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1  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / McCall's 5367-Infant Dress, hat and panties on: July 02, 2007 10:16:17 AM




I made this dress, hat and panties as a gift for a friend's baby.  I love this style of dress for little girls!!  The pattern was very easy to follow, and while it is from the "Sew and Save" line, it was easy but not very quick.

I hope you like it.
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Kitchen renovation (before and after pictures) on: April 11, 2007 08:09:24 PM
Here is a before and after picture of our kitchen renovation.  (Larger image here.)  We are completely re-doing the house my husband bought before we got married.  After this phase is complete we will be putting on an addition.



So far in the kitchen we have opened the space to the living room, installed corrugated metal ceilings with rope light behind the crown moulding, re-sheetrocked, painted, installed new light fixtures, stripped and re-stained the cabinets, and had granite countertops installed.

We still need to build the cabinet doors and spiff up the cabinet interiors, but the bulk is complete.

There are more pictures and details on my blog.
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Is painting the outside of your house "exterior decorating?" on: April 11, 2007 11:27:03 AM
My husband and I are renovating our house, and getting ready to put on an addition. He bought the house in 2001 and started renovating it soon after. With all of the renovations, the exterior looked a little busy with brick, vinyl siding and wooden siding. To remedy this, we decided to paint the whole exterior.

Since everyone loves a before and after, I have two. The before pictures were taken soon after he purchased it and the afters were taken at the end of last month.

You can click here for a larger view, but this is the front.


And here's the back. Here it is larger.


Paint colors are on my blog.

I hope to post some mid-renovation kitchen pictures soon, but that will be in interior decorating.
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Short row shoulder shaping question... 1st sweater on: February 24, 2007 11:37:37 AM
So I'm knitting my first sweater, 3xChic from knitty.  I am making a medium.  I've decided to use short rows for the shoulder shaping.  Here is what the original pattern:
SHOULDER SHAPING
BO 5 (6, 7) sts at the beginning of the next 4 rows.
BO 4 (5, 6) sts at the beginning of the next 2 rows.
Next row: BO remaining 21 stitches.

Here is what I have so far:
Row 1: Knit to the last 7 stitches slip next stitch pwise, yarn to front, return slipped stitch to left needle, yarn to back.
Turn.

Row 2: Purl to the last 7 stitches slip next stitch pwise, yarn to back, return slipped stitch to left needle, yarn to front.
Turn.

Row 3: Knit to the last 13 sts, slip next stitch pwise, yarn to front, return slipped stitch to left needle, yarn to back.
Turn.

Row 4: Purl to the last 13 sts, slip next stitch pwise, yarn to back, return slipped stitch to left needle, yarn to front.
Turn.

Row 5: Knit to the last 18 sts, slip next stitch pwise, yarn to front, return slipped stitch to left needle, yarn to back.
Turn.

Row 6: Purl to the last 18 sts, slip next stitch pwise, yarn to back, return slipped stitch to left needle, yarn to front.
Turn.


But where to go from here.  I've looked at this tutorial on knitty, which is how I got this far, but I don't understand how to bind off for the neck and pick up the wraps without having an extra row on one shoulder.

Thanks in advance.
5  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / "That's the way we became the..." Save the Date Cards! on: March 15, 2006 02:43:37 PM




I thought that the concept of "Brady Bunch" would be fun, since we are melding our "dog families."

I'm hoping that I can find some better pictures of my fiance and me, because I'm not very fond of these two.

I used PhotoShop Elements to create the front and then saved the image and put it into Publisher.  Please ignore the "I can't spell" red underline under the web address on the front of the card.  I found the Brady Bunch-esque font at DaFont.com.

What do y'all think?
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Knit stitch question... on: December 03, 2005 06:24:08 PM
I have been knitting for over a year.  While that is not very long, I have gotten pretty good at it.  I went to knitting help to watch the video about short row shaping and realized that I might be doing my knit stitch incorrectly.  Instead of wrapping my yarn clockwise around the tip of the right needle, I wrap my yarn counterclockwise, going between the needles first.

Is that wrong? and...

If so, what will happen?

All of my knit fabric looks fine, i.e. no wierd lumps or unraveling, but I'm worried.

