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81  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / wildflower pincushion 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/

82  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Cattail Shower 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

83  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Buttercup pattern+1hour=major daughter-in-law to be points on: March 04, 2010 01:05:03 PM

While calling my soon to be mother in law this morning she subtly dropped the hint that today is her birthday. That means that my no account fianc forgot his moms birthday.

After some quick looking around I had half yards of a bunch of fabric and a Butter cup pattern and tada a great birthday gift and card! Sewed it before work and took it to her at lunch.

Oh my kung fu is good. Wink

84  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Naja's Diy vintage wedding thread 3/9/10 update with THE DRESS on: February 26, 2010 10:02:02 AM
Erick and I just closed on our house (got the keys Monday)!!!!
With that done now I can start planning our wedding which will be June 20th 2010.

As you can imagine we spent all of our money buying the house so we will be doing this very frugally.  It will be small about 60 guests and the ceremony will be at a park with the reception at our home nearby.

Sent save the dates (will post soon) but I really wanted to start this thread because I saw this guest book idea at Martha Stewart http://www.marthastewartweddings.com/photogallery/25-guest-book-ideas#slide_5

I just bought this typewriter on e-bay for $10!!!! Im so excited I could pee. I also e-mailed around and of course they dont make the ribbon anymore but they make a ribbon that fits that I can wrap around the existing pools.

Of course after shipping and ribbon the whole thing is more like $60 (more than I would have spent on a book) but I end up with a working vintage typewriter and there are so many things I can do with the paper people write on. Im wicked excited!

Hey wanna see the wedding website I made for free? Yes free including online RSVP? Here it is http://najaanderick.weebly.com/ It was super easy to make (I am not a web designer). If you have questions on how, shoot me a message.

And now save the dates as promised. I designed business card sized STD's (oh that looks bad lets call them "dates") using the Photoshop that came with my printer and a free image from graphics fairy. Haven't been? You should go http://graphicsfairy.blogspot.com/

Then I went to Office Max and they have business card sized magnets 100 for $21. I enlisted my bridesmaids (who have better hand writing than I do) and added two rubber stamps. All in all I spent about $50 for 100 "dates" not counting postage. Pretty cool I think. I like that information is vague I really want people to go to the website. And I love love love that it's a fridge magnet.

I was looking at vintage dresses and found this one on ETSY...and...I...love...it.
It's just what I was looking for without knowing what I was looking for. It's pretty and feminine, white but not white white, unique, and summery. Great for June. I am thinking a string of fresh water pearls to wrap in my hair, but who knows. Did I mention the dress was only $42? I found it at 8 pm, kept looking at vintage dresses until 1am, went to bed, then got up at 6 and bought it. I hope it fits. It should from the measurements. ok I'm am shutting up now so you can see the dress...

85  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Henna post take 2 on: February 25, 2010 08:18:22 AM
I haven't done henna in a long time (too long) and I had cones just sitting in the freezer so last night i did a simple flowery thing. 
I kept the paste on overnight and the last pics were taken just now at work. Already turning a gorgeous  orange. Should be red by tonight.  Cheesy
Sorry for the cruddy phone pictures.
oh and please ignore my ugly bitten nails.

86  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / THIS APRON AND I DID BATTLE! on: February 22, 2010 09:54:27 AM
This is an apron I originally made for the cookbook 3 swap but it didnt come out neat enough to give away. I learned a lot in the process and made something similar for the swap.


It was such a simple idea. Take a vintage dress (size 0) and make a kitsch apron out of it. But the construction of the dress made it much harder. The second one I made (will post pictures when swap is done) was much easier. First of all the darling vintage dress I found at the thrift store must not have been stored properly because as I started to use a seam ripper the fabric just pulled apart (this would be a problem throughout the project). I ended up cutting and that made the seams messy. Then the skirt of the dress is pleated which meant I couldnt just cut and re-gather.

I cut a band from the bottom to make the ties which are long enough to wrap and tie in front. As much trouble as I had I am really pleased with how it came out. The front looks great even though the back looks like The Apron of Frankenstein.

87  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Valentine's Day / I made my valentine at work on: February 12, 2010 12:17:43 PM
We are closing on out first home next week so we really cant justify spending a lot on Valentines Day. I made my valentine for him at work using stuff that was either free or that I had already (except the $4.99 chocolate).

I used this template from Martha Stewart http://www.marthastewart.com/article/paper-heart-wrappings?backto=true&backtourl=/photogallery/valentines-day-decor#slide_40 and printed it on plain red paper we had in the office. Then I folded the hearts and stamped them with a stamp I already had.

Then I printed cute sayings I found on the net on card stock also from the office. You cant tell but they say fun things like I promise not to let you do anything crazyalone. And I am a mess without you. The glue stick was from the office too.

Then I tied them to his favorite chocolate. It usually comes in an orange the size of a baseball that you whack to break apart (I think the whacking is his favorite part) but they have a strawberry flavor for valentines.

I brought cheap black ribbon from home and tied it all together and ta daa. Im pretty pleased with how it came out. Did I mention I used the office camera to take these pics?

88  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / 2 bistro aprons in 2 hours. Status: pleased with myself. on: February 12, 2010 08:18:56 AM
So I remembered on Saturday morning that there was a dual b-day party for my friends that evening. One  friend has a thing about experimental martinis. The last one I tried was a BLT martini with lettuce infused vodka (not my favorite) so I make her a lettuce apron. My other friend is a bad ass river raft guide so I made her a river apron.

 2 bistro aprons in 2 hours. Status: pleased with myself.

89  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Skirt thats MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE on: January 22, 2010 08:59:05 AM
I bought my boyfriend transformers pjs on clearance at Target for $4.98. He loved the t-shirt but the pants were a bit much. While I couldnt argue with that, I love the fabric pattern. So I made them into this skirt using a modification of this tutorial  http://www.savvyseams.com/clothing/jeanskirt.php. And while sewing I got a chance to look closely at the fabric and it says creepy things like extinction to traitors and. we all die someday. The skirt came out super cute (if I say so myself). Status: pleased

90  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Apron CSI on: January 18, 2010 08:40:07 AM
My best friend got her criminal justice degree last year and just now got a job with our police dept. doing fingerpring analysis. I think it's the coolest thing ever and I found a remnant of this great crime scene tape fabric so I decided to make her a kitsch apron. I am pretty pleased with it partly because she loved it and partly because I did it with out a pattern. I looked at a bunch of aprons here and just sort of figured it out.

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