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21  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Felted Rainbow Messenger Bag on: July 27, 2010 07:22:25 PM
Backstory: So, my best friend's sister is gay. Wewt, right? Lol, well I wanted to make her something special to take to Pride this year. Unfortunately I didn't get it finished before she left but she finally got it a couple weeks ago and I'm just getting around to posting pics for it. He tells me she absolutely loves it and says she's going to wear it everywhere.  Cheesy <3

I used this pattern on ravelry: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/spork-a-knitted-felted-courier-bag but I admit to having some problems with it. Granted, this is my FIRST EVER knitted piece (first felted too) so maybe I read the instructions wrong or something but my finished main piece was way smaller than it was supposed to be? This is why I didn't get it finished in time for Pride because I had to knit up a completely new section to add to the bag. The black flap is the extra bit I had to add. Also, the interior gusset piece wasn't long enough and one side ended up puckering after being felted. Sooo yeah, I'm not sure what happened there. But it's done and I'm mostly pleased with it and she loves it so that's all that matters right?

I also included some flip flops with the rainbow peace sign fabric and a small coin purse I crocheted and lined with the leftover fabric.

Pattern for crochet coin purse: http://sparklepetal.wordpress.com/2010/05/16/rainbow-crochet-zipped-coin-purse-tutorial/

But enough rambling, on with the pics! In progress (apologies for the somewhat crappy cell phone pics):

All the materials laid out on the bed:

The rainbow sheep (not the black sheep... lol). This is just a lame button from Wally World that I snazzed up with some paint markers and a coat of clear nail polish to seal it.

The knitty gritty:

Assembled, before felting:

The finished product!

Please excuse the PJs, I just wanted a quick shot to show size. It's a little larger than a typical purse but smaller than your typical messenger bag. I can fit a few books and some spirals in there and probably my Dell laptop but it's not really a "schoolbag" by any means.

I love this little guy... he's too cute. <3

The interior:

Detailed shot of the female/female symbol I halfway "embroidered" onto the key fob. It's a tough call to choose this or the rainbow sheep as my fav detail... lol.

But anywho... that's all of it. OH! Almost forgot the flip flops and coin purse:

Now, that's all of it. C&C welcome!  Grin  Grin
22  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Requires Tailoring 450... on: February 07, 2010 05:13:35 PM
Soooo hai!

Explanation: My WoW guild's name is "When in Doubt Hearth Out" and one of my good friends in the guild is having a birthday soon. I decided to whip this puppy up for him early this morning and I'm still kinda giggly. Plus it's soooo cuddly, I kinda don't want to mail it to him...  Roll Eyes He's still in HS, but he's a cutie so I'm sure the girls will be beating his door down soon, so that's part of the "joke".

So here it is: my Officially licensed "When in Doubt Hearth Out" Hearthstone Throw Pillow (with hidden condom pocket!  Tongue )

The usage instructions:

And the pocket I pushed open to show it's actually a pocket (still have to go buy condoms... lulz):

I know it's not the world's most original idea, but I <3 the irony of the guild name + wow reference + safe sex (when in doubt, wrap your pecker? lol). My GM already wants one and I def need to make one for myself. I hope my guildie like it too. Thanks for looking.  Grin
23  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Altered Cell Phone Cover on: February 02, 2010 08:46:00 AM
I got bored with the standard plastic cover I got for my Droid so I took out a sharpie and decorated it. I searched for clip art on the net, traced them from my computer screen to a small piece of paper, stuck that into the inside of my cover (where my phone normally goes) and traced over it with permanent marker. My sharpie didn't really like the silicone or whatever this is made out of, so it took longer than you would think to do. The black also wore off going in and out of my pocket and has kinda faded, but I still like it.

A little jazzier now and I didn't have to buy a new cover. ^_^ It's a stylized phoenix and a fleur-de-lis.

