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1  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: Brown and Cream Invitations on: September 23, 2008 05:11:59 PM
Thanks everyone for your fabulous ideas.  I was also leaning towards #3 but I also agree that it still isn't just right.  When classes settle down a bit I'm going to put together a few of the ideas that were suggested and see what I think. 

I never even thought of a horizontal ribbon so thank you so much for that suggestion.  I'm also going to review the wording and make sure it is in fact grammatically correct.  That's why I come here, wonderful people, great ideas and many sets of eyes to catch potential mistakes!

Just so you know, the ribbon was originally the boys idea... he wanted some credit in the process!

Keep it up with the fabulous ideas and I'll keep you posted as to how the modifications go!
2  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Brown and Cream Invitations on: September 21, 2008 03:20:43 PM
I've just started the planning for my wedding next July and thought I'd start with the invitations.  After much frustration I've finally come up with a basic design that I like but I'm not sure exactly what to go with.

Our colors are chocolate and cream and we're going for a simple modern look.  I really like the monogram box thing but I'm having trouble deciding what the layout for the rest of the invitation should be.  The color of the backing paper and text are actually closer to the brown of the ribbon in #3 and not black as it looks like.

Your thoughts and comments would be greatly appreciated.  I know it's tough to get the whole idea with the lovely identity protection I have implemented but do your best!

I got the basic idea from weddingpaperdivas.  They have some fabulous invitations, take a look if you're stuck!

3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Blinging Name Choker on: January 20, 2008 08:42:34 PM
By chance I found what I believe is the tutorial for this project.  And I must say what a fantastic project it is. 

Super cute.  Awesome job!
4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: The Long Awaited Poppet-Along on: January 12, 2008 08:12:07 PM
Without any further ado... may I present my first poppet...
She is unnamed as of yet, but I'm so happy with her that I had to share her.
She's made of some sage green light corduroy that used to be my favorite pair of clam diggers until I got small and they got too big.  Her dress is one of the Blythe patterns on Page 1 with a few very minor adjustments.  (it still needs hemmed and a closure in the back, but I need an open fabric store for that).

I'm only wishing I had children or knew children who would like these as I would love to make lots, but I don't want to become the crazy doll lady.  But I likely will anyways!

5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: colored keyboard on: January 09, 2008 10:37:58 PM
One definitely knows that they have been a science student for far too long when the first thought is... this is the most amazing thing ever... it's a keyboard periodic table of the elements! 

This is truly awesome.  Great job.
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Burda 8022 Wool Jacket on: December 09, 2007 10:11:47 PM
Thanks for the hints.  I was looking all over for a belt with a buckle that would work.  For some reason I totally forgot about the thrift stores.  Will be hitting them up right away to find something (hopefully)!
7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: The Long Awaited Poppet-Along on: December 09, 2007 10:18:24 AM
I'm super impressed with what everyone is doing with this pattern.  I can't wait to give it a try myself.  Everyone is doing such a fantastic job!
8  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Teddy Bears! on: December 08, 2007 09:50:12 PM
They have steel shot in their limbs and bellies.  It makes them pretty weighty for their size, but they stand up and are somewhat poseable.  Thanks!
9  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Teddy Bears! on: December 08, 2007 07:12:48 PM
These are the first two bears that I have made from my own patterns.  I started with the BB Pibbs pattern (if you are familiar with bears at all), and modified it until I ended up with these little guys.

The above picture probably shows the truest colors of them as well.  The little brown and yellow guy is made of synthetic fiber and ultra suede.  He's filled with polyfill and steel shot to give him some weight.  His nose is Perle cotton and his eyes are german blown glass.  My friend gave him the name Jordy.  And so Jordy he is.  Oh, and he stands about 3.5 inches tall

The peach bear is sparse distressed German mohair and ultrasuede.  Her nose is wildflowers by Caron in Flamingo and her eyes are german blown glass.  She's stuffed the same.  Her name is Persia.  A modification of the latin name for the peach tree - Prunus persica.  She's a little bit taller at 4.5 inches.  She also stands on her own, I just didn't have a non blurry picture of it.  Both bears are 5 way cotter pin jointed.

I'm not overly fond of the black glass eyes in her as I think they're a little harsh with the light colored mohair and suede.  I was wondering if you think I should tone them down a bit to a dark brown with some enamel?  Or just leave her the way she is?  Comments and questions ever welcome!
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Burda 8022 Wool Jacket on: December 08, 2007 06:04:13 PM
So I've been drooling over all the pretty wool jackets that are everywhere this winter, but couldn't part with the $175 to own one.  However, 70% off wool coatings and suitings at the Local Fabricland I decided I could do.  I've never made a coat before, but decided I'd suffer through it and the results were well worth the pain and frustration. 

I made Burda 8022 View B in size 12 but ended up taking it in a bit at the waist to make it fit a little closer.  I also shortened the hem line up a bit and lengthened the arms.  The instructions were pretty good, but unless you've made something with a lining before, it was kind of confusing figuring out just how the facings and fronts and linings and whatnot all go together.  I also tried to make bound buttonholes and succeeded (at least on the test pieces), but decided they looked terrible and went with the classic button hole.  You can kind of see the buttonhole in the second picture

The flash kind of destroyed any detail in this picture, but you get the idea of the general shape of the jacket. 

The flash here totally washed out the black of the jacket, but you can see the buttons, and the belt buckle, and the cat hair.  Fabulous.

Apparently in Saskatchewan there is nowhere that you can buy nice belt buckles for crafting.  The one I have in the picture is made of sculpey and modgepodge.  It is only temporary as I'm afraid the winters here will be its demise.  Any idea where I can find one just like it, but in something a little more sturdy and with a few less fingerprints?
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