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11  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Cord skirt with side design. on: April 16, 2006 10:58:15 AM
I made reconed an old pair of cords with the regular jeans to - skirt technique, but added some design to the side.  I think it works pretty well.

12  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Magazine Bowls (idea from previous post) on: April 16, 2006 10:51:59 AM
I finished up two magazine bowls using the tute from http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=71395.0.  I really like this idea and am starting a HUGE bowl...kinda like a floor vase.  I just wanted to bring this idea up again and show off what I have done with so far.  When I am done the floor vase I will post.  Thanks for the great idea!

My first one -  I like the idea of bending it.

The second I gave a way as a present, so it's not as artsy.

13  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Beer Cap Frig Magnets on: April 16, 2006 10:42:43 AM
My ex boyfriend collected bottle caps for about a year. So I promptly took them and told him he would get a craft as payment.  This is what I came up with.  I used scrapbooking letters for the inside of the caps.  Some I flipped to put letters in and some I put the magnet inside so they are flush with the frig. I think they turned out way cool.  I wish I would have kept them for myself  Wink  The words say "Got Beer."

14  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Box with tissue decopage (Image heavy) on: April 16, 2006 10:36:12 AM
I got a set of boxes with candy in them from an office mate for Christmas.  I took one of the boxes and decopaged tissues (neat 1950's kitschy design)  all over the box.  The quote says " She threw herself eagerly into the baths of unsuitable men"

15  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Picture frame out of a window frame on: April 16, 2006 10:29:43 AM
I got this window frame from a flea market.  I used masking tape and put in a mediocre photo of a barn that I took a long time a go in it.  It gave it a whole new life for the frame and the photo. 

16  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Quotation Board on: April 16, 2006 10:09:53 AM
I took a old board, painted it white, then wrote a great quote on it.  There were nails already in the board off center, so I hung dried flowers and paper flowers from it.  I think it turned out pretty neat.

17  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / Measuring is the Key-Tank Recon Comparison on: February 10, 2006 09:38:13 PM
Today is my first day of posting though not reading, so I can't believe I have missed that there was a curvy craftster section!!!  Glad to see it  Smiley  Anyways,  I posted a tank I made today in the other Recon topic, but I think frequenters of this thread might be interested as well.  Here is the link the my other post of my Tank Recon:  http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=79284.msg744340#msg744340

I used an idea from another craftster to create my tank (her link is in my post).  As you will see, I am pretty busty and definitely a plus size, so when adapting the tut for my plus size figure, measuring was key!  My pattern for the sides of the tank looked almost opposite of the one in the tutorial so much so that I thought I did it wrong (and I kinda did...when you are busty...you can't have the "back" part of the pattern stick out as far as the "front." Needless to say,  I had to adjust my pins).  One thing I learned (besides I don't have boobs on my back, thus do not need to allow for them in the pattern...heehee)  is trust your measurements and your own instincts!  Here is what my pattern ended up looking like for any curvy girls that would also like to try this cool idea. 

(Remember one side has to be less angled out)

I think the key with any clothing construction is to take an idea and make it fit your own body...thats the best thing about making your own clothes!  I was also thinking that using this kind of tank construction and making a more empire waist-loose fabric hanging from the bust line - would be cute.  Hope this helps!
18  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / Button Up Shirt Help - Recon? on: February 10, 2006 08:58:36 PM
I was wondering if anyone knows how to recon a button up shirt to be more fitted.  My problem is that I am rather larger chested but I go in in the middle.  I have to buy shirts that will button yet not gap, but they end up making me look boxy.  I so want that tailored curvy look.  I am pretty good with a sewing machine, but self taught.  If someone could give me a starting point on how to cut and re-sew or add darts...anything!!!  I would appreciate it.  Thanks!!!
19  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Big Photo Ribbon Wall on: February 10, 2006 07:09:29 PM
When I moved into this apartment, I had this huge disconnected wall that I didn't know how I was going to cover.  I really love postcards and random paper that I find around town and I love collages, but because this was my first "grown up" apartment, I didn't want to just go to town with push pins on the walls with random crap as I have done in the past.  I came across one of those fluffy photo ribbon thingys in a store and thought...hey! I should do that to my wall!   I just did a little math and marked off the squares then used the black ribbon as a base grid and added colored ribbon to create kind of a plaid look. I used push pins that coordinate at the cross of the black ribbons only.  The colored ribbons are only secured at the top and bottom with matching push pins and weaved in and out of the black to give the intersections some tension. The only draw back is that depending on the type of ribbon, I have some "druppage" during hot or humid days, but that doesn't bother me too much. I stick all sorts of things that matter to me at the time (ticket stubs, cards, photographs) in the ribbon crosses.  It's great because I can change it all the time -- My wall never has to look the same.  Hope you like! (sorry about image quality)

20  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Pillow Slip Covers on: February 10, 2006 06:43:38 PM
I got these two UGLY couches for free and decided to slip cover them in black, but I had the UGLY pillows to deal with.  So I got a few yards of fabric I thought went with my other stuff and made these slip covers for the pillows.  I am not much of a measurer so they turned out different shapes (some more rectangle than square), but I think they turned out pretty rad.  I didn't know what to do with the open end, so I just folded them and used safety pins to close the flap.  I think the safety pins kinda add to an industrial look I was going for. This is a really cool project because it takes little effort but has a BIG impact.  (sorry for the image quality).  If anyone knows a better way to close the pillow up, I am alllllllll for suggestions!  Thanks!

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