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11  Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong! in Weddings and Bridal Showers by Synne on: August 15, 2008 11:49:03 AM
teaparty, your pictures are wonderful--you look beautiful and I love the tea-length dress. I think you looked great without a veil, and the parasols were a lovely touch for the garden setting.
elottino, those masks are fabulous! I like the cat one that says "happily ever after" on it.

I think I'm getting a little wedding obsessed (and it scares me.)...last night while I was lying in bed trying to get to sleep I kept thinking of wedding crafts I could make, specifically wedding jewelry. I stopped short of actually getting up and making said crafts in the middle of the night, but did make a practice bridal jewelry set this afternoon instead of doing productive work--and of course now I'm on craftster sharing my procrastination with you fine folks!

I have two identical simple strung pearl necklaces from my grandmother, and am thinking of reworking the pearls from one of them into a necklace and earring set like this. (Something old AND something new) Mostly it'll depend on what my dress ends up being.
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12  Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong! in Weddings and Bridal Showers by Synne on: August 05, 2008 03:50:28 PM
290 days until ours--of course I haven't really done much since my first post other than lurk on the wedding board.

I did do a dress mock-up muslin a little bit ago, though!
You can see my kitty Mei was being helpful
The back, with my super-professional binder clip alterations.
Have to show it off just because I spent the good part of an afternoon on it, and put in my first invisible zipper (I admit it, I'm a sewing novice)! I ended up with a ton of extra room up top despite my trying to merge sizes (what can I say, I'm a hippy little pear) and I haven't gotten up the gumption to try altering my pattern pieces accordingly. I also haven't found the kind of lightweight cotton/linen blend that I'd like for the dress anywhere nearby (muslins are actually the closest thing to what I want). We'll see. Maybe I'll walk into david's bridal, and fall in love with myself in a pouffy white dress a la a recent book I read.

We DIYed our engagement pics too--walked around Duke Gardens a little before dusk with a tripod (it was a gorgeous spring day, so there were about 4 other couples there getting their photos done professionally. we were totally cuter. and cheaper.) They came out fine except for the fact that apparently neither of us likes to smile.
EOcrafter, please do show us some pics ot the shrug--I remember seeing it in VK!

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13  Passport Save the Dates! (Picture-Heavy) in Weddings and Bridal Showers by Synne on: July 12, 2008 11:52:23 AM
After a great deal of (enjoyable!) time spent in front of the computer, in the craft store, and in front of my paper cutter, I've finished the mock-ups of our Save-The-Dates. We'll be married in St. Lucia May 2009, and I wanted to send something fun to inform our small guest list of our plans.
Front inside--there will be a passport-sized pic of us in the blank space to the left of the name/date info.
Back inside

As an enclosure (and because I got too many crafty ideas into my little head) each "passport" will come with a handmade luggage tag stuffed with a Save The Date magnet, like so:

The luggage tags are made with reclaimed fabric from decorator fabric samples, so no two are identical. (Which makes them look kind of mismatched all piled up together, but I think they'll look fine individually with the "passports".)
The photo magnets (sticky-backed magnet sheets + printed-out photos) will tuck nicely into the clear pockets in the luggage tags, and I'll make up little name/address cards for folks to use in the tags as well.

Comments, constructive criticism, and suggestions would be much appreciated--I worry that the middle pages (the light blue ones) don't look quite right, but I'm not quite sure how to make them look more finished.
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14  Re: Sweat Shoppe Swap Round 13 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Synne on: April 08, 2008 02:32:31 PM
I managed to get a good picture of one batch of goodies before the sun hid back behind a cloud...

Clockwise, from upper left:
Adorable pyramid pouch (which is going in my knitting bag!) and earrings from klum78, with the cutest tiny stamp card ever!
Custom name stamp carved beautifully by indigo_roses with my shop name--soon, everything will be stamped!
Turk's knot coasters from Cabin Fever - so well-made, beautiful, and much MUCH classier than my previous coasters (i.e. paper ones yanked from various bars)
Sweet felt bag charm from esmecraftin--totally adorable, with the prettiest assortment of green and purple beads, just a matter of picking the perfect matching bag!
SweetSpa from dragonslair, with soap cozy and matching headband--it was hard to wait and get a good photo before I start to put them to use!
Thanks to everyone and GatorWrangler for organizing! This has been so much fun! I will post pix of the next batch once the sun returns!
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15  Re: Cherie Amour-along (knitty fall 07) in Knitalongs by Synne on: March 17, 2008 11:12:53 AM
I just realized I never posted my FO pics for this! I finished it back in January and have gotten less wear than I'd hoped out of it--I think I should have made it in a solid color, though it does make a great team spirit sweater (Go Blue Devils!) for March Madness. It's in Bernat Softee Chunky and worked up very quickly when I was actually spending time on it.

