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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: "side-of-the-road" chair turned glam!!! (step by step pics) on: May 31, 2005 04:44:08 PM
i have a chair that's been around in our family since i was a kid and it's been expensively reupholstered more than once i think. you can peek into the tears in its cushions and see past trends in interior decorating that are layers of well-worn fabric. like an archeaologist i sometimes pull apart the hole in the arm of it and reminisce about my mom's decorating schemes from the 80s. it really should be thrown away, but i can't do it, so i just have a blanket covering it, a sad attempt at a slipcover.

this inspires me to try and reupholster it. it's kinda intimidating though, because it's it's one of those big ol' chairs that swallows you up when you sit in it. lots of angles and curves.
2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Shfifty-Cent Earrings! on: May 28, 2005 07:53:57 AM
i can count all the way to shfifty five
hehe me like
Love that song.

that song makes me giggle.

and i think it would be cool to use the newer quarters with the state pictures on them. my favorite is connecticut with the pretty, pretty tree. i just like that tree a lot. somtimes i just stare at the connecticut quarter in my hand and fawn over it. i can never use it to buy things.
3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Necktie Strawberries on: May 28, 2005 07:45:19 AM
i want to eat them.

4  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Onesies, onesies and more onesies! on: May 27, 2005 08:11:45 PM
that is really, really cute.

i love it.
5  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: flower design for a prom dress? on: May 15, 2005 10:17:27 AM
i just found some cute flowers to embroider in an old japanese picturebook. you might try going to a used bookstore and looking for something like that.
6  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: make your own embroidery patterns! on: May 15, 2005 10:14:47 AM
thanks for the tip. it worked really well.
7  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / easy embroidered pillowcases for resting my lazy head on: May 15, 2005 10:09:16 AM
i just moved into a new room and went to the thrift store to fance it up a bit. i got all these mismatched linens and wanted to try embroidery on some small pillowcases i bought. i have only so much patience, so i decided to see what i could do with my mom's old sewing machine from the 70s. i just finished the first one. i used all zigzag stitch, adjusting the width as i went to give the branches some shaping. this is my first project i've posted and i'm still getting to know my way around a sewing machine, so please excuse the simplicity of my craftsterness.

a close up of my not-so-good stitching

oooo, talk about fancin' it up!

this post helped get me started:

i scanned in some pretty flowers from an old japanese book and printed 'em up and ironed 'em on...

8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / Re: Crafty But Stupid: YOUR CRAFT RELATED INJURIES HERE! on: May 09, 2005 09:29:47 AM
...grabbing the metal part of my curling iron that had been sitting in my bathroom heating up for half an hour...

i did that. i had a gerbil when i was a kid--this was back in the 80s when my older sister used a curling iron on her hair every day--and one day after our family got home from church i let my gerbil run around on the bathroom counter. the little hairball ran straight towards the curling iron and i saw the red light was on. it had been left on all day. so i freaked thinking my gerbil was going to get burned and i grabbed the iron really fast, but picked it up by the wrong end. it hurt.

and the other day i was pruning this tree and wasn't paying attention. i grabbed a handful of small branches and snipped through them with the pruners but i forgot my hand was all up in there too. so i snipped through my finger with the tip of the pruners. and my hand was covered with treesap, which actually burns pretty bad when it gets in an open wound. i took some pictures of the aftermath (pretty flowers and blood! oh my!) but i don't know if that is too gross to show. this is my first post, and i don't wanna make a bad first impression...hehe.
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