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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Wallet from Leather Pants- upcycled, recycled, bicycled... not really. on: October 10, 2012 05:04:41 AM
So, I purchased a pair of leather pants from a thrift store and made an attempt at sewing my first semi-substantive leather project.

So... here are the original pants (I have lots of leather left  Wink)

Inside the wallet

After the fact I learned that there is such a thing as a teflon foot for working with leather! I ordered one post haste and will be giving the whole project another attempt with the foot.

Many lessons learned but still pleased with the wallet.
2  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / First attempt at piecing / quilting for reals on: September 22, 2012 02:09:42 PM
I've made a number of patchwork baby blankets but have never actually "pieced" a quilt. But then, I saw this quilt and fell in love (with the colors and the beautiful simplicity of it). So, I made my own pattern pieces and here is my attempt:

I know I have a long way to go but I was just too excited not to share. WOOT!
3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Bigger on the inside- Tardis Needle Cases on: September 09, 2012 04:28:17 PM

The pattern for these is just a very simple zippered pouch. I carved the image out of speedy carve and used VersaCraft for the fabric ink.

I'm loving printing my own fabric at present and have high hopes for more Dr. Who related knitting notions and cases.

Thanks for looking!  Grin
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Smocks on the bias + reclaimed shirt = Reclaimed Bias Shirt Smock! on: September 02, 2012 08:17:18 PM
Ahoy! I thought about posting this in the reconstructed forum but, since it makes use of little old and mostly new I thought I'd post it here. If I've offended, I apologize. Please don't hesitate to let me know if I should move the post...

I wanted a smock for a number of months but didn't want to make something *completely* new, preferring to use an old shirt in some way if possible. Also, I have verrabighips. Many/most of the smock tutorials or patterns I've seen make you look like a box. So... this was my first attempt

I used the top of a maternity shirt and made bias fabric for the bottom/apron section. I added my lame attempt at darts to give it some shaping.

This is my second attempt which I've documented and used to draft a tutorial. As soon as it is error checked I'll post it. For this version I used an old business shirt, cut off the sleeves, and gathered them- leaving the edge raw.

I love my smocks! So much portable storage  Grin
5  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / Craft Calling Cards = background + interchangeable stamp on: August 30, 2012 06:21:18 PM
After going to an art workshop this summer I decided I needed craft calling cards. To that end, I started doodling some designs during the evening hours. This is what I finally came up with:

My first attempt looked like this:

But I wasn't happy with it (in addition, I recently changed the name of my blog so...).

I liked the idea of having a background stamp with some sort of interchangeable element so I re-drew the owl, added the tree, and made the heart interchangeable:

I go into greater detail about my thought process on my blog but was excited about how it turned out so I thought I'd share. I hope you enjoy  Wink
6  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / My first bowls on: November 06, 2010 12:32:48 PM
So, I've been taking pottery for about 1-year now (but very infrequently as I never seem to be in town on Tuesday nights). I finally made it to bowls! lol!!

The clay is brown speckle and the white glaze is a cone 4 low fire. The flowers were painted with blue and black wash (dots were a chartreuse wash). The black was painted with a horse-hair calligraphy brush

This bowl (which is larger than it looks in the pictures) was also done with a brown speckle, ivory on the outside, chartreuse inside (cone 6 glazes) and the black and blue were again painted washes. The high fire (I am told) makes the wash blurry (in comparison to the cone 4 glaze).

Thanks for looking! Yay bowls!!
7  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Captain Hook and Co. on: November 01, 2010 07:05:00 PM
So, I'm not entering to win. I'm entering because this was my first time making anything resembling clothes and I was really, really proud of myself and- therefore- wanted to share. I'm a new self-taught craft addict and got in way over my head! My son wanted to be Captain Hook so I made the rest of our costumes around his Peter Pan theme.

What I made for each costume:
1. Captain hook
A. Jacket
B. Hook (sad, sad cardboard hook, but he loved it)
C. Pants

2. Tinkerbell
A. I made the dress

3. Wendy
A. I made the dress

4. Peter Pan
A. Just the very quickly sewn green smock (the husband's costume was a last minute addition just before going trick or treating Cheesy)

What I didn't make:
1. Captain hook
A. Shirt
B. Hat
C. Shoes

2. Tinkerbell
A. Shoes

3. Wendy
A. Shoes

4. Peter Pan
A. Everything but the smock Wink

Of course, there is only the one picture of me in my costume (since I'm usually the one taking the pictures) so I'll try to add some pictures of the dress later. All in all I was really happy with everything. Next year I'd love to make every part of everyone's costume... and maybe one day the Cubs will win the World Series  Grin
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Snowflake Crescent "Shawlette" in Malbrigo Chunky plus my first lace knitting on: October 10, 2010 03:39:14 PM
First, I love this pattern and designer: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/snowflake-30
I'd love to make all her designs. This one, however, was free. I started knitting in April 2010 and this is by far the most ambitious project to date- and, of course I ran out of yarn.  Undecided I figured if I could do this then maybe I'd be able to figure out a sweater pattern.

Here is the project page on ravelry: http://www.ravelry.com/projects/zilamonster/snowflake

The pattern is charted and very easy to follow. The yarn is super soft and squishy. I'm pretty happy with it.

Now, about that sweater... any recommendations?

9  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Boxy cosmetic bag embroidered with Roxy the owl on: August 10, 2010 09:15:50 PM
Hi out there,
I made this for the HP round 8 swap (my partner has already received so I feel ok to post).

I used this awesome tutorial: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=289785.0 with just one major change: instead of hand stitching the lining in place I sandwiched the zipper between the outer fabric and the lining at the beginning of the sewing phase. I was really happy with how this turned out. The owl was embroidered free hand (first time embroidering and I really enjoyed it)

Thanks so much for looking and thank goodness for the awesome tuts on craftster!!
10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Real fast glass magnets are a "hoot" on: August 10, 2010 08:58:59 PM
I made these for the HP swap round #8 (my partner has already received so I feel ok about posting); these were super fast to make. I love how the owls- when grouped together- look like some sort of "Owly Gang" (like they're up to no good)

The glass tiles, glue, and magnets I picked up from etsy. The owls were drawn freehand then cut to size with an x-acto knife.
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