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1  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 25 ENTRIES / Re: Bemidji, MN - First City on the Mississippi on: January 20, 2009 07:59:32 PM
Ahhh... summer in Bemidji. It's only eight months away. Wink
2  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: Snowflakes a la Colbert, Buddy Holly and cherry branches. on: December 31, 2008 05:40:26 PM
Kick-butt job on these! Your bear threat one is my fave. If I were you, I'd mount these in a floating frame (the kind with two panes of glass that sandwich your piece) and show 'em off - they rock!  Woo Hoo to you! Grin
3  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Catch of the day on: October 24, 2008 07:57:14 AM
Gorgeous! I agree with everything that's been said so far: brilliant, simple yet complex, elegant, fun, and absolutely amazing for an embroidery project at ANY level of expertise. Well done! I want it!

This rocks.
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: Shiny New Craftroom in Red and Turquoise!!! (Image Heavy) on: July 23, 2008 12:15:12 PM
love, love, love, love, love, love, love, love, love it!

This rooms screams CRAFTY! Beautiful work - happy creating!
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Growing Tree on: July 15, 2008 07:14:36 PM
This is the whole package: beautiful, crafty, skill-filled (those tucks and pleats!), genius, and a gift to boot. Well done!

I'm hittin' "This Rocks"
6  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 28 ENTRIES / Re: Granny chair to mod wing-back on: June 02, 2008 06:04:18 PM
Your post is one of the most fun to read, fun to follow, fun to see remakes I've ever read. Thank you for a thorough and thoroughly funny hike from start to finish. Love the new chair - I bet it smells terrific! Cheesy
7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Stylishly in Pain - Ice Pack Pouch Tutorial on: May 23, 2008 03:30:39 PM
Thanks for the nice comments so far!

Sorry about geeking out with the abbreviations: DD or D-anything most often means Dear Daughter, or Dear-anything. Used in the right context, it could also mean "Darn or D*mn", but I would never say that about  my sweethearts! Smiley

I don't know why I used it here - I only wrote it once - it's not like I saved myself that many letters.  Roll Eyes

Have a great day!
8  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Stylishly in Pain - Ice Pack Pouch Tutorial on: May 23, 2008 02:17:28 PM
Happy day to all of you crafty people!

After wincing a little too often, I finally saw my podiatrist who promptly diagnosed my foot pain as tendinitis. The remedy, a set of orthotics (ready in two weeks), anagelsic cream, and icing the area every night. "No prob," said I, but then I struggled to keep the durn ice pack on the right spot on my foot.

Craftiness to the rescue!

Today I whipped up this little gem:

It was fairly simple to make (hey, if I can make it...), and I took pictures along the way if you're interested in making one too. Here goes!


A little bit of medium to thick-weight fabric, a fat quarter would be plenty. I'm using the Patricia print decor fabric from Ikea.

Hook & Loop Tape (Velcro or otherwise) - about four inches of each "side."

Thread, sewing machine, patience, napping kids, etc.

Step 1: Measure your ice pack. Mine was about 4 x 9 inches.

Step 2: Cut your fabric. I cut two pieces, one for the pouch (about 12 x 9), and one for the strap (about 11 x 4).

Step 3: Sew the hook half of the hook & loop tape to the right side of the strap. Place it near the end with room for a seam allowance and some extra to grip  the strap when it's done. Keep in mind that you will be folding this four inch piece in half.

Step 4: Fold the strap piece in half the long way with right sides facing. Leave one end open and clip the two end corners.

Step 5: Turn the strap right side out, working those corners to nice points if you can. Then top stitch around three sides.

Step 6: Hem one edge of the pouch piece. I folded once and then again for a study edge. This will be your pouch opening.

Step 7: Sew the loop half of the hook & loop tape to the right side of the pouch piece. Here you may wish to pin the strap to the pouch piece and experiment with how far you want the strap to be able to "reach" around the side of the pouch. (I also inserted the ice pack and pinned the pouch closed to get a better feel for dimensions -- be careful not to pin the ice pack!) Mark the farthest point with a pin, and pin your tape piece in place.

Step 8: Fold pouch piece in half the long way with right sides facing, pin strap piece sandwiched inside the pouch piece. MAKE SURE you have the strap piece facing the right direction so that your hook & loop tape pieces match when you're finished (this took some serious contemplating on my part -- it's been a long day!). Sew three sides together, leaving hemmed edge open, clip your corners, turn right side out, insert your ice pack, and TA-DA!

I'll leave my handy-dandy new pouch near the freezer rather than keep it on the ice pack all the time. Now that I've got such a stylish ice pack pouch, I will undoubtedly follow the doc's orders regularly. Wink

One last picture of the FO in use. DD #1 feels my pain.

Thank you so much for checking it out!
9  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Twenty bucks + stacks of Vanity Fair magazines = New Faux Headboard/Artwork! on: May 19, 2008 02:43:03 PM
I've been a fan of alittlehut (Patricia's avatar) for a long time, and I think you did a tremendous job with her idea. (I made a piece from that same idea... it's on Craftster somewhere) Your work shows patience, creativity, and an eye for balance.

Your bedroom looks awesome! Thanks for sharing. Cheesy
10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Birthday Beardsley and Badges!! IMG OBESE!! on: May 17, 2008 06:50:47 PM
This reminds me of poring over my mom's Beardsley book when I was a kid - I was always thought I was being sneaky because the drawings were so graphic.

LOVE your shadowbox piece! What an awesome friend you are!
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