I don't have a before, but here's the link to the pic from the website:

24  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Mariner's Compass Table on: December 13, 2009 09:01:15 PM
So, a couple of years ago my husband and I snagged this dining room table for free. I liked the simplistic lines of it and from the minute we got it home, I knew I would sand it down to restain it. The previous owners had done lord only knows what with it and there was some rather gross black stains. I bleached the hell out of it so the thing was clean to eat off of, just gross looking. It was mostly just counter space in our small kitchen in Italy and when used as a dining table, covered in a tablecloth.

We finally made it back to the States and I just knew it needed to be "fixed". I finished this project back in August but didn't post because I wanted to assemble the damn thing (legs are still not attached) before posting. Well, that's still not done (our dining room is currently housing an Italian couch and a dresser that we're trying to get rid of), so I figure I will post it anyways.

Here's a teaser photo before I get into the nitty gritty:

Here's the nasty looking (and boring ho hum) before shots:

Kinda looks like every other dining room table in the world right? Well, I knew it could be fabulous.

Here it is after we sanded it down.

You can still see the stains but after I stain it, you can only see them if you REALLLLLLY look for them. So much better!!

In a happy mistake, we didn't get all of the glossy finish off so the stain was resisted in spots. I love it, it looks even more antique-y and used. I also beat it to death with all sorts of things (hammer, wrench, even poked nail holes in) to make it even more "used".

And then... the piece de resistance!! My 3 day gold-leafing project. I was loosely inspired by the cross-stitch piece at Dracolair Creations: http://www.dracolair.com/compassrose.html I've always wanted a compass rose SOMETHING in my house and eventually have grandiose plans of putting an inlay into a wooden floor at the entryway of whichever house we end up owning, but for now, my table will do.

C & C always welcome and appreciated!  Grin
25  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Extravagantly Cozy Smocked Pillowcase & Quilt on: December 13, 2009 10:29:21 AM
A few weeks ago I fell in love with this comforter bedset I saw in my Soft Surroundings catalog... but at $288 for just the QUILT, there's no way I can afford it. So, I filed it away under "things to buy when I'm rich" and pretty much forgot about it.

Now I'm starting to pack up stuff for going back to school (been 4 years since I've been a full-time student and 10 since I've had to live in dorms) and I've been trying to grab things from around the house that my husband can do without for 6-8 months while I finish my degree (he's staying here...  Embarrassed ) but I hit a small snag on bedding. I don't know how my mind works sometimes as far as getting from Point A to Point B but somewhere along the line, I decided to try my hand at making this quilt. I knew I wanted it to be at least Queen size to be able to fit our bed when it's done and obviously fit a twin bed in the dorms (I'm all for buying/making things that are in it for the long haul).

Another snag... no money for fabric.  Sad  BUUUUTT, we have several sets of sheets that are now unusable for our bed. 2 sets of this gorgeous and soft Cotton/Modal blend that's some ridiculously high thread count. One set is a full size and therefore doesn't even fit our bed and the other set is a queen but my husband got a nosebleed on it one night and then washed it in cold water so now the stain is set... lovely.   Roll Eyes We also have a set of brown full-sized sheets I sent to my husband when he was deployed... again with some ridiculous thread count because I wanted my baby a little spoiled while he was in the sandy, hot place.  Cool  Bonus that my school's colors are gold, brown and black.

So 3 fitted sheets (2 full and 1 queen), 3 flat sheets (2 full and 1 queen) and 2 standard pillowcases later and I have 1 quilt and 1 pillowcase. Hah. Things don't usually add up like that... 3+3+2 = 2.   Cheesy

I'm still in the process of making the "quilt" (which I'm not sure I really want to consider quilted because it's basically just hand-tied) but I wanted to post photos of my pillowcase. I'm so in <3 with it. I have one of those oddly-shaped neck support pillows so that's why this looks a little odd, plus my sewing machine is in serious need of a professional cleaning/tune-up so some of my seams are wonky up-close but it's really not that noticeable.

Anyway... enough rambling, on with the pics!!

