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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / I need advice on a wedding dress... on: July 23, 2010 03:32:31 PM
Hello fellow craftsters. I have a question regarding a wedding dress, me and the boy are finally "tying the knot" Aug. 28th, so I am in a mad dash to get a new dress since I bought the 700.00 one 2 years ago I have gained wayyyy too much to fit in the sucker, we are on a budget and we are getting married in a Vegas style chapel I decided instead of getting the other one altered since it's all fancy I'd just get a new one that is simple and within reason.

Here is the dress:




The problem? I am a big girl, like a size 24 big girl..

The question(s)
1. Would a-line look good on a bigger body?
2. Do you think there is any breathing room in the hip area for my lower stomach?
anddd
3. Do you think the lower pudge will stick out so bad it will look like I have a tube of sausage in my dress?  Cheesy

By the sizing chart my body must be really odd shaped because my bust would fit a size 20 dress, my waist a 22 and get ready for it...my hips a 26 ( I am 2 inches too big for a 24) Would shapeware take off 2 inches? It's not so much that my hips are wide I just have a HUGE lower tum  (not grotesquely huge). So regardless I am going to need altering on the upper part of the dress because I am going to have to buy a size 26 if I settle on this sucker the bust and waist will be way to big. Couldn't I just buy some saftey pins and pin the extra 6 inch bust evenly (like 3 inches on one side and 3 on the other) under my arms? 

Please be brutally honest, trust me you won't hurt my feelings. I just want honest input... After all I don't want to look like the stay puft marsmallow man or waste my money  Cheesy

Thanks in advance  Grin
2  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / My first finished polymer baby dino ( pic fatty) on: March 30, 2009 01:57:01 PM
Hey all, I just wanted to share my first polymer creation (that isn't a monstrocity  Roll Eyes). Thanks to all the wonderful polymer artist and helpful links out there I finally tried it out and love it!





For scale:



His home:


I really love the way he came out, my only complaint is the glaze smells horrid and I burnt the bottom of his feets (we'll just call that lava ash)
C&C verry much welcome, thanks for viewing Smiley
 
3  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / stitch marker swap anyone? on: March 15, 2009 05:26:26 PM
This would be a relatively easy, stress-free, cheap, newbie friendly swap for knitters crocheters and loomers (or anyone else out there). I was thinking of requiring 4 stitch markers per partner in small groups of 3, since stitch markers are small and light (depending on what you make them with) they can be sent in envelope form and won't require a DCN... Some examples:
http://www.wormspit.com/stitchmarkers.htm
http://deniseknits.typepad.com/markers/
http://thestitchmarkerexchange.blogspot.com/

The possibilities are endless, there are a plethora of tutorials all over the place... I was thinking of opening this swap sometime around the 18th if enough people are interested. Any ideas or input would be great  Grin!
 
4  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Embroidered Elephant Drawstring Pouch. (Pic Fatty!) on: February 24, 2009 09:38:27 AM
Hey all! It's been forever since I posted something I made for myself, hopefully I haven't forgotten how  Cheesy. I think this belongs in two categories because:
a. I embroidered it. ( Please be kind this is only my second embroidery project, and my  first time using the split stitch and the fill-in stitch.) 
b. I made the pouch.

Since the embroidered work took the longest to complete, I decided this would be the most suitable category blah blah blah...On to the pictures!


The elephant on the front was freehanded with a crayola marker, a quick wash should get rid of the outline I couldn't cover. Now for some close ups... Smiley



Not really happy about the left side of the bow  Roll Eyes


here you can see the outline from the marker.


The pouch it's self measures 8in X 7in laying flat. I love these pouches. I carry them around as purses, as you can see it has plenty of room to spare...


All cinched up and ready to go.


Thanks for looking! Comments and criticism welcome Grin







5  Georgia / Georgia: North / Wanting to start a craft group.... on: January 27, 2009 11:11:49 AM
Heya all!

I'm looking to start a craft group to socialize with like minded people.

I moved to GA about 2 years ago and have yet to find any crafty friends, if anyone is interested in helping start a group or needs a crafty companion feel free to PM me.  Grin

Thanks! <3 W
6  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Having Issues with an 8" Granny... on: January 02, 2009 08:41:12 AM
Warning: these questions are ignorant... Roll Eyes

Problem number one...How do you measure a granny square? I followed an 8 inch pattern and came out with the following:

5 1/2 inches... Is this how you measure them? (please don't mind the un-weaved ends, this is a practice square  Grin)

Another issue, when you sl st to join the row,  and chain up to make your first stitch on the new row, how do you keep from getting ugly gaps like so...

Do I turn on each row to keep from ugly gaps?

