Archive for March, 2009

I finished up the remaining front panel and crocheted around that and the back piece today. I am so excited to have finished this. I still want to add some embellishments around the bottom, but I will have to shop for the perfect thing. Tiffany (The art of can tabistry) did send some little bells along with the pattern for the vest, but I think I need some chain or other dangly bits.

This shows the finished pieces, it would be hard to guess what they were if you didn’t already know.
Here’s the front, I still need to make one of Tiffany’s ornamental flowers for the front. It really frames the girls, doesn’t it?
The way the sides are shaped really gives a contoured fit.
And finally, the back. It is really amazing to me how comfortable this is to wear. The fabric is stretchy, so it adjusts itself. I bought this dress specifically to wear with this vest, I am so excited to wear this out, maybe I’ll wear it to our etsy team meeting.

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I like to doodle in my sketchbook, mostly line drawings, that’s how the instant cemetery started. I was thinking that Crafterella sounds like a superhero name, so now I need a mask.

I doodled this up, this is a “rough” version. I think I need to make some more. Any mask is going to need sequins or rhinestones or glitter. I think one with fabulous eye make up would be nice, that way I don’t have to really wear any. I think I’ll need a cape too, like in that car commercial (the fine print says the cape isn’t included with the car purchase, if it was I would so buy that car). Yes, this is really how my mind works.

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…Pam from Pass it on Plates, congratulations!!! I would like to thank everyone for letting me know their favorite items in my shop, here’s the list:

1. Red and Gold Mokume Gane Donut Pendant (4)

2. Super Mod Square Pendant (3)

3. My Mechanical Star Catching Pendant (2)

4. Royal Blue and Silver Mokume Gane Pendants (2)

5. Silver Tree of Life Ornament (2)

6. Black and Silver Mokume Gane Amulet Pendant (2)

7. Instant Cemetery (1)

8. Balinese Filigree Ornament (1)

9. Turquoise and Gold Mokume Gane Ornament (1)

10. Purple and Gold Square Pendant (1)

11. Gold Tree of Life Ornament (1)

Thank you everyone who came to visit and the Lincoln Handmade Team, its been a really fun week.

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I like to do art projects with my kids at least once a week, but having an abundance of finger paintings and crayon drawings causes a lot of storage problems. I love all the things that my children make, but we can’t save everything.
I’ve been trying to come up with ideas for different things to try and when I found unfinished boxes in the Dollar Tree I just had to get them. We have worked on our treasure boxes a few times and they are almost finished.I love how kids use color, they don’t worry about matching or just using one color, why else would all those colors be in one box if they weren’t meant to all be used at once.We spent about 30 – 40 minutes painting the outsides and about 10 minutes on the insides. My two year old had a little trouble getting the inside covered, but she had a great time working on the outside.
To finish them I will seal them with modge podge to make them shinny and more durable and they we will glue craft foam on the bottom, so they won’t scratch the furniture. I looked for more of these little boxes, but they were all gone 😦 I’m thinking that we should do more stuff like this, maybe we can make signs for their rooms next, I might even try stamping on shirt, we’ll see how adventurous I’m feeling.

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I have been working on a summerlin dress and matching shrug for Lisa’s daughter. The yarn I’m using in Caron Simply Soft in Dark Country Blue, I love the softness and sheen of this yarn.I have finished knitting the summerlin top and have started the shrug. I am using the GG Shrug pattern with a few modifications. I added a row of eyelets around the bottom for a crocheted tie to make the fit more adjustable and so I could leave the I-cord off and now I am ready to work on the sleeves, I just need to know what length to make them, I’m thinking short or elbow length, but I will have to ask Lisa to see what she wants. The shrug is a nice fast knit and I like that there will be no seaming, I’ll have to make another one for Little Miss to go with her summerlin dresses. Once I finish the sleeves I’ll throw everything in the wash and attach the skirt and then it will be time for the tulle (more on that later).
Don’t forget, I’m taking entries for my giveaway until tomorrow, don’t miss the chance to win!!!

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I made another bottle cap pincushion. This time I used a larger cap from a 1 liter soda bottle, its about 1 1/2 inches across.

I was going for a lotus flower look with a stuffed 3-D ladybug in the center.

Those spots are french knots. When I had finished to ladybug it occurred to me that I should have stuffed it with steel wool to make it a needle sharpener, there’s always next time.

These pincushions are addicting, I could make one every day. I have a larger container that I’m saving for a special pincushion, it is the frosting container from a roll of refrigerator cinnamon rolls. I think I might make that one into a rose, but I want to practice a bit more first.

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I decided to go with the armpit darts to fix my fabric problem and I am satisfied with how it turned out.

I will definitely be able to use this around the house and even out to run errands. I like the style of the apron a lot, but I think I will really have to overhaul the pattern to get the fit that I am looking for. I think that I can use the current pattern piece for the back of the pattern and I will just need to draft a new front. The amount of fabric needed to cover my ample bosom means that a simple waist dart isn’t going to give me a good fit, yes, I know it’s a smock, but I want a little shape. I’m thinking a princess seam. I think I will also be making the pockets a bit deeper too.

Now that the battle is over I can get back to my knitting 🙂

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Today is the final day of the Lincoln Handmade team giveaway, Lynette is giving away some of her super cute magnets. Read her bio here and check her blog out here.
The week seems to have flown by, remember I’ll be taking comments until the 26th., so there is still time to enter. Good luck everyone.

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I altered that pattern according to the plan and cut my expensive fabric (not that expensive, but I usually scavenge fabric from the goodwill or the dollar table). I sewed the ties and put them into the darts, added the pocket with rick rack, pressed up the hem for the back and sewed the sides up using french seams. Then I started the flat felled seams for the shoulders, I just stitched the seam and before I “felled” them (???) I decided to try on the apron and that is where things got interesting. There is an abundance of fabric above the bust that makes the armhole gap and I don’t like it!!!

So now I need to decide what to do next, I won’t take out my nice french side seams to add a dart, so I have a few options. I can make a dart from the armhole, I can make a dart from the shoulder (but this will make the shoulder strap more narrow), I can re-cut the arm hole, add some gathers to the arm hole, or I can just leave it.

I am leaning towards making a dart from the shoulder, but contemplating just ignoring it. Does anyone else have a good idea to fix this?

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Today is my giveaway day!!! Visit the Lincoln handmade team blog to read a little more about me and then come back here to enter to win. I am offering a $15.00 gift certificate to my store. What that means is you could choose a $15 pendant, a tree of life ornament, or apply a $15.00 discount to you purchase of a more expensive item (I will cover the shipping costs).
Entering is easy, leave a comment on this post telling me what your favorite item is in my etsy store. Make sure I know how to get in touch with you if you win. The contest will be open until Thursday the 26th. and a winner will be drawn on the 27th. Good luck everyone!

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