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731  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: First time with resin on: July 17, 2008 02:00:36 PM
I like that first sparkley one... looks like it's made with bugle beads? and the orange bottle cap one as well. Great job! I really ought to get into resin one of these days.

For taking photos so close up see if your camera has a macro setting (looks like a flower). It helps the focus when trying to take close-up detailed shots within a few inches from the lens. Smiley
732  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Bedsheet into Grocery Totes (also... PRODUCE BAGS!) -- lots of pics on: July 16, 2008 06:32:22 PM
Oh yeah, forgot to mention what the "patch" was for. At our grocery store and a lot of others I've been to back home,the produce section now has these little machines you take your produce to weigh, enter in the produce code (posted next to the prices -- and they also have pictures on the buttons) and it prints out a barcode sticker for the cashier to scan at the register. The plastic patch is to stick the sticker on. Smiley I was originally going to use some clear vinyl but couldn't find it in my stash (it's hiding... ) so went with an old page protector I was going to throw out. It worked well I think... if only I had cut it straight...lol.
733  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Bedsheet into Grocery Totes (also... PRODUCE BAGS!) -- lots of pics on: July 16, 2008 05:42:55 PM
Hello again.  Grin

Just thought I'd pop in with photos of my sewing from today. I'm participating in a "green" swap on another message forum and decided to send my swapee re-usable grocery totes along with a few other things. Being as our "budget" is only $15, I had to think creatively. Luckily, our base has an Airman's Attic (like Goodwill but everything's free) and I went rummaging for suitable material. I lucked upon a king-sized bedsheet among some other things for later projects. Following the FABULOUS tutorial by queenofdiy I managed to create four bags from one king-sized bedsheet. I could possibly manage a fifth if I didn't mind the white piping to show.

I didn't bother with the pocket and instead just folded them into themselves.

My husband commented, "doesn't look like it'll hold much" when I was showing off my handiwork so I stuffed some groceries in. I managed to fit a box of cereal, pancake mix, rice, some potato chips, oatmeal cookie mix, a bottle of wine, a "bear" of honey, and a large jar of peanut butter in there all at once and still have room for a few more bags of gravy mix if I so chose. Here's an "action shot":

They're so cute all folded up together.  Cheesy

But here's my favorite part... the produce bags! I figured what's the point of having the re-usable grocery totes if those darned plastic produce bags found their way home along with them? I searched for some tutorials on the net that included tulle in their instructions but figured that would be too flimsy and could tear too easily. I instead pulled some fabric from my stash that was originally meant to be curtains. It has holes in it like tulle but is a stronger fabric and woven more closely together like linen. Combined with some DARLING ribbon, a drawstring and pull, and a square cut from a page protector, I made a pair of produce bags.

I'll admit they could be better made... I should've measured and pinned more. The little plastic "patch" is crooked and next time I'll do up the seams more neatly.

My favorite part is the ribbon. I was originally going to find coordinating ribbon like red for apples, green for veggies, yellow for bananas, etc etc. Instead I came across this lovely wire-edged ribbon (pretty flimsy wire though so still perfect for my usage here) with pictures of various fruits on them. They were too darling to pass up. I added it to the seam to add a bit more stability and color.

I'm planning on a few more for myself of course and I picked up loads of this fabric at the store yesterday for about $15 actually...  Cheesy.

Can't wait to see how they turn out.  Tongue
734  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Purse from Swap! on: July 14, 2008 06:02:32 PM
Love the polka dots with the blue. Smiley Great job!

Out of curiosity, what movie was it themed after?
735  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Thread Catcher with removable Pin Cushion on: July 14, 2008 05:54:33 PM
I really should make one of these. After any project there's always TONS of bits of thread to sweep up. Before it didn't bother me so much when I could just vacuum but we no longer live in a house with carpet and I hate sweeping. Thanks for the impetus to get off my tookus!
736  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: zombie survival kit toy on: July 14, 2008 01:52:24 PM
ROFLMAO!!  Grin I love it!! This definitely rocks!
737  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Ani L'Dodi Anniversary Piece & Patriotic Angel -- Cross-stitch (pic heavy) on: July 14, 2008 10:31:36 AM
For any cat owners who aren't aware, thread can be deadly to cats - it can wrap around, block, or cut into the intestines or cause the intestines to bunch up, and can wrap around the tongue - and of course needles are an additional danger. Here are some first-hand stories on a quilt forum:

My vet specifically told me to keep thread out of reach, especially since my cat is bad about eating anything and everything off the floor - the vet calls it "dietary indiscretion", which cracks me up. Cheesy

Don't worry about me... I keep a close eye on them with my crafty goods. Smiley I would've noticed if they were eating it. One has an "issue" with stuff like that but he's REEAAAALLLL slow about it and I can hear the little gnawing/sucking thing he tries to do with stuff like string and floss and get it away from him before he does anything with it (my husband claims I have "mom ears" for the cats... lol). Everything gets put away when I leave the house too. The other only eats food... hers, ours, other people's... it doesn't matter. By "run off with" I meant they batted it underneath the couch where I didn't find it until after I had taken it to the framers. Wink

wow...those are really beautiful....how long did you take to finish both???...

The L'Dodi piece was about 2.5 months of almost solidly working on it every day for at least 3-4 hours. My husband returned from deployment in the middle of making it though so I took a few days off to cook him dinners and go to the movies, etc.  Tongue

Patriotic Angel I did in about 2 years... I put her aside for a REALLY long time when I was about a 1/3 way through the background tent stitch and before I'd done the backstitching, tassels, etc. I would estimate she was really only about 3 weeks of actual work during that time though.
738  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Ani L'Dodi Anniversary Piece & Patriotic Angel -- Cross-stitch (pic heavy) on: July 14, 2008 06:12:50 AM
The kit also has the option to NOT do the personalization and just continues around the border with the phrase "I am my beloved's..." if anyone's interested in doing it that way.
739  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Ani L'Dodi Anniversary Piece & Patriotic Angel -- Cross-stitch (pic heavy) on: July 14, 2008 04:22:38 AM
That's gorgeous!

I have to ask tho <-- clueless

Is this like a wellknown symbol so that even non-Jewish people would enjoy?  Did the request this or is this just something a lot of pple like? Smiley  I'm sorry I just haven't ever seen this imagery or heard of the phrase Wink  thanks!

Well the Star of David is pretty well-known but I don't think the "ani l'dodi" phrase is as well-known as the star. But, as evidenced by the posts here, a lot of non-jewish folk have it engraved on wedding bands and such (come to think on it, FIL *does* have some hebrew on his wedding band, I wonder if it is this phrase... I've never asked). I personally had never heard of it until I came across this piece but I am rather fond of the sentiment behind it.

My inlaws didn't request it, I just saw it and *instantly* knew they'd like it. They're Christians and do a lot of missionary work in Israel so I guess that's why they're personally drawn to such things. They have a lot of jewish paraphernalia around their house (mezuzahs, menorahs, etc) so I knew it would fit right in. Smiley
740  COOKING / Dessert / Re: semi castle cake on: July 13, 2008 06:10:23 PM
Quick, but cute! I like it. It sounds even yummier than it looks. *drools*

Oh the "fencing" is known as crenellations (or sometimes castellations). Wink
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