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1  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Link, ready for action! on: November 05, 2013 09:36:47 AM

This is my son's Halloween costume this year, I made the whole thing for him, including the sword and shield. The boots, belt and hair are felt, tunic and hat are cotton, undershirt and pants are knit and the sword and shield are craft foam.

I hadn't worked with Knit in a while so the undershirt and pants were an interesting project (don't forget to use the stretch stitch on neck openings!), but the rest was pretty simple. The boot coverings had a strap underneath to help hold them down through the evening and they worked like a charm.

He had such a great time, telling everyone he was going to "Defeat Gandalf" haha.
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Jameson Lamp on: November 04, 2012 08:29:43 PM
So I recently hit the 1 year mark with my boyfriend so I wanted to make him something that he could use and we could keep around and always remember it was from our first year together. His favorite liquor is Jameson, and I had an empty bottle sitting on my countertop for months and I kept thinking it would be cool if I could do something Jameson-related for him. Then, about a week ago it hit me - that bottle would make an awesome lamp!

So, I ordered a Diamond Drill Bit from Amazon to drill a hole in the glass, purchased a bottle-to-lamp kit from Home Depot and went in search of a lampshade to match the bottle.

Unfortunately, I didn't find the lampshade, and the bottle-to-lamp kit didn't have a rubber stopper that would fit the mouth of the Jameson bottle so I had to be a little creative to get the look I wanted. I ended up painting a white lampshade black with a little thinned out acrylic paint, I would basically paint a coat over a 1-2 inch section, then use a dry paper towel to rub away excess paint. This kept it from feeling plastic-y when it was done and allowed the paint to be thick enough to be black,but not so thick as to keep light from coming through the shade completely.

I used the diamond bit to drill a 16mm hole in the bottom of the bottle about an inch from the bottom. It was pretty easy really, and I had seen a neat trick on a youtube video to use plumbers putty to keep the bit dry while you drilled (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vaAguZdPMzM) It worked like a charm!

The lamp kit was interesting. I ended up shaving the largest rubber stopper down until it would fit into the bottle, and when I assembled the lamp, I pushed it far enough down into the bottle that the cap would go back onto the bottle. I also chose to thread the wire up through the center of the stopper and threaded piece so that it would exit the drilled hole I made before. The rest of the hookup went right along with the directions on the bottle, except instead of the lamp piece being up against the brass cap that came with the lamp kit, it was up against the lid of the bottle.

I'm really happy with how it turned out!

(Sorry for the long winded explanation)

The finished product! He loved it Smiley

The hole that I drilled through the bottle. You can see it splintered a little bit on the inside, but I think if I had been a little slower with the drilling that wouldn't have happened. You can hardly notice it when the lamp is on the nightstand though.

The lamp with the bottle cap still on it. I regret not taking a picture of the rubber stopper, but it's completely hidden by the metal on the bottle.

Links to what I used in case someone else wanted to make one:
Diamond Drill Bit http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00899COJY/ref=oh_details_o00_s00_i00
Bottle-to-lamp kit from Home Depot http://www.homedepot.com/h_d1/N-5yc1v/R-100192701/h_d2/ProductDisplay?catalogId=10053&langId=-1&keyword=make+a+lamp&storeId=10051#.UJc_zRimBpE
Plumbers Putty http://www.homedepot.com/h_d1/N-5yc1v/R-202312407/h_d2/ProductDisplay?catalogId=10053&langId=-1&keyword=plumbers+putty&storeId=10051#.UJdAZBimBpE
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Converting Pant Size to Pattern Size on: July 06, 2012 06:28:47 PM
Hi everyone, hopefully this is a simple question that I just can't figure out for some reason.

I have been sewing since I was a kid, but for a while got away from using patterns as I would mostly make bags and simple dresses for myself, nothing fancy. I completely forgot how wackadoodle the pattern sizing was compared to real-world sizing.

Well, I'm trying to surprise my boyfriend with a pair of PJ pants, and I am at a loss for how to figure out what size to make!

He wears a 38 waist in jeans/dress pants, but the measurements listed on the back of the pattern are at the hipline, not the waist, so I'm not sure which size to do.

Thanks in advance for any advice!
4  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Star Wars Valentine's Day on: January 25, 2012 12:11:36 PM
Hi all!

I have a dilemma - I've been dating this AWESOME guy for about 3 months. The L bomb has already been dropped, and now I'm trying to figure out something to give him for Valentine's Day.

He LOVES Star Wars so I really want to do something simple and SW related. I have 2 (similar) ideas, so I was hoping to get some input on whether it was even a good idea and which one to go with.

