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121  Re: Summer Nerd Games --May15, 2013-September 2, 2013-- JOIN ANY TIME! in Craftalongs by Calabaza on: July 30, 2013 07:43:50 AM
Challenge/Battle/Alert: July randomizer
Team/Ninja: Fantasy
Project Geekdom (if any): I didn't have any in mind when I made this
Bonus Points: discovery (my 1st time dying. That sounds odd  Wink )
Project Name: Shibori scarf
Project Page Link (if available): N/A
Brief Description:
Shibori is a term given to several methods of resist dying that were developed in Japan starting around the 8th century.

I made this scarf (just used my serger to roll the edge of some very light muslin) then mixed up some black rit dye. That stuff stinks to high heavens! Was not expecting that! So glad I did this outside. Anyway, I used a sort of pole-wrapping (arashi) technique to bind the scarf to a fat piece of PVC. I started winding the scarf around the pipe in a spiral. When I ran out of pipe I took some cotton yarn and wound it over the fabric then scrunched it down so I had room to get more scarf on the pipe and help create the resist. Google it for way better instructions  Smiley

When everything was all wrapped up, it got stuck in the dye for a while. After dying, it was unwrapped, rinsed, then wrapped again in the opposite direction. (I didn't want a zebra look; I was going more for stormy skies.) Then it was into the dye unwrapped a couple more times to fill in between the lines created by the wrapping and even out the overall color.

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Very faintly lined result. Not quite what I envisioned but not zebra-y! Yay!

Hanging out Smiley
These were the best pics I could get. Just imagine the worst  Tongue

Final thoughts: I like dying, but that smell! Ugh! Ah, well. I'm already researching other dyes!

Great batman bag and sock monkey bat...monkey! Love the idea for the quilt. How cool!
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122  Re: Summer Nerd Games --May15, 2013-September 2, 2013-- JOIN ANY TIME! in Craftalongs by Calabaza on: July 09, 2013 03:23:51 PM
Challenge/Battle/Alert: May Multimedia- I chose red
Team/Ninja: Fantasy
Project Geekdom (if any): -
Bonus Points: Discovery
Project Name: Shirred sundress with flared skirt
Project Page Link (if available): http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=425463
Brief Description: This started out as a test piece (I'd never made a dress quite like this before) but then it started turning out. As I was fighting with my serger and telling it to roll that hem or else, I starting thinking that it'd be nice to get points for this. Then I remembered I was sewing with red fabric! Duh. I think the black thread threw me off  Smiley
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The shirring is all in black too.
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123  Shirred sundress with flared skirt in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by Calabaza on: July 09, 2013 03:12:28 PM
This started out as a test piece but then I got into it and voila:

Instant blurred face! No, kidding. A shirred sundress. Smiley

The skirt is flared and sewn onto the shirred bodice.

I didn't have enough red thread and since this was just going to be a "I wonder what would happen if..." piece I tossed some black thread and black thread elastic on the machine and away I went. Twenty rows later I added a piece of thin, knit elastic to the top and one on the seam allowance under the bust so it keep it's shape. This was no longer going to be just a test piece if I could help it.

So, I added a ruffle at the bottom and fancy patch pockets. Well, not that fancy. I was petering out a bit (this wasn't going to be a lengthy project, remember.) The $3 sheet I chopped up for the endeavor was the perfect length for the ruffle: cut top to bottom for front ruffle and top to bottom for back ruffle. Sweet!

And it pairs nicely with my black cardi for other seasons. Yay!

Thanks for reading about my little sewing adventure!
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124  Re: Summer Nerd Games --May15, 2013-September 2, 2013-- JOIN ANY TIME! in Craftalongs by Calabaza on: July 05, 2013 10:28:27 AM
Challenge/Battle/Alert: July Textbook: Guts and Glory (digestive)
Team/Ninja: Fantasy
Project Geekdom (if any): -
Bonus Points: discovery
Project Name: Gluten-free lemon cake
Project Page Link (if available): -
Brief Description: My friend served this cake a while back so I begged for the recipe as my sister and one of my aunts are gluten-free. I just used the recipe for the cake itself (not the curd or frosting) and substituted the lemon extract for additional vanilla, used regular-old cow's milk and a scant measurement of table salt for the sea salt. For the frosting I basically used the recipe for lemon frosting off the C&H powdered sugar packaging. I used the frosting for the filling as well. When my sister's home next, I'll give a vegan version a whirl. This version is so good!
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Challenge/Battle/Alert: June Multimedia: Disco
Team/Ninja: Fantasy
Project Geekdom (if any): -
Bonus Points: -
Project Name: Vegan sugar cookies
Project Page Link (if available): Here's the recipe I posted ages ago: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=355606.0#axzz2YC17uJMH
Brief Description: The rush-job on pics is partly due to the limited amount of time yesterday morning before heading up to my aunt's then back down to another of my friend's and I had to bring a dessert to each I. Day celebration. For party #2 I made vegan sugar cookies from my go-to recipe and decorated them with sparkly red and blue sprinkles.
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Super bag, gozer! Lovely jewelry, bunny1. Those maracas are great, ffrogg!
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125  Disco ball-esque macaroon in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Calabaza on: June 25, 2013 09:25:12 AM
Yep, I still love macaroon coin purses! Here's my seventh one, with a bit of a twist:

It's a macaroon compact!

