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1  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Tshirt & pants Into Table Top Tree Skirt on: December 05, 2008 01:40:48 PM
A "Recon" I did real quickly today.  Needed a tree skirt.  Made this fast little throw together out of an old Tshirt and dress pants that have been sitting in with "garage sale" stuff for the winter.  We are only having a table top tree this year so I just needed something to throw around the base(which is in a corner standing on a plastic white two drawer thingy that I have a bunch of sewing supplies in)...I should have made it longer to cover the drawers...but oh well...it works....


^ Before

^ Close up of the fabric
2  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Snowman Ornament From A Light Bulb on: December 04, 2008 04:17:20 PM

That little black speck next to one of the buttons is just a stray piece of fuzz from the fabric I used as the scarf.  I didn't notice it until I after I took the picture.  And The spot on the left side of the bulb is just a shadow from his arm.

The instructions can be found at:
3  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / EASY rustic/twig star(tree topper) on: December 02, 2008 09:14:51 PM
I thought I'd share this easy tree topper star idea that's made from sticks/twigs.  I searched, but couldn't find a similar craft already listed.  It sounds incredibly easy and would be a great idea for involving the help of younger children, if you happen to have any around. 

Collect sticks/branches/twigs from outside and cut them into pieces that are approximately 6 inches in length.  You can use as few or as many as you like.  Hot glue them together shaping the pieces into a star.  Attach them to a paper towel or toilet paper cardboard tube with a vertical stick/twig/branch, glued in place. Slip it on the top of the tree...and Voila!

(If you don't have a cardboard tube handy, just use whatever else you can find that's round/tubular you think might work...I cut an empty pringle's can down for us to use and plan on disguising it by wrapping the can with a piece of a brown paper sack glued around it, myself)

Talk about easy...  I thought this was a great idea for a topper.  And my 5 year old LOVES to help with making things...so this is a perfect activity for us to do together(well minus the hot glue, of course)

The only thing is... I can't remember exactly which website I was on when I came across the instructions for the idea.  I think it was at "ehow" and I did a search using the keywords "tree topper" and this was one of the results it came back with.

I found the idea after my 5 year old was already asleep in bed.  So tomorrow, we will be collecting our sticks and making one.(Our weather forecast says we should expect some snow tomorrow though, so I'm hoping we'll get them collected before it hits us)  I'll post a photo of it after we actually make ours.

Edit:  Here's what we ended up with...

(my webcam is totally colorblind, and this picture looks horrible compared to how great this thing looks in person.  My son went a little wild with the red glitter...but that's ok because now it sparkles and I really love how it looks in the light.  It looked a little too plain left as it was, and I had way too many little spots of hot glue showing to leave it that way...which is why we opted for the glitter) We also ended up cutting a toilet paper tube in half and glueing more sticks onto the outside of it.  I then made two little 'notches' to help support the weight of the twigs because a few of them were a little larger and heavier than the smaller sized ones and I was afraid the weight would cause it to lean once it was on the tree.  With the sticks on the front it reminds me of a shooting star...although in THIS photo...it looks more like someone puked on it...hahaha.
4  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / sleeveless asymmetrical summer top on: September 23, 2007 02:59:42 PM
I haven't hemmed the top or bottom yet, and I might even end up trimming a little from the triangular portion on the bottom...it's almost too asymmetrical I think, but I do like how it turned out. 
5  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / Khaki/Cargo(ish) Looking Shorts(and matching top)*edited* on: August 14, 2007 12:13:38 PM
My daughter wears size 18 in Women's.  Top and bottoms actually.  Well, 16/18 or XL tops and sometimes 16/18 Juniors, but usually what fits her best is an 18W or XL for bottoms
  She goes gaw~gaw over those Khaki looking cargo pants...maybe that's what they call them.  "Cargo" pants? I'm not sure.  Anyway, she really REALLY wanted me to make her these shorts but the pattern only went to size 16(plus the dimensions were way off for her measurements to start with).  She insisted I buy the pattern and just make it bigger than the pattern calls for and wing it(and promised not to be disappointed if it turned out crappy..ha!)  It called for a zipper fly, but I used elastic for the waistline, just because it's so much simpler and I'm not the world's best sewer to begin with.  I don't think it turned out too badly.  She tried them on this morning and they fit her perfectly.  (I must be a much better guesser than I thought).  I have some material left over that I'm going to use in an ATTEMPT to make her a matching top to wear with them.  They look HUGE, and really look much better ON her. I'll have to make her throw them on after school today and snap a photo.  I screwed up when I was doing the pockets so they're not really how they're suppose to be according to the pattern, but they work..heh

6  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Bride Costume I made for my daughter in 2001 on: August 11, 2007 12:38:28 PM
I think 2001 was the year I made this.  I know it's hard to see any detail, but this is the only picture I have of it. I wasn't sure if this was the right spot for it, or if it belonged in with holiday stuff. 

I made it out of a white twin bedsheet, and lots of tulle.  Glued little roses, pearls, and ribbon onto a headband and attached the veil to the headband.  It had a row of lace at the bottom of the dress, and a train that was slightly longer than the dress... with a bow in the back to hide the uneven seam where I had attached the train.  Threw in some fake flowers tied with a ribbon, and called it done.

 It was the first costume I'd ever sewn myself and turned out winning 2nd or 3rd place at the Eagle's costume contest they held for the kids.
7  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Pink & White Sundress I made for my 5 yr. old niece on: August 05, 2007 11:21:43 PM
First, let me say that I discovered this website a couple of months ago, and I absolutely LOVE IT.   I have frequented this site religiously since having discovered it, but just recently decided to register(a few days ago).

Okay, now for the sundress...

  I have a brother who was married last month, in July.  I live pretty far away from my family but speak with my sister often on the telephone.  I called her up the night before our brother's wedding and she told me she had nothing for her daughter to wear to the ceremony.  ONE DAY before the wedding, right?  Why she waited so long, is beyond me.  Never fear, I told her.  Aunt Wendy will throw something together with some handy dandy scrap material laying around the sewing room.  It took me half the night to sew this darn thing because I had to wait until my kids were snoozing to get anything done without interruptions...and of course...I procrastinated and put it off until almost 12midnight...so by the time the actual wedding rolled around I was beat from no sleep.  But this is what I came up with for my niece to wear to the wedding and she was thrilled  because   she absolutely adores pink (I had no pattern to use but guesstimated as best I could for the fit...which ended up a little off and *ahem* a little crooked as well~so ignore the lopsidedness and all the errors that are ever so apparent in the photos....heh~...plus we had to make a slight adjustment to the buttons I had originally put in the back because it was a little too snug to fasten them.  I just removed the buttons, and sewed some matching ribbon on for ties,  it wasn't the best, but it worked, and using the ribbon as ties worked great btw because it gave a little more room when tied loosely...I also made the little hair bow she's wearing with the same color ribbon as I put on the dress...so at least it all matched..ha.)  Anyway, here's some photos.  

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