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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / My New Craft Room (picture heavy) on: September 21, 2009 10:04:20 AM
So I had an awesome craft room in the house that we were renting, but we bought a house recently and I got to start fresh and really do what I want with the room.

Naturally I chose the largest of the two rooms and started to get to work. The carpets were blue and new flooring is not in our budget right now so I worked with them instead of against them. There was great space and lighting in this room, also a decent closet.

Before pics:

We painted the walls light blue to help tone down the dark blue carpet and the white shelving I wanted. With that I decided to go with a blue and green polka dot look for the whole room.

We put up shelving and my husband made an awesome desk for me. On the back wall the desk portion is just another shelf, but on the computer side of the room we used some Melamine and stair spindles to make the table. On the sewing machine side we used some Cubes that I had bought at Target a while back as the base to the Melamine.

I filled the shelves on the back wall with various baskets and boxes I got at Ikea and the Dollar Tree. Most of the baskets and boxes are empty right now, but I'm sure I will fill them soon. I also put all my scrapbooking paper on the shelves with hopes of actually using it. I got some great spice jars from Ikea to organize all my buttons by color! I also got some ribbon stackers from Michael's to organize my ribbon.

My husband put up some pegboard for me, that we spray painted green. This is mostly empty right now but I plan to go through more of my scrapbooking stuff to put up here. I have lots of pegs to work with, so this will be fun.

On the sewing machine side we also hung some pegboard for my rulers and other sewing notions I use. I bought the thread spool holders and hung those up for my ever growing thread collection. There is still room for more thread and we planned it so we can hang more later as needed. My friend made me this zipper holder with a cute vinyl rub on. Again there is lots of growth room here!

My husband and I made a cutting table for me, something I have always wanted, but didn't want to pay for the expensive ones the everyone seems to complain about. We used two base cabinets, one with drawers and one with a door and shelve inside. We cut a piece of plywood that is 3' x 4' for the top. I figured this size will work fine for me since I am used to a cutting area of 2' x 4'.  We plan on covering the top of the plywood with some fabric then put some plexiglass on top of that. Inside the drawers I put some sock organizers in for my notions (elastic, twill tape, bias binding and other various things). One of the drawers has all my store bought patterns in it, and they are sorted the same way they do it at the store. I got a stool from Ikea so I can sit at the table and use it as a normal work table if needed.

The other side of my room has the closet which I took the doors off for easier access. I hung a cool polka dot shower curtain I found to keep sun and some dust off all of my fabric which is hidden behind. I used the wire cubes for my fabric and wrapped the fabric around comic book boards. I love being able to see all my fabric at once. I sorted it by content and I will soon sort it by color too. This side of my room also holds my bookshelf and duct table dummy. I also have my scrap box and basket of fabric (only because I don't really know where to put these yet).

Finally I covered my window with a polka dot sheer that I got at Ikea. It lets in tons of light, but still keeps the outside world from peeking in (this window faces the road).

Let me know what you think and if you have any suggestions to make it better, I welcome them.
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Using a Fabric Stash on: July 18, 2009 10:48:12 AM
I was wondering if you guys had any good ideas for using up my fabric stash. I want quick and easy projects (2-3 hours or less per project), that either use up my scraps or my yardage, I have lots of both. I don't really want to do quilt blocks because I never finish the quilt.

Here is my list so far:

Tote bags
Receiving blankets

I am sure this has been asked, but I couldn't find it anywhere.
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Yummy Table Runner on: March 08, 2009 09:21:46 PM
I went to the Puyallup Sew Expo last weekend and had a blast. It was my first time at an expo and now I am addicted. I went knowing that I would fall in love with so much cool stuff. What I didn't know was that I wouldn't walk out with everything.

I have been wanting to buy this Farmer's Market Fabric from RJR fabrics for a while now, but I like to see my fabric in person first. I saw a sample table runner displayed with the fabric and had to go on search. I found it and they even had the runner in little kits. Normally I don't buy kits, I prefer to pick my own fabrics and get larger cuts so I have the extra for other projects, but this was the stuff I wanted so I spurgled and got the kit and pattern.

I had an American Sewing Guild meeting on Wednesday to show off what we got at expo. I wanted to show the finished product so I worked all Wednesday morning to finish it; however, in this kit they didn't give me enough fabric for the binding (I said I didn't like kits). I went to the quilting store that our meeting was at and bought the amount I needed and finished it the next day.

