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1  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / True Pinafore Skirt Dress on: July 09, 2008 02:33:56 AM
I had a birthday last week, and I decided it was time to stop being afraid to try and sew my own clothes instead of just quilts and what not. I've been seeing all the pretty (and easy) pinafore skirts around lately. I dug out some fabric I had, and started with stopthefacade's tutorial (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v374/ongir/Skirt.jpg)

and one with better lighting...

Things I changed:
1. Did not add straps.
2. Because I did not add straps, I made a sandwich of two pieces of cotton and interfacing on the waist part to help it stand up. After fiddling around with it, I believe I will go ahead and pin in on the blouse I'm wearing underneath.
3. I doubled my fabric for the skirt part, but made the 'hems' 2 inches apart, so it has the shorter skirt on top.
4. I didn't hem it at all. Hems intimidate / bore me, so instead I just used the fabric so the bottom hem would be the selvage edges of the fabric.
5. After having a hell of a time, I realized that 4 layers of cotton, interfacing all gathered together really goes easier when you use a quilting foot. I could have cut an hour off of the skirt had I realized that at the beginning.

I think I shall wear this outfit Friday to a rehearsal dinner for a wedding I'm in on Saturday.
2  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Valentine's Day / LoveBOT conquers all (Box and Valentines...picture heavy) on: February 14, 2008 12:23:17 AM
OK, so I just started an internship Tuesday, and I was told that they have a Mandatory Valentines Exchange Wink.  We are doing little cards, and everyone must make their own box to receive their cards, if you don't, you get a plastic sack with your name written on it with a sharpie.

So tonight my husband and I worked on some robot lovin'.

My Valentines Box: LoveBOT

Isn't he cute? He's made out of a Ziploc bag box, some silver tissue paper, and some stickers/paper out of a wedding scrap pad I got on super sale at Target Tuesday evening.

Here are some close ups:

Left side, with my name

Right side, with his personal motto

Back side, showing creases!

Backside, like a Cabbage Patch, has his name on his butt.

Here he's opening up his compartment.  I based most of his design off of Bender from "Futurama," hence the swinging door (also, this way I can get my Valentines out!), antenna, and "bad boy attitude."

With my box completed, I need to work on what to give to my co-workers.  Last year I had found these awesome free Valentines you can print out from blissfully bitter. So cute! However, my printer sucks, so I cut out some cardstock, and drew them myself. 

Too cute, if I say so myself.

Here's the army on my couch.  They are stapled to little bags filled with Snickers, Sweettarts, et cetera

Happy Valentine's Day!
3  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?
4  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. 
5  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.


6  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Quilt Challenge #1 - China First-Aid on: January 15, 2007 09:57:05 PM
I've had such a block against quilting for the past couple of months, a small quilt challenge was just perfect to get me back in the game. Smiley

In working this, it looked to me like I had broken some very nice China dishes, and was putting them back together. It wasn't until the end that I noticed the first-aid symbol popping soo much. 

It's a little longer than 10" one way, a little less the other.  121 little blocks that are about 3/4" big.
7  Oregon / Oregon: Southwest / Eugene Stitching Group (aka Beating the Rain Blues) on: November 30, 2006 02:42:00 PM
Okay, I've been here for six months now, and have yet to find a knitting group.  So, I'm ready to start one if need be. The main problem is I don't have any idea of where a good place to hold one would be. 

I asked around at the yarn shop on 13th, the needlepoint shop at the market and got nothing to go off of.  I tried to go to the one that is allegedly at UO but no one was there.

Are you a member of a group already?  Do you know of a good place to have a meet? Is Eugene just not a friendly place, and I need to go back to Texas?

8  NEEDLEWORK / Sublime Stitching Embroidery / SS KK TT (Sublime Stitching Krazy Kitchen Tea Towels) on: October 08, 2006 11:48:39 AM
The past few weeks I've been slugging through these towels for my sister-in-law.  She is getting married later this month, and these will be our gift to her. 

When I asked her if her kitchen will have a "theme" or anything, she just said that she likes "spa colors."  So, when I found these blue blue towels on sale at WinCo, I decided they were spa enough.

The two smaller ones are in split stitch, the bigger one is in chain.

Celery colored blender! Stem for "glass", split stitch for everything else I think.

