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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Fortune Teller Paper Lantern on: February 16, 2014 12:05:47 PM
Every since I saw this project, I was determined to do it! 

That is a 20" paper lantern covered in 225 origami fortune tellers.  I originally was going to use a different lantern, so I didn't think I needed as many, but change of plans....  Here are what 150 fortune tellers look like:

and on the lantern.... not even close to being enough:

Hung it up, and ended up adding the original lantern as well, here is with and without the lights on:

I am sooooo happy with the finished project!!!
Here is the tutorial i referenced:

Whatcha think?
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Growing an avocado tree in a self watering container on: July 26, 2013 05:08:19 PM
*ahem*  I hope this is the correct board, I don't believe I have ever posted any gardening experiments before! 

I found out that you can actually grow avocado trees from the pits that you get from avocados in the store.  After finding this out, I decided I have to try it!  I don't expect to have a forest of tasty avocados, I don't even really live in an area they normally grow.  However, I figured it would be fun, and why not?  I'm buying and eating them, I may as well use the pits for something, right?  I have had quite a few growing now, but here is the most successful so far:

Along the way, I found a fun way to create a "self watering" container.  I technically have to fill a reservoir with water, but only maybe once a week, but that's it.  It's made out of a 2 liter bottle and some duct tape.  Basically, there are holes in the upside down bit in the water, and it sucks up water from the reservoir as the soil tries out.  So far so good!

Two successful projects!  I have no idea what I'm going to do with the trees once they outgrown any indoor pot though... 
3  SEWING IN GENERAL / Machine Embroidery: Completed Projects / Here There be Monsters on: April 16, 2013 01:56:03 PM
My friend had a baby, and the nursery is pirate themed.  I wanted to make her something for it, and this is what I came up with

It isn't too fancy, considering I bought the embroidery design here:

But I am still very happy with how it turned out! 
4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Stash-bustin' card carrying wallet on: January 22, 2013 09:03:21 PM
I decided I needed a new wallet.  One that didn't need me to stick three cards into each slot (I can't refuse joining all those "membership" cards!)  I also determined that I would not buy ANYTHING for this project, and wanted to only use what I had.  So I pulled out all those scraps of fabric that I didn't have the heart to throw out, and mashed them all together.



Back Pocket Lining:

Inside (oh boy, these inside photos are really bad quality.  so sorry!)

Bottom pocket that shows the different fabrics used:

Top pocket, close up of the coin pocket:

I also created card slots behind both of the inside pockets:

Pockets pockets pockets.  I love pockets.  I also hate taking photos at night time, hence the less than stellar photo quality, but I couldn't wait!  I was quite happy that I was able to use up scraps that were too small for any major project on their own.
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Knit Covered Earbuds on: January 13, 2013 08:11:08 PM

Close up of the split:

Progress Shot:

Needless to say, I was very inspired by this post:
Although after a bit of Googling, I found out that this isn't entirely uncommon, but this post was definitely the first time I have seen it done!  As inspiring as it was, I sort of didn't follow her tutorial due to my hatred of doing icords... I can never get that first stitch in the row to be consistent.... 
Anyway.  I used a Premier Yarns brand of sock weight yarn, color "Picasso Marble".  Knitting needles are size 00, and I just knit the whole thing in the round.  The majority of the cord was 6 stitches per round, except for the that connector bit at the split, which was double that.  I also stopped a ways from the actual ear bud because it is supposed to wrap around the top of my ears, and I didn't want it to get chunky.  Because of the size of the yarn and needles, it took quite a bit of time, (almost three weeks!)  but I really love them!  I love how small the stitches look, I love how snug the cord is inside the knit... Love it love it love it!
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Plaid Winter Coat on: December 15, 2012 07:00:13 PM

I made myself a plaid winter coat!  Photos first, more details at the bottom.

Front and Back:

Collar can be worn up or down (intent was up, but I was pleasantly surprised when I filled it down)

Buttons.  I love buttons.  I thought I liked bound buttonholes until I decided it was a good idea to stick this many onto one project.  Total bound buttonholes on this guy = 15

Cuffs and welt pocket:

Back tab detail:

