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1  Valentine's Day Banner! (Finished project) in Valentine's Day by retrokitty on: February 06, 2008 11:15:40 AM
What could these have become?  (Ignore the topic title for a moment.)
They're made from a mix of vintage and new fabrics, and decorated with vintage buttons & rick rack.

They became a Valentine's Day banner!  I connected all the hearts before work this morning and separated them with beads.  I love how this came out, and I'm glad I didn't use traditional Valentine's Day colors because it just might stay up after the 14th!

So what do you think?
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2  Kicthen Wall Hanging with Cherries! in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by retrokitty on: February 04, 2008 02:53:14 PM
I finished this last night and am soooooo happy with how it came out!  It allowed me to use a bunch of left over fabric, plus it gets all the clutter off the kitchen table!

I have a full description of it in my blog, (http://sillypanda.wordpress.com/) and would love any comments (here or there)!

Oh, and the kitties don't have anything do to with the hanging...I just made the pillow out of some of the same materials as the wall hanging.

Above is a pic from when I was still working on it.  It gives you details of the house, which is for the real estate folder, lol.  I used this as a tease in my blog.
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3  Re: My Happy Sewing Machine Cover in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by retrokitty on: January 27, 2008 07:37:37 AM
Here you go:

And I like it!  It's cute!
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4  Congratulations Banner in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by retrokitty on: January 15, 2008 08:05:59 PM
My FDH started his first day at work on Monday, and I was so proud of him, I wanted to do something special.  So I made this little paper banner and hung it up in the kitchen doorway so it would be the first thing he sees when he walked in.

It's not much, but it made him smile.  And that's what's important.  Anyway, I thought I'd share.

The heart has a little note on it.

I freehanded the holes with an exacto knife.

What do you guys think?  I know I've seen banners like this around in holiday posts, but I figured I'd give it a try myself.  I really like seeing it hang up there.  I think I'm going to have to hang more banners.  Smiley
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5  One Armed Wonders! in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by retrokitty on: January 03, 2008 09:21:22 PM
I present to you, Take One & Take Two, dolls that were created from a single sketch!

The first one was done over the summer and is completely machine sewn.  The second one was done over the holiday, and is completely hand sewn.  (But only because I didn't have access to a sewing machine.)  Their backs are plain. 

For Take Three, I am going to do both hand and machine stiches.  I'm wondering about the arm though... should I keep them the way they are (moveable) or attach them to the body and puffy/raised, like the face on the second one?

As usual, I have more details and pictures on my blog.
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6  Re: Show off your TREE, Mantle, Or other HOLIDAY decor! in Winter Holidays by retrokitty on: January 02, 2008 10:12:20 PM

4. My fiancee and I went down to FL to visit our parents for Christmas.  When we got to my parents' house, my mom said that she couldn't find the angel for the tree.  (She made the angel in 2nd grade, and I've never known a parental Christmas tree without it.)  Obviously, she was very upset.  So to make her feel better, my siblings and I made her a new one!

5. The angel, star, and people are hand painted wood, and the cone is just one of those cheap sheets of foam with some ribbon wrapped around it.  Made with hot glue and love.  It totally cheered mom up.

I posted other holiday photos (so you can check out #s 1-15) on my crafting blog.  http://sillypanda.wordpress.com  Check it out and comment with thoughts please!
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7  Re: 2006 Completed Costumes Scrapbook! (completed project pictures & links go here!) in Halloween Costumes by retrokitty on: November 05, 2006 09:52:23 AM
I work as an Internet Content Manager (*cough*fancy name for webmaster*cough*) so I went as a Web Goddess, lol!

Which basically means wearing a toga-looking dress.  Wink  But I made it from scratch w/o a pattern, and I was really happy with how it came out!

Thread with more pics: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=127714.0
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8  Re: Halloween Costume COMPLETED - Toga *ACTION SHOTS* in Halloween Costumes by retrokitty on: October 21, 2006 10:30:32 PM
I actually ran out of time, so I couldn't add the gold detail to the shawl, or make the other side scrunch...but I plan on having those ready for Halloween!  I spent waaay too much time on this thing to only wear it once!  XD

Action Shot!
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9  Halloween Costume COMPLETED - Toga *ACTION SHOTS* in Halloween Costumes by retrokitty on: October 17, 2006 08:24:20 PM
Edit: Page 2 has pictures of the semi-completed-good-enough-for-the-party-on-Friday toga!

WARNING:  The part I'm working on now was my slip for the costume, so its a bit thin.  Therefore, you can see my undies through the fabric a bit.  If you don't wanna see it, don't look past the first couple of pictures!

Ok, now onto the story:  I have a toga party for work (I work for clear channel radio) and I wanted to make my toga so I could walk around, taking pictures, without having to worry about my sheet falling off.  This is what I came up with:

So I started working on it:

I used some clothes as an example and made the skirt a little longer.  My kitties approve.

Mirror shots to see if I like how it fit.  And I kinda did...

The only thing that bugs me is that there is a little butt huggage, which I normally wouldn't consider for a work event, but this IS a Halloween party, and I really should suck it up that I'm 23 now and have a grown up's body.

The last pic is how I want the bottom of the dress to look.  I'm going to add drawstrings to the side to create the effect.  I was seeing if it would actually work.  (It would)

PLEASE HELP!   What do you guys think?  Should I add inserts to the side to hide the butt huggage?  Also, any ideas for something bigger than some string (like in the drawing) that I could add to cover my tummy?
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10  Re: Western Shirt Corners/Points (Need help) in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by retrokitty on: August 05, 2006 10:54:47 PM
I fixed it.  Still don't know what I did, but here's how it came out:


You can see the back in my sly use of mirror photography.
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