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1  Painted $3 Filing Cabinet in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by VintageGeek on: April 12, 2013 03:21:21 PM
Hi all!

I bought this filing cabinet for $3 at a garage sale last week:

I loved the orange, but it was all chipped and faded and there was some rust on it. So I sanded the crap out of it, primed it, and painted it with the first two colors I fell in love with at the spray paint cage at Home Depot.

The whole project took less than three hours and cost less than $10 (including the purchase of the filing cabinet)!
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2  Re: Color Block Skirt from Boring Green Dress in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by VintageGeek on: March 11, 2013 04:50:42 AM
Thanks! Actually, I added a little embroidery because my cool-ass sewing machine has a limited but awesome embroidery function:

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3  Color Block Skirt from Boring Green Dress in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by VintageGeek on: March 10, 2013 06:33:03 PM
I made another thing! And I can also wear this thing out of the house! This is a good trend, and I need to keep it up.

I've been really inspired lately by some of the color-block style skirts and jackets that various Etsy sellers are displaying in their shops, so I wanted to do something like that. It's actually kind of a funny story...I went into this with a very clear idea in my head of what I wanted, and after I'd cut all the garments to pieces, I realized it wasn't going to work. Nothing like the befuddled panic of sitting in front of a pile of virtually useless fabric scraps to get the creative juices flowing. Smiley

I used a kind-of-sweet but boring green dress as the base, and threw in pieces from a tartan schoolgirl skirt (no pic, sorry) and some elastic lace inserts. This is the dress:

I've had it for years but literally never wore it out of the house once, although I always liked it. I like it even better now!

I think I pulled this off pretty well under the circumstances, and I'm very excited to have this thing in my wardrobe now.
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4  Ugly longsleeved tee to cute flirty top! in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by VintageGeek on: March 03, 2013 08:56:52 PM
I made this thing!! All by myself!

This started off as kind of a schlumpy long-sleeved hooded tee that I only wore a couple of times - I liked the color and the fabric, and it was comfy enough, but the sleeves were too short, the hood was too short, and overall it was just a really unattractive garment that I never wore out of the house:

It was way easy! I just cut off the sleeves and the hood, and resized it until it fit me pretty well, then used my leftover fabric to make cap sleeves and a ruffle for the front. All in all it took less than a couple of hours, and now I have one less ugly shirt and one more pretty shirt to put in my closet!
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5  FABRIC and PLASTIC WRIST CUFFS (pic stout) in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by VintageGeek on: October 23, 2009 10:36:06 AM
When my sewing machine tanked, I needed some small handsewing projects to work on and keep from going crazy.  So I decided to get obsessed with wrist cuffs for a week, and this was the result (pardon blurry pictures):

This was the first one I did.  I wanted it to look sort of wonky and really homemade, but I may have taken that too far.  Tongue

This one out of fleece and felt because...well, because argyle is awesome.

This one took me the longest because I wanted to make sure the ribbons stayed very, very straight.  I'm particularly proud of this one.  Grin

This one is my favorite, which is a shame because the picture sucks.  It has a functional zipper that goes from one end to the other.  I think it's got a nice mix of punk and corporate, which I try to maintain while I'm at work.  I like it.

These were the most fun because they were crocheted out of those brightly-colored plastic leis you see everywhere in the summertime.  I just pulled them apart and crocheted away, snipping and discarding the little tiny wires that make up the "spine" as I went.

So there they are.  I'm proud of them.  I present them to you.  Grin
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6  Stripey Tie-Waist Skirt (otherwise known as: my first from-scratch evar!) in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by VintageGeek on: October 04, 2009 02:45:27 PM
So as I posted over in Discussions and Questions, I've been struggling with a particularly painful brand of self-loathing with regards to my sewing skills.  I received a veritable ton of excellent advice, and finally decided to put it to the test this afternoon.  After watching several episodes of Threadbanger to psyche me up, I pulled out a set of red-striped Ikea curtains my mom gave me a long time ago for just such a purpose, and created this:

Here is the waistband I janked from the Thai Fisherman's Pants concept:

It's not super fancy, but I love the material, and it's comfortable and cute and I've always wanted something just like it!  Thanks so much to everyone who posted on my bad sewer thread and offered me help and advice!  You were all right, as it turns out... And I'm actually proud of myself!!!

