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11  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / New funky lamp shades on: February 19, 2008 04:22:50 PM
This is probably one of the easiest recons I've done and I love the result. Started with 2 cream colored lamps with grey bases which is too dull and boring for me. So i brought out the modge podge, made my patterns for the lamp shades out of the newspapers, bought some beautiful silver irredescent martha stewart decorating paper on sale for $2 a roll and ta da! Two new lamp shades for $1 each! Eventually I'll spray paint the base silver too. Comments?


12  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Argyle Wreathe from recycled goods! on: December 15, 2007 02:56:01 PM
Gotta love recycling and the free goods you get from it, eh? Since I didn't own a wreathe and I'm too cheap to buy one I made one using spare supplies i had sitting around: cardboard circle, plastic bags as stuffing, some awesome argyle plaid fabric, gold snowflake ribbon, red cording to hang it from and red/brown ribbon to make the bow. About 14inches tall and no sewing required, woohoo!

13  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / First Baby blanket and 6hrs friggin later..... on: December 01, 2007 10:16:33 AM
My cousin decided to hire me to make her friend a fleece baby blanket, fine I can do a square blanket shouldn't be too hard right? Well my deadline was in 2 days since it's going to ship to Canada. Well 6hrs later, more seam ripping than sewing, bunched up thread, fabric being too thick to sewn on, swearing.... you get the point, I finally finished the blanket. I hope she approves. She wanted snowflakes as the theme and the blanket in baby blue and K for the girls name(i bought that), the white trim is soooo soft and fluffy. It also converts into a pillow. All designs were done free hand on my machine.

This snowflake took me an hour so it would be measured accurately and precise.

The border

Folded into a pillow

14  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies / Looking for a pillow-blanket pattern/tutorial on: November 28, 2007 08:14:25 PM
Does anyone know how to make those blankets that fold up into a pillow and tuck inside a fold? I'm trying to vision the pattern in my head without much success. I want the pillow to come out square, not rectangle(I know how to have a rectangular pillow outcome). I want to make a baby blanket for my cousin using this method. Any ideas or pictures? I'm good at taking a pattern apart if I could find a picture of one.
15  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / new green bag with bow on: November 09, 2007 10:47:08 PM
Finished this one up yesterday. The fabric is real vintage era, I loved it when i saw it. I decided to add big inner pocket and front bow. I made the strap wide so it's comfy on the shoulder.

The bow looks awkward in this picture, but it is even. Tongue

16  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Pillow passion on: October 27, 2007 05:45:35 PM
I love pillows and love making them. I made them fairly boring and simple so they match with anything really. From L to R: Blue flannel feeling fabric, Dotted satin, Aqua Satin and polished cotton?, and Tan textured faux leather. The triangle one I made a fabric covered button for the centre. Hope you like!

17  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Curtain Frenzy! on: October 19, 2007 08:10:15 PM
Okay, so i hate the white blinds that came with our house so what better way for an excuse to go buy fabric and make curtains!

The bathroom curtains. I used an existing plain curtain that was much too long and gathered it then added white/brown bows at the bottoms:

Craft Room. There are two of these actually and they cover tall full length windows. I just combined 2 fabrics I previously had to add some color to the room.

Dining room. I found this sheer fabric discounted at $1.50 a yard and hadto get it, then I found .99 plain white cotton fabric and layered the 2 fabrics.

Hubby's guy room needed something to cover his closet area since there's no door, so he picked out the fabric he wanted. It's modeled on the floor since the bar still needs to be installed.

18  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Rag/T-shirt rug along! on: September 23, 2007 10:49:57 PM
I've been wanting to try a rag/tshirt rug for the longest time. We have this spare room in our basement with a concrete floor just begging to be covered up with one of these. I saw this simple tute on sewing one with just 3in x 6in strips of tshirt material and wanted to try it out except larger:
Sewn tshirt strips: http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art46899.asp    &     http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=8423765
Braided Tshirt rug: http://yesimadethat.blogspot.com/2007/06/braided-rag-rug.html    &    http://www.joann.com/joann/catalog.jsp?CATID=cat13851&PRODID=xprd73361

I've seen other tutes aswell in terms of crocheted, knitted and braided ones too, doesn't matter which way you choose just as long as we all recycle our goods in the end, right?  Grin
I've already started cutting shirts up and let me tell you the cutting part is time consuming and a mens medium shirt, doesn't look like alot of strips so I'm guessing you're gonna need atleast 8-10 shirts.

 Anyone else want to join in and get rid of some spare clothes too? 
19  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Big and outdated shirt recon on: August 04, 2007 02:59:44 PM
So basically it was a 1X non-fitted blouse, ruffle cuffs(eww)..... too out of date for me basically. So I cut it all up, made a yolk style top with the cuffs as short ruffle sleeves instead. Then i made ties for the back so it's even more fitted when tied up.


20  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Dress collared shirt to party shirt woohoo! on: July 14, 2007 08:46:24 PM
Wish i took the before shot but picture this: a regular long sleeved, button up, collard business shirt in this bold formal fabric. Seems abit contradicting imo lol. So I turned it into something that suits the fabric and that I'm more likely wear. I added the extra band that goes around the top and the black bow that ties in the front. I was surprised how the recon barely even looks like the original shirt. The fabric is this irredescent purple/blue/pink color. Comments?

Hard-to-take back shot
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