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16  Re: Sweat Shoppe Swap Round 13 (signups til March 15)(sendouts by April 5) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by Synne on: March 16, 2008 07:38:35 AM
Oops, I just realized that I hadn't posted pictures of my finished pendants--I decided to do a batch of wobbly squares this time rather than the flowers. The pendants are big--1.5x1.5" square--but lightweight fused acrylic. They're each strung from 15" satin cord with a 3" extender chain. The pendants have a variety of different goodies fused inside...glass beads, glass flowers, leaves, hummingbird charm, flower and leaf charms, and freshwater pearls. It's hard to see the detail with these shots but I didn't want to clog up the board with big close-ups of every one. I'm not sure how the selection process works, so I put letters next to each one to identify them.

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17  Re: Sweat Shoppe Swap Round 13 (signups til March 15)(sendouts by April 5) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by Synne on: February 18, 2008 01:00:45 PM
I've been wanting to join one of these swaps for a while now and I've finally got the free time to devote to it! The crafts posted so far look fabulous!
I love to make jewelry and stitch markers, would folks be interested in items such as the below?
Hand-hammered hoop with frosted glass flowers.
Green glass stitch markers.
The blue flower above is a lightweight fused plastic pendant with embedded glass beads.
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18  Re: Cherie Amour-along (knitty fall 07) in Knitalongs by Synne on: October 22, 2007 08:25:26 PM
Everyone's finished sweaters are looking gorgeous, and it's great to see how the sweater looks in a variety of yarns.
I'm up to the upper body armpit division after some road-trip knitting this weekend (though, as always, the wisdom of sitting in a vehicle going 70 MPH while manipulating size 13 needles is questionable)

I'm pretty sure my millend yarn IS the bernat softee chunkee you used, fishie, though the colorway is pooling a bit differently.
Shortly after this picture was taken the kitten (Mei) started chewing on my Denise cords. Cats are so helpful.
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19  Re: quickie dress that anybody can make in Clothing Sewalongs by Synne on: April 17, 2007 11:53:17 AM
I've dropped off Craftster for the past year+, but somehow (quite late to the party, as usual) I came across Rostitchery's tute for the infinity dress and I HAD TO HAVE IT. Never mind that I'm not the sewing type, that I've never made a dress, and that I don't even currently own a sewing machine with a zig-zag stitch, much less a serger. I read through all 84 pages of the thread (yes, really!), bought way too much (6 yds) of bright red polka-dot poly blend from wally world, and set to it. A few hours and more hand-stitching than I've ever done in my life later, I've got a new dress!
I, too, had the issue with the waistband being too big and had to cinch it with elastic, but I didn't want to take the chance that the waist wouldn't fit over my (proportionally) big hips. Although I'm not thrilled that the wrong side of the fabric inevitably makes an appearance (see the twisted-back version), I loved the print so much that I was willing to work with it.
Some headless pictures:

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20  First Purse with InnerFuse, and Technical Questions in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Synne on: July 21, 2006 09:34:56 AM
I've always held that I wasn't born with the sew-enabling gene, and the making of this purse further proved it. I could have tried to make a regular lined bag but figured it would be easier to make one from a kit (I'm lazy and afraid of turning things inside out through tiny holes.)
I made this purse using some fabric remnants I've been hoarding (yes, even though I don't sew, I hoard fabric. I know, I have a problem.) and one of those handbag kits that comes with a big sheet of double-sided heavy-duty fusible interfacing ("InnerFuse")

blurry detail of the inside:
Further details at the blog: http://crochety.blogspot.com/2006/07/summer-break.html
After making this purse, I have a few questions for you knowledgeable craftsters that I couldn't seem to solve with a forum/google search:

-can you get a satin stitch that looks "solid" (i.e. pretty) with a regular zig-zag machine? if so, any tips?

-can you do satin stitch over an edge (say of a purse) without using stabilizer (i.e. of the tear-away variety) behind it?
Thanks for helping a newbie sewer out, I would really appreciate it!
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