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1  Re: come one! come all! post pics of your tattoos! in Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects by francie pants on: January 21, 2007 01:10:53 PM
yay.... we went to the annual tattoo convention yesterday.  its sorta like going to the humane society.  you get there and think "but i'll be so sad if i don't go home with one today."  or maybe the fact that i had the photos of what i wanted in my purse wasn't quite the coincidence i played it off to be.  i found a lovely chap from england to do up my arm.  i'd always been a black and grey purist.  but for this, i knew it had to be in color.  so here's what it is based off of.  when i was 5, my mom needed to keep me busy while she sewed.  so she handed me some muslin and thread and started me down a long road of sewing. she keeps it framed in her bathroom haha.  i like that i can say i have my first project still.


and here's what i got last night.


the artist laughed at me when i said "i dunno... do you think the needle in the skin might scare children?"  all around me were his drawings of people with their skin oozing off their bodies and demon stuff.  i guess a lil sewing needle ain't scary by his standards.  i'd wanted to do something to symbolize what the gift of stitching means to me and my future.  but i couldn't imagine getting a sewing machine.  i've seen some amazing sewing machine tats!  but while i cherish my beloved old pfaff 1222 and husquavarnas... they ain't what i'd call pretty(shh don't tell them i said that) but i'd feel like i was cheating on them if i put a pic of the featherweight on my arm. Wink   but now i can't stop doodling ideas for other embroideries to build around that heart.  me thinks an embroidered sleave would kick futtin butt!
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2  free carpentry plans? in Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions by francie pants on: October 09, 2006 08:27:16 PM
so we're on a remodeling kick and we're on a major budget.  i have the need to make a hanging dish rack for over our old school farm style sink.  but try as i might to find an actual set of plans online, i can't.  i'm sure i could wing it but i've never done any actual wood working that looks presentable... any of my saw wielding craftsters know where i could find something?
this is what i'm wanting to replicate.... see, it 'looks' easy lol
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3  how should i close the back? in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by francie pants on: September 09, 2006 02:13:43 PM
so i'm working on some wedding dress prototypes and i'm stumped on how to close this one.  the pattern i based it off of is a vintage dress and they have the option of closing it with a couple buttons or with putting in a casing and draw string on the top hem and the waist and tieing it shut.  i've thought about putting a zipper in but as you'll see, i don't know how well that would suit the part on the skirt.
here's the front to give you an idea of the style... the front of the skirt overlay is going to be cut upward into a half circle... i just haven't gotten to that part yet.


and another thing to consider, the dress form is a 36" bust i believe, but i cut the dress to fit my 33" friend.  so it looks odd because i tried to see if i could pin it closed.  didn't work


i had thoughts of just putting a button or tie at the top and letting the back be open since a bust that size can get away with no bra.  but i think the slash goes too far down to keep it semi modest.....
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4  Re: Simplicity Pattern 4050 in Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions by francie pants on: August 23, 2006 08:41:17 PM
okay, no such luck with the decent bra.... so here she be with no real support  Roll Eyes


the belly dancing pose ended up looking more saturday night fever


if the girls were hoisted where oprah says they should be, that dress would be smokin hot. 
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5  Re: I <3 Coffee/Tea Swap Round 2 Gallery!!! in The Swap Gallery by francie pants on: April 03, 2006 06:50:33 PM
ahhh i'm glad you liked it  Grin  i had a blast putting it together.  i'm now obsessed with making those plant hanger/bird feeders!  thank god the goodwill has butt loads of those feeder poles for the yard.  and i'm glad you like the tea cup picture.  it was my first experiment with grout on canvas.  my poor husband got tired of me saying "does it look cobalt??? its not very cobalt....."  Roll Eyes   i'll also include the picture of the possessed cigar box that decided to unpaint itself at the last minute. 

