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21  Graduation dress & Japanese inspired top in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by sparrowowl on: April 24, 2009 05:03:27 PM
Eta- sorry for the smirky expression, I took this photo at 6 am this morning!  I was tired!

I made this for my best pal's PHD graduation.  It's made of aqua blue twill with a contrast of a brown and blue print.  Since the contrast fabric was a light cotton, I held it together with the twill as an underlining.  It seems to work well!  The dress is all lined or faced with self bias tape.  The pattern is Simplicity 3875, a pattern I used last year to make a black dress.  You can see how different it looks with another fabric!

With the bit of contrast I had left, I made a headband!  It's really comfy with some elastic in the back.

I rarely use two fabrics in the same dress, and never have I used a print and a solid like this.  I was super nervous that it would look weird but I think it looks ok!
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Next I used some 1.00 a yard chiffon to make a super quick, ruffled neckline blouse.  I have been admiring Japanese blouses like this at yesstyle.com and decided to make my own.  It didn't take long at all, and I'm happy with the result!
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22  Blinged out things! (decoden) in Completed Projects by sparrowowl on: April 23, 2009 12:13:10 PM
Who knew covering stuff with plastic jewels could be so addictive?!  The Japanese do something similar with tiny jewels and, you know, actual patterns/skill but this is my take on it.  I used rhinestones in a 1 pound bag and glue called 'Gem Tack' which I really like- it dries clear even over the jewels.

First up, the ipod needed some bling. 

It's old and halfway busted (see how it's bulging... Tongue) and the jewels don't affect it's play at all.
Several Christmas tins (I spray painted the black one, it was a Christmas print)

I am pretty sure the next step is to cover my Macbook with jewels. 
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23  Re: Teeny Tiny Wedding Cake in Dessert by sparrowowl on: April 22, 2009 07:28:16 AM
Thanks guys!  It was a big success and pretty tasty too!  He turned bright red and grinned all day:

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24  Teeny Tiny Wedding Cake in Dessert by sparrowowl on: April 21, 2009 08:29:37 AM
 Grin I made this super simple, tiny wedding cake for a coworker getting married.  The top is 6 inches, the bottom 8- it's just one recipe of yellow cake!

It's contructed with dowels and a cardboard circle covered in foil for support.  I only used the star tip and white dragees to decorate.  I was in  hurry and wish the icing was a bit smoother, ah well!

This cake was supposed to be white, not yellow, but a combo of butter and butter flavored Crisco can do that do you!  The cake itself is a homemade yellow from a Wilton cookbook an d stacked and cut very well.
We'll eat it at lunch today- let's see how tasty it is!
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25  Bible/Journal felt covers in Needlework: Completed Projects by sparrowowl on: April 09, 2009 06:33:46 PM
I made his for the 'proud to be a Christian' swap, and want to make one for me as well! 

It's a set to take to a Bible study- a cover for your Bible, journal, bookmark and a bag to tote them all.  It could be used to cover any favorite book/journal as well.

Both covers were made with wool felt and sewn with a buttonhole stitch.  The lamb was made with felt and stuffed with a bit of wool.  I did the embrodiery by lightly penciling on the wordsand split stitching over them.

I just glued the Ichthy on with spray adhesive, admittedly!  The bag was super easy to make.

It was a fun project, not difficult, and really pretty cheap! 
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26  Re: Proud to be a Christian Swap; Gallery of Goodness!! in The Swap Gallery by sparrowowl on: April 05, 2009 09:15:32 PM
I got such a lovely package from SunflowerSmiles a few days ago!  Here's what she sent:

This is going right on my wall at work.  The flowers are 3-D.  I love the verse.

And this bag is just gorgeous...! Perfectly the right size for work, and so well made:

It looks like it was done by a professional, like a Vera Bradley bag.  I've already received lots of complements about it!
And finally, to go on the bag, this neat pin:

 Cheesy What a fun swap! 
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27  Nerdy Star Wars pumpkin transfer shirts! in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by sparrowowl on: March 31, 2009 07:14:58 PM
I had this great green tee, but I spilled some bleach on it.  I cut off the collar (too much bleach) and added this image over the stain:

Here's how I did it!

