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61  Re: green polka dot whale! and tutorial :) in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by LauPre on: December 19, 2007 09:27:55 PM
Thanks for the tut.  It was super easy!  I made mine about 3 inches tall and 6 inches long.  She's made of pink flannel with stars and has pink button eyes.  She also has a little bean bag inside her so she has a little weight.

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62  Re: Winter Scarf Swap Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by LauPre on: December 17, 2007 10:06:48 PM
I received my package today from Gravity! I am very happy with all the items she sent, and I can't wait to share some photos.

(don't mind Mr. Woodman, he wasn't part of the swap package, he was just assisting)

/\For the small items, she sent me these fantastic things.  Mr. Woodman is holding the super awesome tin whale ornament that I just adore.  Next to him is an adorable crocheted whale stuffie with the cutest expression.  I've had an affection for whales lately, so these are just perfect.  She also included the little photo book with the customized cover.  How great is that?

/\  I just had to share this!  She sent a great letter with stories about making the scarf and stuff and this part here, at the end, just made my day.  (p.s. Yay! Doodle Space!)  Cheesy

And Now, what you've been waiting for; The fabulous scarf!

/\  Isn't it beautiful?!?!  I am very much in love with the scarf.  It's all white knitted with cables and everything!  She says in her letter that this was her first time doing cables or fringe, but I think it looks pro to me.  (my knitting envy growing ever more strong).  I don't know anything about yarn, so I don't know what kind it is, but it's really silky smooth and sooooo soft.

/\ That's not Mr. Woodman, that's a much bigger model guy.  He's just showing off the beautiful texture of the cables.

It's the perfect size for me. It's about 5 or 6 inches wide and at least 6 feet long.   I love how wide and long it is, it wraps around twice (like I like) and is nice and thick for extra warmth.

Thanks so much Gravity!
This was Gravity's first swap, so everyone give her a big round of applause for her amazing Swapping Debut!!
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63  Sad Suit to Ruffle-y cute in CHALLENGE 23 ENTRIES by LauPre on: December 05, 2007 09:57:46 PM
I actually started this project this week without knowing about the challenge, but I think it fits the theme pretty well.  I decided that I wanted a cute suit-type outfit to wear, so I biked out to my nearest thrift store to find a suit to reconstruct.  I found this one, originally $12.00, but it was half off, so only $6, whoo!  It was just was I was looking for; pinstripe, pretty big, and included a skirt and pants (for extra fabric to use for the ruffles.)

/\ (can you tell I'm totally freaked out about being in front of the camera instead of behind it?)

Mmmmmm, Frump-alicious
It was actually a size 16, and obviously meant for a taller gal than myself (those pant do indeed come up to my bust).  The inspiration for this outfit came from a similar skirt I saw in an online store a while ago (sorry, I don't have the link anymore).  I took in every seam on the jacket to fit, with a little pleat at the bottom of each seam.  The pants got sliced up into strips that became ruffles.  The skirt got taken in,  shortened by about 6 inches, and big box pleats were added on the front at each hip for extra flare.  Then I added the rows of ruffles to the back of the skirt.  I also added detail to the collar by couching some black trim all around and I made a removable ruffle to go under the collar (it is attached with snaps).  The waistband from the super-big pants got some ruffles in the back (one layer of tiny ruffles and two big ruffles), a few rows of the black trim, and became a belt.

/\ Here is the suit from the front, without the belt, but with the ruffles on the collar.

/\ Here is the suit from the back, with the belt and the collar ruffles.  The back of the collar ruffle is doubled from shoulder to shoulder and the extra ruffle also has a line of the couched trim along it.

/\ eep, a peek of leg on this one (sorry  Wink ), but this one shows the ruffles on the skirt and the pleats across the back of the jacket pretty well, I think.  This one is without the belt or the collar ruffle.  And, as a bonus, the lacy petticoat is made from vintage lace I got last Tuesday from the Knittin Kitten ( http://www.knittnkitten.com/) which is an awesome thrift store full of craft supplies and vintage linens.  It only cost me $3 for a ton of it. I HEART that place.

I'm really happy with how the suit came out, and contest or no, I know I'll be wearing this one plenty!
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64  Re: Fall Discworld Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by LauPre on: November 08, 2007 05:08:44 PM
I was just sitting around this afternoon when I heard some unnecessarily creepy knocking at my door.  I knew right away it was the mailman with my package!  (seriously, my mailman has the creepiest knock ever, it's alway 3 knocks, really loud and slow;  thump... thump... thump... why does he do that?)  Anyway, I tore into my package and have just been grinning like a fool ever since! Javede, you're an awesome swap partner! Everything has been made with such care and skill and I loved the little notes you added. I can't wait to share some photos, I hope it's just not too many Wink

she writes:  "A Watchman most definitely needs a note book"...

