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21  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / A big girl with big attitude! on: December 05, 2005 01:08:08 PM
I made these shirts for one of my best friends. I am so proud of this girl! She has spent the past year completely overhauling her life - breaking it off with her fiance and getting out of an abusive relationship, losing 100lbs (!!), dealing with all the skeletons in her closet and pretty much just learning how to like herself again.

This one was for what she called her 'wedding-less' (we went out partying on the night that would have been her wedding)...I found the quote ("I'm young, free and not in need of boys - stop staring at my chest") on craftster, so big thanks to whoever said it:

She loved the first shirt so much that I made this one for her to wear to a rodeo caberet (the quote was her idea):

Close up:

I used the Avery Dark t-shirt Transfers with my HP inkjet, in case anyone is wondering.  Smiley The first one is pretty stiff, as you can see from the picture so maybe my iron wasn't hot enough? Or maybe it just needs to go through the wash a couple of times...? The second one turned out fine.
22  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / YAY! Crystal 'flowers'! (now with new pictures & link to tutorial) on: September 07, 2005 12:37:14 AM
After a month of beading and spinning wire and then beading and spinning some more, we (my mom & I) have finally finished off my wedding 'flowers'.

After seeing crystal bouquets online for a ridiculous sum of money I, craftster that I am, decided to try and make them myself. I used the tutorial from this site:


With 300 "stems" of Swarovski beads (crystal, amethyst, topaz & peridot - the colours in my dress) spun onto 28-gauge wire, we created this:


In natural light, the crystals are like a tiny explosion of colour and sparkling light. And HEAVY! Holy crap! I won't be tossing this bouquet (unless I want to give some unsuspecting guest a massive head trauma)!

We also made bouquets for the bridesmaids which are smaller (140 stems each) and corsages/boutonnieres for groomsmen, parents, etc. If anyone has any questions about the tutorial (not mine!), let me know!

EDIT: Here are some pictures from the 'big day'!

Close up of my maid of honour's bouquet:

Close up of a boutonniere:

edit: My mom & I worked on this project on and off over the summer so it took a few months to get everything done. However, I would guess that if you had a few more people helping out, you could set up a sort of 'assembly line' and get this done over a long weekend. To get an idea of time, we would set up in front of the t.v. at my mom's house - we could each get about 20-25 stems done during a 1-hour program. It probably took me an hour to assemble each of the bridesmaids' bouquets (longer for my own because it was bigger and I was a lot more particular about getting it 'just right'). My mother, mother-in-law, bridesmaid & I put all of the boutonnieres together in an evening (maybe 2 or 3 hours to make all 12 bouts).

edit: It probably cost us about $300 (CAD) in supplies to do 3 bouquets and 12 boutonniers - about what it would have cost us if we had gone with fresh flowers from one of the florists in town. The cost estimate isn't totally accurate, as we have quite a few beads and a couple spools of wire, ribbon, etc left over (but all the packages are opened, so unreturnable). We ordered the crystals from Astral Beads (http://www.astralbeads.com/). Good prices and customer service, so I recommend them.
23  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / "Ursey the Nursey" Bag on: July 03, 2005 09:34:33 PM
My friend recently returned from maternity leave to her job as a delivery room nurse. She was feeling down because she will have to leave her little guy at with a sitter while she works 12 hour days/nights so I thought that I would make her a tote bag to put all of her nursing stuff because things always suck LESS when you have cute accessories. The exterior fabric is patio canvas and the interior is cotton poplin (her favorite colours: green & purple).


Interior (you can sort of see the zippered pocket & key ring):

Close up of interior fabric print:

I am giving it to her when I go over next weekend...what do you think?
24  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Question: blocking 100% polyester yarn? on: June 10, 2005 11:04:43 PM
I tried the search feature on this subject and found some posts about the ineffectiveness of blocking projects made with acrylic yarn...is this the same as 100% polyester? (dumb question?)

I am working on a project using Lion's Brand "Lion Suede" - it is the right size but the shape is a little wonky. I wondered if blocking it might help. Thanks for any advice!
25  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Discussion and Questions / "Cracks" in transfer on: May 13, 2005 05:05:09 PM
Hi everyone,

I recently used some Avery ink jet transfer paper to customize some onesies (100% cotton) for my daughter. I followed the instructions on the package (iron on the hottest setting for specific amount of time yadda yadda...) and when I peeled the paper backing off, the transfer looked great.

The problem: Once I put the shirt on my daughter, the transfer seemed to "crack" where the fabric had stretched across her chest. Does anyone know why this might have happened and how I could prevent it from happening again (longer time under the iron or something else perhaps??)? Thanks!
26  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / "Garden Goddess" housewarming gift on: May 07, 2005 12:13:03 PM
One of my girlfriends just bought her first house. As a housewarming gift, I got a big planter and filled it up with garden-specific stuff (bulbs, tools, work gloves, watering can, etc)...I also made her a garden apron/tool belt. I used a cute twill print with some heavy cotton canvas - I'm pretty impressed with the result!!

What do you think? Comments appreciated!

The apron/tool belt (presented by Daga, my crafting supervisor):

27  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / "Naughty House Frau" gift basket (picture heavy) on: May 07, 2005 12:03:01 PM
Here are some pics of a gift basket I put together for a friend who has just moved into her own place. I wanted it to have a retro girly feel without being too nice (hence the Bettie Page bondage theme) - I bought 4 martini glasses, a set of three black silicone spatulas, photo coasters (into which I put bondage pics) and I made some cloth napkins (black and white with an iron on Bettie in the corner) and a reversible half-apron (using a modified version of april_cocair's circle skirt tutorial :https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?PHPSESSID=b51c7a0ff1038eefe6ff4fe3d4fd2850&topic=12439). I put everything together in a teal waste basket.

What do you think? Comments very much appreciated!!

Apron: (front)




28  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / "Rectangul-ish" Crochet Hook Case on: January 29, 2005 08:58:43 PM
Hi everyone...this is my first post but I've lurked around craftster for a few months. I just finished a birthday present for my fianc - a case for his crochet hooks (we had a DIY gifts Christmas so he asked my grandma to teach him how to crochet).

We are both children of the 80s and he is a movie nut so the fabric on the inside has scenes from Indiana Jones. The outside is dark brown corduroy. It is 9x12 inches when it is open. I didn't use a pattern, so it is a bit crooked, hence the "rectangul-ish". Still, I am quite impressed with myself, so I thought that I would post and show it off! Sorry the pictures are so crappy...I used the webcam!

Deleted the pics to save bandwidth!  Tongue

(He made the afghan that the hook case is sitting on!!)
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