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1  Having a Heatwave--needed new pjs in Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects by BerthaCool on: May 25, 2010 12:41:23 AM
Suddenly it's really hot here in the NE of the USA and I haven't got the energy to go to the basement and find my summer pjs.  So I thought I'd use up some of my stash and make some pjs.  I'm pretty pleased with the result--they are cute, cool and comfy.

I used McCall's 5640 for the top--added some length and width and Butterick 5216 for the shorts--adding the contrast at the bottom for length (so they don't ride up all night long) and pockets because, well, what isn't better with pockets?  All in all I'm pretty pleased with myself, and I have some fabric left so I'm going to make some slippers to match.

Thanks for looking.
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2  From Tidy Cat to Hip Cat in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by BerthaCool on: June 06, 2008 07:51:04 AM
I've been trying to reduce the amount of paper waste in my house, so I started using rags instead of paper towels.  It works great, but I don't have an extra drawer for the rags, so I've been storing them in an old Tidy Cat bucket.   The problem was that the litter bucket was really ugly and a blight on my fabulous 40s decorated kitchen.  So I decided to jazz it up a bit and I really like the result.  Some WWII poster reprints, some mod podge and voila--

Thanks for looking!
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3  My 1st stuffed stuff ever--thanks for the inspiration! in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by BerthaCool on: May 10, 2007 07:23:34 PM
I've been looking at all the great stuffed stuff y'all have been making and I was inspired to try my own.  From old tie to new snake (He's all tied up at the moment) and from old pajama bottoms to a new (very sassy) elephant--what do you think?

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4  Help--where to put the zipper in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions by BerthaCool on: January 04, 2007 06:05:45 PM
I found this picture in the BH&G "Gifts to Make Yourself" from 1972 and I thought--"hmmm, I don't need a felt covered tin can, but wouldn't it make a fun purse?"

So, I think I've got all the parts figured out (there was no pattern--grrrr) but I'm stuck on where to put a zipper.  I thought about down the back, but then It's either going to only go half way or it's going to cut the brim of the hat.  I thought about hiding it around the brim (so the hat is on one side and the face on the other, but I'm not sure where to put the handle.

So, any suggestions?


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5  Re: Chilly Sauce in Vintage Craft Projects by BerthaCool on: January 03, 2007 09:38:23 PM

Here's the patterns for the hat and mittens.  I' m sure there's a way I could add them to my original post, but I haven't figured it out yet.

Have fun!

OK, after looking at them they are not readable, so here are the links to larger versions.

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6  Chilly Sauce in Vintage Craft Projects by BerthaCool on: January 02, 2007 10:03:47 PM
I don't ski, but I would have to start if I could look like this!
I think these are expired copyrights, so if anyone wants a pattern, let me know and I'll post it.  (I'm in the process of scanning all the pages in to the computer so I can decoupage with the original)
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7  How're Ya Doin' toots? in Vintage Craft Projects by BerthaCool on: January 02, 2007 09:56:50 PM
I found this 40s-50s era knitting pattern book without a cover at a thrift store.  These are my favorite pages--accessories, a quiz and fun ideas--who could ask for anything more?!
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8  kids dominos + old catalogs = pendants in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by BerthaCool on: December 18, 2006 09:08:23 AM
Inspired by all of the great domino pieces, I thought I'd give it a try.  I found some kid's dominos for $1, found some beads and ribbon scraps and used a barbie catalogue to make some for my barbie collecting friends:

I went a little crazy and made them reversible:

And then I decided to make some for myself.  Sorry for my lousy photography, but the first one is WWII social hygeine posters ( front "Booby trap Syphillis and Gonorrhea" & back "Venereal Disease Covers the earth Learn to protect yourself now" both with fabulously vampy women)  and the others are silent era photos of Joan Crawford and Anna May Wong

So, what do you think?  Thanks for all the inspiration and thanks for looking!

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9  Me in the living room with a lot of tape--Clue tote in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by BerthaCool on: December 18, 2006 08:57:23 AM
I used all the game peices from an old clue game to make a charm bracelet for my sis, and I thought---hmmm, what can I do with the rest of this game?  So, voila! a tote.

I laminated the cards into strips for the sides and bottom which I think turned out pretty cute

Then I used drapery cord for the handles (and some tassles for pizzazz)

I haven't lined it because I can't find any good fabric, and I'm sort of in favor of it being completely waterproof.  But without lining, it may be a bit plain.

So, what do you think?

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10  ruler bangles in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by BerthaCool on: December 09, 2006 05:56:56 PM
I was casing my local dollar store for inspiration and I found these bendy rulers 2 for a dollar.  So I thought, hmmm, I'm always losing rulers, what if I made them wearable?

So I used some old beads and ribbons and voila! Of course, coordinating earrings are a must. What do you think?

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