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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / I'm a completely wonderful sister. on: August 23, 2008 06:50:51 PM
Seriously.  So my little sister (not so little-- we're 21 months apart) just started college!  She's got a really keen eye for decorating, but not really the crafty gene... I guess just I got that one.  So she was trying to come up with ideas to spice up the dorm room, and she wanted me to make one of those memo boards (you know the type... a fabric covered board, with ribbons crisscrossing to make slots for notes/pictures etc) to hang on her closet door.  Well the kid doesn't just want one of these... she wants 8 small ones in different fabrics.  Well, a trip to Hancock later (I think you'll like the fabric designs she picked out- she really does have a good eye), we had a pile of fabric, ribbon, and batting.  "This won't take very long, sis," she enthused.  About two hours later (after going back and forth about the virtues of cardboard vs foam board and designing and then redesigning countless sizes she wanted), she had gotten as far as cutting out the cardboard before quitting and leaving the cutting the fabric and batting, hot-gluing them to the cardboard, and then designing the ribbon crisscrosses, and then adding the button embellishments.... well sis, it kind of took a long time.  But I like how it turned out, and to be honest, she'll probably have the only 8-handmade-memo-boards-closet-door-covering on campus.  And to think we could have just hung a poster.

Anyway, after it was all done, and I was totally spent (I also made a huge photo collage, covered a tin can in the dark teal fabric as a pencil holder, and fixed a necklace of hers), I was like, "Dang, anything else?" and she just said, "I like it when you magically fix things."  Oh to be 18.

In action:

Close-up of one of the boards:

Zeroing in on one of the buttons... it was awesome b/c our mom had a bunch of very neat buttons to embellish this project!  Each board has a different button on it Smiley  This right here is actually 2 buttons nested together.

And a little side project (I was waiting on more ribbon and she wanted a key hook), with the coolest buttons of all.  Those letters are her and her roommate's first initials.

2  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Seventeen: They Finally Caught On on: September 13, 2007 01:31:26 PM

Fall issue of Seventeen Magazine.... they figured out what we've been talking about for AGES.... "It's going to get cold, but you'll look hot (and stay warm) in these chunky knits."

Uh Huh.

That SAID.... I'm in looove with the dress and the tan short sleeve sweater... has anyone seen a similar pattern?
3  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Altar cloth?? Design stumper on: August 07, 2007 08:30:10 PM
Hey needleworkers Smiley  My priest is looking to add a new altar cloth to our very small collection (it is basically a table runner for an altar).  She asked me to work on it for the Purple season (I don't really know what that means, but she said gold, purple, blue... those all work).  I am using this as an excuse to delve a little into embroidery (don't worry, I'll be honing my skills on lesser projects before tackling the altar cloth).  So, my quest for you all is to help me figure out 2 questions:

1) What material would be good, and how should I assemble?  I have seen a few large pieces of what seems to be a "ready made" embroidery cloth, but I don't think they are large enough, quite.  Can anyone point me in a good direction for that?  I don't really want to tear my fingers up working with it, but it also needs to look nice for an altar

2) Design?  I would obviously like to incorporate some religious symbols and motifs- does anyone know of a good pattern company/website, or book or anything.  I seem to be hitting a wall with the florals, teapots, kitschy, and "country" type items.... not much religious imagery.  (BTW we are Episcopalian- that's Christian)

Any help would be greatly appreciated!
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Roommate not crafty, but thinks she is.... on: July 31, 2007 05:44:54 PM
So, here's the story.  My future roommate (we move in in August, she's a friend from school) is in charge of bringing our kitchen table to our apartment.  We were talking a week or so ago about how she wants to paint it.  I gave her a few suggestions, which were basically limited to a really dark blacky stain (it's a wood table), or just nice black paint.  Very simple.  I don't want to be mean, because her heart is in the right place, but when it comes to projects her execution is kind of lacking (things come out looking.... kind of..... bad).  Anyway, I thought that black would be really nice, simple, elegant, and basically foolproof.  Not to mention, it would really suit our apartment!  However.... she just sent me this email:
Hey girls! I just wanted to let you know that our kitchen table is going to be very colorful. I am going to paint my dresser a dark blue, green, and really deep purple color so I was just planning on using the leftover paint to paint the table...how does that sound to you?

