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11  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / first post:) fleece soakers on: December 26, 2008 09:14:09 PM
i'm sure this board has seen plenty of fleece soakers, but this is my first ever sewing project and i'm just too stoked about it and had to share Grin

12  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / last minute christmas crochet (image heavy!) on: December 22, 2008 10:02:34 PM
first up: i finished my family's stockings! yay!

i searched for patterns but couldn't find any i really liked or could follow easily so i made them up on my own.

beanie for my youngest brother:

beanie for my middle brother:

made those up as i went too- beanies are so easy to make without a pattern...lol

ear warmer headband for a friend:

book mark for my boyfriend's mother:

one skein scarf from the happy hooker book for my mother's coworker (my mom asked me to whip up a scarf and hat set because she can't crochet... i'm still working on the hat and am using the divine pattern for that in the same yarn)

the yarn is lion wool ease with a iridescent strand of plastic spun in with it, its really pretty but my camer doesn't pick it up that well inside with flash)

*whew*. i still have to finish up a bolero and a blanket... in 3 days! just glad i got these all done:)
13  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / filet crochet goddess bookmark on: October 19, 2008 08:04:58 AM
my first filet crochet attempt:) i like the way it turned out. it's 2x7 inches, done in navy crochet thread.

i found the pattern on ravelry:)
14  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / more snowflakes:) on: October 15, 2008 07:03:04 AM
patterns are here: http://members.aol.com/SAG55/trcsnow.html , http://www.jpfun.com/patterns/free/ornaments/f103010starnstar.shtml , and two from here: http://www.sarahanns.com/crochetworks/snowflakes.html


thanks for looking:)
15  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Christmas Crochet on: October 13, 2008 06:03:21 PM
here are a few things i've finished up for our tree:

the snowflake is about 3 inches across

2 of the four mini stockings i'll be making for our tree. i'll also be making a bunch of these for gift giving

i have about a bazillion more snowflake patterns i'm going to be working on, and i'm also making large stockings for the four of us:) i'm so psyched about christmas! lol
16  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / what is going on here??? (pic) on: September 04, 2008 01:20:09 PM
ok so 1: i just got this machine off freecycle. it's a montgomery ward 1980-something , don't know what model.

2nd... i'm sure this has been covered in the other thread i found but hoenstly, i don't have time to look through 72 pages of responses considering alot of them arre so old the pictures aren't there to tell if it's similar to the issue i am having.

can you tell i'm frazzled?? i've been wanting a sewing machine for years now, and i know it's user error, but i cannot get this figured out! PLEASE help me!

i got one seam done on this dress http://www.burdastyle.com/howtos/show/97, got up to do the armholes and all of a sudden the thing starts jamming.

17  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / recycled cereal box and remnant fabric stuffed pic frame W/ TUTORIAL on: September 03, 2008 10:38:18 AM
I figured since it was kind of an interior decor project it should go here

I needed a break from my crochet hobby and though i will be picking up a free sewing machine today from freecycle, i don't really have the supplies to do an neato sewing projects but i had an EXTREME itch to create something. My grandmother showed me how to make these when i was a girl and i then showed my girl scout group at the time... it's an easy project that takes about an hour and some change to do:)

you will need:

cereal box
scissors or exacto knife
glue gun
optional: random things for decorating it, transparency sheet to go over the actual picture kept in the frame.

first you need an empty cereal box (even though cereal box cardboard is kind of flimsy it still gets the job done- it's light weight enough to create a frame that you can stick a magnet to the back of and hang it on your fridge or whathaveyou) for your frame. i chose to do an oval shape for the center cutout though a rectangle or square is much easier to do!!

and your cloth: (i have had this cloth for years stuffed in the back of my closet. i didn't bother ironing it because i was too pumped on getting it done. haha.) cut out with about an inch border left around the actual measurements of your cardboard for gluing

Now you take the cardboard without the cutout  (this is the back of the frame to hide all the ugly fraying glue-gunned pieces on the inside!) and glue it to the board, using glue only on the 'inside' of the board like so:

Now for the front of the frame: in order to get the fabric wrapped on the inside of the oval shape (it's better to do the center first, btw!) i made small cuts almost to the trace-line of my template, then glued them all around while pulling the fabric snug. Oh, and i forgot to mention above, you will get CRAZY glue burns on your fingers as you do this. at least i always do, anwyay...

