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21  decorative light switch plate in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by kategirl on: November 10, 2007 07:38:46 PM

here is a light switch plate I decorated a little while ago for a personal swap.  I used regular scrapbook paper, glued on and then covered with a couple coats of a clear protective spray.  I used sandpaper to wear off the paper at the edges to give it a very clean edge.

I was very happy with how it turned out.  the paper looked very smooth at the corners and the edges turned out well.  a very simple yet satisfying project.  Smiley

I can do a little tutorial on how I did it if anyone is interested.
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22  Re: Adopt A College Student Swap Round 2 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by kategirl on: October 04, 2007 03:29:55 PM
I got mine from alana1223 today!  I have to run in a sec so this is going to be quick...

two sheets of stickers, a stripey notebook, ghirardelli chocolates, and a pretty wall hanging!

microwave popcorn, a bunch of beads, some scented crystals, toe socks, crystal light packs with stuff to boost your immune system, mini erasers, a mini oxyclean spot removal spray, butterfly hairclips, and two different kinds of pens!

thanks so much, alana1223!  Kiss
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23  Halloween Costume Challenge 2007! Entries due Oct 1 - Nov 3 in Halloween Costumes by kategirl on: September 24, 2007 04:08:09 PM
The winners are in!

Child Costume: BABY ELVIS!

Adult Costume: OPTIMUS PRIME!

If you're a winner, I'll be contacting you about prizes!

A huge thanks for everyone who participated!  Smiley

It's time for our first ever Halloween costume challenge!

I'm sure many of you make awesome costumes each year for Halloween...  now is your time to show them off and maybe win a prize!

Two Challenge Categories

Since there is such a broad range of costumes, this challenge is going to be broken up into two different categories, Child Costumes and Adult Costumes.  As a general rule, costumes for those 12 years and younger should go in child costumes, costumes for those 13 years and older should go in adult costumes.


  • Please limit your entries to only costumes you made for Halloween 2007, not a past year.
  • Costumes must be crafted.  Small parts of your costume may be purchased but the majority should be made by you.
  • You may post costumes you made for others, but not costumes that others made for you.
  • If you were inspired by someone else's creation, please give them credit by mentioning their name and/or providing a link when possible.

How to Enter

All participants must post their entry on this board between October 1 November 3.  This gives you time to post your costume even if you made it last minute.  Wink

To enter, start a new topic on this board.  Please include "Child Costume" or "Adult Costume" at the beginning of the title.  For example:
          Child Costume: the cow goes "moooooo"
          Adult Costume: Scary Scared Crow!

In your post you should include picture(s) of your costume plus any details you would like to share about it.  I will include pictures in the voting thread, so please make sure that your pictures will remain visible throughout voting!  Craftster offers free, easy picture hosting if you are in need of some.

Please include only one costume per thread.  If you have a adult costume and a child costume, a costume for you and a costume for your significant other, etc, please start a new thread for each costume.

If you would like, you may also post your costume in the General Halloween board in addition to posting on the Challenge board.  If you do so, please include a link to the second topic in the first post of your challenge topic.  Remember, costumes will not be entered unless they are posted on the Challenge board!


On November 4, I will post two polls (one for child, one for adult) containing pictures of all the entries.  Craftster members will then get a chance to vote on their favorite entry for each category until November 10 11:59 pm EST.

Each of the two categories (child and adult) will have one first place winner who will receive a prize.

Child Costumes Winner:  A set of three kid-sized wrist bands from Technocutie!  Choose from pink stars, blue and orange stars, or rocket ships.

Adult Costumes Winner: A mini dreadlock kit (accent dreads) from jungle!  Pick from a rainbow of colors for these double ended dreads.

Most importantly, enjoy making and wearing your costumes!  I can't wait to see what everyone comes up with!  Smiley
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24  modified pda hat in Projects from The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller by kategirl on: September 08, 2007 10:31:58 PM
I was sick today so I camped out on the couch, watched bad tv, and crocheted.  one of the things I made was the pda hat.

I used bernat black cheap acrylic I had left over from something else.  I followed the pattern up until the end; I added an extra row to the bottom, lengthened the ear flaps, and added the braided ties instead of the buttons.  I really like how it turned out and it should be good for keeping my ears warm this winter.  Smiley
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25  newsprint "art" tree in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by kategirl on: August 23, 2007 09:41:17 AM
inspired by this beautiful work, I decided to make a tree for my wall.  I used strips of a krogers ad and glued them on a piece of old cardstock.  I then cut out the tree design and glued it on top.  for a free project I kind of like it!  now I just need to find a frame.  Smiley

4"x6" (so it would fit in a standard frame)

