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21  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: My body is wonderful-craftalong on: March 23, 2009 07:30:37 PM
Ok!
I was so inspired by finding this thread that I went straight home and made a little tote for groceries to honor my belly, squishy and all!
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=298004.0
22  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / I Love My Squishy Tummy on: March 23, 2009 07:27:11 PM
Before I begin I have a few breif warnings and then I will elaborate.

1. I am an ameture craftswoman
   (a) This is my first bag
   (b) This is my first aplique attempt
2. I have BDD (body dismorphic disorder)
   (a) It's not easy to admit, it's really embarrassing really
   (b) I can't just "get over it"

Ok! So. I was having one of the worst BDD attacks of all time, panicing really, someone suggested that I draw a picture of what I perceive myself to actually look like (to see how ridiculous it is) but it didn't work it made it 10x worse.

So I turned to craftster to see what people had been making that reflected positive body images. 
I found this link
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=223939.0
Awesome!

So I went and purchased some fabric and started on the first decent idea that floated by and this is what I ended up with.



It's a Squishy Tummy Grocery Tote Cheesy.
It's an aplique of a stuffed disembodied tummy, because a full belly is a happy belly. 
I left it a little bit abstract so it wouldn't be all "HEY LOOK GUYS THERE IS A STOMACHE ON MY BAG ISN'T THAT RAD?!" I still wanted it to look a bit classy



That's my little sister for size comparison, and my little dog, and my destroyed entranceway because my ferret reaks the havok.



The lining! I think I did ok maybe



I tried to do some topstitching for the aplique for a bellybutton and little pudgelines, but it didn't really show up on the cotton.  I'll put a pink button on later maybe if I deem it nessecary by then.

Thanks for looking Smiley
23  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: My body is wonderful-craftalong on: March 23, 2009 02:06:29 PM
Is it to late to hop onto this craftalong? 
I'm just now coming out of a pretty longish crafting slump and coincidentally I suffer from BDD and I am having a fairly massive attack this week.
The tummy is one of my big panic areas, so maybe crafting something honor it would help me see it in a different light.

I was thinking maybe a beach bag or market tote with a plushy squishy tummy aplique on it... I don't know, I'll play around with the idea a little and see if that is even within my skillset. 
24  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: squirrels love acorns pocket pot holder on: January 06, 2009 11:12:02 AM
This is way too adorable!  I guess I don't have any input other than that, it's just so cute that I had to say something though! Great work
25  CROCHET / Crochetalongs / Re: 2009 12" Squares- January on: January 06, 2009 08:03:59 AM
This sounds like an absolute blast! I just found the group on ravelry and I think I'm going to try to do both because I love making squares =D
26  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Cupcake scarf on: December 08, 2008 07:27:01 AM
This is amazing!
27  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: man-gagement ring? on: December 01, 2008 07:47:53 AM
I love that ring! It's really similar to the one I wanted to get my fiance, but he liked it better as an actual wedding ring so I think that something different is in call forthe engagement part.
28  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: man-gagement ring? on: November 17, 2008 12:18:43 PM
Wow, I'm glad there was a topic on this because I'm proposing to my dude pretty soon and was looking for ideas for maybe handmade rings or thrifty rings. I hadn't even thought about etsy! I'm so glad one of you brought that up. I'm pretty sure all of my issues are now resolved thanks to reading this topic.
He actually wont be able to wear the ring, but it's the symbolism of recieving a ring that I would like to convey to him. 
If anyone is intrested this http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=13441907 is the ring I want to get him, it's fairly cheap but classy as all get out.
29  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: My first wearable! on: November 16, 2008 08:28:08 AM
I did follow a pattern, but it was really easy, it's basically a square with the ends sewn together.  The pattern was in Positively Crochet, it's got tons of good ones, this is the first one I've tried though.  The yarn was pretty cheap too, it was caron's simply soft eco, great yarn, it had little white fuzzies on it that you have to pull off though. 
And I miss that color of my hair so much, lol. It faded so fast though.
30  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / My first wearable! on: November 13, 2008 07:29:50 AM
I decided it was about time I made something that I could actually put on my body that might look sorta nice. So I cracked open one of my pattern books and tackled a pretty simple shrug.  I can't decide whether I should leave it a vest, or add me some sleeves, but for now I'm going to call it finished except for the ends. 
I left them on for dramatic effect in my photos >.>

This is the only good picture I could catch of it, the back is really nice, I just can't get my phone to reach around and snap a good shot.  If later I decide to stick some sleeves on it I might get someone else to take some pictures for me.
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