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11  The Queen Bee in Halloween Costumes by mandodeb on: October 31, 2007 04:41:03 PM

I needed to be a Queen Bee this year.  All the costumes here in town were more like a French Maid Hooker, and I had to be modest for the elementary school kids.  So... I had a 7-yard cut of yellow lightweight upholstery fabric that was supposed to be drapes.  Eew, I hate making drapes so I didn't.  This is a basic McCall's pattern (you can find it by searching McCalls Snow Queen).  I glued black velvet ribbons on the center panel, used some beaded trim, some lace and more trim & you can see the ridiculous wig and tiara.  My yellow $4.99 wings from JoAnn Fabrics completes the look (not pictured).

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12  Seventyopoly in CHALLENGE 21 ENTRIES by mandodeb on: October 05, 2007 12:05:55 PM
I made this scrapbook style game for Mom's 70th birthday on May 5, 2007.  She's never had time to make a scapbook so I have all the family pictures:

Mom's the queen, and Grandma and we sisters are her court.  If I had it to do again, I'd use the classic old board that folds up the middle, instead of this newer one which has to fold into 4 sections.
Grandpa and the cockatiel, and the rest of the family were all money. 

I made personalized Community Chest and Chance cards.

Properties all featured things like our parade entries when my sister won first place in her division for best decorated bike.  Property deeds likewise.

I found meaningful game pieces off the internet, such as a 1937 Ford Coupe representing Mom's birth year.

My imagination was spurred by Cheryl Prater's Sixtyopoly game in the Jan/Feb 2007 Cloth Paper Scissors magazine.   Her project doesn't use any Monopoly elements, but I loved the name!
Let me know what you think!  I hope some of you grab the idea to make gifts of your own!
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13  Turn basic T into V neck - how to do? in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by mandodeb on: October 01, 2007 02:26:31 PM
I want to cut a regular crew T-shirt neckline off to make a V-neck out of it.  My question is:  since I'm removing the typical knit cuff-like trim, how should I stabilize the "new" neck?   

I was thinking I could bind the new V neckline with a bias cut stretchy knit to add some color.  Would this method make the neckline droop because the binding is too heavy when doubled over?  Would it be better just to turn the newly cut V-neck edges under & topstitch?  I am adding sleeves with the 2nd fabric and it looks nice so far.  I just don't want to botch it. 
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14  Re: Ribbon? in What the heck can I do with THIS? by mandodeb on: May 31, 2007 11:40:12 PM
Well, here's what I did about a week ago with my spool of wired ribbon... I used three pieces to cover the spine & back of a hardcover book.  I zigzagged the ribbon where the edges met, then drenched the thing in matte medium.  Voila!

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15  Book Purse Mistake = Design Element in Stitch And BOTCH by mandodeb on: May 30, 2007 11:03:23 AM
I've ruined two book purses during construction.  My box cutter slipped or I pressed too hard when removing the text.    Embarrassed

On "Nancy's Mysterious Letter", the errant spine cut occurred next to the title and to the right of the author's name.  I liked the idea of all the mystery and didn't want to hide the list of other Nancy Drew books.  So I glued down some translucent wired ribbon, using matte medium.  Then I zigzag stitched over the wired edges with pink thread. 

The kind of see-through colors also hid a big blob of sticky pink adhesive from the old sales label I couldn't scrub off.  You might see that to the left of the spine, on the bottom right of the back cover.  A big plus:  the matte medium created a protective finish, so I brushed that onto the front cover, too. 

On the "Grow Up!" book, I used a $1 silk placemat from Pier One to cover the sad little mistake. 

Ta-da!  Botched projects get design elements that save the day and maybe even make 'em look better.  What do you think?

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16  Re: Old CDs / AOL CDs / AOL CD Cases in What the heck can I do with THIS? by mandodeb on: May 29, 2007 11:54:02 AM

I took a regular photo box I had from Michael's, and glued CD's onto the lid.  I put battery-operated under-cabinet lights from Lowe's onto the CD's with E6000, the most powerful glue I have.  I added a little clasp on the lid to keep it closed, and added a sawtooth-style picture hanger on the back.  The nose/lips is a reading glasses holder I bought years ago at a gift shop... I think it's called "Picasso's Nose".

See how the lid drops down with my son's cup of money hidden inside?  When the lid is down like this, and the lights are on, he can read in bed.

And this is the finished cool CD reading light combo thingy lit up:

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17  Re: recycled food gift bags mini tutorial in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by mandodeb on: May 28, 2007 03:09:43 PM

This is my version of your WAY COOL idea, Retro-Redux.  I used an old sheet music cover for the pink bag.  I used sheet music to wrap the second one, and used part of a mandolin music magazine to trim the top of the second one.  The sheet music on the green bag, by the way, I got at a yard sale in a huge box of music for $5.  This looks old because it is; the previous owner jotted down that she got this in 1942 - copyright for the music itself is 1932.  Thank heavens it doesn't smell musty.  This is my first ever use of photobucket, so I hope you can see what I did.

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