Um.... so here's the question.  Besides the fact that that sounds literally hideous (why would you do that to a wooden This End Up table?), can I say anything?  It's going to be in our common area, where we entertain, etc.  Do I  say anything and let her foster her creative side (at the expense of having a "colorful" table in our living space)?  I don't want to be THAT roommate, but jeez, I don't want a green/blue/purple table.... and also I have to do the chairs (recover, paint), and I don't want to do something I think is ugly just to have it match.

What to do, craftsters??? Help a nervous roommate out! Smiley
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / So I made that crucial design mistake..... on: July 22, 2007 04:30:24 PM
I'm moving to an apartment this August- my room at home is staying intact, and I can't really use much from my dorm set up- so I get to do a bit of decorating to my bedroom, yay!  But I made a little bit of an error- I just bought a bedspread/pillowsham set without really having any sort of vision as to how it would fit in the room..... and now I'm feeling rather uninspired by the set, even though I like it a lot as bed spreads go.  ANYWAAAY... thought I might post a pic of the stuff I have to work with and see if you guys have any gut feelings as to what other stuff I might put in the room.  I'll really only have room for the bed, a night-table and a dresser, so wall-hangings are crucial, trying to think of ideas for finishes for the furniture, and just some interesting accent stuff.  Not sure if I want to paint the walls, might be too much trouble.  Anyway, hit me with your best shot, I'd really appreciate a craftster's opinion!

See, it's almost beachy-country.... don't really know what direction to go...

this is the sham (cute, right?)

close up of some of the detailing.

6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Retro leg-warmers on: January 19, 2007 02:40:08 PM
So.... I am one of the few people I know who actually wears legwarmers.  So I made some!  They're made with a soy-wool blend of self striping yarn.  Knit on circular needles, they were very easy to make, and surprisingly quick.  ALSO my big accomplishment on this FO is that it was knit completely in Continental style, which I have been trying to master since if done right it's a bit faster than the other way (American?).  I had fun with it, and I'm trying them out tonight when I go ice skating!

This is a close-up of the ribbing that's at each end.

Well now that I look at those pictures they look all wobbly and stuff, but I figure when I put them on they won't look like that... I hope!  Anyway, I hope you like them.
7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / teary rainbow phone charm on: November 09, 2006 12:02:35 PM
I seem like such a girl, making a charm for my cell phone, right!  I got this little rainbow w/ rainy clouds charm at an awesome bead store in Boone, NC... it seemed so perfect, b/c life is not all rainbows and sunshine, and it definitely spoke to me.  As a Christian I just like rainbows and everything too (you know, God's Covenant and all).  It was the perfect little present for my phone, and it took me like 10 minutes to put it together (I got the black string w/ a jump ring on it at that store too, made just for cell phone charms).  The beads are swarovski crystals too, so that makes me seem fancy even though I'm not.  Thanks for looking!

I really like how it hangs over my hand like this:
8  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / bro-boggan on: October 26, 2006 01:49:29 PM
I wanted to make a hat for my brother's birthday this year b/c winter is approaching and he has to wait for the bus in the cold.... sad!  I thought it would be cool to make him something that he could toss in his bookbag and just wear to and from school to keep his cute little head warm.  I got a great pattern called Flappy (http://www.crochetme.com/flappy) from crochetme.com, and modified it to make it a little more manly (no ear flaps or pigtails).  It's knit from some kind of cotton-acrylic so it's not especially soft, but it is very tightly crocheted and should keep him pretty dang warm.  Here are some pictures of it on him.... sorry he looks so silly in that face one.  He's usually much more.... not doofy looking, haha

9  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Emotional Photo Scavenger Hunt Swap Gallery on: July 28, 2006 04:48:01 PM
Hey, this is it, post ya pictures!
10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / alright.... HGTV: you know you love it on: July 07, 2006 08:26:20 PM
OKAY!!! I watch HGTV.  Some of their stuff is RIDICULOUS....... but then on occasion you're like, hey, that has potential

THIS is the mother of all "tute" sites.  Be WARNED.  Very non-ironic, awful stuff up there.  But then, there are some basic techniques and some things that are workable.  There are instructions for hundreds of things from woodworking to beadworking, quilting to knitting, sewing & altering.... yadda yadda yadda.  Everyone needs a good place to find some you know, back-to-basics instructions.  This could help someone!  Or maybe I need help!

(The green menu on the left hand side of the page kind of.... expands, so there are lots of topics, even though this "base" page may look sparse.  There is much to be found in the annals of HGTV.com!)

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