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1  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / embossing galore on: July 07, 2008 08:56:05 PM
Ten hours with embossing powder and corner punches at my mom's and I have my wedding invites.

Here's the envelope:

Here's the reply card:

Here's the front of the invite:

Here's the inside:

2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / In which a knitter learns to love her sewing machine (img chunky) on: August 06, 2007 09:04:16 PM
So my great grandmother's jacket became a casualty to a painting project.   Cry

But the frugal Depression survivor that she was, I know she'd want it to find a new life.  And so it did, as a computer bag.  Thanks to all the tutes for various messenger style bags, I came up with this...

front and obligatory pen pocket

inside pockets in action

ooooh.  comfort quilting

3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / ugly work shirt into less ugly work shirt on: June 25, 2007 08:00:40 PM
well, it's summer reading time at the local library which mean another ill fitting t-shirt to wear to work.  not this year, i said.  i took that ugly shirt that was too tight here and way too loose there and made it into this (courtesy of t-shirt makovers)...

a better look at the sleeve (the best part)

the graphic still leaves a bit to be desired.  bat at least the style is a bit more flattering.   Smiley
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / bean bags on: June 22, 2007 12:47:45 PM
so after a good long time, i finished some bean bags for my step kids.  now it's time to fill them and, holy beejeezus, bean bag filling is expensive.   Shocked  Undecided  anyone have any ideas how i can fill these very large bags for under seventy dollars?   Angry crimeny!  i'm thinking packing peanuts, but my dh is afraid that they'll break down and be uncomfortable.  so i'm turning to the wisdom contained here?
5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / sparkly fairy wand on: March 25, 2007 10:14:50 PM
So my boyfriend's daughter was bemoaning the fact that she no longer had a fairy wand that she once had.  I thought that was downright uncivilized for a six year old girl to be without a fairy wand, so I rummaged and rummaged until I came up with a solution.  After a few false starts, I came up with this.

Here's an action shot.  I guess it made her brother strong.

I took an old knitting needle and knit up an i cord out of some red sparkly yarn and slipped the needle through it.  I had to bind off over the needle so I could actually get it on.  I dabbed a bit of glue on the top and the bottom to glue the cover to the needle since the ends kept wanting to poke through.  Then I cut two sides of a star out of some fabric left over from my shirt recon, sewed them together and stuffed it full of fiberfill to give it some structure.  Then I just tied on some ribbons and stitched the star to the end of the wand and now it's magic!
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / simple t-shirt recon on: March 25, 2007 09:37:09 PM
So, I work for the public library and every summer we get these shapeless free t-shirts for the summer reading program.  I thought I'd turn it into something I wouldn't mind wearing.  I don't have a before picture.  Just imagine a normal shapeless t-shirt.  But here's the after:

I just took it in on the sides to make it fit better, gave it long sleeves because the library is always cold, and cut a more flattering neckline.  The red bands on the sleeves were a happy accident.  I cut the sleeves too short to be able to hem them so I cut the hem off the original sleeves and sewed them on the ends.  I think it looks good that way.  Not too exciting of a recon, but I went from a shirt I would never wear in public to one I can't wait to wear to work.   Smiley
7  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Gifts for cross stitchers on: February 09, 2007 11:07:05 AM
Hey all.  My sister is planning on taking up cross stitching, one of the only crafts I don't do.  Her birthday is coming up and I was wondering if anyone had any ideas for a good inexpensive gift to help her get started.  I have mad crafting skillz (may outdated slang never die) but little money.  She already has a carrying case that I knitted her for christmas.  Now I'm at a blank. What do you think?
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Dress help with pics. on: April 15, 2006 11:51:20 AM
I finally got the pitures going.  I received this wonderful dress for Valentine's day, but the waist is much higher than my actualy waist and it's uncomfortable, and the bodice is a bit too tight.  It's from a vintage store with no return policy.  It would be lovely if it fit right.  What can I do?  Embarrassed

Here is the dress from the front.

My hands are on my true waist.

From the back.
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Dress help on: April 02, 2006 11:52:44 AM
My very sweet boyfriend surprised me with a dress I was admiring in the window of a vintage store.  It's a great red velvet cocktail dress.  It fits me great in the bust and the style is perfect for me.  The problem is that the waist hits me way too high.  I wouldn't be able to match the fabric and I'm kind of new to this whole sewing thing.  I'm nervous to go at it with such a lovely dress.  Any ideas how I could fix this and make it look good, aside from moving my actual waist to the middle of my ribcage, that is?
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