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11  Re: Share your Mess...Then let's clean it up! in Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions by piratelibrarian on: November 16, 2007 07:27:43 AM
I've been following this thread for a while and you lot have really inspired me to deal with the WIP of all WIPs; the beloved monster I call my studio. 

6 weeks ago it was all nice and neat and tidy, but then I took on my two year old nephew full time and my workflow and space became a little skewed with mornings being about wearing him out at the local drop-in or park and work, work, work in the hour and a half that he napped...and my generally being a sucker for 2 year olds who want my undivided attention.

Here it is in its current state:

1. Mum's a frequent auction goer and that's a big bag o' supplies like wonder under, fuse-bond, interfacing and ribbons she dropped off about 4 weeks ago which needs to be purged and sorted.

2. A basket of clothes to go to the consignment store (my room tends to become a catch all for things in transition.)

3.  The remnants from halloween costume making which also needs to be purged (especially as I believe ALL of my seam pickers are in that bag.)

4.  A bag of items I collected from around the house which belong to my children and in their bedrooms.  It was sitting on the little table in the hallway between their rooms and rather conveniently found its way into my space.

5.  My makeshift embroidery kit.  Yes, I'm proud of that one.

6.  A pair of pyjamas I started back in September.

7.  I swear every doorknob in our home has a plastic bag of junk hanging from it.  Far be it for me to ruin a trend.  Consistency is the key to success as my mum always says.

8.  Yes, that's hair dye.

9.  Fabric for another pair of pyjamas.

10.  My fabric stash which also needs to be purged and sorted. 

Wish me luck, folks.  My day is spent!
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12  Lotteria inspired deeply romantic scarf in Needlework: Completed Projects by piratelibrarian on: October 19, 2007 08:04:13 PM
So I made my romantic interest this scarf today:

...largely because he's moaned and groaned about the fact that I've made scarves for everyone but him.

Here's a detail of the embroidery:

I used a lot of chain stitches (because I'm a little bit evil and like the thought of his heart in chains) which sometimes turn into whip stitches (that's a fun/evil thought too) and a wee bit of crude satin stitching (hate satin stitching.)

He lurves it.
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13  back to school jumper in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by piratelibrarian on: September 07, 2007 02:20:39 PM
After the frothy-overload involved in the adoption dress I was eager to get my hands on something a little more fun in terms of projects.  A while ago I got my hands on this great camo made up of butterflies print twill and last week my daughter and I set to work creating this jumper for back to school.

She picked out everything but the camo fabric and chose hot pink cotton for the lining, yellow top stitching thread and groovy pewter star buttons.

Here she is loving it:

Here's her favourite part:

Here's her hamming it up for the fans on our jungle porch:

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14  Lazy girl's table cloth to zipperless circle skirt recon in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by piratelibrarian on: September 07, 2007 02:02:18 PM
EDIT:  Doo dee doo dee doo...I've just realised I put this in the wrong thread.  Move me please?

So I'm currently in a bit of a  burn-out/need-to-spend-more-time-with-kids induced career transition.  As there's only so much housework to be done (ok - it's never done, I just don't always want to do it) I got a little bored today and put together a circle skirt for the daughter.

Here's the back in all of its zipperless glory:

I sewed a placket into it and placed a button and hole at the top of the placket to secure the waistline (I couldn't see a squirmy ten year old keeping a skirt on with only a ribbon sash holding it up) despite my fear of my buttonholer.

Action shot!:

Took about 35 minutes to put together.

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15  Adoption Dress in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by piratelibrarian on: August 19, 2007 10:38:48 AM
So my boss came into work in a tizzy Saturday last.  Her niece's adoption papers are due to be signed Monday next and she'd scoured ours and the closest cities for an appropriately ceremonial dress for the 10 month old sprog to no avail.  So after calming her down a bit I ended up signing up for the job of creating such a dress and here is what I whipped up for her yesterday:

Not too bad for a rush job, me thinks.
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16  2 summery and fun pieces in Beads: Completed Projects by piratelibrarian on: August 15, 2006 06:57:38 AM
I indulged in some heavy retail therapy by attending the Rockhound Gemboree - a rock and gem enthusiasts haven and trade fair which happen annually in little old Bancroft Ontario.  Soooooo many good finds but silver was excutiatingly expensive this year...so I splurged on the multitudes of pearls and shell beads over anything else.

