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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Hanging Bathroom Organizer on: September 14, 2010 05:29:45 PM
We live in a rental townhouse with a tiny (cozy!) half bath. I hate it. It's useless. No one uses it for actual toileting because it is basically in the kitchen and everyone can hear you. Plus peeing in the kitchen is just...unsanitary. So we pretty much use it for storage, and I on occasion do my hair or makeup in there. However, there isn't actually any storage space in there so it's really just a closet with piles of crap everywhere. And a towel rack. A towel rack? There's no tub! There is already a hand towel area so why on earth is there a towel rack?! Can you tell I hate our bathroom? And so- I dug out some scraps and made this:

We also use this room to hang ugly paintings from various family members that we are too sentimental/polite to get rid of. I tried to make the organizer match this one somewhat:

I'm very pleased with it. All fabric comes from the dollar bin at Wally World. I double lined it with some old tablecloths we had to really give it stiffness. There was some hand cranking of the machine, I tell you what.
Close up of the fabrics:

Hubby says it looks like an old lady made it. That's what it was supposed to look like, silly.
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Hideous Nightgown into Mommy & Me outfits! (Too Many Pics) on: September 08, 2010 02:19:09 PM
Way back at Xmastime, Santa brought me this:

While Santa means well, that thing was huge and fugly. I am six months pregnant in that picture. He thought I needed room to grow...not sure just how big he thought I was going to get. And has he ever in the entire eight years of our relationship seen me in a nightgown? No. But I loved the pattern and the material so I chopped that sucker up and made this:

I used all of the existing hems so it was literally three seams and 20 minutes. Very excite. And I had enough left over to make baby clothes! It is our very first set of matchy matchies and I'm stoked.

Even though you can't tell in the picture. She looks like a little sausage but that's okay, this is only the test shirt. Action shots:

And this one. Isn't she the sweetest little chicken ever? I eat her up.

I think she likes it!
3  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / My very first post on the kids board!! (new mommy = tons of pics) on: May 01, 2010 02:38:26 PM
I haven't had much time to sew with my new little princess around, but I have been obsessed with making her sunhats...and you can make one in a nap's worth of time!
I saw a bunch at Target that were adorable, but they were $7. No way, said I, we can make all of these with stash fabric for free - and soon my little love will have a hat to go with every outfit!

I used these two tutes:

I didn't have any gadget to draw a circle, so I've been using plates and it seems to be working great...until her head grows!

I also made the green blankie in all the pics - crocheted in 20 hours of labor!

Here they are, modeled by the lovely Charlotte:

This was made from a table runner from our wedding Smiley

This one is still a bit big, so we have to wear it Blossom-style

Side 1

Side 2

Crazy hat hair!!
4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Birdy Diaper Bag on: May 01, 2010 02:24:10 PM
I went on a diaper bag extravaganza while I was pregnant and am just now getting around to posting pics...

This is the first one, based on the messenger bag tute with zippered divider. I added bottle pockets on the outsides, and birdie appliques! The paisley fabric is from our wedding table runners Smiley

The rest of my pics won't upload for some reason, but the inside is turquoise with contrasting pockets in the polka dot and paisley fabrics.
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Refurbished Family Heirloom for Our Wee Princess on: March 11, 2010 05:00:45 PM
I finally talked my grandmother out of this old highchair hanging around her attic! She bought it when the first of our generation was born in the 70s and every single grandchild has used/abused it at her house. Here's what it looked like after 30+ years of babies:

And here it is after my husband and I attacked it! All ready for the new generation of babies!

I made the little removable lemon pillow covered with clear vinyl so it's mess proof! I don't know why the hubby didn't get a pic next to our orange dining chairs but the color scheme is amazing. Since she's not even a week old, she won't be using it for yet so I can lovingly stare at it for awhile until she gets her little monster hands on it.

