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1  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Halloween Wreath on: July 07, 2013 08:37:18 PM
Tons and tons of black, orange, lime and purple tulle strips tied on a metal wreath frame.  Then glued a pack of plastic spiders in the tulle.  The wood ghost/beware cutout was $1 at Target, so I threw that in too, it is just dangling in the center from some ribbon tied to the metal frame.

2  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Star blanket for my bestfriend's baby girl. on: July 07, 2013 08:32:58 PM
I made this in May for my girlfirend's baby shower.  The baby was born on the 4th of July.  I'm working on a light saber stuffie as well, but amigurumi is not my strong suit so it is taking longer than planned.

3  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Flowerpot makeover on: July 07, 2013 08:28:47 PM
I made these for my houseplants.  Regular terra cotta pots, sheets of glass tile, E600, grout, and metallic paint.

I thought I would be able to use the sheets of tile, but ended up having to cut all the tiles apart and glue each one on separately.  I did two like this in browns, and two in shades of blue, also with the copper rim.

4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Purse from sewing class on: July 07, 2013 08:25:19 PM
I made this purse a while back in a sewing class I took at Jo-anns.  I hated the class, and didn't really learn anything, but the purse came out cute.  The body is a linen, the trim and lining is a satiny fabric.  It has one zipper pocket inside and two little pockets that are just the right size for all those stupid cards that every store seems to want you to have now.

5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Turning a favorite T into a maternity top on: June 02, 2013 07:00:50 PM
I am looking for a way to turn my roller derby t shirt into a maternity top that I can continue to wear to bouts.

The problem I'm having is that every tutorial I can find starts with a too big shirt, and cuts it down.  I'm starting with a fitted t and looking to add.  Second problem is that I have to preserve most of the t because my name and number are across the shoulders, but the team logo is low on the front, like on the hip.  So I can't cut it below the bust and do baby doll either.

My initial thought is to cut the side seams from the armpit down and add a triangular panel of contrasting fabric to each side.  In my mind this would preserve the shoulder/neck fit and make the body looser and more flowy.   I'll be wearing it quite a few times through out the pregnancy, so I want to make it big enough to last to full term, but kinda want it to still be flattering here in my first trimester. 

Think it would work?  Got better ideas?  I may hit up the goodwill or the back of my dresser drawers for similar size shirt to experiment on. 
6  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / One Block Wonders on: April 14, 2012 03:50:02 PM
My mom is making 2 one block wonder quilts for my niece and nephew.

Original Fabric #1

Finished quilt top

Original Fabric #2

Hexagons Layed out

We have a turquoise background fabric for the second one and are sewing all the pieces together right now, I'll post the finised quilt top when we are done.
7  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / My Mom's First Quilt on: April 14, 2012 03:46:33 PM
I just had to come brag on my mom a little.  This is the first qiult she has ever made.  She finished it a couple months ago.  She enjoyed it so much she now has 2 more quilts in the works!

I helped pick out the fabrics and arange the blocks, but the rest she did.
8  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / Using wood with polymer clay on: February 06, 2012 07:50:41 PM
I searched for an answer to this, and couldn't find it, which surprised me.

I'm wanting to cover a wooden object with polymer clay and then bake it.  Has anyone done this?  Will the wood survive?  Will the clay be messed up from it? 
9  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / How to make the closure on this bracelet on: January 27, 2012 05:34:47 PM
I'm wanting to make a closure like this on a bracelet I am making, where it is adjustable, but I don't know how.  Can anyone help?

10  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Fabric Covered Beads - With Tutorial on: January 24, 2012 05:20:48 PM
I made this necklace for the fabric jewelry swap awhile back.  The beads turned out really nice, and I meant to do a tutorial right away, but didn't get around to it until now.



16mm wooden beads
1/8" drill bit and drill
fabric scraps
glue stick
knitting needle
1/8" eyelts (found in scrapbooking section)
Hot glue gun

Drill out the hole in the bead to make it a little larger

Cut fabric, I started with 1 1/2" x 3", then trimmed to get it to fit, you want it to wrap around the bead with a little overlap and the top edges should cover the hole completely when you fit it in that direction

Fringe the long edges of the fabric, no precise measurements here, but I did find that I liked to fold it in half and cut both edges at the same time, then you know you are staying centered, and  you have a little finger press crease to use as a centerline

Coat fabric with glue stick

Wrap fabric around wooden bead

Press strips of fringe down (if you are anal like me one by one going around the bead) after every 2-3 strips poke the ends into the hole wiith the knitting needle

Add the eyelets, I put them on the knitting needle (so I didn't burn my fingers) and put a little hot glue around it

Stick the hot glue loaded eyelet into hole in bead and repeat for other side

Pretty bead done!

I had some that I coated in modge podge and diamond glaze as well just to see what happened.  Painting the coatings on with a brush made for a stiff kinda over starched fabric look and feel.  However, dipping in the coatings made a smooth glossy finish that really lost the look of fabric.  I would proabably coat before inserting eyelets.  These were not coated, since it was for the fabric jewelry swap and I thought keeping the look and feel of fabric was important.
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