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1  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Kitchen Cross-stitch on: September 25, 2007 12:17:28 PM

From a kit I got at Goodwill; now hanging above my stove.  The little yellow dots were a pain in the ass to do, but they kinda "make" it; I couldn't leave them out.  (I also got "off" at some point doing them, so they're shifted to the right one column.  I highly doubt anyone will notice  Cheesy)  

I am a little concerned about where it's hanging.  With it right above my stove, it's suseptible (sp?) to grease and smoke and stuff.  I should have some kind of plastic over it to protect it, but I'm not sure what.  Any ideas?

Comments and critcism welcome.
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / Damn You, You Cheap New Look Patterns! on: June 21, 2007 02:30:40 PM
So I'm making this skirt, New Look 6569.  A very simple yoked skirt.  Should be no problem.

Except that, mysteriously, the size 18 yoke won't fit on the size 18 skirt.  Yup, I checked all the obvious things:  I cut it out right, all things to size 18, seam allowances were right, etc...

After much swearing this morning, I finally worked out a soloution:
I cut the skirt down to a size 14.

And now, with a size 18 yoke and a size 14 skirt, it fits together perfectly and it fits me perfectly.

I guess w/ a $3 pattern, you get what you pay for, but seriously, WTF?!
3  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Scrappy Bow-Tie Quilt *Image Heavy* on: June 21, 2007 11:28:41 AM
Finally, after 9 months, I finished my son's baby quilt (4 mo. after his arrival  Cheesy).  It's smaller than a twin, but bigger than a lap quilt.  It's a scrap quilt, though somehow I ended up with more fabric than when I started....maybe b/c so many Craftster's did scrap swaps with me  Cheesy  

Just a basic bow-tie quilt, machine pieced, hand quilted.  

The whole quilt:

Quilt back:

Close up of quilt back and quilting:

Close up of some blocks:

Comments, suggestions, and even rude criticisms are welcome  Grin
4  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Embroidering on a Onesie? on: June 14, 2007 01:04:53 PM
I want to embroider "Slobber Factory" on one of my son's onsies, but I'm not quite sure how to go about it.

Clearly, I can't use a hoop (can I?), b/c that would stretch out the fabric.  It sees like I would need a stabilizer of some kind, but what?  How do I go about this?  (I will be doing this by hand, if you haven't guessed yet.)

Suggestions from the peanut gallery?  Grin
5  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Embroidered "His" pillowcase from vintage iron-on on: June 13, 2007 11:01:52 AM
Well, my subject pretty much sums it up.  This is the most satin stitch I've ever done, and I was pretty nervous.  I used the suggestions made by some other craftster (no idea who) and was quite pleased.  I used one strand of floss throughout, and did "padding" underneath, that is, there are two layers of stitching.  

It was for my fiance's birthday present (he got a pillow, too, so he'd quit stealing mine).  The "hers" case is in the works, but much slower going w/o a deadline  Cheesy

All in all, I'm very proud of how it turned out.

As usual, criticism and suggestions are welcome!
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / 1940s Dress on: June 13, 2007 11:01:02 AM
So I scored big at a rummage sale a couple weeks ago and got two huge boxes of old patterns (mostly 20s-50s) for $5.  This is the result of one of those patterns:

I look dorky in it, but it makes me insanely happy Smiley

Also, it fits me the best of any item I've made for myself.  It fits really well, actually.  I'm thrilled with how this turned out.

Of course, criticism and suggestions are welcome!
7  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Christmas Wedding Ideas on: June 11, 2007 12:51:58 PM
I'm getting married Dec. 22, 2007 (as close to Christmas as I could get it  Cheesy)  I've got some basic ideas mapped out, but I'm always looking for more.

1.)  Since my church won't let us throw bird seed or rice, and I'm thinking that bubbles could be dangerous in winter (slick if it spills), I think I'm going to hand out jingle bells for people to jingle when we leave church.

2.)  Instead of my bridesmaids carrying flowers, I'm going to get a rose bowl sort of thing for each of them, and tie a ribbon around the stem and put a candle in each one.

3.)  Instead of having our guests clink for us to kiss, we're making them sing a song with "Love" in it.  I've got a poem from a friend's wedding to use.  It's on a bookmark-sized strip.  On the top of each strip, I'd like to get a snowflake paper punch to punch the top.

