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11  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Lucille Ball in black and white on: November 01, 2009 09:17:43 PM
I've always wanted to do an entire stage production in black and white, especially since seeing Pleasantville. I decided that my Halloween costume would suffice, and suggested that my boyfriend and I should be Lucy & Ricky for Halloween. He couldn't make it up this year though (long distance relationship Sad) so I went solo as Lucy.



By the time these pics were taken, my makeup had begun to wear off a bit, but it's the basic idea. I can't believe I actually dyed my hair black for this! I'm beginning to wonder if it was a mistake, haha. First time ever dying my hair... usually it's a light/medium brown.

My mom and aunt helped me make the dress, I made the earrings and did my hair and makeup. The arm coverings were made from tights (I wanted lighter but this was the only shade gray they had)... and the gloves, belt, purse and shoes (which aren't visible except very slightly in one pic) were thrifted.



(basically only posting that for the visible shoe. Wink)



Sans gloves, at work, with Dexter the Pirate Dog. Hard to work with those gloves on, especially when they're too small for your hands! (This and the next shot were taken when I first dressed up on Friday and used a video tut for the hair, which failed miserably. My hair was way too thick and I had to half-arse it at the last minute by shoving as many combs and bobby pins into it as I could).



Playing the role of the housewife, also sans gloves. Mmmm, apple danish and homemade marshmallows, with a generous helping of chocolate bars and gummy candies! Eat up, kids! (Is it weird that our office is above a dentist? Wink)



And a closeup from when I got home on Saturday night, after a fundraising party where I got hit on by a 60 year old man who had just been humping a Wheaties box, as well as by a guy who told me he thought I looked drunk and easy, which was a feat, considering I'm a virgin who doesn't drink, hahaha. He then proceeded to tell me he was "in pretty good shape" and gave me his business card, what a winner!

*cough* So anyway, hope you enjoyed my little rambles along with the pics. C&C are always appreciated! Smiley




12  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Beatles Yellow Submarine shoes - 9 pics on: September 19, 2009 09:57:44 PM
I made these totally sweet shoes (sorry, had to toot my own horn for a minute Smiley) for my partner, hippiejo76, in the Beatles swap. I fell in love with them and even tried to fit my feet into them (despite being two sizes to small they were just a little too tight....) then realized I knew she would love them and sent them on their way. Smiley I'm glad they found a loving home! Now I just have to make more. Wink



















Thanks for looking! Smiley
13  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / You've Got the Touch! -Transformers stenciled tee on: July 11, 2009 04:18:30 PM
A friend commissioned this from me, and hokey smokes, at first I wondered what I had gotten myself into... but I was so pleased with the result in the end that it was all worthwhile! She found a shirt with this design online, but rather than buy it for her boyfriend, decided to ask me to recreate it. They must have been out of stock or something.... in any case, I present the most ridiculous stencil I've taken on to date!



It's a mix of fabric painting, freezer paper stenciling, and freehand painting. I'm pleased as punch with it, even though I know nothing about Transformers... just that the line is from the theme song. Wink

The only thing I'm not happy with is the amps ... the blue circles on them were done in fabric paint, and they're a bit wonky. I  mean, hey, I was zonked by the time I put the finishing touches on this thing, but I'm still my worst critic!
14  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / My first freezer paper stencils- Warhol, Dali, Squirtle, NES & more! img heavy! on: May 17, 2009 11:18:26 AM
Sooo I got freezer paper the other day, and totally fell in love! I've been obsessively crafting the past few days and really loving the results.

This was the first shirt I made:



Which was followed by this one...



And that's about where I started going crazy, and made all of these:





(NES undies, just trying out the stencil- didn't want to use up a shirt, haha)









Couple detail shots:





And the happy crafter:



And the happy boyfriend:



And that's been my past 2 days in a nutshell! Comments appreciated muchly. Cheesy
15  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Snoopy sheets = wrap pants on: April 30, 2009 09:54:06 PM
Thanks a million to this tutorial, http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=254336.0 I just made the comfiest pair of pants I think I've ever made! After a minor mishap with the sewing, may I present my Snoopy wrap pants. Smiley





I'm so glad I picked up this sheet on half price day at the thrift store- I knew it would come in handy!
16  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Weird, wacky, and a whole lotta nerdy earrings (7 smallish pics) on: April 21, 2009 07:10:42 AM
So the other day I picked up my polymer clay and wondered why I have so much... I decided it was time to start making things again! It led to a few hours full of nerdiness, but now I've got some awesome new earrings to show off. I love new earrings! Smiley

I'm wearing these little Hitchhiker's Guide dudes today:



My boyfriend suggested he might take me to a Cubs game when I go visit him, so naturally I gotta go in style. Wink Not crazy about how these turned out; they were the first of the night and I hadn't worked with clay in months!



