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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Skulls and roses apron on: August 02, 2017 07:51:08 PM
I love cooking and baking and I love aprons.
But you wouldn't know it if you visited: I have one apron that craftylittlemonkey gifted me when she sent me goodies for my sprog (if you're reading this CLM, thanks again! Kiss).
So I decided I needed to make myself another apron and set about finding a pattern. I found this one on Craftsy that only uses one yard of fabric to make a simple apron. I didn't put a pocket on it because I didn't feel like fussy cutting Tongue Also, I made a loop for the top instead of ties for around the neck. I hate aprons that tie around the neck.

I hope to update with a photo of me wearing it, if I can get my hubs to take a pic for me.
As soon as I get myself some cotton batting, I'm going to make a matching pair of oven mitts, as well as a pair of oven mitts to match the apron CLM gave me.
2  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / First time making homemade bread on my own on: July 24, 2017 07:24:20 PM
I think I did pretty well for my first stab at it Smiley
To be fair, I used to help my grandmother make homemade breads of different sorts when I was but a wee ankle biter.
The recipe for this came from Reader's Digest Hobbies and Crafts in the bread section. I halved the recipe and made two smaller loaves instead of three loaves. I melted butter and mixed in garlic powder then drizzled it over the loaves to turn it into garlic bread.
I also looked online for how to tweak it to make it with wheat flour.
My husband didn't realize that wheat flour was "spotty" compared to white flour and thought something was wrong with the flour when he saw the dough.


Pre-baking:

I promise that pan isn't dirty: it's old and those spots WILL NOT come out. They drive me crazy but we can't afford new pans at the moment. (The non spotted one in the other pic was a gift.)


The closer one was baked for 30 minutes, the other was baked for 25 minutes. At 25 minutes, there's a little crispness to the outside of the bread but at 30 minutes it has a thicker and crisper crust.
3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Drawstring deck bags + thread catcher (it's sort of a bag) on: July 16, 2017 01:52:09 PM
The owner of my local game shop asked if I could make some bags for him to give out as prizes at his next Pokemon tournament. He specified that he wanted "deck box bags": drawstring bags large enough to hold a standard sized deck box with enough room for counters and coins. I told him that I could as soon as I headed to JoAnn Fabrics (it's five minutes from his shop).
So a trip to JoAnn's and a few hours later and I had five bags for him. Yes, he asked for four but I made an extra for him because he LOVES Pokemon, especially Pikachu. Smiley

The bags together:


Close-up of one (looks nicer off my red couch):


Doctor Who bag:


A friend saw the deck bags at the LGS and asked if I could custom make one for him. He wanted it tall enough to fit his EDH deck box. Since EDH boxes hold 100 cards and have a compartment in the bottom for storing dice, they're a bit bigger/taller than a standard deck box, which holds 60 cards, which means I had to modify the pattern. I realize the Tardis print is upside-down but it's right-side up on the other side: the bag is cut on a fold so that there's not a seam along the bottom to allow the box to sit flat.

Thread catcher:


The first bag I made, I goofed in my math and accidentally made it too short to add a drawstring. So instead of jury-rigging it to make it tall enough, I decided I would use it as a thread catcher since I needed one anyway.

4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / 50s vintage purse patterns? on: June 25, 2017 08:15:53 PM
I love 50s retro/pin-up girl/rockabilly inspired things so when I saw this in the remnant bin at my local Walmart (I never saw it on a bolt! I missed out), I just had to have it:


The polka dot/cherry combo just screams ROCKABILLY PURSE to me, and I want to make it with a 50s style purse pattern. But I'm not having any luck finding any vintage/vintage style patterns (unless I want dresses and crop tops: there's quite a few of those out there).

Do any of y'all know of any patterns, free or paid? Any help would be appreciated.
For reference, it's just a couple inches shy of being three quarters of a yard.
5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Patterns that can be used for Sailor Moon backpacks! on: June 24, 2017 10:39:50 AM
While searching for backpack patterns I found two toddler backpack patterns that could easily be turned into Sailor Moon's Cosmic Heart Compact (with a little more ingenuity, it could become the Crisis Moon Compact) and Sailor Chibi Moon's Prism Heart Compact (or Sailor Moon's Crystal Star Compact).
I know they're toddler sized, but they would make cute accessories for a Sailor Moon?Sailor Chibi Moon cosplay (need something to carry your stuff) or just to carry in lieu of a purse.
6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / LSU Wallet on: June 18, 2017 09:10:09 PM
A friend from my hubs' Nat'l Guard unit saw the scrap of LSU fabric that I had draped over the back of my sewing chair and asked if I could make him something out of it. I suggested a wallet and he said yes, he definitely needed a new wallet. He requested "plenty of pockets" for all his debit/credit/gym membership/other cards.
So I went about looking for a nice wallet pattern with lots of pockets.
I found the Kentucky Bluegrass Wallet on Craftsy and modified it a little to give it more pockets (turned the ID pocket into another bunch of card pockets instead since I didn't have the clear vinyl I needed).

