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1  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Young Boba Fett and Jaina Solo on: November 20, 2010 11:14:35 AM
Oh. My. Goodness. These are the the most adoable and well done halloween costumes I think I've ever seen. They both look excellent and I love what you did with the blasters! They're totally unrecognisable as dollar-store finds!! Great work, you're kids are so lucky to have such a cool craftster for a mom!
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Hyrulian Bulletin Board on: October 06, 2010 12:57:18 PM
So for one of my best friend's birthday/gradutation present this year I wanted to make him something nerdy (as per usual...) and functional, preferably to use in his new dorm room. He loves Legend of Zelda (he was the recipient of my Magic Armor as well) and just bought a replica Master Sword at our first comic con so I through about making him the accompanying sheild, then decided to make a few slight modifications...

TA DA! Hyrulian Shield Cork Board!!


(ignore the cell phone quality picture)

The entire thing is made with two layers of cork (the blue and the silver) and backed with foamboard. It measures about 2x3feet and took me about, two, three days? It's not any heavier than a normal cork board either, thanks to the cork being pretty thin and the foamboard being pretty light. The pattern for the cutouts was hand drawn from a picture, and the icons are all hand painted using acrylics. The cork was painted with spray paint (oh my goodness so much! cork's so absorbent!). Other than that, I'm so happy with the results!! I only wish I had time to add a holder for the Master Sword to hang diagonally behind it like I intended. But maybe next time...haha I've already had a few requests!

Questions, Comments, Concerns, and Feedback always appreciated!!!!!
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: all things sweet ♥ (image heavy) on: August 19, 2010 07:34:10 AM
everything you made looks absolutly fabulous!! i love it all, and think your style is just awesome!! keep up the great work!
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Blue Sailor Skirt on: August 16, 2010 08:32:01 AM
So cute!! I was admiring similar ones recently, and I love the style. Would love some action shots Smiley
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: 50s Swing Dress on: August 01, 2010 06:13:18 AM
Both dresses are absolutly adorable! I'd wear them in a heartbeat!!! I'm on a retro/polka dot kick too, so this is just feeding my crafting fire!!! Great work.
6  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / Retro Polka Dot Skirt on: July 31, 2010 04:03:14 PM
Allow me to explain. When cleaning out their basement of 40+ years of junk, my grandparents came across my mom and aunts closet full of old dresses. Everything from terribly 80's poofy bridesmaids gowns to casual dresses that would look at home in the Sailor Moon cartoons (I swear, there was a purple Sailor Scout outfit in there...). Anyway, my grandmom offered me anything I'd care to take, the rest was going to Goodwill. So I grabbed this little polka dot number, which my mom informed me was her favorite dress when she was about my age. Now, let me explain something. When it comes to taste in anything from curtains to clothes to water ice, my mother and I are polar opposites. To the point where, if we walk into a store, we will both make a beeline for the same couch/shirt/object pick it up and simultaneously exclaim "This is the ugliest [object] ever!" and "This is the cutest [object] ever!" It has happened. The one time we both picked up the same sweater and both declared it cute we quickly exchanged glances, slowly replaced the shirts on the display, then scattered away. But lately I've been on a retro pin-up kick (think black/white/red, polka dots. bows, etc.) and this was the perfect project to fulfill all my obsessions, plus I think it's kind of cool that I get to reuse something of my moms, that's never happened before, partially because of the style-barrier and partially because she's wayyyyyy skinnier than me. So, this was a great project all around, and I got to try a lot of new sewing challenges (invisible zipper, reconstructing a highly structured garment, snaps, a cumberbun, etc.) I'm pretty happy with it!!!

Before:


After:


I removed the top (I just wear it with a tank top) and the floppy bow, added an invisible zipper down the side so it would fit over my hips, coinstructed and added the red cumberbun, and sewed snaps on the cumberbun for closure. It's three tiered and has tulle under it to give it its shape.
7  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Lumpy Space Princess...Omagawd I'm having a fun time on: June 25, 2010 10:07:01 PM
omg. she looks totally mathmatical. I love that her arms can cross Smiley
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Mathmatical Finn Hats! Rhombus! on: June 13, 2010 06:01:29 PM
What the cabbage is Adventure Time!? It's this awesome new show on cartoon network (athough the original episode is over three years old)! Yesterday I whipped up three copies of Finn's hat for my two friends and I (using this tutorial: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NdoPbruiZgg) and today we debuted my creation at the Philly Comic Con! (I'm the elf because I couldn't pull a Princess Bubblegum costume off in less than 24 hours Sad no pink fabric in my stash!!!) My friend had about 10000 pictures taken of him and a dozen inquiries about the hat and where to get one. Too bad I didn't bring the others I had a guy willing to buy one for $20! They're super quick to make (I did 3 in a day) and are made of white fleece, cotton balls for stuffing, and velcro for closure.


Such mixing of genres (and yeah, Finn's holding a Master Sword)



When wearing it you totally feel radder, faster, and more adequite. QUEST ON!
9  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Adventures In ModPodge-ing! on: June 10, 2010 09:56:45 AM
Do you find that Mod Podge can stay a bit tacky long after it has dried?  I made some Christmas ornaments awhile back.  You have to be careful what you wrap them in, because they can stick to regular or tissue paper.  :p


Actually, that was one of the most surprising things about my projects, I got no 'after-tack' at all. If it helps at all, I used the Matte finish ModPodge and used a coat to stick the paper down and then 1-2 coats on top to finish. Hope that helps!
10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: Kids Crafts that are cool, not corny? on: June 09, 2010 07:36:15 PM
Thank you so much for posting this question! I was on here to literally post the same one!! Hope you found some ideas as well. And to the poster above, that second link to the art teacher's blog is GREAT! Thanks so much for sharing!
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