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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Vintage Vogue Wedding Dress on: June 15, 2009 04:19:14 PM
This dress is stunning!  I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE it!  I want one.  I want to ask about the bodice.  It looks like the major material used was a champagne silk shantung.  Is the bodice part the same material with lace over it?  Also, how did you make the buttons?  And, did you use a belt inside?  Is there a separate crinoline? 

I love this, and I am not such a great seamstress.  I'm going to try and use your recommendations regarding increasing the bust.  And I'll likely do a muslin first since I want one like this in silk.  It's so beautiful!  She's a very lucky girl to have a great friend in you!

Beauty! 
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Sterling Silver Spoon Flatware Case with box on: April 22, 2009 10:17:00 PM
Thanks everyone for such nice comments!  When I gave it to the couple, the bride said it was the best wedding present they received.  Isn't that so awesome!  I know it might sound conceited, but I know you all understand what I mean.  It's just that sometimes when you make something for someone, and really try to be thoughtful in your color choices and overall design, thinking of them, it's always a toss up to see if they'll really like it in the end.  I think we've all had times when someone didn't like something we made for them.  But I was so happy she liked it.  I meant it to be something that they would love and treasure.  And yay!  She does!

3  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Sterling Silver Spoon Flatware Case with box on: March 19, 2009 04:46:47 PM
I always tie bows from the other side than I want them finished.  So kinda upside down.  It works better that way, and I do the bunny ears method.

But if you do them upside down, then when the item is turned around the bow will look so much better. 
4  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: little accordian fold book in tin (similar in size to altoid tins) on: March 19, 2009 04:10:03 PM
I love love love this!  How cute is that?  It's fantastic!  I just finished my first swap.  It was fun.  It was a mini-swap, but I'm getting ready for a big swap ($25-30 US dollars limit).  It was on Ravelry, and you swap a tin and something knitty.  I loved it.  But if you want to swap with me, I'll swap with you.  We could make up our own swap rules.  Does anyone else swap on Craftster? 
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Sterling Silver Spoon Flatware Case with box on: March 19, 2009 04:01:57 PM
thanks so much!  I hope they like it.  I would love a present like this.  And the box is so great!  It's that ribbed kind of fabric on the bottom.  It's so finely ribbed though.  I wasn't sure what category to put this in, and General Sewing only has projects for embroidery, and this isn't embroidered at all.  But it seemed kind of funny to put it here, but it works.  People are seeing it.

I just wanted to share.  I had to rip it and do it over so many times, the case.  Ugh.  I put the ribbon sashes in wrong and had to rip it and put them back in again.  But in the end, it looks fantastic. 
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Sterling Silver Spoon Flatware Case with box on: March 19, 2009 03:34:35 PM
My friends got married and I found these great Sterling Silver Spoons monogrammed with their last name initial.  I made a case, there's a slot for each spoon, then the flap goes over and wraps in thirds, then ties with two sewn in sashes.  The box is covered with the same satin used for the flatware case and the bottom is peau de soie.  These were her wedding colors; chocolate and red. 
here it is all wrapped up

with it opened up all six spoons in their slots

then with the flap down before folding up

then begin folding it into thirds

the fabric covered box, top in satin, bottom in peau de soie


I was worried about covering a box in fabric, but it was very easy.  I did have to do the top twice though because the first time I sprayed too much adhesive. 

I love it and I hope they do too.
7  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Knitty's Surface by Norah Gaughan Knitalong on: February 02, 2009 11:06:32 PM
Your sleeves look fabulous!  I love how the variegated yarn gives it movement.  Way cool.  I'm working on my right front and hope to finish it tonight if I can make it.  I've never blocked a sweater before.  This is the first time I've done set-in sleeves too.  I'm sure it's mentioned in one of my books.  Have you any tips on blocking?  Do I need any special tools or materials?

I befriended you on Ravelry.  I liked the smocked jacket in your queue so much I put it in mine.  It's so nice.  I think I'm going to use the Tess Designer Yarn that's in my stash, it's a nice baby blue merino angora.  I bought it at Stitches West (a knitting convention they have over here in the San Francisco Bay Area annually). 
8  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Knitty's Surface by Norah Gaughan Knitalong on: February 02, 2009 09:17:27 AM
My Ravelry name is Sugarpies, the singular was already taken.  Can you believe it?   Grin

I love how fast you are!!!  I wish I was that fast.  I'm very excited to see this as an actual sweater and can't wait to see your pictures.  I agree that color is hard to gauge online.  Mine is a dark brown, similar to the model one knitted up on Knitty.com.  I want to do the wrap, but am certain to run out of yarn, so I'll have to order more.  I know the dye lot is unlikely to be the same, but I'm thinking that maybe it will be okay if it's all for the wrap.
9  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Vogue Knitting Fall 08 Knitalong on: January 30, 2009 04:29:45 PM
Does it seem like there are less people around these days?  Is everyone on Ravelry now?  I can't believe how few posts there seem to be. 
10  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Knitty's Surface by Norah Gaughan Knitalong on: January 30, 2009 04:22:10 PM
Wowee you're way faster than me!  I've only just finished the back, left front and the collar.  I can't wait to see pictures of yours.  Your yarn looks so nice.  Does it have a slight variegation to it?  That will look so nice on the bobbly sections. 

Are you on Ravelry too?  There's so many finished ones on their site.  45 or so. 
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