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1  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Duvet cover closure question. on: January 07, 2011 05:55:05 AM
While at my parents house over the holiday my mom found a long zipper in her stash.  So I'm going to sew the zipper on.  I appreciate all the help.
2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Study Bag Wrapping on: December 27, 2010 12:23:21 PM

My cousin asked for a GRE study book for Christmas.  Inspired by the Green Grocery Bag challenge, I decided to sew her a book tote bag for the wrapping that could be used for a shopping bag once she is done using it for a book bag.  I gave her a GRE study book and some snacks as part of the present.  I used safety pins to help it fit to the book while wrapped and tucked the handles inside.  Then I wrapped  it with ribbon.  It really didn't look like a bag, but a present.

Thanks for the inspiration!  It was really fun!
3  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Duvet cover closure question. on: December 09, 2010 10:40:02 AM
Thanks Alexus, that was helpful advice.
4  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Duvet cover closure question. on: December 07, 2010 07:56:15 AM
I am sewing a duvet cover for my bedspread.  I originally was going to do a zipper closure, but I have had trouble finding a long enough zipper. Does anyone know a place online that has nice, long zippers? I don't want to do buttons because I've had a duvet cover with buttons before and they just came undone all the time.  I'm considering using snaps, which I have never sewn on before.  Which snaps have you found to be more durable? The sew on snaps or the snap fastener kits?
Thanks you for any suggestions.
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Animal Nursery on: July 13, 2010 02:41:53 PM

The inspiration for this nursery started with the animal alphabet cards.  I wanted a gender neutral room so that we could add children in the future.

 My mom made the crib skirt out of Alexander Henry's Juicy Jungle fabric. 
I made the valance and appliqued animals from the fabric on it.  Sewing is new for me, and so my mother in law helped me make the valance, and I learned a lot.  My daughter was born the middle of June, so it has been fun to finally use the room with her.  I would like the paint to be a little less bright, it is a little strong for my taste, but overall it feels like a fun, happy space.
6  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Science Themed Name Book! on: March 23, 2010 07:21:47 PM
Great book!  Thanks for the links and the tutorial link.   I'm expecting a baby and I think I would like to make a fabric book for her down the road.
7  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Book making help: how to make a guest book or a book with lined paper? on: March 18, 2010 05:27:43 AM
I'm making the guest book for a friends wedding.  This is a project that I have done multiple times for different friends weddings, but I always end up with the same question.  "How to make the book have lines for the guest to sign?" 

In the past I've tried multiple approaches.  I've made a book with stab binding and used lined paper on the inside.  But then you end up with a not very durable book.  I've done coptic binding and glued lined paper on each page since I couldn't come up with a way to use lined paper with paper that is folded in half.  I've also done a coptic binding and then stamped an oval on each page, with one page per guest and they just sign in there.  But that just needed a lot of explanation, and people were confused.  I've thought of drawing in the lines, but whether using a ruler or triangle, drawing straight lines are disastrous for me.

Any ideas?  Has anyone else dealt with this problem?  Thanks!
8  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Magazine Mural - Sunrise over the Mountains on: February 25, 2008 07:13:32 PM
Thanks everyone for the comments.  One thing that I keep running into with how to protect it, is that I don't want to separate the posters in separate frames, because I like how they flow together.  Because of that I like the idea of some type of sealant with a stronger backing.  I'll let you guys know what I do.

As far as how long it took:  hours and hours and hours, over a couple of months.  But it did feel like that b/c I would just work on it whenever I was watching TV.  It was a good way to relax.  The mural actually reminds me of Scrubs, b/c I watched the first and second season DVD while working on it!

I used a lot of different magazines and separated the scraps into the different color shades that I needed.  (I actually kept the scraps inside Frisbees, which made it easy to put away when I needed to clean up my living room).
9  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Magazine Mural - Sunrise over the Mountains on: February 22, 2008 02:28:59 PM

This mural is made out of magazine pieces glued to cardboard.  The mural grew out of the need I had at my last rental, to decorate a really big wall without wanting to spend a large amount of money to decorate when renting.  I had helped out at a summer camp where we had decorated frames with magazine strips.  So that technique grew into an idea of a mural of mountains with the sun rising over them (because what can be more beautiful?)  My roommate at the time has an Art Studio degree.  So she had the idea for the staggered posters.  Also, she drew out with pencil the design and told me were to shade with the colors.  I then cut pieces of magazine and glued them on with rubber cement.

The Sunrise:

Even closer, I like it that some of the pictures are of trees!

There is hair, and bread, and nuts in the mountain!

Since this is made on poster board, it is not very durable for moving.  If anyone has ideas for how I can preserve this, I would appreciate it.
10  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Scrapbooking: Discussion and Questions / Re: Urg...What would you want in a wedding album?? on: February 07, 2008 04:58:20 PM
I just got married last summer, and have been thinking about this type of thing b/c I need to make my wedding album.  What about using the colors of your sister's wedding as a guide?  You can also get a plainer, simple paper for the background, and use more expensive paper as accents.  I am thinking of using parts of cards that I received from people as part of my album.
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