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11  Criss Cross Tank - Colorblock in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by FadingHippie on: July 18, 2009 04:31:21 PM

So my running career got ended prematurely for good as of yesterday... so I needed to do something to take my mind off of that.

This was actually just supposed to be a mock up... pinned, never sewn, just used as pattern pieces... but I finished it because I liked it a lot.. the concept...

I know just cutting pieces and fitting them on a dress form might not be the most technical way of doing things... but that's the only way I know how...  Roll Eyes

here's the mockup:

and the finished product:

pardon my bum.

I'm debating making ruffles/pleats (about 2 inches wide) with the offwhite sheerish fabric and sewing it along the edges of the bottom to make it longer - extending it to the bottom of the triangle that is formed on the back... I think it would look nice...

comments welcome.
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12  Re: Post Secret 9 (Send-Outs 7/10) in The Swap Gallery by FadingHippie on: July 11, 2009 05:46:31 PM
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13  Re: Post Secret 9 (Send-Outs 7/10) in The Swap Gallery by FadingHippie on: July 11, 2009 05:27:50 PM

"All I want is a man to love me no matter what I look like - classy, jeans and a t-shirt, naked"

back: "No matter how many people tell me this will happen I know it won't.

I would rather them shut-up and just listen.

thanks for not talking!"
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14  Mario Sugar Cookies. in Dessert by FadingHippie on: June 28, 2009 03:15:44 PM

Sugar cookies for the peeps at my work...

the white is icing, and the black is also icing.

The white is not as white in person, regrettably.

and these are the good ones... some of the them turned out looking horrible and got pitched.

Mario got broken and Princess Peach was promised to my roomie who snagged it when it came out of the oven. Her colors were all wrong anyway.

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15  Re: I need your help restoring my camper! in Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions by FadingHippie on: June 17, 2009 12:19:59 PM
not the best photo editing, but I couldn't resist:

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16  XL Shirt and $1.55 remnant fabric = Dress =) in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by FadingHippie on: June 13, 2009 06:08:11 PM
So I was HIGHLY inspired by the gray dress from a XXXL shirt that's in another post... and so I went to Joann's bought one of their black XL shirts for $3.99 and then I went hunting around and saw this great leafy black and white mod fabric in the remnant bin for $1.55!!! It's knit... and stretchy - which I do NOT work with... I NEVER deal with that.

But I thought this would be a good time to practice my draping skills and my ability to not pull fabric.. which I have a bad habit of doing.  Roll Eyes

Anyway... I used the XL shirt for the neckline and the back - It even still has the XL shirt tag still in it... hahaha.

and I used some of the fabric from that XL shirt for the side panels.

I did some pin tucking on the collar with the mod fabric to give the dress a really drapey tent look ... which I think worked nicely.

Let me know what you think =)

Final product:



oh and in progress:

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17  Adventures in Baking - new cake added in Dessert by FadingHippie on: June 03, 2009 06:00:01 PM
My sister has been on a baking kick since March... so just for a few months... well, one of her guy pals was bashing her about how she's not any good at it... so should quit.

I was shocked when she told me that. I'm posting her recent endeavors here. I personally think they're darn good for only working with fondant and decorating for a few months...

If you have any Q's I can ask her... and I know she uses Bakerella and Hello Cupcake books as inspiration...

Penguins, Penguins fishing, buckets of fish, icebergs

new cake for her bf's son's 6th b-day

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18  Vintage shapeless slip to Dusty Rose Halter in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by FadingHippie on: June 03, 2009 10:54:56 AM
I REALLY wish I had a before pic of this...

My friend dani has been talking about this top she saw and loved, but hated the color...so I made her this.

It was a vintage slip that my friend Dani loved the color of... it was completely shapeless... I cut it, used some of the extra fabric to form triangles, which i ruffled the bottom of to give i a shape - I did this on my dressform -which I edged in bias tape that's admittedly slightly darker than the rest... I then made straps for the halter portion out of some of the excess material.