oh, i never mentioned that this mama is the best gift wrapper i've ever met.  the buttons sewn on the corners of the grocery bag???  so inspired.  and it inspired me to start putting those thrift store buttons to good use.  i think button magents and sunbursts on my clothes might be in order

and here's pretty much to what i woke up to the one day.  the square was gonna be red.  but after i painted the red, let it dry, and then peeled off the tape, the paint literaly curled itself apart.  hence the blotchy rough look to it

and finally, the close up of the 'art' Smiley  i'm gonna do a portait of my dog next Smiley
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6  Re: Big dog beds! in Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects by francie pants on: March 26, 2006 03:34:10 PM
yer babies are beautiful!!!  and i second the need for more affordable and healthy dog beds for big pups.  i'm making dog beds in exchange for obedience class from a friend of ours and he requested more small ones.  and i was stoked when he said the foam ones are better for their hips than the big pillowy ones.  i can't resist the temptation to share a picture of Liberty on her simple little bed.  its just fleece with a drawstring on the bottom.  libby's a rescue dog as well.  nearest we can figure she's rott and german shepard.  looking forward to marching with her and the rest of her rescue family in the parade this summer Smiley
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7  Re: I <3 Coffee/Tea Swap Round 2 Gallery!!! in The Swap Gallery by francie pants on: March 26, 2006 07:06:43 AM
okay, where do i start.... how 'bout with a picture of the whole shebang. alright, i'm gonna post em from my imagestation account which sometimes won't show.  but i tried uploading em to craftster and it tells me they're too big and i don't know how to make the number smaller.  so if they don't work for you guys, either try to refresh or right click em or email me and i'll try something...

i got.....
~knitting calender
~this awesome little box with a tea ball, mini tea book, and bags and labels for mixing my own tea blends!
~cup a jo stuffie named Josephine who is pictured here with her new best friend that i got in the last tea swap. i love that you embroidered my initial on the spoon.  talk about attention to detail!

~a felt doughnut pin cushion.  my husband couldn't believe how loud i squealed when i opened it.  i've wanted a felt doughnut for soooooo long.
~4 gorgeous loose leaf gourmet teas.  and yes, the rice tea is most definetly weird enough for me hahhaha.  i can't wait to try it.  i had the orange green last night and it was heavenly.
~a coffee bean encrusted green tin labeled "sweets" with sugar free coffee mints inside.  and here i had just been telling rob on our thrifting that i needed to buy coffee mints so i could have coffee in places that won't allow in drinks... like st. vincents where i smuggled my travel mug in last week.  i was doing so good until i leaned over to try on some boots and forgot i had the mug in my arm.  picture a waterfall of brown pouring out.  thank god i was right next to the towel section!!!!
~a beauuutiful coffee bean maginet
~chocolate covered coffee beans(how did you know i've wanted to try out choxie?) and the evil miss gebah wrapped them in this beautiful green gingham fabric and sewed it shut with this sweet felt coffee bean.  it really was torturous to cut it open!! i'm gonna glue a magnet to the back of the coffee bean Smiley
~coffee scented candle which i broke in last night
~a travel sewing kit in a coffee bean encrusted altoid tin!!! so cute and clever!  i swear to god you need to be on martha
~a packet of tortoise green tea
~and last but definetly not least, a box of jello Smiley cuz as you aptly pointed out, there's always room for jello.

did i miss anything?Huh? i used your card as a cheat sheet. thank you SOOOO much darling!!!!!! yer a whicked awesome swapper Smiley

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8  Re: I <3 COFFEE/TEA SWAP GALLERY! in The Swap Gallery by francie pants on: January 12, 2006 08:57:22 PM

i took the blush tea to work today and treated all my coworkers to the best cup of tea any of them had had in a long time.  made our customers jealous since our manager kept ordering the same boring stuff  Roll Eyes
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9  Re: Christian/LoveJesus Swap? in New Swap Theme Ideas by francie pants on: January 04, 2006 04:35:15 PM
it's not blasphemous hahahaha if it is... then i'm going to hell cuz i've been known to play with my jesus action figure and made him slow dance with the frued action figure LOL
http://mcphee.com/items/10746.html

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10  Re: The new Knitty is up. in Knitting: Discussion and Questions by francie pants on: December 08, 2005 01:32:38 PM
i've been wanting to make this one


imagine my shock when i found it being mocked on youknitwhat LOLOL
http://youknitwhat.blogspot.com/2005_06_01_youknitwhat_archive.html

its like a cabled and knobbed version
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