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11  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / My Epic Pearl Necklace (pic heavy, being "epic" and all :)) on: July 07, 2008 02:26:30 PM
I'm getting married in March and a few weeks ago, my mom emailed me saying "I'd like something like this http://www.coggles.com/store/item/Vivienne%20Westwood%20-%20Jewel/32521 wear to your wedding".  About 5 hours, 18 feet of sterling wire, 4 1/2 strands of button pearls, one strand of large pearls, and a few charms and findings later . . .








I really wanted to keep all the materials natural (sterling and genuine pearls) since this was such a HUGE time commitment to make.  Even so, I bought everything at Fire Mountain gems and w/ my discount it was under $40 to make.   HOORAY FOR FIRE MOUNTAIN GEMS!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE!  Grin

I love it and my mom is thrilled with it.  I'm not usually much for "epic" pieces but this was a TON of fun to make and I'm really happy with the results!
12  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Need a little Sterling Wire Advice! on: June 20, 2008 10:08:38 AM
Hey Guys! I've been making earrings like the ones below for a while in silver colored copper wire but I want to try upgrading to Sterling. The wire I'm looking at is sold in dead soft, half hard and full hard varieties.  I have NO IDEA which to buy?!  Can anyone help?  THANKS CRAFTSTERS!  Smiley

13  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Paul Smith Inspired Sunglasses Case for my boy on: May 30, 2008 12:55:38 PM
My fiance very very very rarely asks me to make him anything, so i was super excited when he told me that he wanted a case for his new sunglasses!!  They're on the big side, so I made just a simple pouch using  an 8 inch zipper and I added a layer of batting between the exterior (which I interfaced) and the lining.  Adding batting is totally easy  . . . you just sew it in with the same line you're using to sew the exterior fabric to the zipper, just think of it as another layer of interfacing on the exterior.The exterior is the last of a great travel/london themed print fat quarter that i bought on Ebay and the interior is just basic buffalo check flannel from joann's.  The pouch is about 3 1/2 inches high . . . I showed it w/ my sunglasses for scale but his are much bigger! 

Hope you guys like Smiley



14  NEEDLEWORK / Sublime Stitching Embroidery / Himself and Herself Pillows on: May 15, 2008 11:34:38 AM
i haven't done much embroidery lately . . . but i had a 4 hour car ride a few weeks ago so I thought some new pillowcases would be in order Smiley

I used the sublime stitching stitch it kit transfers.  "Himself" and "Herself" is sort of an Irish thing . . .I think its cute Smiley  I'm considering the pillowcases my wedding present to myself  Cheesy

Hope you guys like!


15  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Linen, Lace and Stone Wrist Cuffs on: April 14, 2008 01:42:39 PM
I ADORE wrist cuffs and I'd never tried making them until last night.  I'm a vegetarian so I didn't want to use leather, and vinyl I thought would make a really, um, sweaty cuff . . . so I searched around in the fabric store and decided on linen.  I used a layer of stiff craft interfacing inside and the closures on these two are Velcro, although I've bought some snaps and hook and eye combos to try out as well.  They're a bit big on me (I've got abnormally small wrists, and fingers for that matter), but my next batch I'm going to try making adjustable with two snap or hook options.  I LOVE how they came out!!!



16  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Chaos Necklace on: February 13, 2008 05:39:42 PM
I just LOVE how this one turned out, I had to share it with my Craftsters!!!

Its done in black glass and red agate in two different shapes/sizes.  I tried really hard to keep the spacing imperfect (it was hard! i was sooo tempted to count beads!!).  It has an adjustable chain back and i strung it on black nylon thread.  Hope you guys like! Smiley

17  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Tea Towel Image Applique Wristlets on: February 06, 2008 11:42:51 PM
I picked up a ton of tea towels in the UK last November with the intention of using the fabric to make purses . . .but somewhere along the line I wound up cutting out the images and using them as patches instead!  I've been having a lot of fun making these bags, i love the old world images mixed w/ the modern shape of a wristlet.  The applique is a neat way to get images on my purses w/o having to learn silkscreening (or buy a gocco!).  Here are two of my favorites:

