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1  SEWING IN GENERAL / Machine Embroidery: Discussion and Questions / General Sewing Featured Projects January, February & March 2013 on: April 02, 2013 11:54:51 AM
Congratulations to our featured projects for January, February and March 2013! The projects you stitchers come up with never fail to be AWESOME! Thank you for your wonderful contributions to our small corner of the Craftster community.

Palmistry Pillow by MissingWillow

Happiness = two kitty coin bags in the hoop by Lique

Mardi Gras Mask by tattfae

Keep the stitchy goodness coming!
2  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Belly Dance Bra-a work in progress on: February 09, 2013 11:16:54 PM
So I started covering and decorating a new top using supplies I was gifted for Christmas (I heart my family!)  Anyway, it's not completed yet, but I'm dying to share it anyway!  The one side is largely completed, and I feel like that counts for something.  I'm going to add more of those teeny tiny seed beads around the pearls, to tie all the gold tones together (and the base of it really is gold, not brown, stupid camera).

3  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Saving failed recipes on: February 08, 2013 07:55:45 AM
Anyone else experienced this?  You see something awesome on Pinterest, say to yourself, "I can make that!" and then not really like it?  You don't hate it, it's not worth throwing away, but it gets stuck in the freezer for an emergency, or when you have more time to tweak it?  I experienced this with a vegetable chowder recipe.  The problem, really, was a lack of seasoning (easily fixed) and no blender/food processor, to adjust the consistency.  Not as easy a fix, without a trip to the store and buying a new appliance.  So that poor chowder has sat in my freezer for about a month, waiting patiently.  Well, last weekend, I tried a new recipe!  A roasted garlic white bean hummus.  It tasted delicious, but it wasn't what I'd call hummus in texture.  Lightbulb!  My plan is to thin down the "hummus" which is really just a bean paste with roasted garlic, with veggie stock (which would make a delicious soup all on its own), blend it together with about half the chowder (in my new blender!) and then add the rest of the chowder for texture.  I will definitely post everything if it comes out, because it is sure to be delicious.  I find soups and stews the easiest things to "fix", because it's just a matter of adding different things, usually.

Anyone else ever come across a failed recipe that they fixed successfully?
4  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Evolution of a mask on: February 01, 2013 06:30:42 PM

So I got a very last minute invite to a Mardi Gras masquerade.  I got the invite on Tuesday, and the ball is tomorrow.  I am incredibly short on funds, but the only real requirement of attendance is that you have to be wearing a mask.  No problem!  There are cheap masks all over this time of year.  But I wanted something special.  So I went to the party store and bought a two dollar mask.

I could have just left it, because it was actually kind of pretty.  But the jewel in the center was off-center, the weird bow thing was weird, and so were the weird designs under the eyes.  I thought, surely, I could do better.  Plus the plastic was rough around the edges.

So I trimmed up the edges a bit with a utility knife, primarily cleaning up the fleur-de-lis shape at the top.  Then I covered the entire thing in tissue paper, applying it with a water-glue mixture, like papier mache.  This is one of my favorite techniques, because it creates a great texture (if you want that) and it's easy, if messy, to do.  And it dries really well.

Then I painted it gold with just one coat of acrylic paint.  I could have done two, but with the yellow tissue underneath, it wasn't necessary.

This whole time, I left the original ribbons intact.  They're attached with brads, and they're black, so they're not a problem.  I briefly considered cutting them short (about 1") and sewing new ribbons on, but I want to hide them under my hair, so these are fine.  I could have replaced them with elastic, too.  The big pear shaped gems on the sides do a great job of covering the brads, which sort of tented the tissue paper a bit.

Anyway, paint dry, I used Aleene's Tacky Glue and a mechanical pencil to trace out where I wanted the glitter details.  A fine paintbrush would have been better, but I can't find mine, and the tip of the mechanical pencil was, well, almost as good, for getting the fine details.  I used my fingernails, too, to push the glue around into finer lines.  Then I sprinkled on superfine glitter.  I also glued on some flat back acrylic gems, for emphasis.  (The below picture was taken while the glue was still tacky--I used a big, soft, DRY paintbrush to brush off the excess glitter before moving on, after the picture was taken.)

I thought maybe I was done at this point.  But then I took some photographs and tried it on, and it seemed a little, well, subtle.  Subtlety isn't a virtue at Mardi Gras.  So (and if I had thought ahead, I'd have done this part FIRST, after painting the gold, but before doing the glitter details), I carefully spread watered down glue around the exposed gold areas of the mask with a paintbrush, and then finely dusted on an iridescent gold glitter.

