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21  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Blinged out things! (decoden) 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. 
22  COOKING / Dessert / Teeny Tiny Wedding Cake 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!
23  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Bible/Journal felt covers 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! 
24  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Nerdy Star Wars pumpkin transfer shirts! 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:
25  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Panties and camis and bras, oh my! on: February 28, 2009 05:16:29 PM
Since my last foray into lingerie sewing was so much easier than expected, I decided to make myself a whole new (under)wardrobe.

First up:  Pink bra, panties, and cami set:
Made of tissue knit, with pink stretch lace.
The bra was super simple, but I still need to work on it.  I used real hooks and eyes and wired cups (yanked from an old bra) for this one, but I need to figure out a way to make the in between boob part really stable.  

70's print sets, one for me, one for my BFF
Sooo soft, and I like this print the best.  She gets the all red lace version- I ran out of it!  I think I have found the new perfect gift- cheap, easy, and you know they'll be used.  

Yellow set (I already made a yellow bra, so this time I made 3 panties)
I used real lingerie elastic and fold over elastic for these, and super super stretchy cotton/spandex knit.  I like using soft elastic lace a lot better than 'real' lingerie elastic, this still is harder to work with and stuffer.  I played around with the pantie shape here too.

And finally and pink and yellow top:

So much fun!  Now I feel confident enough to start making my own swimsuit!

ETA: much apologies for looking like warmed up death!
ETA 2:  Total cost for everything you see here: about 15.00.  And everything except the bra parts were purchased brand new.
26  COOKING / Dessert / Terrier pops! With how to! 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!

27  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Black lacy Christmas dress 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!!
28  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Sewing for the fun-sized on: February 14, 2009 10:15:35 AM
My very best friend is 4'10, with a very short waist.  I am 5'8 with a long waist.  She wants me to make her a dress, and I don't know where to start!  What fabrics to use (she has a bit of a belly) what pattern, style of dress, etc?  I have no idea!!
29  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Black and white shirtwaist dress on: February 13, 2009 04:20:13 PM
I have been wanting to make a black and white shirtwaist dress for a long time.  Most I have seen in stores had straight and short skirts, but I made mine flared and longer, since I think that always looks better.

It's so fun to wear...I should have made it earlier, as it's already nearly too hot to wear it out now!
30  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Another Independence Day Outfit! 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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