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1  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Loteria on: February 15, 2007 01:18:51 PM
I got these really cool Mexican Loteria cards (those bingo cards with the cool art, and they have little pictures of stuff like "el borracho" and "la dama"), but I don't have any cool ideas of stuff to do with them.  Does anyone have any suggestions? 

Thanks Smiley

2  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Ideas for a PenPal on: July 20, 2005 09:52:52 AM

I just got a new penpal, and I need some ideas of easy stuff to make to send her.  I had some ideas, but a couple fell through, as I have limited funds, so I need a couple more.  What have you guys sent in the past, or do you have any ideas? 

Thanks Smiley

3  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Discussion and Questions / T-shirt material question on: July 15, 2005 06:53:01 AM
I have used iron-ons for years, and they normally turn out well.  Recently, I bought a pack of Avery transfers, like I usually do, and I got a couple of tshirts in a package from Family Dollar, which I usually don't.  There's a new one in our tiny town. Anyhow,  I washed/dried the shirts, then put the transfer on.  I let it cool for a while, then put it in the washing machine/dryer so I could wear it. 

When I took it out of the washing machine, the iron-on image was DESTROYED!!!!  I can wear the shirt to bed, so its not a total loss, but man, it looks like a hurricane threw up on it.  Maybe it's because of the cheap t-shirts?  Maybe the cruddy material didn't hold the iron-on?

Any thoughts on this?

4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Sick + bored + fabric = skirts! on: May 10, 2005 03:18:23 PM
I've been sick lately and pretty much bed and couch ridden, and that gets very old, so I thought I would sew to keep my mind off of how bad I felt.  All of them have zippers in the back.  I used New Look pattern 6345.  I got it at Wal-Mart for $2.74.  I was supposed to use eyes and hooks, but I don't like those, so I didn't, and the zipper works just as well on its own.

This skirt I actually made last week, before I got sick.  I got the fabric at Wal-Mart in the clearance bin.  I don't know why my navel looks so icky here.  It's not that gross, I promise.

These two I made when I was sick.  I got this fabric at Wal-Mart for $2 per yard. 


This fabric I got for $2.44 per yard at Wal-Mart.  They may suck for just about everything else, but you can find some good cheap fabric there.


So, for a sum total of $13.62, plus tax, I got three skirts!  


5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Summer is Ready When You Are- Tshirt to Swimsuit top recon on: April 17, 2005 04:01:27 PM
I had a really cute White Stripes tshirt that I wore once and it shrank when I washed it, and was too short.  I don't like tummy bearing shirts.  I was driving in the Houston sun and thought about going swimming.  I came up with an idea to make a cool new swimsuit top. 

Here is the tshirt before.  I pulled it down right before I took this photo so it wouldn't show my well-endowed tummy. 


Here it is after I doctored it up. I don't mind bearing more skin when I'm swimming, so it should be all good.


6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / New dress on: April 06, 2005 01:38:04 PM
I thought I posted this earlier, but I cant find it, so if it is on here twice, I apologize.  I made a dress yesterday.

This is it on the floor.

This is it on me.

This is the fabric it is made out of.

I did not use a pattern. I just used a skirt and a shirt I already had and cut the fabric out in the same shapes and sewed it together.  

7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / PANTS!! on: April 03, 2005 10:25:48 AM
I made these capri pants a couple of months ago. This was my first trouser reconstruction, so um, it's kinda crappy, but I like it.  I saw some really cute pants similar to these at Wet Seal, but in my opinion, their regular prices are far too outrageous.  Plus, they only had larger sizes and the pants didn't have belt loops.  Here is my version that I think turned out even better than the ones in the store.

Basically, I took a pair of my grandfather's old dress pants that were too small for him.  He's had these things since before I was born, and I'm 28.  I cut the waistband off and made long stitches with bright yellow embroidery thread all around. 

Here is a closeup of the cuff.  It is a bit crooked, actually, but I kinda like it that way.  It gives them character.  And they are supposed to be freyed.   I cut the bottoms of the legs off and resewed them to make the cuffs.  I cut the part of the leg that I cut off so that I could make a thick cuff at the bottom and sew it on.  I sewed them on with regular thread and made long stitches with yellow embroidery thread. 


I put my own buttons on, and sewed my own flower.

They are a bit big, actually, because I've lost some weight, but they fall kind of like hip huggers, so it's all good.  When they get too big to wear, I'll just take them up.

8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Yes, MORE skirts... on: March 17, 2005 03:00:23 PM
I know that there are thousands upon thousands of skirt posts, but I'm gonna add to the list.  I made three skirts and wanted to post them.  A girl can NEVER have too many skirts, especially in Texas where it gets 2,598,745 degrees in the summer. 

I went to Urban Outfitters and saw the cutest skirt, but it was about $48, and I just can't afford that, so I thought I'd make my own version.  Here it is: 

Here is a skirt I made out of some sheets my parents have had since God was a baby.  Patterns and I do not play nice, so I just took a skirt I already have and cut the fabric in the same shape and size.  I love this one- I wore it out and got asked several times where I got it.

This is my first attempt at a pillowcase skirt.  This is a very old pillowcase and I will probably go straight to hell for cutting it up, as it's been in the family for a couple of generations, but hell, no one was using it, and my granny said I could cut it up so I did.  The problem I had with it was that it would fit fine around my waist, but not around my legs and booty, so I had to take some material from another pillowcase of the same color and add about an inch to the side.  This made it WAAAY too big in the waist, so I'm working on that.  I really love the detail at the bottom.  
9  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Adaptable shoes photos- sorry about them going missing!!! on: October 26, 2004 10:45:37 PM
I am a complete crack smoker.  I had my photos for my adaptable shoes on photobucket, hosted there, and for some reason, I deleted them.  So, of course, they aren't here anymore.  I got a couple of messages requesting that I put them back up, so here they are:

Here are the shoes before:


Here is a picture of the snap I glued on the shoe:


Here's the button I glued the other part of the snap onto:


These are all of the things I've made to put on the shoes so far: 


Here is the shoe with one of the button sets on:




Sorry about the missing photos.  Happy crafting!!

10  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Adaptable Shoez on: October 15, 2004 10:47:57 AM
I went shoe shopping recently with my friend and saw the cutest shoes!  They were flat round toed shoes that are so popular now, and they had a cute little button at the top outside of each shoe.  They were about $35, but I'm really frugal, and can't justify paying that much for a pair of shoes unless they are REALLY something.  I was really tempted, but then realized that I only have one outfit that would go with the shoes.  While I think matching is overrated, my job doesn't, and so I have to match.  Bleh. 

I started thinking and decided I could make my own shoes like that, AND make it so that I could change the button.  I went to Payless and got a pair of flat black round toed shoes. 


I went to a fabric store and purchased some clear sew on snaps.  I superglued the "female" part of the snap onto my shoes.


I superglued the "male" part of the snap onto various objects.


Now, I can change the buttons out to match any outfit!


There are so many possibilities, too.  I can put anything on my shoes!!!!
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