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1  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Valentine's Day / Valentine's Day Banner! (Finished project) 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?
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Kicthen Wall Hanging with Cherries! 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.
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Congratulations Banner 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
4  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / One Armed Wonders! 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.
5  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / The Office Swap Round 3! on: July 29, 2007 12:44:03 PM
I am OBSESSED WITH THIS SHOW!  And I know I can't be the only one.  Anyone else feeling the summer repeat slum?  We could have a US and a UK version, if needed. 

Who wants to join?  Who wants to host?  WE NEED A MICHAEL SCOTT!

Just imagine the Dwight pillows, the Pam & Jim faces in Jam jars....  Specialty sweat pants so you can be like the Fancy New Jan maybe???

I can't believe I missed the last two rounds.  Please please please!!!
6  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Halloween Costume COMPLETED - Toga *ACTION SHOTS* 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?
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Western Shirt Corners/Points (Helped myself) on: August 05, 2006 06:08:23 PM
So I started working on jazzing up this kid's shirt that I got from my old job.  And I wanted to add those little westerny corners to the front and back.  So I measure and cut and pin and sew.  ....But then my corner puffed...and not even evenly.  See below.

What happened?  I'm going to rip the stiching out anyway and hope I didn't ruin the back, but now I'm afraid to touch the front:

So...any suggestions?  Any idea what I did?  Thanks.
8  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Renting, but PAINTING (OMG) on: May 21, 2005 07:27:51 PM
now that I think about it, I believe I put this in the wrong area...kinda

(I've italicized my problems for those who don't want to read me ramble, lol!  Embarrassed)

I'm very excited because my FH put down the deposit on our first apartment today!  Its a 2 bedroom, 1 bath, and the building manager said that we could paint, and do whatever, (ohmigosh, no way!) as long as the walls were white when we moved out.  We're going to be living here for three years, so I definatly want to paint!  But I'm worried about the "just paint it white before you leave" part.  I'm not experienced in painting, so I don't know what colors are hard to cover up.  Here's what I was thinking:

living/dining room:  deep red-berry accent wall with medium dark blue on the rest of the walls.  We have a big blue lounge chair, navy futon, maroon telephone stand from the 50s, and black entertainment system.  This room looks out onto our balcony, so it is very very bright.  (Yay FL!)  I would also like to add a bookself, but we'll see...  The kitchen connects and would have coordinating blue accents, but remain mostly white.

study: brown accent walls with tan on the rest of the walls. (?)  I was thinking of painting the bottom half of the room to look like a woven fabric.  (paint bottom half dark brown, go over it with tan and scrape off with uneven scraper in crosshatch fashion.) This room will have our desks, my drafting table, and my sewing stuff.  Possibly a book self.

bedroom: light green accent walls with a medium/darker light green on the main walls.  This room will have an Asian theme, with the main piece being the queen sized bed that my FH and dad made.  Its wood on the top part, and black on the bottom.  I've got wicker lamps and a wall scroll of a dragon fighting a tiger as my accents.  There will also be a small desk in here for FH's tablet PC.  It has a black "granite" top with a wooden base.  There will be a mirror over the bed.

bathroom: dark purple stripes on one wall, with lilac being the main wall color.  This is my one girlie room!  Unless purple is hard to paint over, I think I've got this room set.  This will also act as the kitties' room.  Smiley

So, really all I need to know is what colors are hard to paint over.  If most of my colors are problematic, I want to try starching fabric in a big rectangle behind the futon in the living room and using colorful curtains to spice things up.

Problem with the window treatments is, the apartment comes with vertical blinds, which I hate, but my FH loves for the sunlight-blocking power they possess.  So they have to stay.  Any suggestions for this?  I basically need crafty ideas for covering them withough drilling massive holes in the wall for a new curtain pole.

I want to have more than one color in each room, but I don't want just flat color. (see bathroom and study ideas)  Any way to spice things up without making giant geometric shapes?

Gosh this is a long post.  I don't have access to the place until June 28th, so I've got a lot of time to think about it!  Please, any ideas you have would be appreciated!  I'll post pictures when I'm done (July4th is the date we plan to have everything done!)
9  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Discussion and Questions / Does anyone stencil on walls anymore?! on: October 17, 2004 10:02:47 AM
I tried to search, but all of the threads seemed to be for shirts...  Ok, so I'm trying to stencil leaves onto the walls of my boyfriends kitchen, and it's not working so well.  I bought a special stenciling brush and wipe off the excess paint from the end of the brush before dabing it up and down around the stencil.  I think my problem is that the edges come up on some of the curves, and no matter how much I hold them down with my fingers, it doesn't really seem to help.  Does anyone have tips?  Maybe a spray adhesive or something?  I'd be afriad of the glue staying on the walls though... Help!   Embarrassed
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Ruffley Apron Top (Now with WORKING pictures!) on: July 11, 2004 05:06:05 PM
My birthday is Thursday and I wanted something special to wear.  (I'll be turning 21!)  So I figured I'd try making something.  This was the first time I'd ever tried to make clothing, and I'm pretty happy with how it came out.  It took the better part of two days though, whew!

I used a bathing suit top as the model for the bust, but I ended up making the triangles the same size as the top.  (I'd wanted to make them bigger, originally.)

So I added a few ruffles/pleats, which covered up everything I didn't think was appropriate outside of the beach!

So what do you guys think?  Oh, and excuse the pj pants; it's a lazy Sunday afterall.  I'd wear this with jeans normally.  I took lots of pictures of the whole process, with you guys in mind (is that sad?) so I can post a tutorial if anyone would like...  Undecided Tongue

edit: The pictures work now, yay! Grin
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