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81  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / THIS APRON AND I DID BATTLE! 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This is an apron I originally made for the cookbook 3 swap but it didnt come out neat enough to give away.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.

82  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Valentine's Day / I made my valentine at work on: February 12, 2010 12:17:43 PM
We are closing on out first home next week so we really cant justify spending a lot on Valentines Day. I made my valentine for him at work using stuff that was either free or that I had already (except the $4.99 chocolate).

I used this template from Martha Stewart http://www.marthastewart.com/article/paper-heart-wrappings?backto=true&backtourl=/photogallery/valentines-day-decor#slide_40 and printed it on plain red paper we had in the office. Then I folded the hearts and stamped them with a stamp I already had.

Then I printed cute sayings I found on the net on card stock also from the office. You cant tell but they say fun things like I promise not to let you do anything crazyalone. And I am a mess without you. The glue stick was from the office too.

Then I tied them to his favorite chocolate. It usually comes in an orange the size of a baseball that you whack to break apart (I think the whacking is his favorite part) but they have a strawberry flavor for valentines.

I brought cheap black ribbon from home and tied it all together and ta daa. Im pretty pleased with how it came out. Did I mention I used the office camera to take these pics?

83  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / 2 bistro aprons in 2 hours. Status: pleased with myself. on: February 12, 2010 08:18:56 AM
So I remembered on Saturday morning that there was a dual b-day party for my friends that evening. One  friend has a thing about experimental martinis. The last one I tried was a BLT martini with lettuce infused vodka (not my favorite) so I make her a lettuce apron. My other friend is a bad ass river raft guide so I made her a river apron.

 2 bistro aprons in 2 hours. Status: pleased with myself.

84  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Skirt thats MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE on: January 22, 2010 08:59:05 AM
I bought my boyfriend transformers pjs on clearance at Target for $4.98. He loved the t-shirt but the pants were a bit much. While I couldnt argue with that, I love the fabric pattern. So I made them into this skirt using a modification of this tutorial  http://www.savvyseams.com/clothing/jeanskirt.php. And while sewing I got a chance to look closely at the fabric and it says creepy things like extinction to traitors and. we all die someday. The skirt came out super cute (if I say so myself). Status: pleased

85  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Apron CSI on: January 18, 2010 08:40:07 AM
My best friend got her criminal justice degree last year and just now got a job with our police dept. doing fingerpring analysis. I think it's the coolest thing ever and I found a remnant of this great crime scene tape fabric so I decided to make her a kitsch apron. I am pretty pleased with it partly because she loved it and partly because I did it with out a pattern. I looked at a bunch of aprons here and just sort of figured it out.

86  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies / baby shower sew-o-rama on: January 11, 2010 09:01:07 AM
My friend Kate is expecting her little girl (Ioni) in March and I finally finished the gift basket for her shower. I used fabric I got in Africa two summers ago which is especially fitting because Kate and I got to an African dance class together.

I found all of the patterns and tutorial online. If you want one let me know I think I have them all bookmarked.

Anyway here is the roll call:
2 lined washcloths
2 lined burp cloths
1 baby kimono
1 pair baby booties (utterly impractical but too cute not to give anyway)
1 bib lined in terry cloth
1 lavender pillow in slipcover with case (for mom)
1 tote

87  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / First potholders on: January 08, 2010 01:17:10 PM
I am determined to use up most of my fat quarter collection before I can get new ones. So last night I made pot holders. I didnt use a specific tutorial but I checked out a bunch to get a general idea.

I cut the quarter in quarters (giggle) then squared them and used what I cut off to make the loop. I used two layers of bamboo batting. I dont quilt so it was my fist experience sewing the lines in the middle. My first try (the blue one) had the fabric bunched at the end. You cant see it in the picture so its not too big a deal. For the second I did the lines straight across and it didnt happen as bad. I am going to guess it has something to do with bias. They were fun to make and didnt take very long at all but Im not sure I will make more until I have a gift giving occasion cuz face it, How many pot holders do you really need?   
88  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Buttercup drama on: January 07, 2010 09:03:08 AM
I am a fat quarter junkie, which is especially funny because I dont quilt. I am determined to use up some of the infuriatingly small pieces of fab fabric. I made another Buttercup bag and then enlarged the pattern for a second bag. The first bag went off just fine but I enlarged the pattern for the second 25%. This meant that I could get the outer out of one quarter the lining out of another but not enough left from either to make the strap. I ended up repurposing a green cloth napkin for the top and the straps.

On another note. I could have gotten a strap from the outer fabric if it wasnt for that #$&% label. I folded different ways and any way I worked it the wording would have shown. But Im pretty happy with the way they turned out. Enlarging the pattern really made it more useful.
89  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Hobbs as Sock Monkey on: January 07, 2010 08:47:35 AM

I saw the great crocheted Hobbs on here the other day and decided to post a picture of the Hobbs I made my fianc. Good thing his birthday is in October because I was able to get cheap orange and black stripped socks at Target.
90  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Introduce Yourself / Greetings from New Mexico on: January 02, 2010 07:27:45 AM
Greetings from New Mexico
Hi my name is Naja and I am new here and I am freaking out a little. There is so much information! It's great. I've come to the site often for ideas and inspiration but I have only been a member for just under a week. I confess to feeling like a deer in the headlights but I will get there. 

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