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1  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Valentine's Word Search Card on: February 05, 2007 01:28:50 AM
I wanted to make my boy a special Valentine's Day Card, and so I made him a word search Smiley None of the circles below are actually printed on the card, he has to find them, but the "I Love You" is printed in red.



So what I did is write the note with all the words he's supposed to find underlined, this is what I wrote inside:

My Darling Nathan,

I love you so much! I just wanted to take this Valentines Day as an opportunity to tell you how much I adore you, and that Im yours forever, and Im so glad that you will be mine forever too!!  Cupid got an early start on me when he made you my baby back in August! You are my friend, but also my sweetheart.  Our hearts are full of wonderful feelings for each other!  You have filled my life with smiles, kisses, and love letters. Every day I thank God that we are together.

Your Alison

I didn't explicity explain that all those words are in the word search, but I am counting on his considerable intellect to figure out that the odd wording of the letter and the random underlining mean more than just that I have really strange writing skills Wink ... the phrase "Alison Loves Nathan So Much" is also in there for him to find, and I wrote that under a little drawing that I did inside the card and underlined it as well. I couldn't figure out how to work it into the text of the note...lol!

I had so much fun making it that I also made my friend a birthday card like this. It's super fun, and very easy to do!
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Dolly of myself (from Jess Hutchinson's Booklet!) on: January 06, 2007 07:35:33 PM
Ok, here's the scenario, My boyfriend left for a study trip to China a week before i had to leave to go back to college.  I told him I didn't know what I'd do with all my time when he was gone, and he said I could make him stuff. So I told him I didn't know what he liked, and he said "I like you."  I told him I couldn't make me for him, but then reconsidered (without telling him, of course). So I made him this silly doll (based on Jess Hutchinson's dolly pattern) and made it to look like the drawings I do of myself all the time. My bangs really go off to the right, but since I always see myself in the mirror my drawings always show my bangs going off to the left...so I did the same with my dolly Smiley haha...enjoy!



(and this is one of my doodles that I have been doing lately...)
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Labels for Embroidery Company on: May 11, 2006 12:43:04 PM
Hey Everyone,

My mom has recently become hooked on machine embroidery, she has a fancy machine and everything, and my aunt suggested that she start a small business so she can buy supplies and things wholesale. She does various small  projects for people and is hoping to start doing more. She called her business "Sharyn's Addiction" (very apt name, I believe!) and she wants to buy some of those little woven labels you can sew into things you make, know what I'm talking about? like this: http://www.charmwoven.com/page.html ... and anyway she's trying to decide what they should say.

She doesn't think "Created by Sharyn's Addiction" sounds very good or is very accurate, since she didn't actually create the item of clothing or the thing being embroidered, she just did it. What do you guys think? Any suggestions would be appreciated Smiley
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Long skirt to knee length skirt on: March 11, 2006 07:15:56 PM
My uncle bought me this skirt from bebe a while ago (which means that it was expensive!!) but it was totally not my style:



In my hand you can see that there are some little ties. There were 3 or 4 sets of ties up the sides of the skirt because the top layer of the skirt was not sewn up at the sides. I think it made my legs look really short.

So I decided to fix it up..why own an expensive skirt that you'll never wear? I unstitched the bottom panel from the bottom row of lace, took off the side ties and sewed up the sides. Then I rehemmed the slip so that it would  be shorter than the top layer (duh). I'm quite pleased with the result!

5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / My recent knittings: 2 hats and a throw on: January 15, 2006 10:52:59 AM
Just wanted to show off a few things I've knitted lately Smiley First I'll show my throw that I made, I got the pattern from "The Knitter's Bible" and I love it! It's 8 vertical stripes each done in a different cable stitch and it took quite a while but was definitely worth it!



*detail*



Next are a couple hats I made for my cousins for their birthdays. The first is for Casey who just turned 13. She requested a purple hat with polka-dots, which I reinterpreted as bobbles! 63 bobbles on this baby, so I hope she thoroughly enojoys it!




The second hat is for Kelly who is just about to turn 16. She requested a hat with small black and white stripes and so instead of being boring and making them evenly small stripes I decided to roll dice to decide on the width of each stripe!



And to spruce up the part with the jogs because of color changes I stitched a little row of x's vertically on the hat. I think it's a fun/cute detail!


