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Project #5 – Jeans

Wednesday, March 12th, 2008

Ok this is a project I have been working on for months.  It took a while to get the settings for the sewing machine correct for this project!  I am actually working on three pairs for my nieces.

Here is Suzanne’s without any decoration on the leg.


First lesson (which I knew and had prepped for) was that it needs to be a special bobbin because I had to loosen the tension so the decorative thread would pull fairly easily from the case.   The second lesson learned much harder was to run the embroidery really slow.  The third lesson learned harder was to ALWAYS watch this type of work on a finished piece of clothing. 


After getting that all done I learned the choice of interfacing was more important than I thought!  I knew it had to be tear away and to use a temporary adhesive to hold the leg, but I did not think to make it a dissolvable one – that would have been much easier.  I had to pull out as much of the tear away as I could and then wash, wash, wash, wash them (in between pulling out tear away) before I could move onto the next step.


I still can’t get out all the tear away I used…its been long more than a day project – I wash and wash and wash.  At this point I best get these to the girls so they can get some use out of them.  I am not attaching the rinestones because I am not sure if I would be attaching them to the jeans or to the tear away and they then could become lose in my sister’s pride and joy (her laundry machine!).

Ok Laura’s jeans:


Suzannes jeans – I enhanced the left photo because it is a really good blend!


And Ms. Emily’s jeans of which there is some tearaway still there but some of this is the pattern too…honest:


Thing a Day – Project 2 – Valentines Mobile

Monday, March 10th, 2008

I have been keeping up my decorations until I photoed this.  Time to switch since we are in March already.  I did, of course, have to make more than one.  So now I have one extra to make into a gift next year.

Here was the kit contents:


I didn’t use all of them, but most.  Not sure my photo does it justice:


Since I made two I added a bit of my own supplies into the kit.  Loved digging thru treasures!

Thing A Day – Project 23 – Jenni Bowlin Feb kit

Sunday, February 24th, 2008

Another kit – I think I have a lot of these!  Anyway this is from Jenni Bowlin.  Alot of times I like the kits for general supplies but this one is too cute as she designed it for me not to complete it now.



note: the key was from another item I ordered from her this month…

So it took all of a half hour to do this kit.  Got to love the speed of it all!  Jenni sprayed hers with blackboard paint – I think I will do that also, but for now here it is:


I got chalkboard spraypaint!  Found at Joanns etc and used a coupon for it.  They only had black, but I think its also available in green.  And at Walmart, while I found no chalkboard spraypaint, I did see spraypaint to make something magnetic.  Go figure!

Here it is painted:


Thing a Day – Project 22 – Letter holder

Sunday, February 24th, 2008

This is a kit from   I bought one and loved the concept/result that I made three (had to go out and buy a few roses to make the other two, otherwise I had the supplies, scary!).   

I did have to buy bookbinding tape though for the first one – something not in my collection!  Liked the concept so much that I ordered it in a set of colors from .


Here are the three holders awaiting their bookbinding tape:


And finally – here is a photo of two of them completed – the other is also, just didn’t hang it up!


Thing a Day – Project 21 – fruit bracelet

Sunday, February 24th, 2008

Another kit from French General!   Not sure they provided everything I needed in this kit – I borrowed headpins from another kit.  But I got this kit so long ago that they might have been outside the kit (although I have never seen that before with a French General kit).

One thing I am learning WYSIWYG – not true here.  FG seems to cut back on the supplies in the kit – it does not quite look like/contain all the QUANTITIES that are in the photo and instructions in the book.

Here is mine and I used everything in the kit!


Total time for this: 2 to 3 hours

Lessons learned – LOVE how they make the simple loops for attaching!  I am going to use this technique again.  Just goes to prove to myself that I need to MAKE THINGS from the books I have to really LEARN.  Just reading doesn’t always get the message across.

Thing a Day – Project 20 – Drop Necklace

Sunday, February 24th, 2008

Another kit from French General.  (What can I say – I love the jewelry and love kits!)

