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1  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Buttonholes!!! :( on: August 13, 2010 05:40:30 PM
I'm trying to sew a buttonhole onto doubled felt and I'm having some trouble. The button hole has to be pretty large (larger than the buttonhole attachment can accommodate.) I'm not sure what settings to use since the automatic buttonhole maker is going to make the hole too small for the button (which is 33mm diameter, 5mm high i think?)

I watched youtube videos & they make it look sooooo easy... almost mocking me..

Any suggestions? 

I'm sewing on a Brother CS-6000i

2  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Our science geeky wedding :) Lengthy Post on: September 28, 2009 04:01:33 PM
I finally have some pics to show from my 8-16-09 wedding. It turned out so beautifully. If I had more free time during the planning process, I might have crafted some more, but it turned out a-okay. Smiley  

Basically, we wanted a science geeky wedding. My husband is a scientist (HIV researcher) and a chemistry professor. I'm a nurse and in school finishing my graduate degree to become a family nurse practitioner (graduating May 2010 - woot!!!). Therefore, I'm ridiculously busy and not really able to play with wedding planning stuff. I planned a little during my winter semester break and then left it up to my husband (and boy did he take over!) Smiley  

So here's a load of pictures..

Here's us! Awww...

So this next one is not technically a craft, but it is an art. I have danced ballroom for about 10 years and wanted more than anything to have a choreographed first dance. Problem is, my husband is a hockey-playing, 2-left-feet, kind of guy. Well he took lessons from my dance partner and practiced like it was the Olympics and we pulled off a choreographed foxtrot to the song Fly Me To The Moon.

My bridesmaids and I made the flowers for the wedding. Corsages, boutonniere and bouquets for all (I forget what the total was but it was a lot of flowers)! I highly recommend making your own corsages they are so easy that its worth it in saving money. We bought all of the flowers the morning before the wedding from 2 supermarkets. We just walked in, bought two big buckets and filled them with flowers (and booze we were amazed that they sold alcohol in the supermarkets in CT)

Grooms boutonniere:

My bouquet was quite a bit harder, but it turned out exactly as I had imagined:

During our ceremony, we had a wine ceremony (instead of a unity candle). We combined a red wine from CT (his home state) with a white wine from MD (my home state) into these a carafe from which we then served each other wine. We bought the carafes and wine goblets from the dollar store and etched them using that puffy paint and etching cream technique a few people have used on here. We gave one carafe to each mother and kept the one with our initials. Our cups have a cursive B or L and the date 8 <3 16 <3 09.

As we walked out after our ceremony, the recessional song was mixed by my little brother. The song started out as Henry Purcell's Trumpet Tune and then switched to the main theme song to Indiana Jones. Let the adventure begin!

We did E-Save-the-dates (to Save-a-tree and Save-some-green) Smiley We sent out emails with a link to our wedding website, which we kept pretty updated.


Our wedding invitations:  Just altered from a kit. Used a different bow, different font and added a DNA double helix to the bottom

Our wedding programs: We used another kit, added the extra bows from the invitations and had a mix of white and blue bows.

Our welcome sign: Gosh I wish I could find pictures of our table numbers. Our table numbers were so clever. We named each table after a famous nurse or scientist, had a picture and mini profile for that person and then on the back of each table number was a trivial pursuit card filled with nerdy topics about us and our interests. You got to trust me, they really turned out awesome. I have the template for the trivial pursuit cards for those that are interested.
Anyways, here is our welcome sign it looks kinda like our table numbers, just less clever.

Our centerpieces were Erlenmeyer flasks filled with clear marbles and wildflowers arranged by the grooms mother. She put so much effort into these and they just turned out better than I could have imagined.

Our favors were glass test tubes filled with blue and white personalized M&Ms. We made mailing labels on vistaprint that had our name, date & a molecule that spelled out our last name & stuck that label on the side.
Also on the tables were little scrolls with explanations of the Polish traditions in the ceremony & reception (My mother is Polish)

For the wedding, my mother made me my chzpek (which I dont have a great picture of), the apron for the maly taniec (small dance), the baby necklace (I got 2 girls & 2 boys in line for me) and the funny hat for the groom.
Heres his hat:

Our guest book was a photo album made on shutterfly of a bunch of our favorite engagement pics. Our guests signed around the pictures & it turned out so beautifully.

Finally, our rings
As you know from my previous post, our rings were made by two artisans on etsy. Barrys ring was a meteorite inlaid into a white gold band. I really struggled to find a ring that would complement his and still look feminine (and match my engagement ring). Finally, we decided on a white gold band inlaid with some diamonds about 3/4 of the way around the band. At the bookends of the diamond rows were two carbonados, which have been alleged to have been formed in the midst of supernovas. I ended up contacting the leading expert in carbonados (and read his publications), who referred me to a dealer in NYC that sold me some carbonados and shipped them to the jewelry maker in Los Angeles. Anyways, I LOVE how the rings turned out they are so unique and meaningful. This is the best pic that I have of both of them though:

So thats it! That was our geeky wedding! Im sure Im forgetting something, so Ill try to add stuff as I remember. Thank goodness my husband had a hidden crafty side, otherwise none of this would have been done!
I had a wonderful time, but Im loving married life even more than engaged life Wink


Thanks for looking (and making it to the bottom of the post!)

