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1  Embellished Jeans - Help! I might be finished? in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by cxcaitlyn on: March 13, 2014 01:22:33 AM
Ok, I've started working at a bar on the weekend and I wanted to jazz-up my old jeans a little bit. I added lace and studs, but I think it looks a little strange still. What do you think?  

Sorry for the crappy pic, it's hard to take pictures of your own butt  Cheesy

I wonder if it would look better if I did silver or gunmetal studs instead. I had gold ones already so that was basically the reasoning. I also am considering holes/distressing but I'm nervous that I will ruin them so I'm not sure where to place.

All ideas appreciated!!
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2  M&M Purse in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by cxcaitlyn on: October 28, 2013 12:21:46 AM
Here's a purse I made using my own pattern.

A coworker wanted me to make this for a birthday present. Here's the finished project!

The opposite interior side has spaces for cards and phone.

The only thing that bothers me about these bags are the handles. Anyone have any advice on either: how to make better handles out of vinyl (Should I switch to leather?) or where to find cheap pre-made straps? I just can't justify spending $8 per handle sorry!!
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3  Re: Cat tree in Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects by cxcaitlyn on: October 21, 2013 10:21:52 PM
I love it! Very inspirational, I'd like to make one like this I think.

From one black cat owner to another, excellent work!

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4  Re: Scrap Happy Patchwork Swap GALLERY: send by 11/30 in The Swap Gallery by cxcaitlyn on: December 04, 2011 06:45:02 PM
I received from Abbeyrd83 yesterday and man was I spoiled!

Unfortunately, I'm apparently having issues with Craftster photo hosting  Angry I tried last night for awhile, and it's not working for me this morning either (or now when I'm actually posting this!).

**Update*** Still can't get Craftster photo hosting to work so....tiny pic it is!

Here's a group shot:

 When I opened your card, I thought to myself how pretty it was - I was so pleased when I saw you sent cards that matched with my initial!

Cute scrappy potholder, in my favorite color - green!

I love this tote bag! Love the fabric choices,and lots of pockets!

Let me just say that I loved everything, and my cat did too! She pulled everything out of the package and spread it everywhere to find the catnip toy inside...that's what I get for leaving it unattended lol. She definitely appreciated it!

Thank you so much for everything!

(If I can get it to work later, I'll add photos to this post, but for now no such luck. )
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5  Hawkeye Baby Quilt - University of Iowa in Quilting: Completed Projects by cxcaitlyn on: October 20, 2011 10:12:58 PM

I  made this quilt a couple months ago for my manager's baby shower. She's didn't seem to be into 'girly' themes but is a HUGE Hawkeye fan (like many Iowans lol) so I thought this would be perfect.

This is only the second quilt I've ever made (the first being here https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=363673.msg4269829#msg4269829). So, I'm sure I made plenty of mistakes, but overall I'm pleased!

There's definitely some puckering as I did it myself and I really had no idea what I was doing, but I'm telling myself that it just gives it 'handmade' appeal  Wink

It came together in under two weeks as I started only after I received the invitation...Yeah, sometimes I create unnecessarily difficult crafting situations for myself. It was all worth it to see the looks on everyone's faces at the shower, especially those who didn't know that I'm a closet Crafster  Wink
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6  Halloween Cake Pops in Dessert by cxcaitlyn on: October 18, 2011 08:04:37 AM
Here are some photos of cake pops I made last week:

Eyeballs and Jack-o-lanterns

The eyeballs were red velvet cake inside and the pumpkins were actually pumpkin bread - worked just the same and very tasty!

Then ghosts/sprinkled:
These came after I decided I was too lazy to make more decorative cake pops Smiley They are vanilla and chocolate on the inside, with milk chocolate chips mixed in.

I made these for two separate work pot lucks, and they won the 'favorite dessert' contest both times!
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7  Reconstructed Lace Wall Art in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by cxcaitlyn on: October 17, 2011 08:14:15 AM

I haven't posted for awhile. Anyway, here are some photos of a project I just finished:

This project was super easy, I only used some old clothes I had lying around for the backing and an old curtain for the lace. Just cut to fit! Not to be smug, but I think it's super cute  Grin

If you wish, you can see more about my process at my blog:
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8  Re: Scrappy String Block Swap in The Swap Gallery by cxcaitlyn on: December 31, 2010 07:50:30 PM
My spot! I received two envelopes today, I'll be posting later Grin

Sorry I'm so late to post, I've been really busy and my schedule hasn't allowed me to be available to take pictures in daylight  Undecided

The first set is from our lovely organizer Kittymom13:

Love them! And thank you for the extras Smiley

Next we have two pairs from A2K and Meganlorraine:

I especially love the inverse fabrics used in the top left one  Grin

Thank you so much, hopefully I'll be ready to ship mine out soon!


