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11  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Advice Needed -- Unusual October Colors? on: July 16, 2008 07:20:53 AM
Hey all,

We just booked our wedding location and date yesterday! We're getting married outdoors, in a copse of trees, on October 3, 2009, here: http://stroudsmoor.com/Wedding/Wedding_woodland_chapel.asp
The leaves will be turning orange then, but there will still be some green leaves left.

Before we had our date settled, we thought we'd be getting married in late summer (September).

 I decided on sky blue, dark forest green, and cream as my wedding colors. I'd still like to use these colors, but are they too non-fall? I don't really like the typical fall colors (red, orange, yellow), but I'm not sure if blue and green are too summery.

Or, do you have any other suggestions for colors?
12  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Hand stamped engagement party invitation on: July 09, 2008 06:56:25 PM
Hi all! This is my first wedding-related craftster post. I've been around in some of the other boards for awhile though.

I just got engaged on Memorial Day, and we're planning an engagement party in a couple months. 

Last night I made this engagement party invitation with some scalloped cardstock, my printer, and a fern rubber stamp, and I am in love with how it turned out! (Personal details have been blurred out.) What do you think?

13  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Twisted Carnival Costume Ideas on: March 19, 2008 01:09:41 PM
So it's almost Easter.. which means time to start planning what Halloween costume I will be making.

The theme of my party (so far) is going to be Twisted Carnival/Circus.

So far I am thinking of making this pattern: http://www.mccallpattern.com/item/M3674.htm?tab=out_of_print/costumes&page=3 and being like a sexy ringmaster or magician/magician's assistant.

I also thought of something like a snakewoman (like from a sideshow/freakshow) would be cool, but that seems like it would be tricky to pull off.

But, I am up for more options! So please give me some ideas on costumes that fit the theme of Twisted Carnival or Circus. One caveat: no clowns!
14  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / My beautiful new Easter dress... Simplicity 4119 [Edited to add action shots] on: March 17, 2008 07:07:28 PM
I just got through installing my zipper and hook and eye in my pretty new floral dress. I'm pretty excited about how it turned out! I still need to hem it, but it will be ready in time for its debut on Sunday.

Also, check out my rockin' new(to me) vintage dress form, making her Craftster debut in this post...

New Action Shots:


Front again:


Close-up of front pleating, waistband, and fabric:

15  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Ready for the Chain Gang! Chain-printed dress of awesomeness! (Simplicity 3867) on: February 21, 2008 07:13:15 PM
I've been sewing for a couple years now... I've sewn lots of stuff over time... purses, Halloween costumes, pillows, toys, a skirt, a shirt... But this is the first dress I've completed, and the most wearable item of clothing I've made, so I'm pretty psyched!

I used Simplicity 3867 but changed a couple things. You can read more about the pattern/process in the Sewing Pattern Review thread, here: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=226987.0

On to the pictures:

16  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Silver seashells on: February 12, 2008 05:40:22 PM
In a recent issue of Real Simple magazine, I saw these pretty silver-plated seashells: http://www.ruzzettiandgow.com/in/two-11.htm

But they cost a fortune.

So I had some shells in a box in the closet, and I decided to paint some of them. They came out pretty nice. Not as shiny as the real silver, but pretty nonetheless!

Here is one of them. It was hard to get good pics.

17  CLOTHING / Sewing Pattern Reviews / First (nearly) completed dress! Simplicity 3867 on: February 11, 2008 08:05:05 PM
So I finally completed a dress (almost)! I still have to hem it, add a hook and eye, trim loose threads, and iron it, but I'm closer than I've ever been to finishing a whole dress. Smiley

I used Simplicity Sew Stylish #3867.

It put me through some things over the past few days... the bow was supposed to be composed of 2 strips, sewn in to the back on either side of the zipper, but I didnt want a bow, so I was just going to leave it off. 

Per my measurements on the envelope, I should have made a size 12, but I know how patterns can sometimes be, so I made it in an 8 originally. Alas, the 8 was too big, so I had to take it apart and cut it down to size 6. Without the sash, it still seemed rather... tentlike. I tried extending the pleats farther down from the empire waist, and that helped, but not enough, so I basted them even further down. That made the butt stick out funny, so I ripped the elongated pleats back to about 1/2 way between where the pattern had indicated and the longest I had made them.

Out of options, and with the zipper already in, I made one long sash (not connected to the dress as the pattern had called for), and tied it around the waist in a bow. A good compromise, I think. I just wanted to make something wearable, and I think I did!

What's that you say? You want pictures? (Try not to notice my messy apartment!)




18  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / HELP! Missing 1st page of instructions for Simplicity 3867 on: January 26, 2008 08:56:02 AM
So I purchased Simplicity Sew Stylish #3867 last year. Between then and now, I used the pattern to make the purse a few times.

I bought fabric last night to make the dress that comes with the pattern. Opened up my pattern envelope to look at the instructions, and I am missing the first page! I have the Spanish pages, but those do not have pictures on them and I don't know Spanish!

If anyone has this pattern, could they scan the first page of instructions (both sides) for me??

Or, if that's not allowed/legal, does anyone know where I can find these instructions online anywhere?

I suppose I could try winging it without the instructions, but I'm not that advanced yet!

Thanks in advance for any help anyone can give me.

19  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Great Grandma Smith's Dutch Bread recipe on: December 18, 2007 03:00:21 PM
For as long as I can remember, my mother and my paternal grandmother have been making this at Christmastime. It is my paternal great grandmother's recipe, and no one I have known outside of my family has ever heard of it. It's not really bread. It's kind of like a cross between raisin bread and fruit cake, only better than fruit cake and heavier than raisin bread (there's no yeast involved), and Dutch bread only has currants and raisins in it. Please let me know if you have heard of it before, or maybe if you know another name for it. I only know that I love it, and I do not want to lose this recipe, for, as far as I know, it only exists on pieces of paper tucked into cookbooks in my family. Smiley

Here's a picture first of a just baked Dutch bread cooling on my stove:

Ingredients: 4 cups flour; 1.5 cups sugar; 2 tbsp butter; 3 tsp baking powder; 1 tsp nutmeg; 1.5-2 cups currants; 1 cup raisins; 2 eggs; pinch of salt; 1.25 cups water.

Directions: Mix everything together with a spoon. Pour into 2 medium greased loaf pans -- 3/4 full. (I used one bigger loaf pan today). Bake at 350 degrees F until a toothpick comes out clean (about 60 minutes or more). 

My dad eats his with butter, but I like mine plain with a cup of coffee or hot chocolate. Suitable for breakfast or dessert!

20  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Vintage-style cardboard Christmas HOUSES! (EDITED to add house number 2) on: December 15, 2007 07:22:36 PM
I saw these in the special BHG Holiday Crafts issue. I thought they were super cute, but that I wouldn't get around to making any. Then I found myself with a whole Saturday afternoon and nothing to do. I could have wrapped a million Christmas gifts, but I was inspired! I went right over to Michael's and spent an obscene amount of money on miniature ornaments, bottle-brush trees, paint, glitter and posterboard. Then I spent the next three hours making this awesome house! I love it so much,  I may make another one tomorrow.

Side-angle view:

Except that it only has one window, I wish I could live in it!

Oh, and I painted the snowman too. He's not glued on, btw, he's just chilling there in the front yard.

I made another one just now! Smiley Oh, and I added more snow and a dove to the roof of the first house.

Side angle:

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