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1  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Doctor Who & Internet Themed Ornaments on: December 26, 2010 03:04:24 AM
Here are some ornaments I made as Christmas presents for friends:


One loves Doctor Who, so I sewed a Dalek and a Tardis.


Another is really into this website he uses, so I made him the little symbols (an orange envelope symbolizes a new message, a blue downward arrow is used when vote against something, and an upward orange arrow is for voting for something) they use.


Everything is made out of felt.
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Fright Fest Suitcase on: October 15, 2010 11:46:27 AM
One of my friends loves horror movies. So I made her this suitcase.

Some pictures are historical, such as images of the plague and witch burnings. Others are just scary or creepy ones I found online. The movie pictures are from: Ginger snaps, Night of the Living Dead, Halloween, Friday the 13th, Nosferatu, Pan's Labyrinth, Dracula, The Wolfman, Psycho, the Addams Family, The Shining, Dead Alive, Evil Dead, Hellraiser, Tomb of the Blind Dead, Suspiria, An American Werewolf in London, Frankenstein, Bride of Frankenstein, Spider Baby, The Exorcist, The Ring, Dawn of the Dead, etc.

The inside:


The front:


The top:


Left side:


Right side:


Back:


3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Birds of all feathers flock together on: May 24, 2010 02:44:15 AM
On a long ago whim, I bought several 1970s bird books from the thrift store. They soon sat on my shelf, forgotten and lonely. So recently I sliced them to bits and used their innards to decorate a small suitcase.







Inside I painted the sky:

4  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Steampunky Clockwork Lady Silhouette Key Rack on: February 27, 2010 11:04:51 PM
I've needed a key rack for ages (both for my bunch of vintage key and regular house keys), but never got around to doing anything about it. So finally I made one last night.


The painting is acrylics and the frame/rack is just a bunch of copper wire we had laying around in our garage.
5  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Tally-ho, my good chaps! It's Victorian lady adventurer time. on: November 01, 2009 04:08:19 PM
For Halloween, I decided to be a Victorian adventurer.  As a warning, this is a pretty picture heavy post.


The bustle skirt and underskirt are made out of this insanely long, huge velvet caftan thing I found at a thrift store. Then they are sewn in different places to give it that hanging arch, Victorian dress sort of feel. The corset, gloves, hat, socks, and shoes were bought/stuff from my closet.

The bustle was the hardest part. Even though there is a tutorial on it at threadbangers, I just could not get mine to work. I ended up using the wire base and paper macheing all over it, before filling it with a ton of old newspapers in order to give it more shape. Also, driving with a bustle is ridiculous and impossible.


I couldn't decide between decorating a sword or a gun and so decided instead on a bullwhip (If it's good enough for Indiana Jones, it's good enough for me.) It's made out of rope, glue, and one of those cardboard empty toilet paper rolls.

I loved wearing the Sam Browne belt. It is so much easier to wear than a purse and I kind of wish that I could wear it all the time. It is made out of two belts parts of a cut up, leatherish sort of purse from a thrift store, and a smaller little purse that cut the straps off and attached to the side.

Most importantly, I made a map so that I could dramatically whip it out to make sure that I'm the right track. It's muslin that I doodled on with a sharpie, coffee dyed, and burnt at the edges. It's the lost Island of Anzuzien (complete with ancient temples, mysterious and deadly rivers, dinosaurs, man eating plants, volcanoes, sirens, islands full of snakes, Amazonian women warriors with a hobby of headhunting, sharks, whirlpools, deserts, etc.) discovered by Col. Augustus Meriwether in 1847.

6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / God Save the Queen (and her suitcase) Photo Extravaganza! on: April 19, 2009 12:47:00 PM
Hidden beneath my bed is a surprisingly large vintage suitcase collection. Whenever I see one at the salvation army, I'm always tempted to buy it. There are only so many suitcases a person can own before they have to do something with them though. This one started out as a very beaten up, light blue American Traveler suitcase. The inside was stained and smelled of 30 year old cigarette smoke. Looking at it one day, I realized it wasn't punk rock enough. Enter in an ambitious plan to make it like the Sex Pistols' God Save the Queen album.