Whew!  I am sorry for all the photos, but this was a big project and I wanted to share.  OK!  Details:
I started with Simplicity 2508 but obviously made quite a few changes to the pattern.  I have this habit of, when I make coats, I make them super tight and fitted in the waist and flair out in the skirt.  Fun, but I wanted something different, and something that I could actually wear in the winter like over a sweater or something.  I also really wanted the long A-line silhouette when the coat is worn open, which I think I succeeded in (third photo down!).  It's not crazy loose but it's totally functional, and I love the way it hangs when unbuttoned.
Fabric used:
Plaid is this fabric I found at JoAnns, as part of their "Plaiditudes" collection.  I was drawn to it because it looked like wool plaid coating, but it is actually just thick brushed cotton.  Basically it's glorified flannel.  Anyway, it looks nice and is decently thick, but I wanted more body (back to the A-line thing) and more warm.  So I interlined it with one ply of heavyweight fusible interlining (probably more for crafts that apparel, but I wanted it stiff) plus 1 ply of fusible weft interlining.  I sandwiched one ply of wool suiting between the two, using the 2nd ply of interlining to secure it (random note, I always buy the wool suiting when it is on sale and in the remnant pile for this purpose!).
A note about the plaid fabric.  I was super excited that I was able to find a plaid in a fabric that at least LOOKED like outer wear, and didn't have to order online or anything like that.  However, it was really tough to work with because it was SOOO SKEWED.  You can see the full length photos above, it looks like it's almost twisting.  It made it very difficult to plaid match, and a big chunk of it on one side of the selvage that was particularly bad was almost unusable.  SOOOO if anyone is eyeballing this fabric, that's just a warning to you. Be prepared and buy a LOT more than you think you need, even more than normal for plaid matching purposes.
Lining was brushed back satan.  It's black; I didn't take any photos.  I added a back pleat and bubbled the bottom hem, both of which I think are necessities for semi fitted coat project.
The cuff and neck have separate pieces made from waffle fabric.  They both have one ply of fusible fleece inside them for extra warmth.  I added a grommet to the corners of the interior collar for some extra interest.
OH and I didn't take photos of this, but the pocket bags are lined with the same fabric so if I ever forget my gloves, my hands will be toasty warm inside the pockets.
If you notice, some of the buttons have this weird white coating on it.  I gave the coat a spray of Scotch Guard, and it caused the white stuff.  So odd....
I think that's it!  Just in time for the cold weather, I was really starting to sweat while taking the photos (which is probably why I wasn't smiling... haha!)  Let me know what you think!
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Bob-Omb on: July 03, 2012 08:19:23 PM
Until a few weeks ago, I was never able to knit anything not flat.  I can do scarves galore, but nothing 3-D.  I decided to change that, and here is first major completed project!

He's about 7" tall.  I'm happy he's able to stand on his own, but I did misjudge his weight a bit; I don't think I can add a key into the back without off-balancing him now.  Oh well, something to remember for next time...

Watcha think?
8  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 71 ENTRIES / Magazine bead fringe necklace on: February 05, 2012 04:51:01 PM
Whoo!  My first challenge!

My goal was to create something with a more fashion-y feel out of something cheap Smiley  I made all of the magazine beads.  Both the dangling wooden beads at the end as well as the big wooden round beads at the top were found at the thrift store.  I had to buy the seed beads, though!

Here are the separate layers:

Close up:

And on me!

Oh hey, this was my first time using the timer on the camera.  No more mirror photos, thank you very much!

Please let me know what you think!

Oh yeah, I was inspired by this post:
Thanks for reminding me of how much fun DIY paper beads are!

9  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Double Knit Argyle Skull Scarf on: January 20, 2012 08:16:56 PM
Ok, a few years ago, I knitted this:

I decided now that this scarf wasn't wide enough, and decided I want to make a bigger one.  Soooo I drafted up some new charts and came up with this guy:

I used that "super soft" acrylic yarn, and it definitely lives up to it's name!  I don't show it well in the photos, but it's really long, about 10 feet Tongue  It's about 8" wide. 

Here's the front/back of one side for your reference:

It took about 6 months to finish 3 feet of it.... and one month to finish the rest.  Go figure... ha! Let me know what you think!
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Fake Fur + Winter? on: September 07, 2009 08:12:56 PM
I'm gearing up to make myself another coat, and I was contemplating making the collar out of fake fur.  Like, that big super fluffy monster fake fur.  Problem is, I live in an area that is wet.  Rains at least once a week, usually more... and because this is going to be a fall/winter coat, it will have to deal with some snow.

Basically, I was wondering anyone knows how well the fur stands up to this weather.  I mean, it's not going on the entire coat, just the collar, but it will be a big collar!  And I don't want to spend the time adding it if it going to end up all nappy looking and weird in a week. 

Any experience, anyone? 

Thank you!
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