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171  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Miniature Yarn Ball Rainbow Bracelet on: June 24, 2008 01:47:57 PM
Well, everyone seemed to like my Miniature Yarn Ball Dangle Earrings and someone suggested it would make a fun bracelet, so I made one! While watching two episodes of Angel (the complete series), I made up these nine yarn balls and then strung them together to make a bracelet. I didn't even plan on it being a rainbow until I was done and I realized I had a great color scheme going on, so it was just a happy accident.

The yarn balls are just fun and little and cute.  Cheesy
172  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / 1st project - easy peasey wallet on: June 23, 2008 05:17:23 PM
(I used this lovely tute for my project inspiration.)

Yay! I made something! Ok, so it's not perfect, but seeing as how this is like my first real project EVER and I've only been sewing for like a week total, I'm proud of it.  Grin

(I shoved a deck of cards in there just to puff it up for the picture)

(I just used some velcro to close it because that's all I had. And yeah, the top is a little crooked when you open it, but hey, I'm still proud of it.)

This was a fun first project to do. I'm SO going to be making more!! (And I found it's just about the right size to hold my new digital camera too, so weeeee!  Cheesy
173  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Miniature Yarn Ball Dangle Earrings on: June 18, 2008 04:29:54 PM
I make these little yarn balls for use in my dollhouse sized miniatures (like in this thread) and today I had the fun idea to make up six mini balls of yarn but turn them into earrings. So I did!

I think they're just fun, silly and cute. Love looked at me weird when I showed them to him, but he often does that on the quirkier crafts.  Grin

Thoughts welcome!
174  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Cherry Blossom Small Tote Bag on: June 11, 2008 08:28:10 PM
I had painted a ready-made tote bag with cherry blossoms for a swap and posted it in my personal journal to show off to my friends. Well, one friend liked it so much, she asked me to make another for her to give to her mom. I found this cool ready-made tote with faux leather base and handles and went to work a second time.

I just kinda free-handed it and painted without any real plan or pattern. But I quite like how it came out.

I think the faux leather looks nice with the branches and for being something that's not my forte, I was pretty pleased with how it came out. (Oh and my friend's mom? She loved it.  Grin )
175  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Glittery Faerie Night Light on: June 11, 2008 08:22:32 PM
I made this for a swap and since my partner has received, I wanted to show it off. I needed one more small item of the theme "Fairies" and I was running out of time. I couldn't think of what else to make, so I'm in Michael's and I'm randomly walking down one isle and I see these lampshades on clearance. I'm debating it when I see a ready-to-decorate nightlight kit. It's complete with the base, light and shade - you just need to decorate it. I snag it and run home. I immediately pull out this "Once Upon A Time" scrapbook paper I'd picked up like a year before, find the page with faeries on it and grab some ribbon. A little creative cutting later, some glue and POOF! It just came together perfectly. Such a simple project but I LOVED how it looked when it was done.  Cheesy

The glitter on the paper wound up matching PERFECTLY with the glittery ribbon as well. I really just loved how it worked out.
176  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Chunky Pink and Brown Dangle Bracelet on: June 11, 2008 08:17:12 PM
I made this for a swap and since my partner's now received, I can finally post it! She had a very chunky pink bracelet on her wist and one of the themes she had was the color combination of pink and brown. So I came up with this:

I also made a pair of matching earrings but I apparently didn't get a good photo of them. Whoops! Here's a bad shot. (The color's really off but the color is the exact same as the bracelet.)

Anyway, I really loved how the set came out and it's actually gotten me to make more chunky, dangle bracelets like it since. It was one of the first things I made in the swap months ago, so I've been eager to show it off for awhile now.  Grin
177  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / stitch problems (getting worse, not better) on: June 09, 2008 03:33:29 PM
(The machine is a Brother XL2600I)

Ok, my sewing friends. I need help here. No matter what I do, I can't get good, even, usable stitches. I've read a ton on the subject and everyone says tension problems. But I can adjust the upper tension higher or lower and it doesn't matter. In fact, the more it seems I try to solve the problem, the more it seems to get worse. I'm stymied at making projects as I can't get my stitches to work properly.

* I've re-threaded the top many times, making sure everything is correct to no help.

* I've made new bobbins to no help.

* I've changed the top tension both higher and lower to no help. (My machine does not have a lower tension adjustment.)

Besides what I've already done, is there something else you can suggest? Is there a less obvious answer? (You know, the kind of, well it's 99% of the time tension, but if it's not it can also be X sorta answer?)

Is my machine damaged or needs service? (Though I've had it sitting on my counter for two months, the last few days are the first time I've actually turned it on and tried to use it.) I ask also because it seems that the very first stitches I made were almost flawless whereas, now it seems to be getting worse, not better with use.

Here's some shots to show you what it looks like.

This is the top of the fabric:

(Larger here

This is the bottom of the fabric:

(Larger here)

As you can see, the problem seems to be expanding to include stitch issues on BOTH sides of the fabric.

And, though I didn't do it in this example, it seems to get even worse when I start and stop - especially if I use the reverse to lock the stitch.

I'm really at a loss here and it's very disheartening to finally figure out how to thread the thing and make it run, only to be faced with what seems like ever worsening quality stitches. I can't make any projects because I can't get a solid stitch out of it.

Any help, ideas, or suggestions is greatly appreciated.
178  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Accepting Ads, sponsorship, links, etc on my own site? on: May 07, 2008 06:47:56 PM
I've received a few emails lately inquiring whether or not I'd be willing to have some paid advertising in the form of html links and such on my site. I know some people do accept sponsored ads of various types but I've never looked into it really and I don't even have any idea where to begin.

Does anyone have any experience with this sort of thing? Any groups, boards, articles or related that can help me pick through legit offers and those who are shady? Any idea of pricing structure that's fair or ways of figuring out the ratio of ads vs. cost? And last, any advice in general about whether or not to even get involved with something like this? I admit I could certainly use some extra cash and it sounds really appealing to put a small text link on my page and get paid for it.

Any thoughts are GREATLY appreciated!!
179  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Gonna have to face it you're addicted to Tree of Life Pendants... on: April 30, 2008 01:46:35 PM

Yes folks, it's true. I just. can't. stop. I have become obsessed with making them. No, it's ok. I understand that admitting I have a problem is the first step.

*stands up*

Hello, my name is Miss M. and I am addicted to making Tree of Life Pendants.
Group: Hi, Miss M.

Anyway, I might as well share my latest work. Let this be a warning to you all though. Oh sure, the shiny, pretty things on the internet look nice and fun, but once that monkey's on your back....

Copper on Copper with Chrysoprase

Silver on Silver with Amethyst

180  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Chocolate Brown and Teal Blue - Perfecto! on: April 27, 2008 09:44:54 PM
I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this color combo together. So when I was at the bead store the other day and came across these two shades I just knew I had to buy some of each and put them together in a piece. Simple, basic beading but man...it's just so purdy!  Grin

Thoughts and comments appreciated!
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