Isn't it great?  It has the Watch badge and slogan on the front and she also included a bookmark with the watch saying embroidered on it!
I will get a lot of use from both of these.

"DEATH Couture -Where the flowers always bloom in black-"
(hooray for blurry bathroom self portraits, hahaha)

I love this shirt!  It fits me perfectly and is really comfortable.  Javede claims that she's a beginner when it comes to sewing clothes, but I think this is perfectly constructed.  btw, the sleeves on this are toooo soft and comfy!

"CATS, he said, CATS ARE NICE"
(One of my favorite quotes from Sourcery was on the note with this one)

  A fantastic, soft, cat themed scarf.  The fabric is perfect for DEATH and his love of cats.  I could see him wearing this to keep out the chill when riding Binky, but he'd have to fight me for it first!
Here's another shot to show off the fabric in detail:

It's a great mix of corduroy, cotton, and fleece.  I've already received compliments on it when I went out this afternoon.

"No Feegles were harmed in the making of this slouchy hat"
But it feels so good that it must be made from the wool of the finest sheep on the chalk.

It is beautifully knit and hand-dyed in shades of blue and red by Javede.  It is the perfect colors for a Feegle-lover like myself.  I know I'll be wearing this hat a lot.  It is so cute, and perfect for my morning bike rides to drop dd off at school (it's plenty slouchy enough to hide even my worst bed-head, haha!)

"Just the kind of 'sweets' you probably could find in Death's kitchen"
Yummy black licorice candy and chocolate!

Janin, did you know that Orange chocolate is my absolute, number one, all-time favorite candy EVER!?!?

Thanks so much for everything, you're the best!
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65  Re: Anyone else AFRAID to use their fabric? in Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions by LauPre on: September 28, 2007 12:44:21 PM
For a long time I have had a big problem with hoarding my fabric.  I would pick up a fantastic fabric and then leave it sitting in the bottom of my stash because I liked it too much!  I'm still working on it, but here's what I do.

First, remind yourself that there are tons of great fabric coming out all the time.  I'll go to my favorite fabric shops (or look online), and after drooling over a ton of fabrics I don't have I feel more motivated to use what I have (to make room for the great new fabrics I just saw  Wink )

Also, I feel it is easier to use up fabric if I've looked at it for a while.  I'll find some place to set it in my room, or otherwise display it for a while.  The more I look at it, it seems to loose it's "magic".  I redid the top of my living room table just for this purpose.  I bought a big piece of plexiglass and some wood trim to go around the edge of the
table and I just iron out the fabric and fold it to fit into the table top.  With the plexiglass on top it stays nice and safe until you're ready to use it (usually doesn't take more than a week for me to get ready for a change, haha)... well it's kind of hard to describe, I'll put up a picture:

This would work with, like, a thick picture frame, too.  just fold it and place it in the frame on the wall until you're ready to use it.  as a bonus you have constantly changing decor, which I find charges my creativity! 

A more traditional method, of course is to use fabric you don't like as much as a practice run to make your item before you cut into the good stuff.

Most importantly, just remember that there will be more fabric.  If you make mistakes you also learn.  Take a deep breath, grab those scissors, and just go for it!
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66  Re: Fall-ing for Pratchett - Discworld Autumn Swap sign ups: 09/17/07-09/26/07 in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by LauPre on: September 26, 2007 01:22:57 PM
Just wanted to share one of my recent Pratchett themed projects (not for the swap, though, we'll have to wait for those  Wink)  A gift for my husband to go along with Making Money (which I enjoyed, and is now working it's way through the borrowing queue).  you can read more about it in the screen printing forum if you're interested.

original forum thread:  https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=198475.0
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67  Early adventures in Budget screen Printing (lotsa pics) in Screen Printing: Completed Projects by LauPre on: September 26, 2007 01:14:27 PM
I decided suddenly and unexpectedly that I wanted to learn screen printing (seriously I don't know where my urges come from, all I know is that I have to do these things).  Since it was my birthday I used that as an excuse to acquire my photo sensitive chemicals and budget screen supplies earlier this month. I have done a few screens now, made a few mistakes and a few successes, so I thought I would share a few pictures, yay!

My first big project after a few smaller screens is a fun Pratchett themed t-shirt I made for my husband while he was out of town for work.  To welcome him home I had a shirt for him and a copy of the new book in the discworld series, Making Money.

