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1  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Tips for Participating in Craft Fairs / Table Coverings on: June 09, 2014 11:49:21 AM
I participate in a few shows a year, mainly selling handmade jewelry.  I like my display pretty well, but the thing that drives me batty the most is the fact that no matter what I do my table cloths will end up pretty wrinkled when I put together my setup.   I usually use flat bed sheets as the bottom layer of table covering since the length is good and they are on the inexpensive side (I only do 3 or 4 shows a year and really don't want to pay a ton for table cloths).   Then, I put an actual table cloth over them in a contrasting color.   The top table cloths are not really the trouble, it is the bed sheets that drive me batty.  I can spend tons of time the day before laundering and ironing the sheets, but the next day its wrinkle city.  I'm not talking about creases where the sheets were folded, I'm talking it looks like they were balled up and tossed in a trash bag.

Does anyone have any suggestions on a way to pack and travel with the sheets, or should I try a different fabric?  What fabrics are resistant to wrinkling?   I know velvet is, but I really hate velvet of any kind. 

Does anyone else have issues with this, or am I just super OCD?

Here is a photo of my booth at a Christmas show last year.   It was a double-sized booth with another gal, so they are not normally so large.
2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Birds on the Brain on: August 05, 2012 09:34:10 AM
Here are the pieces I made for the Put a Bird on It swap.   

Here is an owl necklace I made.   The stones are pink rhondite (I think).   I forgot to get an official measurement of it, but in the process of making it I measured it at over 24in. once.   I'm roughly guessing it is about 26 in.   So, its a long one.

Here he is boxed up to go!  I just love this pic.

A bird nest ring I made.   The nest is made from tarnish resistant silver plate wire and the eggs are freshwater pearls.


Owl earrings.   I found the charms while vacationing in Indiana and the beads are vintage German glass.

C+C welcome!
3  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Pretty Little Bluebird on: August 05, 2012 07:20:18 AM
Here is a cute hoop I made for my partner in the Put a Bird on It swap.  I got the image from Needlecrafter and transferred it onto the fabric.  Everything is stitched in backstitch, lazy dasies and french knots.  It is in a 7in hoop which I pained the edges white and put ribbon along the sides. 

This was my very first time using lazy daises and I FINALLY figured out french knots!

This is how I finished the back.   Sadly, it came out a bit sloppy.   I usually add stuffing to the back to make the piece pop a bit, then use a running stitch to pull all the excess fabric into the hoop.   After that, I use a little bit of Alieene's fabric glue on the hoop and edge of fabric to glue scrapbooking paper down.   This time I had a brand new tube of glue and I think I used way too much and also, the paper was thinner than I usually use.  :-/   So, I have the greasy looking staining on the paper. 

C+C welcomed!
4  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Papercuttings (IMG Heavyish) on: May 28, 2012 10:22:19 PM
I made a couple of things recently and wanted to show them off!

I made this girl/deer papercutting for sweetyetevil in the 4x6 Rd. 2 swap.   I used a template from http://papercutting.blogspot.com/ and altered it slightly since I am a novice at papercutting.   The entire piece is only 4x6, so the girl is small!    Cheesy   I'm kind of proud of it, since I had never attempted to paper cut before signing up for the swap.  I went through several practice pieces before this finished piece. 

You can't really tell in the photo, but the solid colored papers have a metallic sheen to them.  I layered all three papers you see on some cardstock and inked the edges to give it an aged look.

Also, I made this castle as a practice piece.  I used a template from this site:  http://www.papercutters.info/SA/Galleries/index.php?dir=./Back%20Street%20Designs%20Pattern%20Books and cut it out of a pattered paper in a creamy yellowish color. 

The castle hasn't been mounted on anything yet.   Everything was cut using Xacto knives and fine tipped paper scissors.   

C+C is more than welcome and encouraged!
5  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Gir Hoop! (IMG Heavyish) on: May 28, 2012 10:07:40 PM
I made this for my sister's birthday in April.   

Its Gir!   He is a favorite of hers.   Basically, I found a coloring page of him online, re-sized it, used my light box to trace the image onto white fabric, and stitched away.   He was a pretty quick stitch-up, about 4 hours or so.   


This is how I finished the back.   I used a running stitch along the edge of the excess fabric and pulled it all in on itself.   Basically, it looked like a rosette inside the hoop.   Then I used some Aileen's fabric glue and smeared it on the edge of the "rosette" and hoop.  While the glue was still wet, I dropped the hoop backside down on some hounds tooth scrapbooking paper.  After the glue dried, I trimmed off the excess paper and viola!   All done! 


