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421  Re: Yummy Christmas Treat Recipes Anyone? in Recipes and Cooking Tips by loves2experiment on: October 02, 2005 04:28:23 PM

This year I'm making vanilla liquer for everyone, and obsene gingerbread cookies!
Check out my blog post about this cute cookbook I got to review: the Cookie Sutra...


answer if kids walk by the computer screen: she's tickling his feet!


Okay, that's freaking hilarious.  I once received Kama Sutra chocolates (yeah, they were pretty graphic...) but these cookies beat those Smiley 
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422  Re: Yet Another Placemat Purse... in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by loves2experiment on: September 20, 2005 08:06:26 PM
arrhythmia, the zigzag stitch idea has its merits.  If you make a placemat purse and zigzag stitch the seams, I'd love to see a picture of that!  My batteries are semi-charged (the dang thing takes too long to fully charge!?!) and here's a picture of the inside seam:



As I mentioned, I handstitched the untidy seams so that there are no visible seam-related stitches on the exterior of the purse.  What can I say, I'm fussy  Roll Eyes
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423  Are you a fan of Miffy (the bunny)? in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by loves2experiment on: September 18, 2005 06:03:41 PM
Well, I simply adore Miffy!  If you can believe it, Miffy turned 50 this year (yeah, she looks dang good for 50!) and I decided that I had to make myself something to commemorate her birthday.  I started playing with felt scraps and made an applique of Miffy.  Next thing I knew, I made a black corduroy tote for the applique.  Goodgrief.  Anyhow, here's the tote:

     

And a detailed shot of the applique:



Of course, I needed something outrageously funky for the lining to balance the somber black corduroy:



Well, happy 50th, Miffy!  Thanks for all the good memories!
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424  Re: What are you gonna do with your $1 Target yarn(s)? in Knitting: Discussion and Questions by loves2experiment on: September 18, 2005 05:11:31 PM
Whoo hoo!  My very first non-scarf project  Grin  I finished knitting the baby cap with the pink boucle!  It is soft and nubby.  After completing the cap, I added the flower as an afterthought (ref. NoelleNoodle posted the link to this pattern  http://www.headhuggers.org/patterns/flower02k.htm in another post).     



The pattern says that it's meant for a baby 0-6 months old.  I have no idea about sizes as I don't have a kid.  I hope it fits my friend's daughter!

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425  A Whimsical Backpack **Warning: Bright Colors Ahead** in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by loves2experiment on: September 16, 2005 09:09:22 PM
I typically favor dark, neutral colors.  Lately, I seem to be on a limegreen kick.  Yes, I think it's pretty much confirmed that limegreen is my "secret inner color".  For some reason or other, anything that is limegreen makes me happy!  Anyhow, here's the backpack I made this summer to take with me on my daytrips:



Horror of horrors.  Not only have I deviated from my dark, neutral palette, I've also managed to combine the most garish colors I could find at the fabric store  Wink  To assuage my conscience, I used a blue dotted fabric for the lining of the backpack:  



This was also the first time I've worked with grommets, and that was an experience in itself.  And last but not least, here's my favorite part of the backpack.  Since this was created strictly by trial and error (no patterns were harmed during the creation of this backpack!), I needed to find a way to secure the opening of the backpack.  My solution: A Button and Loop!  I couldn't find a button that matched the character of the backpack.  Hence, I used two buttons (blue and limegreen) and tacked it on with hot pink thread:




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426  Yet Another Placemat Purse... in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by loves2experiment on: September 16, 2005 08:30:47 PM
But this one belongs to me!  I've heard of placemat purses and a quick search on this forum showed quite a few awesome ones.  Inspired by everything I've seen...I craved one of my own.  Voila!  Here's mine!



I found the placemat for 99 cents at a local discount store (rhymes with Pig Dots  Wink)  No ribbon handles for me (too flimsy since I'm hard on my purses) - I strung up some beads on heavy duty wire and made my own purse handles.  Here's a close-up on the details of the purse:



I lucked out on my placemat find.  It came with a beaded border (which made my life a whole lot easier!).  And last but not least, a picture of the interior and a cameo appearance by my disgruntled mini schnauzer:




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427  Re: Anyone up for a handbag sewalong? Simplicity #4490-C in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions by loves2experiment on: September 16, 2005 07:53:06 PM
I'm ready to get started with my purse!!!  It took me forever to decide on my fabric but here's my selection.  



Now all I gotta do is try and figure out the pattern and directions.  How are things working out for you, Miss_michelle?

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428  Re: Anyone up for a handbag sewalong? in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions by loves2experiment on: September 14, 2005 07:22:42 AM
Just to be sure, pattern A would be the green & white purse, right?  Well, I checked out the Simplicity site and saw something else that might be interesting.  It was pattern 4490 and all the purses don't require working with a zipper  Grin  Anyhow, I'll be happy to make an attempt on either one.



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429  Re: Anyone up for a handbag sewalong? in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions by loves2experiment on: September 14, 2005 05:01:26 AM
Is this the pattern you're referring to?  Which handbag is being made for the sewalong?

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430  Re: Strawberry Shortcake Costume... PLEASE HELP in Halloween Costumes by loves2experiment on: September 13, 2005 05:15:04 AM

      Do you sew?  There can't be more than three yards of fabric in that costume.  Pick up some pink gingham and Simplicity pattern #8851, and a few hours of quality time with your sewing machine later...you're set!




This is totally doable!  I didn't have too much trouble with it and my sewing skills are mediocre at best.  One year, I made the french maid costume for halloween and bought a feather duster to complete the outfit.  Word of caution, the skirt turned out scandalously short...or did I mess up? Tongue
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