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21  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / 70's "Make a Prize Winning Quilt" pattern on: July 18, 2007 10:06:02 AM
Hi everyone!  I visited my favorite thrift store and found Stitch 'n Sew magazines from the 70's! Oh they're so wonderful.  There is a two page spread on how to make a prize-winning quilt.  Here's the first paragraph:
I am sure everyone who likes and makes quilts has dreamed of some day making a quilt that would win a blue ribbon.  There are others who are young homemakers or those that have never made a quilt at all who would like to know how to do so. I will attempt to show you how prize-winning quilts are made.

Now, doesn't that sound enticing!!  Its actually a fairly good article -- if anyone would like for me to scan it in for all to see, I would be more than happy to.  Thanks!!

Also, they have like, traceable patterns that can be used inside your squares and some are quite pretty.
22  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / TONS of 70's crochet patterns on: July 18, 2007 09:46:34 AM
hi everyone! I was at my favorite thrift store yesterday and found a stack of neat old magazines called Stitch 'n Sew from the 70's and it has a huge assortment of really interesting crochet patterns and recipes and stuff like that.  If anyone would like for me to scan them in and post them up, I would love to! 
23  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Lexus service button down to sexy shirtdress! on: July 03, 2007 04:48:35 PM
 Grin Grin

I'm  very happy about this since is my first time attempting sleeves!  They look pretty good, but I made the shirt to fit my manequin and not to fit me, so I don't actually know if it came out right.  I'm entering the shirt in my county fair for homemade/recycled clothing.  lol.  Please let me know what you think!  The shirt is made of this linen type fabric and it was quite pleasant to work with, I found.  Anywho, on to some pictures.  Comments are apprecaited!!  (There is still a couple of trimming and hemming I need to do, but I was just too excited to wait)

Do you think I should stencil a crashed car on the shirt at all for a little irony?  Or do you think that would be tacky?  Thanks!!`
24  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / My canned fruit for our county fair! on: July 02, 2007 08:51:49 PM
 Cheesy Hi everyone! This is my first posting on this board -- nice to meet you. lol.  Yesterday, my dad and a house guest walked in the house with a 5 gallon bucket of blackberries and said "Hey you, do something with these. K???"  and I was like .. "UMMM.... okay,..//.,..."  haha! So I got to thinking that the county fair was coming to town in a couple weeks and I would try my hand at canning jelly (but not before I made a deeelicious blackberry cobbler.) I added peaches to the mix for a twangy taste.

So, I found a good detailed recipe on cooks.com, and while I was at it, I tried a recipe for Tomato Jelly (which sounds really gross, but I figured I'd give it a try anyway).  Can you believe 3 quarts (almost a whole gallon) of blackberries only produced 2 pints of jelly??  psh.

In these pictures, they're still hot from the process and tomorrow I should be able to open one to see how it tastes.  Thanks!!!

25  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / 180 turnaround sewing desk!! *PIC HEAVY* on: June 22, 2007 09:00:25 PM
 Grin Grin Grin Grin<p>
I'm very excited about this.  I originally posted in the "what the hell do I do with this?" board, but didn't post the results of the transformation.  I got this desk from the sewing shop in town, from someone who I guess traded in their old skool sewing machine and they didn't want the cabinet anymore and left it out for the trash ... so naturally I took it home.  I pondered what to do with it, and decided to keep it what it was intended to do, and keep it as a sewing desk.  <p>
I sanded it down, and painted it (about 5 freakin' coats!!) white with brown trim -- I don't know if you can see in the pictures, but I started to polyurethene it on the inside, but it turned my beautiful Behr Bridal White a disgusting pee yellow!!1! I was very upset. But it will be okay - when the cabinet is closed, you can't tell too much.  Also, one more thing, I'm going to put plexiglass on the inside over the big gaping hole where the orig. machine would have been, but I was so excited to share right away! Please let me know what you think!

lol, my mom said it made her want to eat chocolate. LOL:)

26  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Disgruntled employee shirt recon!! on: June 19, 2007 08:39:29 PM
Hi ya'll! I discontinued my tenure at a Mazda dealership, and I thought I'd get creative with one of the tacky ass button downs (for men) they gave me.  Sorry, I didn't get a before picture, but its just a regular button down - the only thing that stands out is the color which is a BRIGHT orange with white lines to form little tiny squares, and the embroidery was the name of our dealership in hunter green?Huh  Just about the most ridiculous pumpkin colors in the world.

Anywho - enough about that .. I made it into a super cute (or I think it is anyway) skirt and I sewed on denim applique of a strange looking tree.  Please forgive my retarded pictures.  Thanks for any comments and critizims!

27  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Old sewing cabinet??? ***FINISHED! UPDATED! *** on: June 19, 2007 12:48:49 PM
***Everyone --- thank you so much for your thoughts in helping me decide what to do with this tacky old thing!! I've repainted it and decided to keep it as my sewing/craft desk.  Thanks for the wonderful ideas! Please check out the transformation at :

Hi everyone!  I was ready to throw my sewing machine out the door last night, so this morning I went down to a Pfaff/Baby Lock store to buy a new one.  While I was walking out the door with my new machine in hand, I saw this fabulous old sewing cabinet ready to be taken out with the trash.  I asked the guy what they were doing with it, and he said they'd practically pay me to take it away --- so I did .. but for free.  So, now .. I need your suggestions on what to do with it.  I do need a designated sewing table, but am certainly open to other sugesstions.  Maybe a vanity?

The middle part where the original machine would have come out I was planning on putting a peice of plexi glass in its place so I have a flat surface in which to put on.  Let me know what you think!!!! The more creative the better.

28  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / I needed a mail organizer ... on: June 18, 2007 08:29:28 PM
So I made one!  I didn't have a tutorial, but this was drop dead easy, so I just winged it.  Its still not perfect, but certainly serves its purpose since we have tons of mail that we need organized!  Let me know what you think.

29  UNITED STATES / Tennessee / Knoxville/Area craft club? on: December 28, 2006 04:52:28 PM
I had an idea!  I think I borrowed the idea from one of my many craft magazines, but what does everyone think about forming a Knoxville // East Tennessee Craft Alliance?  Not neccissarily to make things for profit, but to get together with fun crafty people and get a big space for an evening and make stuff?  I think it would be awesome and SO much fun.  I don't think we would have a problem finding a big space that some business or church maybe would let us borrow for an evening and we could just offer a place for people come chill out, work on their current project, meet new people and have coffee and sodas and finger food.  If anyone thinks this is a freakin' awesome idea, let me know and I'm ready to get on the bandwagon to make it happen.  !!  Hope to meet you people soon.  Smiley   
30  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Refinished vintage oak exective chair! lots of pics! on: December 23, 2006 09:37:10 AM
I was so inspired by the people who had refinishing their furniture from craptaculous to fabulous that I had to give it a go.  My dad has this OLD HEAVY oak chair and desk set that was left at this house when we moved in, like 10 years ago.  It belonged to the K25 Lab in Oak Ridge, TN which is where they manufactured the A-bomb. The date on the bottom says 10/11/56. The varnish on it was starting to wear through, there was a nail that poked you in the leg when you sat down, the seat part was so old that the foam inside turned to dust.  So, I sanded it down and refinished the oak part and my fiance helped me reupholster the seat part.  It is now three layers of foam and the material was $7 at wal mart.  So here are the before and after pictures!  Please comment and tell me what you think!  I'm so proud of my dad's Christmas present!   Grin Kiss Grin

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