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1  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Doctor Who + Walt Witman = Nerdgasm on: July 08, 2011 05:49:00 PM
I will say that after making this top I googled "o doctor! my doctor!" and was delighted to find that I am not the only person to marry these two.  There is even a rewritten version of the poem specifically for The Doctor. Great minds and all that.

Cant find my camera so here are a couple phone pics and the stencil image I created in Illustrator! Enjoy.





I cut this stencil out of freezer paper using my silhouette machine [I FREAKING love that machine].

2  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Valentine's Day / Mature Valentines day treasure hunt. {I'm the Prize!} on: February 12, 2011 10:08:53 AM
I am recently unemployed so I had to come up with something super cheap but fun for my husband for valentines day.

I finally decided on the idea of a treasure hunt that would take him all over the house and end with him finding me!

I took some dodgy self timer photos in my bedroom and picked my favorite as the final image. 
This is printed to cover an entire sheet of cardstock.
 
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On the other side I printed this image. 
 
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I cut the final product up into little cards and I will give him the first card with a clue to a spot in our house.  In that spot is the next card.  When he finds them all he can put together the puzzle and find me. 

It was really fun to put together and *hopefully* he enjoys the activity.  {I am not giving it to him until tonight}
3  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / Fabric through my printer! on: January 09, 2011 05:52:01 PM
So I know I have seen these projects on here before but this is my little addition.
I am starting an etsy shop and among other projects I used this technique, I made some labels.



It was soooo simple and I already had the fabric and freezer paper [I am a freezer paper stencil junky!]



There are a bunch more photos and a tutorial on my blog
http://curiocloset.blogspot.com/2011/01/print-your-own-fabric.html
4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Inspired Hair Sticks [with quasi tutorial] on: October 19, 2010 10:53:57 AM
I have always loved the look of geisha hair sticks.

Anyhow I was in the Whedonverse swap and decided to make some Inara inspired hair sticks for my partner and her daughter.

They turned out easier than I would have thought.
Here are the sticks.




Here is my cheesy tutorial.
5  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / River Tam... Can kill you with her brain on: October 19, 2010 05:54:49 AM
Have you ever been in a swap and you TOTALLY got carried away.  That is precisely what happen to me with the Joss Whedon swap I just participated in.

My partner has a little River Tam figurine on her wist and when I decided to recreate it the project got a mind of its own.
The result is this!




My partner also mentioned her favorite scene was from serenity "when River kicks reever ass"
So I made the dress and weapons.
I was disappointed that the only doll I could find to recon had green eyes [river has brown]  but I thought the overall effect was pretty good.

Sorry for obnoxious over photoage, but here is the process shots of the face re-sculpt and repaint.  I sure love my new dremel!
The dolls original look


After basic re-sculpting.


Steps of painting





And a few more shots for good measure.


Her boots are made with real leather.  The bases are the old soles from the plastic sneakers she doll was wearing
The weapons are poly clay.  I hand formed and then refined with the dremel.

Here she is in her box I made.


This is a photo my swap partner took of her in the pose from the poster.

6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Outfit for my not so little baby sister. on: July 08, 2010 05:55:19 PM
Its weird realizing the outfit I made for my baby sister is not really children clothes.
She is still small for her age but is most definitely more lady than little girl shape wise.

Anyhow I convinced her and my niece to help me unpack/organize my studio in exchange for some new clothes.

Both the top and skirt fabrics she picked from my scrap pile.  The top is actually the old lining from a skirt I upsized. And the skirt fabric looks like seersucker but is actually a heavier cotton.






Here she is with my niece in her outfit as well [her post his here]
7  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Awesome dress for my awesome neice. on: July 08, 2010 05:46:33 PM
This is the first time I have posted in the kids clothing section.
My little niece is spending a few days with me and I wrangled her and my baby sister to help me organize my studio with promises of home made clothes.

This is the dress I made for her.  She is 7.
The top part of the dress is a pink tee shirt and the skirt and collar are fabric scraps she picked out.

This is the second dress I have made her although I never took photos of the first [reconed from my old tank top].







Here she is with my baby sister in her outfit I also made. [her post is here]


Also note her awesome pink hair.  My sister in law is awesome and let me dye it.
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Sharpie Tee and Skivies on: July 08, 2010 05:17:28 PM
Last valentines I made these for my husband.
I am always making him cute tees with our inside jokes on them.
This time around I added a second piece of clothing to the ensemble.