Before I added the back:

And before I did the smocking:

I can't wait to finish the quilt and post photos of my craftily decorated dorm room next month too.  Grin
26  COOKING / Dessert / Sopapilla Cheesecake on: December 13, 2009 09:51:31 AM
This is seriously one of the best desserts I've ever had. It's delicious. Extreme bonus points for being quick, easy AND cheap to make. A winner all around. I've gotten more compliments on this and DEMANDS that it be made for family events than I have for anything else I've ever made.

A co-worker made it for a potluck we had back in October and I snagged the recipe from her to try out on Thanksgiving. Now I'm making 2 batches for Christmas (one for my family dinner and one for in-law family dinner) and my BIL is making some to take to HIS family's Christmas dinner. After he left our Thanksgiving dinner, my sister tells me he went over to his family and raved about my dessert for quite some time.

... and I don't even really like cream cheese.

But anyway... here's the stupid simple recipe, please try it out. It's positively delish.

* 2 8 oz Kraft Philadelphia Cream Cheese (Softened)
* 1 cup sugar
* 1 Tbsp vanilla
* 2 cans Pillsbury Crescent Rolls
* 1 stick butter
* 2 Tbsp sugar combined with 1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon (as you can see though, I added quite a bit more. I also used the premade Cinnamon Sugar from the store and just tossed it all over... nomnomnom)

Beat cream cheese, sugar and vanilla in a bowl with a mixer. Set aside. Unroll and press 1 can of crescent roll dough in bottom of 9"x9" baking dish. Spread cream cheese mixture evenly over the top. Arrange second can of crescent roll dough on top of mixture to cover cream cheese. Melt stick of butter in microwave. Pour butter on top of crescent rolls (next time I make this, I might try doing this to the bottom layer of crescent rolls too). Sprinkle cinnamon-sugar mixture over all. Bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes in preheated oven.

And ta-da, you're done. You can eat it warm or after it's been chilled in the refrigerator. I prefer chilling and then warm to room temperature. Soooo yummy!!

Here's some photos of the before cooking and after:

After (for the more mouth-watering thumbnail pic):

Before baking:


If you can't find croissant roll dough where you are at, the lovely Rossie has posted a bread machine recipe substitute on page 2. Smiley Here it is:

For anyone else who can't get hold of the crescent dough in their country, it's a soft bread dough with a lot of butter in it.  I have a recipe from my bread machine, which I have now made several times and like very much. 

1 egg + enough water to equal 1 cup
3 1/4 cups bread flour
1 tsp salt
3 TBS sugar
3/4 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 tsp yeast

In my machine, you place the ingredients in order into the pot thing, then put the machine on the dough setting.  It takes 1 1/2 hours and then the dough is ready to use.  If you're doing it by hand just mix, knead like crazy and let it rise an hour and the results should be pretty comparable. 

27  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Pretty Purple Purse Organizer on: October 12, 2009 09:09:20 AM
I have this co-worker who loved her new purse but kept complaining about things getting lost inside it, so I offered to make her a purse organizer. She loves the color purple and this was the only purple fabric I had in my stash. I whipped it up in a few hours. The cream colored fabric is a canvas for stiffness (I couldn't find my interfacing... my craft room is a mess). I also added some ribbon and a shiny purple button for the first pompom flower I've ever made.

Yadda yadda blah blah... on with the pics!

First up, here it is all folded up neatly (before I added the flower):

And opened:

There's also 2 quilted pockets on the end big enough to hold a small digital camera and an iPhone (my husband's iPod substituting):

Bird's Eye:

And after I added my pretty flower and button for the key fob:


That's all folks! C&C Welcome!  Smiley
28  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Elizabethan Nobles - Remix (Ren Fest Edition) on: October 12, 2009 08:44:16 AM
So, some of you might recall my entry for last year's Halloween craft challenge...

found here: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=276462.msg3127355#msg3127355

I was rather unhappy with how it was "finished" (or in this case, not) for a long while. When my husband and I decided to wear them to the opening weekend of the Texas RenFest this past weekend, I knew I had to at least TRY to "fix" my gown.

I added trim and pearls to the forepart (which I adore), finally hemmed the skirt, completely redid the bodice (made it shorter too so it doesn't wrinkle up in the back like it used to) AND made my first french hood (which I like for a first try, but am looking forward to doing better later... and trying my hand at more hats; they're so much fun, you really should try it!).

