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11  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Knitting Lingerie books on: June 27, 2008 07:50:37 PM
Other than "Knitting Lingerie Style", are there any other books out there that may have a broader size range? I was reading some reviews about this book in particular and it said it was only 32A-38D...I'm a bit off the charts but want to make some sort of negligee garment, and I loved the patterns that were in KLS. Any other similar ones?
12  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Real chicks play in the sand! on: June 26, 2008 01:40:12 PM
Not sure if this should go here or in the Image Reproduction...

A sort of story behind this:
My husband and I were at the beach, as usual I was playing in the sand and digging a hole. There were two girls that walked by, I think one was on her cellphone, but they looked like the girly type with the over sized purses and all that stuff and I said quietly to myself "Real chicks play in the sand". I chuckled and thought about it later on and said it would be so cool to have that on a shirt. I got a little behind because this all happened last summer. It actually doesn't make any sense because that's not a normal thing most girls do, but I still think it's funny Smiley

As modeled by my bed:




I wanted something cute on the back so I did a crab and a starfish (on the bottom leftside)...I hate those markers! For just about everything, except for the sentence, I had to use a sharpie because the fabric marker was too fat and it was running into the other colors. I had filled in the starfish yellow, dotted his eyes and they bled, then started on part of his outline and it bled, so then I just filled him in orange. Any way I can fix that now after it's been set and washed?



Also, for the girl in the red...she's on her phone. Should I leave that white or fill it in? And what color?


Oh I love it!!! Grin I feel like I should have put more on the front, around the top but I didn't want to draw attention to my lady lumps.  Cheesy 

I also have a thing for drawing stick people.
13  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Bamboo fabric paintings (IMG HVY!) on: June 23, 2008 04:26:20 PM
So I had a picture above my couch that was kind of small for the area. And it didn't really fit the theme. Then I had an idea to do some fabric artwork. I had some brown faux taffeta, stapled that to some canvas frames and used the same paint used on the walls to paint some bamboo stems with leaves. Oh, and I drew them with chalk first, then painted. Works wonders! And here they are finished. I couldn't be more pleased with them! Grin



From left to right:
(Closest to the fabric color, it's a bit warmer and browner than this)




And my somewhat theme



Sorry for all the photos! I'm just so excited!

But I wasn't sure if I should have added any definition to the leaves, like making lines around them, especially with the clumped ones so you can see each individual one. What do you think?


And the artwork that inspired these (I had the hardest time finding a simple bamboo painting!)
http://www.allposters.com/gallery.asp?startat=/getthumb.asp&CID=EFD2C126956D43649D4B6D273C9D2B34&PPID=1&sortby=&c=c&page=1&Search=40471
14  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Rice Heat Pack on: June 18, 2008 05:23:09 AM
What do you do when you have woken up for the 5th (?) day in a row with a migraine? SEW!



You will need these two ingredients:

Be sure that you are not using Boil in a bag rice or anything like that as it could catch fire in the microwave (or so I've read). For the herbs, they are optional...I only wish I had some dried lavender but the Sleepy Time will do because of the Chamomile in it.

Basic pattern:

I actually used a spray startch can for the size but then realized that would be too small so I added 1/3" around the edges. Then I sewed them with 1/4" seams. The space at the top should be around 1.5" then tightly and closely whip stitch it when it's filled. My fabric was a flannel that I would marry if it were a person (shh, don't tell my husband Cheesy), then I used some plain black cotton for the opposite side. I filled it about 2/3 of the way (you don't want it too packed) with the rice (I think I used about a 1/2c, I had to add extra seeing that 1/4c was too little) and tea/herb mix (I used half a packet for mine).

One more little important step:

Do a small row of reinforcement stitches then clip in the center so it's more flexible.

