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1  Mr. T-Shirt says, "I pity the fool who uses plastic bags!" in CHALLENGE 20 ENTRIES by emmalemma on: August 05, 2007 11:08:32 AM
O MY GOSH!  Martha Stewart totally snagged my idea!  Check it out!

I reconned my Mr. T t-shirt. He says, "I pity the fool who uses plastic bags." It is shown holding a big can of oatmeal, a bag of onions and four sweet potatoes.

I wanted something that was roughly the size and shape of a plastic shopping bag, but I also wanted simple, fast & easy.

Here's how I did it: I cut off the sleeves and a few inches from the bottom and made the neck hole an inch wider all around.

I turned it inside out, folded the bottom like so...

...pinned and sewed with a zig-zag stitch and a 1-inch seam allowence. I turned the shoulders into handles by tri-folding them like a business letter and sewing them crosswise four seams at one-inch intervals (two on either side of original shoulder seam) to hold the fold and reinforce.

When I turned it right side out, I top stitched the bottom seam to reinforce. Voila!
This one is shown holding a melon and a gallon of milk.

Thanks for looking!
Added story:  I took one of my t-shirt bags to a local grocery store, here in "yahoo!'s greenest city in America" and my checker eyed me very suspiciously and then suggested she put my purchase in a plastic bag and THEN put the PLASTIC bag INSIDE the reusable bag.  Sadly hilarious
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2  easy glass sculpture in Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects by emmalemma on: May 21, 2007 06:48:20 PM
A couple summers ago I bought a bunch of glass vases on clearance at Gordmans, overturned them and stuck them on plant stakes -- voila -- glass yard sculpture.  At first I tried bamboo stakes but they bowed under the weight of the glass (in this photo I still have some bamboo and some synthetic).  I cut the stakes to various heights and played with big vases on short sticks and vice versa.  When the sun hits it in the morning it's beautiful!
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3  short n sweet in Projects from The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller by emmalemma on: April 09, 2007 05:06:05 PM
This was fun to make--my first around the post crochet.  I used Caron Simply Soft in Autumn Red.  I opted against adding the sleave--I like the capped look.  Enjoy.

2007_12110008 by emilyaccordion, on Flickr

2007_12110011 by emilyaccordion, on Flickr
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4  Make Fat Fab Garlands out of Cheap Skinny Garlands! (complete w/ photos) in Winter Holidays by emmalemma on: November 28, 2006 12:33:52 PM
I have always wanted to buy real evergreen garlands like the ones that Martha Stewart drapes above her beautiful front door...but I have no money for that and simply cannot bear the skinny fake ones.  So, I came up with a simply, FREE, solution.

I took three sad skinny garlands and twisted them together and one regular fake wreath.

Then I got out my loppers and I cut a few small brancher here and there off the evergreens in my yard.

I took the small pieces and shoved them at random into the garland and wreath.  Last year I made a much bigger production out of it, securing the pieces with wire...but that was overkill.  I used three different kinds of evergreen.  I like my a little wild and bushy, but you could modify to whatever suits your tastes.  They look (I think) and SMELL real.  Good stuff.  Hope you enjoy!

(I have had much trouble in the past getting my photos to work.  I went through photobucket this time and I have my fingers crossed!)
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5  Re: 2006 Completed Costumes Scrapbook! (completed project pictures & links go he in Halloween Costumes by emmalemma on: November 01, 2006 06:37:01 AM
Everyone's costumes are so awesome!

I just got home from work and was able to get a few pictures taken of mine, so excuse the post-work tired expressions! This is a dress made from the two Regency period patterns Simplicity released a few months ago. It was very fun to make, and includes a chemisette, short stays, petticoat, and the dress itself. The little jacket I sort of created at the last minute, and it is not as fitted as I would have liked. And either my arms are too short, or the sleeves were too long,  Wink But you all know how that goes... The bonnet was bought, and I trimmed it myself (I think the most fun of the whole project)

The bonnet, taken several days ago

The whole look

Just the dress. I don't know why the dress looks so short in these, the petticoat really wasn't sticking out that much!

Thanks for looking!

You look like Elizabeth Bennett!  You look like you walked off the pages of Jane Austen.  I love that.  It's the favorite costume I've seen so far.  You've got my wheels turning for next year.
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6  Towel Cake For Bridal Shower--link to photo in Weddings and Bridal Showers by emmalemma on: July 30, 2006 09:19:22 PM
First post!

I made this lovely faux wedding cake from the set of towels on my sister-in-law Jean's registry for her bridal shower this afternoon. The bottom tier of the cake is two bath sheets folded lengthwise twice. The middle tier is two hand towels folded into thirds. The top tier is two wash clothes folded in half.

They are wrapped around a cardboard tube that came inside a dorm-sized area rug which I cut to length ( I cut the tube, not the rug). Each tier is secured only by the ribbon (the kind with wire in it). I bought the bride and groom (who are not ethnically correct, darnit. They only had pastey white people) at Walmart (whattaya expect?). If I'd thought to look sooner I probably could have thrifted a bride and groom--too bad I'm completely incapable of planning ahead. I used a hot glue gun to stick the bride & groom to the cardboard tube--trying desparately to not get glue on the towels. The towels still have all their tags and everything, they are just tucked in.

I wish I'd thought to suggest to my mother in law that she get Jean a cakestand. I don't think Jean and Gus would ever have occasion to use a cakestand but that would have been a SWEET combination--great presentation at the shower. Although the cake alone was pretty great.

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