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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / what to make with........ on: November 01, 2006 11:47:47 PM
Hoping someone can help me out:

I bought a TON of cute, cheap fabric from Fabricland when one of their locations was closing. The problem is, I'm a novice sewer and I'm not sure what to make with the kinds of fabric that I bought  Undecided


I have a bunch of different prints in this fabric...semi-sheer, thin...stuff? hahaha.

And also this houndstooth:

So, any suggestions/links for simple projects? I'm thinking skirts and dresses <3
Thanks guys!!!!!!!!!!!
2  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Mother Nature costume! (pic heavyyy) on: October 25, 2006 07:32:51 PM
Wow, it's been a while since I've done any crafting! So I thouroughly enjoyed working on my Halloween costume.


Here I am, modelling my Mother Nature ensemble...I made the whole thing today, so there was definitely no time to sew. Instead, I borrowed my sister's nightgown  Grin
http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c288/MLusk/costume006.jpg

The accesories I made to go with:
http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c288/MLusk/costume009.jpg

Close-up of wand, and a segment of belt:
http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c288/MLusk/costume011.jpg

Me, wearing my crown and very satisfied with the days work!:


I'm still working on a few things...Going to get some "viney stuff" and make wrist cuffs instead of bracelets. Should I do some kind of painting/drawing on my arms, or is that too much?? What about footwear? And I'm also looking for a clever way to attach some kind of "pet", preferably a squirrel.

Any advice or comments appreciated!!!
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Yay I made stuff!! (pic obese) comments pleeeease! on: March 04, 2006 07:04:43 PM
Oh, have I been  productive today! An advanced warning, some of the pics are blurry  Sad Sorry, I broke the good camera!

1. Okay, I finally made one of those cute bib shirts I have seen around here:
http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c288/MLusk/DIY005.jpg
close-up of details - I love the elephant fabric, from when I was little!
http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c288/MLusk/DIY008.jpg
everything on this shirt was hand stitched, sequins are a bit annoying.

2. made out of my beloved CSSRA (Canadian Secondary School Rowing Association) T-shirt. It's the BIGGEST regatta but they always sell out of small shirts so I reconed my big one from last season.
http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c288/MLusk/DIY004.jpg
The red part looks kind of akward so I'm keeping it tucked inside til we can figure out how to fix it. its convertable!  Smiley
http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c288/MLusk/DIY002.jpg

3. A simple tee. Hope I don't get sued, ripped the design off of paul frank  Grin
http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c288/MLusk/DIY009.jpg
http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c288/MLusk/DIY011.jpg
"...and that's when I snapped."

4. Okay fiiiinally my sweater  Cheesy Haha took a while to decide I *would* wear it in public.
http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c288/MLusk/DIY013.jpg
and some lovely closeup shots.
http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c288/MLusk/DIY017.jpg
http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c288/MLusk/DIY015.jpg
http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c288/MLusk/DIY016.jpg
The front it completely plain, I *think* I'll leave it that way and just add some kind of interesting zipper pull...any ideas??

Thanks for viewing, sorry this was giant, comments/criticisms verrry welcome  Smiley
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Adventures in Handsewing - a shirt*PIC HEAVY-ISH.* on: February 18, 2006 07:54:37 PM
Hey guys. I decided that I had done enough procrastinating, and tonight was the night I would actually MAKE something! Because I'm mediocore with a sewing machine, I decided to hand sew. Here's one of my first recons (sorry no 'before' pic, but I'm sure you can picture an XL, long-sleeved polo with a white collar Smiley):

On the floor (not looking very flattering):
http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c288/MLusk/shirt004.jpg

On Me (a little better!):
http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c288/MLusk/shirt003.jpg

Modelled with my $1 value village belt <3. The back has the same deep V-neck, but i forgot a pic of that too! lol.

Closeup of details - Heart, button at neckline, and shoulder ties:
http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c288/MLusk/shirt008.jpg
http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c288/MLusk/shirt007.jpg
http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c288/MLusk/shirt006.jpg

Overall it is pretty lopsided and not very polished looking. something to do with my impatience and lack of planning  Wink but it's super comfy, and I'm happy with it. Think I should add anything?? Maybe a tie at the waist?? Thanks for looking!

-M
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Decorations for my new room. *pic heavy* on: February 06, 2006 06:13:33 PM
Hey Guys.

I'm working on redecorating my room with the theme 'rowers paradise'. I can't really do too much until we get it painted this weekend, but I made a few little decorations that I thought I'd show off.

