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11  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / I wanna be a housewife, and that's just where I'm at... on: April 11, 2011 08:57:18 AM

At the beginning of the year a friend posted this on facebook:  Pay It Forward 2011!
I promise to send something handmade to the first 5 people who leave a comment here. To be eligible, you must also post this status, offering the same thing to 5 other people. The rules are that it must be handmade by you and it must be sent to your 5 people some time in 2011.

I jumped on that!  And these are the first three things I made to send the people who signed up for mine.  Of course...I've decided to keep one for myself, so that means I have to come up with something else for the other people who signed up.

I used simplicity pattern 2272 I did change it in that I switched the waistband to the apron fabric instead of keeping in the same as the overlay.  I like the way it breaks it up.  The pattern was easy to follow, but it did waste quite a bit of fabric.  It's ok, now I have lots of cute scrap fabric.

Anyhow.  Pictures!

This is the one I'm keeping:

This is the song that the title is from...it's basically my current life story:
12  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Walkin' in my (livingroom) Winter Wonderland on: December 22, 2010 02:11:04 PM
I had a Hanukkah Party a few weeks ago.  I wanted to decorate sorta holiday neutral, so I went with a Winter Theme

It was hard to get good pictures of this

Above the windows are branches from my mom's yard that I spray painted silver.  There are glitter snowflakes hung on dental floss in the windows and sparkly snow at the bottom.  It looks way cooler from inside than from outside.

The lights in the left corner fell down, but I injured myself putting them up, so I didn't fix them. Damn being 5'2".

I also took down some of my curtains...well they fell down...but I'm not hating how it looks without them. Though I do like having a cave like darkness in my living room for movies and naps. Maybe I'll put up solid color curtains in their stead.

Also, I finished repainting a faux fireplace I found in my friend's attic.  It was an awful yellow before...I don't know that I have a before picture.  The inside was a dark red.  I wanted to spray paint the inside gold, but I only had a small can.  So now it's splotchy, but with the lights in there it actually looks pretty nice.  I love it!  Both that and the corner piece still need touch ups, but overall, I like the look.  I can't wait until I have money to have the walls painted so the whole look comes together!  I already have colors picked out for this room.

I made my mom wrap her presents early and bring them over so I could put them all out ;x
13  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Winter window decoration?! on: November 02, 2010 10:07:28 AM
I have three adjacent windows that face the street in my condo.  I would like to decorate them for the winter, but I'm not sure exactly what I want to do.  I am Jewish and celebrate Chanukah, so I definitely don't want a Christmas window...I may even stay away from specific holidays altogether.

I want something sparkly and white/silver...maybe with splashes of color thrown in.

I love these for inspiration:


They're both from Marshall Field's (now awful Macy's) storybook windows...I don't think I'm capable of the intricacies and I don't have the depth, but can possibly do something out on the ledge as long as it's secured.

I need ideas for an overall concept as well as materials.  I'll try to take a picture of my windows today so you can see the space I have with which to work.
14  COOKING / Dessert / Bacon Maple Cupcakes on: November 01, 2010 02:06:28 PM
My mom was raised in a kosher home...so in her adult life she has become a lover of bacon and ham.  For her birthday, I decided to try out a recipe that I've been looking at for a while.

The recipe is here:

The only change I made was adding pieces of candied bacon to the top.

I don't personally like bacon much, but I made an alarming discovery:  candied bacon is DEEEELLLIIIISSSSHUUUUSSSS...and probably too easy to make.  Coat bacon in brown sugar, put it on a drip tray (coated in nonstick spray) above a cookie sheet and pop it in a 350 oven for 20-30 minutes or so.  Then I let it cool and I broke it into pieces for the tops of the cupcakes.

15  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / No $#*+...you guys got coke here?! on: November 01, 2010 10:42:29 AM
This is one of the most comfortable costumes I've ever worn.  I only really made the troll shirt (fabric, fabric glue, puffy paint around the eyes, and sharpies).  Everything else was purchased at a thrift store for $9.79!  I even bought boots, but then I realized she wore gym shoes.
Without further ado...