THanks for your help.
7  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Days of the Week... not just for panties anymore! on: May 11, 2005 07:54:02 AM
Here are some Days of the Week dish towels I made for my mom for Mother's Day.  We both grew up going to Camp Winnataska, a summer camp with lots of singing, and the idea came from a song that we sing there.



Both together


Monday's Close-up


Tuesday's Close-up

I got some great advice in this topic before I started.  The images are clip art that I printed out and transfered to flour sack cloth with dressmaker's transfer paper.  After I finished the emboidery I cut them out and machine sewed them (white around the edge, black machine feather stitch inside the blanket stitch) to some lovely towels from Martha's everyday collection.  They were a big hit with Mom.

FYI: Here's the song
MONDAY WASHDAY

Today is Monday,
Today is Monday.
Monday wash day.
All my loving brothers I wish the same to you.

Today is Tuesday,
Today is Tuesday.
Tuesday string beans, Monday wash day.
All my loving brothers I wish the same to you.

Today is Wednesday,
Today is Wednesday,
Wednesday roast beef, Tuesday string beans, Monday wash day.
All my loving brothers I wish to same to you.

Today is Thursday,
Today is Thursday,
Thursday soup, Wednesday roast beef, Tuesday string beans, Monday wash day.
All my loving brothers I wish to same to you.

Today is Friday,
Today is Friday,
Friday fish, Thursday soup, Wednesday roast beef, Tuesday string beans, Monday wash day.
All my loving brothers I wish to same to you.

Today is Saturday,
Today is Saturday,
Saturday payday, Friday fish, Thursday soup, Wednesday roast beef, Tuesday string beans,
Monday wash day.
All my loving brothers I wish to same to you.

Today is Sunday,
Today is Sunday,
Sunday church, Saturday payday, Friday fish, Thursday soup, Wednesday roast beef, Tuesday
string beans, Monday wash day.
All my loving brothers I wish to same to you.

Each of the cabins is a different day of the week and it turns lunch into a screaming match.  Ever so much fun, by the way.

8  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Embroidering on ticking stripe kitchen towels????? on: May 04, 2005 08:09:27 AM
So I want to embroider kitchen towels for my mother for Mother's Day (can you say procrastinate).  I bought these lovely dyed ticking striped kitchen towels from Martha's everyday collection at the Big K but now I'm having buyers remorse.  Will it look okay? 

There are seven towels: lavender with periwinkle stripes, light green with light blue stripes, yellow with periwinkle stripes, light blue with periwinkle stripes, light salmony orange with lavender stripes, pink with periwinkle stripes, and light red with dark red stripes.

They are all pastel-ish, so I think that they are okay, but I have never embroidered on anything but solid fabric (and haven't embroidered in years).

I came here fro expert advice.  What do y'all think.

Procrastinatin' in Alabama!
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Is Paton's Up Country yarn Discontinued? on: January 27, 2005 07:59:34 AM
So I only started knitting last fall but I have really been enjoying it.  I decided yesterday to try kool-aid dying some yarn to see if I like the result.  I went to Michael's to find an inexpensive 100% wool yarn to practice on and bought 1 skien of Paton's UpCountry.  It dyed well and I am considering getting more to dyed for a felted purse.  I went to the Paton's Yarns' website today to get some more info on the yarn (basically to see if it would felt) and did not find it listed.  Do they make it anymore?  Michael's has a bunch, plenty for a purse, but I was thinking it would be perfect for a sweater next.

Anyone??
10  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Interface Flor Reviews on: December 15, 2004 08:20:31 AM
A question to all of you craftsters out there...

Has anyone used the Interface Flor products?  I saw mentions of it in the posts  here and here, but I want some of you to share your experiences, if anyone has any.  I was thinking of this for my dining room shown below, now that Lowe's carries it.  My dining room is 12 x 27 (yes, it is oddly proportioned). I have since ripped up the rust colored shag carpeting only to find 1/3 of the room with faux pebble sheet linolium and 2/3 with rust colored vinyl tile.  The old 1980's pizza place light fixture is also gone.  (It fell on my head!)  I have a large (8-10) person dining table and china cabinet at the end of the room pictured in the top photo.  The second photo show the end of the room that has an entry to the kitchen (opening on the left) and the den (the door on the right)   As you can see (sort of, my camera is old) the room has lots of natural light.  What do y'all think.  Is interface flor the way to go?

Thanks!





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