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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Sale table linens = new purse! (4 imgs) on: August 07, 2009 09:40:29 AM
I made this out of three 16x16 cotton napkins that were very cheap on sale and had a cute design. The pattern for the purse is my own.
I wouldn't count it as a recon as I didn't actually use any of the existing seams.

The main body is one whole napkin that I pleated on both sides (first time with pleats, too!).
The handle is just slightly shorter than twice the length of the napkin and was made with 4 separate pieces of fabric... I am quite proud at how well the pattern lined up.
I sewed the pocket onto the lining (scrap fabric) an added an edge at the top to cover all the seams. The opening is quite wide and stays closed pretty well when it's on... I was going to added a button but decided there was no need.

This is my first professional(ish) looking sewing project and I'm really happy how it turned out! Hope you like it! Questions/comments/criticisms welcome Smiley
2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Recycled Flower Brooch on: May 15, 2009 12:20:53 PM
hi everyone,

Yesterday I got a bit bored and was feeling crafty so I made this:


I loosely used the tutorial here:

But instead used a cereal box and covered the backs of each layer with mod podge and some magazine pages (the paint didn't cover the cereal box image) and glued sequinned string for the centre. I didn't have a compass so I used various circular objects and traced... I would recommend a compass if you have one, and they have dimensions listed which would have been very helpful.

I didn't have a pin-back on hand or else I would show it in action, but it's really lovely and sort of looks like it could be made of wood. It's definitely not perfect, but looks professional enough to wear ... it's perfect for summer!

Here's another shot, which shows what it looks like in the light:

3  COOKING / Dessert / 21st chocolate layer birthday cake!! on: February 02, 2009 07:47:30 AM
It was my birthday last week, and my favourite part is that I get to make cake and decorate it, etc...
I'm in Canada so 21 isn't as special a number as it is in the States, or else it probably would have been some kind of beer shaped cake Wink

I used a 9 3/4" springform pan to bake the cake, and then cut it in half (the toothpicks help make sure it's straight, and the giant comedy spatula worked wonders for lifting it apart):

Then I made a heck of a lot of frosting from a Martha Stuart 7-minute frosting recipe (so easy and yummy!), and then filled and layered the cake:

I coloured the rest of the icing for outside decorations and got my piping skills (or lack of) going to make it pretty:

Lastly, added a couple chocolates that I had molded:

And ta-da! Delicious!!

Comments, criticisms welcome! Thanks for looking Smiley
4  COOKING / Dessert / Gingerbread men! (and bonus cupcake bites!) ... image heavy on: January 08, 2009 08:29:59 AM
Here were this year's designs....I got a new cookie cutter and it made decorating so much easier Tongue. I did three of each and personalized the "fan" one with the name of my friends' favourite band/show, etc...and their initial on the lederhosen one Wink

My favourite first:

And the rest:

And then a comparison of new to old cutter (you can see why new one is so superior haha):

Then, as a bonus, my attempt at cupcake bites from bakerella for New Year's Eve...If only my chocolate was for melting they would have turned out perfect. They were tasty, though...I'll definitely make them again!

5  COOKING / Dessert / My first pie! (4 pics) on: July 30, 2008 07:25:29 PM
I used a recipe from my Martha Stuart Baking book (has never failed me!) and made this!

It was delicious! The filling is a pound each of cherries, apricots, and peaches cut into fairly large chunks and the cherries in halves. It was sooooo juicy and the crust was really good (I was worried about this because I didn't have a food processor to make it, but it turned out fine with my Kitchen Aid dough hook). It's now half gone, but here are some progress pics:

The fruit! I had to stop myself from eating all of it at this point Tongue

Just before baking (next time I would leave off the butter on top, or put much less...the crust was buttery enough, I think)

And the after shot:

Next time I think I would cook it for about 10 minutes longer than I did to make the juices thicken some more, but it was lush and the juices would have been perfect if I had ice cream to enjoy it with Tongue
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Black skirt with Rainbow buttons! on: July 27, 2008 04:56:47 PM
I made a skirt a little while ago (which you can see here: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=257173.msg2873342#msg2873342 ) and I really liked how the pattern turned out so I decided to make another!

