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21  Re: CRAFTY LITTLE FOXES CD SWAP GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by trufflegirl on: August 18, 2004 04:46:48 PM
Wow, so many cool mixes... I'm sad, because my swap partner seems to have be missing in action. I know she got my CD a couple of weeks ago, but I haven't heard anything from her since. So, I'm going to post the front and back cover of the mix I sent her, and just keep my fingers crossed that her mix for me will arrive sometime soon.





The back image was a manipulated photo of some candies, and the front is an even more manipulated fragment of that photo.
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22  Re: Boyfriend IMPOSSIBLE to shop for. in Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage by trufflegirl on: July 17, 2004 05:08:45 PM
I think I mentioned this idea in another thread a day or two ago, but it bears repeating:

Get some clear vinyl, and make it into a wall-hanging with CD-sized pockets to display/store his favourite music as art. You can either do this with a fabric back and strips of the vinyl (sew them across the fabric, and then divide the strips into CD-sized pockets) or with vinyl front and back (if you want the whole thing to be clear. Use grommets to reinforce the holes for hanging, or sew a pocket and thread a dowel through it.

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23  Re: buttons cuff in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by trufflegirl on: July 15, 2004 06:58:48 AM
I;m confused when you say "go to the next hole", because I dont see the string crossing over the buttons in the picture. After you wrap the thread twice around the connecting thread, you just go to the opposite hole on that same button?

Yeah, basically. You sew the two two neighbouring buttons together (sew through them a couple of times and then wrap the thread around these connecting threads) and then you do one of two things:



If you're making your first row of buttons, you 1) attach the first two buttons; 2) wrap around the thread; 3) move to the opposite hole on the second button, and then 4) attach the third button and 5) wrap around those threads.

If you're on your second or subsequent row, 1) you attach the button through its top hole to the bottom hole of the button above it, and 2) wrap the threads. 3) You move a quarter of the way around the circle, and 4) sew through the side hole to attach a new button, then 5) wrap the threads. 6) You move to the top hole on this new button, and 7) attach it to the button above it, then Cool wrap the threads. You would then move around to the next side hole, attach another button, and so on.

Sorry the doodle's a mess --- that's what I get for trying to explain things before breakfast! Cheesy
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24  Re: buttons cuff in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by trufflegirl on: July 02, 2004 08:04:27 PM
Found the camera! Right next to the computer too... I'm just so observant!  Grin

Anyway, here's my cuff and my necklace.



And here (in a somewhat blurry shot) is the back of the cuff, with the elastic fastening.



I wore these to work today, and got 12 (yes, I counted) compliments on them --- three people even said I should sell them! I pass those compliments on to you, Annette, since it's your design and technique that inspired me. Nice work, and thanks again for the idea and instructions!
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25  Mmmmm... lemony... *pucker* in Dessert by trufflegirl on: June 25, 2004 07:54:55 PM
I've spent the evening baking and decorating a cake for my fiance's father, and I can't resist sharing. It's the first one I've done like this...



It's a lemon cake, with red currant jelly between the layers (I thought the tartness would go well with the lemon flavour), and lemon buttercream frosting. I decorated the rim with candied lemon rind that I made this evening --- experimental, but more or less successful. (It seems to take a lot less rind and a lot more sugar to get the result I wanted than my cookbook claimed... oh well!)
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26  Re: Making a shirt--cool phrases needed. in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by trufflegirl on: June 22, 2004 02:01:18 PM
I found images of Scrabble tiles on-line and pieced them together in Photoshop to make my phrase. Here it is!



Now to figure out where I put that transfer paper...
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27  paper purse, with tutorial in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by trufflegirl on: June 20, 2004 03:49:58 PM
Ok, so I got inspired by the magazine purse thread (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=6530.0), but was unable to find iron-on vinyl anywhere nearby. I mused aloud in that thread about mac-tac (self-adhesive plastic) and wondered if it might make a purse strong enough to use... Well, I figured there's no better way to find out than by trying one myself, so here's my experiment. You can see that I used a different technique to make the bag itself, something more akin to a paper lunchbag than a sewn purse --- I'm pretty sure that the plastic wouldn't hold too well if I tried to sew through it.



