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21  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Matching lunch bag and yoga mat bag on: January 23, 2010 01:30:42 PM
For the gut buster swap I made a matching lunch bag and yoga mat bag.  The lunch bag basically followed this pattern.  http://www.ohfransson.com/oh_fransson/2008/03/vintage-pillowc.html I added a top flap so lunch would stay cold, and changed the handle a bit.  I lined it with a (new) shower curtain liner so it would clean easy.  The liner was really difficult to sew, but I learned that if I put a sheet of paper on top of it I could melt the seams together with my iron, then I only had to sew it into the bag. 
The yoga mat bag was my own creation.

22  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Painted Yoga Mat on: January 23, 2010 01:22:21 PM
As part of a swap package I wanted to give my partner a yoga mat.  Unfortunately everything I could find was pastel, and she just didn't seem like a pastel girl to me.  But hey, I'm a crafter right I'll make it work.  I bought a lavender mat and painted a black and silver argyle on it.  I was originally going to use painters tape to mark off the diamonds, but quickly learned that it tears up the mat.  So I instead used a straight edge and black sharpie to draw the diamonds on and then filled them in carefully with acrylic paint.  It took a lot more paint than expected since the mat is textured.  Then I drew the silver lines on with a straight edge and silver sharpie.  I hope it holds up.  I couldn't find anything online for decorating a yoga mat, so I kinda made it all up.

23  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Making an adjustable strap on: January 10, 2010 11:36:18 AM
Ok, is there a way to make an adjustable strap without the slider piece?  I've looked all over town and no one has that piece.  I don't really want the kind with a tail that you pull on, I want the neat look of the kind with the slider.  Anyone have any suggestions?  It is for a swap package, and I don't have time to order something on line and get it shipped.
24  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Need help altering my 4790 whirl-a-way dress on: October 11, 2009 05:03:38 PM
Ok, anyone who has made this dress or is familiar with the pattern, I need help.  The darted portion of the front fits great, but the collar and shoulder portion is weird.  It's like the neckline is too wide and the shoulder portion is weird.  I think I can figure out how to make the actual shoulder narrower, so it looks more like a normal sleeveless top, but I can't figure out the other problems.  There is so much extra fabric in the top portion, and I don't know how to take it out and narrow the neckline a little.  HELP.

25  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / How yellow is too yellow? on: October 04, 2009 07:17:18 AM
Ok, I am painting a room that used to be wood paneling.  I know I want yellow.  I got it all primed, then got a sample of the yellow that I liked the best.  Part of me loves it, but part is worried that it is a little obnoxious.  Any thoughts would be welcome.

26  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Bird Nest Supply Station on: September 07, 2009 07:25:35 AM
Not so much a craft project, but something to do with left over bits of string, yarn, fabric etc.  You can be the neighborhood Home Depot for birds!  Take a suet feeder and fill with hair from you hair brush (I use dog hair from my vacuum), bits of string, yarn and fabric from your projects, grass clippings, pine needles, any other materials you think birds can use.  Keep strips of cloth and string short (3 inches or less so birds can carry them and not get tangled), and don't use any plastic or nylon.  Hang it near your bird feeder or other bird houses.  Voila, birdy building supply store!  I can't get a picture of mine, my camera's memory card is stuck in the computer  Angry But I'm sure you can visualize a suet feeder full of dog hair and grass.  I included a picture of a suet feeder (for those who may not know)

27  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Boring clearance fan to cool custom fan on: September 06, 2009 12:53:13 PM
Ok.  So my mom works at Lowes and always has her eyes open for things I need that are cheap.  She got me this ceiling fan, I was actually less than thrilled about it because it was all white, even the metal, and I have said multiple times that I wanted one that would match the rest of the metal in the kitchen.  But since it was $15 I got over it and grabbed my spray paint, plaster, and left over latex wall paint and here is what I got. 

Close up of spray painted metal part

Close up of stenciling - done by mixing the paint I used on the walls with plaster to create a paste to get a dimensional effect

Pics of my kitchen for reference

Existing light fixture

Back splash - spray painted textured wall paper

Painted cabinets with new hardware
28  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Discussion and Questions / help removing paint from glass on: August 15, 2009 05:58:36 PM
I bought a package of glass slides for a project, and when I opened them they were not plain glass, they have a white square on one end (presumably for labeling the slide).  I have been scraping at it for a half hour with a razor blade and have been able to get a little off, but there is no way I could get it all, plus it is leaving little scratches in the glass.  I also tried acetone, and it didn't work either.

Any suggestions on how to get it removed?
29  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / My first piece of clothing - lots of pics on: July 09, 2009 08:01:56 PM
This is my first piece of clothing I have successfully made myself (second attempt, first was a failed infinity dress).  I have had this yellow halter top for ever, and have always thought it would look cute with the right skirt.  So I made one. 




Of course, the twirl (I need a white crinoline):

Without the crinoline, me demonstrating the pockets:

I'm so sexy:

It is made from New Look 6899.  I have a few little flubs, but the pattern of the fabric hides most of them.  My biggest disappointment is that it just isn't that flattering on me.  Oh well.

30  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Skirts: rectangle vs circle on: June 13, 2009 07:59:11 PM
I've seen full skirts made from circles, and from gathered rectangle.  Can someone explain to me the difference in the final product?  My initial thought is just that with a circle you can get fullness without as many pleats maybe?  Help, I want to make a skirt, but don't know which method I should use since I don't really get what the end difference is.
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