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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Help with a neckline? on: March 13, 2011 11:23:07 AM
I've zipped in and out of several forums trying to find the appropriate place to post my question, so if this isn't the right forum I appologize and would gladly take direction to the correct one!

Has anyone made this dress?
I'm trying to make the sleeveless dress from Simplicity's Project Runway 2927, but the directions for the neckline are sparse and not informative at all for someone trying this yoke for the first time.  It had me cut a lot of pieces for it, but I can only see how to logically use half of them and then actually putting them on the dress doesn't make sense!  I was hoping someone had some insight on this, I've searched the internet for a tutorial but it looks like there hasn't been one posted anywhere yet.  I think I might do that if I ever get it right!
2  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / What are YOU making for holiday gifts? on: November 26, 2010 02:22:44 PM
I have little motivation this year, so I'm hoping that by hearing what everyone else is creating it will prod me to get the lead out and finish my own projects!  We cheated a little this year, making a couple of photo books for grandparents (hey, it was a KILLER Groupon and tooooo stinkin easy!) I still have to make stuff for my sister and her fixture boyfriend, both are half working actors with collective oddjobs  of Fake Casino Card Dealer (for parties), the inside puppeteer for a giant polar bear suit for a certain soda company, a promotional model and a nanny.  They are super quirky and have amazing senses of humor so I'm trying to appeal to that!

Whatchall got goin' on?
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / These Ain's Yo Grandma's Doilies! on: February 02, 2010 10:27:34 AM
I don't know what it is about doilies, but I'm drawn to them.  If I come across them in thrift and antique stores, I snatch them up and recently acquired a huge load of them from my MIL and her neighbor.  I just had them hoarded in a box, awaiting assignment.  My MIL has a lot of her clothes from when they were stationed in wildly interesting places like the Phillipines and India or Brazil and she gives them to me when she discovers a box in the basement.  I was given a very plain stretch knit outfit and nearly gave it to Goodwill when it dawned on me that it would make a great lining for the doilies and the idea snowballed from there.  It took a lot of tedious cutting, hand-stitching (thank goodness for dressforms!)and rearranging but I finally finished! Phew!

Oh, and can you believe my photographer is only 4 years old?  Cheesy

4  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Hootin' an' Hollerin' Owl backpack on: December 08, 2009 01:59:22 PM
DD gets the most random ideas about what she wants, and for her first preschool backpack she wanted an owl, and one way or another she was going to get herself an owl!  I believe I used a McCalls pattern for the actual backpack but I'm not impressed with it.  I made the applique myself since the only appliques that came with the pattern were of a kitty, dog, lion and....something else that wasn't an animal of flight.

A little closer.  The eyes are vintage buttons from a HUGE jar I found at The Arc thriftstore for $5!

And the guts

I think next time I'll make the straps a bit shorter since it hangs awfully low, and I'm going to make it a little bigger around the middle strips, right now it's skimpy on room!

Thanks for looking!
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Sweater Upgrade! My button stash is about 6 oz lighter... on: December 07, 2009 04:52:46 PM
Not that 6 oz makes a dent in the hundreds of buttons I have left!
I had a sweater that looked great when it was new, but a few launderings left the shoulders wonky so I was going to donate it when I sate down and stared at it for a while.  I saw that the seams around the shoulder/yoke were pretty solid so I carefully snipped the arms away, doing a little hand-stitching in a few places that needed to be reinforced.  I picked out some cool buttons and sewed them over the undersized pockets and voila!  So glad I didn't let go!

Phase 1

Phase 2

Phase 3

Phase Dork

Thanks for looking!
6  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Impossible to be Allergic-to Muffins on: December 07, 2009 04:32:55 PM
Well, maybe not *impossible*, as my daughter consistently defies what doctors think they know!
We manage a jumble of serious allergies, intolerances and fructose malabsorption in our house, so you have to get creative in my kitchen!  That can get hairy because my kitchen prowess is...well, let's say I'm not Martha.  Add to that the altitude, and I'm a hot mess!  This is one recipe I've mastered though:
I preheat my oven to 400 but that's because I'm at 6500 feet AND my oven sucks!  I'd go with 350 at first.
4 very ripe mashed bananas (I know they have fructose, but she's okay as long as she doesn't eat more than one muffin in a day!)
1/4 C safflower oil (only b/c it's the only oil DD can have, use veg/canola if you can have it)
2 tsp baking soda (for those of you closer to sea level, otherwise I think it's 1 tsp baking powder)
1/2 C brown rice flour
1 C soy flour
1/4 C tapioca starch
1/4 C gluten free rolled oats (optional)
1/2 C rice milk OR water OR soymilk OR apple juice
There are several choices for the sweetness factor, use whichever one suits your situation:
1 C sugar
 2/3 C Lundbergs gluten free brown rice syrup
1/4 C honey and 1/2 C applesauce

Mix well and divide into muffin tins.  I bake for 35 minutes, start at 20 and when you can get a knife or toothpick to come out clean you're done! 
I'm sorry it's not more exact, it has been a long road of trial and error so by now it's all in my head!  They are not as savory as regular muffins but a table full of preschoolers will still eat them and it keeps this gluten and dairy free mom satiated as well!

Thanks for reading!  If you find things that work well to alter the recipe please tweak and share! 
7  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Futon Facelift on: December 07, 2009 04:06:05 PM
I was getting impatient after getting sniped over and over on Ebay, trying to win a futon cover pattern.  I found a print I loved from Joann's home fabric section during one of the 50% sales.  I think it was Liz Claiborn but I'm not sure.  I bought what I was sure would be more than enough and laid it over the futon mattres, tucking and pinning until I made a kind of fitted sheet.  The plan is to eventually sew it to the existing cover (it's about 12 years old I think, many holes and worn spots!) but for now I have it attatched with about a zillion giant army safety pins!  I just didn't let the potty learning three yearold on the couch for a while!

I only have links since I'm so fresh Smiley


Thanks for looking!
8  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Tie your hiney to the chair! on: December 07, 2009 03:58:28 PM
I made a tie skirt for my little sister (she wore my original 12 year old tie skirt to BITS) last Christmas that didn't go so well, so I made another this year that went swimmingly.  I had remnants left from both which turned out to be the perfect size to recover my dining chairs.

Thanks for looking!
9  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Yay first post! Earring holders from Ikea shadow boxess on: December 07, 2009 03:51:10 PM
When DH and I were stationed in Germany about 6 years ago, I frequented Ikea and before we left I grabbed several unfinished shadow boxes.  They've made three moves in their shrinkwrap!  I finally decided to make them functional as earring holders.  
I had to bust the glass out of the front unfortunately.  I thought it would slide out but I was wrong.  For the back panel pictures I scanned in the cover art from two different pieces of antique piano sheet music from a huge collection my grandmother gave to me.  I printed them out and cut the most visually interesting parts to fit onto the back panel that slides in and out.  I used a picture hanging kit I snarfed out of DH's toolbox and screwed the loopy screws in after starting them with a hammer and strung the picture wire between them.  Easy peasy, under and hour!

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