Take an old shirt, some fabric paint (mine was 1.00 a bottle) some sponges, old Halloween pumpkin stencils, and some junk mail catalogs.

Cover the transfer in clear packing tape and cut out the shaded bits, neatly as possible.  Place it over your teeshirt.  Stuff teeshirt with junk mail catalogs (they stay nice and flat while you work).  Paint over top the stencil with sponge brush and paint with a stamping motion.  Make sure you get every detail.

Pull it off and...

Yay!  I had so much paint I ended up making plenty of shirts for everyone.

I got this one on election day, for free, from Gap...never thought I'd find such a great use for it!

Yoda cafe curtain?  Why not!

The cotton/spandex shirts cracked quickly, and my AA cotton tee worked the very best.  Since all the shirts and such were on hand, and the stencils were left over from Halloween, I spent exactly 3.00 on this project and I plan on using many for gifts.

Edit: Yay!  I was featured on:
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28  Terrier pops! With how to! in Dessert by sparrowowl on: February 26, 2009 07:04:24 PM

Lucy pops!

One of my coworkers has this dog:

A soft coated wheaton terrier, named Lucy.  For her birthday I decided to make her cake pops shaped like little Lucies. 
Cake pops inspiration, recipe, etc, are of course from:

So I made up my cake ball mix, let it chill overnight, and then shaped into in a general terrier shaped head with white chocolate chips for ears.

Then, put your heads back in the freezer to firm up, and contemplate life for an hour or so. 
Then I got my supplies out: coconut, Halloween sprinkles (one bat for the nose, half a bat for each eye), sticks on a styrofoam thing, melted white chocolate bark, and Lifesavers.

The Lifesaver collar and doggy inspiration is directly yanked from Bakerella's dog pop how-to here:

Ok, so once you have the doggy head, stick the stick in a little white chocolate and attach head.  Coat head in white chocolate, tapping it at the edge of the bowl to get rid of excess.  Then coat in coconut.  Don't try to dip it, it'll be a mess.  Sprinkle the coconut overtop.

Next, add your bat nose and eyes (black jimmies would have been easier, but I had none) and thread a Lifesaver through the stick to finish.  Other advice: keep them frozen until the second you use them, it make it so much easier.  I took them out one by one from the freezer and it helped.


I'm not sure how to store them until the party...I will package them all cute with little bags tomorrow, but for now they are here:

I will post photos of the party once I have them!

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29  Black lacy Christmas dress in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by sparrowowl on: February 14, 2009 11:05:58 AM
I made this in the summer, and finished it right before Christmas.  I wore it to the ballet and out to dinner, and hope I get many more chances to wear it out again.

I modified New Look 6589, I followed instructions for the lace bit from a Thread's magazine this summer.  

The back fastens with an elegant jeweled button.

This looks a bit saucy, but i couldn't get a photo with enough contrast of the lining any other way.

It makes me feel so pretty.  It is of all silk charmeuse, black, princess seamed, with a lace detailing at the top.  It's fully lined with a layer of tulle at the bottom to make the skirt-which is actually an empire waisted tulip skirt, I don't know if you can tell- stick out a bit.  

I can't wait to wear it again!!
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30  Another Independence Day Outfit! in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by sparrowowl on: July 03, 2008 03:20:57 PM
I have always wanted a cute 4th of July outfit that wasn't my usual red tee with blue shorts and yet not covered in eagles and nascar and Old Navy logos, etc. 

So, I ended up making this:

It's a blue blouse with red dots and white stars and red buttons, and a white pique pleated skirt.  Pretty simple!  I am going to wear the sleeves 3/4 during cooler months but for now they are cuffed.  I need to press those pleats before tomorrow, I know!

I was thinking of the 1940's when I made this.  Something WW2 Patriotic, but classy.  I was also made thinking about this scene from a book I enjoyed as a child.  Now I jsut need to learn to tapdance!

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