When ever I say "I love you" he asks me "how much I wonder?" and I say "more than everything"  I thought a silly pie graph would be a good way to always remind him of this.





Another of our silly things is that whenever he is getting dressed he jokingly acts all coy and says "you can touch but you cant look." 
So I made these for all those touching but not looking moments.



Normally I make freezer paper stencils and fabric paint.  But I had the great idea that sharpies would be faster.... Soooooo wrong.  And I ended up with a fumes headache.
9  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Silvana's Song Birds and Swimming Pools Wedding. [Sorry for pic overload] on: June 20, 2010 10:30:51 AM
So I have posted a few little things on here leading up to my wedding but here are the final images.

Our wedding was actually an anniversary party because we got legally hitched early [yay for health insurance coverage!].

The inspiration for the wedding all started with the ring.  Mr. Silvana is wonderful and knew I wanted a say in the single item I would wear every day of my future life so he proposed with a $10 costume ring from Wal-Mart so I could pick something of my own.  I of course was not happy just PICKING something out and had to design and have it made.

I used a wonderful woman based out of California and she made me my dream ring. LaurieSarahDesigns on etsy. Look her up!  The most awesome part of the whole thing was she is benefiting from my design! She asked permission to reuse it and has multiple orders in her shop right now for remakes of my ring.


Next came my theme.  I love birds! I have been collecting bird cages even before the proposal and they were instantly my decor of choice.




I painted all the cages copper to match my rose gold ring... I know cheesy!  Then I made little nests out of $ store moss. The runners are torn strips of quilters cotton.  Cheaper than ribbon and available it a wider range of colors!  This was not crafty but we used vintage china from every thrift store in town to eat off of.

I also made a little nest cake topper.  Also all from $ store items.

My wonderful sister in law made the pretty little cake [its tiny cause we had traditional Portuguese flan for desert as well.]

Next I made a little photobooth setup for guests to play with.  I printed and constructed about 10 masks and 4 mustaches as well as a gathering of more $ store props [hats, flower clips, wings]. Then I made a backdrop from super cute fabric and borrowed a camera that uses a remote for the shots.



That was it for decor because we were lucky enough to have a beautiful [and FREE] venue to use that did not need alot of embellishment.

The bird theme also spilled into my invites and guest book.

The guest book was little comment cards that we set at each plate so that guests could leave us a personal message.


Then came our attire.
Mr. Silvana's suit was not home made [although I was THIS close to making it cause I REALLY wanted seersucker] I found it for cheapy on Overstock.com. I did make his pocket square though.



I made/altered all of my clothing and accessories minus my hair pieces which I friend got me as a gift.
My dress was a scary prom dress that I tore apart and rebuilt. The shoes I dyed and altered and my bracelet I refashioned from broken costume jewelry.




Here are the original spost for my dress and shoes.

And because that was not enough photos have some more!









I am sooooo lucky to have generous and talented friends.  The food was done by a friend who is a fabulous caterer at cost, the photos were done by my brother in law for pennies, my hair was free and perfect, and the location as I said was free as were the tables and chairs which the home owner had on hand.

Overall we spent less on the ENTIRE wedding that the average bride spends on a wedding gown.  How sweet is that?
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Prom Dress to Wedding Gown on: June 20, 2010 10:16:53 AM
Wedding dresses are expensive.  Expensive and heavy and when you are over size 16 usually rather matronly.
I planned from the begining to make my dress from scratch [like I had done for every special occasion since I was 12] but one day while I was running into the mall for something or other I saw this dress in the window at Deb.


It came in sizes up to 26 I believe and was the perfect shade of antique white with a skirt almost identical to some of the gorgeous inspiration images I had been gathering.  It was also shoddily constructed and almost entirely made of smelly acetate.  I got it anyhow because I knew that the hours of sewing a skirt like that would require was worth the money.

I set out to make my dream dress. The process consisted of removing all the lining and replacing it with a more comfortable and less noisy unbleached muslin, refitting the bodice to my short waisted frame, dying and attaching a yoke and raw silk sash, making some tiny little floral embellishments for the collar and finally making a petticoat out of matching peachy pink tulle.

Here is the photoshop mock up of the revisions I planned.


And progress shots.  The yoke was from a tank I had in my sewing pile for years and the florets are tulle, crystals and an old draw string from another top.








Here is the final dress on the day of the wedding.



I am doing some bridal shots soon [I was sick for a month leading up to the wedding so we did not get to them before and I was not willing to waste time the day of posing for pictures] and I will make sure to post those as well.

This is the post of my wedding details.
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