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11  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Jelly Jar Crayon Candles on: February 14, 2012 05:25:43 AM
Yes! Don't use plastic for the double boiler! I use a very small saucepan, I think it was originally part of a mess kit for cooking on a fire while camping. The saucepan is only for candles and I put it inside a regular sauce pan to make the double boiler.

As far as the problem keeping them lit, it might because there's too much color in the crayons. Do they give off a lot of smoke and soot when burned, more than store bought candles? I've found when making candles using crayons it's best to use mostly plain wax, and then add a little bit of crayon for the color. Crayon wax has a different composition than normal candle wax--that's why it's easier to draw with crayons than with a candle!

You can buy blocks of clear or white wax at craft stores, but a good place to find wax cheaply is thrift stores. People donate old candles all the time, I've gotten whole grocery bags full for only a few dollars, and usually you can melt them down and pick out bits of old wick pretty easily. It won't be totally clear/white wax, but it usually ends up a light enough color than you can re-color it with a crayon or two melted in, especially if you're staying in a similar color family, like turning a light pink candle red.
12  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Re: ideas for jean back pockets on: February 13, 2012 05:15:16 AM
I did some more searching and have answered my own question. At least some of them will go to make potholders like this http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=401677.0

I also found an organizer that could be interesting made from pockets here http://www.allfreecrafts.com/sewing/denim-organizer.shtml

And here's an idea for a book cover...use the pocket to have a place for pens or something! http://www.margotpotter.com/2009/09/i-love-to-create-recycled-denim-book.html
13  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Pot holders from jeans pockets on: February 13, 2012 05:09:00 AM
I love this! I've been looking for an idea for jean pockets...I have about twenty left over from cutting up jeans for a denim quilt!
14  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Paint stirrers + push pins = nice necklace rack on: February 13, 2012 05:06:48 AM
nice! I may have to borrow this idea...it would be a lot neater than just a pile on the dresser
15  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: granny square throw from leftover yarn on: February 13, 2012 04:43:00 AM
Hahaha I like all the comments about the colors I used because I was just using up scrap yarn! The only yarn I had to buy was the brown yarn for the borders...I guess I just choose awesome colors for other projects and hoard like crazy :-)
16  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: My first ever dress! on: February 13, 2012 04:38:56 AM
Love it! It turned out very flattering...I love the shape.

I've had a similar problem with patterns as well! After many tops and dresses turning out too large I figured out that I just needed to go with my waist size even though it's the smallest measurement and my bust and hips measurements are 2 and 4 inches larger than the size chart says. Maybe I like less ease in my clothes than the patterns are designed for? Or maybe I just don't know how to use a tape measure and can't measure myself?

Good job not giving up! Whenever I end up with clothes the wrong size I'm likely to say "screw it", throw it in the closet, and forget about it for a year...
17  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Drunkard's path quilt! First quilt that isn't just squares on: February 12, 2012 07:45:20 AM
My crazy Aunt (I say that with the upmost respect and admiration, I love her to death!) found a zillion upholstery samples at a rummage sale or for free somewhere or something and gave them to me to make something pretty. This was the result! I wanted to play around with drunkard's path, but it looks pretty complicated and I'm impatient and sometimes like to sew with a glass of wine, so I went with a very simplified version. I just arranged color families instead of following a strict pattern to get the stripes. The patterns are all so busy that I was able to use pretty large blocks, 8 inches square before seaming. Even though I used large blocks and didn't make a full size quilt, it's more of a throw for the couch size, it took me over a year to finish it. I'd work on it for a few days and then put it away for months at a time and forget about it.



I used little yarn ties to hold the quilt top, batting, and backing together. It's kinda thick so I was afraid too much top stitching would make it too stiff.
18  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: yeehaw! COWGIRL WESTERN PRINT SWEETHEART APRON on: February 11, 2012 12:08:26 PM
so cute! I was going to say I love your slippers too and someone beat me to it
19  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / knit maxi dress + pattern/mini tutorial on: February 11, 2012 09:21:47 AM
I made this maxi dress from some knit fabric I picked up. I was originally going to make the boho maxi dress but decided I didn't want to have to wear a belt or sash for the waist shaping to look all right so I went with this type of design instead.



To make the dress I used two yards of fabric, and I mean almost exactly two yards! I was getting nervous towards the end because I was afraid I wouldn't have enough to make the straps that wide. I wanted them wide to hide bra straps because I don't like strapless bras, but the dress would look cute with thinner, maybe braided straps too. The fabric was 60 inches wide, and that's how wide the very bottom is, minus seam allowances, so if you want a loose flow-y bottom to the dress you'll need more fabric. If you're shorter than me (5' 8") you could probably cut the dress pieces perpendicular to the selvage instead of parallel and then two yards would probably be plenty of fabric.

The only measurement I used was a width measurement, which I got by measuring a tight tank top (I wear it as an undershirt) as shown:


This measurement should be more than half the width of the tank top because you don't want the dress to be skin tight!

Then I took my fabric, folded with the selvages together, and folded it in half again, so I ended up with two identical, symmetrical pieces for the front and back of the dress. To make the waist shaping I just lined the tank top up on top of the fabric to make the little nip at the correct place, and then cut a straight line down to the bottom of the fabric so at the very bottom it ended up as wide as possible.



I stitched the front and back together at the side seams and tried it on to figure out the length. In the end I had to cut off about 6 inches and hem it to get the length right, and I used those leftovers to make the band at the top and the straps.

The top band and straps are just four rectangles folded in half, two identical ones for the front band and back band, and two identical ones for the straps. I sewed the top band to the dress and tried it on again. I gathered the center at the bust, which added a little bit of shaping. Then I pinned the straps in position and sewed them in.

Now if only spring would hurry up!


20  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Granny blancket on: February 11, 2012 08:54:35 AM
love it!
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