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11  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Am I ambitious, or just plain crazy? on: September 04, 2010 09:04:44 PM
So...my best friend is getting married October 30.  I am one of her bridesmaids, and I need a dress.  I won't have enough money to buy a ready-to-wear dress until at least October 15th.  Eeeeeeeek, to say the least.

I just got a full sized sewing machine.  I had a Toyota mini before on which I sewed comfort packs and quilt blocks and made minor repairs/alterations.

I got it into my head tonight that I want to make my bridesmaid's dress.  I can picture myself buying a few yards of red fabric, cutting out a simple design, and sewing it together in a week or two.  It doesn't have to be an elaborate dress -- ankle-length, probably an empire waist with spaghetti straps and a zip back. 

Here's my question: Having never made a piece of clothing before, am I jumping the gun or am I just being too antsy?
12  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Medieval wedding 9-3-11 and I need HELP! on: September 04, 2010 06:55:43 PM
So...I've got 364 days to plan my wedding.  I am living in a dorm room 8hrs away from the wedding location and my fiance, I have very little time on my hands, a $5,000 budget, and I can crochet/sew.

I need help.

I have a princess complex and my FH is a movie buff, so we decided to base our wedding off one of our favorite movies, The Princess Bride.  This means I have a silhouette princess dress (yay!), we're having the ceremony inside our church (which has stained glass windows), and we want to have a big feast/banquet at our reception.

We don't want the medieval tone to be overly heavy, just general touches here and there.  Our colors are emerald green (dominant) and a turquoise blue.  I'd show you pics of the swatches but I don't have them.

I need help with ideas/details.  I'd like to do as much as possible on my own, or with the help of friends.  I've already commissioned two wonderful women I know who have an Etsy shop to do all of our stationary http://cherishedthoughts.etsy.com.

Any advice, tips, or pics from your own weddings is much appreciated!
13  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Baby blankets! on: September 01, 2010 05:30:25 PM
So, I finally got back into crochet after years of hiatus (learned when I was about 10, I made a hideous scarf).  My first big projects, then, were baby blankets!  I have three so far, and am working on more.

This is a pink one that came out more rectangular than square...

And an uber-soft blue one made from Bernat baby yarn, trimmed in that sparkly yarn that is impossible to work with.  But!  I managed it. 

And my absolute favorite.  Instead of making a bunch of little granny squares and sewing them together, I just kept making the first one bigger and bigger and bigger.  It's a little over 3'x3' I think.  Everyone says it looks like cotton candy.  I really hope I can find more skeins in these colors because I love them.

Unfortunately I don't have any action shots, but thanks for looking Cheesy
14  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Crafty Charitable/Social Causes / Joann's Craft For A Cause on: August 16, 2010 11:01:11 AM
My mother found an ad for this in the back of People magazine and saved it for me.  I thought this was the perfect place to share it:

Joann's Craft For A Cause Contest www.joann.com/craftforacause

Using materials bought at Joann's, craft a charitable item, send it to the charity/cause, and submit photos to the contest.  Winners will get a gift card to Joann's and $50,000 submitted to their chosen charity.

Is it awesome or is it awesome?!
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