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1  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / The advent calendar project that grew too big.. on: December 04, 2007 08:02:10 PM
Craftster inspired me to do away with the annual waxy chocolate calendars for my 4 kids and do something more special for them.  The reason they got too big was because I decided the pockets needed to be big enough to hold small toys/candies.  Because of their size I needed to hang them on 3 different walls.

They're all essentially the same, so I'll just post one picture.  I reversed the red and green felt for the boys and girls.  I ran out of time and energy with the last 3 calendars so I fabric painted the numbers on Clayton's, Wyatt's and Faith's, which, in hindsight, is how I should've done all of them.  Excuse the wrinkled pocket.

The important thing is the kids are very excited about them. 

2  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Scrapbooking: Discussion and Questions / Do you like Quickutz? on: September 18, 2006 02:22:45 PM
Quickutz, Sizzix, Cricut, oh my!   So many die cut systems to choose from. 

The Quickutz Squeeze with one alphabet die set is going on sale next week at my local shop.

My husband will buy this for my (belated) birthday but I wanted some firsthand Craftster reviews.  The ladies at the scrapbooking/papercrafting shop just love it.  Close to $100 is a lot to spend on a tool for a craft I'm just getting into though.
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Indian style bridal outfit & flower girl dresses on: August 17, 2006 10:12:16 PM
I got married on Saturday and here are the clothing items I sewed for it.

There is hand beading and hand-sewn sequined trim on my outfit.  The fraying nature of the satin drove me crazy!

My outfit is the skirt from Simplicity 4249 and a modified version of the Simplicity 4659 tunic.  I also made my veil.  Had I the foresight, I would've added a zipper or something to my shirt to allow me to make it more form fitting and I would've made the skirt a tad longer.


My daughter and step-daughter's dresses which are Simplicity 8953.  The sash is a burnt orange organza.


4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Taffeta xmas dress on: December 09, 2005 04:21:49 PM
The pattern is Retro Butterick 6582, View C.


I chose teal taffeta for my first formal dress project. I thought it would be a pain to sew, but it wasn't bad. Even the hem wasn't too bad to do.

I did find the bodice a bit tricky and had to cut out a whole new one and do it again. Thank goodness for buying extra fabric! The belt was supposed to be 2" wide, but I couldn't find a buckle big enough.

Underneath I have a tulle petticoat. The first petticoat I've made. Static guard came in handy so the dress and petticoat wasnt' clinging to my legs!

Overall I'm fairly happy with how I constructed it, but the bodice isn't as well fitting as I'd like.

This picture was taken at work, after I got ready for my fiance's staff party.

5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Groovy Wrap top on: October 18, 2005 08:51:55 AM
This fabric turns a lot of heads!  It's certainly eye-catching.

It's McCall's 4304.

6  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Girl's fall outfit on: October 18, 2005 08:48:20 AM
I just sewed this for my daughter's upcoming 7th birthday.  The skirt was very easy.

Black cord with cherries.  The back of the skirt is elasticized.

Red anti-pill microfleece.

7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Source for short zippers? on: August 31, 2005 09:41:21 PM
Where do you get your short zippers for things like change purses?  I can't find zippers shorter than 7" in my local Fabricland or Walmart.  I've been searching online as well.

Alternatively, if anyone knows a technique on how to shorten existing ones I have, please share.  I'd prefer to buy the right sized ones though.
8  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Loop turner on: June 24, 2005 01:47:26 PM
Am I the only one who can't get a loop turner to work?  I've read different instructions to no avail.

Summer patterns = spaghetti straps and because I'm unable to get these skinny tubes of fabric turned right side out, I'm having to modify the straps for ones that aren't as attractive.
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Summer boy's shirt and girls & ladies dresses on: June 20, 2005 09:31:38 AM
I've been sewing up a storm lately.

Here are 3 of my kids and myself modelling our latest clothes.

Simplicity 4996

Simplicity 4613

Butterick 3475.  This is the most complicated piece I've sewn, to date.
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Fanny's Fabrics is closing on: May 13, 2005 01:07:53 PM
For those Canadians who have a Fanny's Fabrics nearby, I've now seen 2 stores that are closing out.

Lots of sales.  Patterns are buy 1, get 5 free (must be same brand).  I just bought 6 Simplicity patterns for 6.75.

Fabrics are 50% off.  Everything else in the store (including magazines/books) is 30-50% off as well.
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