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41  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Inexpensive, fun, funky, and arty coasters on: May 10, 2007 08:04:57 PM
My birthday was Monday, and I had been dropping hints to my boyfriend like crazy to get me "The Starving Artist's Way" by Nava Lubelski.... and, like the good boyfriend that he is, I got the book!

So, I've been reading it off and on since I got it, and I came across a project that is uber simple, and very fun. Hot Glue Coasters (well, she suggested hot glue table cloth or placemats, but I went small scale for my first project).... Basically, just pick some colorful paper (i used the grocery advertisements, myself) and let your hot glue drip all over it... then, peel off the excess paper... I personally went back over it with another layer of clear glue drips when I was done, but you don't have to (when I did it the second time I put it inside a metal can lid.... FYI, hot glue dries really fast on metal, and peals off easily, so it's a good thing to put it on for that last layer)...

I think they came out nicely... My little sister thinks they're cool, but she said that they're too small... I think that I agree, and I can't decide if I should mount them on something or not.... prehaps glue 'em to some funky colored cork or something.... we'll see... (if you have suggestions, then suggest away!)

Hope you all like them!

42  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / I need help creating a "craft space" in an apartment with no space.... on: May 03, 2007 01:58:41 PM
So, my roomie and I are both very crafty folks... she's an art major, and I'm a theatre education major who is having a love affair with a sewing machine... problem is, our apartment is very teeny... I don't have photos just yet, but I will post some after I move in on the 13th... But, I shall describe for now... You walk in, and there is a small foyer (spelling?) and then you have to go up a flight of stairs where there is a small hallway landing. Then off the hallway is the kitchen... we have a decent sized kitchen for two college gals, but it's too small for a family of 4, really, and probably too small for anything larger than a kitchen table with folding leaves... then next to the kitchen is her bedroom, and then across the hall is the doorway to the "common area", which is a small section of the living room that contains a futon and an entertainment center, and a fireplace... then there is a big bay window on the wall opposite the fire place, and then a bookshelf and a folding screen separates the "common area" from what is my makeshift bedroom (i have the bay window, and an amazing built in bookshelf/dresser... I'm not complaining!)... but basically, that's it...I have tons of closet space as well, but no real room for a "craft space" that she and I both desperately need... I know we also have an attic for storage, but I haven't been up there... all I know is that one half has boards for storage, and the other half has the insulation showing... so, MAYBE that would work w/ some plywood put down, but I haven't seen it yet, so I'm not sure how big it is... we'll see...

In the meantime, however, I'm open to all suggestions! I'll get photos up after I move in for more and better suggestions!
43  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / my first fully successful recon! (photo chubby) on: April 29, 2007 10:38:35 PM
So, this came about when I was trying to recon another shirt... I haven't gotten that one to where I'm fully pleased with it yet, but this one came out wonderfully! I just used some 99 cent fabric from goodwill, and the bottom of the shirt that I cut off... it came out really well, and I got a lot of compliments on it! (especially when I wore it last night to the civic theatre production of Hair... haha)

I really love it, and I would adore some comments on what you all think!

The top part, w/ me in it!

The front-ish of it

the side

This last one was an attempt to show the back of it, how the neck goes up and all, but it wasn't particularly successful! my hair looks nice though!
44  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Two cute shirts, and one unfortunate white zipper.... *WARNING* IMAGE HEAVY!!! on: April 23, 2007 08:21:30 PM
So, this is my first time actually posting anything I've made, largely in part because I don't normally make anything other than pillows and the like... I hate using patterns, so I've always shyed away from making clothing, until Spring Break of this year... I decided, after buying a fabulous bit of fabric from the remnant bin, that it needed to become a skirt... so, I bought a pattern that wasn't quite what I wanted, altered the pattern to make it what i wanted, and after the skirt came out very nicely, I became brave enough to venture into the world of making clothing w/o patterns... So, here are two shirts that I made over the weekend/today...

This was the first thing I made completely patternless... I really do like how it turned out, but for some reason the fabric is kind of itchy... I'm hoping that a bit 'o fabric softner will help

Please ignore the fact that I'm fat... If I hadn't gained weight I would have had no reason to make new cloths, b/c my old stuff would fit! I guess it all works out in the end...

A sassy little flower to go with it!

And number #2

The whole thing....

Here's the thing about zippers... I hate them, have always hated them, and do not like sewing them into things.... I hate them particularly when the fabric store doesn't have the right color, and you have to settle for white, which doesn't look as good as you hoped... oh well

45  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Oh, please don't let my skirt die! What's the best way to mend a fraying stich? on: March 25, 2007 05:19:21 PM
So, I made a very lovely little skirt a few weeks ago, wore it once to my sister's wedding, and then when i wore it again today I noticed a tiny little hole along the seam at the side. I examined it, and I don't think that I can restich it w/o causing the skirt to pucker at the side, as i've already trimmed the material.

Currently I've got some tape underneath the hole to keep the problem from getting worse, but what I REALLY want to know is if there is a more permanant solution to mending the little booboo so that I can keep wearing my pride and joy!

It's not noticable at all b/c of the pattern of the material (hooray for a well chosen pattern!) but I can't risk it getting worse!
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