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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / my Table Garden on: July 04, 2017 10:54:16 AM
I started this project because I am unable to work in our big normal garden as a result of health issues.
And also to perk up the boring stretch of asphalt between the back of our home and our garden.

I designed the tables and a nice local carpenter made them for me.
They are made from the same wood as the fence behind them. So eventually they will get the same color.

Then I kept buying more and more pots, tools, herbs and flowery plants.
Now I need to grow a green thumb...., LOL.

My Marc uses the herbs for his cooking.
The big window you see is our kitchen/dining room window.
It now has a beautiful view!

More pictures in my online photo album:

I'd love to hear what you think of my table garden.
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / More bolster pillows (recycled jeans) on: March 25, 2017 12:05:18 PM
After making these previous two: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=451111.0 (post contains turorial!), I now finished two more roll pillows, or bolster pillows, using recycled jeans (both 'legs' of one pair of jeans) for the outside covers.

In real life they are a darker, less bright, shade of denim blue.

I use them as a 'table' on my lap for a book, e-reader or puzzle book.
And also as a comfortable arm rest for when I lay/hang on the couch (I have fibro).

Even though I took these pictures in our living room, like with the other ones (because of more daylight) these will be used in my 'little home within our home', where I have a dark brown couch and light blue walls.

I hope you like them.

3  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Roll Pillows (with tutorial) on: December 21, 2016 11:16:09 AM
I made these roll pillows (my own design) for our living room.
I used an old bedsheet for the inside pillow, 2cm thick foam for filling, and curtain fabric samples for the outside.

As you can see, the free curtain fabric samples are a perfect color match for our living room. (Only one of the walls is a bright red. The others are taupe.)


Their length is 40 cm and their diameter is 14 cm.
If you want to make your own: the rectangular part should measure 40 x 45 cm.
Close the large part first.
Make sure to leave a large opening so you can get the stuffing in.
In my case the stuffing was a roll of foam (2 cm thick, 40 cm wide, 90 cm long).
I left an opening of 30 cm. So I just sewed 5 cm on each side.
Then sew on the side circles.
For sturdiness I sewed all seams twice.
Then turn the right side out and insert the stuffing.
I closed the opening by hand stitching (invisible stitches for the outside cover).

Tip: make sure you use soft foam. My pillows turned out too hard and I had to cut them back open and fill them with a softer material.

I have two inner pillows left, for another room, that I'll probably cover with recycled jeans.
Edited to add on March 25: here they are: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=451948

I hope you like them.

Happy Holidays!

4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Cotton jersey Top (long sleeves) in dark green on: April 21, 2016 02:12:01 AM
Hi Craftsters,

This might get a little boring, but I made a 4th top from the same pattern!
This time in a (bluish) dark green.

The first one was burgundy red:
The second one was turquoise blue:
And the third one was a chocolate brown:

The newest one:

(Yes, my back has an odd shape.)

Sorry, but somehow there is never enough light for taking good quality pictures.

What do you think of this new addition to my wardrobe?
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Cotton jersey Top (long sleeves) in chocolate brown on: February 29, 2016 02:17:55 AM
Hi Craftsters,

I made a third top from the same pattern!

The first one was burgundy red:
The second one was turquoise blue:

And this third one is chocolate brown:

I again apologize for the horrible poor picture quality (due to bad lighting).

I am a bit surprised at how different the fabrics behave, even though they were sold to me as the same fabrics. The turquoise one is obviously wider than the other two. And this brown one is tighter than the red one.
It's not me, since I used the exact same measurements for all three of them (except for the added length on the blue one). Ah well, I love wearing all three of them!

I would love to know what you think of this chocolate brown one!
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Cotton jersey Top (long sleeves) in turquoise blue on: February 15, 2016 10:59:13 AM
Hi Craftsters,

This top is identical to the bordeaux (burgundy) red one I made recently:
I added 4 centimeters to the length, but I'm not sure if that is an improvement.
Again I apologize for the picture quality (bad lighting).

Unfortunately this color is a little less forgiving for my figure, but I like it nevertheless.

I started working on a third one in chocolate brown.

I'd love to hear what you think of this version.
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Cotton jersey Top (long sleeves) in bordeaux red on: February 01, 2016 11:50:05 AM
Hi Craftsters,

I made myself another cotton jersey top.
A long sleeved one in bordeaux (burgundy) red this time.

I apologize for the poor picture quality. The weather has been nothing but dark and gloomy over here lately.

Since I have fibro, I was going for a comfortable top, for daily wear throughout the year. Despite it having to be comfortable (which also means I don't wear a bra most of the time), I wanted it to have style and be a little feminine.

Both the front and the back consist of four pieces. The top part, a middle part and two sides. The front has got bust darts (I was a bit worried about them, because I wasn't sure I would 'fill them up', but that turned out okay).

I used a commercial pattern from an old Dutch magazine: Knip Mode, september 1996, model 16 (a combined pattern for a dress and a top, just a difference in length). I made some adjustments.
The pattern was fitted at the waist and had a zipper in one side, but that wouldn't do for me. So I added quite some extra space for the waist area.
I also added about an inch of length to the body and the sleeves.

Oh, and I top-stitched most of the seems, because I think that looks better.

This is how I prefer to wear my tops, with the sleeves pulled up. Marc doesn't like me doing that, LOL.

And this is what the back looks like. It has small darts too.

I am so happy with this top that I decided I am going to make a couple more in different colors. I started working on a turquoise blue one.

I'd love to hear what you think of it!

ETA the turquoise one: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=443412.0
And a chocolate brown one: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=443990.0
And a (bluish) dark green one: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=446632.0
8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Santa Mouse on: December 07, 2015 11:59:31 AM
Meet Santa Mouse!

He is the new edition to my little family of retired computer mice.

Find the other family members, with tutorial, here:

I hope you like him!

Kind regards,

PS: feel free to make your own addition(s) to a worldwide family of retired computer mice.
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / No Keyhole Neckline this time on: April 02, 2014 08:14:29 AM
So, after making two identical shirts, I made another that is almost the same.
The only difference is that I now used a round neckline, instead of the keyhole neckline. (I basically just closed that hole.)

Remember they are black and a warm taupe (not the cold blueish grey in the pictures, sorry about that).

I've now got three of my favorite shirt, yay!
I hope you like them.
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Taupe & Black Top on: February 23, 2014 11:46:19 AM
Remember my Turqouise and Taupe Top?
I made another one just like that, but in a different colour scheme.
It is my new favorite all-year-round shirt!

(Again we had a really hard time taking good pictures. It looks better in real life.)
I'd love to know what you think of it!

PS (March 23): I finished two more of these shirts simultaneously today!
One is exactly the same as this one and the other one is almost the same, but has a round neckline instead of the keyhole neckline (I basically just closed that hole). No pictures yet.
Pictures: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=432550#axzz2xleBuqdl
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