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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Mr Bean's teddy on: May 22, 2008 06:23:42 PM
I forget where I found the pattern for this guy, but if you search through google I'm sure you'll find it. It's a pretty quick project, although from start to finish it took me over a year. I just ended up getting him half finished and put him down until tonight. I am notorious for putting projects down and forgetting about them for months.

2  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / self portrait in water colour on: March 15, 2008 03:53:26 PM
Sometimes I hate my drawing class because we do stupid stuff like drawing eggs, but other times I love it because we do fun things like paint self portraits in the style of one of our favorite artists. Anyone who knows me knows I've been a Marilyn Manson fan for years and I absolutely adore his water colours, so I did my self portrait in his style. Thankfully, we were allowed to do it by looking at a picture of ourself instead of a mirror. I can never get my self portraits even remotely human looking by looking in a mirror.

this is not the original picture I used, but it's basically the same angle, expression, etc
3  FIBER ARTS / Weaving: Completed Projects / pink and yellow scarf on: March 15, 2008 03:38:32 PM
I'm taking the textile studies program at college and we've been touching on all kinds of different things in dealing with textiles. This semester we're doing a weavin course and for the first half I was on a loom (I get to learn tapestry from now until the end of the semester). Our final assignment on the loom was to dye our own warp and make a scarf. So, here is mine.

The second photo shows the length and sort of gives you an idea of the drape... maybe? It's really loosely woven and really delicate and drapes beautifully. I've definitely had the most fun weaving. It's so easy to just spend 3 hours at the loom and not even realize it.
4  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / a couple of things from my drawing class on: February 11, 2008 05:03:43 PM
I'm taking textile studies at the local college and one of the classes I have to do is drawing. now, I'm not a drawer and I've never taken an art course before in my life, so this is all new to me. one of the techniques we were taught is continuous shading... which drives me insane, but I'll cope.

we all had to do this same picture during class. my lighthouse is kind of leaning.

and then we had to do a picture of our choosing for homework.

they aren't exactly the best pictures. I blame the lighting in my kitchen. I tried taking a picture with the flash, but flash + white paper doesn't really make for a good picture
5  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / question about fragrance oils on: June 12, 2007 04:07:28 PM
I want to start making my own perfume so I've started the search for frangrace oils I like. I went to The Body Shop and noticed that their home fragrance oils smell absolutely amazing, but I noticed on the label it said that it may cause skin irritation. Essential oils, if not diluted, can cause skin irritation as well, so I was wondering if I diluted the home fragrance oils from The Body Shop would it be basically the same kind of thing?
6  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Completed Projects / Smoking gun on: February 23, 2007 07:18:28 AM
I've had this idea for a while and ended up starting this project months ago but only managed to finish it last night. The red I had used originally was too thin to really come out nicely on black and it was only yesterday that I bought some better paint. That should teach me to use the paints at the dollar store... I used the mod podge method for the gun and the heart (except the last 7 layers... they were done by hand. and, yes, it took several layers of paint before I realized how thin the dollar store red was). The smaller details were all done by hand.

7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / skull & crossbones illusion scarf on: November 19, 2006 07:45:04 AM
I've wanted to try illusion knitting for a while and found a pretty awesome pattern here: http://www.ysolda.me.uk/wordpress/index.php/skull-illusion-knit-scarf/
The scarf isn't fully done, but I know I'm not going to remember to take pictures to post before I send it away to my friend for Christmas.
8  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / guestbook on: November 19, 2006 07:35:51 AM
I threw a dinner party to celebrate my 20th birthday back in September, so I made a guestbook for the event. The font used on the cover and the inside pages is Burton's Nightmare 2000 (I forget where I found it).


inside. You can't really se the page detail from the flash of my camera, but there are lines for name, date, and comments.
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Corset on: November 19, 2006 07:28:14 AM
I ordered a corset from a local sex shop for Halloween, and it was just my luck that the one I ordered was not available in my size. I found that out a week before I needed the corset (even though I ordered it 2 months in advance. wtf?). When you can't buy it, make it, right? So, I found a pattern from Simplicity for a corset I liked (Simplicity 5726) and made it in 3 days. This is my first project actually using a pattern and I'm very happy with how it turned out.

side of corset

front (it all looks a little wrinkley and lopsided because I took these pictures after the Halloween party. I really wish I had thought to take pics of it before I wore it)

in action.

Unfortunately, this lovely corset is never going to be worn again. The material I made it out of didn't hold up to the stress of being laced and my moving around. I guess next time I'm going to have to use something stronger.
10  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Skeleton Key inspired bag on: June 28, 2006 09:18:02 AM
I absolutely love one of the bags Kate Hudson carried around in the Skeleton Key, so I made my own version of it for under $3 (the fabric was $1.50 and the rings were 50 cents each). It was so simple to make.

the bag modeled by my friend

I couldn't decide on just one image, so the bag is reversible.

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