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21  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / wool beret style hat made from sweater! on: September 10, 2011 01:11:27 PM
I love hats, but I always feel like I don't look good in hats, so I am always on a quest for a new hat. I found this sweater at the thrift store and loved the colors hated the style.  Then I saw the tag said pure lambswool, I knew it was destined to be a hat.

here are the action photos, one to show the colors, the other to show the style. (my 7 year old is my photographer)


Please ignore my neglected garden in the background.
I posted a tute on my blog. If you are interested in making your own it was super easy, plus I still have a lot of sweater left to possibly make mittens.

What do you think is the hat for me or do I need to continue my quest?
22  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Pickled eggs! on: September 06, 2011 07:33:42 PM
My husband requested that I make some pickled eggs.  I was lucky to get a photo before he ate them all! The yellow one was made using my trusty mustard egg recipe. The dark brown one was an experiment using balsamic vinegar. They look so cool I was thinking that pickled eggs could be for Halloween the way dyed eggs are for Easter.

If you would like the recipe it is on my blog.
Also if anyone is interested in doing a pickled egg cook along for Halloween I think it would be fun!
http://makingmpls.blogspot.com/2011/09/bringing-back-pickled-eggs.html
23  COOKING / Dessert / Honey Peach Ice Cream with Peach Vanilla Bean Jam......Peachy on: September 04, 2011 12:33:35 PM
I recently came into possesion of a large amount of colorado peaches, and a new ice cream maker here's the result, Honey peach ice cream and peach vanilla Bean Jam.

They both turned out delicious.  They actually taste better seperately, both together is a little overkill in the flavor department. But for the sake of brevity I give you one photo.  If you are interested in the recipes I blogged about it.
24  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Looking for Brown butter cookie recipe on: September 02, 2011 11:52:47 AM
Just wondering if anyone has a recipe for brown butter cookies that they can recommend.  I used this recipe off a google search http://www.foodchannel.com/recipes/recipe/brown-butter-cookies/ and was not pleased with the results.  So before wasting too much butter trying random recipes. Anyone have any suggestions?
25  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Unique Jean Skirt- Another reason to hoard old jeans on: September 01, 2011 11:50:26 AM
I recently made this layered jean skirt. I used 3 pairs of old jeans.

I really love how it turned out. I wanted it to have a tiered effect.
If you would like to know more I blogged about it.
What do you think?
26  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / New to serging, Where to start? on: May 24, 2011 08:40:58 PM
I have always wanted a serger, but now that I finally have one I don't know where to start. Does anyone know of some good first projects or tutorials. I have figured out how to turn it on and know it works and everything. can you use regular patterns for serged items?
My serger is a pfaff hobbylock, an older model.

I can't wait to start!
thanks
27  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Did I just ruin my Pattern? Help, on: May 12, 2011 07:13:31 PM
I just tried on some pants I made using a burda pattern. They are too small! I can fit into them but it looks bad. Is there any hope for the pattern that I cut too small. I thought I had the right size but I guess I measured wrong or something.  If I change the seam allowances to 1/4 inch do you think that would be enough change?
thanks for any advice

Jessica
28  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Best way to add ruffle to bottom of skirt on: November 11, 2010 12:17:51 PM
I am making this skirt for my daughter

I want to make a ruffle out of the scarf you can see peeking out at the bottom. I am not sure the best way to do this. I don't think I am going to hem the bottom, maybe just stitch it to prevent too much fraying. I want the scarf fabric to look like another skirt layer sticking out the bottom. Sorry I'm not sure what its called.

Thanks
29  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / random clothing pieces into funky armwarmers on: November 11, 2010 12:07:42 PM
I was inspired by this etsy shop posting
http://www.etsy.com/listing/61413214/arm-warmers-in-shades-of-brown-and-beige?ref=v1_other_1
I made to sets of armwarmers from a blue grey levi's sweater, a orange wool skirt, and the bright blue is from the sleeves of a sweatshirt I cut off.


I tried for some action shots but it is really hard to take a pic of your own arm


Disregard the dates on the pictures my camera seems to be living in the past.

Thanks for looking!
30  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Glue help! on: October 08, 2010 11:29:11 AM
I want to make hair accessories using fabric flowers and random metal pieces, all kinds of materials really.  My main problem is glue failure. Is there a thread dedicated to different glues and glueing techniques? I have tried a couple of glues with limited success. I guess what I really want to know is foolproof glueing secrets. Like using fabric tabs to glue fabric to a barrette. Does hot glue ever hold?  how long does gem tac last if washed?  How do you open the bottle of E6000 after you have glued it shut?

Any glue advise will be appreciated.

Jessica  Huh
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