***Edit: (found pics of the table numbers) 9/29/2009
Table numbers; famous nurses & famous scientists with a trivial pursuit card stuck to the back of it Smiley

3  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / When 2 Nerds Marry... (invitation advice/etc) on: February 20, 2009 02:49:43 PM
Hello all!
Well since I'm either in work/school 70-80 hours/week, my dear fiance has stepped up to the plate and has been planning a good part of the wedding. We're both pretty nerdy (he, a scientist doing his post-doc fellowship), (me, a nurse doing my msn to be a nurse practitioner). We LOVE nerdy stuff and I think it would be neat to incorporate into our wedding.

Our favors - we're going to do test tubes w/ light blue and white m&ms
Considered using some beakers/erlenmeyer flasks/graduated cylinders as part of the centerpieces.
We don't want to go overboard, but I want it to feel like our wedding. (our vows will likely include "for better, for worse, through school, through student loan debt") Smiley

Our invitations are another issue. I bought these invitations off of ebay for pretty cheap:

I'd like to liven them up a bit. I plan on changing the bow to a pool colored ribbon (pool = a shade of blue @ david's bridal). Maybe throw a molecule or two on them...

Also, the little monogram tag is attached w/ a dog-tag chain kind of thing... might just use a silver string or something - any other ideas?

Can't wait to hear your thoughts! Smiley

4  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Make ahead candy? on: January 08, 2009 03:12:42 PM
I am getting married in August and I'm considering making some candies for the reception favors (i.e. lollipops, cookies, hard candy). How long in advance can I make these? Any tips?
Also, any other suggestions for make-it-yourself edible favors that can be made in advance & won't melt (reception is outside).
Thanks!! Smiley
5  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / OT: Budget idea? on: November 17, 2008 12:08:34 PM
I'm sure other people have thought of this, but it occurred to me today that there are TONS of discounts if you are a upromise member (also you can save $$ for your future brood's college). They have discounts on stationary & stuff at joanns... lot's of other places too.
Also, if you're a AAA member, you have online & in store discounts at different places.
Just another way to save some $$$ Smiley
6  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Stuffed Animals on: September 08, 2008 10:59:49 AM
The time has come...
Well actually, it came a LONG time ago, but I have held onto some of the stuffed animals of my childhood since I can't seem to part with them. (Who really can throw out ALF???) They are stuffed away at the top of a bookcase at my mother's house. There's maybe half a dozen or so of them, various sizes and styles. I love them all, but since I'm, er-hum, a grown up now (and for arguably the last 11 years), I need to find something to do with them.
Maybe a quilt, though that seems kinda gross to have a bunch of animal heads on a blanket...
I don't know... Any Ideas??
They are old, so I don't see just giving them away... no one would want them! hehehe

I WELCOME your creative ideas! Smiley
7  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Kidney Wristlet (Image Happy) on: August 07, 2008 01:51:31 PM
So I'm not sure if this is in the correct section to post this. It is my first attempt @ beaded embroidery and it was also my first attempt at sewing anything, so please be forgiving.
I made this for the Anatomy/Medical Swap. It is a kidney wristlet purse. It was SO much fun to make, but pretty tricky since I'm very green @ crafting. During this project, I learned how to do beaded embroidery, hand sew, use a sewing machine and attach a zipper. Lots of valuable lessons! Smiley
I hope you like it - comments/critique very welcome, I'm trying to learn! Smiley

Here's the purse...

You can see the wrist strap (ureter) in this pic:

Side detail (sorry if it's a little fuzzy.. I am not great @ holding the camera still)

Close up

Close up of the medullary pyramids:

My poor zipper... gosh that was a tougher than I had forseen

The lining of the purse... I used a burgundy zipper and red lining to add to the life-like quality Smiley

Here's the back of the fabric (why I needed lining!)

I hope you all enjoyed it! Any tips/advice for future beaded embroidery / future sewing projects welcome!! Smiley

P.S. - I hope I uploaded the pics right..
8  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Smokey Fabric / Quilter wannabe questions :) on: June 30, 2008 05:26:06 PM
Hello all! Smiley
I am a wannabe quilter, attempting a first quilt (just simple 4" squares). I ordered a bunch of squares off of ebay and one of the packs I rec'd reeks of smoke (it's quite potent). It's a mixed pack of squares, so how can I wash the stink out? I'm very asthmatic and don't handle smoke well. I was thinking of soaking them in a sink w/ something or other. If washing them doesn't work, I might have to throw them out, which I really don't want to do. Any suggestions?
Also, any tips/websites to get started. It's going to be essentially a scrap quilt (with a chicken theme).
Thanks all!
I anticipate I will be frequenting this section of craftster quite a bit over the next months! Smiley
9  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Scarf Quilt? on: June 09, 2008 07:07:56 PM
Hi all!
As an infant I had a tiny blanket w/ green and yellow ducks. As the blanket fell to pieces, my mother took a large silky scarf and wrapped it around the blanket scraps and double knotted it. As that became scrappy looking, another scarf was knotted over it. Family members began giving me scarves and babushkas for my scarf ball and it ended up about the size of my head. For the past 20 years, the scarf ball  has pretty much sat untouched in my bedroom. I won't throw it out, but now I want to do something with it. I was thinking a quilt of some kind (like a t-shirt quilt, only w/ scarves). Any ideas/suggestions? I have never made a quilt before and I can't say that I'm all that great @ sewing, but I have plenty of books (and great advice from y'all). I might even cut some pieces of my old childhood stuffed animals to include.
Any thoughts?
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