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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / fish cat bed (simplicity 9004) 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!
2  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Scrapbooking: Completed Projects / my scrapbook so far <3 (very image heavy) on: August 17, 2008 05:28:53 PM

3  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Easy Garlic Potatoes 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. 

4  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / not your grandmother's stocking (complete w/photos) 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)

5  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / elmo glass & frog glasses 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:

6  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / prince from katamari tree topper!! (complete w/ photos) 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:

7  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Serger Seams 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".

8  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / KATAMARI LOVE!! on: October 31, 2006 06:39:53 AM
i've become pretty obsessed with katamari.  i decided it'd be the perfect halloween costume for me.  i tried searching on here for ideas of how to go about it.  i found this cute costume:


all of my images are clickable thumbnails, fyi.

i decided to go about it a little differently, and i gathered up:

2 bucket-like containers (free)
1 thin stick of wood (free)
2 sponges ($1)
2 meters of bright green material ($2)
a few pieces of felt ($1)
an inch of mesh (10 cents)
1/4 inch of green for the stripes (50 cents)
the boxes from my ddr game (thin cardboard) (free)
a pompom i had kicking around (free)
duct tape (colored, 3 rolls) ($3)
lots of toys, etc that were old (free)
old newspapers (free)
old bright purple pants (free)

i taped the stick inside of the buckets.  i covered the open ends of the buckets with cardboard and made an apparatis with the sponges so that they'd stay close to my head.  this photo might explain better:

i covered the whole thing with the bright green material.  i made sort of a "slip cover" for it, all of it hand sewn.  it fit perfectly!  i made the felt face and hand sewed it on.  the eyes are mesh so i can see through, and i cut some of the green material so it'd be easier to breath through the felt.  i poked 2 holes in the top to set in my antenna (which is cardboard covered in felt, with a pompom attached)  it might be a little too big, but i think it's cute.  the green stripes were just sewn into a tube, turned inside out & attached at the bottom.

i made a VERY simple shirt and pair of mitts.  i wanted the shirt to look sort of flared out, like a dress.   these were sewn with a machine.  the pants that you're going to see, i owned for some reason (i know, they're hideous!)

for the ball i gathered a bunch of newspaper, taped it together.  added more, taped on top, etc.. until i had a large ball.  i made the knobs of the katamari by bunching up paper.  i covered the ball in black duct tape and the knobs in bright blue.  i taped on a bunch of weird stuff.  i love it so much!  haha.  before (rolling up my boyfriend) and after decoration!!

sooo here is the whole thing in action!

playing guitar hero:

rolling things up:

being cute:

watching FRIENDS porn:

kissing the boy:


9  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / beach glass pendants on: July 18, 2006 07:20:46 AM
this is my first time doing something like this.  just thought i'd share:

i don't like gold myself, but i thought i'd try it out:


edit: oops, posted one of the photos twice.. it's fixed now.
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