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31  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Hand-me-down crafting treasures! on: May 15, 2009 06:00:40 PM
So I am so excited about my day and no one in my house seems to understand!

I visited my grandma today to hang out and borrow a tiny embroidery hoop because I only have a huge one. Well I ended up getting her whole embroidery stash, including her hoops, thread, needles and the sewing box she kept them all in! I remember the box from when I was little, and use to sit and watch her embroider things all the time and pick through the box in childish wonder haha. I am so thrilled to have it now. She also gave me the projects she never got around to finishing, and can't finish now because of her arthritis. =[ I think I'm going to finish them for her for her birthday because they are really not my style. There is a set of quilt squares for a baby quilt and a little teddy bear piece for framing I am going to use though.

We then got on the topic of how I am now a fiend for buttons. In the middle of the conversation she got up and went upstairs, so I followed her and after rummaging in the closet, she handed me an old 1960s candy tin filled with buttons that were my great grandmothers! There are SO MANY BUTTONS!!!! She said most of them were from her old clothes and they are really cool.

As if this all wasn't enough, she also handed me a vintage Tetley Tea tin filled with 6 tiny glass jars and one extra tiny one. I don't know what the jars were originally, but they are pretty small and have plastic lids that snap on. She said they were left by my Poppy's first wife in the house.

And last but not least, she also gave me her mom's electric scissors from the 70s haha. They are kind of scary but super cool.

Oh and she also gave me pretty silky pillow shams with embroidered flowers on them to use for quilting!

I just wanted to share this on here because I know you guys will appreciate the awesomeness of grandma's stash becoming your stash, and can probably relate to how excited I am! Everyone here at home thinks I'm a little crazy haha.  Tongue
32  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Mustard Summer Sling on: May 14, 2009 11:07:22 PM
I'm making this as we speak for a friend, in pink! I really love the color of yours though. Awesome bag, it works up so fast! thanks for sharing.
33  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: quartney's Craft Room on: May 14, 2009 12:22:12 AM
Very nice, love the tin cans! I too long for a craft room of my own... /sigh.
34  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: reasonable # of damaged books to unreasonable # of envelopes (IMG heavy) on: May 14, 2009 12:11:25 AM
Whoever is getting these with letters inside is so lucky! I love these a lot. Love the Rainbow Brite ones. I usually make my own envelopes to fit the cards I make but I never thought of this! Awesome.
35  CLOTHING / Clothing Sewalongs / Re: quickie dress that anybody can make - Infinity Dress and link to tutorial on: May 12, 2009 02:25:25 PM
Looks good, Tally! I can't wait to make one of these but I'm waiting to find some fabric that's pretty cheap, 'cause I haven't sewn much by way of clothing.

Thanks! This is the first clothing I've made on a machine since I made a hoodie in home ec in highschool haha. It was super easy. Good luck when you do make it!
36  CLOTHING / Clothing Sewalongs / Re: quickie dress that anybody can make - Infinity Dress and link to tutorial on: May 11, 2009 10:25:46 PM
So last Christmas my fiance's mom got us bedsheets, but they were for a king size bed, which we don't have. Tonight I finally set up my sewing machine and after using it for the first time on a cute little giraffe for my new niece I decided that the bedsheets were perfect to try out my idea for my wedding dress. I used the flat sheet to cut out the skirt and the fitted sheet for the band and ties. I actually used the part of the fitted sheet with the elastic for the band and it works pretty well.

Anyway, I threw it together somewhat sloppily since I really just wanted to see how capable I was at handling something with that much fabric as my first handmade clothing item and also to see if I looked okay in the dress at all. It turned out great! I'm really happy about it and can't wait to make my real dress. Here's a link to a picture since I can't post them yet.


I'm a tad bit frumpy in it but since my wedding isn't until Sept 2010, I plan on losing some pudgeage.

Anyway, thanks again for this thread, I am even more excited now about my wedding now that I don't have to stress about shelling out a lot of cash for a dress.
37  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Altered Journal-a-long on: May 05, 2009 08:08:05 PM
I just discovered this thread and I love it! I have the perfect book to use too. It's an old book I picked up at a used bookstore for 79 cents titled Prehistoric Man and the Primates. It's pretty useless as far as information but I love the aesthetic of old books. It's the perfect size, too. I'm getting started right now on the cover. Whee!
38  CLOTHING / Clothing Sewalongs / Re: quickie dress that anybody can make - Infinity Dress and link to tutorial on: April 30, 2009 12:07:07 AM
Now that I've reached the end of this post I have no idea how I got here, but I am so glad I did! I LOVE this dress and after seeing the long graduation gown I have decided to make this for my wedding for myself, my bridesmaid and my flower girl. I'm having a somewhat casual wedding at my grandparent's house and my fiance is wearing nice jeans a button up shirt and a jacket so this will be the perfect choice to fit the vibe and still look pretty. I think I will make the straps as long as the fabric allows and trim if necessary so I can pin a flower to where they tie and let them hang long. I am so excited for this. My wedding isn't until next year but I am going to start practicing by making some pretty summer dresses for this year. Thank you so much for this dress!

Yay first post! Haha.
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