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1  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Sewing Machine Repair -- Beginning! on: March 09, 2018 08:51:25 AM
I found this gorgeous beauty (Singer 99, c.1955) at a thrift shop, and I was compelled to purchase and restore.  I figured, I can do mechanical things with my hands! It's an electric.  Light turns on, motor whirs to life, but belt doesn't turn.

Has anyone attempted to do this?  I'd love a guide to a basic set of tools/materials.  (The singer repair kit on Amazon/JoAnn is inadequate and cheap, it seems.)

2  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Hobbes! on: February 05, 2018 07:28:18 AM
I made this cute boy for a coworker-friend who loves Calvin & Hobbes, in anticipation of the birth of their child.  They even considered naming their baby Calvin, but worried it might be a self-fulfilling prophecy (though he did go as Calvin for Halloween).

I followed the Instructables DIY to make him.  TONS of hand-sewing, but so worth it.  I had the eye-buttons ground into an oval shape for maximum authenticity.  As a crafter does.
3  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Deep in the hundred acre wood...six original Winnie-the-Pooh stuffies on: February 03, 2018 06:05:06 PM
Long ago, my mom had this pattern that was released in 1968 to coincide with the original Winnie-the-Pooh Disney film.  It was McCall's 8087, and it's so popular to this day, that people have the nerve to sell pdfs of the original pattern for $10.  

I finally bought my own original pattern, traced each character, and sewed them last December.  I tried to aim for a happy medium between fully Disney-fied Pooh, and the Ernest Shepard Pooh illustrations.  Here they are!

Silly old bear is made with a wool-blend fabric.

His bestest buddy Piglet is fleece with a nubbly terrycloth onesie.

Aren't they just a pair, folks?  

Next up, Eeyore!

He's crafted from a cashmere-blend sweater that I felted.  So soft! Fleece ears, and a sateen bow that detaches, of course.  

Here come Kanga and Roo!

Roo, of course, can hop out of Kanga's pouch.  

They're made from baby corduroy, with sateen bellies.

And last, but not least, our bouncy friend:

Tigger is orange fleece with hand-painted stripes.  Coat hanger in the tail for pose-ability.  

4  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Die cut 1-100 charts on: December 30, 2017 02:21:27 PM
My son LOVES numbers.  I mean, he has said, "Mommy I don't love numbers; they're just easy for me." 

Which is great for a six year old.  About 18 months ago, I made him this 1-100 chart (vehicles), because most number charts only went to 10, or were for a classroom and were for counting to 100 Day and were boring.  So I custom-ordered these die cuts from Etsy.  Last month, my daughter (his twin sister, who doesn't share an affinity for numbers, but does enjoy doing math problems) finally decided her theme (dogs), so I did it again. 

I know the background on his is lousy for the motorcycles, and the scale is weird.  I planned to outline them in a gel pen.  All my gel pens were dried out, so...it's good enough for now.  She chose her color palette.  (sorry for the glare)
5  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Back after a 6-year hiatus -- building a parking garage! BRAINSTORM on: December 07, 2017 11:42:51 AM
Be kind, as I haven't been back here since shortly after my kids were born!  Well, they're turning 6 next week (twins, natch), and my son wants me to make him something special.  I do sewing projects with my daughter.  She picks out what she wants, she designs it, and I sew.  She's even asked for a sewing machine for her birthday, which warms the cockles of my heart.

My son, however, is not as easily satisfied.  I've made him PJ pants, I've made him a felted-sweater jacket, and I've even sewn a couple of pairs of boxers (which he will not wear.  Adamantly.) He asked instead for the following:

A parking garage, to hold his vast quantities of matchbox/hotwheels cars.  He has over 150, so clearly it won't hold them all.  It also has to have parking spaces (garage bays), and a garage door that opens with an external (child-driven) handle.  In his words: "one side of it is opened".  It has a "silver thing that can open and close to let the cars out" (garage door), and a "handle on one of the sides that can open and close the box". 

