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151  Re: Scrapbook Cookbook Swap Round 3 Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by najaorama on: March 22, 2010 10:30:05 PM
Got home from dance class and not only had the darling boy made dinner but my package from New Zealand was on the table!!!!!! (Look on only if you promise to forgive my sweats)

The gadgets are a handy Bakers Helper, a perfect sized cake pan, and the cutest spatula I have ever seen and a set of coasters. There is also a bag Eskimos, not real ones lolly ones for the lolly cake recipe.  The cook book is a great calendar/day planner/cook book by a mother son team. I have it on good authority that they are a New Zealand institution. There is also a great calendar of New Zealand symbols.

The scrap book is great. Why? Because the sections are tabbed and laminated and there are pictures of the foods in process. The Rotoura Mud Cake recipe also says there is no actual mud in this cake. Carmen and I clearly have the same warped sense of humor Wink

Now for the crafted item. I thought I was pretty hot stuff repurposing a vintage dress into an apron for her, until I saw the apron she made me.
(maybe the least flattering pic I have ever taken)

It is hard to tell in the pictures but the fabric is a great sea shell print and the appliqu is of a Pikorua the traditional Maori pendant of friendship and growth depicting two shoots growing together, the joining of cultures. How do I know that? Because I have a calendar of Maori symbols. Did I mention the matching potholder?

This swap was so much fun and Carmen was such a great partner. I love everything.
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152  one yard slouchy purse in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by najaorama on: March 21, 2010 12:23:18 PM
I treated myself to the book everyone seems to be raving about One yard wonders and I have to admit its pretty awesome. I was so excited I then treated myself to a bunch of 1 yard pieces of fabric.

This is my first creation. The book is pretty simple but its also a good lesson in reading instructions without pictures (oh yes I had to rip a few seams) but its like a puzzle and you end up with a cool bag afterward. I also modified the pattern a bit for the closure. I love fabric buttons.

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153  wildflower pincushion in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by najaorama on: March 17, 2010 01:18:50 PM
does this topic go here?

Hi everyone.
We moved into our new place and we are into the second week of our decision not to get TV. I also have a resolution to use up the fat quarters I have been collecting (note I am not a quilter) so I found this great pattern to use up my free time and some scraps. It looks much more complicated that it is. It was so easy in fact that I made two. The one on the bottom was my first try. I think the fabric patterns are too busy next to each other so I made another that I like a lot better. I also fudged the bottom of the first pretty bad. What with the move and all I havent done any real sewing for a while. I feel like I am getting my sea legs back. I forgot to mention that the pincushion is huge 6 across. Hopefully its too big to get lost in my sewing box
 Wink hey my smilie has a hat!

Anyway, I would really suggest the pattern to anyone with bits of fabric too small to do anything else with, but too cool to get rid of. I had to sign up at Better home and Gardens to get the pattern but it didnt cost anything. http://www.bhg.com/crafts/sewing/projects/wild-flower-pincushion/

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154  Cattail Shower in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by najaorama on: March 09, 2010 08:56:03 AM
We just closed on out first house and that means that I can permanently change things. Grin Grin Grin

We 99.999% love the house. One of the things I really wanted to change is the doors to our big beautiful shower. It felt a bit like a fish tank, but we still wanted to be able to see out. We could have upgraded to a frosted glass but it would have cost $1000 which didnt seem right. So I found these vinyl cattails that are supposed to be for wall decoration and I used glass etching cream from the craft store and sponged it on.

I am really pleased with how it turned out. The original plan was to take the vinyl off but I like it so much I have left them on. We will see what happens over time. I dont think the final pic quite does it justice.


just cattails

one side sponged

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155  Buttercup pattern+1hour=major daughter-in-law to be points in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by najaorama on: March 04, 2010 01:05:03 PM

While calling my soon to be mother in law this morning she subtly dropped the hint that today is her birthday. That means that my no account fianc forgot his moms birthday.

After some quick looking around I had half yards of a bunch of fabric and a Butter cup pattern and tada a great birthday gift and card! Sewed it before work and took it to her at lunch.

