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11  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Transformers Transformed my Wallet. on: August 29, 2009 04:01:25 AM
So, I had an old Pirates of the Caribbean wallet from years and years ago that was hideously pink and said "I Love Jack" on it, with a pinkish picture of Jack Sparrow. At the time, in my young age of 13-years-old, I loved it. I carried around that wallet for years, though I was getting more and more embarrassed about taking it out to pay for something as I got older. Finally, I retired it in favor of getting a Nightmare Before Christmas one, which I am still using and I adore.

However, the Jack wallet was just sitting around on my desk for ages, collecting dust. Yesterday, I found it and realized it had a lot of potential. I mean, other than the awful design on the front of the wallet, it was a normal plain black one.

SO! I took my seam ripper and scissors and hacked the entire top/back (the peice that goes around both the front and back of it) of the wallet off . Then I covered that in black fabric. Deciding that I wanted a fun Transformers wallet (my car is Transformers themed and is also named Prowl...), I stenciled the logo of both the Autobots and the Decepticons on the front and back. Unfortunately, when I was painting, the stencil came unstuck and I was forced to do some really heavy touch ups with a black permanent marker.

Despite that little annoyance, I am extremely thrilled with my new wallet! It is something I can be proud of when pulling out to pay for something and I always enjoy something I made myself rather than something I bought. And I reused something that was shameful and fangirly to something awesome and geeky.

Thanks for looking!
(Ignore the Batman Bedsheets...  Roll Eyes )


The Front Side.


The Back Side.


Opened and laid flat to show both sides.
12  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Batman Swap (Sign Ups- Aug 26th to Sept 7th, Sendouts by Oct. 7th) on: August 26, 2009 09:06:15 AM


Swap name: Batman Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: Alexandra-the-Great
Sign-up date range: August 26 - September 7th
Date to send item by: October 7th

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): No.

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? No.

Age requirement? 13 and up!

Swap Organizer himself/herself meets these conditions:
- Has fully read the Swap Info Guide: YES
- Has successfully completed two swaps as a participant: YES
- Is not organizing more than three swaps right now: YES
- Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a Swap Moderator if this swap has more than 25 participants: YES

Swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions:
- Has been a member for at least one month: YES
- Has posted at least 15 times: YES
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YES
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: YES
- Does not have any negative feedback: YES
- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 13 years old: YES
- Participant lives in the United States: YES
   - If yes, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES
   - If no, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES

Details of swap:

Gooood Evening Gotham and Gothamites everywhere! Do you love Batman as much as I do? What is it about him that makes everyone go wild? Is it the mask? The Cape? The Dark Presence? And what about that Rouge Gallery! The Joker, The Scarecrow, The Riddler, Two-Face, Poison Ivy, Harley Quinn... The greatest bunch of villains in comic book history! The crafting potential is endless!

So, this swap will be based on both the movies, the comics, the animated series. Anything Batman related goes! Yes, that means the Batman Villains are definitely allowed in the swap!

The swap will be a 6 point swap, you crafting One Big Item, One Medium Item, and One Small Item. Of course you can do more or less, if you discuss it with your partner first.

Additional note:

-Please post in this topic at least once a week, preferably more.
-If you are sending in the US, you MUST provide a DC Number. If sending internationally, a copy of the receipt.
-Take photos before you send if possible!

Have fun, everyone!

If you want to participate, information to send to organizer: Alexandra-the-Great


QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER:
Name of swap:
Craftster username:
Email address:
Your real name:
Mailing address including the country:
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country?
Confirm that are at least 13 years old (yes/no)

Favorite Batman Characters:
Favorite Batman Villains:
Least Favorite Batman Character:
Favorite Batman Movie:
Favorite Batman Comic:
Do you like Batman: The Animated Series?
If so, Which Episode is your favorite?

What types of crafts do you do?
What type of crafts would you like to receive?
What would you not care to receive?
Are you allergic or have aversions to anything?
Do you smoke or have other allergens in your home? (cats, dogs, perfume, etc)
Do you have a wist, blog or other site?
Anything else you want your partner to know?

IF YOU WANT TO PARTICIPATE, REMEMBER TO SEND YOUR INFO TO ORGANIZER VIA PRIVATE MESSAGE AND NOT TO REPLY WITH IT HERE.


