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1  fish cat bed (simplicity 9004) in Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects by mgallant811 on: January 01, 2009 08:24:41 PM
despite all the horrible things i read about this patten, i decided to give it a go.  it was just too sweet to pass up.  i think it took about 8 hours, including 3 hours spent cutting out all the pieces and the foam. 

here is the little fishy

unfortunately, the cats are too scared to go into it, as it's a pretty tight opening

when zombie finally got brave, layla jumped on it and scared him  Roll Eyes

i don't think i could have found more perfect fabric!  i was so pleased

and to clarify, all the negative things you've read are pretty much true.  i felt the directions were pretty easy to follow (my first pattern in MANY years) but the layers of foam are impossible to sew through.  it was way more easy to hand sew than it was to try to feed all that through my machine with tissue paper.  yes, i hand sewed the whole thing.  i love the cats that much, hehe.  my only complaint is that it's too small Sad   i hope they will squeeze in someday, but for now my 7 and 11 pound monsters will probably just jump on it.  no difference though, as it's a pretty funny conversation piece!
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2  my scrapbook so far <3 (very image heavy) in Scrapbooking: Completed Projects by mgallant811 on: August 17, 2008 05:28:53 PM

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3  Easy Garlic Potatoes in Recipes and Cooking Tips by mgallant811 on: January 30, 2008 04:48:50 PM
These are so easy and so full of flavor!!

6-12 small or 3-6 medium red potatoes, leave skin on, cut into small pieces
approx. 1/4 c butter or margarine
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp seasoned salt
1 tsp parsley
1 tsp garlic powder, or 1-2 diced garlic clove

melt the spices and the butter in the microwave, pour over potatoes in microwaveable dish.  stir well.  microwave for 5-10 minutes (stirring half way) until potatoes are at desired tenderness.

great alone for a quick supper, with meat or with a salad. 

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4  Re: cats+crafting=disaster in Stitch And BOTCH by mgallant811 on: January 20, 2008 03:31:57 PM
click through the thumbnails to see my zombie "helping" his mamma crochet a 2 stand hat..  he's lucky he's so cute!!   Grin

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5  not your grandmother's stocking (complete w/photos) in Winter Holidays by mgallant811 on: December 11, 2006 07:38:33 AM
i made stockings for my boyfriend and i. 

his has the camo and the black is an old t-shirt.  mine is some hot pink material i had, and a little leopard print.  they are lined with denim from an old pair of jeans.  i cut the skulls out of some halloween fabric i had, and glued them on with GOOP (i love that stuff!!)

anyways, they're pretty huge and we love them.  thought i'd share! 

(click for full size image)

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6  elmo glass & frog glasses in Glass Crafts: Completed Projects by mgallant811 on: December 01, 2006 03:19:39 PM
my mom is obsessed with elmo, so i picked up some of those glass paints at michaels and did this up for her:  (clickable thumbnails)

and my grandmother loves frogs, hence these for her:

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7  prince from katamari tree topper!! (complete w/ photos) in Winter Holidays by mgallant811 on: December 01, 2006 03:13:07 PM
this is my boyfriend and i's first tree!  things you should know:

- i'm obsessed with katamari
- i think angels are (for the most part) unappealing
- i couldn't find a star that was the right size for my 4 ft tree
- i bought a new bed so i'm on a budget

i decided to make a prince topper, since it would be perfect!  i glued most of the pieces together, there's a little bit of hand sewing.  he didn't take much time at all, and cost about $2 in supplies.  there's a bathroom tissue tube connected to his cone, so you can stick the branch in there.  i think he's adorable.

here's some clickable thumbnails:

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8  Serger Seams in Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions by mgallant811 on: November 29, 2006 11:21:23 AM
i have a 4 thread serger, this kenmore to be exact:

this may seem completely stupid but i can't figure out how to do a seam with it!  when i sew with right sides together and pull apart it's just a flatlock (i think that's what it's called?) stitch.  i tried out some library books and they said to play around with the tensions.  it seems like there's nothing that i can do that will fix this  Cry

so i haven't used it, since i have to go over my work with the regular sewing machine anyways.. do you have any suggestions as to what i'm doing wrong?

to clarify - i want to sew/seam/cut off excess all in one step, and i'm just getting ladders on the right sides of the "seams".

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9  Re: come one! come all! post pics of your tattoos! in Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects by mgallant811 on: October 31, 2006 07:27:44 AM

haha there's my hedwig tattoo!  i love it (click for larger picture)
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10  Re: 2006 Completed Costumes Scrapbook! (completed project pictures & links go he in Halloween Costumes by mgallant811 on: October 31, 2006 06:44:33 AM
i was prince from katamari: (click for larger image)

here's the post i made in the craft challenge forum:
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