Now you take our batting (i took mine from an old throw pillow we didn't really like anymore) and stuff as much or as little as you'd like in there, sort of stretching it along the lengths of the frame.

Now you start gluing it all shut. as you glue, make sure you are pulling the fabric snug as you are gluing it down. This is hard because you have to hold the fabric in place until the glue cools and sets, otherwise the fabric slips back and you'll have a heck of a time fixing it. reposition/add/take out batting as you see fit, and glue the last side down:

now you have the two pieces completed. at this point you should take your scissors and try to trim down all the excess fabric that is sticking up all over the place. also if you are using a transparency (it's like the glass you would use in a 'real' frame) you can either glue it to the back of the cutout frame, or keep it free so you can slip it in and out with your picture(s).

and now, with the two 'ugly' sides facing each other glue three sides together- here i glued the right, left and bottom sides of the frame and left the top open so i could slip a picture in there.

decorate as you wish! i don't have any ribbon or buttons or appliques or anything like that ATM to decorate with, so mine will stay plain until i find something to add to it. stick a magnet to the back to hang on your fridge or on your filing cabinet at work, glue a length of ribbon to the top corners to hang it somewhere... it's a great lightweight frame you can put anywhere. Personalize the back, make it a double sided frame... make them big or small... so easy and super quick!!
18  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / maple hardwood floor into picture frame:) pic heavy on: August 28, 2008 06:38:49 PM
So my boyfriend, the ultimate DIY'er, had all this extra maple hardwood stacked back in his Man Cave with nothing to live for...or was there something to live for after all??

 I'd managed to get some great (free!) collage posters from snapfish of our little family. One problem- we have no frames! We weren't hugely impressed with the ready-made store-bought frames, not to mention they can be a little pricey and we aren't big spenders.

After doing some careful research, he acquired a table saw, made a special piece to use with the saw to create the joint he wanted to use, and he went to work!

here's the flooring we started with:

the joint he used:

he used our router table to create the rabbits:

he used the frame brace clamp thing he found on craigslist to glue it all together:

after MUCH sanding to get the laquer finish off so we could stain the frame (so it wouldnt match our floors, of course!) he stained the wood:

and voila! we bought matting, had glass cut (and then had to re-cut it ourselves because the guy at lowe's got his math wrong), hung the eyelet hooks and cord and slapped it up on the wall:)

our first 'family portrait', and first picture on the wall in our house! (and we've been a year!)
19  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / more projects:) boucle wrap, chunkee hat (many pics!) on: August 02, 2008 09:57:21 PM
So these are more basic items... the wrap is all HDC, 10mm hook, lion boucle yarn. The hat is softee chunkee in ivory in a pattern i made up on my own. I wanted to thread a wide ribbon through the mesh part but couldn't find anything i liked:( thanks for looking:)

20  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / wood puzzles:) on: July 29, 2008 10:19:11 AM
So my boyfriend and i scored a scroll saw off craigslist and we've been having fun practicing with it. He went and bought a bunch of woodworking magazines and found a kids puzzle pattern in one (i can't remember the name of the publication for the life of me and i can't find the magazine... i know it's here somewhere though!!) So he did 90% of the scroll work- i got to fiddle on some on the mountain pieces, and i painted them. We still have an elephant, lion and a couple of trees to do, but i couldn't wait to post the two finished pieces here!

thanks for looking:)

**** new pieces, new paint:)

so we decided to not make the lion and a tree into puzzles... the nub things that interlock are super tiny and the we're afraid the MDF board we used will break, and that's not a great thing to have happen when you have a 2.5 year old who loves to chew on things and a 5.5 month old who *also* loves to chew on things in the house! so we just painted the cutouts instead and coated them with acrylic finishing spray. voila!
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