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Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Okay, I started my Fairy Wings

Okay, I had some wire laying around, you know, we can't throw anything away, cuz we may need it someday, well, this is a perfect example.  Anyway, I cut four pieces and did just like the video said, but, of course, I had to make mine a lot bigger, so, tights aren't gonna cut it.  I will have to find some fabric to stretch across the wings.  Only thing is I am not sure how to attach it to the wire armature.  I'm gonna research it and see if I can't find any ideas out there.  If any of you know how I might get it done, let me know.  I'll post more photos as I progress.

Okay, It's 3 A.M. and I have my Fairy Wings.  I had a genius thought, well genius for me.  I sprayed my armature with spray adhesive, laid it down on the fabric and it stuck, (AWESOME!! worked great) then I trimmed the fabric and left a 1/4 inch allowance.Okay, Okay, I used a glue gun (cuz I don't like to hand sew If I can help it.)  Anyway, I folded and twisted the fabric around the wire and it left a pretty nice finish.  Then I tied the cording around the wings like the video said and wrapped some fabric around the middle.  Tomorrow, (uhm, I mean later today) I'll add the harness and maybe I'll fancy it up with some hotfix rhinestones.  Anyway, I think they look okay for my first set of wings.  I did have a bad mistake, though, I put the fabric on one of the upper wings and I put it on backwards, TWICE!!  UUUgggghhhh! I was so frustrated!!!

Well, I didn't like the way the finished edge looked on the underside of the wing, so I found some yarn and trimmed it out and I like it.  I also added the ties for attaching it to your body.  Still have to bling it up
thought.  Keep you posted.

I think I'm done for now.  I may add some ribbon, but the rhinestones really look great, the pic doesn't do them justice.

Monday, August 24, 2009

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Wow, This is pretty cool!


Okay, guys, this is just my own personal opinion, and it comes from my own personal experience.  A while back, I was trying to embroider the cutest quilt. My Brother Innovis 4000D just wouldn't cooperate.  You have no idea how frustrating this was.  I took my machine in to have it serviced umpteen times.  Anyway, to make a long story short.  Here it is months later and I was working on something else, and what do you think, I discovered my problem.  It was the OESD sticky backing.  My machine just does not want to use this product.  I started using the quilting spray adhesive, and NO MORE PROBLEMS!!  Anyway, just so you know.  (I have lots of other OESD backings, and they all work fine, I just thought I would post this in case anyone else is having issues when they use the sticky stuff.)

Sunday, August 23, 2009

It's Sunday

Hey, Everyone, It's Sunday, and I actually made it through a whole week without incident and got a few things done.  I made a precious dress for Nyah, and we jazzed up some of her clothes with rhinestones, I printed a couple of t shirts on the YuDu.  Do you YuDu? Check out our Bubba Fest Design for the T shirts we made for our annual Bubba Fest in Livingston, Texas. Oh, Yeah, an I am almost done designing my Father in Law's train quilt.  Now that took some thinking.  I was going to try and digitize some trains (not happening!), so I bought some inkjet printable fabric and found a bunch of old steam engine clip art on the net and used them for the train patches. They were kind of plain, so, I stitched each printed piece to a black and white print fabric which framed each train. I also found this great fabric at with the train sketches.  This is a work in progress, so I'll let you know how it turns out. Oh Yeah, I made this design wall out of a piece of felt and I can just slap the pieces up on it and it sticks and voila!  I can arrange and rearrange to my heart's content. I'll post some pics of my workspace soon.  It's a small space, so I have had to use all available space.

Friday, August 21, 2009

The stranger, the better

I just love to make weird off the wall things, so, this is my version of a boo boo doll that I saw somewhere and decided to make it for my little grandaughters Nyah and Addison. Okay, Okay, so it's not perfect, it's not meant to be. They just love this weird little doll. This little doll looks like she has fallen off the see saw and got hit with it in the process. Anyway, they really love it. Just look at the faces of these little girls when they see this little doll come out of the bag. They couldn't stop laughing. I love it!! I also made them little quilts. The birthday quilt came from a magazine called "quilting and embroidery" My very favorite quilting magazine, but, I personalized it for Nyah's Birthday, The li'l sisters quilt just kind've evolved. Most of the things I make start with an idea, but ends up totally unexpected, I like it that way. Show me some of your stuff, guys, I would love to see it.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Out On A Whim Lifestyle Photography

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My Sister's New Work Table for Her Sewing Room

My sister and I were working on a couple of quilts for her grandsons in my sewing room and I have a sewing table that my daughter gave me that she purchased at pottery barn. Well, my sister got inspired and asked her husband, Larry, my favorite brother in law and all around awesome guy, if he might be able to build one for her. So, anyway, here it is, he did an awesome job.

OMG! How'd That Happen?

Okay, this is my first attempt at blogging, but, I am sure that I am not the only person who does crafting and sewing that has not had projects or processes go terribly wrong. This is for those of us who can laugh at our mistakes and let everyone else know that, yes, it has happened before, or maybe not, but anyway, post your craftastrophe here and let everybody know that crafting can be crazy.

Here is my most recent craftastrophe and wow was it a doozy. I was embroidering a beautiful new quilt and my embroidery started getting really weird, and since I never thought about the handwheel being involved, until, I accidentally discovered that my thread had wound around it, it was a HUGE rat's nest. This photo is taken after I got over my fear of breaking my handwheel and searching the net for instructions on how to remove it, so this is not as bad as it was before removing the wheel. I spent hours cutting and pulling thread out of it before I removed the wheel. I pulled so much thread out that I thought surely I had gotten it all, but, boy was I wrong. When I removed the wheel, I couldn't believe how much was still wrapped around the thing. Anyway, I finally got it all out. Whew!!!

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