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21  CLOTHING / Sewing Pattern Reviews / vogue v2842 wedding dress on: July 18, 2005 09:32:23 PM
okayyyyyyyy.... anyone have ANY experience with this pattern?  i think it might be relatively newish so probly not.   

i'm making it for my friend's wedding... and i've run into an instruction i don't understand.  for the pleats on the belly, it says to baste/top stitch about 4 inches in from the seam(from dot to dot).  okay fine.  then it says to pull out only the top pleats's basting stitches.  okay again.  but then it never says anything about pulling out the rest later.... or going back over with a stronger stitch.  can you leave a basting stitch like that in a wedding gown?HuhHuh?  wouldn't the weight of the dress eventually pull the stitch out and pleats would fall?Huh  so for now, i just have pins holding what should be basted.  the more i look at it, the more i think its supposed to have stitches.  grrrrr.  here's pics of what i got done tonight.  never mind the 2 tone muslin mock up.  i meant to make the whole thing in tea dyed muslin, but ran out.  and i was using 45" muslin instead of the 60" the pattern calls for.  hence the weirdness. 

22  Wisconsin / Wisconsin: Northeast / green bay? anyone?..... on: June 10, 2005 09:23:08 PM
 Wink  i know theres more than just me lurking in this town.  where are my fellow freaks of craft??? 
23  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / staining veneer? on: May 22, 2005 01:08:10 PM
we scored this great buffet at a rummage sale yesterday.  only 15 bucks but the top is all watermarked up and some light scratches.  i didn't know if it was possible to stain veneer darker or not.  like if the sheet might have epoxies that don't take color as well.   muchas gracias Smiley
24  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Discussion and Questions / death to my kitty!!! on: April 28, 2005 06:12:02 PM
sweet geebuz..... if i wasn't such a good mama, i woulda drop kicked that little black freak across the room.  my boy and i came home from grocery shopping to find she had, once again, jumped into my huge flat of individualy peat potted tomater and cilatro seedling/plants..... AND TORE THEM ALL THE F*&% UP!!!!  i spent all night fixing them when she destroyed them before.... and now she's done it a second time.... and its looking like it'll be serious brain surgery to unearth what seedlings survived her plundering.  i'm thinking maybe she's ultra sensitive to roma plants cuz i now remember her going to town trying to dig up my fully grown plants two summers ago.  or perhaps this diggin cat is just desperate to get outside and took my temporarily indoors veggie garden as a gift for her to have her way with.  here's a picture of how it looked at first... the one she destroyed is the big long flat on the left


i couldn't bear to post a pic of the carnage  Angry     

here's the monster herself


my husband just said i should post a 'kitty for sale' ad in here  Roll Eyes   
25  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / felted baby booties on: April 27, 2005 04:39:45 PM
i've been supplying my breeder friends with these little cuties.  i'm so thankful my loving husband understands that having an army of little elf shoes around the house does NOT mean i'm hinting about a baby Smiley


26  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / grandma's knitting needles on: April 27, 2005 04:33:59 PM
so, my mom is in the process of clearing out my grandma's craft room.  this wonderfuly strong willed grandma of mine is slowly being overwhelmed with altziemers.  she was the craftiest chick i'd ever met.  organic gardens every summer, some hand made polyester pants suit every sunday at church.... every room of her little house held some new project whether it be dough roses, knitted baby dolls, or raggedy ann and andy's in the sewing room.  so mom has been sending me a ton of stuff.  first i got her sewing machine and yesterday came 2 huge boxes full of wacky old knitting patterns and more knitting needles and crochet hooks than i'll ever use in my life.  mom wasn't joking when she said i'd never buy another knitting needle again. 
here's a picture of just the ones i was able to fit in the two needle roll ups she also sent me.  AND the most kick ass circ needle kit.  almost every gauge needle tip and every cord length... essentialy making all my other needles pointless

and yet i STILL have a freezer bag of mismatched plastic and alluminum needles.  what should i do with them??  i already have dreams of making a shadow box with her wackadoo little gadgets and vintage tools.  i found this beautiful round wooden case holding 5 pristine #1 dpn's that have a tag saying its from milwaukee and cost 15 cents.... they lived in milwaukee when my mom was a baby.  so there's quite a few relics/gems in this box.  should i fashion them into little arbors for my potted plants?  is there some sort of crafty thing to make with old thin needles??
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