Archive for March, 2008

I think that winter is finally over, at least I’ve convinced myself will be warming up now that I’ve finished my shrug. I had to use that black box to hide the dorky look on my face, my husband is known for the awful pictures that he has taken of me.
I am so excited that I’m done(except for the horns and I need a little more practice before adding those), this is my first finished knitted item(I’m not counting washcloths and scarves). I feel like I’ve learned a lot – increasing, decreasing, the mattress stitch, picking up stitches and the kitchener stitch! I really am thankful that I found knittinghelp.com the videos really made the difference for me.BTW I used size 8 needles and Caron simply soft yarn and this pattern as inspiration.

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I added some new items to my personal favorites. I used thumbalizr to take a full page screen shot and save it to my computer, it is really easy all you have to do is paste the URL in a box and “thumb it”. I think it works pretty well, the details about the items are fuzzy, but I may have just made it too small if you want to see the stores and prices you can always check out my favorite items page.

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When my great-grandmother passed away my mother was lucky enough to get some of her everyday aprons, which she has loaned to me to admire and copy. This half apron really caught my eye, it reminds me of a smiley face.

Since it is only a half apron I thought it would be a good one to start with.

I made a practice one with an old sheet and some random bias tape. I had added some width to the original apron and I ended up having to take it in.

This is my first finished apron, it still needs some tweaking(it is still a bit wide and I have not decided what sort of pockets I’m going to add).

Here’s a detail of the tie and waistband, I made the ties wider than the band and then gathered them to fit. I like the bow in the back to be kind of poofy.

And here’s a detail of the ruffle and the bias binding. I made my own bias tape for the first time and I think it turned out really nice. I may add a large pocket across the center in the striped fabric and some bows at the top of the ruffle. I will be photographing some of the others aprons soon, I just need to find a model, my great-grandmother was a very petite woman and I just don’t do them justice.

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I was really excited to get this book, I have seen some fabulous resin jewelry lately and was interested in the learning basics. There are not a lot of current resin books out there and the reviews of this one were promising. This book is very informative about safety, the different types of resin that are available, and finishing techniques. I also liked how the projects in the book list specific resins and provide the names of suppliers for the findings. There is also a chapter about ready made molds, the author, Sherri Haab also has a website where her molds are available for sale.

I was especially interested in the chapter about making your own molds that talks about several different mold making products. I have seen the commercial molds in stores and it seem like everyone is using the same ones. There are ample pictures with all the projects(I am so visual!) and I like how she recycles food containers the make the molds.
While I may not love every project in this book, it is a good starting point for resin use and I think that it has given me enough confidence to give it a try.
Projects of interest, retro stretch bracelet(page 63), making your own molds for casting(pages 78-105, the whole chapter), and techno polymer clay bezels(pages 113-115).
I recommend this book for anyone interested in starting to work with resin and you can also check out Sherri Haab’s website.

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I got my first blog award from SewDelish!It really made my day!, Thank you SewDelish!

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I found these digital collage sheets that are royalty free and I was really exited that I could purchase a sample sheet for $1.00 and no shipping since it is e-mailed as a file. I wanted to see the quality and it was also a good way to get a variety of designs.

Piddix’s Shop

The images are fantastic I recommend this seller to anyone who is interested in royalty free images for crafting. I was also excited to see that there are a variety of images including pin ups, holidays, birds, butterflies, trees, Japanese wood blocks, mermaids and many others.

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I really like reusing old clothing and I found a tutorial on making a t-shirt into pants. It has been on my “to make” list for quite a while and today I went for it. I started out with a 3XL tie dyed shirt.

Cutting the pieces was easy enough. I really like tutorials with pictures, I am a visual learner. The pants went together quickly, I would say that a person with average sewing experience would be able to make these in an afternoon. I added in panels on the sides to make the legs large enough. I also decided to make mine into shorts, this particular shirt was kind of short and hit me right at the knee, not a good look for me.Obviously this is the front of the pants, they are very comfy. I am not going to hem the legs, I like the raw edge look. The next time I make these I will start out with two coordinating shirts, I like having a little extra fabric to play with and I think it would make the finished pants more interesting. I think using the same fabric that I added on the side to make a band around the bottoms of the legs would be cute. I will be keeping my eyes open for interesting, super large shirts during the yard sale season, I need some new lounge pants.

I would also like to mention that I found this tutorial thanks to violentjayne on craftster and you can see her results here.

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I finished my pop tab purse, it was a good learning experience. I guess you would call this a prototype. I like how the tabs look woven together and I also like the crocheted edges. I think the strap needs something, I’m just not sure what. I sewed the two pieces together on the sewing machine when I added the zipper and lining and I like the look of that, I’m going to have to think on it some more, refine it a bit.

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I am a commercial pattern hoarder, I don’t know why, most of them have never been cut, anyway I am always buying new ones and storage is getting to be a bit of a problem. I guess in twenty years I’ll have a great vintage pattern collection. I bought some pattern storage boxes, but they were plain and uninteresting.

I’m not really the blue flower type, so I painted them white, I can’t have any of that pattern showing through. It took two coats of cheap acrylic craft paint, spray paint would also work, but it was a bit too cold for that.

I they started applying old pattern tissue with modge podge. I just randomly tore off pieces and slapped them on. I was careful to not add too many layers on the edges of the box.

After several layers of tissue I varnished the box and this is the finished box. Much better and it only took a few old patterns, I think this really improved them. It also made the boxes sturdier. I love modge podge.

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I’ve wanted to make labels for my jewelry pieces and decorative pulls for my sparklicious bags, so I have been experimenting with shrinky dinks. I made some using colored pencils and sharpie markers and when I shrunk them I didn’t like the results, specifically the uneven color from the pencils and the bleeding from the markers. I know that they make specific shrinky dinks that can be sent through your printer, but I had stacks of the regular kind (for colored pencils and markers) that I wanted to use. I finally decided to run a regular sheet through my printer to see what would happen and this is what I found out, regular shrink plastics can be used in your home printer, but when you print use the draft or economy ink setting and allow the ink to dry before cutting them out, also remember to reverse any text that you use.

Here are some before shrinking. I really like to use shading to give the charms extra detailing. I punch holes in them before shrinking with a small hole punch. I made these in microsoft word using premade shape templates, changing the coloring and shading, and adding text.Here they are after shrinking, notice how some of them are darker, those were printed without using the draft setting. There are also some that I hand colored on the bottom. To get smooth edges I used a round 1″ craft punch to make some and the rest I cut out with very sharp scissors.Here’s a detail showing the difference between draft(left) and regular(right). The regular printing makes the ink bleed slightly making some of the charms difficult to read. To finish them I color the edges with a paint pen or sharpie marker and then I coat the back with diamond glaze to keep them from scratching. I like using them for labeling my jewelry and purses because they can be easily removed and I can color coordinate them to each piece.

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