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1  Re: Make-a-Friend Round 5: The Gallery in The Swap Gallery by indywriter on: March 06, 2010 08:45:03 AM
I received from edie22 yesterday.  Was going to post after dinner, but my girlies ended up sick.  That's also why there aren't any modeling shots...

Here's the whole group:

edie22 made me and my girls aprons and color coordinated potholders.  Then she threw in some goodies for baking sweet treats.  Jealous yet?

Here's my apron (in my favorite color):

Thing 1's apron is cupcake-a-licious:

Thing 2's apron is full of monkeys, cupcakes, and cuteness:

The potholders, which I'm afraid to get dirty... so pretty!:

And here are all the baking goodies:  Assorted sprinkles, big star sprinkles, glitter gels, princess cupcake papers, candles and easy writer icing markers.

Thanks for an awesome package Edie!
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2  Re: Make-a-Friend Round 5: The Gallery in The Swap Gallery by indywriter on: January 22, 2010 10:08:23 PM
I received package #2 from edie22 today.

Here's a group shot:

But let's take a closer look...

8 Fat Quarters!  And some bright yellow thread to match.

A shopping bag made partly from a T-shirt with a cool logo (I love grocery shopping too, edie22... especially alone with my MP3 player).

And a super cute coupon caddy for grocery shopping.  I totally needed this, my coupon handling has been embarrassing... misplaced bargains, losing them amongst the groceries in my cart...  This will be a big help!

A magnetic journal.  edie22 and I share a fondness for journals...

And my absolute favorite part...  Handwarmers from my wist!  I love these sooooo much!  My office is freezing, so these will definitely be used.  They fit perfectly and the yarn is awesome (it has so many little muted bits of color that these will match almost everything)!

My happy (warm) hand:

Thanks edie22!
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3  Re: Make-a-Friend Round 5: The Gallery in The Swap Gallery by indywriter on: December 15, 2009 11:08:29 AM
I received a lovely package from edie22 yesterday.

Take a look:

These are all the goodies she sent.  And after seeing a lot of this, I think we have a lot in common...

Here's some things showing: her favorite animal (monkey patches), favorite holiday (Christmas ornament), purse essentials (chap stick, lip gloss, and tissues), and something edible (chocolate fudge with walnuts... jealous?).  I totally had to hide this stuff overnight to keep my girls from scavenging all the goodies.

This bunch includes: something local (Florida magnet and key chain), something you wear (a sweet little headband), something that smells good (Bounce softener sheets... I totally love the smell of fabric softener, so funny!), and something related to yarn (a shimmering little crocheted bag... This may become an American Girl's purse if I can part with it).

And this last group includes something of sentimental value (walk for the cure slippers... edie22's grandma had cancer and so did mine) and something she collects (office supplies, including pencils, neat shaped paper clips, and a notepad... I am a total stationery junkie, so this is perfect!)

And just in case you weren't paying attention earlier... did you miss the part where I got fudge?

Thanks edie22!  It was nice to get a little early Christmas present when I have to spend so much time doing Santa's work for everyone else.
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4  I tried KitschyCoo's knit kimono (aka I picked the wrong day to stop drinking.) in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by indywriter on: March 15, 2009 08:28:40 AM
So I got brave last night and drafted  a pattern using KitschyCoo's lovely tute (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=264793.0).

After a few minutes I began wishing that there were a knit whisperer (the heck with dogs and horses... this is more important!).  Because I apparently lack basic reading skills, I had to go back and tweak my pattern.  The tutorial was perfectly clear... It has become clear that since I started dieting, late night crafting doesn't work as well (I knew all that sugar was good for something other than junk in the trunk!).

My fabric was a remnant of organic bamboo knit.  It is unbelievably soft and was only big enough to make something for the little one.

I also thought it was a good idea to diverge from the instructions a bit... The results were mixed.  Instead of making long sleeves, I made mine more like half or 3/4 sleeves.  This I like.  Instead of using a knit trim as per the instructions, I used fold over elastic.  As much as I would like to say I did this for artistic reasons, I actually did it because it was late and I wasn't sure how to cut up my remnant to make the trim (I'm a total knit novice.  I know, shocker.).  This wasn't terrible, but was a little challenging where the fabric overlaps in front.  I do like the sheen of the FOE and the contrast.

