So if you pay money to go to dragon*con, they give you a program/schedule with everything that is happening every second of each of the four-ish days the *con is on. It is very important to have, and to not lose, your personal copy because you probably have circled things you want to do and made notes in it. You will probably tote it with you literally everywhere all weekend, and pull out of your bag and shove it back into your back something like 20x a day. Oh did i mention it's printed on newsprint? and held together with two staples?
Here, I drew you a picture: but imagine it's just a crumpled up piece of trash. Because that is exactly what it is by the middle of the first day... THIS WILL NEVER BE MY FATE AGAIN!!
So this year is The Year I'm Smart and I made a cover for my program out of some old Star Wars bedsheets I had made into a dress last year. (no pic? sorry) You've already seen the outside, so here is the inside:
And here is an action shot with an old crumpled-then-uncrumpled program:
And here is my ridiculously crummy tute. (click on any pic to make it bigger) You will need: Two pieces of nice cardboard.
Two pieces of cloth. I'd recommend thinnish.
Two lengths of flat elastic
A nice, flat, big, button. (yes, these are the notes I make for myself) and an old hairband. Sorry, no crappy drawing of a hairband.
What you're gonna do is cut 1/2" notches out of all four corners of one piece of fabric. Spray one side of the board with some kind of craft glue. Press the board onto the inside of this fabric 1/2" in from the outside edges. The boards should be 1/2" away from each other. Fold the edges over and hot-glue them onto the inside (un-craft-glued) side of the board.
With the second piece of fabric, cut the notches out again, then fold the 1/2" in onto the "bad" side of the fabric. Pin. Iron. Sew down.
Now time to make the sandwich. Place your flat elastic two inches or so in from the short edge on the "good" side of the covered board. Glue it on the "bad" side of the board. See second live-action photo if this doesn't make sense.
Your old hairband is going to be the closing mechanism. So hot-glue it to the "bad" side of the right-hand board. Basically on the outside of the back of the book.
So now you have a lovely inside and a really fugly outside. So take that sewn rectangle of fabric and hot-glue it to the outside where all the hot glue and fugliness is.
Measure where your hairband reaches to on the cover and made a dot with a marker. Then sew your nice, flat, big, button there. My button had a nice curve going on, but if yours doesnt, just leave a little space so your hairband has somewhere to fit.
I'll probably hot-glue the spine of my program into my little cover here, and use the elastic bands to mark pages. But if you wanted to use the same cover again and again, you could just use the bands to hold your program in.
Comments? Questions about my lack of clarity in my crummy tute?
Headed to NOLA this weekend for Mardi Gras, where I will be attending.... a ball!!! Please imagine my excitement.
So to go with my ball gown (ee! ball gown! yea!) I wanted to make a fabulous feathered fascinator. And I even had some lovely blue jay feathers Mr.Handsome gathered for me, which I thought would go perfect with my navy/black/silver theme.
So this is all I made:
The big 'un in the middle is my attempt at a fascinator.
.... It did not turn out so awesome really. Far more like... a native american headdress. Erg. Because I want to wear my hair jauntily up on one side a la:
Not to be deterred, I made some smaller clips that will look less ridiculous on my head:
But that was was too unassuming so...
And, since I had my trinket box, glue gun, and bobby clips out:
Unnecessary back-story (feel free to skip!): So, every month my church hosts an "In-Town Movie Night" where we show a movie and serve a meal to the homeless in our community. In December, we also give a "gift-bag" which consists of a scarf, a hat, gloves, some toiletries and some little snackies. So I generally make a scarf or three but this year I decided to make a hat and gloves too... despite not having the foggiest how to do either. The hat was easy, brown yarn, crochet in a spiral, bam. Gloves though? So I'm reading about felted wool (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=59849.0) and thinking "oh man yeah! goodwill, here I come!" because that sounds perfect for my gloves I want to make. So I spend a long time reading every tag in every mens' sweater in the place (because the homeless men will NOT wear unmanly gloves, we've learned through trial and error. fine.) and I find one (and only one) that is 100% wool, and a nice ugly tan/brown blend. Ok so, I take it home and toss it into the washer, set to superhot. But when the cycle finishes... this thing doesnt look terribly... felted. It does stink, though. Loooord, does it stink. So I toss it in the dryer on superhot. But, um, it doesnt felt? I try the whole process again. I end up with tons of washer lint and a really funky-smelling apartment, but no felt? What have I missed?
So anyway, in the end, I decided that being felted was not entirely essential to being a glove (ok a mitten. sheesh.) so I trace my hand with a white eyeliner pencil (dont judge me) and use the existing edges of the sleeves and the bottom hem to make two glove-shapes. Then i just sew along my white line, through both layers of ugly man-sweater, and viola: gloves.
Ok then I realize the gloves are not the same shape, but it's cool, cuz I have plenty more hem to trace each of these two gloves and make them matching mates. and so!:
They look a lot like oven-mitts! But they fit like mittens, and they were well-received by the people packing the gift-bags, and so I got to brag, and give a little mini-lecture on how to reuse ugly sweaters.
