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11  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / "When Curiosity Met Insanity" swap?... on: April 13, 2008 09:24:31 PM
Does anyone here even read WCMI?  I figure it's a stretch, but who knows?  There's plenty of people on here as crazy as I am!

Anyway I just started reading WCMI recently, but I've become totally sold on the Reggie/Alice concept.  I figured it'd be a fun swap, if anyone else knows what I'm talking about...   Tongue
12  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / stitch markers of awesomeness! (4 pics) on: March 23, 2008 04:59:53 PM
I just made my first set of stitch markers... woot!  They're so pretty... I made a full dozen of them, 11 + 1 bigger one to mark the beginning of rounds.  I'm pretty novice when it comes to beadworking and whatnot, so I'm particularly proud of them...

Full set!

Close up:

Bigger bead one:
13  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / my old PlayStation 2 on: February 26, 2008 12:20:36 PM
So I have a first-run PlayStation 2, a 30001 series.  I love it desperately, it was my first console ever!  Anyway, it died about a year ago, but I can't bear to part with it.  Surely I could gut it and turn it into something wonderful, right? 

Here's a tiny little picture of it...
14  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / sun-blocking curtains on: January 23, 2008 09:16:37 AM
Hello, friends!

So, I'm planning on making some curtains in my bedroom.  I'm on a really, really tight budget.  I was wondering, does anyone have some fabulous ideas for a way to make sure they keep my room nice and dark?  Maybe... something to line them with?  Anyone had experience doing this kind of thing, or am I just crazy?
15  UNITED STATES / Missouri / STL LYS? on: January 10, 2008 10:39:52 AM
Well... judging from how many recent posts are in this forum, this might be kind of a long shot, but...

I just moved to Manchester, and I was wondering what really good LYSs are in the West County area.  Anyone have a favorite?  Or rather, anyone know where any are at all?  I need LYS-age!

16  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Super-Rad Apron of Retro Goodness! (pic heavy!) on: January 08, 2008 10:56:15 AM
I made this for a swap... several months ago... but I totally fell in love with this apron!  I think it's my favorite sewn garment that I've made.

Ta-daa!  The main fabric was actually some kind of interior decorating fabric, and the trim is a slightly-sparkly corduroy.  And also, just so you know, corduroy makes a total mess all over your floor when you try to cut it.  I'm also totally OCD when it comes to lining up pockets...

I also embroidered a few of the flowers on the pocket.  My first real attempt at embroidery! 

Action-shot!  Modeled by my lovely former-roommate, Merliquin.

And a bonus bum-shot, to show the extra-long ties.

It was very well received by my swap partner... it was really hard for me to let go of it, though.  I fell in love with it!
17  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / thread tension w/ very thin fabric - help! on: November 27, 2007 06:22:37 AM
Apologies if this topic has been covered already.

I'm making a dress out of some very old vintage sheets.  My problem lies in the fact that these sheets have gotten quite thin with use.  I can't seem to get the tension quite right.  I'm using just a regular sewing machine, not a serger or anything.  It just keeps on gobbling up the fabric and munching on it... does anyone have any clue how I should set the tension for this certain issue?
18  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / jasper earring/necklace set on: November 07, 2007 08:30:22 AM
Hello, friends!

This is my first real foray into jewelry making... I've been dabbling in it a bit for the past month or so, but this was the first "real" set I've finished.  I'm not sure how I feel about the earrings... I think I'm going to remove the Asian charms from them, and just have the jasper.

Made of chips of jasper, small white-silver seed beads, and Asian charms.

What do you think?  Please, please give me criticism!  I'm still learning.  Should I take off the charms on the earrings?
19  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / aprons! (feat. vintage curtains and Darth Vader) (big pics!) on: September 26, 2007 06:19:40 AM
Because, honestly... who doesn't think of evil lords of the Sith while being domestic?

Alright, apron #1 I made for my roommate, Merliquin... it started life as some awesome old curtains we picked up at the thrift shop.

Apron #2 is reversible!  Let me tell you, I almost murdered Merliquin's sewing machine, sewing through all those layers with the ruffles...

Side A, frou frou goth: (pardon dusty mirror...)

Side B, Darth Vader!!:

Close up of the pocket, which features some lace over Vader's face...

Black-on-black is so hard to photograph... but in real life it's much easier to see those evil Vader eyes peeking out through the lace... a-heh.

So... yeah.  I've kind of been on an apron kick, it took all my self control to not make like ten more aprons yesterday... I mean honestly, what are two girls gonna do with seven aprons??...

Though I do have some obnoxious lime-green linen and equally obnoxious lime-green tassel-trim that might be calling my name...
20  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / The cutest ugly skirt!! (couple o' piccies) on: March 11, 2007 04:39:09 PM
So I got this really, really obnoxious fabric.  I thought it was really pretty, but everyone else I showed it to thought it was really ugly.  It's a jersey knit with three different patterns on it.  I wish I'd taken a picture before I made the skirt, but here's how the fabric looks:

Most of the fabric was the white part, then the orange border and the little strip of purple, then another orange border and the blue for maybe 10 inches.  It was also dirt cheap.  I really liked the colors, but apparently this is not an aesthetically pleasing combination to most people...

Anyway, I decided this beautiful monstrosity must become a skirt!  I kind of based it off of the anticraft's petticoat skirt (http://www.theanticraft.com/archive/imbolc07/petticoat.htm) but I made it short.  I also messed up a LOT, and apparently I can't do ruffles to save my life, so my roommate (Merliquin to you all) helped me out a ton.  Like, pretty much all of it.  Anyway here it is!

Obligatory twirly shot.

This one shows the length better.  It comes to just below my knee.
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