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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / patterns for use with raw silk on: December 01, 2011 01:14:23 PM
My husband just returned from a trip to Cambodia and brought me 4 yards of this beautiful raw silk. He wants me to make something for the kids to wear. I was thinking of making the girls some tops, my little boy a vest, and a tie for my hubby. Don't know what I'll make for me.

anyway, anyone have experience with raw silk? It's quite heavy material, not flimsy at all.
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Lighted rug on: November 10, 2011 06:07:17 AM
Have any of you seen this?

Any ideas on how this is done? Is this an Amish Knot/toothbrush rug?

pretty cool!
3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Pattern for prosperity chickens? on: March 12, 2009 11:37:03 AM
I saw a web site selling strings of prosperity chickens. I thought they were soo cool and though, they are made by women in third world countries and my purchase would help these women help their families.....I want to make them myself!

I can't find the original website, but they are little cloth chicken-shapes strung on a string with a bell at the end. The chickens are about  3- 4 inches wide.

Any suggestions?
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Should I use polyurethane on a bamboo table? on: September 09, 2008 07:13:31 AM
My hubby and I have just purchased our FIRST new dining table! woo! woo! We got it thru World Market on sale no less!  The pieces of the set are being shipped separately and I've received the chairs and the bench. The set was described as having "crushed bamboo" accents. I didn't know what that mean til I got the bench.  The bench's top is covered (very nicely I might add) with bamboo that has been split in half and then crushed to make flat. This makes for the presences of grooves between the bamboo where crumbs and such can (and do) fall.  The table is to arrive sometimes this week.

OK. The issue is I'm a mom and wife of a busy family. We aren't the neatest family either! LOL!  I was wanting to cover the table top (and maybe the bench) with something to even out the surface to make cleanups easier.  Do ya think polyurethane would work? Which type is best? Oil or water based?  What about antoher product?

5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Book covers for me and dd on: August 21, 2008 07:37:00 AM
My dd and I have started to go to Sunday school and my dd received her first bible from the church. I thought that it would be a good idea to make a book cover for her bible so that 1) it would look pretty when she carried it to SS (She's a "I want to look pretty all the time" kind of girl!) and 2) this would be a good way for her to carry it.
I followed the tute from this page:

I'm pretty proud of my work!

here's mine. the fabric is from some curtains that were left in our house when we bought it. I didn't like the curtains, but I like the fabric.

Here's my daughter's:

She picked out the fabric. She saw it this morning and loves it!

I used a pink t-shirt for the inner flaps since it is a hard cover book. I used the star stitch from my machine (which I LOVE LOVE LOVE!!)

I have one more to do for my dd's friend as a birthday present. They're in SS class together and are both quite shy and I hope that if they both have nice book covers, they would enjoy going to class more.
6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / My first messenger bag on: February 18, 2008 11:23:39 AM
I made this messenger bag for my swap partner. I don't sew much so I was impressed with how well I did! I kind of used the Jordy bag pattern, but messed up somewhere and had to just keep going.....you can't tell!

The inside lining is a nice, color-coordinating floral fabric. The image is from my swap partner's wist page that I downloaded from a web site. I figured it was ok since I didn't make any money from this project.
7  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / My rendition of the coffee/tea cup sweater on: January 23, 2008 07:10:21 AM
OK, so I was amazed with the tea cup sweater made here:

I was like - "This is so cool! I have GOT to have one of those!" So I printed out the picture and would look at it day after day, until I figured it out. Last night I sat down and made one. Take a look:

I really like the way it looks in this profile, but I messed up a little on the other side:

Oh well, it's just for me!

Thanks for viewing!
8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Cardboard box to dollhouse! on: January 07, 2008 05:29:33 PM
I am so psyched! We got this awesome elliptical machine as a Christmas present to ourselves.  In order to take the big thing out, my dh had to rip the box apart. I was standng there looking at it...hmmm..."that would make a GREAT dollhouse for dd!"
My husband just kind of gave me one of those "uh huh" answers indicating that he thought I was off to one of my crazy ideas that never work. 

The next day (while dh was at work) I was inspired and researched different dollhouse plans and such. Then I went to work!

Here is the box after I cleaned up a bit after dh stopped putting together that dang machine (a part broke and now we have to wait for the repair man - ugh!)
Sorry that the pics are so small. You can click on the pic to see a larger one.

Here are the pieces that I cut up to make the house and the doll that I used to measure everything.

I made a few modifications to the pieces as I went along cuz I found out that I didn't have enough cardboard to make it the way I planned originally.

So here is the final, unfinished house!

DD simply loves it! She plays with it every chance she can! She was so inspired by my mumbling, cutting, taping and such that she went off and came back with this chair!

Isn't cool! It's two foam bowls glued together with the top one cut out to form the seat!
Now I have to paint the house and accessorize. I'll post pics when I'm done!
I'm so excited! My dh is quite impressed!

NOTE: I realize, while putting my dd to bed, that this post actually or probably belongs in recycled crafts, completed projects.  my apologies to the mods! This is only my second post! pleeeeeeease forgive me! ;-)
9  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / End of Chemo-Radiation Treatment present/gift on: October 16, 2007 10:38:21 AM
My FIL was diagnosed with esophageal cancer a couple of months ago. He's 63. He has to endure the chemo-rad treatments (they end next week! YEAH!) and then have his stomach and lower end of his esophagus removed around Christmas (BOO!)

He's getting depressed right now and talking about just giving up.  We try to tell him that if he does his life will get worst for sure. But if he keeps going, get the surgery (which will suck!), his life will be better.

We gave him a "Cancer Sucks" hat when he began chemo. Luckily he didn't lose any of his hair! But he still got a good chuckle and said that the hat said everything that had to be said.

I'm looking for something similar in his "end of chemo" gift. Something that will make him smile, yet not paint a pretty picture over this terrible ordeal that he's going thru.

any suggestions? (I crochet and sew, and DH is an excellent artist)
10  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Hand Sanitizer Cozy on: October 16, 2007 10:30:05 AM
This is my first project to post on Crafster! I love this site!

Anyway, I made a hand sanitizer cozy for myself last year and got a tons of compliments, so I decided to make them for my Esty shop. What do guys/gals think?

It has a little clip attached to a loop on the right-hand side. You can't see the clip in this picture.
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