That's me modeling it, he's out of town with work again.  He loved the surprise, though.  He actually did a little happy dance!  The text says,
"What is there in this world that makes living worthwhile?"
Death thought about it.
"CATS", he said eventually, "CATS ARE NICE"

It's a quote from Sourcery that I thought was particularly funny.  (If you haven't read any pratchett yet, go get some now!)  The image is from one I found online but had to completely redraw so that it would work for screenprinting.  Here is what my drawing looked like on the computer:

A few people may think he's just an odd fan of kittens....

It was so much fun, now everyone wants to get in on the action!  Here's me and DD.  She chose a couple of fans off of a practice screen my brother made to ink onto a pair of her panties Smiley

You can see my fancy screens in this one.  They're made of thrift store curtains hot glued to old picture frames.  I did say this was Budget screen printing!!

Then a friend came over with his denim jacket and we spent the evening making a screen of Spike from Cowboy Bebop.

Action shot for scale:

our original image:

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68  Re: Sakura to Sakuranbo GALLERY! (cherries and cherry blossoms) in The Swap Gallery by LauPre on: September 21, 2007 01:53:22 PM
I received today!

I am so excited, NovaStarlet sent me some fantastic stuff for my very first swap.
Here's an overview:

Almost too much cuteness, am I right?

My favorite things (yes, I squealed like a little girl when I saw them!)
cutest little kimono bunnies!  You can also see the pink panda.  It is such a cutie! 

I am amazed at the detail that went into their beautiful kimonos, and such cute faces!  It will be a joy to have them hanging out by sewing machine, to look at and keep me company Smiley  Someday I hope I can learn to make cute little felt friends like these!

She made me two fantastic bags, a drawstring bag with some lovely red blossom print and blossoms with lanterns print flannel, and a great smaller zippered pouch.  I love the flannel print, and it is so soft!  The zippered bag has a great little bunny face on it and a beautiful charm on the zipper pull.:

Here are some more detail shots:

Novastarlet is one talented Craftster!  Thank you!

She also sent me the cutest card, and some gifties for my daughter (who will be sooo excited when she gets home from school)  I really loved doing this swap!  It was a lot of fun to craft for, and a special treat for me to receive, too.  I do a lot of crafting, but I'm not used to having people craft for me.  I can see how this can be addicting!
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69  Punk Piggy Now with Pattern on page two in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by LauPre on: September 18, 2007 10:48:26 PM
I don't know why, but I just can't seem to make a decent stuffed animal.  They all seem to come out pretty wonky (and I always feel sorry for the poor little guys that come out bad).  I've seen so many really cute ones, though, that I can't help but want to make them myself.

This little piggie is the first stuffed animal I have ever really been proud of.  It was a birthday present for a friend, and she really seemed to like it.

Punk piggie has a remove-able bow and shiny black eyes with silver rims:

Punk Piggie stands up and has a reverse applique heart of skull fabric:


Punk Piggie has button joints, so he can sit down or be posed into other adorable positions:

I think he was about 6 inches long, maybe a little bigger.  I think I might just keep trying...
Thanks for looking!
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70  Re: AMAZING tunic, ideas on how to make it? in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by LauPre on: September 13, 2007 04:15:50 PM
Cute top!  I think I'd like to try making this one, too.  I thought I'd share how I would do it:

Here are the pieces I would use.   I used different colors to help keep the pieces straight and added texture to show the right sides of the fabric.  if it's solid it means it's the wrong side of the fabric.

First if you want to add the collar pieces to the Front Top, do it now.  The would just be rectangles of fabric, done like thick bias tape, I think.  Then cut two of the Buttoned panel pieces and stitch around leaving a couple of inches to turn and hand stitch the little hole closed.  I think a layer of light to medium weight interfacing would be a good idea in there, too.  if you want to add real button holes to button the piece on you could add them now.

Next I would gather the top of the Front Panel and stitch it to the top of the Pocket piece.  It lookes like they used bias tape to put these two pieces together, but I think I would just stitch them together on the wrong sides and then topstich on the right side.  However you do it, attach the sides of these two pieces down to where they will meet the sides of the shirt

Then attach the bottom of the Pocket Piece to the bottom of the Front Top

and add the gathered top of the Front Panel to the bottom of the Buttoned Panel and attach that to the Front Top.

Finally, just "right sides together" the front pieces that you've stitched together with the back piece, add your sleeves, and hem the bottom.

Hope it helps, just yell at me if anything is confusing Smiley
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