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1  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / Re: Craftster: Inspired Crafting - Fused Glass Sewing Dish on: August 14, 2013 11:02:19 AM
It took me a while to figure out how to get the machine. I tried free-handing one, and didn't like the way it turned out - guess I'm a bit of a perfectionist. I ended up printing a sewing machine silhouette image on white paper and sliding it under the clear glass that I was building on. So, I could see the basic lines but could easily change them without needing to completely draw on my own.

"Quilting" with glass sounds like a great idea. I can't believe I never thought of that while I was taking my class. I'll have to try that sometime in the future - I would like to take other classes in the future.
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Craftster: Inspiring and Sharing and Learning New Skill - Decorative Dish Towels on: August 13, 2013 10:03:12 PM
To me, Craftster is about sharing projects/ideas/information and encouraging others in their creative pursuits. This can lead to learning new skills and venturing into new areas of craft.

I love coming up with unique and useful handmade gifts for my friends and family. Since getting my embroidery machine a few years ago, customized dish towels and fuzzy blankets have become my go-to handmade gift. Since so many of my friends have them now, I was starting to struggle to come up with new designs that I liked. I decided to stretch myself to try something new, so I bought a few simple stock design and digitized my own text to go with them, based on an image that I saw printed on an apron in a boutique while on vacation several months ago.

My friend loved the towels...and now several other friends want the same towels. I think I know what everyone will be getting for the holidays this year.
3  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / Craftster: Inspired Crafting - Fused Glass Sewing Dish on: August 13, 2013 09:30:17 PM
To me, Craftster is about sharing projects, inspiring and encouraging others and receiving the same time.

It was based on the amazing projects that I found on the glass board that convinced me to take a local glass fusing class. Inspired by the pictorial rather than abstract dishes and tiles that I've seen here, in my final project of the class I combined glass fusing with my other passion, sewing. I used black frit on clear glass to roughly create the shape of an old sewing machine.

Prior to taking this glass fusing class, I had been pretty focused on sewing and never really ventured into other crafts. I now keep this dish displayed on the dresser in my bedroom to remind myself to continue to stretch and try new things while not giving up on my current projects.
4  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Craftster: Sharing and Encouraging - Cinnamon Swirl Bread on: August 11, 2013 06:22:06 PM
To me, Craftster is about sharing both successes and failures at trying new crafts and projects, encouraging others and getting encouragement at the same time.

Bread making is one of those projects that I've had recent success and failure with. About a year ago, I tried making cinnamon swirl bread. It looked good in the pan, but all of the cinnamon filling seeped though and hardened on the bottom of the bread pan, forming a sugary, gluey rock holding my bread to the pan.

Flash forward to last week, when I needed a last minute item to take to a morning party. I couldn't get cinnamon bread out of my head, and finally ended up giving it another try. To my relief, this time I was successful.

My main inspirations were these recipes from The Pioneer Woman and AllRecipes.

I don't have progress shots, but I basically followed dumped the bread dough ingredients in my bread machine in the order suggested by the manufacturer and let the machine do all of the work making the dough. After the dough was done, I rolled it out on a flour-covered cutting board. I doubled the recipe for the cinnamon filling in the AllRecipes recipe, poured it over the top then rolled it up and placed it seam side down in a greased bread pan.

My best advice is to make sure that the seam on the bottom of the roll is sealed tightly - maybe even rub a bit of water on your fingers to give extra moisture to the dough - if the seam isn't tight, the cinnamon and sugar filling will seep out the bottom and bake into the pan rather than the bread. Also, I let mine cool in the pan too long and it stuck a bit. Next time, I'll take it out of the pan as soon as it comes out of the oven and line the pan with parchment paper for easier cleanup.

The moral of this long, rambling story is: don't be upset if your first attempt at something new isn't successful - crafting and cooking take practice and a bit of luck.
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Little Black "Go Anywhere" Dress on: July 07, 2013 08:35:49 PM
Here is my entry in the Little Black Dress Contest.

I have had this fabric and pattern (McCalls 6282) paired and sitting in my closet for several months, so this was great motivation to get it done.  I knew when I saw this fabric, a black knit with a subtle floral print in a raised texture, sitting on the clearance table at JoAnns that it was meant for this pattern.

I loved the lines and shape of the dress, but I didn't exactly follow the pattern. I knew from holding the pattern up that I was going to need to shorten it. I also knew that the gathers, as drafted, would be far too overwhelming on me. So, I used the lining pieces as my base, and added smaller gathers.

My 20 year-old brother, who usually doesn't care about my sewing saw this dress and immediately said it was the nicest thing I've ever made. When I got this fabric, I had thought it would make a casual dress. The consensus is that this pattern/fabric combination made a dress that looks far more expensive than it actually was. Which is great, because I now have an extremely versatile dress that I can wear on a number of different occasions from interviews/work to parties.

See more details on my blog
6  Category Challenges / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Challenge Entries / Re: Purses, Bags and Wallets Challenge Ideas on: July 07, 2013 10:49:36 AM
Inspired by Technology - could be anything, but what comes to mind quickly for me would be bags to hold electronics (computers, phones, mp3 players, etc) or bags made to look like technological devices
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Clothing Challenge 5 - Little Black Dress - Entries Due July 1st-July 8th on: June 03, 2013 05:34:36 PM
This sounds like a fun contest. I have a pattern and fabric for a black dress in my 'to make' pile, burried under several pairs of jeans, tops and a blazer style jacket. I'm in, if I get through the other projects in time.
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Pastel Bomber Jacket on: May 19, 2013 10:12:05 AM
Great jacket!

It definitely fits right in with BSC! I loved those books...
9  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: My fun Showcase my talent-bag!!! CUTE :-) on: April 30, 2013 09:04:35 AM
That clothing pattern fabric is great!
10  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: PBW Challenge: "Showcase Your Talent" Bag on: March 30, 2013 09:12:46 AM
I started, but so far I'm not impressed by myself! Which is not a good sign, hahaha.

Not giving up though, will continue the bag after Easter and maybe add a few things. See, the main "problem"  is that I'm especially good at sewing, but now I need to show that in the bag. I'll figure it out!!  Smiley

That was my first thought when I saw this contest - that sewing is the craft I'm especially good at. I think I had a thought when I woke up at 4AM last night, though. I'll have to play with it a bit to see how good the idea is by light of day, though.
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