When I finished all that, I opted to add buttons.  The crossover part wasn't laying right on the floor, so I hoped the buttons would detract from that.  But then I decided that I really like them.

Suddenly I was gripped with fear... What if her big ol' head wouldn't fit through the neck hole?  I had to wait until morning to find out.

It fit!  And looked so much better than I expected...

And she loved it!  Sister Goldenhair is on a major dress kick lately (and will have to wear them to preschool).  She's also ready for her closeup...

This front shot is a bit blurry, but you can see the front better...

The moral of this little tale?  Don't diet and try to sew knits late at night.  Also, if you start with a good tutorial (thanks KitschyCoo!), you can't mess it up too badly.  It actually looks pretty good on her.  I think it would make a great nightgown too.

Helpful hints for working with knits are especially welcome! Smiley
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5  Re: jackets and mittens in Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions by indywriter on: November 21, 2008 07:59:17 PM
I can't help you with the jacket....

But how about this for a basic mitten:

Please don't be too envious of my mad crayola skillz!

You could cut a single layer of the mittens (4 total) or an outer layer and an inner layer or lining (8 total).  Assemble them as you will... (french seams, lined, or quick and dirty... whatever works for you.)

Then sew the bottom piece on (it could be lined as well).  Essentially this is just a long, skinny rectangle.  I would start sewing opposite the thumb (a.k.a. the pinky side of the hand).  This piece should be long enough to go all the way around the bottem edge of the mitten and still overlap a bit.  On this overlapping edge you could put velcro (and then put the other piece on where ever it matches up).

I can see this clearly in my head, but I'm not sure I described it clearly here.
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6  How a Goodwill sheet led to the happiest day of the summer (and 2 cute dresses) in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by indywriter on: September 25, 2008 11:41:24 AM
So I have taken to skulking about my local Goodwill shops in search of potential recons.  One day some nice little old lady must have been cleaning house, because I scored several vintage twin flat sheets.

(You can read about the saga of one of them here: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=252638.msg2812660#msg2812660

One of the sheets was well worn and the colors a bit faded, but it was perfect for what I had in mind.  Every summer I challenge myself to make a couple of matching outfits for my girls (I make loads of matching stuff for them, but these outfits are special).  When I take my vacation at the end of the summer, my girls and I go down and spend a few days with my in-laws.  One day is picture day.  My mother-in-law scouts locations and we go out and take loads of pictures.

I knew this Goodwill sheet was destined for picture clothes and finally found the perfect pattern: Simplicity 5226*. 

The first picture was taken at a chapel in a historic cemetery.  My oldest (Miss B) was trying to teach my little one (Sister Goldenhair) how to curtsy...

Then we went to a part of the river/gorge that had a waterfall.  The girls loved this, even though I told them to stay dry.  Here's Sister Goldenhair doing her best...

Next we went to a rose garden and park.  This is where the day went magical for the girls (and for me).  I took some photos and we ate lunch, but then I said the magic words: "Why don't you girls go put your feet in the fountain?"

I knew what would happen, but they felt like they were getting away with something.  First they dangled their feet in the water.  Then they walked around, getting the hems of their dresses wet.  Then Sister Goldenhair "accidentally" sat down.  I snapped all the while, catching pure joy.

They thought this was the best day of the summer...  I think they might be right.

(*https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=270032.0 This thread has another take on this easy, lovely pattern)
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7  Re: Personal/Private Swap Gallery August 2008 in The Swap Gallery by indywriter on: August 27, 2008 10:11:48 AM
This post is much delayed, but should in no way imply that I am anything less than absolutely thrilled with my swap with n u l l g a l.

I posted a thread about what to do with a sheet I scored at Goodwill, and you'll see by the responses why my only choice was to immediately send it to n u l l g a l:

In return, n u l l g a l embroidered me the loveliest handkerchief.  The flowers have a special meaning to me and the handkerchief belonged to my grandfather before he passed away.  It was never used (I'm terribly sentimental, but even I have my limits!).  I wanted to share her lovely work here:

Full view:

The roses:

The lillies:

I am in total awe of n u l l g a l's mad embroidery skills!   I have zero patience for hand sewing of any kind, so this is a rare treat for me to own something so lovely.

