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1  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / and Max said "I'LL EAT YOU UP!" on: November 03, 2009 02:54:58 PM
I knew that there was a good chance that there would be other Max costumes this year. Elvis (my son) wanted to be Max almost as much as I wanted him to be Max this year. Smiley If any kid is like Max, it's Elvis.  We tried to make it as close to the book as possible. That scepter is as accurate as can be. He had gloves but he didn't want to wear them and we recently had alot of rain, so I didn't make spats over the shoes like I wanted. He got so many compliments. I hope you like it and vote for us! Smiley
 We (my husband and I) made everything from scratch. Well, not the Converse shoes. Smiley

ETA: Here's another pic of him without the crown on so you can see the ears better. Daddy was dressed as a wild thing himself but it wasn't all together yet in this pic.

2  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Should I wash prewash cotton piping cord? on: August 17, 2009 03:55:22 PM
I was making a removable pillow case with welting around the edges so I can wash it. I realized that I had taken all that care in pre washing and drying the fabric , but I didn't do anything with the cotton cording I used to make my own piping. Are you suppose to pre wash that too? Will it shrink inside the piping and ruin my pillowcase when I wash it?

3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Lost at Sea? Diorama(pic heavy)poss. NSFW on: December 01, 2008 12:57:17 PM

"Lost at Sea?"
This is one of my art dioramas. It took me about 4 months to start and finish. I did the ship with a wire framework and coated it and the masts. I sewed the sails and rigged it all with red thread. They do move and turn on the masts. I detailed the wire frame with gold highlighting to make it pop more. 


There is a poem by Alfred Tennyson that is in the background and is the basis of the theme.

Here is a full head on shot of the whole thing.

A better view of the wire work letters and the mermaid. I made the tail of the mermaid and embossed gold around the edged and added the filagree (sp?) work on it. There is a bottle behind a wave that has a love letter inside, but all you can see is "I love"

The moon. Made from polymer clay, I sculpted the craters very meticulously with a needle. Then painted it silver and low lighted the whole thing with black.

The detail on the outside.

This was made for my Mother. It's very personal. It is about viewing death as a homecoming, rather than a sad farewell.
 Any comments are welcome and thank you for looking.
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Old 80's mirror? Use farbric not paint! on: August 10, 2008 11:39:40 AM
I was hanging out at my friend's house last week watching movies and what not. Long story short she has a ton of excess old stuff around that she has only just started to get to dealing with it. She gave me this mirror that she didn't want. It wasn't BAD , but it didn't look awesome either. It is that very 80's pieced oak. (I think oak is what I'm thinking of) SO I had thought about painting it and nothing really seemed that great either. Then I remembered that I have the great fabric that I had made a pillow for the couch from that I just LOVE. A toddler's naptime and some spray adhesive later(plus some hard labor getting the mirror out of the frame without breaking it), and I got an awesome mirror I just can't stop looking at. Smiley

and the matching pillow!

I know it's not the best thing since sliced bread, but I love it. Any comments would be welcome. Smiley
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / How to get a grip on fabric?????? on: June 04, 2008 03:17:21 PM
You have to know what I'm talking about. You know the inside of a strapless bra on the side strap? Or inside some of those new hair bands? That clear stuff that makes things get a grip. What is it? or what can I use for it?
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / scroll back dining chair slipcover help? on: May 14, 2008 11:40:36 AM
I've made only a couple slipcovers in my time and they turned out pretty good. Well, now I have and EXTREMELY critical client, that complains about everything. So now she's got me feeling a little unsure of myself. I have to make 2 slipcovers for scroll back parsons style dining room chairs. Scroll back is where it has kinda a P shaped back to it, with the bump at the top.
Much like this one http://www.carringtoncourtdirect.com/detail.cfm?ProductID=12 but with out the skirt. My question is how do I accomidate the scroll without making the top look baggy, but still able to remove it for washing easily? ANy ideas? Thanks for any help you can give.
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Freehand Apron Dress on: April 02, 2008 06:33:21 PM
So I wanted to go by JoAnn's a while back to get thread to match the seat cushions I was making, and I went with my friend, Jessi. One thing leads to another and I find myself making an apron dress for her to wear on her trip to California in a week. I made it up as I went and I'm pretty proud of myself since I've never really made anything wearable before. On to the pics!

Here she is posing in front of her car.

I didn't get any back shots, sorry, but I just made it overlap at an angle in the back. I was going to add a tie at the waist for the full look of an apron, but she liked it better without. I love the fabric it reminds me of a vintage kitchen window valance. I'm going to use the rest of the fabric to line the inside of my picnic basket.

 What do you think?
8  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Best way to get business as an interior seamstress? on: March 17, 2008 09:22:33 AM
Honestly I had no idea how to search for this one, so if it's been discussed already I'm sorry.
I am a stay at home mom in the Austin, TX area. I am already getting my photographer to get pics of my jewelry to open my Etsy shop, and I work for an interior designer as an interior seamstress. I want to pick up more gigs as an interior seamstress, but I have no idea on how to do that. I thought maybe on Etsy, but there will be shipping and fabric picking, just makes it too complicated.(and I don't want to charge so much extra to the customer) Right now I get my advertising by word of mouth mainly. I just have no idea how to pick up more gigs in my area. Any ideas?
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Pushing Daisies - Ned's scarf pattern? on: December 19, 2007 08:11:17 AM
okay in the last episode "Corpsicle" Ned is running around in the snow and he's wearing this scarf that looks like basketweave on the diagonal. He's in this clip wearing it.     http://abc.go.com/primetime/pushingdaisies/index?pn=index

I couldn't find that pattern, I need some help.  Please. Smiley I know I've seen lots of similar ones, but now it seems they've all run away from me.
10  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / My nifty not very Christmas- Christmas Stockings on: December 09, 2007 07:50:58 PM
It's my son's second Christmas and the first he was only a couple months old. We always put up a tree, but never had any stockings (or a chimney for that matter!) until now. We put all out money into gifts, so instead of buying some expensive stockings that I didn't really like. I made some out of some of the fabric I had already, and sketched the pattern myself. I'm quite proud. This is the first project I've posted on here. Hope you like. Smiley
Here's mine.


and this one is for my son, Elvis.

I plan to embellish them a bit more with names and such.I still like them as is.
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