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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Matryoshka Wallet on: July 10, 2007 06:32:28 PM
So, I made this wallet for a trip to Germany (yes, I know Matryoshka's aren't German, I just needed it to hold stuff since the last wallet I made was severely falling apart) and it proved to be quite useful.

I used a discount fabric from Joanne's, some old jean scraps, and a bit of clear vinyl.  I based it very loosely on the super cute wallet tutorial (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=20925.0) but added a ton of my own stuff.

It has 3 card pockets, a clear ID pocket, 2 misc pockets, the cash pocket (of course) and my favorite (which also took me the longest to figure out) - a zippered coin pocket on the back!

I hope you like it as much as I do Smiley


change pocket:

more info and photos on my blog Smiley
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / New summer shorts on: June 03, 2007 11:39:03 AM
not a super exciting recon, but since I can never seem to find shorts I like (most pairs are just too short for me) and hardly have a chance to go shopping these days, I decided to turn an old pair of jeans (previous recon gone terribly wrong) into a pair of long shorts, just a little bit more interesting than your average jean shorts.

more info on the transformation on my blog.
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Knitty's Satchel help? New Question! (pick up and purl?) on: April 22, 2007 12:17:04 PM
Thanks for all the help with the i-cord bind off.  I got it Wink
Now, new question ;P
so, I'm done with the flap, and it says:

With WS facing, using CC and circular needle, beg at corner where flap attaches to bag (lower right corner when WS facing), pick up and p 30 sts along edge of flap (pick up 3 sts for every 4 rows), p held sts from double-pointed needles, pick up and p 30 sts down rem edge of flap, ending next to held sts from I-Cord BO. 98 sts on needle.

Now, I know pick up and k means, well, just pick up the stitches... but what does pick up and p mean?  Do I actually pick them up and then purl?  Because when I tried it that way something didn't really seem to make sense.

Also, I'm inserting the needle from wrong side to right side when picking up, correct?
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Help! Long yarn between last and next stitches? on: January 20, 2007 11:00:41 PM
Alright, I'm not sure what this is called, but I'm having a problem.
I'm just starting on kittyville from stitch n bitch, but figured I should post this here because it's more of a general knitting in the round question. 
So, I had this problem on circs first, then decided to try dpns to see if it was any different, but no, same problem.  Anyway, here, sorry my yarn is the same color as my couch, haha:

and yeah, I have knit a bit of this- 1/3 of the way around the first time to be precise, though it's hard to tell

see how LONG the yarn is in between the last stitch I knit and the one I'm about to knit?  And it gets longer with every stitch I knit, making it almost impossible to go around even once, because it gets SO long, especially because mission falls seems extra prone to tangling and splitting... so this piece of yarn just keeps tangling and stuff.  I guess something similar happens to me in regular knitting as well (with that piece getting longer as I go), but when I get to the end of the row I just tighten it up and go on knitting just find.  However, in the round there is no place you can do that... is there?  Or how do I fix it?  On circs, dpns, or anything?

Oh, and I did knit successfully in the round once before- just a little test thingy quite a while ago, and I didn't have much of a problem, but I can't figure out what I'm doing differently here.

Anyway, I hope this is the right place for this, and I did search, but I wasn't exactly sure what to look for, so I didn't find anything.  Anyway, please help if you can!  Thanks! Smiley

If you need me to clarify anything that I'm having issues with, let me know, and I can always take more pictures.
5  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Marry Poppins T-shirt on: January 14, 2007 09:49:49 PM
Well, inspired by the Mary Poppins bag challenge (which I'm sure I don't have the time or sewing skills to enter) which then spurred my idea for a swap (but that's another story) I knew I had to make something with Mary Poppins on it!  - I have a slight obsession with her you see... hahaha.  Anyway, viola, craftster semi-instant gratification (aka, a couple hours)  I think it took me longer to pick the image for the stencil and make it into a stencil than it took me to cut it out and paint it.  Haha, well anyway, I'm extremely happy with it!  Except around the handles of her bag because I had to freehand those (dern bridges) and they bled a tad.  But still, I'm quite happy.  Now enough of me blabbing.  Pictures:

neither is a terribly true color, it's plain ole black on heather grey.

It's a bit plain though so I was thinking of adding something/embellishing it more.  Any ideas?

Or perhaps stencilling some text on the bottom or back?  No... I don't think I have the patience to cut out Supercallifragilisticexpialidocious.  xDD  but maybe... who knows?
6  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Favorite Childhood Classic Films Swap - modified, see 1st post on: January 14, 2007 06:22:35 PM
edit:  To avoid conflict over what time period constitutes "classic"  we were thinking each person picks a top 5 of their own favorite classic childre's movies that their partner can craft from.  Any time period is ok, just make sure it is a movie you grew up on and truely feel is classic.  (and that you want some awesome crafts based on!!)  Sound good?

old info:
I know there have been Disney Swaps before, but I was wondering if anyone would be interested in a purely old school/classic Disney swap.  I mean, the stuff Walt Disney himself actually produced, not the commercialized #@!* that Disney is today (no offense, I like some of that stuff too... I'm just mildly obsessed with the old charm of Disney... before it franchised and took over the world, haha) I was thinking of a Mary Poppins or old school Winnie the Pooh swap, but I thought those might be too limited, and this would encompass them all!
I think pretty much anything on this page:
could be fair game... which would give us a lot to work with!! Of course, partners would specify their favorites Wink

(note: includes somethings which people don't always think of as old school but are: peter pan, lady and the tramp, the jungle book (though this is starting to push it) hahaha, not to mention Pollyanna, and of course classic Mickey and Alice in Wonderland... etc!)

