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21  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / 24 Hour Elven Costume on: November 02, 2009 09:40:29 PM
So, Halloween is my most favorite holiday ever. And this year was my first at college (even though I was home for the weekend) which meant it was my first halloween without a readily available sewing mechine and without my best friends at home to dress up with. Though it depressed me, I managed to find some plans and my friend and I decided to dress as Lord of the Rings style elves (but not a specific character, we were going to go as Aragorn and Arwen, but there was no way I could whip up an Arwen dress in such a short time). So, I basically got home from college at 10pm and had less than one full day to pull together my outfit. Here's what came of it:



The Breakdown:
The cloak is light brown crushed velvet (under $10) (using a modified version of several of these patterns http://www.alleycatscratch.com/lotr/) and has a pointed hood like the ones in the movies. The dress is strapless, made of green jersey material (from my stash, $0), strapless but with elastic in the top to hold it up. the bottom is cut, gathered, and tied. All was freehanded. The belt was an awesome dollar store find ($1), the leggings ($6) and boots ($30) were store bought. The elf ears are actually Spock ears ($3), store bought. I had to settle for them after I checked for elven ears in four different costume stores. I also made the Leaf of Lorian that is at my neck from craft foam and pipe cleaners (from stash). Basically, excluding boots, which I bought for everyday wear, my costume was fairly cheap, under $25. I don't have a close up of the Leaf, but I used a tutorial found on the same website as the cloak pattern (great website for LOTR costumes!!) Questions, comments, and concerns welcome!!
22  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: Princess Zelda's Magic Armor on: November 02, 2009 09:22:02 PM
Oh wow! The armor looks really impressive! Great job
By "incorporating it into his daily life" do you mean your friend plans on wearing this just on a normal day? Cause that makes him super cool in my book. :-)

Haha, I wouldn't put it past him, but so far he's worn it to a movie night and to our schools choir retreat (people dress in all sorts of crazy outfits)...haha
23  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Pumpkin Pride! on: October 28, 2009 09:42:59 AM
So my college is having a pumpkin carving contest and this is my entry:



To explain, swans are big at my school, we have two on campus to make us appear classy every art and photography student has used them as the subject for at least one piece...so here they are! I figured doing them might give me a leg up in the contest....haha.
24  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: Princess Zelda on: October 20, 2009 02:26:03 PM
This looks FANTASTIC! The original costume design is gorgous and the nightgown is so cute I'd totally wear it all the time!! Awesome job!!
25  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Microbiology Lab Partner Tshirts! on: September 16, 2009 09:49:02 PM
One of my best friends was in a microbiology this past year and her and her lab partner were tight like spandex. They had pet names for each other of terrible diseases (yeah, don't ask me...I don't understand either). So at the end of the year my friend asked me to make her and her lab partner shirts with one of their favorite bionerd sayings:


Front: Polio Makes Great Presidents


Back: (their pet names, too complex to spell) Dream Team

The fronts were done in freezer paper, the backs were freehanded. Questions, comments, concerns?
26  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: New Natural Notecards on: September 13, 2009 09:58:32 AM
theses are absolutly gorgous, I can't even pick a favorite! Did you create the designs yourself? Because they are truly stunning.
27  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: Princess Zelda's Magic Armor on: September 11, 2009 10:25:51 PM
Looks fabulous! The designs look really good. The timing of this makes me smile, because I'm almost finished with my own Zelda cosplay Smiley Smiley

Thank you! and ohh please post it when you finish! I've always loved the idea of cosplay and love making costumes but never got into it, but I love looking at other people's work!! And there are some beautiful Zelda costumes out there!
28  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Princess Zelda's Magic Armor on: September 11, 2009 07:30:29 AM
A friend of mine is a huge Zelda fan and knows I love new and interesting craft projects. So he asked me to make him his very own set of Zelda armor which may or may not be incorperated into his Halloween costume as well as into his daily life as much as possible. The whole process took maybe twenty to twenty five hours of work and the supplies (many of which I already had) cost about $20. Not too shabby, if I do say so myself... I'm really happy with the results, and he is exstatic (to say the least). So, without further ado: Zelda's Magic Armor!!!


(The grey vest/tunic thing that he's wearing under the armor he made for his costume.)





The whole thing was made with craft foam, gold spray paint, jewels, and closes in the back with a gold chain so that it can be more fitted to the wearer. I use this tuttorial http://www.entropyhouse.com/penwiper/costumes/helmsdeep.html. Which was amazing, althouhg I did skip a few steps. Any Zelda fans out there, let me know how I did!!

29  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / Re: More Jonas Brother's Fun on: August 10, 2009 07:54:32 PM
just wondering what kind of paint did you use for the shirt ? it's like really shiny lol
I used Lumiere by Jacquard in metallic gold. I highly recomend it, it only takes about one coat to cover the fabric.
30  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Party Planning / Re: A Very Harry Grad Party [IMG: MOUNTIAN TROLL] on: July 18, 2009 08:22:40 AM
WOW! That is all sorts of amazing! How long did it take you to prepare all that?

Not too long, or at least it didn't see that way. Probably 7-10 hours of work for crafts, but spaced out over several weeks. The invitations I did took way longer!
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