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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / crocheted chicken hats - HELP!! on: September 09, 2004 06:48:32 PM
does anybody remember which thread had the link to the lady who crochets hats for her chickens is? i'm trying to show them to my friend and i can't find it anywhere. i've tried every word combo i can think of in the search feature and no luck. thanks!!
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / reconstructed skirt (for inspirational puposes only) on: May 03, 2004 02:20:15 PM
ok - i am posting this skirt, but PLEASE please don't ask me for a tutorial because i honestly have NO idea how i made it. LOL! so why bother posting? because in the process of making it i learned something i think is worth sharing.

i learned that even if you aren't sure how to do something, even if you aren't sure how it is going to turn out, even if you think you can't do it - you should try!! what harm can it do? so you "waste" a little time using your hands and your brain instead of watching the tv...and who knows? you might even enjoy yourself! that's the thing - even tho my skirt isn't perfect and even tho it doesn't look anything like what i was going for, i challenged myself, i learned from it, and most importantly i had fun. i'm proud of that. i guess that is the real point i've been trying to get to with this post. sometimes while we're out there making all this great stuff  we get so tied up in the (self-imposed) pressure to make things that are perfect that we forget it's supposed to be fun. so relax! try something new! you never know what might happen...

ok - i'll get off my soapbox now!!  Grin on to the skirt:

http://img48.photobucket.com/albums/v147/secondhandsmoke/skirt1.jpg
http://img48.photobucket.com/albums/v147/secondhandsmoke/skirt2.jpg
http://img48.photobucket.com/albums/v147/secondhandsmoke/skirt4.jpg
http://img48.photobucket.com/albums/v147/secondhandsmoke/skirt3.jpg
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / flowers for buddah (huge boys t gets girly) on: May 01, 2004 11:38:27 AM
here is my latest attempt at tshirt surgery.
this was originally a HUGE boys ringer t that fit so strange it wasn't even good for sleeping. the graphic of buddah is printed a little off center which made it even weirder. i cut up the sides, cut the sleeves and neck off, and cut a big chunk off the bottom. then i stitched it back together inside out style so the seams show. i cut down the sleeves and repositioned them so they are fluttery caps, also stitched inside out with seams showing. then i cut slits in a random fashion around the neckline (remember, i am trying to offset the off center graphic).
http://img48.photobucket.com/albums/v147/secondhandsmoke/buddah1.jpg
 i took the left over pieces of t and made little flowers and stitched those around the slits.
(i got this idea from a shirt i saw (i think) in anthropologies catalog)
http://img48.photobucket.com/albums/v147/secondhandsmoke/buddahC.gif
vwalah! a shirt i'll actually wear!!
http://img48.photobucket.com/albums/v147/secondhandsmoke/buddah3.jpg
4  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / old shirt made new on: April 11, 2004 04:01:41 PM
here is my latest reconstruction. i took an old  shirt that still fit great but had a worn out graphic and revamped it with a new image and a little lace. poof! voila! fresh for spring!

sorry about the huge pic - what is it with photobucket lately??

http://img48.photobucket.com/albums/v147/secondhandsmoke/shirt_reconst.jpg
old shirt made new
http://img48.photobucket.com/albums/v147/secondhandsmoke/shirt_graphic.jpg
new graphic over old (notice the little bow sewn onto the image)
http://img48.photobucket.com/albums/v147/secondhandsmoke/shirt_sleeve.jpg
hem tape isn't just for pants you know!
5  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / help converting english recipe to french on: April 02, 2004 10:48:03 AM
i need to convert a couple english recipes to french. i won't bore everybody with the recipes unless they want them but if anybody can help me??? i have a good start on it but i especially need to make sure i have the measurements right. THANKS!!!
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / floor cloth (i.e. RUG) with tutorial (edited to fix pictures) on: March 15, 2004 12:12:43 PM
ok - finally finished my new dining room rug so thought i would share! here it is in situ  
http://img48.photobucket.com/albums/v147/secondhandsmoke/insitu2.gif
and here's a shot of the whole thing
http://img48.photobucket.com/albums/v147/secondhandsmoke/done.gif

basically here's how it works:

decide how big you want your finished rug to be (mine is 44" x 68") and add about 5" to each side. cut a piece of artist canvas to this measurement. (i used a medium weight cotton duck). prime the entire canvas with a water based acrylic. most people use white, but i used some leftover turqoise which then became my background. as long as the whole thing is covered it really doesn't matter. be sure and protect the surface of whatever you're working on as the paint will bleed thru. you may need to do 2 coats, espec. if you are using a color to start. let it dry overnight. the fabric will shrink as it dries.
http://img48.photobucket.com/albums/v147/secondhandsmoke/paintcanvas.gif
now, you are going to cut your rug again. add 2" to each side of your desired finished size and recut the rug. pinking shears will help cut down on any fraying, but the paint will control most of it. fold each side over to the back to make a 2" hem making a bevel on the ends for the corners. crease, flip over, and hot glue the hem in place. work slow and smooth as you go. after you've hemmed the whole thing go back and make sure the edges are flat and tight by slipping a little extra glue under any spots that stick up.
http://img48.photobucket.com/albums/v147/secondhandsmoke/hotgluehem.gif
now, flip the rug right side up and have fun!! decorate however you like. i invented an abstract pattern using acrylic paint, and fabric and wallpaper collage. mod podge works great for the collage.
http://img48.photobucket.com/albums/v147/secondhandsmoke/paintandcollage.gif
when you're satisfied with your design let it cure for a day so everything is nice and dry. the next day brush all the dog hair and dust off with a soft brush (unless you're like me and this is an impossible task) and cover the rug with 3 coats of water based polycrylic. (i used minwax) be sure to let dry at least 2 hours between coats.
http://img48.photobucket.com/albums/v147/secondhandsmoke/varnish.gif
let it cure 24 hours and your ready to roll![
http://img48.photobucket.com/albums/v147/secondhandsmoke/insitu4.gif
depending on the traffic it gets you may want to revarnish once a year or so.

now i just need some new dining room chairs! Grin
7  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / FLOOR CLOTH on: March 08, 2004 07:02:31 PM
i'm wanting to make a floorcloth. i'm going to make it out of artists canvas because that is what i have (wish i could afford to just use scrap linoleum - that seems to be the best, but no $$) i think i have a pretty good understanding of how to go about it (fold the edges under and tape, sew, or glue - prime, paint, and seal) but i was wondering if anyone had any helpful tips before i get started...has anyone made one? is there anything i need to know? thanks!
8  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / A-line Jordy Bag on: February 24, 2004 07:02:10 AM
I've been playing around with Jordy's GREAT tutorial for a square bottom bag and came up with this A-line version.

I will post a more detailed tutorial if anybody needs it, but basically it goes like this:

Make a pattern that is a triangle with its top cut off instead of a rectangle. You still cut the little squares out of the bottom, you use the same pattern for the handle. For this bag I also added a flap - just measure a rectangle that is the same size as your opening, and as long as you'd like it to be on the bag. I rounded the corners for niciness.

Now - assemble as you would for the Jordy bag. Sew the outside with interfacing, sew the lining (I sew both corners together and leave a hole in the top front to pull thru instead), sew the handle, sew the flap together right sides facing -turn inside out and iron. Turn the lining right side out. Slip the handle down into the bag, pin the flap in place on the back (INSIDE the bag, right sides facing - remember - anything you want on the outside must be on the inside). Stitch all around the top leaving a hole at the front to pull your bag thru. Turn it all right side to itself and press the seam down where the hole is. Stitch all the way around.

NOW - on this bag I haven't put the velcro under the flap yet, and I didn't stitch all the way around the top because my NON free arm machine wouldn't do it with the stiffness of the bag. Instead I jsut stitch witched the seam closed and ironed the top flat. Obviously this pattern is still in its tweaking stages. I plan to make it a little wider at top and bottom in order to accomodate my equipment (it won't even slip over the end of my ironing board and I don't have one of those sleeve thingy's either!) BUT you get the general idea.

I plan to make another one soon so maybe I'll learn more then.

Let me know if you have any questions! Enjoy!

 Grin

9  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / wrist bag with zipper on: February 16, 2004 03:41:39 PM
i want to thank comfits for the great zipper tutorial! it inspired me to make this little bag with a wrist strap for spring. hope you like it!




10  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / bad poodle on: February 16, 2004 03:36:48 PM
i was inspired by queenofindias bad kitty and bad bunny bags  http://www.craftster.org/yabbse/index.php?board=11;action=display;threadid=2618;start=0 to make one of my own. i work part time at a french cafe which is next door to a french boutique so i just had to do a bad poodle bag (a little rebellion keeps a person sane! lol)

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