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1  Snowflake Cupcakes - mint and chocolate in Dessert by Sarabelle_of_the_ball on: December 23, 2008 06:05:53 PM
It started with white chocolate snowflakes that needed a home.

It ends with chocolate-mint filled chocolate cupcakes, covered with mint butter cream icing and topped with said handmade white chocolate snowflakes.

Merry Christmas!

I wish I could give you recipes, but most of it is made up. I can, however, give you some pretty pictures.

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2  SAVE THE POLAROID (pic heavy) Updated 11/22 in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by Sarabelle_of_the_ball on: November 20, 2008 07:48:48 PM
So, as I'm assuming everyone knows, Kodak recently announced that they are phasing out the production of polaroid film. Pretty devastating for the indie-hipster set, as well as all polaroid lovers. My brother is both. So, in honor of his deep, undying love for this dying art (and because I have no money, and I made this with materials I already had) I made this:

A felt, stuffed TO SCALE polaroid camera. With a removable polaroid. And extra awesome. This is legit the best thing I have ever made, ever (look through my topic history, I'm sure you'll agree). So few things I start turn out the way I planned, so I'm really, really happy and not humble at all! Oops..oh, well, I'm sure he'll love it. I love it. Really hard to give this one away, but I must.

Thanks for looking!

(SO many pictures because I love it SO much)

Full Frontal

Side View




One more for posterity.

<3 <3 <3!!
Thanks for looking!

Oh, yeah, loosely based on this model:

all inspiration credit to this artist: http://www.sewnbyblythe.com/


I made one more polaroid with removable/interchangeable photos of our family.

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3  Hester Hedge Hog in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by Sarabelle_of_the_ball on: October 22, 2008 07:41:53 PM
Take a night off, some repurposed material, one viewing of 'Anne Of Green Gables' and you get...

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4  Vegan Cupcakes (duh, what else do vegans eat?) in Vegetarian / Vegan by Sarabelle_of_the_ball on: October 22, 2008 07:35:38 PM
I'm not vegan myself, but I like the texture and flavor of vegan baked goods so much more! Plus, I love a challenge. People never believe when I tell them that what they're eating is vegan. Also, being able to bake without perishables (besides the soy/rice milk which I buy only as needed) works reaaally well for my college-dorm-no-fridge self.

Generally, I use apple cider vinegar and baking soda instead of eggs, veggie oil or applesauce, and soy or rice milk.

Yeah, uh, I have to make the batter on my floor.

Batter! My favorite, and no salmonella-y eggs to worry about.

Finished product. Cinnamon Brown Sugar, Vanilla and Chocolate Fudge Peanut Butter, respectively.


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5  A Giraffe, a cat, an octopus and a jellystar! (stuffed with images) in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by Sarabelle_of_the_ball on: July 25, 2008 09:56:59 AM
I love plushies, but I never have time to make them!

I made these four during my first semester of college.

The first was a giraffe for my roommate/best friend. He is hot pink with green and orange giraffe spots. He also has her name "tattooed" on his back (she wants to get a giraffe back piece sometime soon). A broken wire bracelet is in his neck so it is bendable, but I wouldn't recommend trying to, as it pokes through the fabric when you bend it. He is 100% hand sewn and full of love and fabric scraps.

She likes him a lot.

The second is a joint venture with the aforementioned best friend. We hand sewed this cat (she is a much better hand sewer than me, so it looks way better than the giraffe) for a friend. He doesn't have a name, but is made from pink corduroy and purple mystery fabric (he is very soft).

We loved him, but couldn't keep him.

This Octopus is such a cutie with his big, google-y eyes, so I named him Oogly. Unfortunately I only got this one picture of him before he was given away as a birthday present.

The last (my favorite) is an orange and purple Sea Horse with buttons and a swirly. Emily forgot the word for Sea Horse and called him a Jelly Star for about 15 minutes while I tried to figure out what the heck she was talking about. Hence: Jelly Star! This one was also given away to a friend. Geez I need to keep some of my plushies for myself!

Purple side

With the giraffe!

Thanks for looking! This post really made me want to make some plushies today!

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6  Shorts Jumpsuit --> Plaid Retro Sundress in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Sarabelle_of_the_ball on: July 15, 2008 07:00:50 PM
This was an elastic waist banded, pastel colored, cute pocketed, long sleeved (long sleeves with shorts? really?) shorts onesie that had major potential. Mostly it was the pockets.

Unfortunately no before picture, but truely bad in a wonderful retro way.

