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11  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Opinions on colors for kitchen on: December 31, 2007 10:30:21 AM
Ok, I live in an apartment and, as people move out, they are completely renovating the places.  We're going to be there for awhile still (like at least 4 years), and the landlords don't care if I paint (yay!), I just can't do mosaic on the walls or anything.

I want to start with my kitchen.  It's ugly, old, and boring.  I've been collecting red appliances, red kitchen linens, etc.  I'm trying to think of a good color to paint the walls, and for some reason I thought of robin's egg blue.  Do you think that would look good?  I am not sure if I want to paint the cabinets (don't want to deal with the old screws and hinges), so do you have any ideas on how to fix them?  Contact paper?  I have a bunch of silver metallic contact paper.  Below are (old) photos of the kitchen, back when it was clean and uncluttered.  I really am digging the robin's egg blue idea, but as you can see we don't have a lot of exposed walls so I don't know if it will show up well.  Besides, I was hoping to do a faux tin backdrop for the sink.

12  CLOTHING / Shoes: Discussion and Questions / Enlarging calf of boots on: November 06, 2007 01:16:10 PM
I've searched and found a thread on how to take in the shaft of a calf high boot, but nothing on how to let it out (or insert panels or something).  I have extra wide calves, and all the boots that would fit my legs are over $100.  Not in my budget.  I was wondering if anyone had advice on fixing a pair of cheapo boots from Payless or something.  I thought of making a triangle wedge of fabric/vinyl/leather/whatever but I'm not sure how that'd work or if it'd look ok.  My other idea was finding a wide piece of elastic and sewing it in the opened boot shaft.  Anyone have other ideas, or suggestions on how to implement my ideas?  I'm kind of clueless on fixing shoes.
13  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Moray Eel (my first embroidery project) on: October 26, 2007 07:22:00 AM
I made this for a swap (she's already received).  It was my first embroidery project and I'm really happy with how it came out.  I didn't want to fill the entire body of the eel, so I painted the fabric and then embroidered the details.

The bag:

Blurry closeup of the eel:
14  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / non-wool yarn suggestions (casslyra, don't look) on: October 04, 2007 08:43:11 AM
I want to make my swap partner some socks for her christmas present, but she doesn't like wool, otherwise I'd know exactly what I want to use.  I am looking at some cotton and cotton blends, but I am not sure what would hold up nicely as socks.  Any suggestions?
15  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / My DIY wedding - 8/12/07 on: August 13, 2007 06:14:21 PM
Just downloaded photos from my crappy digital camera, but here are a few of the best.  I will upload some of the shots of the reception when I get them.  My DIY projects can be found in post https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=150323.0.  Many more will be posted on my blog http://craftyhobbit.blogspot.com when I get them.

Ok...  This is my favorite so far.  You can really see my hair, those brooches were my grandmothers and date back to the 30's.

The Bride and Groom.  You can kind of see my dress better in this photo.

The Groom being a goofball.  Love this pic.

Closeup of my flowers.  His aunt is a florist and she did a gorgeous job for really cheap!

The ceremony...

16  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / My first attempt at fixing tight jeans on: June 25, 2007 11:05:55 PM
Last night my favorite jeans fell apart.  I had this other pair in the closet that were a couple sizes too small for me.  So, I decided to try and "fix" them.  I will probably take these in another inch or two, but overall I'm happy with them.  Next time, I'm going to use different colored fabrics, and maybe get a little crazier with the size of the fabric strips.

Inspired by this thread:
17  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Knitty's Calorimetry on: February 12, 2007 10:57:45 AM
This pattern was a bit annoying in that it came out huge. I actually went a needle size below my gauge so that I could avoid that. Oh well. Nothing a little thin elastic can't fix. I could always button the button in the next rib or so up to tighten. Either way it's a great looking pattern, mega warm, and I'm in love with the color. It took one skein plus a few yards of Patons Rumor in Hibiscus Heather colorway.

18  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / My DIY wedding, complete with too many photos!!! on: February 04, 2007 11:18:26 AM
I didn't want to post a million times in this category, but I didn't want to wait and post everything when it gets done.  So I'm going to be adding photos of things as they get finished.

August 12, 2007:  What a beautiful day!

Wedding Hair and Makeup:
Not so much DIY, but I just had a run through with my wedding hair and makeup.  I very much love it.  Can't believe the wedding is only 12 days away.  Here are a couple photos.



Sage green cardstock with cream (soft white) paper.  I laid them out using Adobe Illustrator, and the flowers and RSVP are all rubber stamped.  I changed up some fonts and decided against using the gold, as posted below under RSVP.  They went out last week and I got my first confirmed guest RSVP today!



Closeup of Invitation card:

New RSVP card:

Compote dishes with coffee beans and votive candles.

Invitations (RSVP Cards finished, rest in progress):  You can't see because of the crappy photo, but the paper is a light sage green, and the RSVP is stamped in gold ink.

Save the Date cards:

Invitations (not yet finished)
Save the Date cards (not yet finished)
Centerpieces (not yet finished)
Favors (not yet finished)
Programs (not yet finished)
Menus (not yet finished)
Newsletter (not yet finished)
Scrapbook (not yet finished)
General decorations (not yet finished)
19  Arizona / Arizona: North / Need Flagstaff Wedding ideas... on: January 17, 2007 11:17:27 AM
Anyone have ideas for a venue?  So far we've thought of having it up on Mt. Humphrey's.  I don't really know where else.  We're not churchgoers, and it would be nice to have the ceremony and reception close together or even in the same place.  The wedding will be in October of this year.
20  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Silk Garden Hat and Fingerless Mitts set on: January 15, 2007 07:52:23 PM
I made this set for my mother's birthday (Jan. 13th).  She had been wanting a hat and mitt set, and I couldn't think of a stitch pattern I liked until I saw the challenge.  Smiley  Whipped the whole set up in 2 days, when the snow trapped us inside.  The hat is my own pattern, my very first one in fact.  The mitts I adapted from http://ohmystars.net/craft/knitting/pgloves.html

Mom modeling... colors are more true to life in this photo:

And a shot of the set:

The hat took one skein of Noro Silk Garden, plus maybe 5 yards (would have been one skein even if I hadn't left such a long cast on tail).  The mitts took most of one skein.  If you'd like to see a close up of the garter lace, I can take another shot of it.  Thanks for looking!  Smiley
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