Oh and then yesterday, to hand out candy, I just wore a gray lace dress and black cardigan and did my makeup:

16  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Now I know my A, B, C's...but I don't know what starts with each on: September 30, 2010 07:44:05 AM
My sister's friend just had her second baby.  I made this https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=297760.msg3393508#msg3393508 for her first baby.  I want to make another for baby number two.  Ideally it would have a theme (besides animals), but it can really be anything. 

The baby's name is Hudson.  There's that damn N again, and a U.  Geez!

Anyone have any ideas?  These are what I've come up with so far*:

H - Honey, Hot Dog
U - uuuuuuhhhh crap.  Upside down cake?
D - Donut (this is one unhealthy alphabet book)...wait I found a list of fruits.

H - Honeydew
U - Ugli Fruit (believe me, it's real)
D - Durian
S - Starfruit
O - Olive?
N - Nectarine

H - Hovercraft (FTW)
U - Underwear (I actually think clothes might be really cute...)
D - Dinosaur
S - Ostrich
O - Octopus
N - Nest

H - Hammer
U - Unicorn
D - Doll
S - Sunflower
O - Oven
N - Newspaper

None of those are really very themed.  I suppose I could add veggies to the fruits.

Any ideas would be helpful.

*typed out these are starting to sound ridiculous.  Clearly I need help.
17  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Cut out flower exercise pants...how do I do this?! on: September 13, 2010 09:46:09 AM
My sister has been getting into fitness competitions.  Most of her life is now consumed by the gym and diet...which seems a little over the top to me, but it makes her happy so I'm happy for her.  

Anyhow, she saw these pants at a competition, there was a shirt too, and she loved them.  However, they're $75 on SALE and the woman told me they won't be making them anymore.  I was going to bite the bullet and buy them, but my sister wants cropped pants and they didn't have any of the colors she liked.  

I want to try and make them, but I'm not exactly sure where to start.

Here's a picture:

The little flowers are cut out and seem to have a stretchy binding (like the same material as the pants, but thicker)...and a small plastic ring in the center.

Any ideas as to where I might get the rings and what the technique should be for making the flower?

I'd love to do these as a holiday present in maybe a few colors.
18  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / It's clothing...for my dog (pic heavy) on: September 08, 2010 08:42:30 AM
I had extra Bears fleece sitting in my closet from making this https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=358909.0  and when I was out walking my puppy, Walter, last week he was already shivering and it's just barely September.

Dog clothes are ridiculous...but so am I, so I'm embracing it!

It's hard to see and a bit wonky, but this is a button hole to slip his leash through

Walter in action:

My mom bought Walter a hoodie, but it was too small.  I was taking it apart to see if I could make it bigger, but there wasn't any extra fabric, and it unraveled when I was taking it apart, so I used it as a rough template and just sorta freehanded it.  My friend has already asked me to make two for her dogs and now I want to make him other clothes!
19  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Because you can't eat popcorn under a blanket! on: September 08, 2010 08:34:39 AM
I made my own snuggie!!  Actually, I made two but I don't have a picture of the other one.

It's basically a big rectangle of fleece with two armholes where you add sleeves.  Super easy to do.  I added a pocket because I knew I wanted to wear it to football games and would need to keep my hands toasty!

Here it is hanging from my dresser

The other one is navy with orange sleeves.

Here's my friend Kevin modeling it at a Bears tailgate :]

So comfy and warm...but because I used specialty fleece, actually more expensive than the one on TV.  Also, though, it's a better quality, warmer, softer fleece...so it was worth it.  And the person who has the other one loves it!
20  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / I MADE BAGELS!!11!!1!eleventy!! on: September 01, 2010 03:01:57 PM
I used this recipe http://www.bagelrecipes.net/egg-bagels.html

to make these bagels

I made some onion bagels by using diced sauted onions.  Just put a little egg wash on your bagels before you bake them and sprinkle the onions on!  Easy!!

Next time I'll work on making them prettier...but they were delicious!
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