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1  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Hester the Cat on: October 06, 2009 04:52:23 AM
I drafted the pattern and sewed her up myself after seeing some cheap halloween dolls in TJ Maxx that I kind of liked. Unfortunately, I didn't think about how their faces were painted and made her in corduroy. But I like the corduroy and that's that. She does need some clothes though...
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Annie Oakley does 50s Shorts? on: September 12, 2009 06:28:44 AM
The name comes from what my boyfriend called them, because of the buttons  Cheesy Made these babies for the first day of school, after many many yardage issues (my sister had the pattern at home and was trying to figure out how much fabric I needed over the phone, it was such a mess). The teal fabric was on super sale at JoAnn's, and the buttons as well. The pocket/lining fabric was from another project, so I only spent about $7 on the whole project. The pattern was actually a modern pattern, Simplicity 2654 (you could also make a skirt or pants). Overall, I love them, but they ended up being a tad too roomy.

3  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / A Flapper Gift on: September 08, 2009 07:14:17 AM
I made this for my friend Meg for her birthday. We usually exchange headbands we've bedazzled/crafted, so I thought it would be nice to go a bit out of the usual type. I used a ravelry pattern, which was made up by this girl: http://creativeyarn.blogspot.com/. I made it a while back, just forgot to put it up anywhere! I made one for myself, but it didn't come out as good for some reason  Undecided
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / The Mary Lane Skirt on: May 23, 2009 05:57:26 AM
So named because it reminds me of her first outfit in Reefer Madness.

Made from this pattern:

I did change it up a bit, for example, I didn't realize how bad a front center seam on a skirt could be so I actually ended up wearing it backwards! I also put in too heavy of a hook and eye and forgot to stabilize the waistband but I can go back later and fix that. I didn't make a muslin, so I can't exactly fault the skirt  Wink
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Some Springy Things on: May 06, 2009 06:45:22 PM
Just some things I sewed up this past week. They are both from the 50's, and the second is a child's play smock.

6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / A Little Bit of Regency in a Cold Winter on: March 06, 2009 10:06:54 AM
I usually don't sew regency/empire wear, I'm much more of a retro fifties type of gal, but I had http://vintagepatterns.wikia.com/wiki/Simplicity_9835 and figured why the hell not. I used some Christmas money to buy nice fabric/trim to the tune of $48, but this dress was actually made from a $5 sheet as a mock-up. Fortunately, it fits so well that I can actually wear it!

Anyways, I love it and it is sooooo comfy! (I apologize for the poor quality photos I had to take them in the hallway at my dorm.)
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Groovy, Baby! on: January 22, 2009 06:21:30 PM
Due to a lack of warm dresses and extra cold because I am currently living in Canada I felt it necessary to stitch up this fun dress (from 1969) in the hilariously psychedelic/groovy flannel.

Sorry about the poor quality, it is hard taking pictures of oneself in a dorm room using a chair as a tripod Tongue
8  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Molly, much? 40's themed dress on: December 11, 2008 06:35:34 AM
So I volunteered to sew something for my church's Christmas Bazaar this year...and the result is a little girl's dress from the '40s.

9  COOKING / Dessert / The Official Best Apple Pie Ever (pic heavy) on: December 07, 2008 06:42:44 AM
This is actually a bit old, I made it a few days before Halloween. I have a bucket list of sorts and on it I had put that I wanted to make something from scratch. So the darling boy and I went out to an apple orchard that is down the street from my house and picked through what was left.
The recipe is from a book called "The Best Recipe" and it was written by a bunch of people who tested hundreds of different ways to make somewhat common recipes. They also tested the tools used to make them (for example, here they tested apple peelers) and I love that they devote a whole page before each recipe describing what/how they tested. This particular apple pie has a very fresh and light taste because they used lemon-y elements in it, and let me tell you, it was FANTASTIC! Everyone loved it. Plus, the apples stayed crisp instead of getting all soggy and syrupy. But I'll describe more in the pictures!

The apples were so delicious with the cinnamon and lemon and sugar all over them, I would consider make them that way by themselves as a apple dessert-salad.

The kitchen was much messier than this photo may let on!  Roll Eyes

The crust ended up being like a shortbread crust, but I think that was because I added a whole extra cup of sugar, in my eagerness  Wink It was delicious, nonetheless.

10  CANADA / Quebec / Quebec, here I come! on: November 13, 2008 09:13:47 AM
So I'm studying abroad next semester in Quebec at U. Laval (Jan 6-April...) and I'm wondering if there is a fabric district at all, or any good yarn shops?
Also, I'm really curious to know how cold it gets, and if you have any good ideas on things to pack against cold weather, that would be great! I come from RI (in New England), so we get pretty cold winters too, but I don't think as bad as up in Canada. Grin
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