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141  Basket and Pillow for My Upcoming October 1st Wedding! IMAGE HEAVY in Weddings and Bridal Showers by arimethia on: September 17, 2005 04:23:50 PM
Only two weeks to go! Today I completed the flower girl's basket and the ring bearer's pillow for my wedding. Our colors are dark brown and orange as you can see.

The Pillow is made out of the same brown shantung that I made my bridesmaids' dresses out of.

 My finace came up with the design for the ring bearer's pillow, (Which he was very proud of)

I got the buttons at Ben Franklin for like, $5, and I still have a ton left over. I'm sure I'll find something else to use them on. Maybe that's what I'll put in the flower girl's basket for her to throw. Ha!

I'm planning for the flower girl to throw fall leaves instead of petals. I just have to find some awesome orange ones that aren't dry and crackley.

I lined the inside with the same brown shantung. I even put in a pillow bottom.

This is the back view of the basket. I really liked how it turned out.

I'm also painting parasols today and making table lanterns. I'll be sure to post pics of my wedding when I get them together. Thanks for looking

EDIT: Here is a picture of the ring bearer and flower girl carrying them at my wedding. Aren't they cute!? Cheesy
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142  Romantic Diorama for my River Lovin' Dude in Completed Projects by arimethia on: July 04, 2005 01:22:51 PM
Today is my fianc, Brad, and my two-year anniversary! I wanted to make him something really special and when I heard about the diorama challenge my creative juices started flowing. However, my cash wasnt flowing at the time of the deadline for the contest so I wasnt able to enter my project.
But I got all the supplies and completed it today. I wanted to do something having to do with us, the diorama being my gift to him for two years of blissful relationship.
I had some stones that I had collected from each of our trips to the river from the summer we got together, and I wanted to incorporate the river because it is such a huge part of our lives. (He is an avid whitewater kayaker and works as a whitewater rafting guide in the summer.) I also wanted the diorama to be something that could be displayed, hence, my making it in a shadowbox frame. I got together pictures from that fateful summer two years ago and painted a river on the canvas inside the shadowbox.

I cut out some pictures of our trips to the river from that summer and elevated them above the painting using foam adhesive stickers. I hot glued the stones where stones sit in the river in California (all over) and used a cut out scrapbooking quote in the corner. He really liked it and I think it will be something we can hang in our home after were married.

The quote in the corner is by Tom Brokaw. It says, "Dont be afraid to lean into the wind, love the earth in all of its natural glories, and take care of each other."
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143  Summer-y Backless Cami (Tute Added) in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by arimethia on: July 03, 2005 05:10:28 PM
So I must admit... I am a fabric whore. Roll Eyes Even if there is only the tinyest scrap of fabric, if I see potential in it, its mine! The result is I have overflowing boxes of fabric all over my room, much to the dismay of my fiance, who has taken to just kicking the boxes out of the way.
Anyway, a few months ago we had a bunch of fabric donated to the fashion department at my school, and I collected several scraps of floral country looking stuff with the intention of making it into a purse or skirt or something. However, there was this really cute Volcom Stone tank top we carry at the retail store I work at that I wanted, but I didn't like the label that was so ungraciously stamped on half of the shirt. It was ridiculously overpriced for something that I could make on my own, so I made it on my own.


I used the donated fabric and no pattern but I really like how it turned out. I think I might make another one out of the rest of the scraps I have laying around....

Thanks for checking it out!

And here's a tute for those of you that are interested or have requested....

Cut out the pieces shown above from your fabric. I got lucky with my first shirt in that the scraps were already as wide as I needed them. Basically, fold your fabric in half and make it wide enough to be as modest as you please. The back piece is only and inch shorter when folded than the front piece. (Im talking about top to bottom width)
Using a tight fitting shirt as a guide, the bodice piece should be 5/8 of an inch longer than the side seams on your shirt, (which you should wear to do this, it has to fit tight enough that it will hold up on its own. The back bodice piece then can be pinned to this a fitted as tight as you need it (REMEMBER TO LEAVE YOURSELF A LITTLE BREATHING ROOM FOR STITCH AND BOTCH IF NEED BE)
Fold your bodice piece in half as shown above, right sides together and sew into a tube, turning to the right side. Repeat with the back piece.
You should now have two pieces that look like this:

Iron your tubes flat so that the seam sits right under what you want to be the inside top of the garment.
Take your front bodice piece and right down the middle, gather the fabric just a little bit. You can do this more or less accurately as you choose. I just pinched two or three two-inch sections of the fabric and then flattend the pinches, then holding them in place with my fingers I ran the middle through the machine to secure it. Make sure to leave an inch of flat fabric at the bottom of your gather onto which you will sew the waist piece in a moment.