The first is an incense holder I made with sand and shells, a glass holder, and umm...incense! haha.
http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c288/MLusk/misc039.jpg

Detail of the top with a starfish and some shells:
http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c288/MLusk/misc040.jpg

And two smaller ones I made, one with a candle and one just for decoration:
http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c288/MLusk/misc047.jpg


Any ideas with what I can do with the rest of this stuff?? - tons of shells, loose and in necklace form, a giant (abalone??) shell, another glass tube thing, candles, my cork/magnet board, and that paper stuff (?) you'll see in the pic below?

http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c288/MLusk/misc034.jpg

lol any ideas and feedback welcome.
Thanks for looking!  Grin
6  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Crafty Charitable/Social Causes / Donations for Team Diabetes on: February 02, 2006 04:38:16 PM
Hey everyone. I'm raising money for the Canadian Diabetes Association, with a big goal set ($6300). The whole story can be found in my other cry for help Wink  :

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=77564.0

After a super generous craftster volunteered to send me some stuff to sell (thank you KNichole!!), I decided to give it a try and see if anyone else would donate items, or sell them to me for a discounted price. I know that is a lot to ask, as many of you spend lots of time on your stuff, but keep in mind it is for a great cause!! So if any of you are turning out items like crazy and wondering what to do with them, or just want to send a thing or 2 to help out, post here or pm me for my address. thanks!!!!

For more info on Team Diabetes and other ways to get involved, check out www.teamdiabetes.ca
7  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Tips for Participating in Craft Fairs / Item ideas for fundraising -- help please!!! on: February 01, 2006 05:24:07 PM
Hey everyone.

I recently signed up to run a marathon for the Canadian Diabetes Association, and I'm super-pumped to get training. The only catch is that I have to raise $6300 for the cause. Luckily I have about 8 or 9 months to get this done. Among other ideas, I have thought of renting a booth at one or more local craft fairs next spring/summer. I'm anticipating that the majority of attendants would be adults with children, or older adults. Basically, I am looking to make simple items for maximum profit (I dont feel evil as it IS for charity, and I would keep pricing reasonable). I have some basic sewing skills and a machine, have completed some beading projects (nothing too advanced). Does anyone have ideas for these kinds of items? So far I have thought of beadwork, stenciled tees, and melt and pour soaps. Anything would help!

Thanks so much! -Marissa
8  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / 'Rower's Paradise' room...??? on: January 25, 2006 12:28:42 PM
Hey guys.

I am re-decorating my bedroom this spring, and as always at a loss for ideas. I would like to incorporate rowing into my design, as it's one of my fave pastimes and a giant chunk of my life. Any ideas for projects? other, more general tips for decorating awesomeness would also be appreciated.

Thanks so much! Marissa  Smiley
9  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / Kitty sweaters on: December 11, 2005 11:05:47 PM
Thought I'd post a hint for all of the other lazy catowners out there...You know those silly teddybear dress-up clothes that they sell at Michaels and the like? Instant kitty (or small doggie, i guess) Halloween costume!





Here is my lovely Milo modelling his fishermans cableknit sweater (lol), and an equally stunning jack-o-lantern costume! Awww! So he doesn't exactly love them  Undecided he does love to play with the fur trim on the pumkin one though. And he walks like a bulldog with them on. hehe.
10  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / 2 bags + AMAZING bonus...heheh. on: December 11, 2005 05:09:14 PM
Hey Guys...

After stumbling upon the site a couple of weeks ago, I have found myself very inspired! Stencilling and recon just wasn't enough, so I've voyaged into the crazy world of sewing. Here are a couple of bags I made:



This was my 'demo bag'. My mom was helping me, and we made it pretty quickly as it didn't have a lining or anything. It turned out pretty nicely, so I'll probably use it.



Here is a closeup of the fabric I used - so cute! My mom bought it when my sister and I were little but never used it.



Here is my second bag, a present for my friend Erin. We couldn't quite figure out the whole lining thing (well I could, but my mom insisted I was wrong  Tongue). It took a lot longer than the demo, but it turned out pretty nicely. The fabric was only $3/metre at Fabricland!!



Closeup of the pretty pattern. A word of advice - although beautiful, this silky polyester blend stuff is a nightmare to sew!!

And finally, the amazing bonus I promised...this may require some explanation first. My boyfriend got pretty bored as my mom and I were sewing away, and so he decided to 'create' a lovely outfit. Dont ask me what the thing on his head is... Huh



Thought you would all get a kick out of my 'crafty' boyfriend! Any comments / questions appreciated. Thanks for looking!  Grin

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