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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Necklace Plaque on: August 31, 2013 06:24:20 AM



My sister, the Queen Of All Magpies, created a really lovely board to display her various treasures!
Hammering a million copper pegs into the board after applying stain:


She stained it, and then used sharpies and metallic paint to decorate:


The poem is 'A Necklace', by William Strode.


It's hung on a ribbon strung through two picture-hooky-hardware things. The name escapes me.
2  CLOTHING / Sewing Pattern Reviews / Simplicity 1819(corset only) on: March 03, 2013 03:12:07 AM
I am (slowly) working my way towards making a real corset, and thought this one would be good for practice. I really, really liked the shape of it! I sewed it from double layers of canvas, and skipped the boning because this was just a mock-up. Instead of sewing it right-sides I just sandwiched the layers and added bias tape around the edges.





But I didn't take any pictures of it on me because the fit. was. so. bad. I have a long torso, and there were no lengthen/shorten lines. If this thing is placed under my bust, the waistline is above my natural waist; if it's at my waist, it's like wearing an ice cream cone; also, I made the muslin a size smaller than the pattern suggested (taking into account the extra seams allowances from not turning it out), and it was too big. Sized it down again, still too big. Sewed more into the seam allowance, still too big.

So...yeah. Not thrilled with it. If you have a nice, normal-length torso, though, it might be alright once you figure out what size to make.  Grin
3  CLOTHING / Sewing Pattern Reviews / Simplicity 3618 (vest only) on: January 29, 2013 07:21:08 PM


Making a test vest for the Ren Faire! I'm pretty happy with how this turned out; the pattern was very easy to follow, although I didn't follow it exactly; instead of sewing it right-sides together and then turning it out, I sewed them wrong-sides and added bias tape around the edges.

It's very much a costume vest, and didn't hold it's shape well, so I added boning to the front & side seams.



It only had five pieces, and although I'm not thrilled with how the shoulder straps like to turn out, that may be because of my general flat-chestedness...ess ess ess.



Aaaaaaaaand the back.



It's leftover upholstery fabric and cotton, with industrial zip ties for the boning. I had to go ask some nice old guy wearing a 'World's Best Grandpa' pin at Home Depot for it. He was nice, if a little bemused by my request.
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Platform Couch on: March 20, 2011 07:04:45 PM
Look what my awesome husband built me!



I hate the idea of traditional couches and kids. I can't have something that costs hundreds of dollars, is filled with complex mechanisms and can't be easily cleaned left to the mercies of my five kids and two dogs.
I told the man what I wanted and he built it from scrap wood we found in the $.50 bin and some leftovers we had in the backyard. Mostly pine, probably. It took about 5 hours altogether.



I wanted something like the bench/sofas I'd seen in some of the older hotels in Thailand; Big enough to sit on, long enough to lay on, and deep enough for several people to curl up. Sans all the intricate carving, delicate upholstery and satiny finishes.



It's always a little scary asking him for stuff like this because there is no plan, no carefully drawn blueprint, no anal-retentive measuring and re-measuring. He just wings it, but it comes out so well! The whole thing cost about $40. $40 and the power of love.



Now it's up to me to make a bunch of big ass cushions so that we can stack them up and play fort.
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Pepper Pants! on: March 16, 2011 08:51:08 AM
I have a metric butt-load of cast off clothing in my attic, and I was sorting though them this morning. Unfortunately my son tears up jeans to the point that they really can't be re-used or repaired, so I thought I'd try repurposing them into something new.

Behold, my creation. (GRAAAAAAAH!)




I've got a jalapeno in one leg and a bell pepper in the other; if I was really clever I would have trimmed & gathered the bottom of each leg, but today is more of an "aw, screw it." type day.
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Papasan Pillow Case on: February 09, 2011 09:42:17 AM
Free upholstery fabric from the 1980s? Yes please!



Before:



This chair gets alot of use...We don't have a couch, so this is the default landing pad for kids, dogs, groceries, toys, baskets of laundry, etc.

Some kind soul gave me a whole bolt of scotch-guarded sofa fabric. I know the pattern's not really in style, but I like it. It looks kind of medieval-tapestry-ish.

Voila.







7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Can I use knit with a pattern for woven fabric? on: November 05, 2010 07:55:13 AM
So, the title says it all...If I make the back one piece instead of using a zipper and adjusted the neckline a bit, do you think I could use a knit fabric to make this top from Butterick 5419?



Or, if anyone could point me towards a fitted, narrow-sleeved knit top pattern, I'd be grateful. :-)
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Dratted Darts! on: May 16, 2010 10:06:08 AM
Can someone help me? Here's the problem:




The skirt is made of a light cotton twill. After this photo I pressed them out and the back darts are nice and flat, but the two in front continue to look like a bad case of crotch dimples; Are they too short? I sewed all the way to the end and a little past the fabric. I folded the inside of the dart to one side and pressed the heck out of it. Do I need to cut the little triangle open and press down the seams? I appreciate any suggestions!
9  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Giant Metal Fan, Window on Interior Wall on: April 02, 2010 01:16:56 PM
Okay, clever ones! Can I do anything with this:


It's three or four feet tall, and HEAVY. I'm not sure what it's made out of, but it's solid. The motor still works fine; it was in the ceiling of our home, and it was like a prehistoric cooling/circulation system. I kinda don't want to get rid of it because it looks like a giant boat screw, but I can't put it back in the ceiling. The motor could probably be removed to make it decorative, but I can't exactly hang it on the wall.

Second is the Window to Nowhere:


For awhile it had been sealed up with drywall and paneling, but I pulled it all off this week and I'm wondering how I can use it. It's kind of cool, but right now the kids and dogs are using it as a primary door bypass! Should I keep it or seal it up?

Thanks for looking!
10  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Decoupage Skull Display Cabinet on: February 07, 2010 04:43:31 PM


I was inspired by Thelastkodama's spiffy clementine box here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=334413.0

The cabinet is actually just a display box from World market; the pages are from on old book called Billiards at 9:00] that were yellowing.



I'd like to backlight it eventually, maybe a Christmas light in each corner.



I'm going for a sort of turn-of-the-century, Natural History thing. If any of y'all who are good at this stuff could suggest a way to fill out the display and make it look like more than just a box with skulls in it, I'd be very grateful! I don't have much of an eye for this stuff myself, but I think it looks a little too empty.
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