This makes a pretty little gather at the front of the bodice. If you want to put a ribbon or something over the stitching this is the time to do it, wrap your ribbon around the gather but dont let it pinch the bodice even more and sew or iron on your chosen embellishment.

Add a one inch shaped dart to each side of your front piece. This should make it so that the front piece and the back piece match up. Now sew your front bodice piece to your back bodice piece, making sure you have a little room to breath but the bodice should fit pretty snug.

This is what you should have now:

(Forgive my crude computer drawing abilities, what you have should look way cuter at this point.)

Now hem one side of your waist pieces like so:
Wrap the long piece around you so that the hemmed side comes right to the middle of your spine and the unhemmed side is at your left side seam just below your boobage area. Take the remaining waist piece and do the same. This piece will cover the remaining left side of your back. When you are satisfied with the fit (the top of the waist piece should be snug) sew the unhemmed edges together and trim any remaining undesired fabric. Tack the hemmed edges together. Now you should have something that looks like this:
Now sew the bodice piece to the waist piece matching up the middle of the back (the slot I guess you could call it) to the middle of the back of the bodice piece.

You can make straps with remaining fabric or ribbon if you please. If you make bias straps, wet them down and stretch them out, letting them dry stretched out on a bulletin board or something before you attach them. (This prevents your straps from stretching out and falling over your shoulders after youve attached them)

And voila! You have a summery little top!

Any questions... just ask!  Kiss
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144  Sassy Ruffle-y Jean Skirt in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by arimethia on: April 16, 2005 08:47:05 PM
I have been uber addicted to this site the past 24 hours, then again, I have also been uber bored which equals uber creativity. I just finished this little skirt today.

I got the skirt off ebay and added a bias ruffle.  Ruffles: the perfect touch of sass!

 Thanks for looking!
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145  Budget Living "Shams Rock" Pillowcase Shirt in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by arimethia on: April 16, 2005 01:09:04 AM
The April/May '05 issue of Budget Living featured a pillowcase shirt DIY project in "Making It" on page 78. (The tutorial is on page123 in the "Bargain Basement" section) So I had nothing to do this evening so whipped out my Singer and an old pillowcase I had laying around and made myself a rockin' little shirt.

Has anyone else tackled this litte project? Post your picture of it! Please!

Thanks for lookin'!
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146  Yellow Record Sconce? How do I do it? in Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions by arimethia on: April 15, 2005 07:02:51 PM
I scored this cool little piece of vinyl last summer on a garage sale kick, planning to make some kind of wall sconce out of it.

As you can see, its still in its turntable-ready state. I still want to make a lamp out of it somehow, but I'm out of ideas.... anybody got some? I'm open to anything but I do love the "It's Dancetime!" label. I would like to keep it displayable if possible.
Thanks for looking!
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147  Matching Shirt Tutorial in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by arimethia on: April 15, 2005 04:13:55 PM
Im showing this cute skirt I made (shown below) in a fashion show this week.

I found the fabric at a thrift store but was finding that its a challenge to find a shirt to go with it. So I bought a 2 for $10 tank top from Old Navy and used some non-woven fusible interfacing and left over fabric to make a matching top. And here it is. Im sure most of you talented folks know how to do this at home, but just in case, here is a tutorial. (sorry about the fuzziness, my digital camera sucks!)

Supplies Needed:
1) Non woven fusible interfacing. (A good use for that awful Pellon you may have lying around.)
2) A tank top
3) Patterned fabric (Mine was left over scraps from the skirt)
4) Scissors
5) An iron
6) A needle
5) Thread that matches the pattern fabric as to blend in properly
6) Small beads (If you so wish. I used the beads as the center of the flowers.)

You can do this one of two ways. If the flowers (Or whatever youre putting on your shirt) on your fabric are close together, you can fuse the interfacing to the wrong side of the fabric according to the directions that come with fusible interfacing and then cut out the flowers as you so desire.
The flowers on my fabric where quite spread out. So first I cut out the flower bunches from the fabric scraps and laid them on the interfacing, using the cutouts as a kind of stencil. Then I fused the flowers to their interfacing. (The interfacing provides some structure to the cut outs and also keeps woven fabrics from unraveling beyond recognition)

Next I laid out the flowers on my shirt to see how I wanted them to look. Then I laid this pattern out on the table in front of me so I would know which piece to put where and when. I sewed each piece on with a few small stitches in the center of each flower and added a bead but threading the bead over the needle and passing a few stitches.

Continue until youre satisfied with your shirt and youre done! Ta da!

Thanks for looking!
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