Heat in the microwave for 1 minute and enjoy!!  Grin

Edit: Ok that didn't actually get rid of the migraine...but it still felt nice. And if anyone decides to make a small one like mine...30 seconds to heat is all you need.
15  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / My new Livingroom and Bathroom (major pic lard!!) on: May 22, 2008 07:14:50 AM
So my husband and I have this cute apartment. The only thing I hate about it is the neighbors upstairs and parts of the floors are a bit crooked with awful patch jobs. We had carpeting mostly throughout except for the kitchen and bathroom which had tiling. I hate carpet because it's so hard to keep clean and one of my cats liked to use it as his scratching post AND bathroom  Roll Eyes Then one day I took a peak underneath all the carpets to find there was old hardwood flooring underneath, some finished, some not. So we called the landlord to ask if we could rip it up. "Sure go ahead. Do whatever you want."  Shocked Well hell yes I will!! We only have the LR done, for the most part, and the bathroom was just a small update. So first the LR which I only have partials of. Oh, and yes, we did it ALL by hand with 3 different grits because the boards were not level with each other! And we have frost heaves along the wall with the couch on it, haha!


Before - with nasty burber carpet *shudders*



In Process -

- I just had to


Sort of finished, painted walls that didn't end at the floor (I filled them afterwards)


And DONE!






- Water Bamboo, in case you're wondering.

So about the side with the messy screen and furniture - We used the screen with a sheet over it because we don't have a door to this room (which would go next to my sewing desk area), so the paper on the screen was covered with sand dust that I couldn't take off even with a steam cleaner. So I ripped it off and I'm waiting to get a staple gun so I can staple the fabric onto it. Afterwards, it will be covering my husband's jewelry bench in that left corner.




And the bathroom - the only before photo had Anakin sitting on the toilet. And no he doesn't use it  Cheesy


After, same color paint used in the LR -



Whew! Next up is our dining room and bedroom which don't have as bad of floors. Give me a month for that, lol! What do ya think? Smiley
16  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / Dress pattern for a "female" figure? on: May 17, 2008 11:34:41 AM
I have the hardest time finding a dress pattern that works for me. I have a tiny frame (and waist) but my boobs and hips take up more room. I've tried altering patterns but I can never alter them enough. There's about a 4 size difference between my waist-bust and waist-hips. Is there a pattern out there for me?

I have one of those B, C, D cup patterns from Simplicity, or whoever makes them, but I would have to make the D cup and then STILL take in the underbust and waist. Is there any hope? I'm about ready to chuck my machine out the window!
17  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Craftster Itself / Feedback? on: April 24, 2008 06:43:19 AM
Kind of stupid question...but how do I get more? A lot of times (really most of the time) I post something and don't get many replies. Does it have anything to do with how many watchers or friends you have in your profile (if that even is a feature)? I guess I just find it kind of depressing...
18  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / T-shirt with Dinosaurs! :D on: April 22, 2008 06:49:07 PM
The hood came out a little weird, I think 'cause it's too short, and the pocket would look a little better a bit higher, but I don't care. I still love it! Grin



He's my favorite.

The black fabric was some $1/yard waffle weave stuff I got at Walmart (7.78 yds altogether) and the dinosaur is a flannel that I got from my friend Emily - Jesse Phoenix.

Comments are welcome Smiley
19  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Luke the Jedi on: April 20, 2008 06:04:47 AM
And his name really is Luke! We play a SW RPG game, he wants me to make one for myself but I think I'm gonna wait for now...we already have matching combat boots, I don't want to look silly, lol!

I used the Simplicity pattern for this but left the capelet out. I have to do something about the hood though because it's overly pointy and the Jedi/Sith robes have a more rounded hood. I still need to find some type of clasp for the top that doesn't look feminine.




Do you know how hard it is to get an overly happy person to make a serious face?? These are the only good shots I could get. And sorry about the nasty floors, we're in the process of restoring them.

What do ya think?  Smiley


My Sith Lord name is Darth Tardius! Grin - Luke is just Luke
20  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Ideas for some X-Mas lights? on: April 12, 2008 05:31:27 PM
I have some of that Christmas lighting that comes in a tubular cord...you know that stuff they use to line the aisles at movie theartres? My husband thought it would look cool in our apartment outlining either the cabinets or floors but it just looks so tacky. Is there anything else I can do with it, or turn it into? I was thinking maybe wrap it around a pole of PVC and have it be a lamp but he kind of frowned that idea away  Tongue (We don't celebrate holidays so using it for decorating isn't an option)
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