They don’t sell this one anymore – probably because the blue drops are vintage (and come with the loop already done – YEA!!!  Very FAST project.)  But if you look at the Blood Red Necklace on their website its similar and they just buy regular drilled drops now and make the necklace that way.

So anyway – on this one everything was in the kit – including TONS of the blue drops.  I am going to have to make some earrings out of some of the drops to match this necklace.

Here is the photo:


And here is a better photo with this great egg and related easterish stuff !


 Time it took: 30 to 50 minutes!  (Love this idea!)

I have managed to buy some crystals (not swarvorskis though) that come prewired – just need to find the chain so I can make some more of these.  Simple and very effective!

Thing a Day – Project 17 – composition journal in fabrics

Friday, February 22nd, 2008

The Teresa McFayden Mosaic journal was such a fun project I had to try it with fabrics.  So my first take was the same type of process as the paper attempt earlier this month.  Slight problem – look at the photo to see if you can tell…


Yep, when I glue the fabric down it becomes semi transparent and I could see the green and white design in the cover.  I should have put a solid piece down and then added this.  Lesson learned.

So I thought let me try doing something like that but I was looking at the pile of miscut strips of fabric already so I came up with this:


I did a basket weave instead!

Here it is basically finished (I have book binding tape arriving tomorrow and will go over the edge with that to finish this, but it is sealed and glossed now…


I just used the exacto knife to trim it down from the backside after it was all glued and sealed.  I use a Euro tupe decoupage product but I am thinking ModPodge would do the same – its not like the fabric is soft  – its like really thick paper and hard.

Thing A Day – Project 15 – Coral Charm Bracelet

Friday, February 22nd, 2008

Coral Charm Bracelet – Another French General kit (oh their website is  This is also from their book French General Jewelry .  That book is good purchase.  By the way they are selling the storyboards used in the book on the website also.  Great story boards, its just I have so many of the “pieces” used on the boards (and they are expensive) so I can pass on those!

 First, French General does kit it very cute…it comes like this:


A photo of the kit contents:


Tools used for the project while in work (the glue is off to the side and not pictured – I usually use E6000 or something similar but here I used Weldbond – curious how it will hold up!):


The card you can barely see is from Urbanmaille – love that company and their kits.  Also that postcard with a picture of all the size rings is worth so much to me.  Makes my life so much easier.  Now in chainmaille the gauge of the wire makes a big deal so just knowing the ring size isn’t enough, but for this pattern and following the instructions in the French General book it worked.  And here it is virtually finished – I could not get a good photo in the evening so hopefully I will replace this soon!


Time it took:  I would say 2 to 3 hours – I expected it to go faster…

Project #12 – Mosaic Journal

Thursday, February 21st, 2008

I am signed up for Teresa McFayden’s Sweet Bella – its a project oriented ezine that comes out on Mondays,Wednesdays and Fridays for the month of February.  This is the third month she has done this.  For once I got a project done shortly after Teresa released it! 

Teresa said start with a Composition Journal so I did.  Remember these?


And I found them in COLORS too!


Then you pick out some scrapbook type papers, tear the heck out of them (talk about a stress reliever), and glue them down.  Finally you paint in between (I loved this method!).  Easy project. 


 Recently on Martha Stewart Crafts I saw a project along these lines except they used one image/paper on top.  What caught my eye was that they used a sports image – a gift for a man.  Also they covered the back and then added nice papers on the inside of the covers.  Ah one can keep gluing!

Project # 6 – Bowlin Calendar Kit

Thursday, February 21st, 2008

I thought I best get this project done since its a calendar for THIS YEAR.  If you haven’t checked out Jenni Bowlin – here is a link to her site    I love the Create section.  This was January’s kit (which I have on auto shipment).


Simple process – glue cover on front, hole punch thru cover and calendar pages, use these great WHITE rings – I have only ever seen them in the standard silver.  Decorate the front – I did not use the flower because I need to set it flat against the wall. 


 Jenni suggested a photo be added each month to document the year and that is the way I am going.