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71  Oregon / Oregon: Northwest / Non-chain craft stores, where are they??? on: January 29, 2010 11:12:57 PM
So I'm basically looking for craft stores that aren't Micheal's or Joann's.  They usually have all kinds of neat things in there that you can't find at the big chains.  And they can be all over oregon!  Fabric stores, bead stores, paper crafting sores, you name it, I would love to know where abouts it is. Plus, supporting local small business owners is preffered. Smiley 
I am especially interested in anything out towards the coast, off 101 etc.  My BFF and I like to make driving tirps and love stopping at the craft stores that we find along the way.
but anything anywhere is great!!
Thanks so much Cheesy
72  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Anime/manga swap?? on: January 25, 2010 03:59:23 PM
I saw that one of these just finished and would love to particiapte in one, is there any thoughts on when anther one of these will start up again??  Huh

I so need to hurry up and get another swap under my belt so I can start organizing my own..... Unless someone else would be interested in organizing this  Grin  So is there anyone esle remotely interested in pariticipating in this?
73  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / dress forms on: November 27, 2009 11:25:28 PM
So I have been wanting a dress form for a few years now, but I don't know what brand to get.  All the reviews I've read for the one sold at Joann's are bad, and I don't remember the other brand, but the reviews weren't that good either.  I don't want to waste my  money on something that is going to fall apart on me and not work properly.  So can anyone make some recomendations on dress forms.  what kind do you have, the pros and cons about  it, etc.

Thanks so much!!!!  Grin

74  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Cherry Jubilee!!!! on: November 05, 2009 09:30:45 PM
Here is my post for the challenge.  This is my first challenge! Smiley  I was hoping the october challange would be halloween costumes!!  My costume was inspired by Strawberry Shortcake.  She wasn't an actual character but if she was, this is what I think she would have worn.  Smiley  Her name is Cherry Jubilee.  Her dress has lots of cherries on it!  I love cherries, and love this fabric and wanted to use it for a costume somehow! The bloomers were fun to make!!  Can't remember who did the tutorial on here, but I used the tute for making your own leggings.  Figured it was the same idea.  The dress was from a Simplicity pattern with a few modifications.  I had to make the dress longer because other wise it would have been way to short!! I was happier with the length, but thought it would look adorable with some bloomers to wear under it.  And it was!!  I wish I would have remembered what the stockings looked like.  I was thinking red and white, but they were green and white.  I had to modify the stockings to.  The only one's I could find were for skinny women, and well, since there's a little more of me than normal, I had to make my own above the knee-highs.  Wasn't to hard and kinda fun to try.  I also modified the apron.  It was only supposed to be a half apron, but I wanted an apron with a top and bottom.  All in all, I'm very happy with how it turned out!!  It's just to bad I can't wear it all the time! lol.
So here it is, my Halloween Costume!!

Thanks for looking!!! Smiley  WHat do you guys think??

75  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / World of Warcraft Swap, Round 2? on: October 21, 2009 11:36:03 AM
I was wondering if anyone would be interested in starting a WoW swap after the holidays.  I've seen lots of WoW crafts that people have done and being a player myself think it would be fun to be in a swap with someone else who plays the game.  Anyone interested??  Huh  I would offer to organize it, but I'm still a noob and would like to get some swap experience before attempting to organize one.
76  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / YAY!!!!! My monkey is finally done!!!!! on: October 11, 2009 03:42:44 PM
This little guy, er gal is my very first created pattern!!  Still have some things to work out, but for the most part, I'm very happy with her!!  I'm soooooo thrilled to have her done FINALLY!!!!  Grin  Been working on her since summer started.  Shocked  I wanted to make a fully poseable ami that coule bend at the elbows and knees.  All in all I'm thrilled to finally have her done.  Now to work on writting up the pattern.

So, now on to the pictures!!!  (she doesn't have a name yet, my daughter suggested Buttons, defiantely a possibility!)

In her first outing outside, she has discovered her first tree.  It's a holly tree.  Looks like she accidentaly sat on some of the leaves.  I don't think she'll be back to that tree anytime soon!

And after climbing out of the holly tree, she has found the swing.  I think she likes it, either that or she's getting a little motion sick from the swinging.

Not sure what she thinks about this tree.  I think she likes it, it doesn't have the same prickly leaves as the holly tree.

Yea, I definately think she likes this tree.  Looks like she's lounging and staring up at the sky.  I wonder what kind of cloud shapes she sees??

Looks like she got hungry and found the grapes.  Looks like she may need some longer arms to reach those yummy grapes!!

