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1  Pennsylvania / Pennsylvania: Southeast / Help a Craftster De-Stash Papercrafting Supplies! on: June 09, 2007 06:13:12 AM
Hey guys! I'm, moving out on my own in two weeks, and I'm trying frantically to downsize my various crafty stashes. I've decided that I don't do enough papercrafting/bookmaking anymore to justify the insane amount of handmade paper and ephemera that I have.

Instead of just throwing it all out (eek!  Shocked), I'd love it pass it all along to a papercrafting god/goddess in the West Chester, PA area. (It's WAY too much to ship. I can't even imagine how much it would all cost.)

But I'm not sure how! Does anyone know of somewhere I could post this and get a response from some serious papercrafters? I was thinking Craigslist, but I want to make sure this going to a very good home, so I figured Craftster would be a good place to start.

Just FYI, I have lots of rolls of paper (flower / plant inclusions, block prints, a roll of papyrus), and about a box and a half of smaller things, including TONS of filler paper for small books, deckle edged paper, card stock, and scraps of handmade/unusual papers.

Thanks in advance for any help!
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Holiday Dress 2006 on: February 15, 2007 09:50:15 AM
This is an FO from December that I never got around to posting...I needed a dress for a slightly formal holiday dinner with my boyfriend's family, so I whipped up this little number. And by 'whipped up', I mean 'almost ripped my hair out during completion.' I absolutely love the finished product, though! I just *never* want to do ruching again. The fabric is a gorgeous medium weight satin, graded from navy to silver. I got it on clearance at Joann's for $2.50/yd!

I can't remember the pattern number offhand, but it was a Butterick pattern designed by Maggy London. Here's a picture:

Cheesy Let me know what you think!
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Finished Starsky! on: February 15, 2007 09:41:16 AM
I'll throw mine on the pile of gorgeous finished Starsky-s I've seen around on Craftster.

Check out those hawt belt loops!

Yarn: Knitpicks Sierra, colorway 'Cinnamon'
Mods: Added about 2.5" to length

More details on my blog (see signature for link). Let me know what you think!
4  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Anakin Skywalker "Luke, I *am* your father..." Costume on: October 30, 2006 08:56:54 AM
For this Halloween, my brave boyfriend allowed me to make him a costume, without telling him what it was.

He's a huge Star Wars fan, so I made him an Anakin Skywalker costume, from Episode III. After a month and a half of work, three restarts on the outer tunic, almost every bolt of brown fabric Joann's has, and no opportunity to try it on a real person, I *finally* gave it to him this past weekend. It fit! And even more importantly, he loved it!

With the cape:

Without the cape:

And a close-up.

This is a photo that I worked off of:

I used a pattern for the cloak, tabards, and inner tunic, but made up my own outer tunic and pants patterns. The boots and thin outer belt were purchased, but everything else was made. Oh, and the lightsaber came from his personal collection.  Wink

Let me know what you think!
5  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Star Wars Embroidered Pillows on: July 28, 2006 09:21:48 AM
I made these last summer, but neglected to post them on here. But I should have...I got my inspiration from a Craftster post with an awesome Star Wars embroidered quilt! These were an apartment-warming present for my boyfriend, who is a huge Star Wars nut.  Roll Eyes

Yoda, finished. The two pillows are each 18"x18".

Close up, this is. It was based off of coloring book images that I found online. Add a little white transfer paper, some black cotton, and I went to town. I was really surprised by how quickly they went: Yoda took me an afternoon and an evening, and Darth even less.

Backing fabric was from JoAnn's.

And here's Darth. At the time I took the pictures, he was still in progress. The orange fabric was what I used for the mitered background of the second pillow.

What better present for my Jedi knight?  Grin
6  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / My first quilt..a long time in the making :-D on: July 25, 2006 06:30:33 PM
Long story short: I've wanted to make a quilt very badly for a long time, but was intimidated by all the cutting out. So, for my birthday a few years ago, my mom cut out 12 different 12x12 squares for me to make. Each one was a different block, with a different color theme. Talk about a GREAT gift! I just finished the top last week (after adding three squares of my own), and here it is...

Sorry about the wrinkles. I blame the grass! It's very crisp in real life, when not on my lawn.

