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11  Giselle dress completed! in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by 3RaysOfSunshine on: July 14, 2008 08:04:00 AM
Here it is! All finished - I was up until 1:30 last night trying to get it done. She loves it. Thanks for everyone's help, this was a fun project (I posted a question about this a few weeks ago). I ended up getting the fabric at Joann's. It's not the same as the real Giselle's, but is the right color and has a lot of texture. I gave up looking for the perfect fabric after checking two huge stores and coming up with nothing better than this!

Dress in the Enchanted Movie:


Our dress:


I used Simplicity 3771 for the top and McCalls 4285 for the dress, with a few modifications like splitting the front for the overdress.
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12  Updated! Giselle Enchanted dress! in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by 3RaysOfSunshine on: July 14, 2008 07:51:29 AM
Here it is! All finished - I was up until 1:30 last night trying to get it done. She loves it. Thanks for everyone's help, this was a fun project. I ended up getting the fabric at Joann's. It's not the same as the real Giselle's, but is the right color and has a lot of texture. I gave up looking for the perfect fabric after checking two huge stores and coming up with nothing better than this!



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13  Giselle Enchanted dress pattern in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by 3RaysOfSunshine on: June 28, 2008 12:11:58 PM
My daughter's 5th birthday is coming up and she *really* *really* wants a dress like Amy Adams in Enchanted - the one she supposedly made on the fly by cutting up Roberts curtains. I'll attach a picture. Anyone know where I can get a pattern? I have looked all over the web and can't find anything similar, especially for a child. Obviously it doesn't need the v-neck-cleavage thing going on, but cap sleeves, an empire waist and double layer skirt split up the front would be great.

Any ideas?





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I got this project finished and posted photos below!



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14  Elegant bathroom redo BEFORE & AFTER in Interior Decorating: Completed Projects by 3RaysOfSunshine on: March 23, 2008 11:12:45 PM
This is the bathroom I redecorated - it is a huge change but actually was relatively cheap, just a ton of work. I used an old buffet/sideboard to replace the cabinets ($50 out of the paper) and got the hammered steel sink and faucet on eBay. I replaced the knobs with glass and found a similar glass knob style set of towel bars on eBay too for like $8. The floor "tile" is the stick-on kind from HomeDepot ($1 per square foot.) This is a basement bathroom - the original plan was to take off the old linoleum and just stain the concrete, but the concrete was in really bad shape so we went with the tiles.  I put up wainscotting too but that was pretty inexpensive and makes (I think) a big impact. I picked a color for the lower part of the wall to match the toilet (I wanted to make it blend in a bit) and a darker color on the same paint strip for the top part.

I want to do our other bathroom next!

Here it is before:


And after:
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15  Shrinky dink Onesie in Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies by 3RaysOfSunshine on: June 11, 2007 12:33:17 PM
My newest idea for onesies... apologies if it's been done! I think next time I'll sew the shrinky dink on though, the brads make me a bit nervous as a choking hazard. I used my printer to print the words backwards on the shrinky dink, then punched the holes and shrunk them down! It was easy and washed well in the laundry.

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16  Indoor Play Loft with 8 foot slide! in Interior Decorating: Completed Projects by 3RaysOfSunshine on: June 11, 2007 12:20:36 PM
Here is a project I did for my kids - we live in Alaska where it's either snowing or raining most of the year. Summer lasts about a day and a half (only a minor exaggeration) so I thought the kiddos would appreciate an indoor space to get some exercise. Plus, it gives us additional floor space, which is great.

We have a swing hanging from the ceiling, and an 8' slide (about 4' off the ground at the top), and a ladder. It's like a little indoor playground. We put hooks for dress-up under one half of the loft, and haven't decided what to do in the other half, but we just bought a bean bag at a garage sale and put all the stuffed animals in it. I tossed it in that corner and it's a nice place to read books.

On top was a great place for my daughters dollhouse (made by my father for me when I was little and redecorated by me recently). We used nailed down carpet squares on top to make it cozy. The whole project was under $200, largely because the top is made out of recycled solid core doors we got for free. I'm sure you could use plywood though. I still intend to get some snake lights for underneath lighting. One thing I added since the pictures were taken is a recycled steering wheel on the top middle 4x4. My son LOVES it.

I did all of this while pregnant, so you can do it too! It's *almost* completely freestanding, so you could probably even do it in a rental.




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17  Re: Purple couch in Interior Decorating: Completed Projects by 3RaysOfSunshine on: June 11, 2007 11:51:46 AM
Thanks! It was a bit more time consuming to do 2, but they are a lot easier to turn on their side, upside-down, etc... reupholstering takes a bit of furniture acrobatics! I'll post a picture for you! The table in between was another fixer-upper project. Again, no before shot, but it was a 70's endtable with ugly brown glass in the doors and it was really a dark stain. It was actually pretty fast to do. When I chose the knobs it was in our playroom, so I may swap those out eventually.




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18  Re: Hawaiian quilt in Quilting: Completed Projects by 3RaysOfSunshine on: March 20, 2007 05:15:12 PM
You want to first baste your whole applique carefully on the background so it doesn't shift around on you. Then you pretty much turn the fabric edges under a bit at a time with the tip of the needle & stitch in place. You can use your finger to press the folded under part as you go to help it stay put until you get the stitch done, but an iron isn't necessary. I did a hand zig-zag stitch on the tight inside corners because you can't turn them under very much and you don't want it to ravel. I'll attach a picture of what that looks like below.

Check out this site:
http://www.quiltshawaii.com/howtosuba.html

They have a pretty good how-to including some pictures. I borrowed a dvd from our local library that came with a pattern. Good luck!

Tight inside corner:
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19  Purple couch in Interior Decorating: Completed Projects by 3RaysOfSunshine on: March 12, 2007 11:09:38 PM
Our free couch - this couch was left to my husband & his two siblings by his grandparents. No one else wanted it because it had HIDEOUS gold & green fabric and ugly faux finish on the wood. But a craftster can see the beauty under all the layers of ugly, eh? Sorry about the lack of before photos. I tend to tear into a project before it occurs to me to take a photo. Now it's a fabulous dark purple chenille.

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20  Creche for 1" scale Nativity Set in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by 3RaysOfSunshine on: March 12, 2007 11:01:40 PM
My mom is SOOO hard to buy for, so for Christmas I made this Creche for her nativity set. I "borrowed" one of her figures during the summer when I knew she wouldn't be looking for it and got to work. I used the figure for scale - it turned out to be about a 1"=1' scale. I wish I had photos of the construction, but didn't have a digital camera at that time. I basically built a sturdy frame (using 1"x1" wood - whatever was in the garage) on a 3/4" plywood base. I used various sizes of basswood from the craft store for the smaller wooden vertical and horizontal boards. TONS of Aileens glue was used to affix the boards. Every piece of wood was "aged" before gluing using a wash of a small amount of black paint in water. The small veritcal slats were cut by hand using a utility knife. They are not perfectly straight since I figured they didn't have table saws back then. I added a few features including climbing vines, rocks,  stained window, and then broke up a couple tiles that are meant to look like a stone floor. I used a sandy grout in between. The thatched roof is made from a broom and tied on using hemp twine. So fun to make, you can just use your imagination - it makes a great gift!

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