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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Camo Couch Cushion Covers on: August 08, 2013 10:35:18 AM
I bought about 50 panels of camo fabric from a guy for 6$ each. they measure 45 wide by 60 long.

This took a panel per large cushion and I got 2 small cushions out of one panel on the others.

It's a little messy looking from being sat on, but I am happy with  the outcome. I still have another couch and loveseat I need to complete. It was fairly easy and I am pleased. Smiley


2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Spring sweater coat on: April 19, 2013 08:29:38 AM
I made this for my niece last weekend: It's a little wonky on the hangar and you can't see all the serged edges. I think it came out pretty good, it was fun making it.

3  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Stick blender substitute? Would a paint stirring attachment on a drill work? on: October 29, 2010 11:39:40 AM
I just got to wondering about this, we have drills and they can run for hours without fear of burning out.

I have burnt out several stick blenders and this idea came to me last night. Stick blenders are not real expensive, but it adds into the total cost of they burn out.

4  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Soaping disaster of epic proportions on: September 09, 2010 01:54:00 PM
I had a huge dilemma and disaster the other day, I am lucky it didn't burn me or my house down!

(I think I just realized the mistake when I was adding the oils and lye up, egads!!!!)

I ran a calculator for 20 oz cocoa butter/ 20 oz coconut oil/ 20 oz crisco/ 10 oz castor oil and 30 oz soybean oil. I tripled this so I could make one big batch and be set.

So I used 60 oz cocoa butter/coconut and crisco oils, 30 oz castor oil and 90 oz soybean oil.

It called for 14.53 oz lye and 25-38 oz water, I used a full quart jar of water instead of the 75-108 oz! I did use 45.53 oz lye.

I got the oils hot and mixed and was doing the cool down, I had the lye and quart of water cooling down and went to mix the 2....

The lye water pan I had was hard to hold and the lye went kind of fast into the oil.

It started bubbling like a cauldron, big huge crazy wild bubbling, I got it on the middle of my stove and threw a towel over it to keep the splashing from going on the floor.

At the end of the very scary bubbling incident I went to see what was going on....the bottom 2/3 of the oils had hardened into a stiff mass of what later appeared to be some kind of soap like substance, while the rest of it looked like brown applesauce. I could not fix any of it and wasted over $60 in materials!!! whaaaaaaaaaaaaaa


I didn't even remember using ONLY the 32 oz of water until I was writing the ingredients down.

Was it the lack of water? Or the too fast of the lye mixing in the oil? or both?

Thanks guys, I am quite sickened at the loss of money I spent, but later I did make a couple pounds of cream soap instead, I was in shock.

I know I should have made smaller batches, but I never have time to soap and wanted to do a big batch!

I have made soap before and this didn't happen!
5  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / I got the Serger for $50!!! on: July 03, 2009 12:14:48 PM
I have the opportunity to get a White, Speedylock Serger model 7340 for 50$

Is this a great deal? Is it something that is used a lot?

Thanks in advance for any tips!


Update below!!
6  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Is using sheets for beginner projects lame? on: July 01, 2009 08:17:56 PM
Ok, I went to Joanne Fabrics and the material that was cheap, was awful!

Same at Walmart, the 2-4$ per yard material was see through, how can I use that for a shirt?

I went to goodwill and they had twin and full size bed sheets, really good condition, for less than 2$ each, I figure it's a good 2 yards or more of fabric in each sheet.

They are thick, sturdy and in excellent condition, except the colors are weird. But the colors in Walmart were weird too, but just cheaply made and more expensive.

I got 2 maroon/mauve sheets (one twin one full size) one green/dark, not quite forest green twin size and 2 twin size, one pink with butterflies, one blue with butterflies and one hot pink (twin size)

I am going to take my patterns and put some thick plastic over them, and trace the pattern, so that way it saves wear and tear. I hate to spend that money and have the pattern worn out quickly.

I also found a brand new Sari, it is black sheer material, with one side of it having a pattern embroidered in gold, its about 10/12 fete long and 3 feet wide.

I know it may sound nuts, but I couldn't stand paying 10$ or more for cheapy material for beginner projects, I don't care if the blouse is pink/green or red, the colors were more hideous in Walmart, and their clothes are horrible colors anyways.

So, do you all think that sounds completely lame?

Or does it sound like a half decent idea?

I feel stupid now, but figure it's better to make a mistake on a 2$ item than a 10$ item.

Cheesy

I am hyped and want to make stuff! Wink

7  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / How to keep patterns intact? on: June 29, 2009 01:26:51 PM
I am new to sewing and even newer to patterns! They are so thin, oh my, that paper is very fragile!

Does anyone have advice or suggestions for keeping the patterns from ripping, tearing or just getting cruddy in general?

Thanks!

