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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / "I can make you some Fightin' Pants" on: February 28, 2013 06:34:55 PM
DH wears lounge pants and PJ bottems around the house after his 10 hour shifts.  Riley is his favorite character from Buffy the vampire Slayer and there's a scene where he needs some clothing assistance from Xander.  Xander tells him "You need some fightin' pants?  I can get you some fightin' pants."  And brings him the most flamboyant 80s parachute type pants even.  Long story short, we call his lounging pants his fightin' pants.

On a last minute Christmas shopping trip to Joanns, I found their Star Trek flannel.  I hadn't made anything for my darling husband besides the winging it first attempts at things, so I thought "what a great gift, some Star Trek fightin' pants."  I had a thrift store pattern, two yards of Star Trek Enterprise D flannel.  I also had a bad bout of back/shoulder issues, so the present ended up being the components wrapped in a remnent of some old school baby wale with flamboyant colors, much like the named Fightin' Pants from Buffy.

I finally (after a few trips to the chiropractor) felt up to making the pants.  Coincidentally, it happened to be about a week before Valentines Day.  Two holidays in one fell swoop!!

After minor modifications to the pattern (I added pockets) viola, the final product.

and the aforementioned modified pocket.  They ended up a little low on the thigh, but he's good with it.

2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Winging it vacation bag on: November 17, 2012 09:54:54 AM
At the end of September DH and I went to Walt Disney World on vacation.  I had been using my old vacation bag for daily use and it was a bit worse for the wear.  So I thought I'd make a new one.  And then procrastinated so I ended up finishing it up the night before we left.

I knew what I needed: many interior pockets, crossbody, a place for sunscreen or water bottle, and at least one outside pocket for the tickets.

This is what I came up with:

A nice basic square with a long strap (the pin was added on the trip) the front pocket, that little one, was the one for the tickets.  On the back was a bigger pocket, just about the right size for a regular sized piece of paper quad folded, which I now use for coupons.

I had some hardware that I'd picked up on clearance a while back and the fabric is from my stash: the black is a canvass/duck type and the lining is some vintage that I got from my mom when she was destashing and the zipper was picked up at a thrift store.

Speaking of the lining...I think I either mismeasured or sewed the wrong seam allowance, because it did not fit correctly.  It's very loose, unlike most of my linings.  Did I mention that I was actually putting the whole thing together the night before we left?   Roll Eyes

Anyway: interior pockets: my first inset zipper pocket and a regular pocket.

I made the sides big enough to theoretically put an ID pocket.  The plan was an elastic holder for the water bottle on one side and the ID pocket on the other side.  And so I did...except I put the ID pocket on the lining bottom...which gave me this:

I put the insurance cards in it to have them handy, safe, but out of the way.

The bits I'm most proud of are the strap (sturdy, straight and perfect length) and the topstitching.  It's all purple and inspired by the grandest of all Disney Villians. . .Maleficent.

It's in daily use now: the big main pocket can fit a paperback book, my wallet, my organizer and my sunglasses as well as the hand santizer. 

Comments and suggestions thankfully recieved.

3  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Mug Rug: Cap's Classic Shield on: October 28, 2012 01:34:18 PM
I promised my DH a Mug Rug for work a while ago and finally got around to making it for our anniversary this week.  He looked up the traditional gifts for the eighth anniversary (pottery & brass) and I claim the rug is "pottery adjacent.

He's also a Captain America fan, so the rug is in the shape of the classic 1940s shield from the movie.  I was originally going to go with the more familiar one, but the classic spoke to me.

I appliqued the shield onto the blur fabric and then traced the shield to quilt it to the back.  I don't have a picture of the back, I just used a kind of country stars print that he actually picked out one trip to Joann's when I asked him what fabric he liked best for a background.

It's Really BIG.  He uses one of those 32oz mugs at work, so it had to fit that.  The mug in the picture is extra large and there's still a lot of room.

4  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Mom's Lapquilt for Christmas on: February 17, 2012 06:05:37 PM
In about November I asked a question of the more experienced quilters about a t-shirt quilt I was going to make for my mom and I'm just now posting. And I only took, like two pictures.

All  of the tshirts mean something, some she had and some I picked up at the thrift stores.  The Alabama Dirt Shirt (middle of the bottom row) was donated by my Brother in Law.  She's from Louisville and LOOOOOOVES college basketball so when I saw those two shirts I had to grab them. 

The center piece was from a sweatshirt I made for her in about 1995, the first time I'd used fabric markers.

The weird looking rainbow thing in the lower left corner is meant to be pastels, which is her preferred medium.

I backed it with the fleece I had on hand, red and yellow and then simply put them right sides together, sewed and flipped.  I was going to tie it, but then decided that it worked fine without tieing.

Sorry for the fuzzy pictures: before Christmas I didn't have a lot of clear space & now that I look at it, I think this is just the top before I attached the back.

Thanks for looking!
5  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / To Busy or Not to Busy, that is the question. on: September 06, 2011 01:02:20 PM
Okay - long story; kind of.  We're taking my 77 yo mom for her first trip to Disneyworld and I wanted to make something useful for her to commemorate the event.  We're going to drive down and DH likes to keep things chilly in the car, so I was going to make her a throw: originally in fleece, but the more I thought about it the harder it was for me to come up with something I liked that wasn't going to be fit for the arctic (not Alabama) 

Then this last week, she had me go through her fabric, as she has decided that she is going to cut down on sewing to concentrate on other art, and I found some t-shirts that she had been saving for "Something"  To I decided to make her a t-shirt throw, backed with fleece, so if she needs a little warmth, she'll have it. 

