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81  Captain Morgan, retro-seventies, I need to lose weight - new clothes in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by Mary Bell on: April 10, 2005 03:57:51 AM
Believe it or not this started as an attempt to replicate something from anthropologie - it took a detour and ended up look like pirate pants and a bustier - something from the seventies. I learned two big things from this sewing project. I need to learn how to modify patterns so that I don't have a problem with gapping necklines (I have problems with store bought clothes too) and I need to lose weight - I can avoid looking at my body most of the time but when you sew for yourself you get a good look at how big you are!! Ugh!!

Couldn't resist drawing a moustache since I look so ugly anyhow

a look at the colors

the moth I embroidered on it


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82  remember spool-knitted chains from when you were a kid? in Crochet: Completed Projects by Mary Bell on: April 09, 2005 02:36:39 AM
I went to Jo-Ann's yesterday with a coupon for their great coupon sale intending to purchase the tools to tat lace but then I saw this little "Embelish Knit" kit which is a pumped up version of the spools we all used when we were children. Having had a nostalgic yen for knitting useless lengths of chain for quite some time, I bought it instead - learning how to tat will have to wait. It comes with all sorts of suggestions for what to do with your chain.

These are destined for some bags I am making for two little girls.

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83  Simon the Short Fat Snake - A Rarely Seen Snake of the Christmas Rattlesnake Sp in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by Mary Bell on: April 07, 2005 01:05:31 PM
A Silly Snake

Simon the short fat snake
was a dolt so decided midwinter
he needed to molt. He started to roam
in search of a home - a place where he
could be safe and be warm.
He entered our front door
and liked the warm floor
so he climbed the front stair
and made himself a place in your chair
and you can still find him there.

Here we see Simon climbing the stairs (the stairs are pink because my entry is a deep magenta and in the morning the sun reflects of the walls and tints everything):

Here we see Simon basking in the sun - enjoying the warm floor:

Here we see Simon sitting in the red arm chair:

Simon is a rare variety of snake known as the Christmas Rattlesnake. Here we catch a glimpse of the rarely seen jingle bell rattles of this species:

Simon and my daughter are fast friends:

Simon is just a snake made out of two neckties. I made him this morning when I should have been doing "more important" things. I read the poem to my daughter this morning and then let her find Simon who has now been rechristened as Sammy the Snake - Simon apparently lives in Sammy's belly.

I am glad I wasted time making him... Wink
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84  first embroidery in fifteen years in Needlework: Completed Projects by Mary Bell on: April 05, 2005 04:34:42 AM
If you've seen my sewing - it becomes clear that I've taken up crafts after a lapse of fifteen years. I was doing some hand-detailing on my sewing projects and was enjoying it and then saw this transfer pattern and decided to do it for my mother-in-law who just built a new home and is doing a chicken themed kitchen - (I have major kitchen envy - it has marble counters and the range has a marble backsplash going up to the exhaust vent - and the worst thing she doesn't cook - what a waste)...but anyhow...she will probably put this away in a drawer and only haul it out when we visit...ah well - I learned a lot - I learned a lot about what I remember, that I learned a lot wrong, and that I want to improve and keep embroidering!!

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85  Remember those maps they pull down over the chalkboard at school? in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Mary Bell on: April 03, 2005 03:53:22 AM
I made a roller-blind with one. My parent's like to do theme Christmas's about five years ago -they did an auctio Christmas and hit paydirt when a local school rebuilt. The school decided everything had to go because everything in the new building was going to be new and so my parent's got loads of old school things. We received two of these maps that fit over the chalkboard.

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86  Fulled Wool Pouch in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Mary Bell on: April 01, 2005 01:02:47 PM
My first fulled wool project. A very fine Italian Wool Sweater that I picked up at Goodwill. Both layers together come to between a quarter of an inch and half an inch. I found out why thimbles are important. The difficulty of working with thick layers makes this not as polished/finished as I would like. This is my first time using grommets and I love them and will probably use them again.


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87  Mom I Want to Craft Too - Sharing your kids crafts and craft ideas for kids in Suggest New Boards and New Features by Mary Bell on: April 01, 2005 12:58:00 PM

I think that a board for Moms and Dads to share their children's crafts would be awesome.

It would be great to brag about your child's crafts, to discuss what works for what age/child and what doesn't, how to make things easier, craft ideas for real crafts on not foamie kits from Oriental Trading, etc.

I know from reading the 'bio' thread that there are lots of stay-at-home Mom's and many, many Mom's and wanna-be Mom's (haven't had 'em  yet) who want to raise creative children. I would guess that means doing lots of crafty and creative things with them.

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88  Baby Sister has a dress now too (second sewing project in fifteen years) in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by Mary Bell on: March 31, 2005 01:10:47 PM
I made my youngest a dress out of the same fabrics as big sis

Here is a full shot:

a few shots:


my first zipper (very ugly)

oh - you want to see color?

one more with big sis


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89  Pincushion from wool scraps - the ultimate in recycling - tutorial added in Completed Projects by Mary Bell on: March 30, 2005 01:27:41 PM
I made this pincushion from scraps and lint from a fulled wool project I am working on and used an airforce button for the top.

This pincushion is very easy to make.

Save all you wool scraps. I saved my scraps from a fulled wool project which was nice cause I skimmed a lot of the washing machine and my dryer's lint trap.

Chop your scraps into quarter inch pieces.

Put a handful of scraps in your blender, fill the blender with hot water, and blend it until the scraps are chopped up.

Strain it through a colandar lined with a large scrap of fabric (or do as I did and use a worn out kitchen towel).

Process all your scraps this way (it is wise to do very small batches so you don't clog your blender).

Gather your scraps into a ball (some hand shaping is very beneficial at this stage).

Put the scraps back into the center of your fabric. Gather the fabric around it tight and tie it shut.

Throw it in the dryer. Two cycles is how long it takes my dryer to dry it well.

When you unwrap your fabric you have a gorgeous felt ball.

Embellish it as you see fit.

For my embellisment, I picked two large buttons (the button on the top is from my Dad's airforce coat). I threaded a large needle with yarn. I knotted it and then shoved it through from the bottom, attached the top button, then ran it back through and attached the bottom button, then ran it betweent the two a couple of times. Finally I took a very long strand of yarn, wrapped it around the base of a button a few times and then ran it along the side to the bottom button, ran it around the bottom button and came back up and simply circled the entire ball by that method. then I punched the needle through. Cut off the end of the yarn and let it slip back to the middle.

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90  junk store journal (I think it was handmade) in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Mary Bell on: March 27, 2005 04:32:05 AM
I bought this journal for 29 cents at a junk store. I think it is hand made. I used it to make a sort of loosely organized visual journal for my Mom using my image transfer method. It was more difficult than I expected as the paper was rather fragile.

Sorry for the uneven angles of the scans the journal was an awkward shape for my scanner.
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