After the first two went so quickly, I moved on to the white tea towels to go with it.  I hit such a wall, it took me three weeks when the first two took me one night. Sad

I'm actually really happy with the way this turned out.  My husband says the spoon with chocolate gonache on it looks like a snake trying to eat the number 3. Tongue Split stitch as a default; raised satin on the chocolate, cherry, dial for the timer, and buttons on the mixer.  Regular satin on the wisk handle.  The purple of the mixer is chain.  It doesn't have the mysterious fuzzy around it in real life.

Shoes, sash, headband-raised satin.  Koolaid-satin.  Skin stem stitch.  Backstitch over lace to help it pop.  Split stitch just about everything else.

I haaaated doing this one.  It was the problem indeed.  I couldn't do much with it, so I would put it down after working on it for a few minutes. 

Finally, I took out some seed stitching that I was doing on her dress, and started liking her a lot more.  I worked bottom up, so the last thing I did was the pitcher.  MISTAKE! 

While trying hard to figure out what color other than blue to use for liquid, my husband, my brilliant muse, suggested that I actually put in a color I like-red.  So now it looked like blood.  He gave one look at it, and said "that is totally the Kool-Aid Man."  As usual, he was right.  Putting that face on it made me LOVE LOVE this thing that I had once hated.

Lesson learned? Sometimes you just have to put a bit of you in your work, or it really won't come alive.
9  NEEDLEWORK / Sublime Stitching Embroidery / Heirloom of Doom on: September 22, 2006 03:01:00 AM
Football season does mean stitch bag time, mintlatte! 

This is a bag I've worked up to take to the market and carry home cans of tomatoes.   I started it two weeks ago, but couldn't do much at a time because it was difficult to pull the thread through, and it ended up hurting my thumb joint A LOT.

Name:  "Heirloom of Doom"

Here is it "in action"

Thread: Every tomato is a different color of DMC floss that I had on hand, but I didn't keep tabs on which ones.  Skin is 6 strands, detailing is 3, stems are one of DMC Pearl Cotton thread.

Stitches: The skin is in a correct chain stitch (I've been doing it wrong!).  Black lines are split stitch; feet, eyes, and tongue are satin stitch.  Stems are random stitches.  I wanted to do Stripes (as I call the green one) in magic chain, but it wasn't working on this canvas.

Notes: Design is from the "I LUV VEGGIES" even though tomatoes aren't veggies.  I wanted to have many of the same kind of produce together, and thought the green one should be the sexy girl, my husband convinced me that instead this should be the split second scene before the other tomatoes eat the green one because he is so flavorful. 
10  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Voldemort can't stop the Crafting... on: October 16, 2005 09:24:22 AM
For the Harry Potter Swap III, I did two pieces of needle work.  Since my partner got her package this week, I can finally post! (I had finished these about 3 weeks ago...)

First is a wrist band with Fawkes Dumbledore's Phoenix on it.  The design is from PotterPuffs by Naomi on livejournal (although I changed the main color to red instead of orange because the orange I had looked a bit wonky).  I choose Fawkes because my partner's favorite scene was when Harry proclaims that he is a "Dumbledore's man".   I thought it appropriate for a "Dumbledore's Woman".

This was my first time to really try to use the stitches to convey an idea.  The scanner didn't pick it up very well, but doing a short/long stitch really made it look like feathers.  Husband even commented so without any leading from me.  French knot for the eye, satin stitch for the beak and feet, split stitch for the outlines.   The wrist band itself was a terry cloth type, so it was interesting trying to get all the little loops to stay under my stitches.  I didn't use any stablizer because...well, I don't know why.... just didn't want to.

On a side note, I found that these kinds of wrist bands (I bought two for 50 cents at Michael's) are actually really nice for holding needles.  Not perpendicular to your wrists like the tomato kind, but parellel to your wrist.  They were thick enough I could put the sharp end in without it poking me or whomever when I needed to stop stitching and do something else... (fold laundry/pet cat/etc.). 

Second, I made a side bag that I also got from Michael's.  Since this was canvas, it was harder to work and didn't go as fast, but I'm rather proud of it.  It is certainly the most difficult thing I've ever attempted, I think with good results.

Gryffindor coat of arms, design from muggle.net.  Once again, I tried really hard to convey "fur" with short and long stitches shaped around the lion's body.  The diamonds are in satin, outline in split and stem stitch, red back ground in split.  I tried hard not to have break lines in the red, but failed.  The banner part was every "witch" way (hahaha..hmmm..) so it wouldn't look so straight laced.  I really like the HP world where things are  askew and curvy and not perfect in any way. 

Thanks for looking and reading my ramblings (I put a lot of thought into these and other things I sent.)

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