8  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / I got a *little baby sewing machine* yay!!!! on: June 22, 2009 06:43:52 AM
Ok, I gave up on my Treadle for now, haha, the one I was trying to get was in bad shape and I didn't have time to make huge repairs.

So, at a yard sale this weekend I got a Brother LS-2020, I call it my *Little baby sewing machine*   Wink

(I got it for 35$, they were last sold for $60-$70 at WalMart, and this was truly new, the woman got it for her daughter and she didn't use it except to try it out and didn't know how to sew so she gave up, it is 2 and 1/2 years old, but you could tell, it was new, all the parts, needles, zipper foot, darning plate and everything was still in a little baggie that came with it originally)

It still had the shipping invoice and I looked it up and it has a 25 year limited warranty.

It can do 20 different stitches, buttonholes, sew on buttons, do monograms, quilting, has a free arm for cuffs go in reverse, is lightweight and is super cool!
 

I called  my Gran, she came over and I can now:

Thread the machine, wind the bobbin with thread, correctly insert the bobbin, and make cool stitches.

I love the little zigzag stitches! I am so excited, I can do it!   Cheesy 

Before Gran came I was threading the needle, I thought the instruction paper said *thread needle from the back*

I spent 10 minutes threading  that thing and wondered how in the world Gran does it!

She came, we were practicing on a piece of fabric, and the thread broke, she was threading the needle and I said "don't you thread it from behind"? (she looked at me like I lost my mind)

I looked at the paper again, it said *thread from FRONT to BACK* oh my! no wonder it broke!

Then I was using the wrong spool holder, I was using the second one that is used when a double needle is being used, while I was trying to fill the bobbin, hehe, it's kind of comical really. I wondered why the thread kept breaking while I was trying to fill it up.

What really surprises me is, how easy it was to thread it and sew a stitch, I thought it was so complicated, I made it worse than it was!

I think I might try to make some tops, after I get some decent thread, all I have are small spools of cruddy thread, I think they must have only 5 feet total, and it's cheapy, I am going to see if Joannes has some clearance stuff in basic colors.

I will need fabric too, oh wow, this opens up a whole new obsession for me. I want to make a quilt too, I know that I am ahead of myself, but I am super excited.

Yay for sewing!!!   Cheesy
9  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / 1920's Singer Treadle Sewing Machine on: May 20, 2009 06:26:08 AM
Ok folks, I am going to look at a 1920's Singer Treadle sewing machine in a day or 2 and I have an opportunity to get it for $50.
 
My Grandpa sold and repaired Singers for 30/40 years, so I am going to ask him to come with me and check it out.
 
I can't sew, I want to sew, I don't like those fast, zippy, new fangled electric machines, I think the *human powered* sewing machine would be great!!! (I love old stuff, just like my Gramps haha )
 
 
So, does anyone else have a treadle sewing machine? What is good about them? What are the downfalls of using one?
 
Are they good for beginners?
 
Will it be hard to find replacement parts if I need them?
 
Thanks for any advice, tips and shared excitement!! yay!
10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Making a fence from huge spools and recycled materials on: May 16, 2009 09:10:46 PM
I am very hyped about this project, we have about 500 feet total around the perimeter of our yard that needs fence.

I called around and for someone to do it was $7000-10,000 (I do NOT make that kind of money to spend on a fence)

To do it ourselves would cost about $3000, still way out of our range and impossible.

A friend of mine suggested pallets but in my mind, that was tacky. (I have since looked it up and it is NOT tacky, lol)

Last year I saw a guy who had put up about 70 feet of fence with HUGE spool tops, the kind that cable or electric wire comes on. I have coveted his skills in recycling this whole year, wondering where I could get my hands on these spools. Cheesy

Last week I was going by this place that make pallets and spools and they have an area where they burn the old materials but allow people to come in and get stuff if they want it.

I saw about 400 of these spool tops! They are about 4 1/2 feet high/wide and we need about 200 or 250 for the whole fence. Oh my, we have been hauling and hauling these things all week, we can only get about 23 at a time and it is time consuming to get them loaded, unloaded etc.

In another week we should have enough to do the fence!

I am completely hyped, we did have to buy 25 pound of Galvanized 3" screws that cost 90$, we found some 8 foot landscape timber instead of traditional 4x4's. The 4x4's were anywhere from 7$ to 10$ each and these poles were 4$ each BUT, the cool dude at Lowes price matched them for 2$ each!

We got a whole stack of them (77) for less than 150$

All we need is some concrete (which we will find on discount as well) and the most expensive part is going to be the wood protector, that may run us about 200$ - 250$, depending on how much we use. The cheapest I found is 40$ for 5 gallons, we have 500 feet of fence to treat on both sides, plus the poles.

I will post progress pics as we go along, I am totally stoked! Cheesy

If anyone has any tips, pointers, suggestions or advice, or has any experience with a project of this magnitude/ type, I am open to any suggestions!

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