Outside shiny, disco-ball-y, mirror-y fabric, inside real mirrors. I used that plastic mirror stuff and cut it to fit the small (less than 1.5") interior. It reflects great and wasn't too bad to cut either!

I used a metallic metal zipper and metallic ribbon to hold the silver clip. It didn't turn out as disco ball-ish as I'd hoped, but it is quite reflective  Cheesy

As I mentioned above, this guy is my 7th design. I just love all the things one can do with a circle! It's been so much fun. You should totally try it!
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126  Re: Summer Nerd Games --May15, 2013-September 2, 2013-- JOIN ANY TIME! in Craftalongs by Calabaza on: June 21, 2013 06:50:55 PM
Challenge/Battle/Alert: June randomizer
Team/Ninja: Fantasy
Project Geekdom (if any): Fantasy and many more
Bonus Points: nerdy, super nerdy
Project Name: Monster pins AKA here's looking at you  Wink
Project Page Link (if available): N/A
Brief Description: Project Picture:
I went to see Monsters University today! I, for one, loved it! I'm glad I prepared and made these little guys (inspired in part by Lovely Miss' googly-eyed hair bow) to carry them with me. I have used "silly eyes" soooo much lately at work that if they weren't a no-brainer material before, they sure are to me now.

I painted each with nail polish and/or regular paint (the yellow one got some glitter paint too!) Everyone has a nice, thick coat of clear nail polish on top.

There's my own kinda-sorta little Mike on the side, horns courtesy of wire, floral tape and glue. It was the best I could do with a round piece of balsa wood and my extremely limited artistic abilities  Roll Eyes
The 3-eyed one glows in the dark.

Well, trust me. He does glow.
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127  Re: IYP 23: Summer Do Si Do GALLERY!! in The Swap Gallery by Calabaza on: June 15, 2013 08:12:59 PM
Kwality's monsters are always quality  Cheesy He's a sweet one!

I just got a great package from Toralune! We agreed on a small swap too. She sent me...

This lovely, lovely pillow case! I am a huge admirer of yarn crafts and she was kind enough to send me this knockout.

The colors are perfect for me. I love it! She sent some yarn and a needle too so I can finish it up how I want. I'm thinking loops and buttons but I haven't quite decided yet.

She also sent candy (yum!), cookie cutters and a bunch of citrusy goodness. I do love citrus! I'm having some friends over next weekend and now I have plates for them to eat off of that I don't have to wash  Wink Excellent timing, Toralune!

In the note she said she didn't forget the pumpkin. I took the above pics then discovered this wonderful piece on the floor:

 It had fallen out of the box and I didn't notice! That would have been heartbreaking if I'd lost it without ever seeing it. It's such a cute and sweet little pumpkin necklace! I'll be wearing it a bunch!

Thanks much for everything, Toralune! You are a great secret santa and regular swap partner. Thank you!
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128  Beaded Braille Choker/Wrap Bracelet in Beads: Completed Projects by Calabaza on: June 12, 2013 07:08:47 PM
Heavily utilizing the library, encyclopedia and internet in order to take a crash course in Braille I (hopefully) beaded "it's always darkest before the dawn" into this choker/wrap bracelet.

Braille is pretty special for me personally so, though it took quite a few IYP swaps, I finally did something with it for the most recent round.  Smiley

(awful mirror shot)
I used a calm-looking "green sea" mix as the background for the wood-colored Braille dots. They're not raised or textured, sadly, but I think they kinda look textured.  Undecided

Since this was for a swap partner and I wasn't sure if she'd need more length to wear it as a choker, I left the strings long.

Before starting I laid out the top row to make sure it wasn't too long a saying to wear. It's about 14". Each cell is separated by a column of green and each word by 2 cells of green. It took all but a dozen of the full tube of greens I began with! I think it was worth it, though.

Oh! And the button got the closure job because it reminded me of the early morning sun. Smiley

I've got a lot to learn, but I'm really liking beading!
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129  Re: Summer Nerd Games --May15, 2013-September 2, 2013-- JOIN ANY TIME! in Craftalongs by Calabaza on: June 10, 2013 04:55:24 PM
Challenge/Battle/Alert: May Randomizer: Scrap Heap
Team/Ninja: Fantasy
Project Geekdom (if any): N/A
Bonus Points: None, I think.
Project Name: Mug Rug
Project Page Link (if available): http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=424498.0
Brief Description: I made my 1st mug rug (well, now it's StickerChic's mug rug.) I used part of an old, stiff sheet for the backing so it's sturdy. All the fabric, binding and piping came from my stash. I have a very large stash.  Roll Eyes
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130  Scrappy mug rug: piping included! in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by Calabaza on: June 10, 2013 04:38:29 PM
I made my very first mug rug! Well, it's not mine anymore, I made it for my buddy, StickerChic, in the most recent IYP.

I'm not a very good quilter, as you can see  Tongue

The quilting thread matches the binding, though!

I really like piping and I happened to have some that went well so on it went. I think it adds something...besides a bit of fabric and cord  Wink

Mug rugs never interested me much before but I'm a fan now. This one turned out a bit big I guess (7"x11" or so, if I remember right) but I can see where they could come in handy: like, for setting down the mini muffins and bottle of cream soda I just finished!
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