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21  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Apron Wedding Gift on: March 25, 2009 11:22:53 AM
I finally finished these aprons for my cousin's wedding. (Only a month after the wedding).

There registry had a bunch of cooking/kitchen supplies, so I thought I would make them aprons. There wedding had an animal theme so I found these bird fabric panel things.

Now, I am just waiting for some batting to make matching pot-holder/oven mitts.

22  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Invitations..Save the Dates...The beginnings on: March 14, 2009 07:50:55 PM
I was having some fun putting together some stuff. This is what I made with my maid of honor. After we did this I went and got a paper sample pack, to look at papers and colors. Because it wouldn't be my wedding without lots of color. We got a clip art book of art nouveau images.

The wedding is in the summer, outside and I don't know what these "say", but it will be kind of elegant, casual, afternoon garden party. Whatever that means.

These are the ones that have gotten the OK from the man

I made these ones because they are fun. I really like the painting lady, and the naked lady in the roses! Moh said we could use that for a bridal shower for fun. There is also one of a woman kissing a fish. Well, not kissing, but looking lovingly at a fish. I really like it, because it is funny.

23  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Altering a sweater pattern into a cardigan pattern on: March 11, 2009 08:00:44 PM
I have made some sweater like things, but not a cardigan and I would like to, I am having a hard time finding a pattern and I am just wondering what you need to do to make a sweater pattern become a cardigan. What are the differences? What do you need to do? Do most cardigans have a knit button placket? What are the differences between a sweater and a cardigan?

24  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Glueing paper to paper...to fabric? on: March 08, 2009 08:19:17 PM
Sorry if I am overlooking a completely simple question or if I didn't know how to search for the answer. I am not a paper crafter. I am starting to plan/make invitations for my wedding and I was wondering what you use to glue/attach paper to paper if you want a paper border.

Then I happened to be looking in Martha Stewart weddings and they showed fabric covered RSVP postcards, they said they did it with a Xyron sticker-maker-thing. And we gently peeled apart the invitations for my cousins wedding last month and the guy thinks that was done with some sort of spray adhesive. Of course I don't think they put together their own invitations. But what are the tricks? the tips? the products? It has got to be easier than painting glue on the back of the paper. And my mom thought that if you were attaching fabric to paper there would be like a fabric/paper iron-on. Yes, you see I can sew up a storm...which is why our brains went to iron-on sticky paper.

25  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Brides-maid-of-honor dress--the beginnings on: February 15, 2009 11:10:25 AM
I will be making my wedding dress and my bridesmaid dress. I only have one attendant so I wanted to do something for her. Right now I can show off the fabric and the mockup of her dress. The fabric for my dress isn't in my hands right now so I can't take a picture of it and oddly I forgot to take pictures of just me in my mockup, but I can do that on a dress form.

Anyway I asked my sister-equivalent to be my attendant and said I wanted to make her dress. I didn't care hardly at all what kind of dress she wanted since there is only one attendant and I want it to be a dress that she will like. I am of the opinion that I know what looks good on me and she knows what looks good on her.

After talking and then looking in her closet at her other dresses we came up with a design. It should be noted that while I have the skills to pattern a dress from scratch I didn't want that added pressure so I used a pattern. Actually I used several. She liked the overlapping and pleated bust from McCalls 5652 but I thought the body needed to be more fitted for a "dressier" look so I found Vogue 8488 which had the same under the bust seam and flow-y feel but a nice shape and fit. (Yes, she is skinny). Then I added a wider strap that is gathered to the front and back bodice.

I know it is muslin and hard to see the details, but I am very excited. Here is my sketch, combining the pattern elements

I went up in January to have this fitting then we and our mothers decided to go the fabric store to look at fabric. Amazingly we found fabric and bought it! Here is the fabric for her dress. It will have two layers a printed silk chiffon (that is very see through, hence the 2nd layer) and a cotton/silk sateen. We spent a lot of time in the fabric store putting the chiffon over fabrics to see what gave us the best look. In the picture the sateen looks more blueish, but in real life it is more purple-ish.

The underlayer

The chiffon print

The two together

My dress soon! And the final dresses when I finish them.

26  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / One tiny NEW thing on: June 24, 2008 08:54:10 AM
Is there a technique you have always wanted to try, but never take the time to do it? Something you have wanted to do for a swap, but was afraid you didn't have the time to make it the best? Something you always hoped a swap partner would want, so you could do this technique? A kit or instructions you have sitting around gathering dust?

How about a swap where we try a new skill or technique. We make something small so we have time to try and perfect a new technique.

It could be a new skill or an advanced technique of something you already do, made on a small scale. Something you think you would be successful at, but never put any real time into.

Of course all the things I want to try could be made as small items. I don't know about other people.
27  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Another bracelet/cuff swap? on: September 11, 2007 06:12:46 PM
They are fun, not too much hassle and can be made from just about anything.

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28  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Beaded Bracelet on: September 11, 2007 04:15:18 PM
My mom started knitting with beads years ago with those little bags. She had a lot of supplies and recently gave them to me because she doesn't do such tiny things anymore. With all her supplies I remembered this pattern

The one change that I made was instead of a snap closure I found a small shanked button and a buttonhole.

I have also made a simple k2 bead 2 bracelet. That one I sewed into a circle and it does stretch around the hand to get on the wrist. 
29  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / woven wire bracelet on: September 10, 2007 12:35:28 PM
I was at Jo-Ann's with a 40% off coupon so I bought a wire bracelet kit for $5 that wasn't even like spending money, it didn't come from my account, or even cash from my wallet because I recently found a
gift card with a bit of money on it. I got the hang of the weaving very quickly, I also learned what directions I didn't really need to follow. I am really glad they had a nice way of finishing the ends of the bracelet. Each set has three wires and there are four groups.

It was totally a lot of fun, and the kit came with a little clamp, which could come in useful for many things. The one problem I had is that I got too excited and cut the wires too short, so it is a bracelet for child or small wrist person. It also looks a little delicate for me.

But I will do it again, and from what I understand of the instructions you could make it with any number of even sets. "Four sets of two, eight sets of one". So I will either try it with four sets of four, or how about six sets of three. I wonder how that would look. To make it wider and thicker. The only thing that bothers me, (besides the fact that I made it too small) is that they didn't say what kind of wire was used, I don't know the gauge or anything. I saved a bit of the wire and I guess I will have to take it to the store with me and compare. I really don't know anything about wire. And because I have so many interests. I can never remember what things get thicker as the number gets larger and what things get thinner. For example, sewing machine needles go one way and hand needles go the other!
30  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Meow Cat Earrings on: September 05, 2007 02:21:24 PM
I have been having fun playing with small plastic items and making them into earrings. The problem is that I can't wear them, my ears can't handle any weight!

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