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91  Border Collie Coaster in Needlework: Completed Projects by Mandyhello on: May 13, 2009 09:28:25 AM
Hi Everyone!

So I want to start out by saying I JUST BARELY know how to use my sewing machine (I have a meltdown in the Q&A Sewing machine forum from like 3 days ago hehe)..  I know this project isn't perfect, but I like the way it came out... 

My friend Nora has an awesome border collie named Buddy..  she lives really far away now, so I thought I'd make her a little gift and send her some coffee that she misses from Ohio..  I had a sort-of pattern that I altered to look like Buddy (he has more white on his front legs than his back, and a big crown of white around his neck).  I freehanded the little tennis ball and bounce line (he's crazy about balls)..  I hope it doesn't look like the ball is bouncing out of his a$$!  Let me know if it does hehe Smiley

Closeup of the cross stitch design:

Entire coaster:

Back looks like crap but at least the fabric is cute :-/

Anyway, the quilt I'm working on is driving me crazy, so this was a nice little break Smiley

Comments welcome, I'm basically just trying to find a better way to finish the edges of x-stitch!

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92  Re: Sewing Machine / Serger Q&A in Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions by Mandyhello on: May 11, 2009 07:30:21 PM
Help!  My vintage sewing machine started doing something really weird.  This is what the bottom of the fabric looks like after you try to stitch it:

I changed the needle about a week ago, but I have hit at least a few pins since then.  I just reloaded the bobbin and rethreaded the machine..  I definitely could have done it wrong, but I've rethreaded the machine several times, and taken the bobbin out at least twice..  I didn't change the tension at all, and it's been working for weeks..  the bottom thread (the thread on the underside of the fabric) isn't doing anything basically (you can pull it right out, even after knotting the thread)..  The top thread is loose too..  I'm sure it's something really basic (I'm pretty new to machine sewing), but I really can't figure it out..   
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93  Wizard Rock! in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by Mandyhello on: April 02, 2009 07:00:21 PM
So Threadless was selling sellect tee's for $5 last week and I bought this one:

They only had one size left (girly medium) but the bf is waaay into DnD so I thought, hey, I'll make a cheap awesome pillow!

So I did!

BUT THEN, things went wrong!  Turns out he's an evil wizard now..  I had no idea honestly... 

He seeks his nerdy evil revenge  Shocked

First he summoned fire (dude always rolls 20's)..

And then he stole all but 64 delicious calories from my beer!  Dang dude, thanks I guess..

I finally got him cornered, but I don't like the look in his eye... 

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94  New bathroom! in Interior Decorating: Completed Projects by Mandyhello on: March 08, 2009 08:21:26 AM
My sister and I have been sharing an apartment for about 4 years with very little renovation..  Recently, her fiance had some financial trouble and eventually moved in with us to save money.  A few months later, my boyfriend lost his house and had to move in too..  this apartment was never big enough for four people, and needless to say, after a few months the clutter was driving us all crazy!  So after my bf finally moved out, I decided we needed to reclaim the apartment..  I thought redecorating one of the rooms would make us all remember that we actually live in a nice place (when it's clean hehe).

ok, I'll stop talking..  here are the before pics:

before..  note the clutter and boringness..

some lovely nail holes from a towel rack that fell out of the wall a few years ago..  yes, we actually stared at those holes in the wall for multiple years Wink

a cheap fake iron thingy I bought at michaels.. 

I never actually noticed how bent our shower rod is until I saw this picture  Roll Eyes

towel rod..

ok so the after!  I set a budget of $50 for myself for paint and materials..  yeah, I spent $180 Sad  I get so inspired by all of the really low-cost projects I see here, I dunno, something went wrong..  I don't really have that many craft supplies yet, so I blame set up..  I had to buy all of the painting supplies (I thought my sister still had that stuff laying around) and the grommet set alone was $35..  which is ok, because I'm making that coffee sleeve from Urban Threads next Cheesy


(the smudges on the door frame were actually there before we moved in and we couldn't get them off unfortunately).

To try to save money, I used a lot of free/donated/revamped stuff for the walls..  I spray painted the old iron thing we had on the wall before..  I bought a bag of fried soy beans from a japanese market a few weeks ago, and I thought the bag was so funny, I put it on the wall..  you can't tell because I had to crop it, but he had like 30 mini tripped out fried soybean minions swarming around him originally Wink

My sister majored in fine arts in college, and she made this trivet in ceramics..  unfortunately, the base fell off at some point, so it was basically a really heavy tile after that..  I tried to caulk it to her storage door, we'll see if it stays..  I noticed it slipped a little overnight, so I may have to take it off and try something else..

I wish I could say I made these, but they were a gift..  they cover up the nail hole, and luckily the open door pretty much covers them up..  too kitschy?  I dunno, I kind of love them Wink

I looked everywhere for a shower curtain that I actually liked..  I knew from the beginning I wanted to do dark blue walls and lots of colorful citrusy accents..  finally, I caved, and even though I'm not a very good seamstress (this is only my second solo project) I decided to just make a fabric shower curtain and put a clear liner on the other side to protect it from mold and such..