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26  so much pink! needle book and pincushion in Completed Projects by kategirl on: August 23, 2007 09:35:22 AM
I know I must have needles somewhere around my apartment, but I sure can't find them when I need one!  so last night I decided to make myself a needle book inspired by this book.  it's hot pink corduroy (left over from my wallet last summer) with four pages of felt to hold needles and a ribbon closure with a snap.  it was only my second try at setting snaps...  it's not perfect, but it seems to work just fine so I'm happy.  Smiley

I was on such a pink kick that I decided to make a pink pincushion to go along with my needle book!  I was inspired by this pincushion by MissMeshell.

both were great uses of scraps.  and now I won't have pins and needles wandering around my apartment floor!
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27  fabric cuff bracelet and silver wire wrapped ring in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by kategirl on: August 23, 2007 09:27:50 AM
I've been addicted to small crafts this week...

first I made a ring out of sterling silver wire.  I have small hands (my left ring finger is just under a 5) and have a hard time finding cheap rings.  so I decided to make my own!

it's basically just a few coils of wire that I then wrapped wire all around.  I also flattened it a little once I was finished.

then last night I made a fabric cuff.  I have been drooling over the cuffs here for quite a while and decided to finally go ahead and make one!  a craftster here might remember the fabric, I got it in a swap at some point on here.  it was my first attempt at setting snaps and they worked pretty well.  quite a nice 15-20 minute project.  Smiley

and the back with the snaps.

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28  black wrap circle skirt *now with tutorial!* in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by kategirl on: August 18, 2007 07:26:32 PM

inspired by this skirt, I decided to make a wrap skirt.  mine is reversible like the original, but just black on both sides (I had a lot of black; it's actually two different shades of black as it turns out).  I did a half circle (not a full circle, but it's still very nice and full!), making sure that the inner circle would be greater than my waist measurement.  it was fairly simple and easy and came out very well.  a very wearable piece of clothing to fuel my love of skirts!

here are the ties.  I made it to tie in the back, regardless of which side it opens on.

here is a picture of my not so lovely hole for the tie.  it would be better if my sewing machine did a proper, normal zigzag.  Tongue

(and please ignore the bag of trash on the floor of my kitchen.  it's too full for its can but not yet full to be taken out.  I'm not a pig, I promise!)

ok, here's the tutorial!

cut out two half circles with smaller circles cut out as the waist.  make sure that the arc length of the small circle will be about 1.3 times as large as your waist measurement.  to figure that out, the arc length = pi x radius of small circle (pi = approx 3.14).  the length of your skirt is the same as the distance between the two arcs (or the length of the straight sides).

you'll also need to cut out four pieces for the ties (you can cut out two that are twice as wide and fold them over if you are using the same fabric on both sides).  mine were approximately 3 in x 26 in.

place your two half circles with the good sides together (the light blue indicates the wrong side, dark is right side).  the offset of the two half circles is just to show how the sides face each other, make sure you're actually line up.  Wink  stitch around the two arcs along the dotted lines.

place two of your rectangle ties with the good sides together and stitch around three sides, leaving one of the short sides open.  turn right side out and press.

place the ties so that they are inside the skirt (the red indicates the portion of the ties that are between the layers of the skirt), leaving about an inch sticking up.  sew up the sides, making sure to leave a hole in one of the sides.  turn the skirt right side out through this hole and press.

top stitch around the entire skirt, sewing the hole closed as you go.  stitch a large buttonhole about a third of the way around the waist (hold it up on you to figure out where it should go) for the bottom tie to come through.

and you're done!  Smiley
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29  amy butler kimono robe in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by kategirl on: August 09, 2007 10:02:00 AM

I made this robe yesterday.  I mostly followed the pattern in amy butler's in stitches except that I:
  • shortened the sleeves
  • made the belt skinnier
  • sewed the facing to the inside instead of to the outside (like the look better)
  • added a little loop so that it could be hung in my bathroom
I think the pattern called for 3.5 yds of fabric; I got away with two yds with this tiny pile of scraps left over.

the construction of it is very similar to radish_spirit's kimono hoodie tutorial for those of you who don't have the book.

I'm not a huge fan of how it turned out.  it makes me look very wide.  if I were to do it again I'd make it less wide, I think that's why it looks so huge and it would be a very easy change.  the fabric also makes it look like something I remember my grandma wearing, but it was something from my stash I'd been meaning to use up.  however, it's a robe and won't really be seen by very many people and it's very useful/wearable.  all in all, a successful project.
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30  Re: messenger bag with zippered divider - TUTORIAL (many pics) in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by kategirl on: July 12, 2007 08:45:09 PM
look, it's another one!

I added the tutorial in the first post.  if there are any questions, just ask!  I hope the tutorial at least makes a little sense.  Smiley
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