Folded:


For the interfacing I used Pellon Craft Fuse to make it stiffer/thicker:


Before assembly, showing the pockets:


The opening:


It's not quite as neat/crisp as I would've liked but I think our friend will like it Smiley
7  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Pepper Jack Cheese Sauce (with recipe!) on: June 12, 2017 03:29:39 PM
My hubs and I have been eating healthy lately but today I broke down and had to have nachos. They were ooey-gooey and delicious.



RECIPE:
2 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon flour
3/4 cup milk
1 cup shredded cheese (I used pepper jack because it's what I had on hand and it's my personal favorite)

Melt your butter in a sauce pan over medium heat.
Whisk in the flour until it's smooth (no whisk? use a fork!) then remove from heat to add the milk (if you don't remove it from the heat, it WILL burn: I learned the hard way).
Stir/whisk until milk starts to try to glob/stick to the pot.
Add cheese.
Whisk until smooth and creamy then pour over nachos.
Could also be used as a macaroni sauce.
8  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Star Wars/blue reversible bucket hat on: June 07, 2017 07:14:19 PM
It's starting to get sunnier where I live so I decided to sew up a bucket hat to keep the sun off my little guy's head. I used this great pattern for a reversible bucket hat along with a Star Wars fat quarter from Walmart (this same print is available by the yard at JoAnn's!) and some blue fabric I had left from another project from last year.

Star Wars:


Blue:


The only time he'll wear the hat is outside: if I put it on him before we get outside, he takes it off and throws it. Same goes for his shades! Roll Eyes
9  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Doctor Who bag on: June 04, 2017 02:30:22 PM
My hubs bought me the fabric a year or so ago. I was going to make curtains for our son's room with it. Then we moved and the 2 yards I had wasn't enough but my sister had given me some superhero fabric, of which there was enough so he's got curtains (I *just* made them. I procrastinate too much! Lol)
So my hubs asked what I was going to do with that Doctor Who fabric. I wasn't sure.
Then I decided I needed a purse that could also double as a diaper bag since there have been quite a few times we've had to turn around and head back home because I didn't grab the diaper bag. Usually, we're only about five minutes from home so it's not a huge deal, but once we were twenty minutes out and couldn't turn around so we had to stop and buy some diapers and wipes on the way, which sucked because we had a whole case of diapers at home!
Ahem...sorry, I get sidetracked a lot.
Here's the bag:


I made it using the Lauren bag pattern. The pattern calls for canvas, which would make it hold it's shape a little better. But I didn't have any canvas or any stabilizer and don't mind a slouchy bag so I just went with it. Here it's stuffed with fabric pieces I had laying on my craft table so that you can better see the shape of the bag. I made the handled using this great tutorial from Blue Susan Makes, which I found via Pinterest.

Inside:


I used a remnant of the "Esploding Tardis" (yes, it has "Esploding" printed as its name, not "exploding") fabric for the inside to give it visual interest and added a pocket for my cell phone and gum (I ALWAYS have gum in my purse).

It's a little bit wonky, but I think I did pretty well considering it's only the second purse I've ever made, and the fact that the zipper made me crazy since I'd never sewn a zipper on a curve. A big thanks to gozer for her help and cheering me on to finish it. You're awesome, and I hope to make bags as nicely as you do someday! Kiss

10  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Marvel Comics Curtains on: June 03, 2017 09:12:54 PM
My sister bought me this awesome Marvel Comics fabric on super sale at Walmart a little over a year ago so that I could make curtains for my son's room.


At the time, we were living in a trailer so his bedroom window wasn't very big, which means this fabric would have been a bit longer than I needed. However, several months after she bought me the fabric, we moved to where we are now and his bedroom window is a nice tall one: tall enough that the fabric wasn't long enough! Shocked
So I decided to add a small strip of red to it to make it the right length.
First I pinned it to see if I'd like the look:


I had seen curtains like this before and liked the look of it so I went with it and now I have a pair of nice superhero curtains:


Hanging:


I think they look great for my first set of curtains Cheesy
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