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1  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / Summer dress for my roomie on: June 05, 2010 01:06:12 PM
My room mate for years has wanted a cotton mumu, and I kept telling her no, and this year we reached a compromise.  After looking around to for maxi dresses at the stores and finding nothing that she liked, I decided to make one for her.  Plus I had a coupon for Joanns that was burning a hole in my pocket.
Here is the result

Ignore the face, she loved how it turned out

2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / It's like a jewelry store just for me! on: January 06, 2010 08:37:46 PM
Ok and the room mate too, since this way I can borrow her jewelry without having to go into her room. (very problematic when she is not a morning person).  Also I have a nasty habit of taking off jewelry and putting it down in random places and this gives me a much better way of dealing with that problem.
So I got some pegboard, painted it a shamelessly girlie raspberry pink, ant with a couple screws, hung it on the wall right by the bathroom and just across from the full length mirror.  Just the regular pegboard arms were used and it was so much fun to organize it all.
ok, enough rambling, here are the pictures

Tada! It's fabulous and large too

Look, even room to grow, a highly dangerous thing
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / another sign I have too much time on my hands on: July 17, 2009 06:04:31 AM
I love making aprons, they are whimsical in a way that most other clothing can't be. So after completing a pie apron, I decided it was time to make one with cupcakes.  It is in my second favorite color, neapolitan, roughly based on a pattern I had around, and I used my roomate's  painting skill to finish it off.
here's a shot of me wearing it

and here is a detail shot of the cupcake/pocket

Any feedback is always welcome
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Pie apron on: April 27, 2009 07:19:54 PM
Ever since I discovered that I make rocking pies, I have wanted an apron celebrating my baking ability of choice.  Plus aprons help keep me from being covered in flour.  I wanted something classic, with a feminine cut, so I felt girly while cooking.  I found a simplicity pattern that I liked and altered it slightly.  I changed the pockets and lined the bottom part of the apron

I made the pockets look like pie tops and painted the crust onto the apron.

This is what it looks like on, I may adjust the upper section as I am short and it seems like it is higher than it should be.

overall I am super pleased, and look forward to wearing it while cooking, though it is so cute I don't want it to get dirty.
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Industrial Laundry Hampers (a little pic heavy and overly verbose) on: March 01, 2009 02:32:16 PM
I, like many apartment dweller, have to haul my laundry to a laundrymat in order to get it done quickly and efficiently.  About 6 months ago, my roommate got a laundry hamper with wheels, which was one of the greatest ideas ever.  Unfortunately the casters were just not tough enough to handle the abuse and the nylon fabric was starting to show some wear and tear. So we decided to improve on the concept and go industrial.
First a farewell to the old barely wheeled hamper.

A Picture of one of the completed bags

We used 2 plywood rounds per hamper, all metal casters from the hardware store and canvas from the local fabric store.  I measured the circumference of the circle, cut a tube slightly larger than neccessary, sewed the tube, staple gunned it onto the top of one of the plywood rounds, took the other plywood round sandwiched the fabric between the two wood round and screwed in the casters through both pieces of wood. The extra bonus of making these is the fact that we both got to pick out fabric that matches our individual decor.  handles were made with the left over fabric from the basic tube shape of the hamper.  I put in drawstrings on the top to cinch the tops when full.
 here is a shot of the inside of my hamper

Contact paper was put on the top round to keep moisture away from the bare wood.

A shot of the wheels.

If anyone wants more detailed instructions, let me know and I can post something a little more step by step
6  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Ear flap hat for Valentines day on: January 01, 2009 03:34:39 PM
I love tapestry crochet, mostly because I can't yet figure out how so change colors along the same row when I knit. So when I found out there was a big yarn sale at joannes I jumped at the opportunity to make a Valentines day hat.  I also really love making hats with ear flaps, they are just to much fun

7  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 30 ENTRIES / dry eraser marker cozy of DOOM on: September 03, 2008 05:19:29 PM
My roomate is taking Cell Bio this semester, which at the university she goes to is only taught by one person.  It is the class with the highest drop out rate.  She and I decided to put a dry erase board up in the kitchen to help with drawing pictures and general studying.  Since I have taken cell bio before and well, have a degree in biochem, this way I could help her study.  She went an bought a bunch of markers for it but alas, there was no place to put them when not in use.

So one night last week when she went to work, I got busy.  Making a cozy.
hanging on the wall, next to the board.  It was made with some left over sugar skull fabric so it matches the rest of the kitchen

detail shot

up close and personal with the many colors of the marker rainbow

now for the doom.  The cozy is also rigged so it can be worn

Rambo Style.  For all those nights of Cell Bio %&* kicking action
8  COOKING / Dessert / Mmm tiramisu on: August 19, 2008 06:55:37 PM
I am posting this on behalf of my roomate, as she is not a member.  She made some really awesome tiramisu a few weeks ago for a barbeque.  It was really easy to make, especially since she cheated and used lady fingers for the sponge cake.  She'd make it again but the marscapone is really expensive
9  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Anatomy chic art work on: August 19, 2008 06:50:23 PM
My roomate and I have peppered our apartment with nods to the human body and as a continuation of that we decided it would be cool to make big art pieces.  Since neither of us paint I came with the idea of a stencil.

Ok, so what we did was find a couple stencils we liked, print them out, make them into tranparencies, blow them up on a projector, trace the images onto the canvases and then paint them.  They were done on two 22" x 28" canvases

detail shots

and the other one
10  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Baby quilt for a friend on: July 09, 2007 07:15:42 PM
I made this a little while ago and finally am getting around to posting it.  My friend wanted something gender neutral and I had some fabric that was left over from other projects that I thought would be nice
The total size ended up being about 42" square.  I hand quilted along the orange  edges and then I quilted around a bug in every green square for a little extra detail.
shot of the whole thing

fabric closeup

I think that my friend likes it.  She lives in a different state so it's hard to tell
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