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1  Re: Newbie Specialty Swap- Gallery in The Swap Gallery by menqet on: April 18, 2006 07:08:45 PM
Here's what I sent out:

The bag is about 14"X16", and I call it "The Bag of a Thousand Curse Words".....I had to shoo the kids out of the room, at times, when I was working on it.
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2  Re: Newbie Specialty Swap- Gallery in The Swap Gallery by menqet on: April 03, 2006 07:47:44 AM
Cantafruit rocks! I'm finally home and was able to take pictures of her wonderful creations. I absolutely love the fabric she used for my new knitting bag. I've already stuffed it with my knitting supplies. I'm going to tote it with me to my kids' activites and get some serious knitting done!

She also made my girls a couple cute little purses, which they love! In fact, I asked my 6-year-old if she liked hers, and she said, "Well, yeah! It's, like, so popular!" She's in first grade, and I guess that kind of stuff is important. My 2-year-old has claimed the cute little bunny, but she allows her older sister to hold it sometimes.

Thanks, Cantafruit! Your stuff rocks! I'm finishing up my stuff, and I will be sending out soon.
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3  Re: Project Runway (Season 1 spoilers plus it's back!) in Designer Clothing Homage by menqet on: March 09, 2006 07:49:41 AM
I was really shocked that Chloe was the winner. Perhaps it was because when I was watching her collection come out, I had horrible flash-backs of my 9th grade winter dance. I wore this awful knee-length, shiny, gold lame dress in the shape of balloon - from the waist to the knee. Very much like the sleeves on the jackets. I thought I had successfully buried that memory....Oh, wait I have a picture:

Circa 1989.....Oh the horror, the horror....
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4  Re: How to dress a 6 year old girl "PUNKY" ??? in Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions by menqet on: January 09, 2006 03:13:34 PM
Here's a sweatshirt my husband silk-screened for his nephews for Christmas (daughter's modelling it, hence the flowers on the butt). I got the "Punk'n" idea off another website. We're going to do some for our girls but with a bow or something girly on the skull. You could try using the modge-podge and embroidery hoop method to do this.

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5  Re: Tattoo Print Dress! in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by menqet on: January 09, 2006 08:08:48 AM
Here's some tattoo material that I'm working with. I picked it up on sale for only $3.40 a yard at Material Girls in Tulsa - a little more biker-esque. You can order it off their website. They had about half a bolt left last time I was in. They also have some awesome "Day of the Dead" fabric that'll be my next buy.

Material Girls link:

Thanks for the repo depot link! I'm in love with the your tattoo print - a little more retro! I'm ordering some on Friday (payday).
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6  Re: Made your toddler a princess dress before? in Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions by menqet on: January 08, 2006 11:48:24 AM
A friend of mine got married around this time last year. She wanted my 5-year-old to be her flower girl in her Renaissence-themed wedding, and she gave me some light blue suede-like fabric to make her dress out of. I was a fashion design major in college about 10 years ago (in 1994), but a month after I returned home for the summer, I went through a horrible family tragedy. I never returned to school and put away my sewing machines (I also stopped drawing and crafting - self-punishment, maybe?). So, I dusted off my sewing machine and came up with this  - the first thing I've sewn in 10 years (my daughter is a little bit taller than last year, that's why you can see her feet!):

I used Simplicity #5909. The smallest size they have is size 3. I'm going to make one for my soon-to-be three-year-old, too! I'll post pics.

Fixed! Thanks for the tip!!
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7  Re: Hand-painted beads in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by menqet on: December 27, 2005 06:40:01 AM
I'm glad you like them! I use a glossy, water-based polyurethane. It's easy to get an even coat around the beads, and it dries really fast. The only problem I've had with them is when we went to Florida last summer. Blazing heat + high humidity + all day amusement park rides = a few sticky beads. My daughter still wears that necklace, because only a few beads got some scuff-marks as a result. Other than that, they hold up great! I make sure I wait at least a day before pulling them off the pipe cleaners (about 20 beads on a couple pipe cleaners) after I've applied a couple coats of polyurethane.
Here's a picture of part of my youngest's necklace....not the best picture. The beads are much brighter in person.
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8  Hand-painted beads in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by menqet on: December 26, 2005 07:18:13 PM
Hello everyone! I'm new to this website, and I'm totally hooked now! There's so many talented people with great tips and ideas! Must start sewing again.....soon, very soon.
Here's a little project my friend and I have been working on for the past year. We start off with plain 12mm wood beads and use acrylic paint and a couple clear coats. We also do our own 8mm wood spacer beads with little polka dots. The picture is just a mish-mosh of some of the designs I've done. I'd appreciate any feedback from anyone!
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