Idea #1 - A cross-stitched Han Solo with a speech bubble that says "I Know". I would buy this pattern from etsy to use: http://img3.etsystatic.com/il_fullxfull.231784535.jpg
Idea #2 - A crocheted Han Solo with some kind of felt speech bubble coming off that says "I know". I already bought this pattern but I haven't used it yet: http://img1.etsystatic.com/il_fullxfull.191212105.jpg

I just don't want him to be like "What am I going to do with this?" but still enjoy it.

Thanks for your help!
5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Latch Wallet with Echino Glasses Fabric on: May 23, 2011 08:33:32 PM
The Renegade Craft Fest was in Austin this weekend, and after attending I was hit with some mad inspiration. I had long dreamt of taking apart the remnants of my old wallet that had long since busted and redoing it in a better fabric. So, I got my seam ripper and some tracing paper and got to work.

This is the result of about 2 hours of fiddling with measurements, ripping out basting, pinning/repinning and cursing.

This is my new favorite fabric - Echino Glasses. I've made more than a couple of wallets and pouches as well as a key FOB with it so I can have it with me at all times. It makes my heart smile.

This picture shows the inside pockets. Please excuse the ripped in half dollar, it was the only cash I had. I threw in the red zipper for a little pizzaz.

And finally, the accordion detail on the side - this was the trickiest part of the process for me, but once I figured out how it was done I think I managed to execute it well.

Critiques and Criticisms welcome - I'm sure whatever you have to say I've said in my head already and hearing it from someone else will make my brain try harder to fix it for next time!

Thanks for looking!
6  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Maroon sequins or rhinestones? on: May 08, 2011 07:55:36 PM
Does anyone know where I can get maroon sequins or rhinestones? A couple of friends are graduating from Texas State in December and they want me to decorate their caps for them, but I can't seem to find anywhere to get these!

Anyone have any suggestions?
7  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / GIR on: September 24, 2010 06:42:24 PM
So, I will admit, I have only seen maybe a handful of Invader Zim episodes, but my boyfriend is a huge fan. So, I decided to make him a GIR. I found an image online of a GIR with a mask, so I decided to try and make that. I think I did OK, and he seemed to like it so that's the most important thing Smiley

I'm working on typing up the pattern if anyone would be interested I can put a rush on it.

Thanks for looking!

8  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Recycled Army Uniforms to Incognito Laptop case! on: September 01, 2008 08:36:34 PM
The same friend who wanted me to make the porcupine laptop case also commissioned me to make a case for her boyfriend's laptop.

He's being deployed to Iraq in October, and she thought it would be cool for him to have a personalized laptop case.

She gave me the measurements and two old jackets he had from basic training, and this is what I turned them into:

The name plate is removable with velcro, just like in the normal uniforms, and it has a pocket for documents and stuff on the back (or front, depending on how you look at it).

I kept two of the original pockets and sewed them onto the opposite side. I also tried to keep as many of the original seams as I could.

I lined it with a coordinating tan colored material, and included some 1/2" foam for protection.

Thanks for taking a look!  Smiley

9  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / In early preparation for Halloween - an amigurumi ZOMBIE! on: August 30, 2008 06:18:50 PM
I have many friends who have given me a reputation for being able to crochet ANYTHING. I only wish that were true! But, they keep showing up with projects for me to do, and I haven't met one I didn't make yet.

My friend Andrew has a big thing for Zombies - so I wasn't surprised when he brought me a picture printed out from somewhere on the internet of this Zombie doll. (I wish I knew where it came from so I could give credit for the design, but it was just a printout from work, if anyone recognizes it let me know and I'll add a link!)

Well, here he is!

And a little closer on the face:

I was thinking of making a few of them, so it's like a group of Zombies coming to get him!
10  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Porcupine Laptop Sleeve on: August 30, 2008 06:10:14 PM
So, about a month ago a friend found this laptop sleeve on the internet, and decided she had to have it. She decided she'd rather give me the money for it than pay this big company. http://www.slashgear.com/three-new-laptop-sleeves-from-barrys-farm-268180.php

It took a while to get the time to sit down and work on it, but I finally finished it! Of course I didn't charge her, because I love doing this stuff anyway!

The two hedgehogs on the front are her and her boyfriend (who I'm making a sleeve for next, out of old army uniforms - he's being deployed to Iraq in October, so he can take his computer with him)

The little lady on the back is their daughter.

And I had to sew this zipper in by hand - I got so excited about getting the back put together that I forgot to plan out how I would put in the zipper. Silly me!

She loved it, and I hope you guys do too!
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