LIST OF APPROVED SWAP PARTICIPANTS::

1. Alexandra-the-great
2. RevolutionaryGirl
3. RikaHeart
4. puzzled-penguin
5. Glamis
6. Chinjo Petite (first time!)
7. Kayoubi
8. shdwstrm
9. snazzyjazzy
10. mararara


SWAP PARTNERS:::
Sent = Green
Received = Purple
Problem = Red
Sent & Received = Blue
Crossed through = Feedback given

Alexandra-the-Great[/color] <------> RevolutionaryGirl
RikaHeart <------> shdwstrm
puzzled-penguin <------> Glamis
Kayoubi <------> Chinjo Petite
snazzyjazzy <------> mararara
13  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Harley Quinn Hoodie! on: July 09, 2009 01:49:57 PM
I am a huuuuge Batman geek. I love everything about him... and his villains. Being a born and raised child of the 90's, I grew up watching Batman: The Animated Series. Always my two favorite villains have been The Joker and Harley Quinn, simply because they are so absolutely twisted!

Harley Quinn is possibly my most favorite female character. She is twisted, mad, violent, and completely crazy... however, she is also extremely pathetic, heartsick, and a romantic. I adore her.  Roll Eyes

So, what better way to show my love of Batman than parade around in fantastic Harley Quinn hoodie?!

It is my first hoodie ever made. The fabric is a heavy knit that seems to be used in most hoodies, and it is really comfy and stretchy. No patterns were used. I winged the entire thing. The hardest part, in my opinion, was sewing the shape for the liliripes. It was difficult not to make them too fat, too wide, too long, too etc. I kept having to redo them and stuff them and redo them. I am not at all patient, so I was getting extremely frusterated with that.

Oh, and the fact that I had messed up the color patterns a bit.  Instead of having the top right be all black, and the left be all red, I had the front bit black and red, and the back red and black. Thus the sleeve would have been attached to two different colors. So it took a bit of seam ripping and some heavy cussing to fix that.  Roll Eyes

Anyways, I hope you like it!



And here is a little costume-photo session I did in my hoodie, some pleather pants, and Harley makeup::







(I adore my Bang Flag...)

14  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Batman Swap Anyone? on: June 29, 2009 08:51:00 PM
So, I am a HUGE Batman fan. The graphic novels, comics, animated series, and movies... if it is Batman related, I will likely love it.  Cheesy Roll Eyes

Being the huge geek that I am, I can definitely see a huge potential of amazing crafts on could make that has to do with everyone's favorite Dark Knight.

I have only completed one swap, so I cannot organize, but I would love for someone else to be willing!

Anyone else interested?
15  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Watchmen Plushies pt. 1: Rorschach, The Comedian, Nite Owl II on: May 18, 2009 06:04:11 AM
So, I am a die-hard Watchmen fan, having read the book last December and completely falling in love with it. I even dressed up for the opening night of the movie as Rorschach.  Roll Eyes But that is another story...

Anyways, being the complete and utter geek I am, I had to make my own plushies. Someday soon, when I get better at making them, I am going to start selling on Etsy. Until then, I am making for my own joy...

First, we have Rorschach, everyone's favorite sociopath-vigilante!  His body, hat, boots, and coat are made from felt, , his pants and gloves made from some scrap purple fabric, and his mask is made from a stretchy t-shirt like knit that I used for my own Rorschach mask. Works like a charm. I really struggled with his fedora. I need to work on that a lot more. I even added the missing buttons and ruined straps on his coat, but the little painted buttons didn't really show up in the pictures.

With Hat


Without Hat


Back:


Next we have the amoral and yet completely lovable Comedian, who was the first of the Watchmen I made. He was also, I think, the hardest. His body, clothes, boots, armbands, and hair are made of felt, and his body armor, smiley-face button, guns, mask, and cigar are made of craft foam. This was the first time I attempted to make felt hair, and it was such a pain in the ass that I shall stick with using yarn. But I am still proud of him, none the less. And yes, the cigar does stick out of his mouth.  Roll Eyes

Front:


Back:


Side:



Finally, we have Rorschach's partner, the adorable pudgy Nite Owl II! His body, suit, boots, gloves and cowl are made from felt, his belt is made from gold ribbon, his half-moon belt buckle is from craft foam, and his goggles are from old cloth covered buttons that I painted over. It was fun making him, but a bit time consuming, since I had to draw on all the little triangles on his cape and cowl. I even stuffed his suit, so he would be extra round in the middle.

