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21  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 28 ENTRIES / Garbage heap to garden chic on: June 05, 2008 07:45:49 PM
So finally after a month of procrastination I made this today... I found this broke down chair on the side of the road and have had this idea for a long time. Here is what it looked like before...

one of the legs was split apart so I wrapped hemplike rope around them, I still might do the front legs but just wanted to get it done for tonight

and here it is all planted. I used an octagon planter because it was the only one that was the right size and alot of moss. I didn't want to sand it or paint it. I like the warn out look it has.

I have a spot for it in our garden but it is pouring and I didn't want to go out in it.

I'm looking forward to it growing out and the vines going down the legs and up the back.
It was fun to make! Thanks for looking Grin
22  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / more recons for summer....t-shirts-dresses on: May 28, 2008 07:11:29 PM
I found a bunch of neato t's at the VV boutique (value village) 50% off day and a bag full of every colour of bias tape and this is what has happened so far....

I'll be posting more this week...I'm going to try and sell them at a kids market next weekend.
Thanks for looking! Cheesy
23  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / rainbow star bikini top and skirt on: May 20, 2008 10:09:15 AM
It's finally getting nice and sunny out so I'm going to make a bunch of these lil bikini tops for my lil monkey to wear with her diapies,  I made a super quick and kinda boring skirt that I'm going to add ruffle to the bum.  The pics arent that great.

the top is kinda riding up but does fit properly, she wasn't really in the mood to be a model...mean mom

thanks for looking Cheesy
24  COOKING / Dessert / my first try at marshmallow fondant on: May 08, 2008 11:07:43 AM
I got the recipe from on here but cannot find it at this moment, basically marshmallows and icing sugar and colour.  the cake was chocolate with chocolate icing mmm.... I got lazy with mixing the blue so its kinda swirly and when it came to sticking the circles on I was again lazy and didn't smooth the edges and just slapped them on.  overall it was a hit with the kids so thats all that matters.

I love how my fireball blends in with the cooking oils Tongue

thanks for looking Cheesy
25  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / super quick & cute bowling wrap skirt *tute added* on: April 24, 2008 10:58:00 AM
I used a wrap skirt I had as a reference for this wrap skirt.  I totally love this material and am going to make a tank top or something to go with it (eventually Tongue)

closer front view


this basically took me a half hour to make. I will  post a little tute on here later...I just spent way to long typing it out and realized that I made a simple thing very complicated Tongue 
thanks for looking!

Ok here it goes....
first I measured around her waist once and a half and added a couple of inches  and then down how far I wanted. My daughter is 3 and a bit and I used 36"around and 13" down. when you cut this you will have a lovely rectangle (I made this one reversable)

then fold it in half I put the first skirt on top to see how I cut it I just kinda winged it but the top cut is about an inch down at the fold and cut up to the open corners and at the bottom the open corners are rounded ( or they can be angled or however your crafty mind works...)

I cannot find my pic for the next step but its fairly easy...I used a whole package of one fold bias tape (3.65m long) I opend the fabric and measured from one top corner down and around the bottom to the other top corner and attached and then I used the remaining for the top with quite a bit hanging off each end.
then I got my model and went around her waist once with the skirt and made a mark (just below the tape) and made a button hole there to put the string though.  and there you have it...

the great thing about this is that its a great starter to add many different details...ruffles,pleats,pockets....
it also fits me as an apron...lol. I am horrible at explaining things so I hope I didn't leave anyone with the look I get when I read instructions Cheesy

26  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Hoot!! peasant tops & retro smock on: April 21, 2008 07:52:15 PM
I hit fabricland this weekend for their sale and after spending over an hour in there I found 2 prints that I loved and had to get...the only thing is that they were both flannel but very thin. well I bought it anyway...the first one is cute colourful owls which is what these following things are made of...the other one is a cool retro bowling print that I haven't decided what to make with it yet. so you might see alot of this fabric for awhile..sorry & lots o picks
the peasant shirts are from Vegbees tute and the smock is from Adismum...Thanks girls! Grin

I used heat and bond for the lil applique..

I did buttons instead of tie straps on the smock (another helpful tute from vegbee...I was affraid of buttonholes!) but I might just sew the straps together??I just noticed from looking at this pic that I forgot to sew up the hole in the bottom of it (it has a white flannel reversable side that I'm going to put a couple of owls on)

thanks for looking! Grin
27  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / recons for summer on: April 15, 2008 11:03:51 AM
two simple recons...there will probably be alot more cuz I just cleaned out my closet and sorted through boxes of unused clothing and have piles of things I want to make wearable.
The first is a donation from daddy the second from me.

I used the striped sleeves to make lil pockets on each side. It must be the angle that I took this pic at but her head looks huge to me Cheesy

Thanx for looking Grin
28  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / some long tops... or short dresses on: April 12, 2008 11:01:43 PM
I made these the other night after finishing the almost exact same dress that shakespear posted (crazyness) I decided to use the scraps of the knit as appliques. holy pics!

it's hard to see because I used white thread but there are 3 different pieces at the bottom.

lil hair clip adding some extra cuteness to the hair cut I just gave her(it was almost to her butt, so it was sad but worth it!! bye bye knots!!)

and crazy hand action shot Cheesy
Thanks for looking!

29  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / retro boogie birthday! on: March 24, 2008 01:19:10 PM
My hubby and I have birthdays 3 days apart so we always have a combined party. This time we decided to have a retro disco theme and force our guests to come in costume. My hubby had a costume from back when he used to be (to make him feel cool) a "rockstar" and I had to make up something.  I found a sparkly grey turtle neck at superstore for $2 and some cool pink shaped sheer fabric for $2/m and of course dingle balls and came up with something wearable(for that evening only) I also had fixed up a pair of pants for a friend...they were normal straight leg but I made them insanely tight and belled them. He was kind enough to top off the outfit with a cucumber that went almost to his knee. Everyone dressed up and we all had fun! enjoy the pics Grin
This is some of the girls (I'm in the blue fuzzy jacket)

The boys..my hubby is the one leaning on his friends shoulder..there is a big blue velvet star on the back of his shirt with silver sequin outline and inside it it says Lo-Fi in sequins (his band was called Lo-Fi Love). If you look closely at the left leg of the guy in blue you can see the shadow of his cucumber Tongue

I just like this pic

This was my favorite costume my friend made her dress and his pants...he was so funny I think I peed a lil when he walked in the door..everytime you went to take a picture of him he would start thrusting his hips..he even had mascara on his chest hairs Grin

not so crafty but oh soo much fun
thanks for lookin!
30  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / I Heart Freezer Paper!! on: March 18, 2008 01:44:22 PM
I was sorting through my crazy collection of clothing and found that I have way to many things that I never wear.. some are now donated to my sewing pile others to charity (back where they came from) and I decided to do something with the huge pile of plain shirts I have. So a little freezer paper and some quiet time after the kids went to bed and this is what I did.
It's just a plain shortsleeved black shirt and silver paint. cutting out the lil circles and the teeth were oh so much fun Tongue

This one is taken from a poster for Hedwig and the Angry Inch...I Heart Hedwig more than freezer paper! My husband took me to the stage show last year and it was so good! any-hoo (same silver paint)

I'm wanting to make more tonight...we'll see Grin
thanks for looking
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