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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Woah guys, it's a table!!! (Pic heavy) on: September 13, 2011 02:05:32 PM
This is the first big project that I've ever undertaken, and it went so amazingly well!!!!!! I got it finished in about two weekends. All the wood is pine. For the top I used two pine panels, which I doweled and wood glued together and then cut to size (68 inches long, and 36 inches wide). The legs I wanted to be a custom height (31 inches), so rather than buying table legs, I bought 4 pieces of 1x3 pine and then I wood glued and screwed 2 pieces together. Each new 2x3 piece was cut down to two table legs and then routered to look fancy.

My dad helped me with the design of the table, and he talked me through what I had to do for each step. The entire time was like a really intensive how to use power tools class as well because I've really never used anything more complicated than a hammer. Even so, I'm so proud to say that I did everything pretty much on my own. He did the routering on the table top, and he did the rings near the bottoms of the legs (table routers are tricky to use for fancy things) but other than that this table is all me Cheesy

(This picture made me realise how dusty my floor is over there...)

With lumber, screws, l-brackets and everything like that taken in to consideration the whole table cost me about $130. It wasn't exactly a money saving operation, but that wasn't the goal.

(^ This picture is really washed out, the table top is darker than it looks)

My table is currently residing at one end of my bedroom, where I'm slowly starting to set up my very first personal crafting area. Before this I would always go home to craft with my mum/my mum's supplies Tongue

Comments/questions/critiques would be greatly appreciated!!
2  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Girls with Slingshots Swap? on: July 26, 2011 05:00:32 AM
Does anybody else here read the web comic Girls with Slingshots? I love it, and I read it every day along with a couple of others. This morning as I was sitting here with my coffee and clicking through, I decided that I was going to make myself a romance detectice outfit. Why yes, it will be glorious, but that's not the point.

The point is that I would also have fun making someone else a romance detective outfit! The problem -  I've just signed up for my first swap, so I couldn't join this one right now, let alone organise it, but I thought I'd put the idea out there. It's a great web comic, and would allow for all sorts of cute and funny takes on the themes of the comic. Vibrator stuffie anyone?

3  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Gauge or General Advice??? on: June 26, 2011 10:57:41 AM
So my boyfriends mum gave me one skein of beautiful cotton yarn that fades from pink through orange to green and back again. It's gorgeous!!! She also bought be a set of bamboo needles (which are really nice but short)

I want to make this pattern: http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEff10/KSPATTkink.php

The only problem is that I've never completed a knitting project on my own before, and the last time I knit was in grade ten. Now it's four years later, and I don't have my mum around to help me out since I'm not living at home. I've got some disgusting neon orange synthetic wool (trust me, this stuff is hideous) which a friend had a HUGE amount of and said I could practise with.

So that's what I'm doing, but I'm having a lot of problems with gauge, and the whole project in general.

I guess I'm just looking for some advice. How does a knitting newbie even go about keeping tension constant? Has anyone completed this specific pattern and have any advice?

Thanks for any help!
4  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Sewing Machine Reccomendation Please? (Also, Confidence 7470?) on: February 21, 2011 11:47:20 AM
Hi all!!

So, I'm just about to finish up my second year of university. I'm moving to an apartment with a friend of mine where I will have enough to room to set up a small sewing corner (and I mean a corner. I will have, mayybeee, three square feet to keep things).

Up until now I've only used my mum's machine, and it is a PAIN. Tension is always a problem, and threading it is like making a deal with the devil. Anyway, the point of this is that I do have experience with machines, and I can handle something known to be more finnicky, though of course simple and easy to use is always better.

What I need is a small-ish sewing machine that is still hardy enough for rough and tumble clothing sewing.

I was wondering if anyone had a sewing machine of generally this description that they love and would reccomend? 

Thanks a bunch!!

P.S. I've been looking at the Singer Confidence 7470. It seems like it's taking the ease of the Inspiration series but still giving advanced sewers the room to, well, sew (instead of the machine doing everything!). I've just been looking online so I don't know the price of the confidence, and I also haven't looked at any reviews yet. Anyone here have a 7470, and if so, is it pleasant to work with?
5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Purse idea that I'm not sure how to go about.... on: February 02, 2007 01:21:45 PM
So I was sitting in my room, when I saw my dance bag. I'm a ballet dancer, and I have a pair of pointe shoes that I am currently working in, that will need to be replaced at the end of the dance year (June-ish) if not sooner, because they're getting very weak, and actually ripping slightly.

I was thinking I could turn them in to some sort of a purse.

My basic idea was that I could trim the sides and sew them together, to create a solid back, and an open bottom, but still looking like two separate shoes.

Also I was going to extend them by adding peachy fabric to look like legs, as a front of the purse, and to making it bigger perhaps. However where I am stuck is how I could keep that fabric stiff enough to look like feet/a persons leg.

Do you guys think this purse would even work? Or would I just have two shoes attached with a strange piece of fabric that doesn't look like anything at all.

In my head I see the most beautiful purse in the world, but it's hard to describe.

I'd appreciate any help/opinions!
-Sam  Smiley

Yay!! I found a picture kind of what I was thinking...maybe...sort of.


That...only a real shoe...basically
6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Ballet Purse on: February 02, 2007 12:06:47 PM
I made this purse a while ago, and its been my pride and joy ever since. The inside of it isn't really all that great to look at, a bit of a mess in there, but other than that it's fantastic.

I made it using images from a bunch of ballet magazines I had lying around, and some left over fabric, and some packing tape. I didn't do any sewing which is why it looks so messy inside, but it's a very strong purse. I can put all my regular purse necessities in it, plus at least 2 novels and it holds up fine.


Side number one.

Side number two.

The inside.

As far as I remember it took me about 4 hours to make, from fetching all the materials to filling it with stuff, and I went shopping with it on my arm that night.
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