I have never hand sewn my binding and I did for this. I now think the hand sewing is sort of relaxing and I know why so many people do it.

Anyhow on to the pictures:

This fabric is so yummy, it makes me hungry every time I look at it.

Comments and Criticism Welcome!
4  Calls for Swap Angels / Swap Angel Archive / Deck out Your Kitchen Swap - Angel Found on: February 17, 2009 03:50:46 PM
I need one angel for Lizzle for the Deck out your kitchen Swap: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=284802.0

This swap was a 7 point swap of mostly kitchen related items. Here are the relevant parts of her questionnaire.

What crafts would you like to receive?: Most of all, I'm hoping for a tablecloth! Other than that, I'm not sure. I'll probably never get tired of cool dish towels. I keep meaning to make myself an apron with that awesome pattern that keeps floating around but I haven't. I don't paint or draw well at all, so crafts that include personal artwork are cool and something I can't do myself. Mostly, I'm hoping to get things that make my somewhat unfortunately green kitchen more modern.

What crafts would you rather not receive?:
I don't like country kitchens, so that's mainly what I don't want. No wood plaques, no ducks or bunnies.

 Anything else you would like to share to help your partner:

  We recently moved into a new rental apartment with an unfortunately colored kitchen. It has three walls that are a true forest green and an attached dining room with three cream colored walls. Since we can't paint, I'm trying to figure out ways to turn this not-exactly-my-color-or-style kitchen into something that's modern, warm, inviting and nice. To add to this dilemma, our kitchen rug is red (my usually preferred kitchen accent color), the cupboards are painted white, the floor is maple, the table and chairs are light birch and the sideboard is dark maple. (The sideboard *really* doesn't match but I found it at a flea market and fell in love.)
  I'm hoping to solve part of the color dilemma with cool, funky tablecloths to help downplay the lightness of the table and join the colors of the room. Other than that, I've been totally at a loss. We're only planning on living here for about 6 -8 months, so I don't want to do anything too drastic or acquire too many things that match this green, but I do want the kitchen to look nice while we live here. Now you, too, know my kitchen dilemma. Thank you for helping me solve it! Also, I'd be happy to send a couple of pictures of my kitchen along, if that will help you.

PM me if you would like to angel for Lizzle.
5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Owl Purse (using 2 new skills for me) on: February 11, 2009 06:17:02 PM
OMG, So I know I'm kind of an over achiever, but I already made something with the fabric I got today in the 2009 Fat Quarter Swap. I was going to do a large tote, but I have been drooling over the Sew, Mama, Sew tutorial they put up yesterday using just 2 fat quarters. I knew as soon as I saw the owl fabric it would make the perfect purse. I dug out my handle that I never had a use for and got to work. Let me tell you, this is the most time I have ever spent on a purse. It took me 2.5 hours from start to finish. I accomplished following 4 different tutorials, learning 2 new skills (zippered pocket, and magnetic clasps). I am so proud of this purse, I haven't taken the grin off my face, and I want to go somewhere just to show it off. So here it is:

I managed to only make one mistake. I accidentally cut one of the owl pieces upside down, but I caught it before I sewed anything, so I was able to cut a new piece. I am going to make a wallet to match, later tonight or tomorrow.

Comments and Criticism welcome.
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Rock Magnets on: February 02, 2009 08:31:28 PM
I found a random blog today that said to make buttons out of old calendars. I thought to use the same concept but make magnets. I used the thumbnails from back of my 2008 Kim Anderson calendar. I cut out the shapes of the rocks in the best placement and then glued the pictures to the back with Diamond Glaze. Once that dried I glued magnets to the back with E6000. I really like how they turned out and I already started my next batch with a 2007 Christian Riese Lassen calendar that I saved.

Sorry for the flash glare, I was too impatient to wait until daylight.
7  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Log Cabin Fabric Strip Swap on: January 27, 2009 02:44:46 PM
I was thinking of doing a fabric swap. Not just the normal fabric swap, but everyone takes 1/2 yard of 6 different 44 inch quilting cottons and cuts them into 6 - 2 inch strips. We would each have 5 partners and swap one of each of the 6 strips to each partner and leaving one for yourself. This would give us a total of 36 different strips of fabric to make a scrappy log cabin quilt with.

