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1  Re: Nebula Jean Jacket in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by tendstowardschaos on: September 01, 2015 07:26:02 AM
Sorry these pictures aren't great. The only place in my house that is dark enough to do this is my bathroom. Also, it's not easy to take photos under blacklight.

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2  Nebula Jean Jacket in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by tendstowardschaos on: August 31, 2015 07:51:29 PM
After painting a few t-shirts, I thought it might be fun to paint my old jean jacket. I even took the plunge and used my UV-reactive paints. So, this thing practically sparkles under blacklights. I actually started this project last year, but I ran out of white UV paint and had to re-order.

I gave it the usual treatment. Bleached away the color in a few areas and painted the dark areas with blue and purple. Blue and what was supposed to be turquoise (but ended up looking more green) on the edges of the bleached-out sections. White in the middle and then blown through a straw to make the stars. Any weird splatters get to become the brightest stars.

It's a little flashier than what I normally wear, but I love it.
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3  Blue Butterfly Elf Doll in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by tendstowardschaos on: July 07, 2015 10:39:07 AM
This poor doll has been sitting on a shelf in my sewing room for years, waiting for me to finally dress her. It took me long enough, but I stitched her dress on yesterday.

I had this really pretty, blue monarch butterfly print that matched her hair, so I cut out as many individual "wings" as I could. I used a flame to singe the edges and keep them from unraveling, then I pinned the little pieces onto the doll to make the dress. I just hand-stitched the edges down with some variegated thread, trying not to sew the dress to the doll. It went together very quickly, and was probably the easiest method for making a doll's dress that I've managed yet.  Grin

Thanks for looking!
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4  Big Polar Bear from Sweatshirt in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by tendstowardschaos on: February 05, 2015 08:47:18 AM
I still have had my cheerleading sweatshirt from high school. It's been slowly disintegrating, from being well-loved and often worn, for about 16 years. It finally got too holey to wear, even in private. But, I still didn't want to throw it away! Tongue That's why it got recycled into a giant teddy bear.

I came up with the pattern based on some I found on google images and one that I purchased. It took me a couple of tries to get the head gusset correct, and he still has a giant head. Undecided The stitching is in red - school colors. He's wearing some of my son's clothes that have been out-grown (size 18 month). His arms and legs are button-jointed, and his eyes are just big, black buttons.

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5  Re: Nebulae in UV-Reactive Acrylic Paint in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by tendstowardschaos on: February 05, 2015 08:10:43 AM
It's so beautiful!  I wish I was that talented!

Thank you, frankibean!

I recently finished another...I'm going for a series of four to pretty-up my walls. This one is based on the same nebula as my first painting, but very different results.

Here it is under black light (the blue section only looks blob-like in pictures...my camera doesn't like that color):
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6  Nebulae in UV-Reactive Acrylic Paint in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by tendstowardschaos on: January 10, 2015 09:34:47 AM
I started painting nebulae on t-shirts, and bought this UV-reactive acrylic paint (wildfirefx.com) to that effect. However, after a fun night at a Wine and Canvas event, I wanted to try this on canvas.

They're both 10"x10".

Here's my first try (that's the original Enterprise):

Under blacklight:


Here's the second one (still haven't decided if I'm adding a ship to this one):

Under blacklight:


I just wish I could show you what they look like with 3-D glasses on!

Thanks for looking! Any feedback is greatly appreciated. Smiley
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7  Jaguar Doll from Teddy Bear Pattern in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by tendstowardschaos on: August 13, 2014 06:53:35 AM
I picked up an old fashioned teddy bear pattern on Etsy, but the only faux fur I had in my stash was this short pile leopard print. Therefore, I added a tail and made a leopard. He's about 11 inches tall, partially hand-stitched, and has two buttons for his eyes. I stuffed him with wool. His arms and legs are button-jointed and his head is just stitched on. He even stands on his own if you arrange his tail just right.

Thanks for looking!

(here's the pattern.)
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8  Small Magellanic Cloud-Inspired Painted Tee in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by tendstowardschaos on: July 22, 2014 12:10:37 PM
I've finally started painting again after a short spell of crafter's block. Yay!

The coloring of this shirt was inspired by this picture (second one) of the Small Magellanic Cloud. I can't help but be inspired when I look at photos like that. There's just so much out there! In the spirit of exploration, I'm so tempted to add a little Enterprise to every one of these painted shirts. Probably will on the next one.  Wink Speaking of the next one, I'm super excited to try some new media.  Grin

Thanks for looking!
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9  Re: 2014 DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by tendstowardschaos on: February 26, 2014 07:11:09 PM
I love that yarn! So beautiful and comfy!

Thanks! It's Lion Brand Amazing and Cascade Heritage Silk, if you were curious.

When I get rid of stuff, I like to think that the person who receives it is going to be thrilled about it, and what a nice thing that is to make someone else happy. If I wait until I'm dead to pass it on, I miss out on all those warm fuzzy feelings.

I forgot to take pictures earlier, but here is the little wallet I made for my DS (another Valentine's gift) out of some leather scraps (he's always stealing my wallet out of my purse, so I made him his own...this is my solution to whatever thing of mine he's filching - make him his own).  Wink

I saw this cute top posted last week and had to have it, so I made my own from some stash fabric. I used just over a yard, I think. The fabric frayed like crazy, but French seams and facings for the armholes fixed that issue. I think I might add a ruffle to the bottom for a little extra length and weight...the fabric doesn't drape the way I imagined it would. My DS sat next to me while I did much of the sewing. He's two and obsessed with my sewing machine. He has his own antique children's sewing machine (missing some parts, like the needle) that he plays with while I use mine.

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10  Re: 2014 DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by tendstowardschaos on: February 23, 2014 06:50:49 PM
That's awesome, Bushbaby!

Everyone is being so productive!

For Valentine's Day, I made my DS matching mittens (I couldn't find the other one while taking pictures), a hat, and a scarf out of some stashed yarn. It's still too cold to play outside.  Tongue I am sooooo over this weather.

DS and I got bored the other day, so we made pillowcases for the two pillow forms I had laying around. I used an old pillowcase without a mate for the smaller pillow and some stash denim for the big one. He's thrilled to have his own baby-sized pillow.

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