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1  Re: the delicious Good Eats/Alton Brown swap gallery in The Swap Gallery by ACSBarbiegirl on: September 06, 2008 05:52:10 PM
(First off, I want to appoligize for posting so late. I got my package on time, but I was away for several weeks with limited computer access and couldn't post any sooner.)

I'm so happy with what I got from FilpFlop. Everything was so cute and functional, exactly what I wanted!

And now for the photos:

Here's everything straight out of the package:

I got an apron, two poy holders, and some very clever recipe coasters.

These are the coaster. Flip them over and they become handy Good Eats recipe cards! (clever right?)

The pot holders are so well made and I love the picture of Alton!

Finally, my favorite item, the reversible apron!

Side one sports another Alton picture and the Good Eats theme song main-frame as pockets!


Side two has a handy conversion chart pocket.

Even closer-up:

Thanks again FlipFlop! I will be using everything you sent me as often as possible!

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2  W.W.M.D? Tote Bag (*IMG Heavy*) w/brief screen printing tut in CHALLENGE 29 ENTRIES by ACSBarbiegirl on: July 04, 2008 07:19:44 PM
Upon first reading this challenge, I immediately thought of my childhood hero, Martha Stewart. As a toddler, I would watch Martha Stewart for hours instead of cartoons. So, to pay homage to Mrs. Stewart, I made a W.W.M.D. (What Would Martha Do) tote bag.

I started off with a photo of Martha, tweaked it on paint, and traced I onto a screen. I then used the drawing fluid method of screen printing found in the Speedball fabric printing kit. This was my first time screenprinting with this method and I think it turned out well.

I printed Martha on some fabric, then sewd it into a lined tote bag with two inside pockets and a magnetic snap closure. The I recycle button on the front is my art-smart way of covering a flaw in the fabric.

For some reason, I took a bunch of picture of the screen printing process and none of the sewing process (Youll have to leave those to your imagination  Wink. )

My Original design, as printed from my computer.

First step of screen printing, trace image onto screen and fill in positive space with drawing fluid. Let dry.

Second step, cover entired screen with screen filler on same side. Let Dry.

With high pressure water (aka a hose or in my case, a shower head) rinse screen throughly, dissolving drawing fluid and leaving a space for the ink to seep through.

Place screen on fabric, silk side down. Glob a generous amount of fabric ink onto the top of the screen. Using a squeegee and a firm grip, pull squeegee across the screen with a good amount of force. Lift screen and admire your work. (sorry if this doesnt make sense. Its my first attempt at a tutorial.)

Fast-Forward through all of the sewing steps and voila! The W.W.M.D. Tote-bag.

Front View:

My Mom Modeling:

View of inside with magnetic snap closed:

Inside Pockets (sorry, they're kinda hard to see):

Close up of Martha:

Overall I think its a "good thing!"  Smiley

Oh, amd I forgot to mention, the bag itself was created with a self-made pattern.

Thanks for looking & I hope you enjoyed. Please leave comments and questions!

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3  GROWcery Bag in CHALLENGE 20 ENTRIES by ACSBarbiegirl on: August 01, 2007 10:48:09 AM
Hey guys! My project is called "GROWcery bag" (get it?). It features three flowers that I appliqud then embroidered by hand. The inside has pockets for a grocery list and credit/store reward cards. My bag is totally reversable and made from a bed sheet, old jeans, and misc. fabric scraps. This not only my first reusable shopping bag , it is also my first contest and first post! I hope you like it. Please comment and tell me where I could improve. Thanks and good luck to everyone!

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