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1  COOKING / Dessert / Husband's Birthday Cake on: August 08, 2009 09:12:02 AM
  We are celebrating my husband's 30th birthday with some friends and some beer Smiley  I couldn't decide if I wanted to make a pint glass or beer mug, so I did both. I settled on Guinness and Bass (mainly because their logos were so simple).    The Guinness cake is a 9x13 cake cut to shape. The Bass cake is a little smaller (8x10?) with a round cake cut in half for the handle and foam/head.My cake decorating tools are pretty limited and I think if I were to do it again, I would make my own frosting. Overall I think they came out alright.


Guinness Cake


Bass
2  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: Budget Challanged Wedding.... need ideas on: July 30, 2009 10:14:32 AM
 Here are some ideas that I've been gathering for Christmas, Birthdays, Decor, etc..All of them can be themed to Wedding.

Go to your local library and pick up
      "The DIY Bride: 40 Fun Projects for Your Ultimate One-of-a-Kind Wedding",     
          by, Khris Cochran
Keep your eyes peeled at Salvation Army or Goodwill for items to use in your wedding and also dresses for your Bridesmaids. Our local stores (GR, MI) always have great selection of beautiful dresses in every different size for CHEAP. Search Youtube for videos on how to do your own hair and makeup. And most of all, don't get caught up little things.  Simplicity is beautiful. 


Give away bite size brownies instead of cake. Just cut the length of this box in half.
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=261694.msg2933151#msg2933151

Possible Bridesmaid gift. 
http://annamariahorner.blogspot.com/2007/06/totable-towel.html
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=282788.0

Flowers
http://www.marthastewartcrafts.com/?v=msc_proj_crepepaperbouquet-ht
http://www.burdastyle.com/howtos/show/1684#
http://www.weddingbee.com/2008/05/05/paper-roses-project/

Boutonniere
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=134959.0

Make Invitations (and your own stationary later)
http://weddingmonograms.blogspot.com/2008/03/letter-behind-monogram-tutorial.html

Centerpieces
http://weepingcherries.wordpress.com/tag/mason-jar-monday/
 
 Good Luck!
 
3  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: Ring Sling I made for baby shower. on: July 26, 2009 05:18:58 PM
Thanks for all the positive feedback.  These have been one of the best projects I've made.

Sunnydays, I got the rings from family farm and fleet on Plainfield by Lowes.  You have to look in the horse care section.  The are super sturdy, but aren't very heavy. 
4  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Baby sling I made for Sister-in-law on: May 25, 2009 11:06:53 AM
 After posting this sling (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=304439.0) that I made a few weeks ago for a baby shower, my sister-in-law saw it and asked if I would make one for her birthday.  So I got an idea of what she wanted (do you want baby theme? Girl theme? Modern?) and went from there. I think I like this one even better than the two I made before.It is super soft and just looks great!

 Almost all of my information came from Jan Andrea's website http://www.sleepingbaby.net/jan/Baby/

  I decided not to sew the fabric to the rings, but left extra fabric to thread it with.  In doing this it is reversible and also she doesn't have to worry about the rings banging up her washer and dryer.  I use a twin sheet of 400 thread count cotton and 1/4 yd of decorative fabric on each side.  The green pattern side has a zipper pocket and the purple side has a velcro pocket (see other post for better idea of how this looked).  I made them big enough to hold things like a diaper and wipes, keys, etc...
 My only hesitation is that the sheet is cream colored. I found the purple fabric first and loved it, but I had a hard time finding a color coordinating sheet that fit in my budget ($20 total project).  Thankfully Kohls was having a sale but cream was all I could find.  So my kids are getting her stain sticks to go with it as a birthday present  Wink

My 3 year old testing out the ring sling.


The other side (the pic won't rotate for some stupid reason)



 Here are the instructions that I enclosed.
Watch this video:
 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IOOp09IdlE8&feature=related


Make sure that the rings are high (like you are wearing a broach).  Also, it is very important that it spread across your back and makes a cape across your shoulder. Place baby in sling, tighten up and go on your way.

Threading the sling ring:
http://www.sleepingbaby.net/wearing/threading.php
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uoxZ2ahcBKM&feature=PlayList&p=AF438547F414AA22&playnext=1&playnext_from=PL&index=10
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7lhk8lcO8as


Newborn/Cradle Hold
http://www.sleepingbaby.net/wearing/cradle.php
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=azy6D0VYRs8&feature=related

Chest to Chest:
   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x87UWk_iKxA&feature=related


Bigger Baby Positions:
Hug and Carry Hold
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HGWkMLhdXSg&feature=PlayList&p=7B0D6BF1E8DEEB17&index=5   


Kangaroo Carry
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yd_wgV3TDJo&NR=1

   Hip Carry
   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q3tCR_eFOpM&feature=related

   Back Carry
   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ufq_QLjHbFk&feature=related

Nursing in Sling
 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fkocmgaaXJQ
   