I swear I'm still around! I've been following the pages, but haven't had time to post until now because of my new job (yay!), but I'm here to set things right!

I sent mine out on the 20th, so those who haven't received should receive soon!

In no particular order, here are the blocks I've received so far:

Top: Tynwia (Thank you!)
Bottom: Missing Willow (Thanks for the extra strips!)

Top: Southern Flower (Thanks for the extra strips!)
Bottom: Princesspimp81 (No backing square - Impressive technique!)

Top: Lissablair (Thank you!)
Bottom: Rock Cave Mom (Thanks for the extra strips!)

I received these today:

Top: Redstar13 (Do I see dinosaurs? Love it!)
Bottom: Discoqueenhighness (I love the middle strip on the right one!)

Thank you so much everyone for an amazing swap! I can't wait to get the rest so I can start getting it all put together  Grin
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9  Re: Classic Wolverine! in Halloween Costumes by cxcaitlyn on: November 05, 2010 04:11:05 PM
Thanks for the compliments everyone!! (and yes, it was about $5 lol)

And, at vermiciousknid's request, here's my tutorial for the boot covers:

You need:

One t shirt of the color you desire (non stretchy fabrics probably won't work well with this)
Also, make sure it's big enough width/length wise to fit the height you need.

A sharpie or fabric marker - probably  want to use a washable pen or something if the shirt is lighter colored or thin. My sharpie didn't show through on my regular blue shirt.

Safety pins! You can use regular pins, but do so knowing you'll likely hurt yourself

Scissors, Sewing machine, thread, all that jazz.

I think these took me an hour or so, I don't quite remember but it wasn't too long...

Anyway, on to the instructions.

Step 1: Start with your t shirt flat on the ground. Cut at the dashed line.

(I used the side pieces to make my arm cover things...blanking on what those are called right now  Roll Eyes)

Step 2:Put on the shoe you intend to wear in the costume. And find a comfy chair.

Step 3: Place one of the rectangles you cut from the shirt around your leg/foot.

You will create one seam along the back of the cover, so pin tightly starting at the top. Make sure that the fabric side you want OUT at the end is facing IN at this point. Also try to start pinning from the highest point you want the cover to be on your leg.

Step 4: Pin around the shoe.
Pin tightly to ensure the best fit; we'll address the excess at the ankle in later steps.

Step 5: While the fabric is still pinned to you, trace a line that you will follow when you create the seam. You can skip this step, but I find it's helpful so that you can get the best fit if your pins weren't as accurate as you'd like.

Step 6: Check the fit, etc.

Turn it right side out and try it on over your shoe again. Cut off the excess at the bottom so that the heel will come out (red circle in pic). If it's baggy at the back, turn it inside out again and re-sew. You will find extra fabric where the arrow is pointing, so we turn to the next step.

Step 7: Remove the extra fabric around the ankle.

Turn the cover inside out if you haven't already, and put it back on. While your foot is bent in the position it would be if you were standing, pinch and pin the fabric on the portion where the arrow is pointing. Be sure to pin around the sides so that the seam will be not stick out when the cover is finished.

Step 8: Cut off excess, check fit.

Your inside out cover should look like this. Make any adjustments if there are baggy/saggy portions.

Step 9: Finished!

You now have a perfectly fitted boot cover with subtle seams! Repeat for the other side!

Let me know if you have any questions/confusions! I'd love to see if you use this tutorial  Grin

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10  My First Quilt - Boy did I underestimate what I was getting myself into! in Quilting: Completed Projects by cxcaitlyn on: November 02, 2010 11:03:44 AM

My little brother graduated high school last June, and in May I decided I would make him a t shirt quilt...

...I finished last week  Grin

To be fair, I did complete the top in time for his graduation party, but it was a pretty intense process.

For one, since I've never made a quilt before, and since I'm the only relatively crafty person in my family I've never seen a quilt being made before, I cut my pieces with no regard to making blocks of any kind.

If you look at this picture, you can see that the top is one giant block:

Also, because I just cut out pieces randomly as I went along, this thing is HUGE! It took up the entire living room floor of my apartment and was a general nuisance in the few weeks it took me to sew the pieces together. I think that it's 8 ft x7 ft? I need help anytime I want to fold it lol.

This is the full quilt, with my mom and my boyfriend holding it up (they couldn't get it fully off the ground it's so big!).

I sent it out for machine quilting because I knew my tiny machine wouldn't handle it. My brother was in band and show choir so I asked for music notes:

I finished the binding by hand; I'm so glad I'm finished with it! It's wayyy too big for my brother's dorm, so it's staying at my mom's until he graduates. I definitely learned a lot from making this quilt, and I'm really proud of it!

In fact, I might be crazy enough to attempt a second one of my own t shirts some day... Wink

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