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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / My Christmas Beagle! on: January 17, 2008 12:11:24 PM
This is my baby, Lucy, showing off her favorite holiday outfit!


Santa, what big ears you have!

Better stop taking pictures... Someone's being a grumpy grinch...

I used a McCall's pattern, by the way. The red is nice and stretchy to accomodate this "small-medium" dog's generous mid-section.  Cheesy
2  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / I <3 Nancy Drew on: October 08, 2006 06:00:20 AM
[EDITED to fix link]

I always loved Nancy Drew books growing up, but had sortof forgotten about them... That is, until I found out my friend is a collector of sorts. I just had to make her this t shirt:

[SECOND EDIT: The spots outside the stencil are not paint, they're just adhesive, so they'll come off... ]

It came out better than I had hoped, although it took about 10 million layers of the white paint to cover the blue shirt sufficiently. Think she'll like it?

For this stencil, I cut it out of a plastic transparency sheet. It worked just great; it peeled off easily and without tearing. Since it was still in pristine condition, I made myself one as well. Mine is a red shirt with Nancy in black.

What do you think? Will my friend like it? I'm mailing it out to her sometime in the next few days.  Smiley
3  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Anyone here have bad taste?-- Costume brainstorming on: September 15, 2006 04:22:18 PM
I don't think I'm going to go with my original idea, so it's up for grabs if any of you have as awful taste as I do.

Dress as a carrot. Tell everyone "Guess what I am!!" When they say carrot, say "Nope! I'm Terry Schiavo!"

Anyway, I need help brainstorming, and I thought I'd make another thread just for fleeting ideas that maybe we can help each other pull together, if anyone's interested.
I'm looking for something really simple that I can wear to my classes and to work on Halloween.  Last year was the same deal, and I made a dino hoodie to wear. That's the kind of thing I'm looking for, I guess. Any ideas? I'm hoping for something simple, but maybe not something that's been done a million times over. Anyone have any ideas?

I'll add ideas of my own when as I think of them.
4  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Sewing Hints on: September 10, 2006 12:20:19 PM
I work at a university library, in a department specializing in old or rare books, media, artifacts, and so forth. The current collection I am working on is a collection of cookbooks, ranging in age from 1880 to the late 1970's (I'm sorting the old stuff out for us to keep, and the newer stuff to be catalogued for the general collection).

Anyway, I was flipping through an old cookbook, and I found this list of "sewing hints". I thought I would share them with you, because there were some things I'd not heard before.

I don't remember how old this particular book was, so I won't post all of them, just in case there should be a copyright issue.

And feel free to add your own general hints to this, by all means!

Sewing Hints:
"When you sew those hooks or snaps to an article, sew one side on first, rub with chalk and press material on opposite side.  In that way the exact places for the other halves will be accurately marked.

"Never iron against the grain of the material.  This tends to stretch the garment completely out of shape.

Uses for old nylons. Throw rugs: Cut off heels and hems, sew nylons together to form a "rope". Holding rope firmly, single crochet around it, pulling stitches tight, and working into previous row.  Coat Hanger: Prepare nylons as above; then weave around wire coat hanger, using single crochet stitch, pulled tight.

"To prevent seams from puckering when sewing sheer fabrics, place a piece of paper under the seam when stitching. It works every time.

"Put a small piece of white soap in your sewing basket. Stick needles and pins in it and they will run through cloth more easily.

"In lengthening hems of dresses, after ripping out the hem, place a cloth dipped in vinegar under the old hem seam and press with a hot iron. It will completely iron out old marks.

"When adjusting the tension on your sewing machine, use different colored threads on bobbin and spool and a third color for the testing material.  You will find this helps you see the stitches plainly."

I hope you'll find some of these suggestions helpful. Smiley
5  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / hula monster! on: August 06, 2006 06:32:46 PM
Pretty straightforward.  Cheesy

6  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Tutu Cute! on: June 04, 2006 06:48:58 AM
Here's the latest monster I've made... Removable tutu and all! Oh, but keep in mind that I forgot to add the pointy teeth before this picture.. and I already gave her away. So imagine a couple of pointy teeth, if you will.  Wink

7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / green, semi-gaucho pants from 4XL t shirt! on: May 10, 2006 05:55:11 PM
Good evening! Just wanted to show off the super-comfy pants I made last weekend. Maybe they're not wide enough to be called gauchos, but eh! Here they are:



They're made from a 4XL men's t shirt that I got at Wal-mart for about $6.  The ribbon (drawstring) is also from Wal-mart... It's pink with green polka-dots if you can't see from the pictures. Wink

I used this tutorial: http://community.livejournal.com/t_shirt_surgery/3929025.html?#cutid1:t-shirt%20pants  and I can recommend it. Very easy to follow.

Smiley What do you think?
8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Sealing decopauged flower pots? on: April 04, 2006 08:24:46 PM
Hello, craftsters!
I'm looking ahead to Mother's Day already... Now, I work at a library, and as part of my job I am currently rooting through newspaper clippings from the 1940's to the 1980's. Thousands and thousands of them.  My job is to photocopy them and then throw out the originals. Well, being the packrat that I am, I asked my supervisor if I could keep the clippings, and she agreed to let me.  So I have this ginormous pile of clippings...

Anyway, on to my question.  My mom loves her flowers... So I thought for Mother's Day I would buy some plain flower pots and decopauge them with these beautiful, aged newspaper clippings (they're gardening columns, appropriately enough), but here is where my questions are. I assume using mod podge would be okay? But I'm wondering: is there a sealant that would work well enough to allow these decorated pots to withstand the weather if my mom wanted to use them outside? Also: will it matter if I use plastic or those reddish clay pots? I want these to hold up. If there is a sealant good enough, I wouldn't mind making some that could hold up outside. Otherwise, I'll just have to make them all for indoor use, but I thought I would ask.

Thank you in advance!  Smiley
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Blue bed sheet + salvation army shirt =clickety click on: March 25, 2006 02:42:52 PM
groan, another circle skirt, but wait.

It seems like most of the circle skirts on here are knee-length or above. I decided to try it just a liiiiittle longer. I like the results, hopefully you will too:

I still have to hem it... but... I don't wanna take it off!  *twirl* Grin
10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Don't think of a pink elephant! on: February 19, 2006 11:08:25 AM
(You thought about it, didn't you? Admit it.)

Okay, so the title is only marginally accurate.  I bought an elephant today.  He's a little, golden elephant (paperweight), very Hindu-looking, made in India.  Well, I doubt it's actually gold, but I just bought him at Goodwill today, and he's SO cute.  Generally, he seems to be in pretty good condition, but around the bottom, there are these orange-y streaks of something. I tried rubbing them off, tried using some water, to no avail.  Any idea what the orange-y-ness is and how I could get rid of it? I will upload some pictures if that will help. Hopefully one of you has a good idea, because he's just perfect otherwise.

Thanks in advance, craftsters.  Smiley
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