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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Nothing Up My Sleeve on: September 15, 2008 08:27:47 AM
Here's a question for all you super crafty folks...

I have a cool leather jacket that fits great except for the sleeves.  I'd really like for them to be about 4-6 inches longer than they are.  How would you extend them if it's possible?

It's a little difficult to see in the picture, but the sleeves don't have any buttons or snaps at the cuff...it's just a plain an simple opening for your hand.

-Sprock Grin
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Something Up My Sleeve on: September 13, 2008 09:34:31 PM
Here's a question for all you super crafty folks...

I have a cool leather jacket that fits great except for the sleeves.  I'd really like for them to be about 4-6 inches longer than they are.  How would you extend them if it's possible?

-Sprock Grin
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Taking 'Em In on: August 29, 2008 07:03:43 AM
This will most likely seem like a super basic to all you crafty ladies out there but it's one that's pestering me.  I have a great pair of pants and I want to make them a few inches smaller in the waist.  How in the world do I do this?

-Sprock Grin
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Leather Jacket Re-con on: August 27, 2008 09:23:42 AM
I have a black leather jacket.  It's kind of a blazer style coat.  It's pretty boring.  I'd like to re-vamp it somehow...make it shorter, tighter, and more awesome but I need some help.  Does anyone have a suggestion on what I can do to it?

-Sprock Grin
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Gimme Shelter! (photo heavy) on: July 12, 2008 08:38:32 AM
   I desperately needed some shade in my backyard and I just happened to have an older wooden swing set that was ready to be disassembled.  Since I like to recycle things, I re-purposed the swing set into a poolside shelter.

Heres the donor swing set:

and heres how the construction went:

I used corrugated PVC panels for the roof, which was basically my only expense:

the finished shelter.  12x6 of pure blisseven on the hottest days!

Thanks for looking =)

-Spock Grin
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Sweet Sweater Recon on: February 26, 2008 05:23:44 PM
Hello everyone...I have a question.  I bought this crazy striped sweater at a local charity shop.  It's cool but I think it would look awesome with a zipper.  Is it possible to take a regular sweater, cut a slice up the front, and sew in a zipper?  If so, how do you keep the sweater from unraveling?  Any and all suggestions are mucho appreciated.  Thanks in advance.

7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Book Cover on: January 08, 2008 09:49:12 PM
     Over the past year my trusty Bible cover has been breaking down.  First the strap, than the zipper pull, then a tear in the pocket, and finally, the zipper.  I decided to make a new cover...a much simpler cover.  I remembered making textbook covers out of paperbags when I was a kid and thought I'd try the same with something a little more sturdy.  An unused fabric placemat from Pier 1 was the answer.  I just folded the placemat to make it the right size and sewed it up.

Just fold:

Sew these little 'flap pockets' (flapkets?):

Slip the book in:

Repeat on other side:

And Wahlah! 


8  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / A New Life For Old Scraps on: January 08, 2008 09:38:35 PM
     Reusing something is so cool to me.  I bought my daughter (the budding artist) a sketch book and some new colored pencils one afternoon.  On the way home I started thinking about how I could spruce up the gifts a little.  With some extra tapestry donated by my wife, I stitched up a simple bag for the pencils and a matching cover for the sketchbook. 

9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / I need some suggestions on: June 04, 2007 12:37:58 PM
     I am at a bit of a loss.  I've been selected to perform the lead in a western style musical this summer.  I play the part of a cowboy & ranch owner.  Aside from typical cowboy garb, hat, boots, jeans, etc...what other accesories does a cowboy have? 
10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Foldenstein on: May 04, 2007 10:24:59 AM
In the spirit of Eddie Van Halens famous Frankenstrat guitar, I repainted and updated my older folding bicycle.  Ive christened her Foldenstein.  She lived her young life as a bright pink standard 20 folding bike but I decided customize her a little.  I stripped her down to the frame, sanded her, sprayed on 3 coats of gloss white, masked off the stripes, laid down 6 coats of gloss red, and then hand painted the few gloss black stripes.  I bought some ducktail fenders to keep the roadwater off my back, slid on some new grips and removed the front brakes.  Now all I need is a world tour, a stint in rehab, lots of cigarettes, and some groupies!

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