I had some vintage lingerie lace and used some of it to put under the bust - to help cover up a mistake I made with the bust... I then shortened what had been the bottom of the slip, added lace to the bottom so my serged hem wouldn't be showing and bias tape looked odd.

I pinned this and discovered it lacked something so I wound up adding some pintucking.

I put a surprise on the back too... which I don't think I would have been able to done had I not gotten over my bias tape fears.

It turned out pretty much how Dani had described what she wanted, only the top she'd seen that she'd wanted out of this slip had a heart keyhole in the back... and had pleats rather than pintucks in the front...

p.s. sorry it's wrinkly, I brought it home when I went this past weekend to ship to Dani, then wound up forgetting about it... and brought it back to my house...

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19  Gummi Bear Lampshade - and a pseudo tute in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by FadingHippie on: May 16, 2009 06:06:55 PM
Okay, so this could be a bit of a spoiler for sarahj2001... but I am just way too excited that it's done...

Quit reading NOW sarahj2001, unless you want to see this in its entirety and ruin some of the surprise...

So for the Scavenger Hunt Swap one of the 8 categories is something sweet... and sarahj2001 loves gummi bears and creative upcycled stuff for the home... so I was thinking... and poof gummi bear lamp popped in my brain - weird I know, but that seemed too much, since I don't know how to sculpt things.. so think think think... gummi bear lampshade! I knew starting off that this would be a bit more than the small that the swap requires, but come on... gummi bear lampshade... dude.

search on google... hmmm... gummi bear chandelier... gummi bear rug, hmmm... no lampshade to get ideas from... okay...

so I went to the blue box and picked up 3.75 pounds of Brach's bears, a $5 lampshade, some spray acrylic enamel gloss  that's crystal clear, some fishing line, and some jump rings - I would also later wind up using hot glue, an embroidery needle,  pliers, and scissors.

(there's a bag of food from Panera in that pic too... trust me you'll want that as well)

First I removed the shade from the lampshade I purchased. which left the shade in two pieces.

Then I figured out how many bears I wanted in a line - decided upon 14 bears - and in what pattern I wanted the bears... I decided upon ombre (clear, yellow, orange - hard to make out in the pics -, then red) - I wound up NOT using any of the green bears consequently

I then proceeded to cut lengths of fishing wire approximately 4 inches longer than the length of 14 bears.

I cut out 36 of these, I figured 9 bear lineups on each of the 4 sides would look nice on the shade

Then I started closing 72 jumprings.

After that I got out 4 solo cups and separated the gummi bears by color... and I can tell you that BY FAR orange was the most predominant color... then yellow, then clear, and then red... So I had to go out and get 2 more 1.25 pound bags of gummis....

I then attached 36 of those jumprings to 36 of the pieces of cut fishing line. I used the pliers to ensure the fishing line was pulled tightly when knotted.

I then attached the embroidery needle and started threading bears then attaching the end jumpring

and threading them...

and threading them...

once I got the hang of it, they took about 4-5 minutes a line to thread them all and attached the end jumpring. In the beginning it took a lot longer, but once you lose feeling in your left pointer finger from initially getting the bear onto the needle (before you're able to use the pliers) it goes faster Wink

After you've made 36 completed line ups woot woot! you'll be sick of gummi bears and that theme song to Gummi Bear Adventures will have went through your head at least 20 times (Gummi Bears, bouncing here and there and everywhere...)... and you'll think alcohol will make the process better, but it doesn't... you'll just wind up licking the fishing line as though it were thread...  Tongue

Next you start connecting the bear lines. There should be 10 on a side, but really since they all share the 4 corners, you won't need 40 lines, but 36... if that makes sense...

I did it one side at a time. Connecting to the bottom piece of the lamp first... Then I went back and hotglued the rings in place. I also made sure I got where the bear connected to the fishing line to ensure it wouldn't separate...

then I did the top of that same side. Since the top part is separated into 3 parts of the circle... I divided 36 by 3 to figure out that to be the most evenly spaced out on top 12 should go on each 1/3 of the top part.