Oh, I also pained the hoop with a sharpie paint marker and added a lime green glittery ribbon to the edge. 

As always, C+C is welcome and encouraged!   
6  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Hello Kitty Embroidery on: April 05, 2012 09:23:26 PM
Here is something I whipped up for my friend's birthday.  She loves Hello Kitty.   

The entire thing.   I painted the hoop purple with a paint pen and glued matching glittery ribbon along the sides.

Close up.   Everything is stitched using back stitch and satin stitch.

Close up of the bow.   I think this is my favorite part.  I like how stitching in different directions looks.

Thanks for looking!  C+C Welcome and encouraged!
7  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / Plus Swimming Suit Problems- Help! on: February 11, 2012 09:43:31 PM
So, even though its still winter here the stores are pulling out the swimsuits already and I need one this year.  I haven't bought a suit in about 10 years or so and I now remember why.  Basically, I am a big girl with a pretty small bust.  My size is around 26/28, but my bust is only a B cup (on a good day).  I've noticed to get swimwear in my size, the cups seem to START at a C size which looks crazy bad on me.  Last week I actually bought a suit which fit pretty well, except for the cups.  There was literally nothing in them, I could push them down flat to my chest.  Its totally embaressing.   Embarrassed  Needless to say, I returned the suit.  It was a 2pc, halter style tank top with all this ruching (sp?) that really did seem to slim my belly area a lot.  

So, I guess, my question is, does anyone here know of any options for me?  Is there anyway I  could alter a suit?  I don't have a ton of sewing experience, but I would be willing to learn.  It really seems like my bust needs underwires to keep everything where it should be, but I know suits don't typically have those.  Anyone have any tips?   I really don't want to spend another summer avoiding swimming (I love it so much) or going the oversized tee and mens shorts route (I did that at a lake last summer).  
8  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Stitched Pendant on: December 11, 2011 02:58:33 PM
Ever since seeing something similar on Pinterest, I have been dying to make one of these on my own!   This is just a very simple pattern I drew up myself and stitched using half stitches on 14ct. perforated plastic.  When I was done, I adhered the piece to the bezel cup using E6000 glue.  I was so happy with this that I went to the library and picked up 4 books of tiny embroidery patterns I want to try next! 


C&C welcome! 
9  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Punching holes in brass on: August 14, 2011 10:21:18 AM
I recently purchased some brass stampings that I want to use to make bracelets.  The problem is, they have no holes in them to loop wire or other stringing materials through.  So, how do I put holes in them myself?  I know about Dremel tools and such, but I do not own any and am kind of afraid the metal could be too hard.  I saw hole punching kits at the hardware store where you use a hammer and the punch tool.

Basically, I really need to have a bracelet done by the 24th for my Aunt's wedding.  I really don't want to spend tons of money buying a Dremel setup for this project.  So, any suggestions? 

Here is a pic of the stamped piece.

10  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / Plus Sized Bolero Jacket on: May 18, 2011 11:09:55 PM
I'm the maid of honor at my sister's wedding and I finally picked my dress from Davids Bridal.   Sadly, it is strapless and since I am a big gal with the whole big gal upper arm issue, I have never really ever worn anything sleeveless, let alone totally strapless.  I need a bolero jacket.  Not just because of the big arm issue, but also because of 20 years of farmer's tan I seem to have going on and no idea on how to reverse it/ even it out in the next 10 weeks. 

Davids has a jacket that is made to go with my dress, but I really dont want to dish out the $50 they want for it.  I'm already paying enough for the dress and alterations.   Plus, the jacket only goes to a 3x and while everywhere else it fits, the arms are still a little too snug for my liking.  I really need something in a 4x, or around a 28w. 

I've been combing the internet for alternatives, but what I have found are not quite what I'm looking for.  So, I thought I could make on easily enough, and probably a lot cheaper than the one at Davids costs.  I've been combing the internet for patterns all evening and even went thru all the pattern books at Hancock Fabrics yesterday and havent found anything.   

Does any one here know where I can find a pattern?  There was one pattern I found that I really liked but it only went to a size 16, I think.  How easy would it be  to bring that to my size?  I'm not a sewer, but my mom is and she is fairly good. 

Anything would be helpful!
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