Maybe next year I'll plan in advance and make a whole slew of them. Also, what can I do with the middle parts of the sweater (un-felted, remember)? I mean, I could sew my own hem, But that would make it bulky, and also not nice and snug-fitting. Whachoo think?
This year I decided that wrapping paper is dumb. It's an unnecessary cost and it makes a mess and then, if I'm feeling virtuous, it's an a**-pain to gather and recycle. Or, if I'm not feeling terribly virtuous, it's still an a**-pain to gather and throw away. So this year I decided: Green. All my gift wrapping was going to be recycled or re-usable. And I bet fully half of my gifts got Green wrappings. [then it got to be december 24th and I decided just to wrap the rest in normal paper whatever]
So here is Reusable Wrappings!:
No size reference, I see now, but they were for books for mr.handsome's neices. So the h = Hunter (7yo), and it is the size of Where the Sidewalk Ends a = Addison (2.5yo), and it is the size of Corduroy c = Caroline (5yo), and it is the size of The Lorax
They were all made from scraps in the stash. Some are thrift-store pillowcase bits. Some are leftover from dragon*con corsets.. etc.
I didnt see the girls "unwrap" the books, but, judging by the action I've seen them get since, I'm pretty sure they loved the bags a lot more. Ah well. Kids love empty boxes too.
Quilting is so beautiful.. and so daunting! My grandmother has always quilted by hand, and my bestfriendsmom runs a longarm quilting company and I've never thought that I would be able to make anything that could be called "a quilt." But here I am!
I made this for my cousin's little male-human-in-the-making. Gave to her at her babyshower last week. [it was the only present that got passed around. win!]
Please excuse my obscene amount of photos. Ok here are all my little squares laid out in my pattern:
This is after I had sewn them into strips [which took longer than anticipated]
All sewn together, pre-snipping [please imagine my delight at this point]
A corner on the back. Go ahead and believe that all my corners met up this nicely:
But, for real, they didnt. Here's the whole back:
Close-up of the front, post-snipping, pre-washing:
Annnd a close-up of the front, post-washing:
Here is what I learned: be careful when you're snipping the seam allowances. Man. I must have accidentally snipped through my seams on three different squares. I had this thing up on the sewing machine twenty minutes before departure, mending holes i had inadvertently made.
Allinall, though, I just love it. I'm hoping to make another for my quilting grandmother for christmas. And my boyfriend [who is not tres into my crafts, generally] has demanded a full-sized one for his bed.
My bestie, LaLa, and I share a deep love for all-things-audrey, and, in particular, Breakfast at Tiffany's. So for her birthday this year I've made her the ultrafabulous sleepmask that Holly wears when she first meets Paul: [insert crappy cellphone pics here:]
So maybe I finished at 12:30am and had to wrap it right away. And maybe the lighting in my craftloft leaves a bit to be desired. And maybe my lazyass wouldnt walk all the way downstairs to get my real camera. So let me show you what I totally promise it looks just like:
And me, modeling:
I left the eyelashes much longer than the original because... well because who can cut eyelashes! So fancy! But beyond that, I think I was pretty true to my inspiration.
Also I should mention that I do not own that image of Audrey Hepburn. I mean, clearly, but just to be safe I thought I'd say it explicitly.
First commissioned art work. My roommate was my client, and he requested a sign that said "master blaster two" in a post-apocalyptic theme. I'm putting it under Art instead of Misc. because I got into the tones and composition, way more than I thought I would, really. Ok pics:
It's made from a piece of 24"x48" poplar-laminated pine plywood. Which is to say, nice clean very light wood. I used mostly spraypaint and, well, dirt, to make it look corroded and rusted and dirty. The letters are made of two different types of metal link chain. I really dug working with the chain, I must say. Though trying to corrode it with acids didnt work really at all, so I faux-corroded it with paint, ha.
It was interesting for me to take brand new items and combine them to look like something "cobbled from whats left after the end of the world." (roommate's request description) The work is going to be displayed open-air and subject to the elements for about a month. Im really looking forward to how that will alter it... will it become more decrepit-looking? or will it become cleaner?
Also, Master Blaster is a character from the movie Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome.
First Commissioned (sp?) ... well, anything?? Wow. Hadn't realized this was quite so momentous. Let's skip ahead to the photo:
Please note: all images are crazy inside jokes of the client's which I cannot explain. Also note: free swirly-que photoshop-paintbrush I downloaded from somewhere on the internets for to make my fancy background. Ooh. Ahh.
But really, what I'm saying is that this was my frist attempt at using freezer paper as a stencil. (thats what the big 7 1/4 and the unreadable words were made by using) The outside of the tote is canvas, and I had a <i>really</i> difficult time getting a crisp edge. Does anyone know if this is a failing of canvas? Or was it an operator error?