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1  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Stocking Stuffers 2009 on: September 30, 2009 07:48:15 AM
I usually buy stocking stuffers but I need to do homemade this year and I have no idea what to make beyond food.

I need ideas for an 18 month old, a 4 year old and my husband, but this thread can be a general list for ideas if there isn't one kicking around already.

2  COOKING / Dessert / Re: Totoro Cake on: April 09, 2009 12:19:27 PM
Lol a Toronto cake would not go over well here.

3  COOKING / Dessert / Re: Totoro Cake on: April 04, 2009 03:48:31 PM
Thanks!  I put off cutting into it for as long as possible.  It was just so cute!  The baby ended up pulling Totoro's head off. 

The cake was yummy, I can't wait to do another for my older daughter.   December is really far away!
4  COOKING / Dessert / Totoro Cake on: April 04, 2009 02:18:15 PM
I know there are lots of Totoro fans at Craftster so I thought I'd post the cake we made for my daughter's 1st birthday.

It's a chocolate cake with chocolate frosting, everything is fondant except the bushes which were made from candy melts. 

Thanks for looking.

5  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Living Room/Library in progress Pics on: February 11, 2009 12:23:08 PM
In 2005 we moved into this house and the first thing we did was rip up the ugly shag carpet, refinished the hardwood underneath and painted over the grey walls.

That's as far as we got.

I've been dreaming of a cozy libraryesque living room forever and finally decided to move on it. It should be complete by Monday. Here are the pics so far.

Before we moved in (blech);

After initial fix up;

As of last night;

Still left to do;

put doors on the tv cabinet
replace curtains
build 2 end tables (one for the mac) and a table for behind the sofa (where the blue paintings will go)
refinish thrift store coffee table
finish staining the bookshelves
organize everything to go on bookshelves

I'll post the final pics when it's complete. It is now really warm and cozy in here. I've always felt little privacy in this room because we are so close to the street but this isolates us a bit and it's wonderful.

My husband who does not read (ever) said today that the room makes him want to curl up with a good book! If only we had a fireplace...
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: First Corset! Cool Halloween Fabric! on: October 28, 2008 07:33:33 PM
I bought grommets from there.  The lacing was shredding because it was raw edged bias tape.  I knew about the gap but when I made a sample and allowed for the gap the corset was way too small so I made it bigger.  The real problem is that I'm losing baby weight so my waist is shrinking pretty quickly.  I'm going to have to alter it in a month or so.

Definitely try corset making!  It's much easy than it seems.  Next time around I'm going to use cable ties.  I checked them out at the hardware store and they are pretty similar to the plastic boning I used for a lot cheaper and no insane delivery fees!
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Pumpkin Print skirt with tulle and lacing! on: October 20, 2008 07:02:47 AM
Lol, it was my birthday yesterday and with a toddler and a baby I'm feeling old.

I fixed the top of the skirt and added some darts to the sides to tighten it a bit, it's looking better.   I tried it on last night with black fishnets, corset and black boots but my camera batteries died so I couldn't get a pic of it.

I'm going to have a looksie tonight for a purple wig (the tinsel ones) and either fairy wings or a witch hat.  I'd love to wear aviator goggles with fairy wings, that'd be funny.
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Pumpkin Print skirt with tulle and lacing! on: October 20, 2008 05:56:36 AM
I hate not using patterns.  This was the biggest pain in the butt to make as I had no plan going in.  It didn't turn out quite as I pictured it but it's close enough.  It's still a little loose so I need to take it some more and edit the stitching at the top edge, maybe trim the top with something.

It's for Halloween but I feel odd wearing it.  I just turned 28 and I have two young children.  Is this something that I should leave for someone younger to wear?

Also I'm not quite happy with the way the tulle turned out.  Should I pull it or leave it be?
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: First Corset! Cool Halloween Fabric! on: October 16, 2008 03:51:23 PM

i used this tute;


i did it on junk fabric first and it was way too small so i added a couple inches here and there when sewing the liner as a second attempt.  the liner worked well with extra and so i continued on with the exterior piece.  it was supposed to be an underbust like in the link but i overestimated a lot and it made enough to be slightly overbust which i really like.  I do have a pattern I purchased so I might give it a go as well.

initially i was going to insert plastic like in the tute but ended up sewing channels and putting in plastic boning instead.  also inserted lacing bones based on the tute on the farthingale's site. 

i read a lot of different tutes and tips for corset making which almost made me give up on this project.  there are so many different methods and patterns that it started to confuse me.

eventually i just used a liner and exterior fabric and sewed them together with channels for the bones.  the stitching for the channels is a little crooked but it's not noticeable. if i could figure how to install my zipper foot, it might have been easier.  i really like the corsets that have channels on the outside (decorative) but I'm not sure how you'd go about that.

I will have to switch out the bias tape ties because they are shredding.  It's a cool look but I don't think they are going to last long!
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: First Corset! Cool Halloween Fabric! on: October 16, 2008 01:46:32 PM
lol no I wasn't!  I just got half dressed for the photo this morning.  I had to be quick, I have a baby and toddler that demand constant attention.  I had  to lace myself up.  I put reg mom clothes on after the photo. 

I really want to make more corsets now but I have to order the supplies online and the cost is prohibitive.

Why can't Fabricland carry this stuff?
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