Striped canvas wristlet with seated king applique (taken from a Westminster Abbey tea towel)


Floral canvas wristlet with Queen Victoria applique (taken from a "kings and queens of england" tea towel)


Thanks for looking! Smiley
18  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Vintage Coin Earrings With Gemstones on: February 06, 2008 11:36:46 PM
I recently came into a bunch of vintage coins (oh my, how i love Ebay!!!)  and since I've got so many at the moment, I've found a few in pairs that I thought would make great earrings!  They're simple to make (once you've done the legwork of finding and drilling the coins), but I think the effect overall is really striking and interesting.  Here are my 2 favorite pairs:

coins from the former soviet union w/ garnet chips


coins from the Czech republic with large (but still somehow lightweight) smokey quartz droplets


hope you guys like! Smiley
19  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Veggie Lasagna . . . LOTSA Leftovers!!! on: February 06, 2008 11:31:54 PM
I was madly craving Lasagna for some reason the other night, so I stopped at the store and bought a bunch of goodies to make one with.  this was the first time I've done one, so i was totally winging it, but it came out GREAT . . . and it made at least 8 portions so the boy and i had dinners for a while on one recipe's worth Smiley  the carrots and peppers pretty much disappear, so this is a great dish if you've got picky eaters in the house (children . . . or in my case my fiance Smiley).  The recipe is also printed in my blog, but here it is copied below:



Veggie Lasagna:

-1 large can of petite diced tomatoes
-1 large brown onion, small dice
-1 red pepper, small dice
-a big handful of basil, sliced into ribbons
-3 garlic cloves, minced
-3 carrots, grated
-2 smallish zucchini, cut into thin rounds
-about 3 cups of shredded cheese (I used a mixture of mozzarella, Parmesan, Romano and asiago, but just mozz would be fine too)
-1-2 jars of tomato basil pasta sauce (I used 1, but if you prefer a sauce lasagna 2 would be perfect)
-1 large tub of ricotta cheese
-1 large egg
-1 package of no-boil lasagna noodles (about 15 noodles)
-salt and pepper
-olive oil


*In a large stockpot, get the onions and peppers going in a bit of olive oil. Sautee until softened and add garlic, basil, and petite diced tomatoes. Let the mixture simmer while you handle the other prep steps.

*mix together the ricotta, egg, a handful of cheese and some salt and pepper. Set aside.

*prep your carrots and zucchini.

*build the lasagna in a casserole dish starting w/ a layer of noodles and a bit of sauce. Each layer should have the ricotta mixture, a sprinkling of grated carrot and a layer of zucchini rounds, a few scoops of the diced tomato mixture, and a bit of cheese. Make sure to surround the noodles w/ sauce or diced tomatoes, as that liquid is what will cook them! The top layer should be a layer of noodles, followed by sauce and lots of cheese.

*bake the lasagna covered with foil (but w/ room for air to circulate) for 30-45 minutes at 375 or until cheese on top is browned.
20  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Super Awesome Black and Red Star Silk Purse on: November 30, 2007 11:31:45 AM
ok, firstly, THANK GOODNESS FOR CRAFTSTER!!! I made this baby last night (while I was supposed to be recovering from the flu) and since its going to be a xmas present for one of my best friends, i wouldn't be able to show it to ANYONE who would  appreciate it for another month if it weren't for Craftster!!  So thank you guys in advance for looking Smiley

I had an idea in my head to do a zippered purse but with a flap and a clasp covering the zipper.  My friend is a big Longhorns fan (I have no idea about football . . .this is all her!) so I bought this great themed fabric for the lining off of ebay.  I had less than 1/2 a yard of this fantastic black and red silk left over from a shirt I'd made years ago . . . I knew I couldn't get any more of it and it was JUST PERFECT for her so cutting into it was a bit scary! Especially trying out a new bag idea for the first time with no pattern (yikes!) but I think everything came out great!!   I'm totally proud of this bag and I can't wait to give it to her, hope you guys like!!!




A photo of the lining:


An action shot (purse filled with lotion bottles to show how it hangs when full!)


Thanks for looking! Smiley
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