I superglued as I did on the bottom as well.

NOTE: Due to the shape,. obviously the top part will be WAY more cramped than the bottom.

But I think it still looks cool.

You continue on doing this until you've done the whole thing.

Then you admire you're handiwork, go to Qdoba, get yourself the Queso Chicken... come back and start spraying the acrylic enamel gloss...

This will harden the bears so the heat from the lamp won't deform them... too much.

Wait for it to dry...

Give em another coat.

Keep on repeating until either a) you're satisfied b) you feel you've inhaled enough fumes   or c) you determine you're going to put that lampshade on a lamp without a bulb and due to the sugar they won't be molding anytime soon.

I do recommend that this is placed on a lamp that's not used for long durations of time and not frequently... just to be safe...

and it looks cool anyway...

If you have any questions about my pseudo tutorial just ask... Because I would be more than willing to share insight to you so it won't take you as long as it did me... or suck as much sanity out of you... because trust me it gets lalalala... watch a movie or two or three while threading bears.

p.s. Sorry for the lame-o not on a lamp picture... I honestly don't own a lamp... track lighting... and then ceiling lights... etc... I hope sarahj2001 does.

and sorry for the picture of my leg... it's not that large... it's kind of being squished by the way I'm sitting  Roll Eyes

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20  Re: Ongoing Offer What You Have Swap May 09 - Signup Today! in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by FadingHippie on: May 16, 2009 11:17:29 AM
Ninja turtle bag for the win!

I'm Kat from the MetroEast area of St Louis (aka the Illinois side Wink )

I don't have any pets Cry and don't smoke...

and I need to destash... badly.

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Everything in Picture:

fabric scraps - varying sizes - more will be added until this is claimed

Pink and tan yarns have beads

2 curtains (one is vintagey) - for fabric sources

Various brown fabrics


shiny white fabric  - nearly 24" by 40" with an extra square that hangs over
art deco mod printed- 25" x 17" (17" is the thinnest spot)
16 ft 4 inches of brown webbing
chocolate brown fabric - 43" x  17"

yellow floral - 28" x 9"
victorian floral with gold accent - 28" x 15"
spring print - 52" x 24"
blue on blue print - 18" x 16"


blue snuggly fleece - 37" x 69"

black snuggly fleece - 39" x 62"

amazing green white brown striped fabric - would keep but have no thoughts as what to do with what's left from my last project Cry - at it's shortest length it's 60" at it's shortest width it's nearly 40" - MUCH prettier in person - also I used this in the coffee sack recon messenger bag.


vintage Red with white floral print - 1 claim = 44" x 100" - that's 1/4 of the total length - so 4 of these are available
vintage blue - white flecks - used to be a curtain I think... - has cuffs - 32" at thinnest point (including 3" cuff) x 72" at shortest
vintage blue - white flecks - just like blue only green, used to be a curtain or bedspread maybe... has cuffs... larger than blue

1/2 of it -

vintage blue and white fabric - little boxes - 1 claim = 55" x 62" - that's 1/2 of the fabric - 2 are available

jewelry making supplies - tons of stuff - from cameos, to porcelain roses, vintage brooches, vintage earrings, brass findings, earring findings, vintage connectors, stones, pendants, chains, lace, fake pearls in pink white and gray, wire, bottlecaps, etc. you get 1/2 of what you see. you can go to my gallery to see more detailed pics of everything - I uploaded lots of pics of this- if you choose this you can tell me what stuff you'd prefer - 2 are available

1/3 of it:

REALLY vintage houndstooth fabric - we're talking barcode on fabric vintage - so DEFINITELY wash before sewing with, not that you ever wouldn't anyway. -  1 claim = 52" x 64" - that's a third of the whole length  - 3 are available

REALLY vintage random woven?? fabric - orange and white - 1 claim =  58" x 40" - 1/3 of the whole length - 3 are available

also: please let me know if I'm completely off base as to what should count as a claim, I'm new to this ongoing offer what you have swap thing... and I'd hate to gyp (spelling??) people.
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