My math tells me that with 36 - 44" strips we would have a total of 44 yards worth of strips which would make a 36" x 36" quilt. If you wanted to buy more fabric for yourself to make a larger quilt that would be up to you.

We could assign colors to each person or groups of people, or not, I haven't set those details yet. If you have any ideas for that let me know.
8  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Deck out your Kitchen Gallery on: January 23, 2009 08:40:08 AM
Post all your awesome goodies!!

sent and received
late with communication
late with no communication
feedback given

Deannalynn06<--->Classy Broad
Lizzle<--->wanderlust flaker  NomNomsunshine (angel)
knittychick<--->crafty gurlllll
9  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Deck out your Kitchen SWAP (sign-ups 12/30/08-1/8/09, sendouts 2/5/09) on: December 30, 2008 01:04:48 PM
Swap name: Deck out your Kitchen
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: Deannalynn06
Sign-up date range: 12/30/08-1/8/09
Date to send item by: 2/05/09

Limited to a certain number of people? 24 (including me) This swap will close early, if we get 24 people early

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? No

Age requirement?: 13

Swap Organizer himself/herself meets these conditions:
- Has fully read the Swap Info Guide: YES
- Has successfully completed two swaps as a participant: YES
- Is not organizing more than three swaps right now: YES
- Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a Swap Moderator if this swap has more than 25 participants: YES

Swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions:
- Has been a member for at least one month: YES
- Has posted at least 15 times: YES
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YES
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: YES
- Does not have any negative feedback: YES
- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 13 years old: YES

Details of swap:
With the New Year, we all need new kitchen gear. Aprons, place mats, pot holders, oven mitts, coasters, table cloths, baskets, containers etc Lets help each other out and make some new kitchen dcor.

Swappers will be crafting items worth a total of 7 POINTS


Clear, consistent communication is absolutely essential for a great swap experience. 

Throughout the swap, you will be expected to:
* Keep in regular contact with your partner and post in this thread at least once per week
* PM me and your partner when you send and when you receive.   If you are sending within your own country, you must have a DC# (delivery confirmation number).  Include the DC in your package sent PM to me and your partner.  If you are sending outside of your country and cannot get a tracking number, you must keep your receipt as proof of shipping.
* When you receive, post photographs in the gallery

Please title any PMs for this swap with Deck out your Kitchen:  [sign-up / sent / received / question / etc.] THANKS!


Name of swap:  Deck out your Kitchen
Craftster username:
Email address:
Your real name:
Mailing address (including country):
Confirm that you are at least 13 years old: (yes/no)

   Have you fully read the Swap Info Guide and rules of this swap?:
   Will you be able to check-in with your partner and post in this swap thread at least once per week?:
   Do you have access to a camera to post pictures in the gallery?:
   Do you have any allergies?:
   Do you have any allergens in your home?(smoke, pets etc...)
   Are you "stalkable"? (Wist, blog, profile, etc...):
   What crafts do you do?:
   What crafts would you like to receive?:
   What crafts would you rather not receive?:
   Are you interested in crafting more than the minimum?:
   Are there any themes/genres/symbols/patterns that you are fond of?
   Are there any themes/genres/symbols/patterns that you are opposed to?
   Is there anything in particular you need for your kitchen, include a theme if you have one?
   Anything else you would like to share to help your partner:

Please read the Swap Info Guide for info on the swap process and Swap Etiquette for a helpful guide on project size requirements.


10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Two Emmeline Aprons (img heavy) on: December 20, 2008 12:14:42 PM
I love the Emmeline pattern from Sew Liberated so much. All the women in my life will own one within the next year. I love how it fits almost anyone and it is reversible. I started with Christmas presents this year. I made one for my SIL and one for my mom.

The one for my SIL matches the place mats that I also made her for Christmas:
side 1:

side 2:

Close up of fabrics:

The one I made for my mom matches her kitchen exactly. When she moved out onto her own the first thing she did was paint her kitchen yellow. She has always wanted a yellow kitchen, but my dad only liked white walls. To go with her yellow kitchen she has gradually collected this fruit pattern at garage sales only. She doesn't believe in spending full price for anything. When I found the exact pattern at a quilting store nearby I had to get it, the only problem was she was with me. I told her it was for my SIL who also liked fruit patterns, and she fell for it. It doesn't fall into her don't pay full price philosophy, but she technically didn't spend any money on it, I did.

Side 1:

Side 2:

Close up of fabrics:

Let me know what you think.
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