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21  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
22  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!
23  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
24  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*

25  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Reindeer and snowmen polymer clay earrings on: January 11, 2009 10:10:08 PM
Some earrings I made for Christmas gifts this past year!

Snowmen for my mummo...

And reindeer for one of my best friends! Smiley

I was super happy with how the reindeer came out... they remind me of Muppets!

Comments much appreciated! Smiley
26  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / Edison quote, you+me=<3, and "keep Earth clean" mugs! on: January 11, 2009 09:36:15 PM
Inspired by http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=284893.0 , of course! Wink Once I saw those beauties, I had to try these awesome pens!

My tester, which ended up with my brother:

One for the boyfriend:

And one for the boyfriend's hippie stepfather Wink :

I love these pens, I'm addicted! I keep buying plain ceramic stuff to decorate.... it's a sickness, I tells ya... but I don't want to be cured! Cheesy
27  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / My latest hoodies- Super Mario Galaxy, Rubber Soul (Beatles) and Johnny Lunchbox on: January 11, 2009 09:28:32 PM
I was a busy Christmas crafter, and managed to make hoodies for my boyfriend and two of my close friends for Christmas!

First up, the Super Mario Galaxy hoodie which was more of a pain in the butt than it should have been. Everything was going wrong (which resulted in the huge neckline) but he loved it in the end. *giggle* Made from a $5 K-Mart tee, gray cotton, and lined with a nice warm starry blanket from the thrift store, and some black fleece thrown in when I ran out of starry blanket.
 The shirt is a little too short (I was gonna lengthen it for him once I saw it on him, but he didn't seem to want to give it back to me for long enough to fix it up, hehe). It's also big on him, but for some reason he always wears huge shirts.

Next up, the Beatles hoodie I made a good friend of mine for Christmas. I made it out of a $7 t-shirt from Wal Mart and some green fabric (hood, sleeves, and strips up the side of the torso) and is lined with super soft brown fleece! Unfortunately, this is the only pic I got before I gave it away- hopefully she gets a couple good shots! Smiley

And last but not least... one of my close friends has a band called Johnny Lunchbox. I designed their logo a few months back, and really wanted to do something with it for him for Christmas. And thus, the Johnny Lunchbox hoodie was born!

Cutting the stencil for the back was the hardest part... here's the piece after I "screened" the image onto it...

The hoodie all together (again, only pic I have... I see a pattern here)...

And the back!

There's nothing quite like giving homemade gifts for Christmas- three very well recieved gifts!
28  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Flamingo Pajamas on: December 20, 2008 09:16:34 PM
Whipped these up in a few hours today. I'm still a beginner, but I love the way these turned out! It's a tank and pants... just figured I'd clarify 'cause a few of the pics make it look like a dress.

The PJs:

My best flamingo impression:

Closer-uppish pic:

Have I mentioned how much I love this fabric?!
29  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / My Favourite Musicals swap? on: November 22, 2008 08:05:48 PM
I love musicals... and would love to craft it up with some! Wink Anyone else?
30  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Everybody loves the Smurfs, la la la la laaaa..... Smurf Hoodie! on: November 15, 2008 01:22:45 PM
My latest (and in my opinion, best quality) hoodie! Made from bedsheets and a blanket from the thrift store. Gotta love cheap crafting supplies!  Well, okay, not really cheap- Value Village is getting more expensive by the day on their blankets and things- but overall I think this one cost about $13 to put together, and I've still got extra fabric. Smiley

I'm so happy with it, this is the first hoodie I've managed to make without any seams showing!  *giggle* I'm so proud of that fact... Cheesy

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