Really simple recon, off with the sleeves, separate the legs and re attach as a skirt. Resize with a well fitting button down, tweak some problems, snip some threads and ta-da! Cute summer dress.

I just love the pockets.

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7  La Bicicleta Dress *UPDATE: Added Purple Belt.* in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by Sarabelle_of_the_ball on: July 05, 2008 05:01:01 PM
So I made another dress out of a cheap-as-free sheet from the Sally Ann. I can't help myself. The value! The amount of fabric! The pre-finished hem! It's all too much to resist.

Inspired by the Moldy Peach's song "No Words Came Out"

This is just a simple circle skirt, made up bust with darts to make it fit somehow, embarrassingly crooked zipper (not pictured), contrast stiching and a stenciled bicycle! It's a little big, but somehow more comfortable and bike-ride-friendly this way. I'm debating making a detachable belt from left over straps.

Let me know what you think!

I had a really, really long piece of purple jersey left over from when I tried to make an infinity dress and failed (but we don't talk about that). So, as per your suggestions, I repurposed it into a removeable belt for this dress! So comfy and it is much cuter than the white belt.

Thanks for all the sweet comments, guys!

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8  The Creepy Coincidence Dress, or, One Too Many Ruffles. (Wordy and pic heavy) in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Sarabelle_of_the_ball on: June 07, 2008 10:06:40 PM
So I periodically make the rounds of my local thrift stores, I live in a pretty small place populated by mostly old people, so the plus is they usually aren't too picked over by trendy 14somethings, but the downside is that they don't often get new (or good items). Anyway, I was making the rounds when I came upon a new store that had just opened in what used to be a furniture shop. I had to go. Oh, it was awful. Possibly the worst thrift store ever, and I have been in some BAD ones. It's like they cleaned out their garage then threw all the items on the floor and hoped people would buy them. There was nothing cute, and I was about to leave WHEN I saw this dress hanging in the front window. It is a cream eyelet with blue and purple flowers and embroidery and I could hear it calling for me to take it away from this awful place. I took it down and went and asked the woman how much it was. She responded with a grunt and "Ehg..three bucks." I left without trying it on (I did not even want to think about what the change room would look like). When I got home it fit perfectly! Oh, but did I mention the ruffle?

Yeah. I'm not impressed.

Oh, and did I mention it was full length? And the other ruffle?


So I went to town and ripped the ruffles off. This was not an easy task. By this point I had realized this dress had probably been homemade, and who ever made this sucker spent a lot of time making sure that ruffle wasn't going anywhere. By the time I got it off the neckline was frayed and awful. I made bias tape for it (my first time making bias tape!), ripped the bottom ruffle/lace off and added a pocket. I am so, so happy with the results.

The back. So cute!

A close up of the bias tape, fabric and a good shot of the colour:

The pocket is the perfect size for my notebook. I know it might look better sans-pocket, but it's completely necessary for my sanity to have a place to keep my notebook on me at all times.

Oh, and what is the creepy coincidence you ask? Well, something about the dress seemed eerily familiar. After getting home I looked through the few vintage patterns I have and there it was: the dress. McCall's 4605, circa 1975. Uuhhh..creepy.

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9  Daydreams, tea parties and whimsy: A Dress. (heavy on adventure and pictures) in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by Sarabelle_of_the_ball on: May 26, 2008 05:24:20 PM
I just finished this today. Due to my strong aversion to patterns, measuring things, cutting straight or being patient, you can understand why most of my sewing projects don't turn out too well. BUT this time I found fabric I loved and decided to be patient, and maybe measure (but for sure not to use a pattern, I hate patterns). I had to re-do the zipper five times, and some places are sloppy, but you can't tell because it's so pretty! What do you think?
Want to have a tea party in the meadow with me?

It's perfect for flower picking...

...and for daydreaming...

...and adventures with vintage suitcases.

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10  The Tshirt Rug! (in progress, sort of pic heavy) in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Sarabelle_of_the_ball on: May 16, 2008 02:11:38 PM
*Please let me know if I should move this post*

This project has been on the back burner for quite a while, and I just started really working at it again. It's a braided rug made entirely from tshirts that have been cut into strips, sewn into longer strips and braided. The colors are hideous, I know, and it's lumpy in spots, but I can't help but love it. All the shirts were free, too! Oh, and this sucker is 100% hand sewn, which probably explains how slow I'm going. It's maybe halfway done, I want it big enough to lay down and curl up on. It's possibly the most comfortable rug I have ever laid feet on!

Could it be a hat??

Or a cape??

A rug!!

Sick tiny tiny hand sewn stitches.

A rug's raison d'etre.

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