I've started cutting the fleece for the back with the original thought of one foot squares in "Mickey Mouse" colors (Red, Yellow, Blue & Mickey Themed Fleece) but it struck me that it might be a little busy with the other side being t-shirt sqares.

Any thoughts?  Would you go with a more solid backing with the busy "front" or do you think that the jumbel of squares would be ok for both sides?

(I put it in the Quilting board because I'm planning on tying it, so it'd be like a battingless quilt. If the mods think it would be better posed somewhere else, please move it)
6  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Mini Cast Members for Disney Swap on: August 01, 2011 03:12:35 PM
I just finished my very first Swap and made my partner some little cast members (park workers) from two of her favorite rides.  I did a bunch of research & picked my Disney addict hubby's mind and came up with the following:

Female Cast Mini from the Haunted Mansion

I used some fabric markers to get the stripe details on the blouse and apron and cut up some lace for the, well, lace trim.  My favorite is the lacey/batty headpiece.  It's just a little fleece and lace, but it really looks like the real deal.

Male Cast Mini from Tower of Terror

(sorry for the blur; we were trying for an arty look that didn't really happen)

He's not as elaborate, but he's got his details too: seed beads for buttons and gold yarn trip on the hat (along with some more fabric marker details) and sleeves.  I was going to try the great coat that the cast members wear in the winter, but I ran out of time.

Faces were stitched with simple french knots & straight stitches.  Dark shoes are just painted on with acrylics

I'm sorry the pictures aren't better and I didn't get any great detail pictures.  I modified a pattern from a Japanese designer, Runo.  http://dollmaker.nunodoll.com/mini/mini.html  I love her patterns.

I'd love to hear what you think.
7  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Discussion and Questions / Surprise Blackberries! on: June 08, 2011 10:32:20 AM
I just discovered that we have blackberry bush/vine/creeper thing in the backyard and would like to cultivate them.

Does anyone have any suggestions? I did a little research, but aside from noting that I need to fight the birds if I want to keep the fruit and prune them this fall, all the tips were. . .vague.

8  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Christmas Crafting Crappy Crops - bad picture alert on: January 03, 2011 06:09:53 PM
So I made at least six things for Christmas gifts and forgot to take pictures before I wrapped them up.  Then it turns out, even with a sparkly new camera, I took, like, four pictures - none of them beautiful.  But I cropped a couple for up-close baggy goodness.

Now, prologue completed, I start on the meat of the text - and craft!  I've been going through a reconstructed bag frenzy, possibly connected to the new love of interfacing or the amazing collection of cute t-shirts I've been gathering at amazing prices from thrift stores.  Anyway, inspired by the awesome tuts and bags here, I made some tote style bags for my sister and niece. 

My sister LOOOOOVES rhinos and so, when I was browsing through a thrift store one day and found about four rhino shirts, I had to make her a bag.  A little modification to the basic jordy bag and viola!

She kindly displays the solid blue back from a thrifted t-shirt.  If you look closely you can see the blue and pink paisley print I used for the lining and underside of the handle because I ran out of shirt material.

And now she shows the front with the cutey rhino.  And the A-Line shape.  There's a pocket, about four by six, inside.

My niece Loooves bunnies.  She has three and used to work at a bunny rescue place.  So, when I saw the "Bad Hare Day" shirt I had to get it and reconstruct.

The lining/binding is a piece of yellow something I had in my stash and the handles were up-cycled from a bag I got on sale at my local thrift store for about 85 cents.  They're a little heavy for the bag, but they spoke to me.

The only thing on either bag that I bought new was the interfacing.  Everything else - including the thread - were thrifted, stashed or otherwise on hand.

I know the pictures aren't fabulous, but I hope you enjoy.
9  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / First Posted Project Past - Fairy on: September 15, 2010 04:55:23 PM
This doll is based on a pattern I got from a book printed in the 70's.  She is supposed to be a marionette, but she's got no strings.  I made her about five years ago for one of my nieces because her room is all fairies.

Her body is flannel because that's what I had.  Her hair is cotton yarn and needle work cord and the dress was made from fabric picked up in thrift stores or from the remnant bin at Hancocks or Walmart.  I remember specifically picking up the green sparkly tulle remnant.  Her wings were this shiny cream tiger print that I enhanced with sparkly fabric paint and glued/sewed to the wire frames.

Her face was stitched on with primitive needle sculpting to define the features.  She was permanently looking off her right shoulder because I had not mastered the amazing dexterity to sew her head on straight.

Her hair ornaments matched beads and bells that were attached to each point of her underskirts, as seen in the picture with the details of her boots.  Which I loved and wanted a real life pair, but that's beside the point.

This final picture gives you an over all idea of the full doll.  I was pretty proud of her and wasn't sure I should give her to the child in question.  but I've learned a lot in the past years and could definitely make one even better.

Hope you enjoy. I've been so impressed with some of the stuff I've seen I've been a little reticent in posting my own work.
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