Thanks again n u l l g a l!
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8  What the heck would you make with this fabric? (no really, I need suggestions!) in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by indywriter on: June 19, 2008 09:33:20 PM
I like to prowl my local Goodwill stores for goodies to craft.  I love getting old sheets and tablecloths with interesting patterns.  I may have ventured to far this time.

I have a twin-sized sheet with a large, groovy pattern and no idea what to make it into. 

**NOTE** The large couple near the center (the back view of a boy and girl) is 10" tall.

Usually I am envisioning kids clothes when I get these things, but I'm afraid this pattern is too large and too garish for kids clothes.  The colors are interesting (the picture came out pretty true to life).

I am conflicted about this fabric.  One day I think it's kitschy and cool, the next I think it's ugly as sin.  But I think, made into the right thing, it would be really fun.

Any thoughts?
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9  Be kind to your behind (when crafting that is...) in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by indywriter on: June 19, 2008 09:02:55 PM
This is the story of a sad little chair, an ugly old chair, and how I got the prettiest crafting chair in town (and softest too!).

Once upon a time, I had a sad little chair at my craft desk.  It was barely padded, had a back support that my girls loved to flip backwards (resulting in many spinal bruisings), and bore a striking resemblance to E.T.

So I had great aspirations to join the "hot seat" challenge.  Unfortunately, time was not on my side.  I decided I needed to find a "new" chair to revamp.  Sad little chair (SLC) was short on potential and had served my crafting posterior for nearly ten years (and was my hubby's computer chair before that).  SLC deserved to retire.  So off to Goodwill, where I discovered ugly old chair (UOC).

UOC was covered in hideous gray vinyl (complete with rips and sticky residue of mysterious origins).  The padding was old and the faux tack strip was awful.  UOC also needed some legwork done.  I happily applied my new sander and a metric ton of padding and batting.  I was originally going to use some fabric I already had in my stash and add some stenciling, but then one of my very favorite types of fabric went on sale for 50% off.  I was powerless to resist its lure.

The result is the prettiest crafting chair in town (PCCIT).  I stained the wood a darker color and added some black braided trim.  I love this chair so much I would marry it if I could (and I totally mean that in a way that should not make my husband feel bad).

The seat is 3" foam, so the gap between the top of the seat and the bottom of the back support is virtually non-existent.  So it looks very different from the chair I began with (thank goodness!).  PCCIT is elegant, supportive, and comforting; much like a best friend for my crafting booty.
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10  Re: Crafty Detective Round 4 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by indywriter on: May 30, 2008 04:54:49 PM
Well since spooky.kitty received nearly a month ago, I guess she's not going to post pictures.

But I wanted to share the stuff I worked so hard on, so I'm posting pictures of most items (I missed a couple things).

First off, she said she loves hot chocolate, so I thought some dirty chocolate would hit the spot:

Then I made some patches of her favorite cartoon character and band, her daughter, and a creative photo she did:

This outifit is for her little girl (probably for next summer):

A red-sequined slap bracelet:

A purse revamped to showcase her favorite musical act (Voltaire):

A closeup of the enhancement:

And the large item, a dress.  The pattern is one of the Butterick retro patterns from 1957.  She wanted a lolita dress, so I tried to adapt this a bit.  What you see is that it is made of black broadcloth, trimmed in cardinal red and the hem is finished with a bit of red tulle to look like a crinoline.  I had really hoped for action shots of the dress, but this is all I have:

I also included a red patent leather skinny belt (that could be worn with the dress, bracelet, and purse) and printed stationery I created in photoshop.  She said she didn't have any and would like something with an Asian influence, so I used a picture taken up through the branches of a cherry tree in full bloom.  I softened the detail and masked the center so writing would be clearer.  Then I used a laser printer on nice paper to create two different sizes of stationery.  Actually time-wise, this also equalled a large item.

I hope you guys like the stuff I worked on, I did a lot of stalking to decide what to make.  And spent a lot of time working on everything.

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