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11  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Feathered Hair Clips for Mardi Gras (blurry image heavy) on: February 09, 2010 03:40:09 PM
the Endymion.  my first time, and im really very pumped
12  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Feathered Hair Clips for Mardi Gras (blurry image heavy) on: February 09, 2010 08:03:49 AM
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:

Action shots after this weekend!
13  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: upcycled shampoo bottle into earrings on: January 24, 2010 09:57:08 AM
perfect. oh wow. gotta make me some-a these
14  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: Craftroom/Office Redecoration & Reorcanization in Red/Black/Tan (Pic HEAVY) on: January 14, 2010 07:37:51 AM
a. i have the jealous
2. the shoe organizer is sheer genius! i look forward to stealing this idea from you Wink
15  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: The first thing I ever knitted on: January 13, 2010 07:44:00 AM
16  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Felted Mittens from Recyled Sweater - Ridiculously easy!!! TUTORIAL on: December 29, 2009 12:57:15 PM
Mine didnt turn out as nice as yours, but I'm pretty sure it was an operator-error, if you know what I mean.

I've not given up though! I will have gloves as nice as yours at some point!
17  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Tan Chiffon dress on: December 29, 2009 12:38:04 PM
oooh its pretty!  i particularly like the sheer back panel!
18  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Ugly Sweater -> Manly Mittens on: December 29, 2009 12:20:37 PM
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?
19  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Chistmas wrapping paper/Purses on: December 29, 2009 11:56:39 AM
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.   
20  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: First ever quilts - fantastic Christmas gifts!! (Lots of pics) on: December 28, 2009 01:10:50 PM
oh i just cant believe she's a first-timer! those are stunning!
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