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1  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 20 ENTRIES / Mr. T-Shirt says, "I pity the fool who uses plastic bags!" on: August 05, 2007 11:08:32 AM
O MY GOSH!  Martha Stewart totally snagged my idea!  Check it out!

I reconned my Mr. T t-shirt. He says, "I pity the fool who uses plastic bags." It is shown holding a big can of oatmeal, a bag of onions and four sweet potatoes.

I wanted something that was roughly the size and shape of a plastic shopping bag, but I also wanted simple, fast & easy.

Here's how I did it: I cut off the sleeves and a few inches from the bottom and made the neck hole an inch wider all around.

I turned it inside out, folded the bottom like so...

...pinned and sewed with a zig-zag stitch and a 1-inch seam allowence. I turned the shoulders into handles by tri-folding them like a business letter and sewing them crosswise four seams at one-inch intervals (two on either side of original shoulder seam) to hold the fold and reinforce.

When I turned it right side out, I top stitched the bottom seam to reinforce. Voila!
This one is shown holding a melon and a gallon of milk.

Thanks for looking!
Added story:  I took one of my t-shirt bags to a local grocery store, here in "yahoo!'s greenest city in America" and my checker eyed me very suspiciously and then suggested she put my purchase in a plastic bag and THEN put the PLASTIC bag INSIDE the reusable bag.  Sadly hilarious
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / easy glass sculpture on: May 21, 2007 06:48:20 PM
A couple summers ago I bought a bunch of glass vases on clearance at Gordmans, overturned them and stuck them on plant stakes -- voila -- glass yard sculpture.  At first I tried bamboo stakes but they bowed under the weight of the glass (in this photo I still have some bamboo and some synthetic).  I cut the stakes to various heights and played with big vases on short sticks and vice versa.  When the sun hits it in the morning it's beautiful!
3  CROCHET / Projects from The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller / short n sweet on: April 09, 2007 05:06:05 PM
This was fun to make--my first around the post crochet.  I used Caron Simply Soft in Autumn Red.  I opted against adding the sleave--I like the capped look.  Enjoy.

2007_12110008 by emilyaccordion, on Flickr

2007_12110011 by emilyaccordion, on Flickr
4  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Make Fat Fab Garlands out of Cheap Skinny Garlands! (complete w/ photos) on: November 28, 2006 12:33:52 PM
I have always wanted to buy real evergreen garlands like the ones that Martha Stewart drapes above her beautiful front door...but I have no money for that and simply cannot bear the skinny fake ones.  So, I came up with a simply, FREE, solution.

I took three sad skinny garlands and twisted them together and one regular fake wreath.

Then I got out my loppers and I cut a few small brancher here and there off the evergreens in my yard.

I took the small pieces and shoved them at random into the garland and wreath.  Last year I made a much bigger production out of it, securing the pieces with wire...but that was overkill.  I used three different kinds of evergreen.  I like my a little wild and bushy, but you could modify to whatever suits your tastes.  They look (I think) and SMELL real.  Good stuff.  Hope you enjoy!

(I have had much trouble in the past getting my photos to work.  I went through photobucket this time and I have my fingers crossed!)
5  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / looking for t-shirt pattern on: August 06, 2006 09:32:29 AM
Hello, crocheters!  I am looking for a pattern to make simple crochet t-shirt.  I"ve seen many finished projects on the knitting boards and I want to crochet one.  I've googled and looked around and cannot seem to find anything remotely resembling a classic t-shirt.

If you know of anything even CLOSE, I'd love to hear about it.

6  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Towel Cake For Bridal Shower--link to photo on: July 30, 2006 09:19:22 PM
First post!

I made this lovely faux wedding cake from the set of towels on my sister-in-law Jean's registry for her bridal shower this afternoon. The bottom tier of the cake is two bath sheets folded lengthwise twice. The middle tier is two hand towels folded into thirds. The top tier is two wash clothes folded in half.

They are wrapped around a cardboard tube that came inside a dorm-sized area rug which I cut to length ( I cut the tube, not the rug). Each tier is secured only by the ribbon (the kind with wire in it). I bought the bride and groom (who are not ethnically correct, darnit. They only had pastey white people) at Walmart (whattaya expect?). If I'd thought to look sooner I probably could have thrifted a bride and groom--too bad I'm completely incapable of planning ahead. I used a hot glue gun to stick the bride & groom to the cardboard tube--trying desparately to not get glue on the towels. The towels still have all their tags and everything, they are just tucked in.

I wish I'd thought to suggest to my mother in law that she get Jean a cakestand. I don't think Jean and Gus would ever have occasion to use a cakestand but that would have been a SWEET combination--great presentation at the shower. Although the cake alone was pretty great.

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