Front:


Back:


Face:


Thanks for looking, look out for Watchmen Plushies Part 2: Ozymandias, Dr. Manhattan, and Silk Spectre II.
16  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Female Star Trek Uniform on: April 02, 2009 06:42:02 PM
So, I am a HUGE Trekkie, but alas, only of the Original Series. To me, James T. Kirk will always be my Star Ship Captain.  Roll Eyes I am insanely excited for the upcoming movie, and I decided that since I will be going to the midnight premier, I needed something that showed my complete love for Trek. And thus, I came up with my uniform. I make everything (except the shoes and nylons, of course), including the patch.

Now all I need to do is get both a Phaser and Communicator, and...practice... my...Captain....Kir k...voice...

Enjoy! And Live Long and Prosper!  Cheesy







A TRIBBLE!  Roll Eyes


17  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Silent Hill Swap? on: March 23, 2009 05:30:02 AM
Who doesn't love Silent Hill? The creepiest game ever!

I haven't done any swaps yet, but I would so be up for an Silent Hill swap. Think of all the crafty possibilities. There are endless amount of ideas.  Cheesy

Anyone else up for one and willing to organize it?
18  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Rocky Horror Frank Costume on: February 04, 2009 08:25:01 AM
Okay, so, I am a huge Rocky Horror Fan, and I have been making all the main costumes of the movie. I have done Frank, Riff Raff, Magenta, and Columbia so far. I'll post those costumes later.

I always go to midnight showings as Frank (because getting in front of the screen and dancing to his part in Rose Tint My World when he pops out of the water and the following kick line is a blast!).  Cheesy

I made the whole costume myself, not counting the fishnets, gloves, and shoes. In order to make the labcoat,  I took plain, white muslin and used RIT dye to dye it the right color of green. Then I sewed the coat and ta-da!! Worked like a charm, and I had oodles of fun putting the acrylic-paint blood on it!

And yes, that IS me posing. Hahah! The photos are from two different showings. One where I had to heavily curl my brown hair, and one where I had bought my wig! Oh, and I also did the makeup myself.  Cheesy







Hope you guys like it! I'll post the rest of my RHPS costumes up later on!
19  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Pan's Labyrinth: Pale Man costume on: December 04, 2008 01:24:44 PM
Hello there! This year, I decided to go as The Pale Man from the movie Pan's Labyrinth. It was a really hard costume to make, I'll tell you. For each costume I make, I try to challenge myself a bit more, and this was certainly a challenge!

I made it out of skin-tone swimsuit fabric, hot glue, and some of those little plastic blobs that you use in the feet of dolls to make them stand up. I put those in the skin-flabs to make them swing and look weighed down a bit.

I painted the gloves and eyes, and the nostrils, and hand-sewed a lot of the wrinkles on the legs and torso. It was really hard to see (I had to look out the nostrils), but the costume was really comfy!

I went to visit my best friend at school and she has Film-Class first period (the teacher loves me, so I can just sit in the class whenever I want to). Well, we have a sort of school news program that plays every second period on TV to he entire school where they read the announcements and such. My best friend was Anchoring that day, and no one wanted to Co-Anchor.... sooo....

Pale Man: the Co-Anchor!

I got to read the daily announcements in my costume! It was great fun, especially as the whole school got to see it. The teacher was told it was the best show the school had in the last few years! Talk about a compliment!

After first period, I took a bus downtown and went to see a movie. I do online school, so I had all day to walk around and freak people out. Great fun!

Anyways, tell me what you think!







20  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Silent Hill- Pyramid Head Costume on: December 04, 2008 11:05:39 AM
Hullo there! This is a Halloween Costume I made for last year (not this year). I went as Pyramid Head from Silent Hill. I am a fan of both the movie and the games, and Pyramid Head is my favorite character! I was stuck in the appartment room with PH, and I was hit with inspiration to be him for Halloween!

So! First order of business was to make the helmet, which, I'll tell you right now, was hell. I made mine from cardboard, with wire and black see-through fabric on the inside, so I could see. I painted it up and then modpodged it so the paint wouldn't get everywhere if it rained. I also attached plastic chains that I bought so it would stay on my head.

Then I went and got some skin-resembling fabric and cut sewed it into a butcher robe looking outfirt and covered that in fake blood. I got some dollar store white tights, cut a hole in the crotch for my head, and painted the sleeves with red paint so my arms would look bloody and pale. Some rubber gloves and...

Ta-da!







And because I am an idiot this way, I had to take a sailor-moon like pose.

In the name of Hell, I shall punish you!


Hahaha!

Walking around, I made four kids scream/cry, scared a schoolbus full of children that passed by, and frightened loads of other people. It was great fun, walking around in it, but my back hurt from holding up the helmet after a while.

Thanks for looking!
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