Basically the hardest part was just dealing with all of those yards of fabric..  it completely engulfed my little 60's sewing machine!

Finished curtain Smiley

Close up of the two prints..  I love the lemon fabric so much, it really brightens up the room!

the grommets..  my sister's fiance really helped with this project, but I didn't have the hand strength to work the grommet machine, so he put those on for me..

whew, now on to the rest of the house  Shocked

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95  Twilight Hemp Charm Bracelets in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by Mandyhello on: November 21, 2008 11:14:49 AM
Hi Everybody Smiley

I am a teen librarian, and at the library where I work we are hosting a Twilight movie release party tonight!  I wanted to plan a really good craft for all of the fans, but it couldn't be expensive or too girly (we have a lot of guys signed up too).  My answer was a hemp charm bracelet that is supposed to look like the bracelet that Bella wears in the books:

(the heart bead..  as close to diamond as non-profit can afford Wink)

(the wolf..  I couldn't figure out a good way to make this bead hang like the others..  I'm betting my high schoolers will have better ideas)

(the little apple charm..  also, I had no idea my arms had that much hair..  blech Wink)

(the "clasp"..  I pillfored around the bead bin at the library..  I'm going to try to find buttons for later, I think they'd look better)

(I used the straight weave..  I tried to do the easier spiral, but the charms just didn't hang right)

(whole bracelet on my messy desk)

I bought all of the beads (30 of each) from Shipwreck beads for about $40 total I think...  The hemp was about $10 total, so we can make 30 bracelets with 3 beads a piece for around $50..   I have bigger hemp too, so if any of the guys are scared away by the pink hearts they can pick some beads out of the bin of spares we have..  We're also going to do the hardest Twilight trivia EVER, and make these nifty vampire cupcakes from Baking Bites:


Hopefully all of the teens will have fun, I'm looking forward to teaching everybody how to weave hemp!
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96  Pig Cake :) in Dessert by Mandyhello on: August 04, 2008 11:47:06 AM
Hi everybody Smiley  I've been lurking for a little while, but I finally made something this weekend that I thought I'd share.  My tattoo shop was hosting a Pig-related party (they had icky pig skins that they tattooed and threw in some jars 0_o) and asked me to make a pig out of fudge.  Unfortunately, the fudge recipe I used: http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Candy-Cane-Fudge/Detail.aspx wasn't very good for molding shapes, so I ended up making my pig out of rice krispie treats I covered in fondant:

Close up of the head with the painted X-eyes (I used coloring gel for paint, so whoever actually ate them probably got zombie mouth Wink)

The whole cake errr krispie cookie.  Unfortunately, I ran out of time, and didn't get a chance to ice the cookies.  The fondant got a little lumpy from the cookies underneath, but I've never done fondant before, so I was still pretty pleased!

Another shot of the full cake.

Piggy tail courtesy of my awesome bf!

Overall I was pretty happy with it, and the boys at the shop loved it!  It was so funny to see my cute little cartoony pig next to all that gross real pigness Wink

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97  Death Note Key Chain in Polymer Clay: Completed Projects by Mandyhello on: December 11, 2007 05:00:04 PM
Ok, I didn't actually make this project, but I have to brag..  I work at a library (as a Teen Coordinator) and one of my high schoolers made me an amazing Death Note Clay Polymer Key chain! 

She actually inserted safety pins on the inside to hook the key chain onto, and then baked them.  I think they're amazing!  If you know the series, you'll appreciate the "earth apple", I definitely laughed pretty hard Smiley  Squeeee, nerd crafts Cheesy
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98  Look at them veggies go! in Sublime Stitching Embroidery by Mandyhello on: August 17, 2006 01:50:06 PM
Wooo, my first finished project on craftster (and my first embroidery project since I was like 12 Wink...

A friend of mine who is vegan just moved away, and before she left I made her a set of matching kitchen towels using the nifty Sublime veggie pattern..  You can't see it very well from the crappy pic, but they actually came out really cute.  I used some microfiber towels from the 'mart and the fine texture was perfect!  I ended up doing three veggies/fruits per towel, and everything looked great..  I even managed to do my first french knot (I did a little gold french knot in the apple's smile for a little bling Cheesy).

woo veggies!

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99  Nintendo X-Stitch Pattern! in Needlework: Discussion and Questions by Mandyhello on: July 19, 2006 03:56:29 PM
Wooo, my first craftster pattern Smiley

I posted this in the stitch-along too, so forgive the cross-posting..  I'll have to do something more complex next time..  hmmmm..

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100  Re: Nintendo/Videogame stitchalong? in Needlework: Stitchalongs by Mandyhello on: July 19, 2006 03:55:02 PM
I just created my first craftster pattern!  Check it out:

I'll try to make another one later that has an original NES controller and says "Old School" above or below it Smiley
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