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1  California / California: Central / Anybody make/know where to buy resin cabochons in Modesto/Surrounding areas? on: May 14, 2010 11:40:13 PM
Heyyy all! Okay. I just got a big order on Etsy last minute... and I'm out of the resin cabochons I need!
I'm asking my supplier if she can overnight them, but incase she can't, anybody know where I can buy them in Modesto and the surrounding areas?? I'd even be willing to drive out to San Fran/Sacramento, etc.
Or anybody near here make/have them?
thanks so much guys Smiley!!
2  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Introduce Yourself / Hey! I'm not completely new... but. on: September 02, 2009 01:34:57 PM
I'm not completely new, but I've just never posted here. So I guess now is the time Tongue!
You can call me Curls. Most do.
I've lurked for years before actually getting an account. And I usually don't post much of my stuff (shame on me!) but I comment on lots of other peoples! I like to get into just about everything, sewing, jewelery making, baking, paper crafts, etc, etc. I could go on and on. I would reeeeallly love to learn soap-making! But I haven't got into that JUST yet.
Anyways, HELLOOOOO! Cheesy
3  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions / making a bib, I kinda need some help? on: August 07, 2009 05:00:08 PM
I posted this in the Baby Showers and Gifts For New Babies board too, but it seems like more people frequent this one?

So I've made a bib before... for a doll... So it was pretty tiny. But now a friend's friend is having a baby (due in September!) and I offered to make the new baby a few things as a gift. As long as I get pictures of the cutie in the stuff!  That's not wrong for pay, right?
Anyways. I was wondering if anybody could give me an idea of how big to make the neck area of the bib? I'd like to do them with a snap closure, instead of ties.
Any sizes you could give me would do. Like, newborn? A few months? Toddler? Does it ever change? =P

And what types of absorbent material have you mamas found works best for messes? And I was thinking of making a little pocket on them, because I've heard that mom's find those easy to clean up? Any other information?
And would the same absorbent material you say works for bibs, be best for burp cloths too? And if I covered those in a cute print material, what would work best? Soft cotton? Flannel? Etc, etc.

My mom doesn't understand why I want to use cute material if she's just going to puke all over it but I don't care. This is what I would want if it were my baby! Something adorable to be thrown up on.

I don't have a baby yet (FAR future). So please excuse my lack of knowledge.

Thank you for helping! Smiley
4  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies / Bib help? on: August 07, 2009 04:05:13 PM
So I've made a bib before... for a doll... So it was pretty tiny. But now a friend's friend is having a baby (due in September!) and I offered to make the new baby a few things as a gift. As long as I get pictures of the cutie in the stuff! Tongue That's not wrong for pay, right?
Anyways. I was wondering if anybody could give me an idea of how big to make the neck area of the bib? I'd like to do them with a snap closure, instead of ties.
Any sizes you could give me would do. Like, newborn? A few months? Toddler? Does it ever change? =P

And what types of absorbent material have you mamas found works best for messes? And I was thinking of making a little pocket on them, because I've heard that mom's find those easy to clean up? Any other information?
And would the same absorbent material you say works for bibs, be best for burp cloths too? And if I covered those in a cute print material, what would work best? Soft cotton? Flannel? Etc, etc.

My mom doesn't understand why I want to use cute material if she's just going to puke all over it but I don't care. This is what I would want if it were my baby! Something adorable to be thrown up on.

I don't have a baby yet (FARRRR future). So please excuse my lack of knowledge.

Thank you for helping! Smiley
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / neckline/complete prom-y/party/concert dress help?! kinda urgent. on: July 28, 2009 02:58:36 PM
So, uh, the procrastinator that I am... well, I'm supposed to go to a concert in exactly a week (not counting today and the concert date, August 5th)... Guess what I figured out while folding all my clean laundry and digging through my boxes of unpacked clothes (we just moved)? Yeah, you guessed it. I have NOTHING. TO. WEAR.
So what's a crafty chica to do?! She decides to make her own. Well, wants to, but not that advanced, so will settle for a recon! Tongue

A lot of you wonderful and talented ladies on here helped me get my sewing machine to work awhile back, and I've been sewing up a storm (projects I will post later since they were mostly for my best friend and I don't want her to stumble on here and find them before they get mailed off to her!). Can you maybe help me now?

I got a green prom dress from a friend about a year ago because she hated that it sat in her closet untouched for months and hoped I could put it to use, giving me permission to chop it up if required. It's two pieces (are all prom dresses this way?). The top/bodice part is one, zips up in the back. Then there's a long skirt, zips up in the back. There's just one problem here... The bodice top won't zip all the way. And the skirt's a little snug at my hips, but fits enough to zip. Does that make sense? I don't have a picture of the actual dress at the moment, because we just moved and I need to find which box it's actually located in...

