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11  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / high-waisted plaid skirt on: January 04, 2010 09:50:32 AM
I had this: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=107286.0 saved in my 'want-to-try-someday' folder for quite a while and I had this pretty wool plaid lying around that I wanted to use.
Also blogged about here: http://tidytipsy.wordpress.com/2010/01/04/high-waisted-plaid-skirt/

For a non-strechy fabric it definitely needs a zipper (I learned the hard way   Roll Eyes ). And for the zipper a zipper foot would probably have been handy and it would have come out nicer but I didn't have one and had to do without. I still like the original better but I might try it again some time with a different fabric (I also didn't have enough left of the plaid to gather it enough at the waist).
In the background you can see my 1929 treadle sewing machine which I sewed it on  Grin.

Thanks for looking!
12  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Lavender and Citrus Soaps on: December 28, 2009 08:19:44 AM
I found that once you start soapmaking it's really addictive...so many ideas to try out! I made these two 2-3 months ago and gave away lots for christmas.
Blogged here: http://tidytipsy.wordpress.com/2009/12/28/christmas-goodies/
Citrus Soap: I made the lye solution with organic green tea instead of goatmilk (as I usually do) and used a very different recipe involving lots of coconut, olive, safflower and castor oil. It was originally supposed to be shampoo soap but it is too heavy for my hair so I just use it in the shower. Has EO's lavender, litsea cubeba and lemon in it and smells heavenly fresh and lemony, I could sniff at it all day!

Lavender Soap: Used my usual recipe of goatmilk, olive, palm, coconut and grape seed oil with a little extra almond oil and cocoa butter. EO's lavender, litsea cubeba and rosemary and smells absolutely delicious of lavender. It was my first time using color pigment and I failed really badly. It was supposed to be purple but turned out really green  Shocked

At least it smells really good  Grin
Thanks for looking  Smiley
13  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Bath Bombs and Lipbalm on: December 28, 2009 08:05:26 AM
I gave out bags of bathroom goodies this year for christmas so I thought I'd share (I'll put the soaps in an extra topic). Also blogged about: http://tidytipsy.wordpress.com/2009/12/28/christmas-goodies/
Citrus and Lavender Bath Bombs with lots of yummy cocoa butter and almond oil:

I did the lavender first and found out my colors (it was supposed to be purple) don't dissolve in oil. So for the citrus one I dissolved the color in a little water first before adding it. Other than that it was really easy and everyone loved them  Grin. Definitely a fast and fun gift!

Chocolate lip balm, with real milk chocolate and lots of almond oil, cocoa butter, jojoba oil, honey, beeswax etc.:

Turned out a little soft, the butter and honey really melt the instant it touches the lips. If I do a summer version I'll try taking more beeswax and less oils.

I used recipes from a german site but if anyone is interested I could try to translate the ingredients.
Thanks for looking Smiley
14  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Machine quilting without walking foot...not working :-( on: November 21, 2009 11:35:12 AM

hope someone here can give me tips! I have handquilted 2 quilts so far and for 2 new ones (christmas gifts) I am trying out machine quilting. My sewing machine is from the 1970s and doesn't have a walking foot. I didn't think it would be that much of a problem but it's absolutely killing me! I want to do wavy lines (thought that was easiest), but the fabric keeps puckering and the stitching is uneven and just really ugly  Cry I've rebasted it and it's not helping.
I'm about half way done with the first one and all I'm thinking is I sure hope it looks different with binding and after washing...  Embarrassed
Am I doing something wrong or is it just not possible to get nice even quilting with a regular foot? Or do you just have to practice a long time? Wish handquilting didn't take forever, it sure is easier...

a really frustrated
15  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / sunny circles pillow on: November 13, 2009 11:31:45 PM
i made this little pillow a couple of weeks back to go with my latest quilt (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=324422.0). The fabrics are Anna Maria Horner's 'Good Folks' and the circles are handstitched on the linen using a blanket stitch.
Also blogged about here: http://tidytipsy.wordpress.com/2009/11/07/sunny-circles/
Hope you like it :-)
16  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Good Folks Quilt on: October 14, 2009 10:28:21 AM
I am so in love with Anna Maria Horners "Good Folks" fabrics, I could look at them all day. I knew I had to make a quilt with them and here it is. It is machine-pieced but handquilted, so it took me a while. It's been finished for a couple of weeks now and I never get tired of looking at those colours  Smiley
The backing is plain white cheap Ikea fabric.

Also blogged about here: http://tidytipsy.wordpress.com/2009/10/06/good-folks-quilt/

Hope you like it  Smiley
17  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Jewellery holder out of tree top on: May 31, 2009 05:23:13 AM
I made a new jewellery holder out of a christmas tree top last month. The tree I got from friends in Canada who had given it to their goats to eat after other people had thrown it away after christmas.
The goats ate just about everything, needles, bark and all, so I didn't have to do anything to it but saw it to the right size and clip the twigs to the right length. Then I added a square wood footing, which I had painted red.
Ok, so I did have to bring it all the way from Canada to Germany which was a bit weird, carrying a tree top in your luggage  Grin

without all of my jewellery:

with everything on it:

I'd love your comments!
18  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Very first item of clothing - Mendocino top on: May 31, 2009 05:14:35 AM
I made my first item of clothing yesterday, a top with Heather Ross' Mendocino fabric (and some yellow ikea fabric). It was also pretty much the first time for me using a sewing machine, so it came out not as well as I had hoped but good enough to be wearable.
It would probably have turned out neater if I had sewn it by hand but I had to start machine sewing some time...  Smiley

It's based largely on this top by Made by Rae: http://sewmamasew.com/blog2/?p=791 though I made some slight alterations.




I really like it, I'll probably make a couple more tops to practice my machine sewing  Cheesy
I know it's just plain and simple but I'd still love to hear what you think of it!
19  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Country Quilt on: May 29, 2009 05:24:29 AM
Hi everyone,

I finally finished my first quilt yesterday Cheesy . It's handpieced and handquilted and it took me about 3 months to make it. The fabrics are "America the beautiful" by Judie Rothermel.
Big thanks to Carlafibres for making the quilt pattern for me (though I only did half the pattern, I got really impatient to finish it after a while)!!!

So, here it is:

obligatory cat shot:

detail of the back and quilting (these colours are closest to real life):

and action shot on my balcony:

I love it and I'm proud that I did actually finish it  Cheesy.
I think this will be my last handpieced and handquilted quilt for a while though, as I have now borrowed a sewing machine and am trying to figure out how to use it  Grin. Plus, it just takes forever, though I enjoy handsewing  Smiley.

I'd love to hear your comments!
20  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Taxi Tote on: March 25, 2009 11:50:29 AM
I made the Taxi Tote from Anna Maria Horners Book today and thought I'd share it. As always, completely hand sewn (though my mother in law has just given me her 30 year old very pretty bright yellow sewing machine as a permanent loan...definitely have to read the manual to find out how to use it soon!!).

I realised (once again) how bad I am at following instructions...so I basically just took the pattern, altered it a bit (it was too big for my taste) and then guessed what I had to do  Grin Turned out pretty good though. I wanted something classy, yet colourful for spring and I wanted to include the gorgeous kitty linen I had just bought. So I ended up with this and I think I like it  Cheesy The blue fabric is actually darker in reality, a nice teal...maybe I'll take pics in daylight tomorrow, the flash makes the colour look weird  Embarrassed

action shot:

I thought it looked too plain, so I added some embellishment (hard to see in the picture):

and the linen I used for lining (there's different cat and mouse shapes on it, I love it!):

Thanks for looking!
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