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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Strawberry Apron on: August 14, 2013 02:00:22 PM
I made this for my aunt's birthday last year. She's taller than me, so I made it extra-long. When I tried it on, I thought I'd made it too long, but when she tried it on it fit fine.

The part that goes around the neck is part of one really long tie. I goes through the channels on the armpit part and ties around the waist.

 Grin Thanks for looking! Have a wonderful day! Cool
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Inner Thigh Jeans Repair on: August 14, 2013 12:59:04 PM
My sister needed her jeans fixed so she gave them to me. The inner thigh fabric has worn away. I hate it when that happens! I've only darned socks before, so I decided to try something new and attempt to fix the jeans. My dad donated a pair of his old jeans. I used the denim from the lower part of his jeans, so now he has a pair of fabulous cut-offs.

I made a paper pattern.

I cut it out, placed it on the inside of the jeans, pinned, and basted in place. To keep the front and back layers separate, I put a plastic box on the inside of the jeans - kind of like if the pants wearer's leg was made out of a plastic box.

I used a straight stitch to make a zig zag pattern over the worn fabric. Over the holes I used an actual zig zag stitch.

I fixed two pairs of jeans. I used up all my blue thread on the first pair, and then switched to grey for the second. The grey actually looks better. It's way less noticeable.

Thanks for looking! If you have any tips or suggestions on how to do this better, please let me know! In the future I think I'll be fixing my own jeans rather than getting rid of them, and if there is a better way to do this (that has stood up to many washings) I'd like to know. 

 Cheesy Have a fantastic day!  Kiss
3  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Pink and red quilt on: October 11, 2011 08:38:48 PM
My mom and I made this August 2011. A lady she works with was having a baby, so we decided to put a quilt together. I made the top, and my mom did the quilting.

Thanks for looking! This is the second time I've put a quilt together. I definitely want to make more as soon as I can get enough fabric. My favorite thing to do is make the tops!
4  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Black and red corset on: October 11, 2011 08:30:02 PM
This was for an event at the museum at my school, and for a grade in my patterning class. It's the Laughing Moon pattern called "Silverado." I think it took three weeks to make. It's my first corset. I didn't do the godets properly when I was sewing it up in the machine, so I seam ripped and hand sewed them afterward. The inside is just plain white coutil. Next time I want to do lining. It was also my first attempt at grommets, which did not turn out as nicely as I wanted.   

5  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Singer Serger - adj. knob stuck! Problem fixed. on: June 24, 2011 03:25:58 PM
The width adjustment knob on my Singer Ultralock (14SH654) is stuck! I just bought it secondhand and it works, but I cannot adjust the seam width. It is set to do a rolled hem and I don't want that. I read the manual, which said to change it by using a hex-head wrench, so I did. The thing won't budge.

Please help! It's my first serger so I don't know much about these machines.

EDIT: Problem is fixed! Both the manual and instructional DVD said to (and demonstrated) the adjustment with a hex thing, but that's not true. My dad turned the entire knob (like a doorknob) and the width adjusters moved to different measurements. If anyone else has this serger and comes across the same problem, I hope this is helpful to you.     
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Oven mitts with recycled fabric on: May 04, 2011 08:45:00 PM
I made an oven mitt last year. It was the first one I made, and I'm really happy with the binding except for the wrist in the second-to-last picture. I've made two more sets since this one, but gave them away before getting pictures. Now that school is out, I'll be making plenty more!

The outside fabric came from a patchwork skirt. I cut up the whole thing before thinking about pictures.

This is the binding. The fabric came from some ugly cloth napkins.

I took apart an existing mitt for the pattern. No left or right!

I have to work on my quilting, but I guess it's okay for my first attempt.

Thanks for looking. Kiss
7  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Austenmania 2011 Fake Bonnet on: May 03, 2011 08:38:46 PM
Austenmania (Jane Austen festival thing) was hosted at my school this year since we did a production of Pride and Prejudice, and I made a bonnet at the craft table. Some other students and I were helping out beforehand, cutting out the bonnet shapes from poster board. It took forever! I was tired when I took these pictures, so I look a little crazy.

8  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Pride and Prejudice Costumes PIC HEAVY on: May 03, 2011 07:59:57 PM
I helped with the costumes for my school's production of Pride and Prejudice.

This yellow one was made for Lydia when she elopes with Wickham. She wore a dress, bonnet, and this jacket. I only took pictures of what I worked on so I could use it for my portfolio.

This next one was made for Mrs. Gardiner. She wore a white frilly shawl and white hat.

The dark green stripe down the middle has been fixed to match up properly, but I did not get a picture of it.

The back was pinned shut.

Lastly, the pants. These were made for one of the soldiers, but I don't know specifically which character wore them. I rushed these and they did not turn out as well as I wanted.

More costumes to come! Cheesy
9  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Party Planning / I need MORE Halloween Party games on: October 04, 2008 10:25:27 AM
On October 18, my cousin is having a Halloween party. She already has the decorations, but doesn't know what to do for games. We had a brainstorming session over the phone, and this what we came up with. I think we'll need a lot more, because these games, except for the scavenger hunt, will only be fun a for a little while. My cousin, her friends, and I all have very short attention spans. She renamed the games so they would be Halloweeny. The list is just so you all know what we have so far, and the directions are just in case anyone cares.  

1. Body Count (originally Sardines) - one person hides, and everyone else individually searches. When a seeker finds the hider, the seeker (without making a sound), hides with the hider. Eventually, there is only one seeker left (  Wink loser!). The first person to find the hider wins and gets to hide in the next round. OR, if the hider didn't pick a spot with enough room, it becomes very obvious where the hiding spot is when only a few have hidden.