Here are a couple of creations which came out of my indulgences:

A multistrand necklace featuring matte and glossy turquoise coloured sead beads, red bamboo coral and a cute little filigree turtle for good measure.

This bracelet has become one of my favourite pieces of jewellry to wear.  The stars are dyed mother of pearl and between each one is an itty bitty randomly coloured agate seed bead.  I'm kicking myself for buying only one strand of each of those.

Let me know what you think!
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17  buzy buzyness in Beads: Completed Projects by piratelibrarian on: June 05, 2006 06:35:14 AM
Here are some experiments/efforts in education of mine...

Yer basic shell bits and seed beads choker:

This one is my first attempt at wire-wrapped links.  It's made up of citrine, agate, quartz and jade leftovers and copper artist's wire so it's a wee bit delicate, but surprisingly resilient:

This one is inspired by mmd32's mother-of-pearl and heart necklace, and the beads themselves, of course:

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18  First bag - I think I'm addicted in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by piratelibrarian on: March 21, 2006 03:58:12 PM
I've been hankering for a new bag for a while now - one which would hold my big day planner (looooooove the day planner) and lunch and have lots of pockets for little things and have a long, piratelibrarian-sized strap (I'm tall, so most uber-long adjustables that are store-bought at their longest still don't sit comfortably on the hip) which would not interfere with the girls...needless to say I had pretty much resigned myself to making one. 

And I did just that today.  Here it is, as modelled by my lovely easel which my daddy made for me and my Acme Novelty Library compilation and some unfinished paintings:

I wasn't sure where to post it because it's new and used.  But I totally raided my remnants stash for it so here seems to be the right spot.  The denim pocket on the front (there's another on the back) are made of the legs of some pants my daughter needed to turn into cut-offs.  The front flap and the liner used to be a really ugly shirt made from really beautiful fabric.  The strap and the loop are from an old pair of jeans and the rest is just remnants from other projects. 

And look!  It's accidentally reversible!

That little square on the front is one of the breast pockets from the ugly/beautiful shirt (and yes, the other pocket is on the other side) which has been repositioned and restitched into new life.

I'm in love with it.  I can't wait to take it work tomorrow.
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19  Re: Rapunzel, rapunzel, let down your hair! (scarf) in Craftalongs by piratelibrarian on: February 28, 2006 04:42:51 PM
Since I first saw this thread I knew I would have to make me one of these.  Unfortunately the craft store closest to myself is going out of business, which means they've got loads of yarns and things on sale.  So I made the trek downtown today and bought way too much for the purposes of this project, but I'm sure I'll find a use for the rest somehow.

Here it is and all the bits used to make it up (yes, the book and the incense were crucial to its conception too) - it's six strands made up of  various bits and bobs of things posted - ribbon, ripped up jeans, yarns of various descriptions - all of which are in the pic:

and a close-up:

I love it but it will probably go to my best friend for her birthday.

Thanks for the inspiration, folks!
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20  Re: Please Help - I Need A Sewing Table in Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions by piratelibrarian on: January 29, 2006 11:56:54 AM
I don't know what your budget is or how close Ikea is to you but I made a sewing table out of:


All in all it cost me a total of $58.85 CDN and I couldn't be happier with it.  The table top is a deceptively large peice of real estate - my sewing machine footprint fits nicely in the curve of the peanut, leaving the bubbly ends free for other things - mostly my sprawling sewing habit.  The only complaint I've ever had with it is that the 'fibre board' it's made of is way tougher than your typical mdf board and takes a tough, multi-speed drill to get the legs attached to it without stripping the screws.  Otherwise, I love it.  It's sturdy(a local restaurant has the same table and leaves it out all winter and it has suffered no warpage at all), the finish is incredibly durable and it's exactly what I need in terms of space.
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