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1  Coral, Green, and Turquoise Nursery...for a little girl :) in Interior Decorating: Completed Projects by Chocolate_Jo on: July 17, 2014 06:36:15 PM
SO I AM HAVING A BABY. And pretty stinking excited about it! My husband and I finished up her nursery recently and I just wanted to share it with you guys. Everything in here was made (or remade in some form or fashion) by me except for the crib, the shelves, and the rocking chair. I'm so tickled with how it came out! More details are on my blog...but now...PICTURES.

The crib skirt I made from an old curtain (and its adjustable!); the mobile was made with t shirt pom poms and an embroidery hoop; the artwork on the wall was all free printables from online!


The round things are dollar store placemats!


I painted the 'L'; made the 'twinkle twinkle' painting (IT LIGHTS UP); and made the q-tip flowers from a tutorial I found online somewhere

Her clothing/stuff armoire that we repurposed from an old TV cabinet (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=434546.msg5219060#msg5219060)


We made this little shelf out of pieces of a bigger shelf we found on the side of the road lol...I recovered the lamp shade (I already owned) with scrap chevron fabric.

I don't want to break the internet with ALL THE PICTURES, but I think these cover most everything!
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2  My 4 hour, $1, Valentine's Day Dress! in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Chocolate_Jo on: February 15, 2014 08:06:50 AM
So it was Valentine's Day and guess who didn't have a dress? Meee. The planning was not strong within me that day. What I DID have was this largeish, rayon-y, and exceptionally shoulder-padded-y dress....thing... that I had picked up at my local GoodWill for $1.

I didn't end up taking many any in progress shots with this one because, well, I was mildly crunched for time. Read: I started this 4 hours before we left for dinner. Again I say...THE PLANNING WAS LACKING. hahaha

Sooooo here are the afters! I was really jazzed at how it turned out!

A quick breakdown:
Chop off the sleeves
Chop off 3/4 of the skirt
Unpick the side seams and darts
Try on and take off dress like 4,506,203 times
Spend 30 minutes looking for your box of pins
Don't find pins
Take in the seams and darts
Adjust the height and width of arm holes

I randomly decided I liked the buttons down the back better...I love button backed things! I think it gives the back a nice little surprise. Or somethinseomthin.

OH. And those weren't my cute sassy shoes. Cute sassy shoes rubbed cute sassy blisters and I traded them for my flippy floppies. (Yay comfort!)

I loved wearing it! I will definitely wear it again...sometime in the future after the baby gets here, most likely. I am starting to enter the 'My clothes don't fit right around the ever expanding abdomen' phase, and it gave me a little bit of trouble with my normal sizing routine. BUT. I was super pleased and Mr S winked at me several times so that's perfect in my book Tongue

I hope you all had a lovely love-filled Valentine's Day!

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3  Poison...Poison Ivy :D (And some Steampunk Robin) in Costumes: Completed Projects by Chocolate_Jo on: April 19, 2013 12:52:29 PM
I have had a major girl crush on Poison Ivy since I first read about her. I don't really know why I like her so much..but...being the ridiculous comic book nerd that I am...I'm cool with it Cheesy So my husband surprised me with tickets to Boston Comic Con this weekend and I almost cried I was so excited...I've always wanted to go to a convention! Since we were crunched for time, and I was in charge of making both of our costumes, I picked Ivy because hers is very straightforward, and spent about 3 days sewing leaves like mad onto the body suit I made. I also dyed my tights because I couldn't find any in the color I wanted. I'll upload more pictures after the con, but I snapped a few really quick because I couldn't wait to share! Cheesy

Weird shot, I know, but I ended up making the bodysuit in two pieces, a top and a bottom, because I didn't relish the idea of wriggling out of the whole thing every time I had to use the restroom lol!

Communing with nature Smiley

I also made my husband's Robin costume. He wanted a toned down, not super floofy costume, so we kinda went for the steampunk vibe.


Due to the horrific and unbelievably devastating events that took place this week in Boston, the Con may end up being called off, but I wanted to show you guys my progress! Thanks for looking!
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4  Re: Love your wedding? Then show off your photos here! in Weddings and Bridal Showers by Chocolate_Jo on: April 18, 2013 07:39:43 AM
I know I'm kinda late on the bandwagon for this thread, but I finally get to post our big day pictures after loving all of yours! Cheesy

We got married in a local team room called Emma's. My mom took me there for lunch one day and I walked in, and told her, 'I want to get married in here!!' It so cute and small and delightful!

It was so wonderful...and the day after Christmas too! Cheesy
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5  My Thread-y & Button-y wedding bouquet! :D in Weddings and Bridal Showers by Chocolate_Jo on: April 09, 2013 07:59:01 AM
I recently got married to my most bestest friend...and just for the record, being married is like the most awesome thing EVER. I knew from the get-go I wanted a not real flower bouquet, because I wanted to save it and it not be all dead and wilt-y. I briefly considered a brooch bouquet, but realized I had about 2 brooches to my name, and ended up settling on thread spools and buttons. I loved it so much. I feel like it was really 'me' Smiley

It was also important to me because my grandmother was the one who got me started on wanting to sew. She sewed all her life, and made half my clothes growing up. Unfortunately she passed away last year, but to honor her memory I used several old thread spools out of her sewing cabinet, as well as new ones Smiley

I also made the boutineers...