Aaaaand obligatory cutie patootie pic:

6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / One dollar maternity shirt! on: January 06, 2010 12:34:28 AM
I got this awesome ribbed knit from the Goodwill on Black Friday for one dollar! It was enough to make this shirt and save the rest for a post-preggo tank top. I used a McCalls t-shirt pattern meant for stretch knits and then just expanded the front vertically to allow for the severe side gathers.

Gotta love how flat my rump looks now that I have a tummy!

When I do it again, I will definitely cut the back longer because it rides up a bit when I sit. And I'm still having a little trouble making necklines sit flat, but all in all I am in love with this shirt! It is super comfy and I am soooo determined not to spend too much $$ on maternity wear.
7  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Bragging about my husband (Couple few pictures) on: May 20, 2009 12:31:49 AM
So I have the greatest man on earth.  I was leaving all my makeup and whatnot around:

yucky. So he created, just for me, with his two hands:

I can't find pictures of the floor to ceiling bookshelf, or the three tiered shoe shelving for my closet, but trust me- this man makes some serious custom furniture.  And all I have to do is make a mess in order to reap the benefits? Sigh...And yes, he does this for a living. I am incredibly jealous.
This is his most recent piece:

It's a corner shelf and the tiki heads are cabinets:

And a giant halfpipe he built and painted with his friend:

And I did this one! I found this awesome vinyl tablecloth fabric on sale at Hancock so I recovered our chairs. They were filthy and permanently coated in animal hair.

So pretty! And now they wipe right off!

The pattern repeat is not completely straight, but I think it's too busy to be obvious. I love it so much, and I used it as an excuse to buy a new, more "precise" staple gun. Now I really want to bedazzle it.
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / My Holiday Dresses (Superfluous images) on: December 28, 2008 11:29:09 PM
I just finished my dress for New Year's Eve! We are going to a party with the theme "Shine in 2009", so of course I had to go way overboard with that and dress up like a disco ball.  I found this awesome gold remnant a couple months ago and was waiting to see what it would grow up to be- and today it became a dress! 

Front- I haven't hemmed it yet

the back- the flash makes it seem less gold than it looks in real life
I was barely able to wring this entire dress out of the yardage. I had to seam the center of the front of the skirt, but it's not too noticeable. No pattern, just winged it.
I am thinking about making a matching bow tie for my husband out of the scraps.  I keep threatening to make a vest, but lucky for him there's just not enough left  Wink

The entire dress is lined with white tablecloth from our wedding this summer.  It is the first of many!
Here's what it used to look like:

I think I'm going to do some fabric dying experiments when the weather warms up, otherwise I'll be wearing nothing but white cotton all summer!

This is the only picture I have of the dress I made for Christmas!  My sister's boyfriend and I were in love with ourselves and our slick outfits.  It is a McCall's pattern, I used this awful stiff lace I got at Wal-Mart I think but it turned out very well.  The stiffness made the skirt pouf out very nicely, in a 50s sort of way.  I felt very twirly.
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / My first ever sewn garment! (skirt with many terrible pics...) on: June 23, 2007 07:46:18 PM
okay, so I am a knit & crochet junkie usually- however, I just don't seem to have the patience to finish anything. Result= renting a two bedroom apartment so my bf and I can store all our crafty junk in  the extra bedroom. He paints. We are talking $200 a month in storage fees here, people. Anyway, I have discovered my sewing obsession recently in the hot weather.  I love how fast the sewing machine goes! Instant results! Up until now I have only done alterations/mending but I have some time off before I start my new job so I have decided to make some work clothes. Mostly because I spend a bunch of time on here drooling over your collective creations. This one was supposed to be more swooshy but it's very Little House on the Prarie. But I am very proud, just the same. So without further blabbing- here she is!

The front, hanging from my towel rack because I couldn't find a better way to show the bottom detail.

The zipper in action! My first one!

as close as I could get to the waistband. Ribbon with machine embroidery.

The action shots! My zigzag mirror from ikea is cute, but not practical for action shots. And I am wearing my cool pj shirt and standing inside the messy closet to get the pic!
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