Oh my kung fu is good. Wink

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156  Re: Scrapbook Cookbook Swap Round 3 (SignUp:Jan 24 to Feb 8 Due: Mar 19) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by najaorama on: March 03, 2010 01:40:03 PM
Package away!!!!!!!
And I don't have a teaser but I do have the original book I made. It's a cute Idea I just didn't quite like it enough to finish.

sorry for the sideways pic.

wait it might not be sideways after all  Undecided
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157  Naja's Diy vintage wedding thread 3/9/10 update with THE DRESS in Weddings and Bridal Showers by najaorama on: February 26, 2010 10:02:02 AM
Erick and I just closed on our house (got the keys Monday)!!!!
With that done now I can start planning our wedding which will be June 20th 2010.

As you can imagine we spent all of our money buying the house so we will be doing this very frugally.  It will be small about 60 guests and the ceremony will be at a park with the reception at our home nearby.

Sent save the dates (will post soon) but I really wanted to start this thread because I saw this guest book idea at Martha Stewart http://www.marthastewartweddings.com/photogallery/25-guest-book-ideas#slide_5

I just bought this typewriter on e-bay for $10!!!! Im so excited I could pee. I also e-mailed around and of course they dont make the ribbon anymore but they make a ribbon that fits that I can wrap around the existing pools.

Of course after shipping and ribbon the whole thing is more like $60 (more than I would have spent on a book) but I end up with a working vintage typewriter and there are so many things I can do with the paper people write on. Im wicked excited!

Hey wanna see the wedding website I made for free? Yes free including online RSVP? Here it is http://najaanderick.weebly.com/ It was super easy to make (I am not a web designer). If you have questions on how, shoot me a message.

And now save the dates as promised. I designed business card sized STD's (oh that looks bad lets call them "dates") using the Photoshop that came with my printer and a free image from graphics fairy. Haven't been? You should go http://graphicsfairy.blogspot.com/

Then I went to Office Max and they have business card sized magnets 100 for $21. I enlisted my bridesmaids (who have better hand writing than I do) and added two rubber stamps. All in all I spent about $50 for 100 "dates" not counting postage. Pretty cool I think. I like that information is vague I really want people to go to the website. And I love love love that it's a fridge magnet.

I was looking at vintage dresses and found this one on ETSY...and...I...lo ve...it.
It's just what I was looking for without knowing what I was looking for. It's pretty and feminine, white but not white white, unique, and summery. Great for June. I am thinking a string of fresh water pearls to wrap in my hair, but who knows. Did I mention the dress was only $42? I found it at 8 pm, kept looking at vintage dresses until 1am, went to bed, then got up at 6 and bought it. I hope it fits. It should from the measurements. ok I'm am shutting up now so you can see the dress...

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158  Re: Henna post take 2 in Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects by najaorama on: February 26, 2010 07:46:07 AM
Here is the final stain. I don't think it will get darker. I just love being decorated.

Bon- I am almost totally self taught. I would check out The Henna Page http://www.hennapage.com/
It's like Craftster for mehndi. There is a ton of information and the people in the forum are super friendly and helpful. Oh and beware it is addicting  Wink
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159  Henna post take 2 in Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects by najaorama on: February 25, 2010 08:18:22 AM
I haven't done henna in a long time (too long) and I had cones just sitting in the freezer so last night i did a simple flowery thing. 
I kept the paste on overnight and the last pics were taken just now at work. Already turning a gorgeous  orange. Should be red by tonight.  Cheesy
Sorry for the cruddy phone pictures.
oh and please ignore my ugly bitten nails.

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160  THIS APRON AND I DID BATTLE! in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by najaorama on: February 22, 2010 09:54:27 AM
This is an apron I originally made for the cookbook 3 swap but it didnt come out neat enough to give away. I learned a lot in the process and made something similar for the swap.


It was such a simple idea. Take a vintage dress (size 0) and make a kitsch apron out of it. But the construction of the dress made it much harder. The second one I made (will post pictures when swap is done) was much easier. First of all the darling vintage dress I found at the thrift store must not have been stored properly because as I started to use a seam ripper the fabric just pulled apart (this would be a problem throughout the project). I ended up cutting and that made the seams messy. Then the skirt of the dress is pleated which meant I couldnt just cut and re-gather.

I cut a band from the bottom to make the ties which are long enough to wrap and tie in front. As much trouble as I had I am really pleased with how it came out. The front looks great even though the back looks like The Apron of Frankenstein.

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