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371  Re: Simon Pegg and Posse Swap Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by Acadian Driftwood on: September 15, 2009 11:23:36 AM
OK folks here it is! One sweet package from jungrrl! I'll start you all off small so as not to overload you with awesomeness to fast.

The lighter from the first episode of Black Books, and a Dylan Moran magnet! teehee. *fangirlgiggles*



Hot Fuzz narp sleep mask! I've never actually had one of these, though being a college student I do end up sleeping quite a bit when it is light, and this one is very comfy.



Here's something that Simon Pegg hasn't got - a great big bushy beard!!



bahahahaha... yay. Here's a beardy close up, it's so well done!



Last item (prepare yourself): my very own cape for Neighborhood Watch Alliance meetings! I was literally profane with excitement when I saw this.



It's a wonderful fit, and so soft too! *adores*



And then I felt the need to go on a "THE GREATER GOOD" photoshoot.





Thank you so much jungrrl! You rule!

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372  Re: 50 projects a year 2009! in Craftalongs by Acadian Driftwood on: August 31, 2009 11:10:09 AM
Thanks TSM! I'm also getting towards the point where I'll take a break from swaps, mostly because school is starting up again. But I'll hopefully find time for some smaller ones though!

#31 is a recon; my mom gave me this odd button up dress to do something with and it's now one of my favorite pieces! I have a feeling it's going to be a fall staple for me.

Before:



After!



#32 Another mysterious swap item Wink
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373  Re: 50 projects a year 2009! in Craftalongs by Acadian Driftwood on: August 29, 2009 02:41:22 PM
I haven't updated in a few weeks, so here's what I've been up to:

#27 Cat ears, 3 pairs (follow the link for tute)



#28 Mysterious swap item!

#29 Paint my room (Dio approved)



That one I had been working on for such a long time, I'd prep a few walls then it would fall by the wayside again. I finally powered through it this weekend to distract myself because the boy has gone back to college early.

#30 Octopus freezer paper stencil

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This one had been going for a while too - I cut out and ironed the paper months ago then lost my blue paint - I just found it while cleaning my room to paint it!
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374  Re: Altered Journal-a-long in Craftalongs by Acadian Driftwood on: August 24, 2009 09:40:57 AM
Sarah, I use mod podge to glue pages together and I don't get a lot of warping.

I finished the page with the dino, thanks smuckers for the trees suggestion! I really like how it turned out.



But please reassure me that this looks like a tree... I can't see it with an outsider's eyes.
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375  Re: Altered Journal-a-long in Craftalongs by Acadian Driftwood on: August 18, 2009 04:43:58 PM
Thanks you two!

I've been going on a bit of a binge in the journal area, because I am going away for a week and not bringing my supplies. This background I did at the same time as the other one and it's just been waiting for some work.



I thought at first it wasn't done, but I really actually like it like this.

The opposite page just has a doodle on it right now - any suggestions on where this could go? It doesn't have to fit in with the other page, really, though I'd like to keep the green color scheme.

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376  Re: Altered Journal-a-long in Craftalongs by Acadian Driftwood on: August 17, 2009 04:45:02 PM
I like your Potter doodles, noooitare! And bunnyface, your new pages are great; I'll have to try a zentangle soon.

In the meantime, here's a spread I've been working on for a while and I'm sort of on a standstill regarding it right now. I did the background back when I started my altered journal, and a few weeks ago I got a (limited) flash of inspiration and stuck some stuff on there, and wove in the ribbon. Now I'm not sure where it's going (but I like where it's been...).

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377  Re: Felt cat ears on hair clips in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by Acadian Driftwood on: August 13, 2009 07:46:59 PM
Thanks for your comments and interest! I made another pair for myself, so here is the step-by-step.



Materials and pattern: I just used cheapo craft felt; it's good because it's relatively stiff and stands up on its own. You can make the ears any size you want really, but make a paper pattern so each ear is the same. My large triangle measures 7.75 cm at the base and is 6 cm tall. Cut the smaller one with whatever allowance you want to show on the inner ear. I made sure to mark which side was "up" on my pattern pieces because they weren't symmetrical.



Sew the pieces together! You may be able to glue them instead, depending on what your felt is like. I liked the way the stitches looked. If you are sewing, it is important to have thread that is the same color as your outer ear.



I'm not sure the name of these clips, but I'm sure most of you are familiar with the style. I would have used the matte black ones, but this is all I had to work with and it looks fine.



I krazy glued the felt around the flat part of the clip.



It's easier to take the curves a little at a time.



I don't trust the glue to do the job on it's own, so I tied the felt down as I went with a double strand of thread.



Three inches at the base was just enough to go around the clip into the shape I wanted, with a little extra bit at the pointy end of the clip.*



I tied it down in a total of six places, finishing the knots with a drop of glue to make sure they wouldn't slip out.



Voila! Your fab new ears.



*That's right, I used inches and centimeters in the same post. WHAT NOW.
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378  Felt cat ears on hair clips *tutorial added* in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by Acadian Driftwood on: August 08, 2009 12:41:03 PM


I made these for a friend of mine who was admiring my plastic cat ears that are on elastic. I'm giving them to her tonight, so in the mean time Lisaisab models.



It doesn't show much in the pictures, but the felt is very sparkly.





They are so light, you don't even notice them. I think I'll be making more of these. They are very simple to do, but I was thinking of doing some step-by-step photos if anyone is interested.

EDIT: Scroll down or click here for tutorial!

And edited for a picture of the ears with their new owner (didn't want to use flash at the concert but I think it looks pretty awesome).

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379  Re: Sea Life Swap (SLS) Round 1 Signups CLOSED Sendout 9/30/09 in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by Acadian Driftwood on: August 06, 2009 10:23:19 AM
More inspiration! Here's an altered journal page that I did a while ago.



The writing behind it I copied from a scientific article on cuttlefish brain organization.
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380  Re: 50 projects a year 2009! in Craftalongs by Acadian Driftwood on: July 20, 2009 05:05:37 PM
Wow rlynn, you aren't even going to count the ones so far this year? Definitely include swaps. They are half the reason I can get myself to finish anything.

My latest project (#26) is the first one for me since #16! I picked up this little footed ironing board in a thrift store for $2, but it wasn't in great condition.



So I took it apart, lined the top anew with a thrifted towel, cleaned the legs, lined the bottom because the particle board wouldn't stop flaking everywhere, and covered the top with this nice print from my stash. It's not perfect but it's definitely functional now and I like it well enough.



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