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151  dressy pincushion in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by najaorama on: March 30, 2010 07:53:00 AM
I am still scouring the net looking for uses for my scraps and fat quarters. I found this pattern from Bari J and I love it. I made this for a friend because she just got a sewing machine and I want to encourage her (plus it would be a really nice to have a sewing buddy, sometimes I feel like a closet crafter cuz no one I know is into it).

I like the pattern and plan on making one for myself tonight.

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152  Waxy canvas conference bag facelift in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by najaorama on: March 29, 2010 08:35:29 AM

My mom got this bag at a US Dept. of Ed conference. She kept saying that she like the shape and size of the bag but hated the bright orange and the DOE logo.

So I "borrowed" it his weekend. Oh I should mention that when she isn't administering federal aid she keeps bees in back of her property.

I have been eying this great Japanese canvas at our local quilting shop but it is really expensive $20 a yard. But this weekend they had a remnant I got for $7. And I only used half for the bag. I used the iron fusible stuff to attach it at first but I couldn't get it to fit the orange section just right so I pleated some cheap ribbon around the edges. I think it came out great and my mom will love it.
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153  Pretty Birdie Wallet in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by najaorama on: March 27, 2010 02:40:04 PM
I got these fat quarters months ago and just couldn't figure out what to make. Then I decided I was tired of my wallet and *light bulb*

It's my first wallet and I learned some good things. First of all it's huge 7.5"x5" folded. Also I shouldn't have run a final seam around the edge because the card holding pockets are small. Thank goodness I eyeballed center because only one side fits the wide part of a card.

I still like it a lot and have gotten compliments when I bust it out to pay for something.  Tongue

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154  Re: Friends of Craftster Raffle Swap R8 FOCR R8 (Signups CLOSED Sendout 4/10) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by najaorama on: March 25, 2010 11:03:25 AM
Um speaking of aprons.

My favorite thing about the warmer weather is the great farmers market we have. And fresh fruit means pies!

Where in the dickens did I leave my potholders? Oh thats right they are sewn into my apron. That way you can just pick things up with the corners of your new Springy apron.

I found this tutorial online and thought it was a great idea and I was just waiting for an excuse to make it. I also fell in love with the fabric. Its spring flowers right? It is hard to show in pictures (believe me I tried) but the top is pleated.
I have a good sized scrap left over so I might make a matching lavender eye pillow.
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155  Holy Schmidt I Made a Wedding Dress (pic rotund) in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by najaorama on: March 23, 2010 08:41:51 AM
Holy Schmidt I'm a featured project!!!!  Shocked
Would you believe this was my first ever Hot Topic?
Thanks everyone.

I am getting married in June. We just bought a house so the wedding will be low key and pretty much all DIY.

Several months ago a couple girlfriends and I had a couple margaritas (each) and went to the Alfred Angelo store to try on dresses. As you will be able to tell from the pics I am curvy. I have pretty broad shoulders a narrowish waist and a big ass. At the store nothing fit right and the only dress that came close was $1200. And really what I liked about that dress was that it was a simple satin. I dont want crinoline or itchy lace or beading that scrapes your arms or a dress that looks anything like a cupcake.

I should also mention that I am really only an intermediate sewer (if that). I can sew a mean apron and potholders but generally I dont sew garments from scratch.

I want my dress to feel like a classy 40s movie star and be comfortable and make me feel pretty. Is that too much to ask? Apparently no.

I found this Vogue pattern # V8358 and was enticed by the label very easy.

And while it was very easy it came out looking like this:

The torso was too long as were the straps, and where it fell just wasnt flattering on my curves. I was going to chuck it, but I decided to experiment. And this is what I came up with.

note the big ass (beautiful but big)

I am really very pleased. And it feels so light and airy on. I will probably get those Spanks things just to smooth some stuff out Wink but I do feel pretty in it.

