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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Re: Share your Mess...Then let's clean it up! on: October 23, 2008 01:21:16 PM
I've totally got tile and mess envy too.  I should take pics now and start over again.
2  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: The All Things Oz Swap Gallery on: October 13, 2008 10:08:52 AM
Yeah...if you look at Myrna's shots of it you'll see there are little red wings on the back  Cheesy

I actually bought grey for the wings but I wasn't happy with the hue and thought the red went better with the stylized look of the rest of it.
3  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: The All Things Oz Swap Gallery on: October 13, 2008 07:58:14 AM
Yeah...the hoody is at least loosely inspired by the flying monkey costume from the movie - were I any good at direct translations of anything I'd be working for the UN Wink

Here's a pic of the full front with my son in it.  He wants one now too.



It was a spur of the moment flash of inspiration that came to me at the fabric store to make it so when I was buying I was going by my memory image of the costume and not the real deal.  I completely forgot about the white bits which would have made it more obviously flying monkey-esque.  I'd never really worked with polar fleece before this project.  It was very forgiving in ways I hadn't imagined and unforgiving in ways I thought I had covered.  I think next time I choose to applique fleece to fleece I'll use quilter's spray adhesive or something to stabilize it.  If you lot have any suggestions in that capacity, I would appreciate them!
4  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: The All Things OZ Swap-CLOSED on: October 10, 2008 08:56:45 AM
I've received!  Thank you so much Mz. Mynx!  Everything is super cute!

Pictures forthcoming!
5  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: The All Things Oz Swap Gallery on: October 09, 2008 08:53:25 AM
Oh my!  I've been such a busy bunny lately I totally haven't kept up with all this fun stuff!  I didn't even clue in that Myrna received!  The rest is on its way!

Everything looks great.  It's wonderful to see the breadth and scope of skills learned and employed in this swap and how everyone has their own, unique take on Oz.

6  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Sewing Machine / Serger Q&A on: October 03, 2008 12:22:05 PM
Try doing a test run on the same fabric you're about to sew at a higher level of tension.  When I sew woven fabrics I usually use 'default' tension settings - meaning that while my tension dials go from 0-9 I use a three as that's what is considered the default for my machine.  If I'm serging lightweight knits I usually engage the differential feed and up the tension to between 4 & 5.  If I'm doing heavier knits I lower it again to between 2 & 3.  I find that if I can see the stitching when the seam is right side out then it's because the needle tension isn't set high enough.
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Flamenco Dresses on: October 01, 2008 08:00:21 AM
They're all so stunning!  I've always wanted a flamenco dress!
8  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: The All Things OZ Swap-CLOSED on: October 01, 2008 06:53:56 AM
I sent large and small - they wouldn't accept medium because of its awkward dimensions and their lack of accommodating vessels in which to ship it.  So I either tweak the project or I find my own packing materials for it (which they still may not accept.)  Ho hum.  So frustrating. 

Are you mailing from the U.S.? They take just about any shaped package as long as you use the right tape and things are secure. Try building your own box out of other boxes. Just cut to fit, tape, and wah-lah! I do that quite often when I sell something on eBay that's oddly shaped and never had a problem with the post office taking it.



I'm shipping from Canada to the US.  Unfortunately there's a distinct lack of boxes in my home as I rather obsessively break them down and get them into the recycling box as soon as possible whenever one makes its way in.  That said, a friend with a car and I are going to hit the liquor store tonight and grab some of their boxes and see what we can come up with.
9  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: The All Things OZ Swap-CLOSED on: September 30, 2008 04:35:33 PM
I sent large and small - they wouldn't accept medium because of its awkward dimensions and their lack of accommodating vessels in which to ship it.  So I either tweak the project or I find my own packing materials for it (which they still may not accept.)  Ho hum.  So frustrating. 
10  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: My (kitsch)en- many gal. of paint harmed in the making... on: September 27, 2008 10:49:25 AM
Wow.  That's a fantastic do-over.  I love the painted tiles and all of the colours you chose.  It looks so wonderful and cozy and kitcheny now!
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