That's my monkey, hope you all like, and would love to hear any C&C
77  COOKING / Dessert / Cupcake Cakes (img heavy) on: August 22, 2009 07:54:31 AM
I hope I'm posting this in the right spot.  But this was the cake I made for my daughter's birthday this year.  I decided not to do it at home, and so I didn't want to have to mess with knives, paper plates, forks, etc.  So I had remembered hearing or seeing something about cupcake cakes, and new that's what I wanted to do for my daughter!  Sooooo, I googled pictures of cupcake cakes, and after hours of looking at pics, this is what came to me!  I'm not very good at decorating, this was one of the first projects I'd done.  But all in all, I was pretty happy with it.  Grin

I mixed up the flavors a little bit.  Half of the cupcakes were devil's food cake mix, and the other half were vanilla flavored cake mix.  I just bought plain whit cream cheese frosting (YUM!) and added food coloring, and (BONUS) I also found chocolate cream cheese frosting that I used for the centers of the flowers.  I also bougt a couple tubes of icing. One green and one pink.  And this was the end result.......

A close up of one of the flowers

These were smaller versions I had made to give myself an idea of what they would look like.  I liked the one with the thicker trace

And these were what I had left over to do with as I pleased, so I had some fun with the leftover frosting! Cheesy

And this one was my favorite!!

I almost forgot, this is the pic that gave me the inspriation, mine is nowhere near as good, but I still feel I did the best withthe experience I had in this department Grin

The whole thing was so YUMMY, I've decided next year, I'm gonna try to replicate the Hello Kitty cupcake cake I saw. Cheesy
78  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Quilt that took me forever to finish on: August 21, 2009 08:59:35 PM
I had started this quilt with the idea of keeping it for me or selling it.  Well it took me FOREVER to finish it.  As in the only thing I had to do to finish was sew it closed and tack the top and bottom together.  I guess once I had gotten the front sewed to the back and turned it, I was happy with the way it looked, and put it away and forgot about it.  Well, while I was making it, my daughter fell in love with it, and wanted it.  Every time I would bring it out she would ask if she could have it or if I would make her one.  Well, I couldn't bare to sell it, because it was just so damn cute.  I have a ton of cherry fabric, every time I go to a fabric store and there's cherry fabric, I have to buy some of it.  Wink  I just can't help myself lol.  But I didn't have a gift for my daughter, nor did I have the money to go and get her something, so I decided I would finish this for her.  Needless to say, she was so happy to get it.  I got the biggest hug ever!!  She sleeps with it every night and always wants to take it to her dad's when she goes.  Now she wants me to make curtains that match it.  Shocked

Here is a close up of some of the fabric I used

And here is a closeup of the border.

And of course here are 5 of the 6 kitties posing with the blanket

Yes, I am the crazy cat lady lol  Cheesy
I also used the serger that I  got from my mom and step dad for a christmas a few years ago.  I had made a qult for my brother, that when it got washed, it frayed and broke apart.  I still need to fix it it and send it back to him, but after that, I decided to use my serger for simply quilts like this one.  I'm not sure if you can see it, but when tying it together with yarn, I included little cherry buttons that I had found.  It makes the quilts look even more adorable and girlie, and kinda hides the yarn lol.

I'm currently working on mine that will be a little bigger than this, I hope, and as soon as I get that done I will post some pics, 'course I need to finish my craft room in order to finish everything lol
79  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / More Ami stuff I made :) on: August 21, 2009 08:44:02 PM
These are a couple of the Amigurumi things I made for my daughter.  The first is the Ami Neko pattern I found online for free.  I can't remember where I found it, and the pattern I printed out is currently burried in my craft room, which is in it's remodeling phase at the moment.  I can't remember what my daughter named her, but I finished her while visiting my dad in Alaska.  Had to do something during that 6 hour car ride to the camping grounds lol.  I still need to make a tail for her and have debated on taking the whiskers off.  They are starting to fray becuase my daughter slept with her and played with her and never put her down while we were in alaska.

The next ami is a little panda bear that i made for my daughter for her birthday.  Her name is Cherry Blossom, and she wears a cherry blossom necklace.  And what cute little panda would be complete without adorable little bows in her hair.  My daughter fell in love with her right away.  I also made a cherry bag to put her in.  I love seeing the fruits of my labor being enjoyed.  When the other girls at the party saw her, they all wanted me to make them one for their birthdays. 

She is also fully jointed, well, except for the head at least.  And sorry about the poor quailty of the pictures.
80  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / My first completed Ami :) on: August 21, 2009 04:23:47 AM
Ok, this is my first time posting a pic, so I really hope I do this right.  Originally , this little gal was gonna be a pink monkey.  But she didn't turn out the way I wanted (she was to small and the body wasn't round enough)  I'm still working on the monkey, I hope to finish him, some day anyway.  Cheesy  But she's just a cute little Pink Ninja.  She's not very good at hiding obviously because she's the brightest pink ever.  But we love her all the same.  My daughter loves her to, and I keep having to steal her back  Wink 

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