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11  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Scarf, Hat, and Mittens from Charmed Knits! on: January 25, 2008 08:28:15 PM
They look great! I really like how the mittens match the scarf soo well. 

Don't think twice about going with the movies' coloring, I think the blue/gray-silver is a much better combo than blue/bronze.
12  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Party Planning / The Life Aquatic - Zissou Bridal Shower on: January 23, 2008 12:25:07 AM

I think for my cousin's bridal shower, we are going to throw a Life Aquatic themed party.

This will be a slumber party because most of the people invited will be from out of town, and she wanted to spend a fair amount of time with the guests.  We are all in our late 20s, early 30s and fairly crafty types.

-Her house is already kinda beach/fish themed.  They have a salt water tank and a turtle tank. So I don't think it would be too difficult to decorate... I'm thinking of putting cut out port windows (construction paper) on the windows.  I'd also set out all of their SCUBA stuff.

-I wouldn't really know what to serve, I'm thinking: sushi, veggies, fruit, cheese, oyster crackers, a cake, fish shaped cookies.....? Most likely we'll be drinking a lot- Bloody Marys, Margaritas, and wine.

-In addition to the lingerie she is receiving as gifts, I thought we could decorate some cheap bras/panties with pearls, starfish, seaweed, etc. for a crafty game/competition.

-I also thought of hiding a Jaguar Shark somewhere in the house and who ever finds it gets a prize.

-Maybe watch the movie

-Maybe hang out in the hot tub

-I'm going to knit up a red cap for each person.
-Each person will get a light blue shirt or tank top.
-I'm trying to figure out how to make up some Team Zissou cards for each person.
-I think one of the prizes could be a necklace like Eleanor wears in the film.

Thoughts? Advice?
13  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Crazy Quilt Blue / Yellow on: October 30, 2007 08:20:55 PM
This is my first adventure into crazy quilting, and I think I'm hooked.  I'm not really sure what I am going to do with this, it measures 20x11.  Perhaps I'll make other rectangles in different colors, then join them.  Time will tell.  It currently has a home over my husband's computer because he "lurves" it.

Just the pieces:

With stitching:

Close up of my (ugly) spider:

Some of the stitches were completely random doodling, or shapes my husband thought would be cool.  I've included a torch, a highway, a diadem, stars, triangles, football, wishbones, and chicken feet along with more traditional stitches like chain, feather, and harringbone.

I am happy to report that the current CQ project has much MUCH better feather stitching. 
14  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Scrapbooking: Completed Projects / First Scrapbook Page Ever! (Birthday / Memories) on: October 30, 2007 08:04:10 PM
I've never done this before, but my good friend, Sarah, is making the best birthday present ever for her boyfriend, Kenny (also a dear friend of mine). 

She sent out some scrapbooking materials and requested that we each make a page for a book.  This is my page.  Tomorrow I'm going to help my husband with his page, then we'll send them off to her.  She's going to put all the pages together and present it to Kenny on his birthday.  The script at the top right is about my favorite memories of him.


15  CLOTHING / Clothing Sewalongs / Re: 2007 Costume Sewalong (All Costumes) on: October 29, 2007 06:39:22 PM
Our Halloween party was Saturday night.  It got to a point where I didn't want to work on my dress anymore so I decided that "crazy Ophelia" would have frayed edges on every part of her dress. . .

Dead Hamlet

I made his shirt using Simplicity 4219 pretty much to the letter except for the lacing, blood trickling out of his mouth, and "dead eyes"

Dead Ophelia

I made the dress altering Simplicity 4055 view A.  I made the overlay go all the way to the floor as I loved the fabric so much!! It looked like it was water damaged and it had flowers on it!  I also didn't cuff the sleeves, but left them fluttery. I also added a sash.

I made my head wreath with silk flowers and pipe cleaners. 

I was super pleased with how my makeup turned out.  I put on a lot of eye makeup then spritzed my face with water so it would streak down my face.  Lots of powder and no lipstick makes for one very pale dead Ophelia.  I moussed the hell out of hair to keep it "wet" throughout the night.  These pictures were post party so itsn't as dramatic as it had been a few hours earlier.   

Close up so you can see the fabric.   

It was a bit fun as every other girl at the party was something sexy, and tried very hard to be appealing, while I tried the exact opposite - highlighting dark circles under my eyes and trying to look as bloated as possible. 

Also, this was the first time I've sewn actual clothes by myself, used interfacing, and put in elastic! I'm very pleased with the experience, and I think I'll venture into making actual clothes
16  CLOTHING / Clothing Sewalongs / Re: 2007 Costume Sewalong (All Costumes) on: October 01, 2007 03:31:06 PM
It's October 1st, so I'm really starting to think of Halloween and convince myself to stop working on Christmas presents. 

After much debate, my husband and I have finally decided upon our outfits--Hamlet and Ophelia, but both after they have shuffled off this mortal coil.  (We are both Literature grads... gotta keep to your roots, eh?)

For his costume I'm going the Laurence Olivier route:

Using Simplicity 4219 view D. As seen here http://www.habithat.co.uk/images/Sim4219.jpg

I'm debating the necessity of a vest, (it may be too hot); and I may just have him wear a pair of his dark slacks to finish it off.  I did find a "good enough" skull at Joann's when I was buying fabric this morning. I'm thinking a "cut" across his face, blood treacle from his mouth, and greenish makeup will help with conveying that Hamlet has been poisoned.

My costume? I'm working on the dress pattern, Frankensteining bits and pieces from patterns I already have.  I know it's not going to be anything really period appropriate because I look better with a higher waist and since it will be hot I want short sleeves.  I did get a fair amount of light blue eyelet chiffon-y fabric that is very subtly tie-died so it looks like it has water damage. I'm hitting up my cousin's dried flower collection to make a crown and add to the bodice.  Pale makeup, light blue fingernail polish, bare feet...

17  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Scrappy Square Quilt on: September 20, 2007 10:48:23 AM
This is so very wonderful! I think you've done an amazing job with all the different colors.  The design is modern and classic (I agree with the Klimt comparison). 

Now to wipe the drool off of the keyboard.....
18  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Star Wars Plastic Needlepoint Charts on: September 02, 2007 09:57:31 PM
I'm looking for some Star Wars charts that are for plastic canvas or anything boxy based (cross stitch, knitting even).  Anything right now would be greatly appreciated.
19  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Wedding Napkins, Logo (lots of pics) on: February 06, 2007 02:48:04 PM
I really like the beading work on those napkins; they add just the right amount of sparkle to a really cute design.  I'm sure they'll love them.

20  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Voldemort can't stop the Crafting... on: January 24, 2007 03:43:25 PM
Thank you everybody for such nice comments!

Miss_Vicki: If you are having real troubles with the loops, I found that taking one strand of the color you are using: approach from back, hook some*&$# loops, then go through to the back; hence "couching" them down.  Then take your normal amount of number of threads, and start on the satin stitch.  This helped me keep the buggers under control, especially around the edges of color.
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