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21  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Sweet Tea Towels on: June 03, 2013 11:27:04 AM
I adore the first one!

What is the font called that you used for "cake" or did you just free hand it?
22  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Vintage Craft Suitcase Gone Right on: June 03, 2013 10:04:46 AM
About a week ago I posted a frantic request on how to fix my suitcase revamp that failed miserably. The paint was reacting badly with the vinyl and did all sorts of bad things. I then tried to remove said paint and then when it all wouldn't come off (and I had gone temporarily insane) I had just said eff it and painted it with spraypaint. WORST DECISION EVER!

In the end I think it turned out spectacular!



The larger suitcase is papered in music sheets and the smaller one in a book


and all full of my craft stuff:


close up of the beautiful fabric that I got for 3.99 a yard!


As always C&C encouraged and questions welcomed

23  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Shoes Shoes Shoes! (Image Obese) on: June 02, 2013 10:59:47 PM
I am glad that this gained so much interest! I usually do one big project and a bunch of small projects at the same time.

This was so detailed oriented that I just dropped everything else to concentrate on this.

Glad you all like it!
24  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Shoes Shoes Shoes! (Image Obese) on: June 02, 2013 07:56:24 AM
This cross stitch took FOREVER! Dont even get me started on what the back of it looks like. XD

C&C encouraged! Any questions welcomed!










and for size reference:


25  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Vintage Suitcase Gone Bad on: May 27, 2013 08:10:54 PM
I bought a vinyl vintage suitcase from a yardsale for only three bucks. I figured I would give it a nice coat of paint, put some fabric on the top and paper the inside. This did not go so swell. The painting went awful. Absolutely awful. I dont know what happened but it's bad. So I decided to try to get the paint off. I tried GooGone, Acetone, ExtraVirgin Olive Oil, you name it. It got some of it off but not down the cracks. So then it was my genius idea to just spray paint over it. However, because of the previous crappy paint job the spots where the paint didn't come off showed through like chunks.

It is a great suitcase with great bones. But I ruined it. Any idea how to fix this mistake? Or should I just toss it and hope to find another suitcase soon? 
26  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Pink and Yellow Floral Skirt on: May 25, 2013 09:44:15 AM
Gorgeous print! A little curious on how the waist was done.

There is a side zipper. Typically I would use a type of biased tape, dont know the name for it. But it just rolls the hem.

However because the fabric was see through a bit, I just sewed a lining directly around the waist and turned it right side out.

I.E. there really isn't a waist band.
27  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Quilt Block Cross Stitch on: May 24, 2013 09:52:11 PM
For Mother's Day I made my quilt obsessed mother a cross stitch.

I made the patterns on my own from preexisting quilt blocks. I took her favourites and turned them into cross stitches. The patterns are available upon demand.



I feel like the I love Quilts block is too small. I made it on the way over to her house when I couldn't find a frame for only three blocks I settled for a four block and made it while driving over there. It had to be done quickly!


(note: you can't see the white showing through the brown in real life.)


 
28  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Cross Stitch Scroll Frame with Project Preview (Tutorial) on: May 24, 2013 09:46:41 PM
I don't even begin to know where to post this, so it got popped in with cross stitching.

I have a love hate relationship with cross stitching. I have a terrible back and it doesn't help it get any better but I  love doing them any ways!

My life time battle with hoops and my pain index has been going on for at least 6 years now. Hoops have no place in my life. They either left big rings on my projects forever or I forget about my project and they leave a rust stain. I finally figured out a way that it doesn't kill my back! A scroll frame!

However, I live in the middle of no where and I'm cheap. Scroll frames are not easy to find around me.

So with the junk around my barn I made a easy scroll frame in under twenty minutes for FREE!

(And you get a preview of my newest project. Two weeks into it.)



Text Tutorial:

What you will need:
Small PVC Pipe
Wood Scrap (I used a piece of molding)
Fabric Scrap - Something tough and textured

Step One:
Drill hole slightly smaller than your pipe into the wood. Sand the holes.
(I tried to substitute the wood for a different piece of PVC but it kept cracking when I drilled)

Step Two:
Check to make sure that the pipe fits SNUGLY into the drilled hole. (if not sand or drill more)

Step Three:
Cut a fabric scrap out of a strong fabric that has a good grip. Nothing silky. Depending on your PVC pipe size is how wide to cut it. Mine was approximately 5 inches wide. Sew with right sides together a tube hot dog style. Turn right side out.




Step Four:
Insert pipe into fabric tube. Pin where to sew the next line. You want it to be tight against the tube, but not so close that it won't fit.



Step Five:
(Optional: place a line of hot glue around the hole in the wood to add even more security and hold. Non-slipness)
Insert fabric tube into pipe. Insert pipe into wood. DONE!

So easy! If you have any questions, let me know!
29  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Ceiling Tile Wall Art (Tut Picture Heavy) on: May 24, 2013 09:16:23 PM
I recently had the impossible task of attempting to decorate my new apartment. Problem is that we have 11 foot ceilings which when I put anything on them, they look tiny.

I had previously made a similar looking project as a memo board by adding ribbon and upholstery tacks. That is where I got this idea. I also really like people who stretched fabric over canvas but MAN is canvas expensive!?

I think next I will use the left over ceiling tiles to make a sectional tuffed headboard for my bachelor style bed (on the floor without any bedframe XD)

Short tutorial with it.

What you will need:
Drop Ceiling Tiles - (Ask at a hardware store for out of style discounted ones. I got 25 for 5 USD.)
Fabric
Cheap batting
Staple gun
Utility Knife
Straightedge

Optional:
Clear coat spray paint
Sandpaper
Buttons/Ribbons/Embellishments



Step One:
Measure the tile using your straightedge, mark and cut with utility knife. These titles cut like butter but they make a MESS! Do this outside or in a basement or somewhere that its okay to get dusted. Make sure to bang all the extra dust off of it.

(Optional) Step One, B:
Sand the cut edge and spray with a clear coat to stop any more dust from falling off.



Step Two:
Make a fabric sandwhich!
Cut fabric by leaving two inches or so on the sides to wrap around. Place fabric right side down, place batting (cut to same size as tile) on top of fabric. Place ceiling tile with the white side down. You DO NOT want to try to staple the white side! Trust me! It will not work!



Step Three:
Begin stapling the edges. Its okay to stretch the fabric as long as the pattern doesn't get all screwy.



Step Four:
Fold over the corners.



Step Five:
Hang your masterpiece. (I used Command Hangers. I wouldn't recommend it)
30  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Marvel Placements and Trivet on: April 02, 2013 10:59:01 AM
I loved this fabric and it was 80% off so heck yes I bought lots of it. I was originally going to make pillowcases but I wanted everyone to see them so I made placemats. I fussycut out the patterns that I liked the most. I LOVE THESE! They don't fit into my new grown up house but I dont give a care because I need my nerdom in my house.







And I made a couple trivets out of the remaining cut off corners


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