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1  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: woo! I actually followed a tutorial without skipping steps! on: December 06, 2012 01:54:28 PM
awww. cute. I love vegbee's tutorial. I use it all the time.
2  Category Challenges / Clothing: Challenge Entries / Re: Clothing Challenge Ideas!! on: October 18, 2012 09:52:18 AM
Maybe take a single type of fabric like denim, lace or muslin if you want to go for the same supplies for a challenge. It's something nearly everyone has, and one the the great things about craftster folks it their great ability to revamp clothes they have found.
3  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Rainbows after dark - upsized pants with rainbow goodness on: October 16, 2012 10:27:06 AM
My daughter is growing at a fantastic rate. So after putting her in her jeans and finding out they looked like highwaters, I had to do something.

Enter the rainbow. She is all about the rainbow lately and I had some extra purple and rainbow fabrics after making her birthday dress.

So I added the rainbow fabric to the cuffs for length then added a purple ruffle, just cause it's girly. But to make sure it didn't look "homemade" and instead looked "handmade" I added a rainbow belt (that attached with velcro so we don't have to worry about potty emergencies) and a hand stitched a heart patch on one of the rear pockets.

And I got this:



Close up of the pocket:


And here is what they looked like before, plain jeans, well as plain as black glitter jeans can be anyway.
4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Fall Semester 2012~ *Join At Any Time* on: September 22, 2012 03:41:05 PM

Class/Challenge/House Pride: alchemy
House: ravenclaw
Project Name: Golden toes
Brief Description: So I had these ratty brown shoes, you know the one that have a comfortus spell included that become your favorite. The toes were all scraped up. I promised my husband I'd throw them out after I got new shoes, but I couldn't. Too comfy. But they looked awful. So I practiced some alchemy on them and painted the toes golden to hide the scratches.
Project Picture:




Class/Challenge/House Pride: flying
House:Ravenclaw
Project Name: Flying ladybug quilt

Brief Description: My dear daughter needed a quilt to let her dream fly. The entire thing is done from gifted scrap fabric that was passed from a friend of mine that culled her stash of fabric. I made it in a day using a strip piecing technique, then quilted it in a random spiral based pattern to mimic ladybug flight.
Project Picture:
front


back: used the rest of the scraps plus  red we found after I made the front.



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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Muggle studies
House:raven claw
Project Name: flying ladybug comfort pillow

Brief Description: This pillow was designed to go with my daughters quilt I did for flying class. She loved taking pillows with her and cuddling up to look at books. So I thought it would be comforting to her. I used scrap bits from the quilt and hand made three red yo-yos and stitched them to look like ladybugs.
Project Picture:
front with the ladybugs

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5  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / Where To Find Things To Recycle / Re: Recycling old patterns on: September 21, 2012 05:37:25 PM
I've used them to decoupage a manniquin form to act as a "skin"  before I dressed her gothic Victorian style.
6  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Humus - on the cheap! on: September 21, 2012 02:35:40 PM
Here's an extra flavor suggestion: lemon juice and basil. Recently had some commercial hummus with that flavor. Awesome. Can't wait to try this recipe.
7  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 78 ENTRIES / Re: The Back to Basics Backpack on: September 18, 2012 09:35:43 AM
Lovely bag.

What is the organization that redistributes fabric?
8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Fall Semester 2012~ *Join At Any Time* on: September 08, 2012 04:52:55 PM
Skatergirl & abbeyroad: Hah! She's mine, all mine! The good news is there's still other treadles out there. I've seen two or three in my area within the past couple of years when I wasn't looking for one/had no space/etc.

Kit: Hiya, welcome!

Cleaned the cast iron base with kerosene to get rid of general grime and any light rust. I tested soaking some of the metal bits in vinegar overnight to clean them and it worked up pretty spiffy. So now I have to get up the courage to dismantle all those little bits to soak and clean them.

Researched the veneer issue and looks like I need to find some old veneer wood to match, but worse the black stain, like the dark mark, is an ugly piece of business. Caused by water damage, I'm going to have to strip the top and bleach the black out. Then re-finish the top piece. I was originally hoping to retain the original finish, now I'll have to try and find a decent match to the rest of the piece.
9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Fall Semester 2012~ *Join At Any Time* on: September 07, 2012 10:25:19 AM
I wanted to show everyone the treadle machine and what I'm starting with.  I've already gone over it with some wood protector and cleaner and done a couple of hours works getting the grime off.

The cabinet:


The wood is really dry, the veneer is loose and in some places broken. The wood on the fliptop part may have already been replaced, and there's a big black spot on it too.



Close up of where some of the veneer is missing


The machine herself: Based on the serial number she's from 1910




The back of the machine, close up of the flower detail. This is the section I spent over an hour getting off grime yesterday.

I'm trying to figure out what type of the wood veneer the cabinet has. Looks vaguely like tiger oak.

So far I've taken the machine out and reset the screws so the cabinet can open allowing the machine out. It was stuck when I bought it. I've dusted everything off, applied liberal amounts of wood cleaner and "liquid gold" to moisturize the wood and gone over most of the the outer portions of the sewing machine (parts without the gold decals) with kerosene to clean her up and get rid of the rust.
10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Fall Semester 2012~ *Join At Any Time* on: September 07, 2012 10:13:53 AM
Penguinsoup, can't figure which I find prettier the spinning machine or the fiber you chose.
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