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141  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Lightbulb Hanging Vase on: March 26, 2008 02:03:30 PM
Brillant! I'm switching over to CFL's and have a bunch of left over incandescent light bulbs. I'm going to make me some vases!
142  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: I completed a project! Tea for Me! *updated photos* on: March 26, 2008 01:43:51 PM
This totally inspires me! I want to do more hip embroidery projects but have a hard time of thinking what items to hipify with embroidery. Now I know.

PS: I haven't seen my french press for awhile so maybe I should hop on this project before my gets in trouble Roll Eyes!
143  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Flaming Skull Ironing Board Cover on: March 26, 2008 01:35:48 PM
Here's how I made my ironing board cover.

1. Measured the existing ironing board cover and bought that amount of kickin' flaming skull fabric from the fabric store. For padding I used some terrycloth I had in my fabric stash.
2. Used a seam ripper to take the old ironing board cover apart at the seams. I had ended up with 2 pieces. the top of the ironing board and the bottom piece over the pointy end of the ironing board.
3. I pined the existing ironing board cover pieces to the fabric and terrycloth to use as a pattern to cut out the pieces for the new cover. I added a 1 inch boarder to my pattern as I cut out the pattern pieces for seams & for the drawstring.
4. I basted the skull fabric (right side up) to the terrycloth padding on each pattern piece. This made making the seam/drawstring channel much easier than if I did it all in one step.
5. I right sides together I sewed the bottom (small pointy end piece) ironing board piece to the top (long piece that sits on the ironing board).
6. Press the seam (or my Mom would find out and hunt me down and smack me). Turn the pieces right side out. Press the seam again (again see Mom note Cheesy)
7. Fold over fabric to make a channel for the drawstring to go around your ironing board mimicing the drawstring/hem of the old ironing board cover and sew into place.
8. Feed a piece of cording (I used the cord from my old ironing board cover) through the channel with a safety pin.
9. I added a couple of cording ties on the each bottom side of the ironing board cover to tie into place for added stability when I was ironing.

Hope this makes sense!       
144  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: K9 tissue box holder on: March 26, 2008 01:05:11 PM
Love it!

Affirmative, Master Cheesy!
145  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Discussion and Questions / Re: suggestions regarding portable garden on: March 26, 2008 12:47:39 PM
Also, I am not so sure about the veggies in planters... Any ideas how to do that?

I grew tomatoes and green peppers in big pots (about the size of a large white pickel bucket) in the backyard of my old apartment. They grew best if I planted one plant per big pot. If you go with big pots, put some empty plastic pots or styrofoam in the very bottom of the pot and then fill the pot with dirt otherwise the pot will be too heavy to lift and move around when you need to. Take it from someone who learned that the hard way  Grin!

I don't have room in my back yard for a separate veggie garden in my new place. I do several types of herbs in the same big pot (formerly the tomato plant pots) on my patio. This summer I'm going to try growing a tomato plant using one of those upside down plant deely-bobers like this http://www.gardeners.com/Gardener+s%20Revolution%20Planter/NewVegetableGardening_Cat,37-000,default,cp.html hanging on a hook from the house. You could use itr on a shepard's hook stuck in the ground.

One of my neighbors has a hanging plant bag with flowers in it hanging on her back patio. You might be able to do the same with small veggie plants like beans? That way you wouldn't have to stake a climbing plant.

146  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Queen sized Crop Circle Quilt --- Recycled Tee Shirts on: February 22, 2008 01:51:10 PM

I really like your different take on the t-shirt/sweatshirt quilt in that you did a totally, totally funkadelic applique design on a quilt of non-printed shirts! When I did my first (and do far only) t-shirt quilt I used printed shirts to make the design (A St. George's cross flag.) You give me ideas....  Grin

[Hmmm...you're probably right about the less is more thing.  I'm a little concerned that it would get "lumpy" over time though, because there isn't any stitching in the larger areas to hold things tight.  I certainly don't plan on dumping it in the washing machine, but maybe I could use clear thread and just do some more straight lines or something.

Personally, I'm not much into the hand tied quilting thing and I think it would take away from the amazing design. Maybe you could do somesort of modified machine/hand tie thing in the larger non-quilited areas so the guts won't slide around over time? Specifically what I'm thinking is a straight stitch along the seams of where the squares meet to make an X with an invisible thread. Just something that would hold things tight in the areas where there isn't applique, but blends in with the background fabric. I hope this makes sense.  Huh
147  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Flaming Skull Ironing Board Cover on: February 20, 2008 02:46:55 PM
Joann Fabrics, Fall 2006. It was there lumped in with a bunch of bolts of pirate Halloween fabric. As a former Renaissance Festival performer, I have a thing for pirates even though I never was cast as one.
148  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / Personalized Fleece Dog Blankets on: February 19, 2008 07:43:10 PM
I made personalized fleece blankets for my partner in a small dog sport gift exchange. It was my very first needlepoint applique project. I made a paper pattern for the bone applique in Photoshop, cut the bone shapes out of leftover white terrycloth material, and used coordinating needlepoint floss to embroider each dog's name on their blanket. One of the best things about this project is that it cost me a whopping $0.00 because I already had all of the stuff in my craft stash!

Harley, Swiffer, and Russ really like to cuddle in their new fleecey blankets. Their mom gushed over the gift. She was impressed that someone went to such "trouble' for her pooches. It was no trouble really. An easy one and 1/2 day project I completed on a snowy day that was pretty bad and I didn't want to drive to the store  Grin
149  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Zebra print/ purple loveseat = awesome on: February 19, 2008 10:22:51 AM
Amazing how you turned something so UGGGGGGGGGGLY into something soooooooooo sweeeeeeeeeeeeet! Me Likey!
150  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Keep Those Puppies Warm! Personalized Fleece Blankets! EDITED on: February 19, 2008 10:18:49 AM
Oops I posted this on the wrong board. I moved it to Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects.
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