I have done about four different 8" square patterns and they all come out at 5 1/2"... I am using the recommended yarn weight and needle size for each practice run, but they are all coming out way below 8"... So either the patterns gauge is not right or I am missing a whole lot of something!

Any help will be greatly appreciated, thanks for your time!
7  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / I made my own christmas tree....from dollar tree items! IMG HEAVY! on: November 30, 2008 12:24:04 PM
Back story(motivation)...
The boy and I are living with my dad at the moment due to some unfortunate events, the top priority was my dads bad health, the underlying issue is we are in the process of house hunting, which has been put on hold... Of course all of my stuff is in storage and there is no way I could possibly find my tree. Instead of buying a Christmas tree which are majorly overpriced or buying a real tree (which is senseless in so many ways...I won't go into that) I made my own and it only cost 5 bucks!  Grin

On to pictures!
Materials used:

-3 bundles of pine garland 15 ft each
-1 yard spike with tacky greeting on front
-floral foam
- I already had the Christmas basket
Not pictured:
-glue gun
Step 1:

separate the yard spike from the greeting, which was surprisingly easy since it was stapled...

Step 2 & 3 (gets messy):

cut  2 of the bundles of garland into diffrent lengths (longer pieces for the bottom, shorter for the top)
after they are all cut, twist two pieces together, which are of similar length then bend the ends down so it looks like an l at the bottom
I would suggest doing the cutting somewhere it can be swept or vacced easily the little boogers are static charged so they stick to everything including unshaved legs!  Cheesy

Step 4:

Hot glue to the stake you need about 4 twisted branches one for each side, even the thin side of the stake... you need about 5 tiers

Here's an image of it with all the tiers glued

He still looks ugly!

Step 5:

take the third bundle of garland and wrap it in between the branches to cover the stake and form the top of the tree, then shape the tree to your liking...


Step 6:
Shove the stake in the floral foam and place in basket...and TA-DA your very own Christmas tree!


Enjoy and thanks for looking! I'd love to see others takes on this  Grin

Please excuse the mess we are still getting settled






 
8  Calls for Swap Angels / Swap Angel Archive / Everything Sanrio Swap Angel Found! on: November 18, 2008 01:55:37 PM
Swap Name: Everything Sanrio
Original Thread link: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=266331.0
Gallery thread link: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=270588.0
# of Flakers: 1

The angel for this swap must be willing to ship to the UK, if you are not willing to do so please don't respond. The requirements were 1 medium and 2 smalls

Thanks!



angeltreats

Likes: Deery Lou, Hello Kitty, Chococat and Keroppi
Dislikes: My Melody

Thanks to all those who replied I found an angel!
9  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Dotee Doll Mini Art Doll Swap ROUND THREE Gallery! on: October 15, 2008 02:04:24 PM
Show us your Dotee goodness!



Original thread
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=269720.0

GROUP 1

Im Sew Silly-3/3 Dotees
mamarose22-3/3 Dotees
flyraeven-3/3 Dotees

Smmarrt-3/3 Dotees


GROUP 2
sajona-2/3 Dotees
carnabystreet-2/3 Dotees
teachingjonah-3/3 Dotees
michelleames



GROUP 3
RhymeswOrange
Ma Rut-2/3 Dotees
Monkeythumb-2/3
RazorBladeSmile-2/3 Dotees

GROUP 4
violette28- 3/3 Dotees
southern flower- 3/3 Dotees

SheridanLA- 3/3 Dotees
hipmama1970- 3/3


GROUP 5
darkladymajesta-3/3 Dotees
lukenlarry-3/3 Dotees
poyupop-3/3 Dotees
Lolly Trolley-3/3

Angels:
Im Sew Silly to teachingjonah
darkladymajesta to carnabystreet
RhymeswOrange to sajona



Green = you sent
Purple = you received (but haven't sent yet)
Pink = sent & received
Yellow= Sending late with communication.
Strikethrough = got feedback
Red= PM organizer immediately
10  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Young Frankenstein quotes. My first cross stitch project ever! on: October 09, 2008 03:05:03 PM
This is my first cross stitch project ever, and might I add it is rediculously addicting!  I love how these came out, I made them for the OYP-8 swap. My partners favorite Halloween movie is 'Young Frankenstein' (who doesn't love that movie? Cheesy) and she recieved I thought I would share!

The first one:
 
 
"No, it's pronounced "Fonkensteen"

And the second:


"Werewolf?"
"There wolf!"
"There castle!" (I didn't have enough room for it Sad)

Yes those are my first attempts at french knots! Thanks to the wonderful tute on here, they where rather painless.

Any comments appreciated!
Sorry about the pictures I took them at work, right before they went in the box.

<3 w
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