I need to hem it but I will wait till my mom comes to do that (mostly because she will know how). Anyway let me know what you think and if you have any suggestions.
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156  Re: Scrapbook Cookbook Swap Round 3 Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by najaorama on: March 23, 2010 07:47:15 AM
Ok you guys are going to think I am a complete dork but it was like midnight my time when I was posting last night. I turned everything off and picked up my goodies and thats when I realized THE APRON IS REVERSIBLE.
I fall more in love with it every time is see it.
And isn't this a much better picture?

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157  Re: Scrapbook Cookbook Swap Round 3 Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by najaorama on: March 22, 2010 10:30:05 PM
Got home from dance class and not only had the darling boy made dinner but my package from New Zealand was on the table!!!!!! (Look on only if you promise to forgive my sweats)

The gadgets are a handy Bakers Helper, a perfect sized cake pan, and the cutest spatula I have ever seen and a set of coasters. There is also a bag Eskimos, not real ones lolly ones for the lolly cake recipe.  The cook book is a great calendar/day planner/cook book by a mother son team. I have it on good authority that they are a New Zealand institution. There is also a great calendar of New Zealand symbols.

The scrap book is great. Why? Because the sections are tabbed and laminated and there are pictures of the foods in process. The Rotoura Mud Cake recipe also says there is no actual mud in this cake. Carmen and I clearly have the same warped sense of humor Wink

Now for the crafted item. I thought I was pretty hot stuff repurposing a vintage dress into an apron for her, until I saw the apron she made me.
(maybe the least flattering pic I have ever taken)

It is hard to tell in the pictures but the fabric is a great sea shell print and the appliqu is of a Pikorua the traditional Maori pendant of friendship and growth depicting two shoots growing together, the joining of cultures. How do I know that? Because I have a calendar of Maori symbols. Did I mention the matching potholder?

This swap was so much fun and Carmen was such a great partner. I love everything.
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158  one yard slouchy purse in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by najaorama on: March 21, 2010 12:23:18 PM
I treated myself to the book everyone seems to be raving about One yard wonders and I have to admit its pretty awesome. I was so excited I then treated myself to a bunch of 1 yard pieces of fabric.

This is my first creation. The book is pretty simple but its also a good lesson in reading instructions without pictures (oh yes I had to rip a few seams) but its like a puzzle and you end up with a cool bag afterward. I also modified the pattern a bit for the closure. I love fabric buttons.

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159  wildflower pincushion in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by najaorama on: March 17, 2010 01:18:50 PM
does this topic go here?

Hi everyone.
We moved into our new place and we are into the second week of our decision not to get TV. I also have a resolution to use up the fat quarters I have been collecting (note I am not a quilter) so I found this great pattern to use up my free time and some scraps. It looks much more complicated that it is. It was so easy in fact that I made two. The one on the bottom was my first try. I think the fabric patterns are too busy next to each other so I made another that I like a lot better. I also fudged the bottom of the first pretty bad. What with the move and all I havent done any real sewing for a while. I feel like I am getting my sea legs back. I forgot to mention that the pincushion is huge 6 across. Hopefully its too big to get lost in my sewing box
 Wink hey my smilie has a hat!

Anyway, I would really suggest the pattern to anyone with bits of fabric too small to do anything else with, but too cool to get rid of. I had to sign up at Better home and Gardens to get the pattern but it didnt cost anything. http://www.bhg.com/crafts/sewing/projects/wild-flower-pincushion/

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160  Cattail Shower in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by najaorama on: March 09, 2010 08:56:03 AM
We just closed on out first house and that means that I can permanently change things. Grin Grin Grin

We 99.999% love the house. One of the things I really wanted to change is the doors to our big beautiful shower. It felt a bit like a fish tank, but we still wanted to be able to see out. We could have upgraded to a frosted glass but it would have cost $1000 which didnt seem right. So I found these vinyl cattails that are supposed to be for wall decoration and I used glass etching cream from the craft store and sponged it on.

I am really pleased with how it turned out. The original plan was to take the vinyl off but I like it so much I have left them on. We will see what happens over time. I dont think the final pic quite does it justice.


just cattails

one side sponged

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