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31  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Dragon dress: Garden Part 3 PLUS TUTE! Finally. on: August 28, 2010 05:19:37 PM
Thanks for the tutorial!  After much pinning, revamping, and changing of the bodice (to make it more modest for church), I came up with this:

Trial version:

Final version:

Both are actually wearable, which is an improvement from some of my other patterns (apparently, I'm long-waisted, but short between the shoulders and bust). Just for fun, I took a picture of the before pattern (which I misdrafted at first), and the pattern piece I ended up using for the top bodice:

It's unlike any other pattern piece I've used for a bodice, which could explain some things.  Smiley
32  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Party Planning / Re: Mini Happy Birthday on: August 28, 2010 05:12:49 PM
Cute cake!  I bet your friend loved it!

33  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / Re: Death's Head Hawkmoth shirt on: August 28, 2010 02:44:49 PM
Thanks!  I'm not really very good at painting, but I do like doing it, so this was a fun project to work on! The bonus is that my partner really likes it, too!  Smiley
34  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Stash hot pads for college on: August 28, 2010 02:42:53 PM
I suppose that's one positive to leaving the binding off (manly potholders. Who knew?). If I could have riveted them, it would have been an instant success, I suppose (either that, or if I'd found computer board fabric).  Wink
35  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: Crepe Paper Flowers on: August 28, 2010 02:40:47 PM
Thanks!  I did the magnolia mostly because we had a magnolia tree in our back yard when I was growing up (it's still there, actually).  And lots of roses, now that I think about it.  I would like it if they smelled, too, but I bet there are people with allergies that would like to have some flowers that don't make their noses run.  Wink
36  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: craftalong to post a project on every completed projects board in craftster 2010 on: August 28, 2010 02:35:49 PM
Thanks!  I really have been doing things. My son was just hogging the camera computer until he moved out last week for college.  Smiley  I still need pictures of my daughter's dress,and swim cover-up, my son's shorts, and three things from the color swap I organized in April.  Shocked   Fortunately, I made a list of all the boards along with the ones I've finished, and the projects for the ones I haven't posted, so I don't forget.  Smiley

But I got half of my finished projects posted!  Smiley 

I really enjoyed painting the t-shirt. I like to paint, even if my drawing skills are minimal and I can't shade particularly well.  I guess it's because I watched too much Bob Ross as a kid. A mistake is a "happy accident,"  not a major disaster.  Cheesy
37  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / Re: Pansy dress on: August 28, 2010 11:10:56 AM
Thanks!  I bought the pansy fabric when I got an end of the bolt discount, and never thought there would be enough to make something wearable (most patterns I've picked out call for 3-5 yards of fabric and I only had something like 2 or 2 1/2 yards of it).  I'm really glad I ran across the dragon dress tutorial! 
38  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: craftalong to post a project on every completed projects board in craftster 2010 on: August 28, 2010 10:55:22 AM
Whew, got six new projects posted today:

Paper (paper flowers):  http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=357929.msg4192282#msg4192282

Beads (bracelet and earrings):  http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=357928.msg4192275#msg4192275

Other image techniques (moth t-shirt): http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=357927.msg4192256#msg4192256

Curvacious Clothing (pansy dress):  http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=357926.msg4192244#msg4192244

Crafty housewares (hot pads):  http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=357924.msg4192230#msg4192230

and Bags (insulated bag): http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=357921.msg4192217#msg4192217

Whew!  And that still doesn't include the projects I haven't taken pictures of yet. 
39  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Crepe Paper Flowers on: August 28, 2010 10:48:28 AM
My son graduated in June, so we had an open house. As part of the decorating plans, I made a bunch of crepe paper flowers. His school colors are blue and gold (because everyone in this area mimics the University of Michigan), but his college's colors are blue and white. Since we're not yellow fans in this house, I bought blue and white crepe paper, and got busy:

I got the instructions from Martha Stewart's website (I'm ashamed to admit it, but I have to give the woman credit: she knows how to make paper flowers).  I believe the ones I made are half the size of the pattern on her website, but since I made these in May, I honestly can't remember how much I reduced them. The big one in the front is the size of Martha's pattern.

And  a Magnolia (pattern also from Martha's website):

The center of the flower is a pompom.

I did a better job at shaping the petals than the pictures show, as I made them about 3 months before I managed to get pictures.  Oh, and in the hassle of the day of the open house, I forgot about them completely, so they didn't even get used for their intended purpose. If anyone actually wants the links for the patterns, I can go looking for them.

Comments appreciated!
40  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Butterfly earrings and bracelet on: August 28, 2010 10:39:33 AM
I made these for the butterfly swap:

I used a modified square stitch, and made the pattern myself from a butterfly book I checked out of the library. The earrings are red admiral butterflies, and there's a red admiral butterfly in the bracelet as well.

I hope it holds up. The last bracelet I made with nymo thread broke (different style bracelet), so I used two layers of nymo, and this stitch has at least two passes through all the stitches, so I'm hoping for better results than last time.

I realize now that I should have made the bracelet with white instead of black nymo, but I was originally going to make it with a dark green background, and the butterflies didn't  stand out at all, so I just kept using the same color nymo without even thinking about it when I changed the background color.  Sad

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