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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Weavin' In & Out on: May 18, 2010 09:23:32 AM
Another poster put up some pictures of t-shirt recons she's done, and directed me to a video on YouTube about how to do a slash-n-weave shirt which I think looks super cool. Here's the link to the vid: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rofK0-cgA_k

...and here's my first attempt. Sorry about the awkward angle, it's hard trying to take a picture of your back haha.



The t-shirt I used was made of a thicker cotton so it didn't stretch as easily, but I think it turned out okay. I'm pretty sure I made a mistake or two somewhere down the line but overall I love the effect, and I plan on going to the thrift store to pick up some more tees to attack  Tongue
2  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Reusable Makeup Remover Pads! on: May 12, 2010 09:05:51 AM
So this isn't really bath, or beauty... or even clothing haha so I didn't know quite where to post it but it's cosmetic-related so here I am! I stumbled across a blog post the other day when I was searching for some DIY projects and it talked about creating your own reusable makeup pads, which I think is an awesome idea because I hate using disposable products all the time, and I'm really trying to be more environmentally friendly. The blogger was talking about using some material I've never even heard of, so I thought flannel would work just as well.

All I did was cut up an old pair of flannel PJs into squares and sewed two squares together to make one pad. I used one last night and it worked just as well as those cotton pads you can buy at the drugstore! The edges aren't exactly even but who cares, they're just going on my face  Tongue



Thanks for looking!  Smiley
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / My "Free Spirit" Dress! on: May 12, 2010 08:56:04 AM
So I was lurking Craftster last week and came across this post http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=339575.0 which inspired me to make my own little dress. I bought this pillow case made for a body pillow in the summer, and unfortunately when I got home and opened the package, it wasn't the colour I thought it was... and it was HUGE. It was the perfect amount of fabric to create a summer dress though, so here she is:



...and close-up of detail / boob shot haha. The straps are braided fabric, and they probably took the longest to do.



I've dubbed it my "free spirit" dress 'cause I feel like a hippie when I'm wearing it haha.

Thanks for looking!  Smiley
4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Owls and Fringe and Purses, Oh My! on: June 15, 2009 04:43:24 PM
So I've been home from college for about a month now, with nothing to do because finding a job these days has become near impossible. Today I was bored like every other day, & decided to rekindle my love with sewing Smiley Anyshoes, I decided to follow a Jordy Bag tutorial from waaay back in the day, adding some of my own personal flair. I've had my eye on a vintage-esque bag with an owl detail (love owls!) for about a month now and thought, hey! I can make my own owl-y bag! So here's how she turned out:

Full shot of the goods...


Owl detail...


I know the sewing is a bit shoddy on this applique, but I like how it turned out. His tummy feathers look ruffled!

Me carrying the bag...


For the fringe & owl I just cut up an old suede suit of my mom's, & the rest is some random fabric I've had for awhile now. So whaddya think? I know this is just a simple pattern, but I think this is the first bag that's turned out not-too-shabby, because I put so much effort into it. Anywho, thanks for looking! Smiley
5  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Raspberry Lip Balm (First Post Ever!) on: June 14, 2009 07:35:48 PM
Okeedoke, so this is my first post ever on Craftster! I can't say that I'm new though, because I've been lurking these boards since about 2005  Tongue I had the urge to get messy in my kitchen last week, & decided to make a new lip balm. Now I know I'm not the first person to do this, but I was just so pleased with the results that I wanted to share it with all you lovely Craftsters  Smiley So here are some pics! *Edit* Sorry, I guess I have to post 10 times before I can post pictures, so I've just posted the links to them instead.

Packaging...


With flash...


Without flash...


I just love that gorgeous raspberry colour!

And here's how I made it:

1. I started by adding about 1 1/2 tbsp of petroleum jelly to a small bowl. I added a little bit of pink blush that I don't really wear anymore, and gave 'er a good mix.
2. I then pricked a vitamin E capsule and squeezed the contents into the bowl for extra gloss and goodness, mixmixmix.
3. Then I got creative & remembered I had red food colouring in the cupboard, and added a couple drops, more mixing!
4. When I finally got the colour I liked, I added a few drops of Peppermint Extract to give it that nice minty smell.
5. When I finished I just globbed it all into an old jar I wasn't using, and kinda tried to flatten it out & make it look pretty.

Nothing too amazing, but I had fun for my first time making lip balm. Hope you enjoy!
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