You'll need:
paper (I used kraft mailing paper, because it was cheap and this was an experiment --- but you can get gorgeous wrapping paper by the sheet at stationery stores)
mac-tac, or other clear self-adhesive plastic
scissors
a box (or book or other rectangular object) about the size you want your finished project to be



Cut two sheets of mac-tac and one sheet of paper to size. To figure out what "to size" ought to be, lay your box out on the paper along one edge, then turn it over until you've measured out how much you'll need to cover all four sides, then add a couple of inches extra for overlap. Then, to the height of the box, add about an inch at the top (thnk seam allowance), and enough at the bottom to ALMOST cover the width of box.



Carefully, cover first one side and then the other of the paper with the two sheets of mac-tac. (Peel back the lining paper just a bit, align the mac-tac with the top edge of the paper, and then gently peel back a bit at a time while smoothing out any wrinkles...



With the right side facing down, fold over about an inch to make what will be the top edge of the bag. (Paper obviously won't fray like fabric, but the double thickness will give it added strength and rigidity.) Cut a strip of mac-tac to use as tape to hold this down. (You could just use tape, but the mac-tac sticks well to itself and is more durable than the scotch tape I had on hand!)



Wrap the paper around the box, so that there will be enough overhang at the bottom to cover.



Seal the joining with another strip of mac-tac "tape". (I like the brown kraft-paper look, and I think it'd be cute to make this look like a lunchbag by trimming the paper at this join with pinking shears, but I didn't have any on hand.) Cut the "tape" long enough to wrap an inch or so around to the inside of the bag, for extra strength.



Now, turn the box on end, and cover the bottom of the box as though you were wrapping a present: push the short sides in first, and crease the folds neatly, then fold one long side in, and then the other.



Cover the entire bottom of the box with another strip of mac-tac, cut to size (basically, a wider strip of the "tape" you've been using all along). Slide the box out, and crease all the folds by pinching then between your fingernails, so they have a nice sharp edge.



To make the handle, cut a strip of paper and a matching strip of mac-tac to twice the width you want the handle to be. Cover the paper with the mac-tac, and then fold the edges into the middle (right side out) so there's a seam running up the middle of the handle. With more "tape", securely cover the seam on the handle, so your fingers won't get pinched by the paper while you're carrying it.



Slide one end of the handle into the bag, and secure with strips of "tape" on both the inside and the outside of the bag.



Adjust the handle to the length you want it, and secure the other end the same way you did the first.



Ta-da!

I've been carrying little things around the house in this all day, to test for strength; so far, the mac-tac has held well. I'll report back if there are any major issues once I've been using it for a while! I know that the paper/mac-tac combination will be prone to wrinkling, but I think that might add more character over time.

Let me know what you think of my little experiment!
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28  Re: Usernames: Talk about Crafty! in Discussion and Questions by trufflegirl on: June 18, 2004 08:11:49 PM
My SN is one I use here and elsewhere, and it comes from the fact that my last two jobs have been in chocolate shops. Where I work now (Laura Secord, for all you Canucks) I just sell the chocolate, but at the previous store, I worked both in the front of the store (selling chocolate) and in the back (making it). I made truffles, chocolate bark, caramels, peanut/cashew/almond brittle, chocolate-covered cherries/candied orange peel/candied ginger, chocolate-dipped pretzels and popcorn, and molded chocolate everything --- chocolate champagne bottles, chocolate houses, chocolate geese, chocolate inukshuks, you name it.

The cruel, cruel irony in all of this? I'm surrounded by chocolate, day in and day out, and I'm diabetic. (My e-mail is sugar_free_candy_girl AT yahoo.ca --- again, my life seems pretty much defined by that irony...)