I was thinking either cardboard box, or foam-core-based box, with lift-up hinged lid so he can see what he's doing inside.  I played with the idea of a window as the lid (old-school 4 over 4), but I don't have access to real wood-working tools.  The crank handle I think I can get at Home Depot, and I've kind of worked out how to make it crank, playing with the idea of a tambour-style door

I found this image from an old Martha Stewart Kids Spring/Winter 2003 magazine (out of print, not available online in archives, not available on eBay when I looked).  My son liked the visuals.  I can't access directions or supply list, but I can guess at much of it.  The link from my source page is also dead.  But here's the original idea:

There are many examples of cardboard box matchbox car garage on Pinterest, but I want it to look nice.  I want to transform the medium (Think Project Runway unconventional materials challenge) and take my inspiration from Martha. 

I just need access to the think-tank that is Craftster!

Please help! 
6  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Suggest New Boards and New Features / A facelift for Craftster? It's been 5 years... on: December 04, 2017 11:57:23 AM
Hi!  I've been totally disconnected from Craftster since the birth of my twins (nearly 6 years ago), but an ad on Facebook lured me back.  It looks like the site is more connected to social media, but I was a little disappointed to see that the main platform is exactly the same.  Frankly, it looks dated, and that makes me sad!  Platforms like Pinterest are getting the web traffic, the views, and the retweet/regrams/posts because they look cleaner and more visually engaging.  I'm not excluding myself.  I've been a Pinterest whore  since I got myself set up over there, and while it can be annoying (bad links, ads masquerading as ideas, inability to ask questions or get support from other crafters), it's super easy to navigate and browse and lose yourself in. 

Maybe it's Mom-brain here (I can't focus longer than a chapter of Beezus & Ramona), but I would support Craftster updating to a more visually engaging setup.  (Is "platform" the right word?  Again, #mombrain) Like, a front page that's big images/buttons with the categories, instead of scrolling, scrolling, scrolling.  When you look for ideas in a category, show me the picture first, not some cut-off wormtrail of a text.  With so many creative types here (hello, visual learners here?), I'm sure we could lend a hand or an idea or two about what makes a website really work.  I'm not just talking about looks; it has to function better, on more screens.  I stopped using Craftster because it was unwieldy on my iPad.  Photo hosting is the same - archaic. 

Stop me if I'm wrong.  What updates have been made around here since I've been on an extended maternity leave?  I do so love sharing my crafting and perusing others'.  You have to make it easier for me, though. 
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Help me find a pattern for this dress on: July 21, 2013 11:34:31 AM
I fell in love with a scoop neck dress from ModCloth, but I can't find a pattern that in any way comes close to the cute neckline.  I've pored over my own vintage dress patterns, as well as the Big Three, and I'm at a loss.  Can you help?

8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Stargirl Porcupine Necktie on: April 24, 2013 06:07:11 AM
A local theatre is producing the world premier of the play "Stargirl", based on the Jerry Spinelli book of the same name.

I'm going to see the play next week, so I needed a porcupine necktie to wear.  I took one of my husband's old (stained) ties, and appliqued this little guy on.  I can't wait to wear it to the play!

9  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Superhero cape on: February 21, 2013 02:23:26 PM
These are two dress-up capes for friends' daughters who are becoming big sisters this year.  Not technically clothing, per se, so I thought it could go on this board.

DH will of course model.

DS is getting in on the modelling gig, too.

I used each girl's initial and appliqueed it onto the cape.  They're made out of fleece, with a velcro closure.  Super easy!
10  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Kermit the Frog stroller bunting/footmuff/cosytoes on: February 06, 2013 07:03:27 PM
So it's not technically "clothing" per se, but it is for kids.  It's a stroller blanket (aka footmuff aka JJ Cole "Bundle Me") made so my kids can't kick their blankets off (which always get wound around stroller wheels, which is super fun) in the winter.  I found a toddler JJ Cole Bundle Me for $5 at a thrift store, but as I have twins, I needed another.  I tried ebay and FB yardsale groups, but got impatient. 

Plus, I had a XXXL Kermit the Frog hoodie from Salvation Army begging to be upcycled. 

Here is the before:

Close-up on the cuteness:

I used the existing zipper (so the bunting opens down the front), but I modeled the rest off the Bundle Me.  I made a freezer paper pattern from the Bundle Me.  I essentially made huge button holes in the back for the harness straps, and lined it so it would be as warm as the original.  The yellow is fleece, the flowery fabric is just cotton flannel.  It's certainly homemade, but it has gobs more character, and I know no one else will have one like it!

Here 'tis, all zipped up:

And, for ease of entry, it zips open, comme a:
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