on #1 needles.)

This represents my husband and me.  I love the intertwined cables.  (The inscription that you can barely read says "...knit together as one...Judges 20:11.")

I cut around my hands in the photo and stuck them to the knitting.  The "needles" are bamboo skewers with beads on the ends.

Then I made/gathered little trinkets to attach to the knitting.  I included things that we both like (sushi), individual hobbies (swimming), and some sentimental momentos (a tag from a rosebush he bought me).  Most of them are attached with jump rings.

I wish that I'd had the endurance to knit a longer piece--I had more things I wanted to hang on there.  But those little needles were a strain on my hands after a while.

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60  camo dress in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by dulcet on: June 23, 2009 07:23:44 PM
I've had this dress in my head for a while.  It's a variation on my 1966 McCall's 8269 that I've used twice before.  And I adore this fabric.

I separated the yoke from the sleeves, and made the sleeves one piece with a little bit of gather and a cuff at the bottom.  (The sleeves didn't turn out as puffy as I'd wanted, but I'm fine with that.)  I was going to split the yoke in front, but the fabric didn't have enough body to make it look good.  So I had to sew it closed, which resulted in that smidgen of a V-neck.  The back is the same as the front, except for the center seam.

I added a fitted, A-line skirt from just under the bust.  I like it.

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