I promised friends I would take pics at the festival but we got so busy walking around and oohing and aahing over all the goodies and shops (plus we kept getting stopped by a dozen or more people to take photos with them!!) that we forgot to really get more photos of just us. So I just have the one really.  Undecided  I was pressed for time to finish by this weekend (per usual  Roll Eyes ) so I don't have any in progress shots either, I just thought I'd share my wee little pic with y'all though. I got loads of compliments at the festival and was even more favorably compared to the "royalty" there (meaning: my outfits were better... lol).  Tongue

Anywho, enough talk, here's my pic:

C&C Welcome and thanks for looking... again!  Cheesy
29  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Rosary display? on: October 08, 2009 05:05:38 PM
Okay, so I have a dozen or so rosaries I've collected over the years and I'm looking for some pretty way to display them. I'm not catholic, I just really like them for some reason. Plus, the pretty stones and findings on them are beautiful in and of themselves.

I'd like to also label somehow where I got each one since they're mostly from famous cathedrals/churchs in Italy and the rest of Europe (St. Peter's - Rome, St. Mark's - Venice, Il Duomo - Florence, etc.)

The only thing I can think up is some sort of shadow box but that sounds kinda boring, ya know?  Undecided I would like them to be protected from accidentally getting snagged on things or people walking by so some sort of tree branch display is kinda out. Plus, the cats.... wouldn't want them to think I've made them a nice new dangly toy.  Roll Eyes

Ideas or even tutes to projects you think might adapt well would be MUCH APPRECIATED!!  Wink
30  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / 50th Wedding Anniversary Invitations - Humorous and Unique? on: July 26, 2009 03:00:06 PM
Hey all, I've been tasked with planning well... pretty much everything... concerning my grandparents upcoming 50th wedding anniversary and I'm running into some idea blocks.

Everything I find pre-made for invites is so damn BO-RING!!! Seriously... they're all for old people. My grandparents might be in their late 60s but they're not old. And neither are their friends. They're a crazy, perverted, hilarious group of people and I'm trying to find some invitations that reflect that and am coming up with bumpkiss.

My grandmother used to play the piano but has pretty much only been a housewife. My grandfather has primarily been a carpenter and home contractor. They both love Elvis and music from the 40s and 50s. They have weekly poker games with their friends and there's usually a yearly pilgrimage to Vegas, New Orleans or a cruise for gambling and partying. They tell off-color, perverted jokes all the time and are real wiseasses. My grandpa flirts with waitresses every chance he gets and likes to tell tall tales (ie - I apparently speak 15 different languages and am in school to be an astronaut, my favorite is where their recently departed cat used to be a "Snow Marine" who moonlighted helping out the Easter Bunny by laying eggs in the closet). Grandpa is also interested in WWII history and all of the "Old West" stuff especially dealing with lost treasure. Grandma has blood cancer and grandpa had the lap-band surgery a few years ago and they've both lost TONS of weight because of their illnesses but trying to make the best of it all. Grandma's really excited to be planning a "wedding" (vow renewal) and this party and all because they didn't really have one the first time around (late 1950s, baby on the way... you know how it goes).

Sooo yeah, pushing the boundaries of decency is harder than I thought. The only things I've come up with so far is kinda stupid like "party sponsored by AARP and Viagra" or something along those lines. Grandpa also wanted to jokingly say on the invite that they're registered at Wells Fargo (the bank) and I thought about changing that to say Walgreens Pharmacy because they take soooo many friggin' medications... lol. Seriously though, they don't want any gifts and would prefer donations made to the Shriners hospitals instead if people are adamant about giving something.

The party is gonna be a mid-afternoon affair with coffee and cake served possibly along with a old-timey soda fountain and candy buffet and I'm drawing up plans to play our very own version of the Newlywed Game too. The colors are light candy pink and black with gold accents.

So please... any ideas or inspirations are HUGELY needed!!  Huh
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