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1  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Friendship Granny Square Blanket on: September 10, 2010 05:47:59 AM
Thanks for the PM, it's so fun to see how stuff you've made gets used! Your blanket came out great!
2  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Using a Commercial Sewing Pattern on: August 17, 2010 07:46:55 PM
Wow! Grin What a great tutorial! I love how in-depth you went into every step.

I do have one question though - I've just started sewing clothes from patterns recently and I've noticed that I'm one size in the bust measurement, but a totally different size in hip/waist. Any advice for how to kind of combine two sizes to get something that fits well? Thanks!
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: jersey dress on: March 30, 2009 12:56:08 PM
I LOVE the green one! I've been looking for a pattern or ideas to make a super comfy summer dress ever since I saw the dresses Old Navy has been advertising (something like http://oldnavy.gap.com/browse/product.do?cid=15292&pid=633407&scid=633407032).

Could you give a basic overview of what you did? It looks like a tube with straps and a circle skirt attached to the tube?
4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Highbrow Hobo in Pears on: March 01, 2009 09:39:17 AM
Oh my gosh! I was drooling over that bag just the other day on u-handbag's website! I'm in the process of moving right now but I was totally thinking of buying the pattern once I got settled. I didn't expect it to be as big as it is though! I thought it would be a small, under-arm kind of bag Smiley
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: My first afghan on: October 30, 2008 11:57:35 AM
That is SO pretty! It totally looks like something you could buy (for a whole lot of money!) I love the color choices and the different patterns. You should be really proud of yourself, I've been knitting for years and some of those patterns look pretty hard. I'm sure you'll get a lot of use out of it this winter!
6  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 31 ENTRIES / Re: JUICY tote bag (lots of pics!) on: October 08, 2008 06:23:39 AM
Thanks for all the great comments!

I know what you mean, craftewoman, about the Capri Sun bags looking "hokey". I was originally hoping that this would be reversible, so if I was in a fun mood and looking for something funky I could show the capri sun side, or the other side which looked more modern and casual to me. It didn't work out, sadly, but I'm glad I picked the silver/post-it side to be right-side out Smiley
7  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 31 ENTRIES / JUICY tote bag (lots of pics!) on: October 04, 2008 04:51:30 PM
This was my first Challenge entry, and my goodness was it ever a challenge! I knew I wanted to make a lunch tote to bring to work (but also one that wasn't obviously a lunch bag). After deliberating a little I decided to use Capri Sun pouches. I know, I know, bags made of juice boxes or capri sun pouches have been popping up all over the place. But I put a little twist on mine that I hope you agree makes it unique.  Cheesy

An over-exposed pic of the completed bag. The reflective plastic made it hard to photograph, but as a lunch tote it will make cleaning up spills really easy Smiley

From the supermarket:
2 - 10pk Capri Sun Roarin' Waters (one side has a design, and one side is clear) - $2.69 each
1 package of Post-its - $2.79
1 candy necklace (my food item) - $0.99

Total: $9.67

My supplies:
Invisible thread
Reversible zipper (from a project I haven't worked on in a really long time...)
4 D-rings (also from a project I haven't worked on in a long time...)
Goo-gone (for the stickyness left behind by the straws)
Nail polish remover (for the expiration date printed on the clear side)
LOTS of tape (in place of pins)

First I cut the bottoms of all the pouches and emptied them into a pitcher. (Yes, the juice is clear...kinda weird to see clear and taste grape). Then I rinsed them out and cut the bottoms off. After they dried I put a purple post-it inside each pouch.

Then I sewed them together to form each side, the bottom, and part of the side.

I took the bottoms that I had cut off before and sewed them together and then sewed them to each side of the zipper.

Then sewed the zipper to the bottom and sides and finally to the front and back

Inside the completed bag. I had originally intended for the bag to be reversible, and for all intents and purposes it could be, but the "fabric" of the bag is just too stiff and it won't cooperate enough to turn inside out Sad

I made a zipper charm out of the candy necklace string and a few candy beads

I sewed handles for the bag out of some leftover pouches. After all was said and done there were only a few scraps leftover from the 20 pouches I started with - not too bad I'd say Smiley. The finished bag is a little taller than a regular drinking glass, about 8 in. tall, 11.5 in. wide and 3 in. deep.

Closeup of the side

I used this website as a starting point for my project. I'm really happy with how it came out and strangely enough, after it was done I got a purple water bottle as a gift that matches Smiley
8  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: No-knead to starve in a hurricane on: September 09, 2008 06:31:23 AM
Wow!! That looks delicious!!!! I might have to try this and I'm not anywhere near stupid Gustav's path Smiley
9  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: FRIENDSHIP GRANNY SQUARE SWAP R4 (August) CLOSED Sendout-8/31 on: September 09, 2008 06:19:20 AM
DH just told me my packages from mommy2tnk are here! I'll post pictures tonight or tomorrow
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Cute Dress From Old Tablecloth on: August 28, 2008 09:49:13 AM
That's really pretty! And it looks like a perfect comfy summer dress! I especially like how you did the top part of it - could you explain how you did it? I've been wanting to make a summery dress and so far all I have is an infinity dress that always looks weird when I wrap it  Undecided
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