The effect is dazzling!  I hope I can get some better pictures tomorrow in the daylight, but I was too excited not to share right away!
5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Vote for your favorite shrine! on: October 01, 2012 06:05:36 AM
Voting is open until October 7!
6  CRAFTSTER CRAFT CHALLENGES / Craftster Craft Challenge Theme Ideas, Etc. / [ACCEPTED] What can YOU do with thread? on: September 20, 2012 11:19:19 AM
There is so very much that can be done with thread, mixed with so many different other kinds of media, I think it'd be a fun challenge that a lot of people could get into and interpret in a lot of different ways.
7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / New Shrine Challenge! Crafting Period: 8/20-9/23 on: August 18, 2012 10:45:46 PM
Inspired by all of the amazing shrines you all have shared on the Miscellaneous boards, we're hosting a new Shrine challenge!

Your challenge is to pick something you love--it could be a person, a band, a season, an object, a  hobby--the sky's the limit, and then make a shrine for it! You can use any medium you'd like, and it can be any size.

Here are a couple examples of amazing shrines! 

The crafting period is from August 20th - September 23nd. Projects are due to be posted September 24 - September 30. Voting will be held October 1 - October 7, with a winner being announced on September 8!

The Fine Print
  • Projects must be handmade
  • Projects created before or after this timeframe will not be removed from the entry board, but will be excluded from the voting
  • An entry board will be opened on September 24 where you will post your projects
  • Post your craft during the period of September 24-30, no sooner or later
  • Each participant may enter ONE project

The winner of the Shrine Challenge will receive.....


- Box of glue dots
- Glitter alphabet stickers
- Washi stickers
- Tim Holtz labels
- Scalloped Scissors
- Random ephemera (post cards, old book pages, bingo card, map, flash card, gold tags)

Let us know if you have any questions. Have fun and be creative!
8  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Sewing Machine Review Raffle!!! on: June 01, 2012 07:46:54 AM

    To encourage even more members to post a review of their sewing machine, we're hosting a raffle!

    Your objective is simple!  Just post a review of your sewing machine, embroidery machine, or serger.  Check out this board for a handy little survey you can use, and links to examples of reviews that have already been posted!  Sewing Machine Reviews

    You can include photos and even link to videos if you'd like!  The more information the better--remember, you may be helping other people to pick a new machine!

    The entry period is from June 1-June 30. Post your review any time during that period as a new thread on the Sewing Machine: Discussion and Questions Board. On July 1st, I'll put everybody's name into a hat (including the members who've already posted a review) and pick a winner!

    The Fine Print
    • The review must be in your own words, of a machine you've used yourself.
    • You may post as many reviews as you want, but your name will only be eligible once.
    • Post your review as a new thread on the Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions forum, even if the review is for an embroidery machine.
    • All members who have posted a review by June 30th will be eligible, excluding myself.

    The winner of the Raffle will receive a brand new Generation T Fix-It Kit, which includes an iron on star patch, 10 buttons, a pair of scissors, 5 thread colors, 6 needs, and 9 safety pins, exactly what any seamstress needs to save the day!

    Let me know if you have any questions. Have fun! [/list]
    9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Stenciled DVD Case on: April 26, 2012 12:48:49 PM
    This was just a silly little project I did for my MIL one Christmas.  DH burned her a bunch of DVD's, and she's a Disney fanatic, so I went to WalMart and bought a 50 disc case, but it was a little plain.  I cut out the famous Disney "D" and loosely taped it down to the front of the case.  I used different colors of puff paint and made dots all around it, and then let it dry.  Then I pulled up the paper stencil and touched up the edges.  It was easy, but a little time consuming, and I wish I'd used one more color of paint.  I also wish I'd have had more paint, period.  My original intention was to use a circle around the outside, and paint all the way out to the edge of the circle.  I started running out, though.  I also wish I had a better picture, but this should give you an idea.  It was just something a little different and MIL loved it!

    10  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Spider Embroidery on: April 26, 2012 12:43:52 PM
    I stitched this little guy up several months ago for a personal swap I did with Missing Willow.  My stepmother always told me that spiders protect the home, and it seemed like a sentiment that MW would appreciate.

    I lightly drew out the radiating lines of the web in pencil on my white muslin, then stitched them with stem stitch, and free handed the rest of the web, as well as the little spider, who is part back stitch and part satin stitch.

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