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21  hot pink silk clutch in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by santacruzsugar on: January 05, 2009 01:40:46 PM
I've always admired the silk bolts at my local independent fabric store but always avoided them for the most part because of the $ridiculous amount. a yard price tag, but they were having a sale! I finally shelled out a small amount of this hot pink stuff with the image of something small and pleated, with a wrist strap. 

This is what I came up with.

The pleats weren't hard to do, but I regret using so many pins, because they left small snag holes.

I lined the inside with bleached muslin.

The back is just flat, no pleats.

I wore it out to my boyfriends work's dinner party and got a lot of complements on it.

I'm very happy with how it turned out. This was my first time working with silk, and I'm deffinatly going to go back and buy some more in different colors, while its still on sale, to make some more!

Comments and critiques appreciated!
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22  Re: Wist Swap Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by santacruzsugar on: December 19, 2008 01:23:50 PM
I finally got my act together and can post pics of the wonderful things MissGabbieLynn created for me!

All together, minus a honeydew melon candle which has taken up residence in my kitchen: two fabulous totes, a heating pad, and two throw pillows.

I'm super picky about things matching, and was need of throw pillows for my living room- the ones she made matched perfectly!

In fact, my boyfriend even commented "they match the curtains better than the ones you made!" The have a fun safari type print with elephants, monkeys, hippos, etc.

I absolutely love the tote bags. I used the small one already for a lunch bag. Its perfectly sized for my pyrex and my Nalgene bottle.

I like how she picked a fun polka-dot print to coordinate with the outside fabric.

And the big tote bag is soft and padded, and has lots of pockets! I love how the bottom part has a different texture.

And lastly, she included one of those grain heating pads you microwave that are perfect for soothing soar muscles or cramps. Its funny she included that because previously my boyfriend and I were discussing my need to make one!

Thanks so much Amy Jo! I love everything!

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23  Homer and Marge Simpson...with the amount of pics as big as my hair in Halloween Costumes by santacruzsugar on: November 01, 2008 11:28:29 AM
This year, I'm finally with a guy who was willing to dress up as a pair (one of the many reasons he's a keeper for sure  Tongue ) but I didn't want to push my luck by asking him to be something non-manly like Prince Charming or anything that involved tights. We were invited to a costume party and I wanted a couple costume that not everyone else would have. We were also on a budget, so we were wanting something cheap. I looked online and didn't see any for Homer and Marge, and he was totally into it (he likes beer and donuts), so here is what we came up with!

His was really easy...just stuff some pillow batting under a collared shirt.

Mine took more effort. The dress is Simplicity 3797, slightly altered to fit my lack of boobs and make strapless. Its made from about 2 yards of bright green fabric I found at Joanne's for like, $2.00 a yard, plus it was on sale. The red flats are from Walmart for $9.00 and the beads I found on sale at Michael's for 2/$5.00. And the wig was the big part of the project.

Having no previous wig making experience, I was slighly stumped on how to create this, but I knew three things: it had to fit on my head, it had to be big, and it had to be blue.

It started off as this:

a chineese lampshade thing I found at the Goodwill for $2.00.
I had the boyfriend cut the top and bottom off and then I sewed the framework onto a beanie.

I then proceeded to sew rows of pillow batting around it.

Almost finished!

Ready for paint!

After a large amount of blue #24 (just like Marge used!) spray paint, I think it looks pretty damn good!

It even held up for dancing!

Thanks for looking!!!!

and in case you aren't familiar with these characters:

For more pictures with our costumes "in action", and because I don't want to take up all the picture hosting here, check out  my blog
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24  Fuzzy Monster Doorstops (pic heavy) in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by santacruzsugar on: October 31, 2008 03:08:55 PM
Before I start, I'd like to mention this was not my original idea but I can't for the life of me find either the website, the post, or the etsy store that inspired me.

What else do you do with that fun fuzzy yarn form the dollar store? You make fuzzy monsters!!! Introducing....Penelope and Dot!

Here they are...hard at work keeping my door open.

I gave them a break from all their hard work to go outside and enjoy the sun.

Stopping to smell the flowers.

Picking out a pumpkin.

Oh No Dot!!!!! Watch out for the killer kitty!!!!

Returning home.

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25  I saved a Bundle on Wreath Materials from the Dollar Store in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by santacruzsugar on: October 31, 2008 02:59:14 PM
This is my first wreath. I've always wanted to make one, but was always a bit put off by the seemingly outrageous prices of fake flowers and dried stuff. So finally I was going to just suck it up and use one of those 10% of my entire purchase coupons from JoAnne's and buy all the stuff I needed for a harvesty theme wreath. I even got to the line and was almost next, but backed out because I just couldn't reason spending $4.99 for just one bundle of wheat when I had nothing but old milk and green beans in my fridge.

So a few days later I went to my dollar store to get something else (I love that store....I can afford EVERYTHING in it!) and LOW AND BEHOLD! all the same stuff I wanted at JoAnne's was there too!!!

So I got 4 bunches of that wheat that was previously $4.99, a grapevine frame, some harvest colored ribbon, a bunch of fake sunflowers, and a tacky scarecrow to put in my window.

