Wednesday, June 28, 2006

What to make, what to make...

I'm planning to sew a dress this weekend, but I can't decide which one to do. Help me decide...

I picked up this fabric at an estate is 100% cotton, white, with flowers in shades of pink.

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Or I could do this cute party dress in an olive-colored taffetta. I'd probably make the full skirt with 3/4-sleeves (the blue dress in the middle). The color is hard to make out I'm sure on a computer screen. It's a shimmery brownish olive.

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Help me decide!

Saturday, June 24, 2006

Fun with Felt!

The July Craft Conspiracy meeting will be at my house, hopefully in my backyard on the deck if the weather is right! I wanted to do a craft that isn't too messy and without the need of too much table space.... so, we're going to be making these cute little felt pins! Here are a few ideas I found... but the options are endless!

Thursday, June 22, 2006

I just finished taking a self portait class, and this is my almost finished painting. It's 3 feet by 4 feet and I've never worked on anything this big before. I'm pretty happy with it, except for a few things that I'll fix tomorrow. It's about arts vs. crafts. And speaking of crafts, Summra is the winner of last week's FREEBIE FRIDAY. Summra, if you send me your address, I'll pop it in the mail.

Friday, June 16, 2006


I'm proud to introduce FREEBIE FRIDAY at the Craft Conspiracy. This is the first give-away, so I figure it should be something good. Denyse Schmidt has a great book on quilting, and I somehow own two copies. If you want it, you should be the first person to comment on the blog, and and it's yours. Anyone can post goods on FREEBIE FRIDAY, more than one person would be great. And nothing is too small. For example, next week I might put a baggie of pastel ric-rac up for grabs. Face it, we all love free stuff.

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Sun Dress

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This is a little sun dress I made using an old favorite dress for a pattern. The skirt section is cut on the bias, which gives it a nice swing, I think.

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For the bodice, I just used a tape measure to mimic the cut of the original dress.

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It was pretty easy. But the sad news is that my new sewing machine pooped out on me and I had to finish it up on Old Faithful (the 25-year-old sewing machine from my mom that I have used forever). I'm so annoyed about the Shark Intelli-Sew. I'm going to bring it back to Target this weekend.

Anyhoo...I guess that is craft #5. I will have some catching up to do, come August.

2 really easy projects... Thanks to Martha

I have so many scarves that I've picked up thrifting and I don't really use them that much. I still want to be able to tie one in my hair or use it as a belt, so easy projects without permanence are key. For this one all you'll need is one scarf and 2 bangles.

This next project does involve sewing, but seriously, not much of it. All you need to do is sew together two rectangles, make a little draw-string casing (EASY), add a belt and you're good to go. Why didn't I think of this first?

New Crafty Mag

Today the new Crafty/embellishment magazine Adorn is coming out. I'm going to bike up to the nearest big box book store and check it out. There's an interview with the creators here.

Tuesday, June 06, 2006


I want to learn how to make this! So cool.

Sunday, June 04, 2006

Opinions Needed for Chair Reupholstering Project

I picked up a chair I found on the side of the road a couple of days ago--one of those 1950s-style kitchen chairs with metal legs. I am going to reupholster the seat and the back, but I can't decide which fabric to use. Opinions? (I'm personally favoring #3.)


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100 Crafts #4: Funky Pleated Skirt

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I got the fabric from Cia's Palette--for those of you who are in Mpls/St. Paul, this is a local company, but the shop is online only. Free shipping if you spend more than $50, and she has a lot of great designer fabrics.