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7  Re: Small Destash Swap Round 2 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by VintageGeek on: April 08, 2009 07:24:05 PM
Okay, I got pictures.

Two necklaces.  The tile necklace reads "Look after my heart, I've left it with you."  The purple necklace was included in stuff for my daughter.  She loves it!

Six scrabble tile refrigerator magnets that I took a really crappy picture of.  Four of them have tree frogs and two have Mario on them!

A beautiful ponytail holder for my daughter (and my model), adorned with pretty ribbons!  This also happens to match her Easter dress perfectly!

Another crappy picture, this time of a purple bracelet and two more beautifully decorated ponytail holders for my daughter.

Finally, fun felt food for my son!  He likes the "sawbehys" best!

Thanks again psoup!  This was a lot of fun.  Your package should be arriving any day now.   Grin

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8  Re: DeStash-Along 2009 in Craftalongs by VintageGeek on: March 18, 2009 12:57:52 PM
I've been very non-productive for the last few days, so I'll just post some pictures to show how my craft room organization went.

Step One: Remove all non-craft items and put large cuts of fabric in under-the-bed boxes.

Put sewing machine in a better place (it can be pulled out easily from here).

Step 2: Make hanging fabric wall organizer out of upholstery fabric that I'm getting really sick of.

Step 3: Hang stuff on wall.

And there we have it.  A moderately functional space that seems to be working out okay.  I really want to rig some sort of shelving or something for underneath the table, and see that big green Rubbermaid?  It's full of clothes for reconstruction.  So I guess I should get on that too.   Undecided

Yay for organizing!
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9  Re: DeStash-Along 2009 in Craftalongs by VintageGeek on: February 27, 2009 12:14:25 PM
Argh!!!  I didn't see this until JUST NOW!   Undecided

I wanna do this.  I've done two swaps since I joined a few months ago, and I realized pretty quickly that before I join any more, I'm going to need to a) get organized and b) reduce some of the excess crafty stuff before I can do any more swaps.  Actually, this is partially my husband's rule.

I'd like to join, if it isn't too late...but I'll have to start with getting my stash organized first though.  I know this isn't exactly appropriate, but let me show you what I'm working with here (keeping in mind that we just moved in about five months ago and I haven't actually made an effort to put any of this away yet):

Obviously there's some stuff in there that isn't even craft-related, so I really have my work cut out for me.

But you know.  Once I get all that sorted out, I'm totally in for March!!  If it's not too late to join, that is.
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10  The start of a beautiful friendship - my first 2-shirts-into-1 recon!! in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by VintageGeek on: February 27, 2009 06:31:06 AM
So I'm one of those people who has a sewing machine and fabric and notions and stuff but never really does anything significantly interesting with it.  This is, of course, because I am desperately afraid of failure.  Reconstructing clothes has always been on my "to do maybe one day when I get over the unbelievable fear of screwing up" list, so I've spent years gathering a slowly growing cache of clothing that seems to exist for the sole purpose of sitting in the corner looking pathetic while I grow more and more ashamed of myself for not having the courage to do something with them already!

*pant pant*

That said, I decided yesterday that enough was enough!  It was time to awaken from the death-grip of fear, wipe the remaining anxieties from my eyes, and get reconstructing!  My first victims were the following two shirts:

The Contenders: One (1) light-blue short-sleeved Ralph Lauren t-shirt with a too-high neckline that makes my boobs look like cantaloupes.  One (1) posh-ass charcoal sweater that mysteriously appeared in my closet when we moved.  I don't know where it came from or whose it was, but I liked it, so I wore it for a couple of years until (easy come, easy go) it got tossed in with a big load of laundry and shrank.

Three hours, one veggie burger, fifteen tears, and THOUSANDS of re-pinnings later...

As I'm sure your more-experienced eye could see, the new seams are way wonky, and I definitely should have remembered to tighten up the stitch length before sewing in the yoke, and probably I should hem those sweater parts before I try to do anything crazy like launder it, and perhaps some sort of embellishment will be needed to cover up the part at the bottom of the yoke where I accidentally over-stretched the blue shirt fabric while sewing, but STILL.


And now, I think, I will be getting pretty freaking busy with that pile of clothes in the corner.
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