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11  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Discussion and Questions / Light paint color on dark shirts on: January 29, 2010 08:34:32 PM
I've had many successful stencil project on light colored shirts, I always use the freezer paper technique.

My problem is when I stencil on dark colored shirts. I've only had this problem with t-shirt fabric, I've been successful on quilters cotton.

The paint seems to seep into the fabric so much more. I end up putting on so many layers the image is blotchy, super stiff and well yucky looking. I've tried waiting for the paint dry between applications this has lead to bleeding where the stencil pulls up after a use or two.

I've seen awesome projects here so I know I'm doing something wrong but I can't figure out what it is.
12  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Simple patchs and knots and a question on: March 19, 2009 02:48:45 PM
My Grandma use to make these blankets all the time when quilting got to tedious for her. She was in the process of making this one, all that was left was the tieing/knotting, when she passed away. My parents gave it to me to finish with the plan that when I finished they were going to give it to a family member who didn't have a blanket yet.
Well that was three years ago, I don't live in the same state anymore so I was able to put off dealing with my Grandmas death for a long while. Due to this every attempt at finishing the blanket led to a huge crying fit and brought up way to many emotions for me. Finally got around to coming to terms with all of it and started doing the knots.

I never realised how hard it was to photograph a blanket, lol. How am I suppose to get it all in one shot  Huh It's a mystery

Close up of the backing and some of the squares.

My question is did I do enough knots? They are at the corner of every square, so they're 3 1/2 inches apart. I know my Grandma use to do a lot more but I think it looks really cluttered like that but should I add more? It really needs washed so please let me know.
13  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Dirty/Clean cupcakes on: February 24, 2009 07:37:36 AM
I have a bit of an obsession with cupcakes lately and needed a clean/dirty sign for my dishwasher so I came up with this. The dirty cupcake is inspired by the crocheted moldy cupcakes I'm sure many of you have seen around the net.

This is my first needlework project for myself, only other thing I've done is a pillow case for a swap. I'm pretty happy with them.


14  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Tile in the living room? Opinion please on: January 19, 2009 03:50:11 PM
So I guess the subject line says it all but if you want a background story read on.

We have/had laminate wood flooring in our living room well our washer flooded the kitchen and living room (again!!) this morning. We ended up having to pull up all the flooring, the flooring has been layed three times so far, the original time we screwed up, the second time to fix the screw up and the third time cause the first time the washer flooded the house.

We're going to have to relay the floor unfortunately a lot of the flooring is damaged. We're now faced with the option of buying new flooring. My Hubby wants to lay tile, most likely ceramic, in the living room and kitchen. This could be cool if we lived in FL/CA/AZ but we don't we live in Alabama and intend to sell in less then 5 years. I think it's a bad idea for the living room, what do you think?

Cliff note version: My Husband wants to put tile in the living room, we live in AL. And I think it's a bad idea.

15  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Turtle & Rock on shirts & skirt (5 pics) on: January 01, 2009 06:59:56 AM
I've been telling myself that one day I'll recon some shirts, well finally got off my butt and got at least two of them done.

Inspired by JillO reverse applique https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=267021.0

I love turtles and got an ink stain on my pretty white shirt (why do I even bother with white?) I used the turtle in the link JillO provided.

Close up

Rock on! Saw this shirt at K-mart on clearance for .50 cents! Only problem with it was it was a mens muscle shirt. So I added sleeves (another shirt in my stash) and viola. Sorry about the face, it seemed appropriate, lol.

I did screw up though, my sleeves weren't as big as the arm holes so I tried to compensate by doing a little tuck thing under the arms so it has a weird pouchy/boob deformer thing.

And a simple jean to skirt recon that I made last year and never posted. It's actually one of my favorite things I've made and not just cause it makes my butt look hot  Wink No pic you'll just have to take my word for it.

16  COOKING / Dessert / New Years owl cupcakes on: January 01, 2009 06:40:49 AM
So last night while most couples were out drinking on the town, my Hubby and I stayed home and made cupcakes Smiley (yes and drank). How lucky am I? My Hubby completely took me by surprise by how into decorating them he was.

Recipe/design is from Hello, Cupcake! Seriously folks if you haven't got this book yet you're missing out. These were so much fun I can't wait to make the rest of the book.

And a close up

17  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / St. Pattys day and Alien cards on: August 30, 2008 08:01:20 PM
Sat down after being disgusted on how many stamps I've bought and have yet to use and made some cards. Yes I know I'm a bit early/late for St. Patricks day but oh well now I'll just have to remember to send them.

St. Patricks day card and envelope

St Pattys day card and envelope take two

Both are stamped with "Happy St. Patricks day" inside.

Alien (I think he's so cute) cards.

Close up, the "flying by to say Hi" is stamped on the inside of the little card as well

Random little cards, was just trying out clear stamps for the first time, very plain and not really happy with them but I'll use them sometime I guess.

Anywho nothing to fancy, just happy I used some of my stamps Smiley

18  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / Polka Dot goodness on: August 07, 2008 11:11:17 AM
My wonderful dog decided to eat her brand new "adult" collar, well not all of it just the plastic clasp. Luckily I had an old clasp in my stash. I was just going to fix the collar but after seeing at least 3 dogs a week with that collar at work I decided Sushi needed a custom one.

Sushi with her pretty polka dot goodness, she's pouting we had to come inside cause it started to rain.

Some what layed flat, Sushi decided flat wasn't a good way for a her collar to be I guess.

Now I want to make my other babies some cute collars, need to go find some more clasps.
19  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / V-day cupcake card on: February 07, 2008 06:40:43 PM
For whatever reason while looking at my cupcake ribbon this idea struck me for a card. Since Valentines day was coming up I decided to adapt it for that. Sadly enough the only people who would appreciate a card are my parents so I'm sending it off to them.


Inside with the cupcake ribbon.
20  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / can bikini's be practical too? on: January 16, 2008 05:30:51 PM
Umm I mean crocheted bikinis of course. I really want to make one. I did a search and most people say they use theirs to just lay out, but I don't lay out. Pales the new black folks, no really it is!
Anyone actually swim in theirs?
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