Because we're both sewers and therefore fabric packrats, she only needed to buy about 6 different fat quarters for the whole quilt top. And you think *your* stash is bad...  Wink

Cream baskets, purple card trick, pink pinwheels, yellow ?? (I forget), green flying geese, and med. brown bachelor's ring.

Lt. blue spools, grey fans, a yellow/orange star, purple patchwork hearts, green log cabin, red nine square, blue home sweet home, brown bear paw, and some cute black kimonos!

This quilt is not quite twin sized, so it's perfect as a snuggle-on-the-couch blanket! I'm adding a 5" border yet, and then it will be hand and machine quilted sometime this decade. I'd like to have it done in time for my first apartment. We'll see how that goes!

As this is my first foray into quilting, I would love feedback. Tell me what you think!
7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / my take on the Amy Butler Weekender Bag on: July 25, 2006 06:15:23 PM
Ok, well it's not 'finished' yet, The lining still has to go in. But I'm so damn proud I want to post pics anyway.


Craftster user AriadnesThread made a backpack from this fabric, and I loved it so much I asked her where she got it, and bought some myself.

Yes, the matching was a pain. But I'm anal retentive, and glutton for punishment to boot. It took a lot of measuring, but it's perfect all except for one spot...which my sewing buddy (Mom!) claims to not be able to see. But *I* know it's there.

The cording and (eventual) lining is cotton duck. It was a pain to sew through, but I couldn't find anything else that was the right shade of green. It's verrry sturdy, even without the lining. I cheaped out and used Peltex instead of Timtex. Hint: it's the same exact thing, only cheaper. The zipper is a 30" separating parka zipper that I 'modified' (read, 'almost killed my machine sewing over') to work. A.) I wanted big zipper teeth, and B) I wanted them to be plastic, not metal, and C) it was all JoAnn's had.  Wink

My fingers are a mess from pinning through so many layers of fabric and interfacing and cording and Peltex...but I am completely in love with the semi-finished product. I already have plans for a smaller bag, a makeup bag, and a shoe bag. A matched set, just in time for a beach trip! I LOVE this fabric!
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / My Waterlily Top - Slightly Modified on: March 27, 2006 09:50:27 PM
I have had three skeins of (holy crap - EXPENSIVE) Colinette Giotto forlornly sitting in my stash for over a year now. I bought it in less-cash-strapped times in the hopes of teaching myself tunisian crochet for a Stitch Diva pattern, but alas, it was not to be!

But then...Interweave Knits published a beautiful pattern using just the amount of yarn I had! It was truly providence.

I'm not a ruffle kind of girl, and I didn't really like the length, so I eliminated several inches on the bottom. To keep it from rolling, I added a row of purling before I cast off on the bottom. I'm still not 100% happy with it, though, so I'm considering ripping it out and maybe putting in a picot edging? Idk. Jury's still out.

Other than the hem, though, this is one of my favorite knitting projects to date. It was relatively quick, and knit up beautifully. I totally recommend this pattern!

Here is a close up of the center front shaping. I love the lifted eyelets on this top! It has them at the center front, center back, and both armholes.

Thank you, Interweave!  Grin
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Felted Lopi Purse on: March 27, 2006 07:54:51 AM

This purse was made from a free pattern I found online. It used two skeins of Alafoss Lopi, which did not felt entrely. I think that may have something to do with the bright color...i.e. it had to be bleached first and is therefore less willing to felt. I love it, though! It is the perfect size: just big enough for a notebook or two, pencils, cell phone, and the essentials.

The buttons are just random white ones that I found in my mom's ginormous stash.
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Recycled Wool Turtleneck Capelet on: January 16, 2006 10:35:29 PM
Right now, I'm really into:
1.) Chunky things that can be knit very quickly.
2.) Completely useless accessories.
And so I bring you...the turtleneck capelet!

The pattern can be found at here (http://www.sweaterbabe.com/product_kp21.htm). I would definitely recommend it. I got screwed up around the buttonholes, but that's most likely because I was in such a rush to finish it. (Less than a day, start to finish)

Pattern: $6
Buttons: 3 @ $2 each
Yarn: 100% wool from a $4 thrifted XXL J. Crew sweater...and I still have a TON left!
TOTAL = $16

I'm really happy with how it turned out. No more giving the cold shoulder....
Oh my, that was terrible.  Wink
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