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1  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Scrapbooking: Completed Projects / Caesar's pages on: December 02, 2004 07:23:12 AM
Caesar is my mom's Severe Macaw.  I made a couple scrapbook pages about him.

The picture quality for the second page sucks, and I apologize for that.  =(
The box in the top left corner is a little bit of information...
Species:  Severe Macaw (Ara severa)
Size:  Big enough to be dangerous
Favorite Foods:  Pizza, hamburgers, peanuts, pistachios
Hobbies:  Home improvement, martial arts
Originally From:  Columbia
2  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Wedding crafts on: April 11, 2004 05:05:22 PM
I am getting married next summer.  I'd like to make quite a few pieces of the wedding myself, both to give it a personalized feel, and to cut costs.  I'm planning on making:

-The dress (this is by far the most frightening thing on my list)
-Save-the-date cards, thank-you notes, and maybe even invitations
-Decorations, and maybe party favors
-A headband or tiara with wildflowers (we're getting married up in the mountains)

Has anyone done any wedding crafts before?  Do you have any suggestions on how to make them easier and maybe less expensive?

Being able to make things for my wedding will definitely keep me busy, and I'm looking forward to it.  I'll post pictures of my things once I get them done.
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / From plain white tee to pretty lacey decorated tee on: March 16, 2004 08:55:44 PM
Cherry blossoms are so pretty.  I was inspired to put them on a t-shirt, and give the shirt a little cutesy flair on the sleeves.  Here's what happened:

To do something like this, you will need:
A plain white t-shirt
Fabric Glue
A sewing machine would be nice, but it's optional

I started by cutting the sleeves to make them a little shorter.  I pinned them up about 1/2", pinned the lace on the bottom, and sewed it all together.  This was a pain, even with a sewing machine.  Prepare to spend some time getting the hems and the sleeves right.

Then, I cut cherry blossoms out of felt.  I arranged them how I wanted on the shirt, and glued them down.  Very easy.  Open to interpretation, too, if cherries aren't your thing.

I don't know how the shirt (especially the sleeves) would survive a machine-washing, so I hand wash this one.
4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / I need to fix one of my sweaters... on: February 26, 2004 07:02:59 AM
Not sure where to put this, because nothing is really being created here, just fixed.

I got my favorite sweater at a thrift store.   The tag had been ripped out.  I thought nothing of it.  But after a few rides in the washing machine, the place where the tag had been started to unravel!  Undecided Now I have a hole in the back of my sweater, and I'm wondering if there's a way to fix it.

If so, I'll have my sweater back.  Yay!
If not, it's cool fabric, so I'll find something to do with it...
5  CLOTHING / Sewing Pattern Reviews / Simplicity It's So Easy 5389 on: February 21, 2004 04:26:48 PM
My ducky pajama pants!!

The pattern was very easy to follow.  I made the XS size, which fits me perfectly.  I only made the pants, I don't need any more pajama shirts (I never wear them anyway).  I had a couple other problems, though...
-The drawstring was a BITCH!!  I think this is more of a problem with drawstrings in general, though.
-The waist was way too high.  I had to take off about three inches.  Now it sits right below my belly button.
Other than that, it went well.  This was the first thing I've ever sewed, so I made a few mistakes, but it wasn't too hard.   Grin

(I have duckies, yaaaayy)
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / My first sewing project: pajama pants on: February 10, 2004 07:15:00 AM
I just got a sewing machine yesterday, and I'm so excited!  I also got a pattern for pajama pants and some fabric (pink flannel with duckies on it).   Grin

My crafty mom is going to teach me how to use the machine and cut the fabric, she'll walk me through my first project.

Does anyone have any tips for extreme beginners?  Anything that has made your life a zillion times easier but nobody told you when you first started out?

I'm so psyched.  I'll post pictures and review the pattern when I'm finished.
7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Beer:30 bottlecap buttons on: January 10, 2004 07:09:17 PM
For when it's Beer:30...

You will need:
-Shank buttons
-Extra-bastard adhesive (I used Bond 527 Cement, which turned out to be very brittle...any suggestions welcome)
-Sewing accessories
-Something to attach your lovely buttons to (in my case, an old corduroy jacket)

To do:
-Sand the buttons.  This makes the bond stronger.
-Put some glue on the top of the button.  Stick a bottlecap over the button.
-Let dry for a few hours.
-Sew the buttons to whatever you'd like to sew them to.  The bottlecaps make huge buttons, so be prepared to cut your buttonholes a little larger.

All done!
Wear it to the bar.

If you're not a beer person, pop bottle caps would work well, too.  SKYY Blue bottles have plain blue bottle caps, I think that would also look super-cool.
8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Iron-on sans printer on: December 20, 2003 10:14:36 PM
-I have a file of a color image that would look awesome on a t-shirt.
-I have transfer paper.
-I do not have a printer.

I've tried asking friends for their printers, but they all either have black-and-white printers, or none at all.  Do you think Kinko's would be so kind as to print my image onto my paper so I could take it home and iron it on?
9  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / bottle cap buttons on: December 03, 2003 02:03:39 PM
i would like to make buttons out of bottle caps.  one of my coats has huge buttonholes, but is missing some buttons.

my sister has graciously offered to drink a bunch of beer and leave the caps for me.  i'll poke holes in them and sew them on.  the only question i have is...what would be the best way to poke the holes?
10  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / new life for an old bookshelf on: November 29, 2003 05:47:01 PM
while dumpster-diving in my house, i found a bookshelf.  the previous renters were pigs, and left us with a bunch of their trash.

anyway, this bookshelf is perfect for my room.  it has room for all my books, my stuffed animals, and i can temporarily stash my purses there until i find another place for them.

one problem:  it's butt-ugly.  hideously ugly, even.  it's made of plywood, with fake wood paneling on the outsides and the tops of the shelves.  the plywood on the insides has been scribbled on with crayon and pen.

so what would be the easiest way to liberate it from its previous life as dumpster fodder?  should i strip the fake wood panels and paint it?  cover it with fabric?  paint the bare plywood?  i'm not sure what would be best for this...

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