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1  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Crafty Charitable/Social Causes / Suggestions Needed for Naughty Boob Crafts - Breast Cancer Fund Raiser on: March 04, 2006 06:36:29 PM
One of my friends was just diagnosed with breast cancer.  She is a single mother with no health insurance and a low paying job. 

(That's her - all the way to the right)

My girlfriends and I are trying to think of ways to raise money for her medical bills and expenses.  We've already had one event where a group of us read some of our blogs at a local bar.  It was a huge success and we plan on doing it again.

Since I'm a crafting addict I'd like to plan a craft show.  We've talked about making plaster casts of our breasts and decorating them to auction off.  I know that will be a big hit!  I'm trying to find some other estrogen heavy crafts to make also.  I'm having trouble finding anything that doesn't look like Pepto-Bismol exploded all over it.

So that's what I need your help with....  Help me find boob related crafts that are naughty, risque, silly, and/or surprising.
2  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Quilting Experiment on: February 28, 2006 05:47:33 PM
Last summer I saw a painting in a store window that I attempted to translate into quilt squares.  The squares didn't come out much like the painting but I liked them anyway.  I also wanted to try the "quilt as you go" method.  I enjoyed how easy it was to quilt the individual squares but it was a pain in the butt to join all the squares together.  I doubt I'll ever do it again!
The entire quilt is made out of scraps from other projects and fabric recycled from old clothing and sheets.

3  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Denim Rag Rug on: July 26, 2005 11:33:29 AM
I had a huge basket of denim scraps that were really out of control.  I find it almost impossible to throw away anything I think I might be able to use.  A few weeks ago I stumbled across a web page with a picture of a wool rag rug.  I figured it would work just as well for denim and so began the exasperating task of cutting scraps of denim into 1.5" strips, sewing them end to end (some of these strips were only a few inches long), braiding, and sewing the braids together.  It took 3 weeks to finish because of all the healing and rehealing my abused fingers needed.

It's really floppy so I'm going to fuse cotton canvas to the back to stabilize it.  It ended up being 30" x 39".
4  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Baby Quilt Stew on: July 25, 2005 02:41:32 PM
For the last few weeks I've been trying to reduce my scrap basket (jumbo laundry basket, rubbermaid storage tote, most of my craft room floor).  I had a stack of small leftover quilt squares.  Most of them were from kid projects so I thought they would make a nice baby quilt.  It's 38" square and machine quilted.

The different types of fabric made it difficult to get square.  It's a little off but not as bad as the picture makes it look.
5  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Not technically a quilt - Recycled denim on: July 13, 2005 04:04:13 PM
Not technically a quilt, but it is pieced.

I made a blanket for my guy-friend using old jeans.  All of the squares are sewn wrong sides together with a 1/2" seam allowance.  I snipped all the seams almost to the stitching at 1" intervals and then washed it several times until the edges frayed.  It came out really soft and comfortable.  I just finished it last night and he loves it.


6  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Corduroy and flannel quilt on: July 09, 2005 10:23:44 AM
I made this quilt last winter.  The top is pieced out of various weights and wales of corduroy.  I used a low loft batting and backed it with flannel.  I made continuous bias binding for it.  It's hand tied.

It was a pain to sew because corduroy and flannel both stretch and fray a lot when handled.  I love it though!  It's really warm and soft.  I often find myself petting it while lying in bed.
7  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / I needed a Headboard on: July 05, 2005 10:00:30 PM
I have a tiny bedroom so my bed sits at an angle in the corner to allow me to get to the closet and the door.  I didn't have a headboard so I was constantly losing my pillows.  After waking up this morning with no pillows - AGAIN - I decided to do something about it.

I am the dumpster diving queen (don't knock it 'til you try it) and my basement is packed full of interesting bits and pieces of nothing waiting to become something.  I had a stack of chair backs that I rescued from oblivion after a local store threw them away.  So I lined them up, put blocks under some of the legs, and fiddled until I figured out a way to connect them.

(Yes, my house is falling apart)

I used 6 metal corner braces to connect the legs to blocks and screwed on a long piece of 1x4 wood to brace the backs.  I drilled holes in the end legs to attach the bed rails.

The (semi) finished product:

The middle chair back wobbles a little bit so I'm going to screw another 1x4 on a little higher than the first the next time I move the bed to mop the floor.
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