But I googled prom dresses, and eventually found the one that most resembles it... and it's this one, minus that sparkly band thingy under her boobs, and I don't have that shawl thing she's holding either.
http://i65.photobucket.com/albums/h217/julie_wentz/2008-prom-dress-4.jpg


Okay, finally, question numero uno! (and that is the extent of my Spanish!)

I want to make that neckline look like the one on this dress, just not as deep, (but I'd add fabric behind that V) in hopes it'll give me room enough to zip up that extra 3-4 inches that WON'T zip on the dress?
http://i65.photobucket.com/albums/h217/julie_wentz/necklineiwant.jpg

How exactly would I go about doing that? I figured I either cut a slit in the center, or cut the whole V shape into the center? Or is there a better way to make it fit than this?

And with the skirt, I'd like for it to be kinda poofy. Using the extra fabric from the skirt of the dress because I hate long dresses.
So I'd like the skirt to be similar to either of these;
http://i65.photobucket.com/albums/h217/julie_wentz/dress8.jpg

OR

http://i65.photobucket.com/albums/h217/julie_wentz/dress5.jpg

Which would be a bit faster in your opinion? And how would I do that? Would there be enough fabric on the dress?
I have a 1/2 yard or so of white prom-y fabric left that I bought at JoAnn's awhile back for something else that I never got around to (that'd be the fabric I'd place behind the V).

I'm so sorry for the novel I typed you.

I'm crossing my fingers some of you can help me!
6  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Help please?! It won't pick up the bottom thread! on: June 18, 2009 06:18:04 PM
I'm about to throw all the sewing machines in the house in the street and let a car smash them. We have a few different ones, and I can't seem to get the needle to pick up the bottom thread ON ANY OF THEM!

Here we go; My brother was threading my very first sewing machine for me and then I'd just use it (he tried to teach me, but of course when I did it his way, it still didn't work for me...). But now he's moved out, and I've been hand sewing since. So I thought I'd ask you guys! Smiley. I know that it's got to be me, since I can't thread any of them, so I took pictures of how I do the bobbin thingy (man I sound like a TOTAL professional). I followed the manual, and it still won't pick it up!

If any of you can help me I would be eternally grateful and name this machine after you ( =p! maybe it doesn't like it's current name...I named it Banana when we got it).


[I apologize in advance for the crappy pictures... I tried to adjust some of them but my camera is still broken from killing it at a concert.]



The machine is a Brother LS-2125 ^ That's it!


Bobbin.


Bobbin case thing.


Then I put the bobbin in bobbin case thing.


Then I pull the thread like this.


Then I bring it over beneath that clip.


And in it goes!


It is in. I try and try to get the needle to pick it up and it does not cooperate with me.

Please help me out?
7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Quote/Comic-ish wallet. on: June 08, 2009 11:34:20 AM
I clipped out a bunch of things I liked out of Teen Vogue, but I hate just having a ziploc of clippings. So some of those have now become a wallet Smiley I can actually fit dollar bills and my phone in here and close it! haha.

sorry for the grainy-ness Sad I have no idea what my camera is doing lately. I think I broke it.


front


back
it says "You can't judge anyone for what they've done BECAUSE PEOPLE CHANGE" it was a Leighton Meester quote:)


Open&Inside! The little clipping inside are lyrics from a Carrie Underwood song Smiley
8  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / Super Honey to the rescue! [puppy cape!] on: June 08, 2009 10:20:50 AM
This cape is all hand-sewn, even the 'H' on the cape! And the 'H' is actually pieced together bias tape.

I love this shot, it's like she's in action.


The cape+a close up of the H.



Smiley
9  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / Ruffly little puppy dresses. on: June 08, 2009 10:08:52 AM
I made my mom's pup, Honey, a cute little dress. After my brother's girlfriend seen it and liked it so much, I decided to make her puppy one as well.

Honey!;



Coco! My bro's girlfriend was excited (that's her, holding Coco);




Here's a picture of the two dresses laying together. As you can see, Coco is much bigger than Honey, hahaha Tongue
And Honey's dress isn't crooked/lopsided, it was just the way it was laying and my camera was dying so I didn't take my chances wasting time adjusting it.=P




I'm pretty proud of myself considering these are the first two pet clothing items I've ever made.
Thank you for looking!
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / A new dress out of two shirts!=D on: June 07, 2009 08:18:14 PM
So I made this cute little baby out of a green shirt, and the bottom of a white/green babydoll top that was too big to wear as a shirt...but the perfect size for my hips! It's a little bit short, so I'm thinking I could wear it as a bathing suit cover, maybe? Or just around the house or something. But I was incredibly proud of it! This was my first clothing article I made =D

Oh! And it's NOT all sideways like that, the skirt part, I think that was the way it was hanging or something. When it's on, it's all straight, promise Smiley

Pictureeeee!;


(please don't mind my zebra headband, I forget why that was there...)
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