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341  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Summer Traveling Tea Towel Swap Closed on: May 18, 2009 12:18:04 PM
I received Sugary Sweet's towel today! 
342  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Summer Traveling Tea Towel Swap Gallery on: May 14, 2009 10:49:35 AM
I wasn't sure which place to put this, so I'll follow SugarySweet and put it here. 

I did a quick little bird on mine.  I have end of the year school projects to do with my kids so I had to steal some late night hours.  Thankfully, school is out after next week.  This is the first time I have drawn my own design.  I'm not much of an artist, but I like my little bird.  The monogram stands for Traveling Tea-towel Swap.  Somehow the "s" ended up looking either like a little worm or like my bird had an accident.  I may eventually change it. 

343  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Summer Traveling Tea Towel Swap Closed on: May 13, 2009 04:49:57 PM
I started my wist.  Having trouble getting it to show on my posts, so here is the link.


I will be sending my towel out Friday morning.
344  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Summer Traveling Tea Towel Swap Closed on: May 13, 2009 09:32:07 AM
Hi Everybody!  I am so very excited to be participating in this swap!  It will be my first one, so I am trying not to panic Shocked Wink

I went to Hobby Lobby today to get some flour sack towels from Aunt Marthas.  I don't know what I was thinking(except how to get out of there as fast as possible since I had one baby biting me and the other screaming) but I got the bigger size.  I remember thinking, "oh, 33x38, that should be plenty big for 10 people to embroider on."  I don't really do math.  In the heat of the screaming moment I didn't realize that that was almost a square yard of towel.  It wasn't until I got them home and opened them up that I realized how big they were.  So that got me thinking of what I could do with such a humongous towel.  And the first thing that popped into my head was....skirt.  So would anyone be offended if I turned mine into clothing of some sort?  I am thinking some sort of overskirt or pinafore.  That way I can show off everyone's work instead of it hiding in my house where no one ever comes.  I wouldn't wear it everyday or anything, but I thought it might be something fun to do. But if it's the coffee I drank from McDonald's talking, please tell me that this is a bad idea. (Also, I'm not normally so talkative.  Unless I have coffee.)

So if I can add to my questionnaire(if not, please ignore the following):  Definitely needs to be decorative and hand washable.  No kitchen themes.  More like what you would see on a pillow or tablecloth.  I also like birds, trees, and alice in wonderland. 

I am going to start a wist(this gives me a good reason.  I've been procrastinating) so you can see what types of design I like.    When I get it done I will post a link here.   

Yay.  I am excited.  I hope everyone is having a good week!

345  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Re: Circus Noir Ringmistress shoes on: May 11, 2009 09:00:38 PM
how fun!  very cute. 
346  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / UPDATE 9/22-More fun with xx-hi converse: Button them up! on: May 11, 2009 08:54:17 PM
Update pics below

Since I got a small but enthusiastic response from my post on the discussion board, I decided to go ahead with this idea.  I will eventually add more to the sides, but I'm done for now.  My husband bought me a serger for mother's day, so I am going to be otherwise occupied for a while Smiley.  

Journeys had the white xx-hi ON SALE!.  So of course I had to have another pair(plus I have a job this year and a bit of fun money).  I wanted to do something totally different from my embroidered ones.  So my mind turned to buttons.  Wouldn't it be cool, thought, if they looked like they buttoned.  So after toying around with some ideas, I came up with this(and I have no idea if this has been done before. I didn't want to discourage myself by googling it):

If anyone is interested, I made a tutorial on how I did this.  You can find it here: http://fireflydreaming.wordpress.com/2009/05/12/how-to-add-buttons-to-your-shoes/

I did these shoes as well:

Thanks for looking!  Any criticism or comment is welcome.

I finished embroidering one shoe.  Now I need to find black buttons.  This is hand embroidered.  It took about 6-8 hours

347  CLOTHING / Shoes: Discussion and Questions / Re: Need Opinions XX-hi converse with button lacing on: May 10, 2009 05:44:20 AM
Thanks for your replies!  The more I contemplate this, the more I like it. 

Alexus:  I will put a tut on my blog sometime this week to show how it was done and I'll put the link here.  It's fairly simple, and no glue is involved so you can redo it with different buttons anytime you want. 
348  CLOTHING / Shoes: Discussion and Questions / Need Opinions XX-hi converse with button lacing on: May 08, 2009 09:43:56 AM
So, they had the xx-his on sale at Journeys, so I had to buy another pair(you can see my other pair in the shoe category on Best of Craftster '08).  I think they are addictive. 

So I wanted to do something totally different and more victorian/steampunkie/tattered.  So here is what I have come up with so far.  Please be honest if you think it looks stupid.  I will be using old photos, lace, beads and fabric on the body of the shoes(they'll be really busy, I know, but I want to do something a little over the top).  I guess I'll be a walking scrapbook page.  Anywho.  Here are some pics so you can see what I am talking about.  Oh, and you can't really tell in these pics, but the buttons go down both sides of the shoe.  I may have to do this to all my lace up shoes. 

The action shot

A close up.  The white buttons are vintage mother of pearl buttons-they are quite lovely in person.  The decorative ones are just random ones from my stash.

Thanks in advance for your thoughts/opinions.
349  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Recon Tshirt grocery bags + link to tutorial on: May 06, 2009 07:54:03 AM
Okay, so I couldn't resist and made one.  It took about 45 minutes--I think it will go a lot faster next time.  Especially if I wait until my twins are in bed.  My husband is a teacher and has a ton of old t-shirts from his last job.  they are all getting unwearable, so that is what I used.  The outside says "pay it foward" on one side and has a scripture on the other side(he teaches at a christian school).  These were 2 xl t-shirts so it made a huge bag.  I fit 7 cereal boxes and still had room for cans and stuff. 

this is it next to one of my twins.  He is an average sized 2 yr old, so you can see how big it turned out.

Thanks for the tut.  I see many more of these in my future.  I think I'll have to raid the thrift stores for interesting t's.
350  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Recon Tshirt grocery bags + link to tutorial on: May 06, 2009 05:08:18 AM
This is a totally cool idea.  I've been thinking about making my own grocery bags, but couldn't decide what to make them out of.  Now I know what I can do with our overflowing t-shirt drawer(I just wish I had some cute t's instead of my dh's old ones).  Now I need to clear a space so I can sew. 

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