Although, is there anyone would would be interested in a purely Mary Poppins swap or a purely old school Winnie the Pooh Swap (not even classic Disney style, but A.A. Milne?) though I think some people might find those a bit limiting...
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / The Little Mermaid- my first dress! on: July 28, 2006 09:35:33 PM
I'm so excited, I finally finished my first dress (with a little help from my mom Wink)!  It was also my first time using a pattern and my second time sewing in a zipper, so despite some imperfections, I'm pretty proud.

It's made from a Little Mermaid sheet I found at goodwill (so, sort of reconstructed I guess...) and the bodice is lined with a slightly thicker, white sheet from a discount store.  The pattern I used was McCall's M5095 (Dress A).

Please excuse the fact that it still needs to be pressed in some spots... I was just too eager to show it off... and to turn in for the night, haha.

and a twirl shot... excuse the hair Wink

it's a bit puckered in the back, but hopefully the iron will help fix that some.

Anyway, comments, criticism, suggestions?

I love the goodwill linens section for fabric shopping Wink Including the cost of the pattern and zipper, I think it cost around $15.  And I sill have plenty of Little Mermaid and white "fabric" leftover!  What do you think I should make with it? Wink
8  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Friggin' A! (aka, what NOT to do when you stencil) on: June 11, 2006 09:27:23 PM
Well, for my friend's birthday, I decided to make him a T-shirt that said, Friggin' A!  You see, we just finished a production of Grease at my school, and our show Tshirts were supposed to say Friggin' A on the back (a memorable line from the show) but our Drama Teacher (who gives us endless amounts of trouble about everything... and is an awful teacher!) thought it was "too offensive."  My friend was one of the biggest advocates of this line for the shirts, so I thought I'd make him my own version.

Take 1:
I decided to try this fabric spray paint I found at Micheal's and so went into my stairwell (for ventilation) and sprayed it.  It worked wonderfully... until I picked it up to move inside and the paint that had beaded up on the stencil rolled all over the shirt!  I rushed to wash it out and save the shirt, and managed to get it in the laundry room just before it closed at midnight.  I hung it up to dry in my bathroom and the next morning the shirt was good as new.

Take 2:
This time I set up to spray paint in my bathroom with a fan for ventilation.  Perfect!  I let the stencil dry before removing it, and it looked great.  I read the bottle of paint and it said not to heat set, but simply to wash, so I threw it in to be washed with our regular laundry a few days later.  However, it came out significantly faded and hard to read.

Take 3:
I set up in my bathroom again, but this time to do regular paint.  I lined up the stencil carefully over it's faded version and dabbed the paint on.  Then I heat set and washed it yet again.  It faded a tiny bit, but not a significant amount.  Finally!

And for all that effort:
not very exciting, huh?

well, still, I gave my friend the shirt on Saturday, his birthday, and he absolutely loved it, so it was all worth while Smiley

What have we learned?
1) Don't use fabric spray paint!
2) It is always safest to let a stencil dry before removing.
3) ALWAYS heat set!
4) projects are still worth the trouble they cause Wink

oh, and if you read the whole post, I commend you!
9  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / me in a box on: June 11, 2006 09:12:54 PM
recently, while rumaging through my closet, I came across an old project of mine.  This was part of my final assignment for art, which I took first term freshman year (I am now finishing my junior year).  The assignment was to do various creative pieces based on a visit to a museum, and this was the only actual art piece I did.  (Most of the assignments were written, I would have much rather done more art)

As this was done about 2 1/2 years ago, it is a bit juvenile (and not very good), but it really represents who I was at the time, so I felt it worthy of showing off.

outside, top:
bright and colorful, just like my personality (most of the time).  The handle wrapped with a tshirt strip was my homage to DIY and craftster.

outside, bottom:
a bit of contrast?

inside, top:
ripped up playbills and headshots, because I am an actress.
a mirror, so I can see myself, but distorted (with pink hairspray actually) as it was a confusing period in my life (which isn't really over).

inside, bottom:
the most complex part, but I won't go too in depth.
top right: a homage to my Jewish heritage, and also to the time of year (I made the box over winter vacation)
middle, top: a small cow resting in a nest of my own hair.  I had an obsession with cows at the time (I still do, but not as much) and I had also just cut off 12 inches of my hair- a big part of me for a long time.  I donated the ponytail to locks of love, but kept a small portion to go in the box.
middle, middle:  this is hard to see, but it is actually spikes coming out of pink, shimmery ribbon.  I was very style distorted at 14, goth one day and girly the next, and this compartment shows how I felt.
left, top: a random collection of things that mean something special to me.  Ticket stubs from shows I was in (theater again) my old library card (a love of books), pennies (now who doesn't love money?), and other items that were part of inside jokes or held a special place in my heart.
bottom:  a tape cassette, reperesenting my love of music.

anyway, that's that.  It's a bit silly I know, but I felt inspired to post it.  As it's very old, criticism probably isn't that useful, but feel free to give that, along with comments, or anything else Smiley

Maybe I'll try to dig up some more work from that class.  I think I did some pretty interesting stuff.

Oh, and if anyone was wondering, I received an A+ on that project and 100 in the class.  Oh, those were the days, eh?
10  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Discussion and Questions / 50s FONT help! on: May 29, 2006 08:04:16 PM
alright, this may be a long shot, but I <i>really</i> want this font:

if anyone has it, or knows of a font like it, I would be eternally grateful Grin

If not, I'd appreciate links to any 50s-style fonts you have.  I found a few myself, but would like to look for more before I decide Wink

thanks Cheesy

(in case you were wondering- I was just in Grease and am making a fellow castmate a birthday present based on the show Wink)
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