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41  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / 1/2 way done cherry bag on: December 05, 2007 12:25:55 AM
Note to self:
When trying out new design- DO NOT use your most loathed fabric even if you have a "vision".... you'll want to gouge your eyes out with your crafting scissors.

I made a pattern last week for this bag and decided I HAD TO make it tonight.  Roll Eyes
It still needs to be lined and the straps aren't sewn all the way on yet, but I am too tired to do it tonight. We don't want another fight with the sewing machine this week.  Lips sealed

It's wonky, but I think I like it. It's cherry printed satin and red corduroy.

42  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Please help me- satin fabric disaster on: December 04, 2007 08:27:44 PM
I made a pattern a week ago to make a bag and I have this neat satin cherry print fabric I want to use for it, but I am scared to touch that fabric. Last time I tried to use it (for a skirt) it frayed so badly and the Stay Fray I used made a huge mess of the fabric. It just kept running and running. I ruined a lot of fabric with that crap.

Is there any other way I can stop the fraying? Can I just use regular old Elmer's glue?  Do you think that might help? I am going to double stitch it to keep it together (one straight and one zigzag), but it starts fraying so quickly!

I am at a loss on what to do. Any tips?
43  COOKING / Dessert / It's National Cookie Day! (loads of pics) on: December 04, 2007 01:18:49 PM
My oldest is homeschooled and I was looking up projects for him to do today and saw that today is National Cookie Day!

AND..because today is National Cookie Day http://ezinearticles.com/?National-Cookie-Day---Time-to-Celebrate&id=123963 the kids and I made cookies using a simple recipe from a kids cookbook we got when we went to Chick-Fil-A (it came in the kid's meal! Grin). I mean, so simple that my daughter (who is just shy of 3 yrs old) could make them without help! Its a simple shortbread cookie recipe, but we added vanilla to my oldest sons cookie dough and cocoa powder to my daughters cookie dough. The recipe said it was versatile enough to use them for cut out cookies, but it crumbled too much. If I would have wrapped it in plastic wrap and let it sit in the fridge for a couple hours then Im sure it would have had enough moisture spread throughout to do that.  We made the simple powdered sugar and water icing and dyed it with red and green food coloring.

The baby played with the cookie cutters we didn't use while we did everything. LOL. He thought he was helping- it was funny.
Here's the super simple kid's recipe. It's  shortbread.

1 1/4 c flour
1/4 sugar
1/2 c butter (I'd cube it, makes it easier for the kids to do)

Put all ingredients in a bowl and have the kids rub the butter with the sugar and flour in between their thumbs and fingertips (add in flavoring or coloring now).
When it's all mixed and looks crumbly squeeze it into a ball.
Roll it into little balls.
Squash them with a fork to flatten them.
Bake for 15-20 mins @ 325*F.

(sorry for the size of some of the pics, I didn't think I loaded them at that size!)
44  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / I love my ugly chair...but... (11 days) on: December 04, 2007 12:13:54 PM
It needs to be reupholstered. BAD. My dad gets here in 11 days and my husband comes home in just under 2 weeks. I want it done before they get home. It's a good decent chair, but the upholstery has really taken a beating from people spilling things on it.

About how much fabric do you think I'd need to cover this chair? I have never reupholstered, I think I just want to cover it and not bother removing the old stuff. I think I want it removable so I can wash it later. It's a small lay-z-boy that reclines.

Any idea?
45  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / What I did during last Deployment on: December 04, 2007 10:08:56 AM
Whenever my husband leaves for Deployment he comes home to something redone in the house! This time it was our boring "housing white" room I redid. No before pics on the new comp and I don't feel like searching for the disk that has the pics on it, but there was nothing there before. It's all new Ikea (yay!) furniture in the room. We did have this nice expensive carved solid oak bedroom set, but it was too suburban-looking for me. I tried sponging one wall (the one behind the bed) 1st- it looked like well....it looked like a used ....not going to say it, it's gross... then tried painting the opposite walls mauve.... EWWW.... finally decided on this!
Merlot red and Toasted Apple Crumble!
I feel so relaxed sleeping in there (when it's actually CLEAN)

Here's the bed side of the room:

Before the shelving and mirrors went up- the window treatment:

46  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / My 1st Stenciled Shirt- Bloo on: December 01, 2007 11:58:01 AM
I made my 1st stenciled shirt(well, actually my youngest son's onesie) today. The eyes are a bit shaky, but I think I can fix it. May have worked better if it were bigger and without so much tiny detail? It's a bit fuzzy on the outside also, but I still haven't ironed it as it's still wet. Will that fuzziness go away?

47  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Soft fleece AIO diapers! on: November 28, 2007 08:58:05 AM
 (I think this is the right place to post this?)

I made this a bit back, but they are by far my favorite diapers that I made my baby boy. It's the Cuddlebuns pattern, but I added an extra piece of loop velcro to tighten the waist area.
So far this design fits him much better than the pattern I used for my daughter w/ PUL. He has super-skinny little legs and  her old dipes didn't fit him well. Sad
They are Alpine/Polar fleece on the outside, microfleece against the skin on the inside and the soaker on the inside is 3 pieces of organic hemp fleece ( I LOVE that stuff!) I was stash busting my fleeces and I had to take apart these other diapers that my friend started to make(but the design didn't fit lil man) and take the soakers from that.  Black Polar fleece- not easy to draw a design on- even with a white fabric pencil. 

Sorry for the blurriness of the pictures.
48  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Measuring yourself for a custom pattern? on: November 27, 2007 10:30:49 AM
I have a hard time find shirts to fit because I have a larger chest. Pus sized clothes don't fit me right (too big) everywhere BUT the chest area.

So when I measure myself for a shirt I measure upper arms, wrists, above the bust, bust, below the bust, natural waist & low waist, right? Anywhere else?
Can someone, ANYONE draw me a picture (or link me) on how to draw out that pattern? I tried looking at these other websites, but I am a visual learner and I'm just not getting it.  Huh

I know what type of shirt I want, but I have no idea how to draw a basic pattern (then I'll alter it).
49  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Retro Diamonds! on: November 25, 2007 05:30:02 PM
I made this bag and wallet for the wife of my husband's friend. I really didn't hink I'd be able to make the wallet match because I had bought out all the material (or so I'd thought) when I bought it for the bag, but I found more in my Black Friday (and Saturday) shopping trip!! WOOT!. The bag is my pattern, but the wallet I modified the Long Wallet Tute from the tutorial list. I didn't like the way it fit everything, so I altered the pocket sizes. I still haven't found my buttonhole foot for my machine and I forgot to sew velcro on it, but I think the button with ribbon closure is cute.  Smiley

What do you think?

Outside Front

Outside Back

Inside (had to make sure the credit card pockets were fully functional Tongue)

Oopsy, forgot to add these!!
The bag

50  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Button hole sewing question on: November 21, 2007 03:18:27 PM
I can't find the $#%@&* foot to use on my sewing machine for buttonholes and the machine won't let me use the buttonhole setting without it (it's a smart machine.... TOO smart....). Does anyone know how I can make a buttonhole without that special foot? Olde skool way?  Grin It would be super helpful.

I just had to be the person who decided to sew buttonholes the day before Thanksgiving, didn't I?  Undecided
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