The project took forever. The first time I tried it I didn't prime the suitcase and so the paint didn't stick as well. Months later, I tried again and this time used primer. The blue is spray paint. The white, green, and red are all house paint. The stencils I tried to make did not turn out well, so I ended up hand painting everything. The details of the queen were made with a sharpie. The whole suitcase was then finished with some glossy paint sealer we had in the garage.

Closeup of the Punk Rock Queen:


The suitcase:


Close-up of traditional Queen:


Side Two:


Lines from the side:


Inside Overall:


Inside Side One:


The main map is an old road map from Seattle with a small map of Strausburg, Germany used to fill in the gaps. The papers are all from various places I've visited or postcards I've been stockpiling from post-crossing. The ICA visitor's guide one is actually a three folder pocket.

Inside Side Two:


"Oh, the places you'll go!" is a Dr. Seuss quote. I had to outline the paint in red sharpie so that it would show up better. The pictures from top left: Indiana Jones, Ada Lovelace, Amelia Earhart, Zora Neale Hurston, Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay, Grace O'Malley, Nancy Drew, Nellie Bly, The Beatles, and Percy Fawcett. They're all my favorite explorers/adventurers/mathematician

The original cover for the album was designed in the 1970s by Jamie Reid. Here are the reference pictures I used:
http://www.theage.com.au/ffximage/2006/03/10/1003pistols_wideweb__470x324,0.jpg
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3468/3290148623_227dce4dbe.jpg
7  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Pucci style, decopaged heels on: September 17, 2008 11:15:03 AM
So I bought these shoes ages ago because they were purple. However, I didn't realize that the back of one of the shoes was damaged. All the purple was scratched at the heel. They sat in my closet forever, until I signed up for the Favorite Decade Swap. My partner liked the mod part of the 1960's and so I did a bit of sleuthing until I found this awesome shoe by Pucci:

http://high.heels.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/02/pucci.jpg

I figured the leather would look bad painted so many colors and my autistic brother loves to print things out on brightly colored paper. He has drawers full of them in his room, so I asked if could have some. At first I was going to make each shoe match the other, but I forgot to tell Mom. She thought the extra shapes were trash and so tossed them. I like them better not matching though. The paper was slathered in mod podge to the shoe and then they were covered in sealant to make them waterproof.

In the beginning:


Side one:


Side two:


From the Front:
8  CLOTHING / Shoes: Discussion and Questions / Mod, Pucci style heels and decopaging questions *with pictures for referance* on: July 26, 2008 12:06:18 AM
Hello. I'm making these shoes for the Craft My Favorite Decade Swap and it is supposed to be mod, like a pucci print. I decopaged some colored paper onto a pair of purple pumps and am going to put some waterproof sealant on them when they're done.

I've three questions about them though.

1) My Mom said she liked the purple showing. Does it make them look unfinished?

2) Are they too ugly for someone to want to wear or have I just been staring at them too long?

3) Thirdly and most important, the paper on the heel end keeps getting all wrinkly. Is there a way to fix this?

Thank you!

Heels of Wrinkliness:


Purple Shoe Showing:


Other Side, just because:

9  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Doctor Who Earrings! on: June 04, 2008 09:42:11 AM
Hello. I made the Dalek and K9 pairs for the Doctor Who Swap, but then just had to make a little Tardis one for myself. They are my first polymer clay things. Or earrings, for that matter. They are made out of the uncolored sculpty and I then painted on the colors and details.

All Together, K9

Tardis, Dalek
10  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Corny Valentines, a Hungry Bunny Christmas Card, and a Pop-Up Birthday Card on: March 15, 2008 09:33:04 PM
These are various cards that I've made throughout the past year.

Making 20 or so Christmas cards in this style took so very long and made me seriously consider having less relatives. 

Valentines

Cute Aliens Attack! & Tigger Too: 


A Witch & a Bottle of Glue:


Christmas Card

Elves & Ladders:


Santa prefers Hummingbirds:

Birthday

Let Them Eat Cake:


The cake and candles part of this card used to be a pop-up, but time and gravity has rather flattened it.
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