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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / I'm loving/hating so many refashioning blogs right now. on: January 24, 2012 09:40:19 PM
There are so many talented people out there who make beautiful things out of some seriously ugly stuff but lately I find myself really annoyed with them.  I think it's the presentation.

For starters there are the before photo's that seem to say "look how huge this dress is" when the sewist is a tiny young thing and the original dress is approximately my size and looks like it could have been in my closet a few years back.  Some fashions bring back fond memories, others not-so-much and the latter is not amusing.

And then there are the tutorials that are less than impressive when I try the same thing on a similar item and inevitably come up with something 5 sizes too small..  I don't know how many lovely men's shirts I've destroyed trying to follow some of the tutorials for making them into something feminine and cute.  I probably have enough cut up shirts to get started on a quilt at this point.  I won't quit trying but it's realllly frustrating!




2  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Local Attraction Swap on: September 25, 2011 05:18:47 AM
I've finally managed a photo of the items that I recieved from CraftyOrange...except for the sticker that said "Reading is Sexy"  The photo was taken at church, so y'all will have to forgive me for excluding it.  I'm a total bookworm, so the book shop shirt was an excellent choice and every teacher needs a pencil case with a surfing cat on it!

I'm using this one for make-up.  I teach adults who seem to think it's unprofessional not to wear any.  However, I have to get up so darned early that if I don't take it with me, I don't wear it.

3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Five-Dollar-Dinner Cookalong? on: September 24, 2011 08:44:04 AM
I'm reading some of these and I think that my budget is homesick because I'm living in S. Korea right now and I went shopping today.  Carrots were about 80 cents each and enough chopped beef for one single persons dinner was about $5.00 and it was kind of tough.  A dozen eggs cost about $2.20.  So far, my best budget plan has been to spend no more than 10,000 won per day.  I don't always spend it, so I use the "leftovers" on days when I need a little more.
4  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Local Attraction Swap on: September 24, 2011 12:32:40 AM
I just heard that my partner recieved today and I promise I will get a picture of me with my new t-shirt, pencil case, and sticker even if I have to wear said shirt to church tomorrow!

Also, I'm really impressed by how well themed everything is in some of these swaps.  Koreans love American and European-ish style so much that I had trouble finding a t-shirt.  I hope that she likes it!
5  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Crafty Charitable/Social Causes / Re: My Little Dresses for Africa on: September 15, 2011 03:05:53 AM
One Sunday after church, a few pals and I made these dresses and someone from the orphanage tagged us all on facebook using this picture.

6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: bulletin board brainstorming - i could use some creative idears! on: September 15, 2011 02:48:26 AM
GOOD JOB...but now you are definitely stuck with it for as long as your kids go to that school!
7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: bulletin board brainstorming - i could use some creative idears! on: August 12, 2011 01:45:17 AM
How about a hand or hands lifting up a heart with a sunrise in the background?
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Cute ways to make a dress larger? on: July 13, 2011 02:05:37 PM
Today I found the cutest 80's style Laura Ashley summer dress in a thrift store for $4.00

Problem:  It's too small and has almost nothing extra hidden away in the seams.

I'm looking for some ways to make this dress larger and cuter.

I am thinking about opening up all of the seams and adding strips of coordinating fabrics and then maybe embellishing it a bit, but I'm a bit nervous and would love to see some examples of dress recons that go from a smaller size to a larger size.  There seem to be a lot that go in the other direction.
9  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: how to make leaves of soap on: May 20, 2008 07:18:08 PM
I just made a batch of olive oil soap last night.  I plan to mill it to make it harder, but while it is still very soft, one could easily use a cheese slicer to make small leaves of soap.  You will still have to allow time for it to cure before you use it.  I've never used melt and pour, so I don't know how hard it would be, but it is probably harder than newly made soap.  Prepare the lye solution ahead of time and use a stick blender and it isn't nearly the trouble that some people make it out to be.

good luck!
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Free patterns...worth the price? on: March 03, 2008 05:00:26 PM
That's the pattern that I'm using.  I bought the three skeins of yarn and I am nearly finished with the second with 16 inches left to go on the scarf.  I frogged the first attempt at the hat.  I am using the size 13 needles that were called for and I still think that the scarf is too wide and that the hat would barely fit a toddler.  I've decided that I can live with an extra wide scarf, but I'm not sure how I'm going to fix the hat pattern
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