2. Sleeping Pirate - Players (aka. thieves) form a semicircle around and in front of the pirate (pirate="it". If you're "it", you're the pirate!). The pirate has treasure (candy, prizes, etc) in front of him/her. The pirate closes his/her eyes, and one by one, people from the semicircle try to steal some treasure. As soon as the person is front of the pirate, the pirate can open his/her eyes and beat the shameless thief with whatever they like (fists, inflatable weapons, house slippers, rolled up newspaper, crushed chalk inside of an old sock, etc.) BUT, if the thief is silent enough, his/her thievery will go unnoticed. The pirate may NOT open his/her eyes unless they hear someone approach (this can be footsteps, heavy breathing, heartbeat, rustling of someone's clothing, whatever). The pirate may not run around. He/she must remain in one spot, whether they are crouching, sitting, or standing. This continues until all the treasure is gone or everyone starts to get bored.

3. Chalk Fight - Put some chalk inside of a mid-calf (or longer) high sock, and tie a knot around the part of the sock that would usually cover your calf. Beat the sock with a hammer or heavy textbook (or whatever) until you can't feel any chalk lumps left. Running it over with a car will also work. Once everyone has their chalk completely pulverized, begin the battle.

4. Speed Simon Says - Simon says different things as fast as possible.

5. Night Tag - This is one of our favorites. This can be done indoors or outdoors. DO NOT leave out knives, rakes, logs, breakable things, or anything else that might cause injury. It's just like regular tag, but it's at night. Turn off all the lights if you're indoors, and have as little light as possible if you're outdoors.

That's it! The only great idea is a scavenger hunt, which is what I REALLY need help with. I think we should have a bunch of short rounds, one after the other. Not everyone is going to arrive to the party exactly on time, and not everyone who arrives will want to play as soon as they get there! By having it divided up into rounds, anyone can join whenever. That's pretty much where it ends. Candy and glow sticks are okay prizes, but I want the last item found at each round to be something really cool. It has to be cheap and easy to make. Not stupid easy, but something a person with little motivation and a short attention span can complete. The clues will be either an object or a short poem. For example, an object clue: a rubber ducky. The inside of the house will be off-limits, so it can't be the bathroom where they'll have to search next. Duckies float on water, and can be considered a pool toy, so the next place they would have to look would be around the pool area.

I don't yet know what objects we will hide, so I haven't been able to come up with any clues. I do know that we'll probably hand out mini flashlights and a pillow case to collect the items they find. Also, we'll lug out my cousin's 50 lb karaoke machine and maybe have a raffle, but those are quick things. I'm looking for more 'main event' type activities. They don't have to something EVERYONE at the party will be doing at the same time, but something big and fun for a large group of people. I wasn't able to make it to my cousin's party last year, but I heard it was awesome. The word has gotten around, and she is anticipating at least fifty people to show up this year. Yay! Cheesy Halloween is my favorite holiday, and my family never does anything but hand out candy. In past years I've tried to make it fun, but when no one else cares, it gets discouraging. I also have zero willpower.          

EDIT: I've already looked online and found lots of lame games. I need creative ideas from creative people! My cousin wants me to make a banner for the rave we'll have once it gets late and dark. It won't be a real rave, but we'll still have glow sticks play loud techno. So far, all I can think of for the banner is to write "RAVE PARTY" in graffiti lettering, and put random messy doodles surrounding it. I'll probably string Christmas lights around the edges...but I'd like some other ideas.      
10  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Ideas for friend turning 18 on: July 03, 2006 12:34:18 PM
My best friend's birthday is not until July 8, but I'm going to see her on the 5th. I knew when her birthday was going to be and that I would see her, but I'm a procrastinator, and I have nothing so far. No materials, no things I could possibly reconstruct that she would like, (I'm more girly and she's more...not goth, but she hates girly things.) and I don't even have any ideas. She likes...

1. Manga. I recall her mentioning Gravitation, Coyboy Bepop, flcl, and Fruits Basket 
2. Black and white striped things. I already gave her a pair of thigh-high stockings like that, and I don't think she would wear a black and white striped shirts or pants.
3. Stuff that will make her laugh. For example, when MAD TV was making fun of Kenny Rogers and his Jackass show. She laughed so hard when they did the dairy challenge. XD So did I.
4. Aqua Teen Hunger Force
5. Kanno Yoko
6. Shimomura Yoko
7. Dir En Grey
8. Ghost in the Shell (the anime, I believe)
9. Pillz-e, the little squirrel on Ill Will Press
10. Homestar Runner
11. Parasite Eve. No idea what that is, but I remember her saying those two words and explaining to me what the heck it is...I have no idea what she said, though. I don't know if I was paying attention.
12. Ah...I think she still may like kittens, but it's been a long time since she took down her kitty puzzle/poster thing

And that's all I can remember right now. She's really into healthy eating, but I doubt she'll want flaxseed and chick pea mush for her birthday. I need something quick and easy, but not all 'the only reason I made this was so I wouldn't look like an idiot and show up without a gift'. I really did try to think of something! I'm going to make her a card with some vintage-looking decorations on it, so that's been taken care of. Or, is going to be. I haven't started it yet. And it's summer time! I don't even have any school! I shouldn't be so tired and lazy. I don't do A THING. Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated, especially under the time constraints which are really all my fault.
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