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31  How a Capri-Sun purse holds up after two and a half years... in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by instantkarma on: December 19, 2007 01:35:18 PM


How it normally sits.



Handles up.

As you can see, they're quite durable. Smiley It does look a little dirty since after two and a half years some dirt and dust has managed to get up into the tape, but I still get at least one compliment on it a day. The sides have also torn once or twice and a strap has fallen off here or there, but it's nothing a little packing tape can't fix.

This is by far my favorite purse - I've tried buying "real" ones for use in the cold and the rain, but I just keep getting pulled back to this one! Cheesy
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32  My first-ever recon - PREPARE YOURSELF FOR ZIM!!! in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by instantkarma on: December 19, 2007 01:29:54 PM
Be nice - I've never had to take pictures of a shirt while it was on me. Cheesy

This started out huge and cost me a buck at a garage sale.
I bought it when I had first found Craftster, so I was like "yeah! I can make this smaller! I have the technology!". Surprisingly, it wasn't that hard.




Me trying to get a picture of the whole shirt in one of my roommates' mirrors. It turned out blurry, but hopefully it gives you an idea of the fit of the shirt. It looks a little small since when I reconned it like a year ago I was a 36C and now I'm a 34D.  Embarrassed



A somewhat decent picture of the graphic on the shirt and the neckline. I don't really glow in the dark, my camera just has a bad flash and I'm pale.



A picture of under my arm. Cheesy I wanted to show off the neat stitching (I impressed myself for my first time on a sewing machine) and also the awesome fact that the neon green (!!!) thread I used kind of peeks through the seam since it obviously doesn't blend. I just noticed the original arm seams don't match up, but, erm...I don't care.



A picture of my favorite part of the shirt - I screwed up that side and was just like "meh, some safety pins will fix it". Unintentionally punk. Cheesy The back isn't normally flipped up like that, it just does that sometimes.



And a picture of my awesome belt, 'cuz I CAN. Cheesy

Thanks for looking! You guys are awesome at what you do and I am honored to be posting on this board.
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33  My squid purse, or how I learned to stop worrying and forget about my finals... in Crochet: Completed Projects by instantkarma on: December 17, 2007 10:26:13 AM
I was conflicted - on the one hand, it's crochet - on the other hand, it's a purse...crochet won out. Cheesy

Allow me to introduce you to my new friend.



Shot of (most) of the purse - he's kinda big, so it's kinda hard to get a good shot of all of him.



Closeup of his cute little face and ADORABLE LITTLE CURLY TENTACLES! Cheesy



Trying to take a picture of the top of his head - the ends of it curled up...does anyone know how I can fix them? Ironing, maybe?



The back, so you can see how it closes.



The back again, so you can see how it opens. Smiley

The pattern is right here, by the way: http://www.crochetville.org/forum/showthread.php?t=2821
It was modified to be a lot bigger since I wanted to be able to fit more stuff in it.

What do you think? Cheesy

EDITED to add: okay, guys, I can barely crochet a stitch, to be completely honest. I had a ton of help with this guy, including several times that I had to hand it over to the resident crochet master in my life and let them fix it. So, yeah, I made it, but not without a ton of help. I'm currently learning how to crochet something 100% on my OWN, so I'm going to consider THAT my real first crochet project. I'm really not this talented.  Sad So, full credit shouldn't be given to me, but thanks for the sweet comments.
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34  Can someone help me enlarge this? in Stenciling: Discussion and Questions by instantkarma on: November 05, 2007 12:08:21 PM
The boyfriend fell in love with this $40 hoodie at Heartbreakers (so weird for him to do)...



...and since his birthday's coming up, I wanted to stencil the image for him. As you can tell in the picture - it's pretty big.

Do any of you know of any way or anywhere I can go to get this enlarged to that size so I can stencil it? Any way would be preferred, as I'm kind of cheap.

Thanks!

IK
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35  First try at what I call "wire wrapping" - with a GEEKY twist... in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by instantkarma on: November 05, 2007 10:53:09 AM
Again, many apologies for the blurry pictures. I couldn't stop sniffling while I was taking the pictures due to my cold.

This is my first try at what I guess you could call "wire wrapping" - I'm not sure if there's a method to "real" wrapping or anything, but I figured it was as good of a name for this as any.

The D-20 is from a "free" bin at a garage sale, and the bead below it is a purple crystal.
The chain is just some cheap thing from Claire's.

EDITED to add better, less-blurry photos. Cheesy





What do you think?
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36  From guitar picks to Catholic saints - this post has it all! in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by instantkarma on: October 29, 2007 06:53:35 PM
I made earrings...while I was supposed to be doing homework! Smiley



Hot Topic "Rock The Arts" guitar picks, Catholic saint medals, and Starburst wrappers...



...and glow-in-the-dark stars (that a DRAG QUEEN complimented me on!) and an old cell phone charm (I wanted to put this on an ear cuff, but I haven't found any with a loop to connect it to...).



A close-up of the guitar picks. As soon as I saw them by the register, I knew that they would become earrings when they got home. At .50 each, they were completely worth it.



A close-up of my favorites, the Catholic saint medals. One is St. Jude, the patron saint of lost causes, and the other is St. Joan of Arc, the patron saint of those who have been opposed by the church.

I hope you like them as much as I do!
I apologize for the blurry pictures, by the way - best I could do with my cruddy little camera.
Suggestions/comments are always welcome!

-IK
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37  Do NOT question authority. in Stenciling: Completed Projects by instantkarma on: October 22, 2007 10:38:10 AM
Hey all,
This is probably the very first thing I ever stenciled in my life, using good ol' freezer paper (the parents thought I was nuts when I put it in our grocery cart). I think it came out pretty good for a first time, but I'm always welcome to critique.
Surprisingly, it didn't take but one coat of white paint to cover the black, which was nice. =]

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