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1  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Serger not looping- and def not my threading... ??? on: April 20, 2009 05:54:46 PM
 Huh  I have been using this serger for a few weeks now with no problems.  Then I changed it from the 3 thread stitch I was using to a 4 thread again, putting 2 new needles on in the process.  It wouldn't loop on the 4 stitch... so I tried the 3 stitch again, taking out the same needle I had before.  Still no looping. 

It is a Singer by the way.  Could this be because I changed the needles?  Did I do something wrong?  Or did it kaput on me somehow? 
2  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Leaf Drool Bandana on: April 19, 2009 05:02:12 PM
I decided to make some drool bandanas for a giveaway on my blog.  I thought it would be nice to do embroidery on one, even though I am such a newbie.

I definitely didn't do a perfect job but I am pleased with the overall look.  I will do this stitch again, even though it is pretty much only good for leaves.

This is the whole bandana along with the others.  I am enjoying embroidery more than I thought, I can't wait to learn some more stitches.  What would be a good one to learn next?

oh, and if anyone likes it you can enter to win it on my blog.  http://www.dirtydiaperlaundry.com
3  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Two Firsts- Mario x stitch and Gnome Embroidery on: April 12, 2009 11:33:51 AM
I have finally gotten time to craft again since my son was born.  I always meant to do this stitch from spritestitch.com but never got around to it while pregnant. 

It took 3 weeks or so, on a good day I could do one man, if my son was being needy it could take 2-5 days.  I am going to frame it and frame the cartidges to hang in his room.  This is the first real attempt at x stitch, I made a tiny one before but I don't count that.

The next is my first attempt at embroidery.  I found a free pattern (sorry can't remember the site and I forgot to bookmark it.)  Anyone seen it?  I didn't do the whole thing, I just wanted to see if I could do it.  I messed up a good bit, my stitches aren't always the same length and the hands and feet are a little wonky, but my kid doesn't know that!

thanks for looking at my first attempts! 
4  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Easy Drool bandana- with tutorial link on: April 12, 2009 09:55:15 AM
Ok, I am so new to sewing it isn't funny.  I am not even sure this is where i should put this.  I have finally started using my sewing machine.  i have attempted a few things and this is the only thing that has really come out well so far.  I am usually more of a handy person (cross stitch, beading)

The first one is made from some leftover fabric from a tie onesie applique attempt.

The second was more repurposed.  The backing was made from an old receiving flannel blanket.  The front layer was used from an old turtle neck that shrunk and no longer fit, and was too funny looking to donate.  

I added a tutorial on my site, it is too complicated to reload all of the pics here.  So far he has been drooling all over them and they work great.  Maybe someone can make these for a baby shower, they are cute!
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / A Nursery for a baby boy (lots of pics) on: September 16, 2008 03:46:50 PM
I live in an apartment so I cannot paint the walls Sad  I find that art is very expensive so I tried my hand at painting.  (the two above the cradle) And I painted the 6" nursery letters (which are also very expensive in stores and online).  Those took a long time!  I made 8-bit mosaics out of construction paper and framed them as art.  On top of the cubby holes are 2 frames I painted to match the letters, and a ducky that I tried to make look like the Batman duck.  All of the furniture except the cubby holes are from craigslist.  I have been looking on here for inspiration, so maybe this will help someone else with ideas.  Any suggestions for things to add are appreciated.  Thanks for looking.

Nursery Letters

View of Nursery

Paintings over cradle

Cubby and photo frames and ducky

8-bit mosaics

6  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / X-stitched Sunglasses holder (for the kids) on: June 01, 2008 01:05:56 PM
I work at a non profit org and we teach craft classes.  I made this as an example for our first class.  To teach them we used plastic canvas and yarn to get the hang of it.  It was such a pain, and I think the colors are ugly but my yarn choices were limited (the yarn couldn't stretch at all)  The kids enjoyed the project at least!


7  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / My grandma's ornaments on: June 01, 2008 12:59:54 PM
I know alot of people have seen sequin ornaments made by pinning a bead and sequin in place.  For many years my grandmother has been making works of art in sequins and beads, but instead of pinning them she sews them one by one with monofilament thread onto a styrofoam ball covered in tulle.  I have recently decided to pick this up again (she taught me 7 or so years ago) and made a few last year.  So far this year I have finished one and almost finished another. They take forever, but of I can make them half as pretty as my mamaw one day it will be worth it!  This is the first time I have posted anything I have made!

8  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Dyeing Sheer Curtains? on: May 26, 2008 04:34:48 PM
Has anyone tried dyeing their white cheapo sheer curtains?  We have purchased some awesome mint green furniture and I am redecorating.  I would like A SAGEY green or maybe a tanish color.  I have seen that some synthetic fabrics don't take dye, and there is no info tag on any of the curtains.  Has anyone tried this?  I would hate to cut up my curtains to test since I only have enough for my windows, no extra parts.  Thanks!
9  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Advice Please! I have "inherited" tons of near completed x stitches. what to do? on: April 28, 2008 11:32:43 AM
Here is the story, i work at a non profit org and people donate tons of craft stuff to us, which of course I have access to as much as i want.  (Awesome!)  Sadly, I got a call from a lady saying she was given an elderly womans life's collection of x stitch stuff.  This includes a highly organized collection of thread, all numbered.  Tons of books, a box of every color and count of cloth, and of course pattern kits.  The kits (an entire large cardboard box full) almost all have an incompleted work of hers.  Most are amazing and way beyond my expertise.  I don't know what to do.  There are a lot of angels (not my thing), Christmas stitches, a norman rockwell picture that had just been started, a dolphin scene, a very cool map of maryland, also some british maps, and the one I would love to complete if i find the pattern- a large scale stitch of a victorian home.  I am very saddened that no one in her family had her love of stitching, and I am left with a beloved collection.  We will certainly use the thread and cloth and pattern books.  But if there is anyone interested in completing this poor woman's work please let me know.  I would be happy to ship it to you.  I am at work but I would like to take some pics of these and post them.  Thanks for reading. 
10  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Help with ideas for a nintendo themed nursery on: March 28, 2008 11:40:25 AM
Ok, so I have been looking at all the great crafts, and probably soon I will post something of my own.  But for now I would love some help sorting through ideas for a nerdy baby nursery.  I don't know the sex of the baby yet, but either way my hubby and I want a nintendo nursery.  I would rather not paint murals on the walls, I would rather the walls be one color for easing transitions when the lil one gets older.  Plus I would hate to paint over my own, or anyone elses hard work!  I am hoping to learn cross stitching (prob not hard but I have never done it) and make very nice 8 bit related pictures of fav characters like Link, Mario, etc.  But would having male nintendo characters in a females room be weird?  I don't think I could make a room with Princess Peach in it, she isn't cute in 8 bit.  I have done a few mosaics of 8 bit characters, so I may hang those as well. Also, I am going to try and commission a quilt based on a character for the crib since I have not the patience to learn that craft yet in my life.  If anyone can think of other ways of making 8 bit art for walls or on bedding please let me know.  Or if anyone has an etsy store with nice (fairly affordable) nintendo art. 

I am having a hard time focusing.  Should it be one theme (mario/zelda) or all nintendo/8 bit?  Since some crafts are time consuming I would like to start making some ahead even though I don't know the sex of our little Parmesan  Cheesy

Thanks for any advice!
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