I loved how they came out...because I like bright colors...and...yellow...and happy!
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6  Dying Tights/Pantyhose (for cosplay or personal fun!) :D in Dyeing: Completed Projects by Chocolate_Jo on: April 08, 2013 12:56:10 PM
So my awesomesauce husband is taking me to Boston ComicCon this month! This will be my first con and also my first time cosplaying and I'm super excited! I'm going as Poison Ivy (kinda vanilla, but she's always been my favorite!) and I could not, for the life of me find green tights. This lead to an internet search to see if you could, indeed, dye your own tights. I didn't find a whole lot but what I did see was most people use Kool-aid or food coloring. So I tried both!


I started with these, which I dyed with Kool-aid. Just your regular sheer nude pantyhose. I kinds just threw a bunch of green and yellow and blue Kool-aid in some boiling water and stirred it til I liked the color.


...and after!

They came out kinda army green/olive-y from mostly lemon-lime Koolaid and half a pack of lemon & blue raspberry. I love it!

As for the food colored ones, I started out with yellow opaque tights. Half priced at Target booyah!


...and after!

I stirred both pair religiously, but the opaque pair still came out a skeesh marbled. I actually rather like them that way, but you really can't tell that much when they are on. Its easier to see when they are hanging up.

It was so super easy and I'm stoked to wear them!
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7  The Infamous Sweater-to-Cardigan Transformation. yayz! in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Chocolate_Jo on: May 13, 2012 12:35:22 PM

I have seen the sweater-to-cardi tutorial (in various forms) floating about on the interwebz, so I thought that I'd give it a try! (WARNING. ALL OF THESE PICTURES OF ME LOOK LIKE DEATH. Forget the 'warmed over'...just DEATH o.O)

I picked up this too-big sweater from the thrift store today because I liked the print, I thought it was quite delightful!
(Do you like my fabulous tripod holding setup? Oh yeah. How the pros do it! Baha.)


I took in the sides, shortened the sleeves, and voila! Nothing too fancy, but alot less sweater-y Smiley

I made pockets out of the leftover material I cut from shortening the sleeves. NEVER THROW AWAY ANYTHING. YOU MIGHT NEED IT SOMEDAY.  Ahem. Cheesy

In addition to taking in the sides, I gathered the back to help the cardigan fit a little better, and add some flirty girly what's-for to the back Smiley

Yay! Nothing too exciting, but I was happy with how it came out!

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8  I am IRON MAN. WOMAN. Actually its just a t-shirt...BUT! (shiny!) in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by Chocolate_Jo on: May 01, 2012 12:52:54 AM

So firstly, I don't know if this technically should go in the 'clothing' or 'costume' board...because its not exactly a costume, as I would probably wear this out in public on a semi regular basis.


I am a HUGE comic book nerd. I love anything and everything that has to do with them. Which includes the Avengers movie that comes out on May 4th! Some friends and I are going to the midnight showing, and I wanted to show my Tony Stark love without having to don the full costume. SO I made me a t-shirt!

And it wouldn't be Iron Man without....


I can't wait to wear it! I topstitched the armor detail and them did the yellow cutouts from another t-shirt I had Smiley Top stitching on jersey is noottttttt nice. No sir. Nuh uh.


These were a few of mah sketchies... (he has had soooo many suit variations! ahh!!)

Any other comic book fans out there?? Cheesy
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9  My First Quilt! (kinda a t-shirt quilt...kinda?) in Quilting: Completed Projects by Chocolate_Jo on: April 11, 2012 05:58:34 PM
**Update: I finished!

The back...

CORNER. Hahaha. Mitering is rather difficult...

I spend a vast amount of time trolling through the quilt section on Craftster here and never fail to be completely in awe of what some of you guys can make. It is truly astounding to me. I had never made a quilt before, and I decided there was no better time than the present to try!

I had originally intended to just make a t-shirt quilt & a use-up-all-my-scraps quilt, seperately, but ultimately decided to do both together! So, using the herringbone block tutorial I found here http://www.bijoulovelydesigns.com/2011/03/herringbone-block-tutorial.html, I hacked into a bunch of old t-shirts and soccer jerseys and scraps and came out with this!

This one shows the true colors a bit better...

Its only the top so far, I haven't finished my bias tape yet. I really liked how it came out; I don't like matchy-matchy and I am obsessed with random and colorful things! A close up...

I used several old band t-shirts, vacation shirts, and old soccer jerseys. Quilting is SO much fun! I will definitely hope to do more in the future!

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10  Ticket Stub Shadow Box! {Just enough pictures} :) in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by Chocolate_Jo on: April 04, 2012 05:29:11 PM
So I guess if you are reading this, you have heard about Pinterest, yes? Despite swearing to myself I would NEVEREVEREVER duplicate, use, or even GLANCE at an idea that I saw on Pinterest, it seems that I have broken down and done it at last lol. I had seen someone use a shadow box to hold ticket stubs, and since I can't seem to throw away ANYTHING (including tickets), I figured it would be a cute way to keep and display them as I collected them. It was a super easy project; I just used stuff I had laying around the house at the time.

The shadowbox has been under my bed for ages, and since lost the back. I made a new back out of cardboard and paper, leaving about a 2 inch gap at the top to put my tickets in through. The curtains I made from an old karate uniform, and the tickets I found online Smiley
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