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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / nook-y on: February 14, 2010 10:43:37 AM
last year i thought i had a brilliant idea when i started making these quilted scarves. i was prepping for a craft show and was making several of every item at once, although i never fully finished a 'prototype scarf' before starting to make them. i did have a sample with everything completed except for the finishing. when i got to the final stage, the binding, i found the scarf suddenly looked like an oddly-shaped potholder (i actually use one as such - i'll post that later). totally not scarf-y.

so a few months later, i remembered my intention to make a window-seat-blanket/pad so that i could snuggle into my spacious window frame and read. i sewed a bunch of the abandoned "scarves" together, and ta da.



it is a bit bumpy, unfinished, and will have to sit face-down, but at least it makes my nook more nook-y!

2  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / un-wicker-fied chair on: February 13, 2010 11:31:59 AM


a bit of a crazy looking chair, the seat and back of which I wove using a whole whack of scrap fabric sewed together. it was good to use up old fabric otherwise destined for the garbage, but it turned out much more 70s-lawn-chair looking than i had hoped. the chair frame itself was once covered in wicker. bits of it were snapping off and my co-worker wanted to get rid of it.



it's ugly, but comfortable. doesn't really help my (weak) attempts to have a more aesthetically cohesive, grown-up apartment, but it was an experiment. what can you do?!

3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / woven on: July 28, 2009 07:30:32 PM
I had this yarn in my stash for TOO long (as we all say), and I had this pattern picked out for some time too. I decided to knit it up and it only took two days.





I was very happy with how it turned out (see my smirking face!), although it is still fairly big - my head is pretty average-sized and it is hanging off my head. I also used smaller needles than gauge for the yarn or pattern recommended. I am going to try making another, reducing 20 sts on the back of the hat. I haven't added the I cord yet, but I will.

pattern: http://www.myimagehosting.com/7671WEnvF-66205.pic
4  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / journals on: April 08, 2009 06:38:03 PM
I made these using the instructions in the book 'Cover to Cover'. They are my second attempt at 'codexes'.



Three are covered in fabric (flowers, Betty Boop, coffee/tea), and two in paper (New York scene, salmon)



I'm really happy with them!
5  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / Vinyl Photo Journal Feedback? on: April 05, 2009 12:59:16 PM
I am in a craft show in a couple of weeks and figured these journals out a couple of days ago. I was super excited, but when showing friends, got the 'meh' vibe. Do you think these are neat enough to have at a craft show?



The craftsmanship isn't great because it was my prototype, which might have affected their reactions. It is bound using a 'wrapped binding', which means that I sew through the spine, which in this case is vinyl. The pic displayed is an old one of my dad and his uncle, but can be replaced with any photograph.

Someone suggested a snap closure, but I don't like that idea - I have to play with closure yet.



6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Wool unitard on: March 27, 2009 08:11:54 PM
In February my agency had a fundraiser to raise money and awareness surrounding youth homelessness: a sleepout. I was excited to do it, but needed something to help me stay warm. While scavenging for blankets at my parents house, I uncovered these fine gems:



Two old wool sweaters!

Immediately I pictured a hip, cute, joined-short-and-tank-top kind of thingy. Of course in my visions it was well-tailored, stylish, and flattering too.

Nearly delirious with excitement, I plunged forward, and lured by the prospect of full-body coverage, instead created the unitard:



You enter by the neck! It was a fabulous hit the night of the sleep out, and I was so hot at night that I had to stick my arms outside the sleeping bag (in -10 degree weather it was too cold to expose my face!).



Oh, unitard, you are so sharp!!
7  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Tips for Participating in Craft Fairs / selling cloth pads at craft fairs? on: March 22, 2009 09:15:40 AM
I am a newbie to craft fairs, and am really excited to be participating in one next month. My items are going to be a mix of kid stuff (mixed crayons, i spy bags) and 'adult' stuff (journals, coffee cozies, bags). Low to mid-range of prices.

I am also thinking of including reusable pads in the line up. They were the biggest sellers from the Shop the Swap shop, and I have their production down flat. I am a bit concerned, however, about displaying a product that some people could have strong reactions against, or getting into a discussion about menstrual politics when I have people looking at purses.



Does anyone have thoughts, experience, advice? Either for display or carrying the product at all?

thanks for reading!
8  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Queen of Diamonds, Queen of Spades on: November 03, 2008 05:59:58 PM
I was really happy to be able to dress in a couple this year with a good friend - we were the Queen of Diamonds and the Queen of Spades. We tried to be as playing card-ish as possible, with motley capes of all colours.



I was also really happy to find almost all of the fabrics to make the capes in my stash. My friend (diamond queen) made our staffs, jewelery and earrings, and the crowns. We carried playing cards around as 'identification'. We didn't make the dresses - they were genuine 70s numbers that we had to pin, they were so little!




I had such a good Halloween - this was the first time I tried to put together a decent costume since I've been a kid. We didn't win any prizes, but we had a fun night!

The capes hanging out the morning after.



9  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Nanowrimo Swap? on: September 16, 2008 06:16:21 PM
Although I didn't participate in the swap, lurking on the swap boards led to me find out about and participate in Nanowrimo (National Novel Writing Month) last year!

Last year's sign-ups:

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=196413.0

Anyone interested this year? It would be nice to have the sign-ups starting fairly soon, in order to send before November...when all other priorities drop off the list.
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / at 1 am last night, it was the best dress ever made... on: September 04, 2008 05:24:33 PM
...but now, it doesn't seem as exciting. i hope this doesn't sound too weird, but when i laid down to sleep last night with a billion things on my mind, i started to get this very clear image of a reversible tube dress, perfect to use up all that jersey knit that i have been hoarding for the past few months. (the saying, 'cheaper than therapy' stuck out in my mind when i was cutting the fabric, humming a little tubey-tune)

Dark side:


Light side (i was getting into the photo shoot a little more here)


It was the simplest thing in the world to make - sew two large squares of jersey together, right sides facing, and then seam all the way up the one side.

there is a reason i don't get up and sew when i have insomnia, it makes me more manic the next day. i am going to try and get to bed before 11 tonight. Can you imagine a landlord getting a complaint about a sewing machine keeping other tenants up at night?  Wink
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