Um....Okay.  So that's really all I've got.  I plan on buying a couple Christmas trees the day or two before (I'd imagine they'll be marked down by then) to put up at the reception and possibly church (if they'll let us). 

Any ideas for centerpieces?  Favors?  (I was kinda thinking about doing something with Christmas MMs, but not sure what.  Also, it's not CHristmas-y, but I want to strew some playing cards on all the tables, to give the guests something to do while waiting for the bridal party to show up.  As a kid, I always hated just sitting there waiting.)  Decorations in general?  I mean, it's Christmas....I should be abounding with ideas, and yet, I'm drawing a blank.

The good news, though, is that I have a photographer, caterer, and organist  Cheesy
8  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Are wedding photographers REALLY this expensive!?!?! on: June 04, 2007 12:50:39 PM

So I went to my "dream" photographer the other day to get a brochure, knowing he would be too expensive, but I knew I'd be mad if I didn't at least check.  And I was right.  $3000!  Which to ME is freakin' outrageous.

But then I got brochure from another photographer today, one I have never heard of, and she charges $2000! 

If the photog is supposed to be 10% of my budget, that means I'm supposed to spend $20,000-$30,000 TOTAL on ONE day of my life!?  That's half a house! 

Okay, so, I have more brochures coming, but I guess I really want to know:  Am I in denial?  Is it this expensive across the board? 

(I'm in Nebraska/South Dakota, btw.) 

I think I'm having my aunt take pictures!
9  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Gold Wedding Dress? on: May 31, 2007 01:50:44 PM
I'm going to be making my wedding dress. I bought some fabric from the classifieds in the paper. It was described as "champagne," which I interpreted to be off-white. When I went to pick it up, it's definately a light gold. I had already committed to buying it, and it was only $20 for the bolt, so it's not like it was a major expense.

I DO like it a lot. It's very nice fabric, and a nice shade of light gold/champagne. Not cheap looking. But I keep hemming and hawing on whether or not this is wedding dress appropriate.

This is the dress I'm making:

I'm getting married Dec. 22, colors will be red. Gold would look nice with it.

I was at a wedding once where her dress was pink (and very prom looking, not that that's esp. relevant), an I thought it was really bizarre. I LOVE pink, and I'd never wear a pink wedding dress.

So what do you think? Totally bizarre and ridiculous? Not a bad idea? Or just not what you would do?

(PS-->The new Modern Bride has a layout on how gold is "in" for weddings right now, including dresses. Of course, here in Nebraska, we're usually the last to pick up on such trends.)
10  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / For your holiday entertainment... (complete w/ photos) on: December 19, 2006 12:44:37 PM
My first, last, and only gingerbread house.

Mom and I were talking this year, and I was lammenting the fact that I had never made a gingerbread house ("What kind of childhood is that!").  So how serendipitous was it when her Secret Pal gave her a Wilton's kit for one?

This was NOT the fun, enjoyable, relaxing experience I imagined it to be.  When I followed the directions for the frosting, I ended up with this, this....mass of glop that was NOT going to come out of the decorator's tube they supplied me with.  To put the house together, I used my hands and glopped the frosting on that way.  To actually decorate, I thinned it down considerably.

Then, at no point in the process would the frosting, oh, I don't know, STICK to the gingerbread!  It was a disaster.  Mom's secret pal wanted to see pictures of the finished product.  I told Mom to tell her that I was 8 and mentally handicapped.  (Which is undoubtedly an insult to those truly handicapped!)

Also, I had somehow imagined that this was a family project.  Something you bonded over.  I'm not sure how that could ever work out, though, unless you were making a ginger-mansion.  My brother and I would STILL end up clawing our eyes out and breaking it if we tried to work together on this thing (and we're 21 and 23).

So, for your holiday amusement, I present my gingerbread house:

I got lazy on the back.  There were supposed to be widows, but as you can see, my windows look like crap, so I made lattice, just to fill it in.  

Oh, and for you additional amusement, do you know how many servings this is (according to the box)?

Wait for it....

wait for it....

almost there...


Okay, first of all, who actually eats the house when they're done, and second, 50?  Are they serious?  It looks like, maybe, 20 to me.

Anyway, feel free to criticise and giggle to your heart's content  Cheesy
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