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4081  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Wipe Your Mouth on: March 30, 2008 06:38:04 PM
Those are GORGEOUS! I just received some double-sided napkins in a swap. I had never even CONSIDERED doing them that way. It looks so much nicer and more professional.

Yours are fantastic. I love the fabrics you chose, and the orange thread matching the countertops is a nice touch! Well done!

Why, thank you!  I may be blushing!  I hadn't considered doing them that way either, until my mom mentioned that she did them that way.  Not only do they look more professional they have such a nice hand to them like this.  Almost decadent feeling.
4082  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Does your paperboy look like this? on: March 30, 2008 06:34:32 PM
That's hilarious! 
4083  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Wipe Your Mouth on: March 30, 2008 06:30:07 PM
My good friend is dragging her husband down the path to redecorating their house and trying to update the kitchen/dining area, which is really more his territory as he's the cook in the family.  She plans to use 2 shades of green; one for walls, the other for cabinets and is stuck with orange counters that really aren't that bad now that orange is kinda trendy for interiors.  So being on a budget and being one of the shoulders she leans on during this process (and the one who may well be doing the painting) I decided to make her some napkins for her birthday.  Both of our households are non-paper napkin types since before we became friends - and that's about 15 years now.

Unfortunately, I lost my camera and had to use my phone for this.  The colors are much more spring-y and cheerful in person.

I used to make napkins by double folding and mitering the seam, but I decided to use 2 layers so you can't see the back side of the fabric and decided to use 2 different fabrics for added cuteness.  I topstitched the edge with the orange from the leaf pattern because it made me smile AND topstitching was an easy way to close the opening that I turned them right-side-out with.  I hope she likes them!

They're about 16" square, 1.5 yards of each fabric yielded 6 napkins.
4084  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: Steampunk Vampire Hunter on: March 30, 2008 06:10:07 PM
That is so detailed and coordinated and AWESOME!  Wow.  Is that Adam Ant on your arm?
4085  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Hot Dish! [Shirtless Cowboy Edition]-UPDATED on: March 30, 2008 01:15:10 PM
I bought it at my local large fabric store where they sell it in packages and by-the-yard.  It's often found in the same area as the interfacing and stabilizers.  It sews more easily than it cuts, trying to cut a double thickness is challenging.  The non-silver side and the batting are cotton, so it's linty, but more when cutting than with sewing.  It would probably help insulate a lunch box, but not like a mini-ice chest or anything because it doesn't have a lot of air pockets like Styrofoam or poly foam. 
4086  CRAFTSTER CRAFT CHALLENGES / Craftster Craft Challenge Theme Ideas, Etc. / Re: That Needs A Cozy Challenge on: March 29, 2008 01:55:28 PM
Great idea! I love cozies... especially the arty kind. Have you seen Fredie Robins' amazing tree and log cozies? You can check them out at her website:


They truly epitomize the random cozy! My favourite is the log cozy that says "cozy". Fredie is truly cozy-inspirational. Smiley

Anyway, if this challenge happens, count me in!

Ha!  Those are awesome!  I just had an idea for another category for a prize: Do Not Actually Use This Cozy.
4087  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Heat-Resistant Hair-Iron Cozy! on: March 29, 2008 11:49:40 AM
Great idea!  I might do something like this for at-home use.  I don't have any counter space and try to keep the small bathroom picked-up, because it would get really overwhelming really quickly, so having somethign like this so I can throw them in the drawer when I'm done would be great.

Also, I've submitted an idea for a craft challenge that your project would be perfect for.  I'd appreciate any opinion about the idea good, bad or indifferent.

4088  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Low cut, empire waist, halter top on: March 28, 2008 08:40:06 PM
That is really cute and fits you really well.  I think the braided straps are a nice detail... I like when there is some texture differences rather than color changes, myself.  The only thing I would suggest is making a casing for the elastic in back so that it doesn't show with the cute ruffles.
4089  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Bug Bean Bag on: March 28, 2008 08:35:10 PM
Great use of scraps!  It's so cute and your son's reaction is just plain adorable!  Maybe put the seam the other direction so it looks a bit like a head and body?  Honestly it's plenty buggy as is.  As for games, maybe make a mat with a grid or something on it or board with holes in it to toss the bean bags into?
4090  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: D.B. Cooper bag on: March 27, 2008 07:43:04 PM
Great stencil!  Did you hear that a couple of kids found the remnants of an old parachute recently and there was some talk of it maybe being D.B. Cooper's?  I think I heard that this morning on OPB or maybe yesterday morning.
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