After some wire I found laying in my junk-drawer and just a few minutes later....TA-DA! My first WREATH!

on the door

complete with other holiday decorations!
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26  faux suede slouchy bag in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by santacruzsugar on: October 31, 2008 02:50:34 PM
This is my first type of this bag. I used Vogue pattern 8310 and I think it turned out fairly well.

I used a black faux suede fabric to matchthese boots from Target that I had just got. The metal rings that I used came from my stash of Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk Carousel Rings that any Santa Cruz local has 'borrowed' from the ride: you grab the rings from an arm while your on the horse and try to throw it in a clowns mouth as you up-and-down by.

I even managed to put in a zipper that was halfway straight. I suck at zippers. Big time. I used a fun and tacky neon green pink flamingo fabric for the lining. I love fun linings because when else could I have used that fabric?

Thanks for looking!

Happy Halloween!!! Grin
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27  Re: Set of Tea Towels Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by santacruzsugar on: September 24, 2008 03:43:25 PM
I received 3 freaken awesome towels from my partner Sewsew-a-gogo yesterday!

I think I should have given Lily a lower rating of my skills so I was matched up with someone who didn't do such perfect stitches!

All three together:

Owl #1-

Owl #2-

My favorite part of these is how colorful they are!

this was my favorite of the three- "I am not a paper towel"

Amber defiantly did some stalking and discovered I am an environmentalist, so this fits me perfectly!

Thanks so much! These are so wonderful and your stitches are excellent!!!

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28  Re: The Happy Housewife Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by santacruzsugar on: September 24, 2008 03:16:45 PM
I received from Ecstatic today! I was amazed at all the stuff she managed to fit in such a little box!

Here's the 'group shot'

which contains: 4 double sided placemats, two sets of 4 cloth napkins (4 in green print, 4 in lavender print), a GIANT knitted shopping bag, 4 knitted scrubbies, 2 knitted mice for my cat, a placemat for my cat's bowls, a tea towel with an embriodered kitty, a kitchen timer and a pack of post-its, a apron from her home state, a mug, and the book "Eat, Pray, Love" by Elizabeth Gilbert.

here is the placemat, which fits Gale's bowls perfectly. It is made from different cat printed fabrics and is so cute! I LOVE the knitted mice cat toys, which I'm sure Gale will love to play with once she stops sulking from my leaving her with the boyfriend for almost a week.

here are all the linens that my wonderful partner made me! I love the placemats! They will match perfectly in my kitchen. I am really glad she made me some napkins, because I've been meaning to make my own, but was too lazy. And the cat tea towel is also adorable! She was worried that the back wasn't up to par, but why would I look at the back when the front is so cute!

Scrubbies- These are soooo cool! I've been wanting some of these and am really excited to use them! I think these were my favorite part of the package.

My partner is from Louisiana, and she included a souvenir of her state. (Which is really cool- none of my other swaps have ever done this!) Its an apron with a recipe for Alligator Sauce Piquant, which, no offense to any of you alligator eating craftsters, sounds disgusting. The first line of the instructions are "Cut meat into cubes and remove tallow". But than again, my favorite food is raw albacore nagiri, so to each their own. 

This is the knitted shopping bag, which is awesome. I love that the strap is really long, so I can even ware it over my head, which would work great if I ride my bike to the store.

And the extras, which I don't have pictures of- the blue mug not only matches my decor, but was also very needed! I only had one mug and made my boyfriend drink tea out of a pint glass.  Tongue I also really wanted to read that book, so thanks for including that! I'm also excited about the timer, because now i can give my crappy Ikea one to the thrift store!

Thanks so much for everything! I am really lucky and got an amazing packaged!

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29  Re: Farmer's Market Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by santacruzsugar on: April 28, 2008 06:22:00 PM
I was paired up with Teeisme and she sent a great package!

first was a double sided jean bag with felt fruits/veggie appliques...

my favorite is the eggplant Smiley

she also made a cute little tin to hold market money in it. The inside has a great quote "Cabbage: a familiar kitchen-garden vegetable about as large and wise as a man's head."

also included was some veggie stickers, and a dollar to start off the market season.

And by her request...due to her camera running away, the stuff I sent....

a reversible market bag and a wallet. I am in serious love with that strawberry fabric. I'm debating on going back to buy a few yards to make a summer dress or something.

Some random marble magnets that have nothing to do with farmers market, but they were cute.

and a altered money tin. Tee said she was too lazy to garden (as am I...I don't think of it as lazy, but just really busy Smiley )so I made a 'mini-garden' in a tin....which she was able to scan and post on page 15.

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30  Re: Ongoing Wish Swap 31 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by santacruzsugar on: March 05, 2008 04:06:50 PM
Raynbow received her package and she gave me the OK to post pictures. Inspired by her wists of monkey pillowcases, I used Sublime Stitching pattern and embroidered two pillowcases for her.

I also sent some doggy-treats...but don't have a picture.

Raynbow...I'd love to see a picture of your dogs! I love animals!
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