(No, I didn't make these --- don't have any pictures of the ones I made on this computer!)
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29  Need ideas for overabundance of wrapping paper! in Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions by trufflegirl on: June 17, 2004 11:58:38 AM
So, there was a roll of really pretty wrapping paper left over at my work (it's from two seasons ago, and doesn't go with the current 'look' of our product), so I bought the whole thing for a few bucks... but now I have no idea what to do with it all! If I save it just for wrapping presents I'll be using it up for the rest of my life! It's so pretty; I thought I might use some to decoupage something, but I have nothing that needs decoupaging right now. Any and all other suggestions are welcome!

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30  wall-hanging crazy quilt, with instructions! in Quilting: Completed Projects by trufflegirl on: June 17, 2004 11:51:06 AM
I made this quilt as a Christmas present to my then-boyfriend, now-fiance.



The whole thing's just over a metre square; the nine panels are hand-stitched to a cotton backing from scraps of clothing and other fabric, then embellished with embroidery, ribbon, rick-rack, and so on.



It's hard to show through photographs, but I wanted this quilt to be really tactile, so I chose fabrics with lots of texture: corduroy, faux suede, satin, and so on.



First, I cut out my nine squares of backing fabric. Figure out how big you want your squares to be in the end product, and then make them about a quarter again the size --- this allows for seam allowance, and also for the inevitable bunching-up that happens when you sew lots of fabric together.

Start by laying one piece of quilt fabric onto your backing piece (in the centre is easiest) and then add another, and sew your first seam. Traditional crazy quilt technique says that you flip the fabrics right side together, and sew so that the seam will be hidden when you fold one piece back, but I found that didn't work well for more than one seam on any piece --- you can't sew one side of a triangle and then fold it back to sew another side, for example. So, using lots of pins, I folded the edge of each piece under, and sewed as close to the fold as I could, as neatly as possible (since the sewing will be exposed). Some fabrics fold better than others --- the ones that don't fold well are good in the centre of the panel, where they can just be laid flat and have their raw edges covered by the pieces around them.

Work your way towards the corners, laying piece over piece. Some fabrics look cool with a raw edge exposed, like frayed denim or something. Do a running stitch around the edge of the square, to make sure the fabric lays flat, but don't worry about it being too pretty --- the edges of the square will get trimmed.

Once you have your fabrics sewn on, you can decorate however you like. I used a variety of embroidery stitches to embellish the joins where two pieces of fabric meet; I also decorated these edges with ribbons. I filled in some of the plainer spaces with more embroidery, like initials, hearts, leaves, and flowers.

When your nine (or however many) pieces are finished, you need to lay them all out and figure out how best to trim them. Each square will have shrunken down a different amount, and in different directions, depending on what's been sewn to it. The easiest thing to do is to cut a piece of cardboard into a frame that's the size you want, and shift it around until you've got the best possible 'picture' in it. Then use soap or a fabric pencil to mark out the edges.

Cut out your border pieces (the black lines between the squares) and, with the vertical pieces, sew the squares together in long horizontal strips. Next, sew together the horizontal pieces and the little squares for where the lines intersect --- do this carefully, so the squares will line up with the vertical pieces when you match them up. Then, sew all the horizontal strips together, so you finally have the complete grid.

Next, measure your entire piece, side to side and top to bottom, and then cut the outside border pieces accordingly. Sew them on.

Then, you just need to add a backing --- some quilt batting gives a little bit of loft --- and attach the front to the back in several places. (I sewed around each square, with black thread, so it didn't interrupt any of the pattern on the quilt blocks themselves. Not the most elegant quilting you'll find, but subtle enough...

Last but not least, add some way to hang the piece. (This one hangs from a dowel threaded through a slot in the back lining; an alternative would be to make tabs to hang it by.)

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