I bought a bedsheet for fabric (so cheap for soo much fabric! - I don't count it as a recon because it's just like buying fabric anyway) and made it exactly the same was as the other except I decided to put buttons on in rainbow order Smiley ... it took forever to finally decide what kind/colour of buttons to put on and I think I made a good choice....All the buttons are functional, but I only have to undo about 5 to put it on. The top button is a bigger version of the other ones, in black. I can't stand sewing on buttons, so I don't know what I was thinking putting on 13! haha

Laying out the buttons:

On (it's not uneven, I swear! It's just how I'm standing Tongue) :

And laid out:

Hope you like it! Comments/criticisms welcome Cheesy
7  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Nights At the Circus! on: July 24, 2008 03:14:33 PM
I was reading Nights At the Circus by Angela Carter and I loved the cover art so I decided on a whim to embroider it. It took me about a week doing a little everyday to finish it. The woman on the cover is the main character, Fevvers.

And a close up:

Here's the original. I just traced it from my computer screen...I simplified it a bit, and changed the colours, but I like the result Smiley

(sorry I don't know what language this is...the cover of my book is slightly different in design but I found this one on google and liked it better Tongue)

Let me know what you think!

On a related note, anyone have any tips for getting out pencil lines? I made a little boo boo on the wing and tried to rub it out but it didn't really do much.
8  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Fun going away present for bestest friend :) on: July 21, 2008 12:07:12 PM
I don't paint...ever...but I have paints, and my friend moved across the country last year, so when she came back to visit in February, I made her this:

I found the 3-D stickers at the dollar store, and they had the perfect resemblance to my friend and I, so I was inspired to do the painting Tongue
The canvas is about 5" x 7" and the paints were just walmart acrylic haha. Anyway, I'm very proud of my achievement...I've never been much for drawing/painting.

She loved it, and that is all that matters! Cheesy 
9  COOKING / Dessert / GingerSNAP! on: July 20, 2008 11:36:22 AM
Last minute yesterday I decided to bake for a party I'm going to today, and somehow miraculously I had molassas, so I decided to make gingersnaps!
I used Martha Stuart's recipe from her giant BAKING book. I changed it a bit, though. . . Changes:

- used powder ginger instead of fresh (I used about 3/4 tablespoon of powder instead of 1.5 tbsp of fresh)
- took out cloves and instead added about 1/2 teaspoon of allspice
- completely took out ground pepper...it just didn't seem right for baking...opinions?

Anyway, they are delicious! I baked them for 15 minutes. The recipe said 15-20 but I like cookies chewy Smiley

Here they are!

They didn't quite 'snap' as much as the photo in the book, but they're really good so it can be forgiven Tongue
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Blue + Star buttons = wearable superhero skirt! on: July 14, 2008 02:11:39 PM
I saw this last week:

And thought it was fantastic! So of course I wanted to make one similar....well, I made a list of what I wanted to do/change and it was:

- six panels
- waistband
- two inch panel in front for buttons
- navy fabric
- white star buttons (because I have 10 of them)
- no pockets (because I don't know how)
- white top-stitching

I went against gathering because the fabric was a bit too thick (and gathering is a pain the butt). I drafted the pattern about a week ago and finally got it finished on Sunday. I wasn't very hard to make and I didn't have any sizing problems, but I was very meticulous and made sure all the hems were properly done and ironed, and carefully pinned, etc...it probably could have been made faster than it took me. Anyway....
Here is the outcome:

It's not crooked, I just wasn't standing straight Tongue
I was going for more of a nautical theme, but I love the outcome! I may have to go out as Wonderwoman for Halloween now hee hee.
I think I'll make another one in a more subtle colour for everyday wear. This one will be going out with me on Friday night!

Top stitching was added to the bottom hem at the end...I think I'm going to add it at the waistband too.
Hope you like it! Comments/[constructive] criticisms appreciated!
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