6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Fashion Silhouette of Myself on: October 01, 2005 12:38:44 AM
When I am designing something that I think might be complicated I like to draw it first, and since I'm not really good at freehanding shapes I like to use those fashion silhouettes. The only problem is, I don't really look like this:



So I decided tonight (instead of going to bed like I should have) that I would make a fashion silhouette of myself. It was an interesting process...beginning with me feeling very silly standing in front of the mirror in only my undies and bra (and socks, but my feet weren't part of the final process anyway). I took a picture of myself because I don't really have anyone that I felt like I could say "hey, please take an almost-naked picture of me" to.

I opened up that picture and had a good look at myself and how I am really shaped. I started cutting away all of the things in the picture that weren't me (like my bedspread and the floor), using a freehand selection tool. When I had cut away everything I didn't want I saved the file as a .jpg and reopened it. I adjusted the threshhold so it was just a black shape of me. Then I made the blackness into a light grey so I could print it.

I printed out a copy of the light grey version, and a copy that I had saved of the semi-naked me cut out how I wanted it. I laid the grey one over the picture one and traced around my bra and underwear so that I would be able to tell where my boobs really end and all that good stuff. I also added some details like the fashion silhouettes sometimes have, my collarbones for example and also my breastbone so I could keep my center correct.

I took this picture and scanned it, and again adjusted the threshold so that it would be simply an outline of the things I wanted. I'm sure there would be some way to outline all this stuff directly in the computer, but it was hard and I'm tired.

Here is my final silhouette: now I can draw clothes and see how they will really turn look on my exact body type!



You'll notice that I have no head, I have nothing from my mid calves down, and one of my arms just ends. To avoid these problems I'd suggest these things: Put your hair up tightly so you can trace your neck/head more closely instead of guessing like I did, don't wear socks when you take the picture or your ankles look lumpy and again, you have to guess, and have someone else take the picture (you can wear a swimsuit or something if you don't like the underwear idea).

I guess that's about it.
7  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Bedside table button makeover! on: August 25, 2005 05:45:29 PM
I wanted to switch things around in my room a little bit and my new plan called for a little side table or something. I found this beauty at a thrift store for $7 or so and knew it had potential:



I sanded it with my dad's power sander and a little by hand sanding (where the power sander couldn't really do the fancy edging bits) since it's not really wood I couldn't just strip it. Then I painted 3 coats of white semi-gloss paint (from my garage, left over from room painting last summer). I wanted to jazz it up a bit but couldn't think how, and saw buttons and was inspired. I bought 5 little bags of mixed white buttons at Joannes and created a stripe pattern on the top (I would have liked to cover the whole top but realized I would need a LOT more buttons for that...). I also replaced the hideous handles with some new ones from OSH.

Tadaaah! I'm really happy with it. I might switch it with my current bedside table but I'm not sure yet.



Each button is hot glued on, I hope it holds.. I didn't want to drive to the store to get some other kind of glue. I think there are around 250 buttons.
8  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Wall-Filler on: August 01, 2005 09:36:23 PM
I had a huge gap on my wall. I thought about stretching fabric to hang on there, and I really love marimekko's fabrics..but I'm cheap and won't pay $45/yard or more for even incredibly cute fabric. So I bought a canvas and took it on...I'm really pleased with the result.



I'm really more into the whole sewing/knitting scene and have never really been pleased with my painting/drawing skills. This was a simple enough pattern that I like how it turned out!
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Hollister style top on: August 01, 2005 09:30:27 PM
I saw a shirt at Hollister a few months ago that I thought was really cute, they had replaced part of the shoulder with strips of another color of fabric like so:



I went on a missions trip to Montana with my church this past week (we got to paint houses and do a kids club thing...) and we got these free shirts that were just plain white with the youthworks logo on them. I decided mine needed to be prettified and I thought of that shirt, so this is what I did to it:




It doesn't say "Outhworks" it says "Youthworks"...I just had my arm in the way Sad

It was a little confusing getting the neckline to work out right but I pretty much just made it up as I went along and was really happy with the result!
10  California / California: Central / Consignment Stores, Bay Area on: May 04, 2005 06:28:46 PM
Hey Everyone! I was wondering if anyone knew of any good stores in the bay area where I could consign the stuff I make (journals, greeting cards, etc.) ... or any web sites that are based in the bay area, things like that. Any help would be appreciated!
Thanks,
Alison
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