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1  NEEDLEWORK / Sublime Stitching Embroidery / My first embroidery - tea towels on: December 01, 2006 11:30:01 AM
I recently bought the Stitch-It kit when I stopped by my favorite local craft shop and signed up for an embroidery class at the same time.  I couldn't wait the two weeks until the class so I started with the kit right away!

The tea cup was done before class, the coffee/tea pot afterwards.  I'm still not thrilled with my stitching, I want it to be more even, but maybe I'm being too hard on myself.  I'm hoping to get a set of towels done for a Christmas present.

I had hoped to be a knitter by now but I just don't have the patience for it!  At least embroidery can get done in a night or two!


Now I'm working on the SS knife/spoon/fork pattern but am hoping to add a monogram to it to look like my mom's silver pattern.  Yay!

By the way, I just want to give big props to Sublime Stitching's customer service.  I totally blanked on the day of my class and had to buy all new supplies when I got there - meaning I bought a second copy of a pattern I had just ordered from the SS website.  I emailed them asking if I could swap it for something else and they were totally cool about it!  You guys rock!
2  UNITED STATES / Minnesota / Crafty Planet Embroidery Class on: November 17, 2006 10:11:23 AM
I took the embroidery class at Crafty Planet last night (so much fun!) and told the other gals in class about Craftster.  I wanted to make a post so that if they come explore the crazy Craftster world, they will know they are in the right place!

3  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Two faced pillows on: November 02, 2006 07:51:38 AM
I *just* learned how to sew a couple of weeks ago and promptly went out and bought a sewing machine.  Having done that, I felt I needed to prove that I could use this new hobby for something useful.

Hubby and I have a couple of cheap IKEA stripey pillows that I adore in our green living room but the fabric is super slippery on our hand-me-down leather couches.  They never stay on the couch!

Armed with my new mad skillz, I tore apart the pillow cases, cut them in half, and added a microsuade back.  They stay on the couch now!


It's not really that impressive but it made me feel good about trying something new.   Grin
4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / My first sewing projects - needle roll and cosmetic bag on: October 24, 2006 12:32:58 PM
So I finally took a sewing class.  I'd been feeling handicapped for being unable to hem curtains, make pillowcases, etc.  No longer will I be limited by what they have in the store...no!  If I can't buy the curtains of my dreams, I shall make them!

I shall never go curtainless again!!

Okay, got the Scarlett out of my system there.

Here are my first two sewing projects.  One is a knitting roll that I made in my sewing class.  Being a roll, I decided it should be a sushi roll!



This is my first project all by myself, and I tried to do a cosmetic bag I saw in a sewing magazine.  It came out *okay* but I used 12 gauge clear vinyl for the lining and really struggled with it.  Plus the brocade fabric was shedding worse than my golden retriever.  Squaring the corners kind of sucked too.  But hey, it's a start!


As a kid, I totally rebelled againsty anything crafty or "girly" so I'm making up for a lot of lost time!

Thanks for looking. Smiley

5  UNITED STATES / Minnesota / Sewing and Quilt Expo on: October 14, 2006 12:53:31 PM
I've JUST started sewing (i.e. took a class a week ago, bought a machine, tore things apart and sewed them back together) but am already hoping to continue learning more.

There's a sewing and quilt expo http://www.sewingexpo.com/cities/minneapolis.htm coming to Bloomington in November, has anyone been to this event in the past?

Trying to decide whether the classes would be worth taking and if anyone else would be there as I would likely go on my own.
6  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Remelting (soaps, lip balms, etc) on: October 10, 2006 12:31:46 PM
I've been dabbling in bath and body products for a while now but I've got a lot to learn still.

If I make a batch of a basic lip balm but don't have enough containers on hand, can I save it in a jar and remelt it later?  I've seen lip balm bases you can buy and just add color and flavor and I'd love to do something similar myself.

Also, I'm intrigued by the cold process for soap.  If I make a big make of plain soap, can I cut it in to smaller batches to remelt and "design" later?

7  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Sterilizing containers on: September 26, 2006 07:12:02 PM
I've made a couple batches of lip balm now and am totally addicted.  One thing I haven't figured out is the best way to sterilize the tubes and jars.

I tried throwing them all in to boiling water for a minute or so but I think it affected the plastic.  The jars/pots are really hard to tighten and the tops have a lot of hairline cracks.

What do you do?
8  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Products safe during pregnancy on: September 24, 2006 01:12:20 PM
Hello hello,

My sister-in-law is pregnant for the third time and things are finally going smoothly for her after two miscarriages.  She's about to have a 12-week ultrasound and then we're finally allowed to be excited!

I'd like to make her some relaxing bath and body products to soothe and calm her during this stressful time (she also has a stressful job).  Even though I'm planning anything that would be ingested, are there any special precautions I should take?  I'd like to make some bath teas, bath fizzies, room spray, etc.

This site (http://www.americanpregnancy.org/pregnancyhealth/naturalherbsvitamins.html) has a good list but I want to be extra safe and ask around as well.  Any hints?

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