Other Helpful Videos
http://slingyourbaby.blogspot.com/2007/07/how-to-thread-your-ring-sling.html

http://zolowear.com/Wearing.aspx

5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Fedora on: May 11, 2009 05:52:45 PM
try this video at threadbanger.com

http://www.threadbanger.com/episode/THR_20090313

good luck. Smiley
6  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Ring Sling I made for baby shower. on: May 10, 2009 12:19:10 PM
  One of my good friends and her sister were having a joint baby shower so I checked the registry to see what they wanted.  On one of the registries I saw baby sling ($80). I thought, "I can make that" and started searching craftster.org and a few other sites. The most helpful one I found was http://www.sleepingbaby.net/jan/Baby/index.html  After much research on rings, I went to my local "Family Farm and Home" store (Grand Rapids,MI) and bought two 3" heavy duty rings. They don't weigh that much and are made to hold farm animals, so I figured a baby was safe. I might order nylon ones next time I make a sling, but due to time constraints I chose to buy these locally.  Next I went to BEd Bath and BEyond and got this really nice twin sheet. It was 500 thread count, flat, chocolate brown (because we all know its going to get puke and poop on it at some point  Smiley ) and only $13. I cut it in half and then made it to the size that the online pattern called for.    I bought 1/4 yard colorful fabric for each and added a hidden pocket/pouch with velcro closure on each.  I think both came out great.  I think it would be fun to make another one with an adult print instead (something Amy Butler-ish).
Each sling cost less than $13, but that was because I used 1 sheet for 2 slings.
Thanks for looking  Grin
 Michelle

Sling 2


Upclose picture of second Fabric


Upclose picture of first fabric


Sling 1



Hidden Pocket on sling 2


Backside of sling 2 with zippered pocket


Here is a list of helpful videos/instructions I enclosed with the gift.
Watch this video:
 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IOOp09IdlE8&feature=related


Make sure that the rings are high (like you are wearing a broach).  Also, it is very important that it spread across your back and makes a cape across your shoulder. Place baby in sling, tighten up and go on your way J

Threading the sling ring:
http://www.sleepingbaby.net/wearing/threading.php
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uoxZ2ahcBKM&feature=PlayList&p=AF438547F414AA22&playnext=1&playnext_from=PL&index=10


Newborn/Cradle Hold
http://www.sleepingbaby.net/wearing/cradle.php
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=azy6D0VYRs8&feature=related

Chest to Chest:
   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x87UWk_iKxA&feature=related


Bigger Baby Positions:
Hug and Carry Hold
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HGWkMLhdXSg&feature=PlayList&p=7B0D6BF1E8DEEB17&index=5   


Kangaroo Carry
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yd_wgV3TDJo&NR=1

   Hip Carry
   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q3tCR_eFOpM&feature=related

   Back Carry
   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ufq_QLjHbFk&feature=related

Nursing in Sling
 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fkocmgaaXJQ
   
Other Helpful Videos
http://slingyourbaby.blogspot.com/2007/07/how-to-thread-your-ring-sling.html

http://zolowear.com/Wearing.aspx
7  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Shower Curtain from Sheets on: March 02, 2009 09:56:04 AM
 Hey Thanks for all the great feedback. I only used the top sheet for the shirt and curtain. I still have 2 pillowcases and the fitted sheet to design stuff with. That makes me pretty excited  Grin 
To answer a question from earlier, I have a cheap plastic liner hanging behind the fabric curtain. Thanks again!
8  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / "Real Simple" Bangle on: February 27, 2009 06:37:15 AM
 My mom has a giant zip-lock bag full of 80's pastel and neon bangles. She offered them to me for my 2 little girls' dress up collection. But I had bigger plans (of course I did share a few).  Wink

I was inspired by the One Pearl Button blog. 
http://onepearlbutton.blogspot.com/2008/09/reasons-to-celebrate.html

This is my first one, but I plan on making all different colors. I used 1 "Real Simple" magazine for the strips which are mostly cut from ads, mod podge, and sealed it with Acrylic spray. 

Beauty is on the inside.




9  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Shower Curtain from Sheets on: February 12, 2009 06:58:40 AM
 I bought this queen sheet set from Goodwill for $4.00. I used the flat sheet to make a new shower curtain and accent towels.  Basically I just cut the sheet to size using a different shower curtain and also used that for the hole placements. Then I just hemmed the bottom and 1 side and here it is


here is one of the accent towels


And a shirt I made out of leftover flat sheet  (Simplicity 2927).


Thanks for looking  Cheesy
10  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Junky dresser & nightstand into new chic furniture on: July 05, 2007 07:23:39 AM
hey again everyone. Thanks for all the positive feed back.  As for the vaneer that was peeling, it was mostly on both sides. I spent about 3 hours w/a putty knife scraping it all off. For all the pieces, I lightly sanded them all over and then just sprayed them w/the black paint. I didn't prime them or anything, mostly out of the fact that I wanted to get them all done in one afternoon.  I loved the way the satin paint made it look, so I didn't add anything else on top. 
 Thanks again for all the great comments. Grin
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