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1  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Schoolhouse Rock swap? on: July 16, 2012 12:23:23 PM

I haven't seen one of these, and I loved Schoolhouse Rock.  I was wondering if anyone would be interested in doing one, maybe as a one tiny thing, or a Back to Schoolhouse Rock kind of swap?
2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Steampunk cuff on: May 16, 2011 06:15:20 AM

So, I was in the M&M tube swap and thought I'd make a simple little cuff to roll up and put in the tube.  Although I got a bit carried away and it ended up too big.

I took a fabric belt, cut a piece off and attached a snap to it.  Then, I dug around and found a piece of lace that was sewn on.  As for the 'gears', I got stumped.  I tried to find old clocks or whatever and didn't have any luck.  We finally went to a flea market nearby and there was a whole red wagon full of little kiddie wind-up toys.  Bought five of them, brought them home and busted them up with a hammer (my children were mortified).  I spray painted the gears different colors (did use copper nail polish, also).  I took a tiny piece of copper wire out of an old digital alarm clock and wrapped it around the largest cog.  The little rhinestones were rescued from an old coin purse that I never used. It turned out a lot better than I had anticipated, although still a little bulky. I had never made repurposed jewelry before and it was so much fun!



3  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Lake Monster and Train Engineer on: March 24, 2011 08:29:40 PM

So, my daughter wanted to be a Lake Monster.  We dig into the stash, find the ugliest green fabric we can, and threw together this costume.  We also used aquarium plastic plants and various rubber bugs and critters.  I loved when we were digging through some old boxes in the barn and came upon the box of aquarium plants, she looked up at me and I could see the wheels turning!  I may have a crafter kid yet!  She did win her grade's costume contest.




My son was a train engineer, which was super simple.  I only had to make him a hat and find some overalls!
4  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Striped dress for friend's wedding on: March 24, 2011 08:20:25 PM

This was my first attempt at making a dress for my daugther (as far as serious clothing goes, we've been making costumes forever).  I didn't use a pattern, I just made the easy circle skirt and halter top.  It tied behind the neck.  It had a zipper up the back, I wasn't totally pleased with it, it still ended up looking 'wavy'.  She really liked it though and wanted to wear it all the time.

5  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / Cowl dress for curves on: June 01, 2010 01:28:37 PM

I'm so pleased to finally have a question to ask!  I've been lurking and found some great ideas on here, ya'll are an imaginative group!

I've got a wedding to attend and nothing to wear (surprise, surprise).  I've tried on dresses until I'm absolutely sick and despairing of finding anything to wear.  I've been looking around and was taken with this cowl dress pattern - http://www.burdastyle.com/patterns/cowl-dress-cowl-top

Has anyone had any luck with this type of dress?  This pattern is waaay too small, but looks fairly simple to draft my own.  I... guess I'm an hourglass, my boobs and hips are roughly the same size, with a generous badonkadonk.  I'm about 5'8, short waisted, with a 34 inch inseam.  If anyone has made this, how did it wear/drape/fit/look?  Is it feasible for a curvy girl to wear?  Any tips, tricks, or suggestions?  The fabric I've pulled from my stash is a knit, white with a large black and red flower print, I'd pair with black strappy heels.

Thanks so much.
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