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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Two Summer Dresses on: August 26, 2012 03:17:14 PM
I started getting into sewing again this summer, but haven't created anything from scratch before. I decided to try to create some patterns and see how they would work out. I used some leftover fabric for the blue one, and some new patterned fabric for the second. I'm thinking that the patterned dress may look better with a different color ribbon, and I may take down the front of it some more since it's pretty high up on my chest. Any pointers for a first time dressmaker?

2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Button/Badge Maker? on: October 24, 2010 02:57:31 PM
I've been searching for ages for a button/badge/pin maker. I did find the 'professional' version of them, but they're about $350 and make mass quantities of them. I would really like to make 1" - 2" buttons to pin onto things but I really can't find any button makers or kits that got any good reviews. Does anyone have any suggestions, or any products that they found that make really nice buttons without going the completely professional route?
3  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Onigiri - YUMM!! on: September 27, 2009 03:14:15 PM
Here are my first few batches of onigiri. The first batch had salmon in the center, the second batch (the ones with the flowers ) have crab meat in the center. I followed the instructions on the back of the Nishiki rice for the cooking instructions, but I was proud that they came out pretty because I hardly ever cook.

The crab batch:

First batch, salmon:

First batch, round:

Sorry for the terrible pictures.
4  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / Beanie Baby "Beans" on: September 07, 2007 05:40:45 PM
I happen to have an over-abundance of beanie beads from some beanies that my pets destroyed. Does anyone know what these are made of? They would be awesome to use as embellishments on polymer clay projects (specifically for eyes) and I already have a ton of them ( I know that there are better things to use, but I like them Sad

Basically, I just would like to know if they might be bakeable?
5  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / Hardening specific sections of a sculpture? on: September 06, 2007 08:40:27 AM
I'm kinda new to making sculpey things, and I recently had to make a model for stop-motion. I want to be able to move parts of my sculpture, and other parts I want to be hard so they dont lose shape.  Does anyone know of a way that I can harden specific parts of it without ruining the soft parts? I probably should have baked the parts before adding the joints, but it's a little late for that Smiley I'd specifically like to harden the head so that when I move it it doesn't completely squish in my grip. I've heard that boiling clay can work, but will something like a hairdryer harden the clay? I am using craft wire as the skeleton, and I have it attached to cardboard at the moment, there's also aluminum foil inside the head as a base.  I have Sculpey III green as my material. Smiley Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

6  CLOTHING / Clothing Sewalongs / Funky shorts/pants combo...Who'd like to show me what you've got? on: September 22, 2005 12:56:01 PM
I know this may look ridiculous, but I've been thinking about pants and shorts at the same time...
So here's what I came up with...and I'd like to challenge you to see if you'd be able to come up with a strategy that would work to make these.

They can be drawstring, elastic, whatever, probably best worn above the knees so they dont fall down, although they'd look really good above the knees, and the shorts would be matching, the same pair of jeans that the bottom comes from.  The picture on the right is a drawing I did a while back that I found that uses the same concept.

SO if you feel compelled, I will try it too, see how many different working patterns we can get of these funky pants shorts combo!!
7  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Photoshop Snowglobe Fairy on: September 15, 2005 08:59:07 AM
I was inspired by all your other stuff so I went through all my old files to see what I hade from Photography and I found this.  We had to create a digital collage type thing...and here's what I was able to come up with at the last minute (well, 3 class days).
It's my friend dressed as a fairy in a snowglobe on the snow...yeah.
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Corset lace up top Ballerina Style (cliche, but pretty) on: September 12, 2005 12:26:09 AM
Whee! I made a corset style lace up top thingy! I suppose I'll sell it on e-bay because it doesnt fit me Sad

It took forever, but it's prettyful. :O) I put the lacey stuff on the skirt too to make it match.
hehe, I get bored easily and make thingys.
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / The Product of Lacey things and boredom, A Skirt. on: August 30, 2005 08:06:10 AM
I've had a pretty purpley reddy sheet and I saw this reaaallly pretty lacey fabric at Wal-mart, but it was expensive for me so I only got a yard.  Then I had pretty black lace and added it at the bottom...the result....a circle skirt with a square-circle of lacey stuff over top of it, with elastic waistband for my funky body shape.

From the side.........(the skirt's not really crooked, I was wearing it weird)

And the front (it's wrinkled because I hadnt ironed it yet)

What do you think honestly?

10  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Tie bookbag thingy on: August 18, 2005 08:10:29 PM
I was inspired by this post https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=45985.0 to make a nectie bookbag thingy since college starts Monday and I need a new one...so I guess I just sewed things together till it worked :p

It was fun.

  And it works very well.
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