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1  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / Having a Heatwave--needed new pjs on: May 25, 2010 12:41:23 AM
Suddenly it's really hot here in the NE of the USA and I haven't got the energy to go to the basement and find my summer pjs.  So I thought I'd use up some of my stash and make some pjs.  I'm pretty pleased with the result--they are cute, cool and comfy.

I used McCall's 5640 for the top--added some length and width and Butterick 5216 for the shorts--adding the contrast at the bottom for length (so they don't ride up all night long) and pockets because, well, what isn't better with pockets?  All in all I'm pretty pleased with myself, and I have some fabric left so I'm going to make some slippers to match.

Thanks for looking.
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / From Tidy Cat to Hip Cat on: June 06, 2008 07:51:04 AM
I've been trying to reduce the amount of paper waste in my house, so I started using rags instead of paper towels.  It works great, but I don't have an extra drawer for the rags, so I've been storing them in an old Tidy Cat bucket.   The problem was that the litter bucket was really ugly and a blight on my fabulous 40s decorated kitchen.  So I decided to jazz it up a bit and I really like the result.  Some WWII poster reprints, some mod podge and voila--

Thanks for looking!
3  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / My 1st stuffed stuff ever--thanks for the inspiration! on: May 10, 2007 07:23:34 PM
I've been looking at all the great stuffed stuff y'all have been making and I was inspired to try my own.  From old tie to new snake (He's all tied up at the moment) and from old pajama bottoms to a new (very sassy) elephant--what do you think?

4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Help--where to put the zipper on: January 04, 2007 06:05:45 PM
I found this picture in the BH&G "Gifts to Make Yourself" from 1972 and I thought--"hmmm, I don't need a felt covered tin can, but wouldn't it make a fun purse?"

So, I think I've got all the parts figured out (there was no pattern--grrrr) but I'm stuck on where to put a zipper.  I thought about down the back, but then It's either going to only go half way or it's going to cut the brim of the hat.  I thought about hiding it around the brim (so the hat is on one side and the face on the other, but I'm not sure where to put the handle.

So, any suggestions?


5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Vintage Craft Projects / Chilly Sauce on: January 02, 2007 10:03:47 PM
I don't ski, but I would have to start if I could look like this!
I think these are expired copyrights, so if anyone wants a pattern, let me know and I'll post it.  (I'm in the process of scanning all the pages in to the computer so I can decoupage with the original)
6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Vintage Craft Projects / How're Ya Doin' toots? on: January 02, 2007 09:56:50 PM
I found this 40s-50s era knitting pattern book without a cover at a thrift store.  These are my favorite pages--accessories, a quiz and fun ideas--who could ask for anything more?!
7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / kids dominos + old catalogs = pendants on: December 18, 2006 09:08:23 AM
Inspired by all of the great domino pieces, I thought I'd give it a try.  I found some kid's dominos for $1, found some beads and ribbon scraps and used a barbie catalogue to make some for my barbie collecting friends:

I went a little crazy and made them reversible:

And then I decided to make some for myself.  Sorry for my lousy photography, but the first one is WWII social hygeine posters ( front "Booby trap Syphillis and Gonorrhea" & back "Venereal Disease Covers the earth Learn to protect yourself now" both with fabulously vampy women)  and the others are silent era photos of Joan Crawford and Anna May Wong

So, what do you think?  Thanks for all the inspiration and thanks for looking!

8  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Me in the living room with a lot of tape--Clue tote on: December 18, 2006 08:57:23 AM
I used all the game peices from an old clue game to make a charm bracelet for my sis, and I thought---hmmm, what can I do with the rest of this game?  So, voila! a tote.

I laminated the cards into strips for the sides and bottom which I think turned out pretty cute

Then I used drapery cord for the handles (and some tassles for pizzazz)

I haven't lined it because I can't find any good fabric, and I'm sort of in favor of it being completely waterproof.  But without lining, it may be a bit plain.

So, what do you think?

9  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / ruler bangles on: December 09, 2006 05:56:56 PM
I was casing my local dollar store for inspiration and I found these bendy rulers 2 for a dollar.  So I thought, hmmm, I'm always losing rulers, what if I made them wearable?

So I used some old beads and ribbons and voila! Of course, coordinating earrings are a must. What do you think?

10  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / earrings for the young at heart (4 pics) on: December 03, 2006 09:57:31 PM
My sister teaches Kindergarten and she asked me to make her "Fun earrings that will distract the monsters" for christmas.  I made 4 pairs so far--let me know what you think/if you have any ideas for more:

America's true favorite passtime--Bowling!  I'm working on a charm bracelet to go with this one, but it's not done

I found these plastic cookies for a $1--Elves exist!

These are WPA Posters about reading shrunk down, printed on bothsides, and laminated and put on hoops with some beads

And last but not least, the ever classic googly eyes

I don't wear earrings (don't have pierced ears and I hate the pinch of clips), so it's kind of fun working on projects that I never make for myself.  Thanks for Looking

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