Oldschool geekery



Mmm, lemon cake... only my second attempt at cake... it looked nicer before I cut it up



What I did with the extra lemon slices:



Who didn't love ViewMaster as a kid? Smiley (or as an adult, for that matter...)



These Tetris earrings are so ridiculously huge and klunky, I love 'em! Hard to tell scale from a pic, though, isn't it. I'll have to get an action shot later...



Thanks for looking! Smiley  Suggestions for more nerdy earrings are much appreciated! Wink

Edited to add an "action shot" of the Tetris earrings for scale:



Big n' clunky! Love 'em! Wink
17  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Vintage pattern + grandma's bed sheets = summer dress! on: March 07, 2009 09:22:09 PM
A brief background on this one...

I'm graduating from graphic design this spring, and we're having a big grad show, as per usual. A bunch of the girls in my class went out the other day to talk about some decorating ideas for the show, and we were talking about dressing up all fancy shmancy for the opening night.
We went to one dress shop, which was a little discouraging because everything was a size 6 and cost around $300! I decided I want to make my own dress for the show, so today I pulled out a vintage dress pattern I got at Value Village (I bought it when my boyfriend and I were going to be Lucy and Ricky for Halloween) and decided to try making one just to see how it fit.

I got this huge flowery bed sheet at Value Village months ago, because it's the exact same one my grandma had, and it reminds me of her. Smiley I knew it would come in handy someday!

This was only meant to be a trial piece, but I think I kinda like it! I look a little doped up in the pic, so please excuse my expression. (Neighbours should not klunk around outside my door at 4 a.m.!) Still debating what kind of fabric to use for the dress I'll wear at the show. I'm thinking either something wacky (maybe one of the vintage TV bed sheets.... A-Team anyone?) or something classic black and white...



Thanks for looking! Smiley
18  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 36 ENTRIES / Bicycle Race ... well... bicycle! on: March 04, 2009 04:19:16 PM
This started out as an ugly purple bike I used to ride back in grade four. I don't think I have any pictures of it around from when it was still purple.

It was an art class project, so I hope it's alright to post here. Smiley

The song: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kpy4xNAnWzM



I spray painted the bike black and used silver fabric paint to write the lyrics to the entire song all over. I then decided on what to do with the wheels.

The pictures on the wheels are all bristol board, sewn between the spokes. The blue and red pop art type wheel is a pencil crayon and Sharpie drawing. The drawing of Freddie in leather was done in charcoal. The Queen logo and the pink/purple "portrait" were both acrylic paint.

One of the most fun (and most stressful) things I've ever done!
19  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Butterfly Bag on: January 11, 2009 10:34:52 PM
My latest bag began as a gift for a girl who was flaked on in a Christmas exchange. I was originally going to make a tote bag out of the fabric I used as lining, but then had a brainstorm! The end result was this little cutie...



With a cute butterfly lining!



Comments? Crits?

One quick note: Please don't try to make and sell these for a profit. Smiley
20  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Placemat "IQ Lights" on: January 11, 2009 10:29:40 PM
After finding the pattern to make pieces for IQ lights, I got addicted! I also found that plastic dollar store placemats work GREAT for these, despite being a little rough on the hands to cut out. That being said, the dollar store here sells 'em 2/$1, so the "shell" of these lamps works out to costing about $1.50, then it's just a matter of wiring it up!

Here are my first and last... unfortunately I don't have pics of the other 3 I completed. Besides these two, I made one out of pink flowery placemats, one out of these super cool green and brown geometric print mats, and another out of reddish orange mod ones. Hopefully I'll have pics soon!

Here's my first, before wiring...



And my last, which became a birthday gift for a friend of mine. Smiley



Thanks for looking! Cheesy Hopefully more to come!

Editing to add the link to these lovelies...including the pattern piece! I didn't even realize I got the pattern from Craftster originally! *blush*

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=231484.0
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