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1  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Yes I Can Can Can on: May 13, 2011 09:57:41 AM
I made these can-can skirts for my sister's dance class. EIGHT of them. She commissioned me since there wasn't enough money in her studio's costume budget.

I started by making a full circle skirt. I tried to convince her to go a little less, but she wanted a full circle, so that's what I gave her. If I were doing the project again, I would probably use only 3/4 of a circle because when you grab it to can-can the middle slumps down due to too much volume.

I used an elastic waistband, since the girls were going to have to pull them off halfway through the dance (yes, they had leotards and a bustle underneath). 

Then I started with the tulle. I cut it into 3 inch strips and just sewed it around the inside of the skirts...and around and around and around...

They came out pretty good. I wish the tulle would have showed up a little better. I did a double layer on the fronts and a single layer on the back to save tulle but still give the colors vibrancy in the front where it would be seen.

I can't wait for her to see them; she's picking them up on Saturday. Recital is next weekend!
2  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Painted Plastic Sugar Skulls on: April 22, 2011 08:41:32 AM
These are some skulls I made last Halloween. I over-bought a bunch of plastic mini skulls and couldn't find any place to put them, or any way to make them look unique and special. A couple were painted for family members who have passed, but otherwise they're just designs I came up with and liked.

First, I painted the skulls white, since they had black shading and also looked a little greenish/GITD.

Then I went to town with my own brain! These were really fun to make and I ended up painting about 20 of them all together...It's hard to stop once you get going!

3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Full Moon Box Shrine on: April 15, 2011 11:03:07 AM
I made this box shrine in honor of the full moon/universal/star goddess. I started with an inexpensive unfinished hinged box that I hope to one day woodburn with a knotwork pattern on the outside. I like that it is something that I can set out at a certain time, or put it away if I feel I need to.

Full inside shot:

Left inside: Background is "Charge of the Star Goddess", tulle, "make" and "learn" beads, acrylic gem.

Right inside:  Paint and glitter glue background with ribbon spool and yarn dreamcatcher style "web", artificial flowers/leaves, found shell (water aspect)

This was my first shrine and I absolutely love it. I can't wait for inspiration to make another one!
4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Acornaments on: April 07, 2011 03:20:52 PM
These were inspired by Martha Stewart's egg ornaments, which used blown out eggs and ribbon to make ornaments that looked like acorns.

I figured I could make a sturdier (and smaller) verson by using wooden eggs with bits of felt for the cap. But then I decided to use beads for the cap, and they came out great!

C&C welcome!
5  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Hawkgirl Costume on: April 04, 2011 10:46:04 AM
I always do Halloween w/ my boyfriend's family (more kids) and we try to do a common theme. This year: superheroes. Wonder Woman was taken (well, supposedly), so I chose Hawkgirl. Most of the costume was repurposed leotards from my dance days, but the mask, wings, mace, belt, and shoe covers were crafted.

PS I hope I did the photos right...

6  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Scrapbooking: Discussion and Questions / 12x12 page protectors- lay FLAT on: August 19, 2010 11:24:26 AM
I am looking for recommendations for 12x12 sheet protectors (post-bound) that LAY FLAT.

So far the reviews I've found online suggest the We R Memory Keepers page protectors. Any experience with these or others that may work?

I'm relatively new to scrapbooking, so I'm gonna ask this, too: Will it keep the pages from laying flat if I use card stock as a page base?

Thanks for any help!

7  CLOTHING / Costumes: Discussion and Questions / Female Superhero Ideas on: July 15, 2010 11:28:37 AM
The theme for Halloween this year is superheros. I am having trouble finding a costume that I want to make and wear. So far my options are Hawkgirl and Robin (Stephanie Brown). I'm not a huge superhero/comic gal, but my boyfriend helped me come up with these. Nothing too revealing, as I am plus-size and there will be children in the group. Are there any other suggestions?

Hawkgirl, Robin (Stephanie Brown)

Taken (already claimed): Batgirl, Wonder Woman (that was my first pick)

my boyfriend is going as Hellboy, and no I will not make an Abe Sapien costume for myself.

Thanks for any suggestions!
8  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Writing in Altered Journals on: June 24, 2009 08:07:43 AM
How do you write text that is readable in an altered book/journal. Do you simply write boldly, or in a different color, or do you paint over/glue paper over the original words, making a "blank" spot for your own words? Is there another technique for doing this that I'm missing?

I want to do an altered-book style journal, but I'm afraid that if I cover up too much of the writing, it will not retain its charm and "bookiness" I know that many people use images etc. and not too many words in their altered books, I was just wondering if there were some techniques that I could use that would give me more writing space that would allow my own writing to be readable.
9  CLOTHING / Sewing Pattern Reviews / McCalls M5640-Top A, Shorts E on: June 23, 2009 07:32:09 AM

I made the shorts E and I thought that they were a really easy pattern. Great for someone new to sewing clothes. I'm not usually one for elastic-waist, but it the top is long enough to cover the waistband, then I don't really care. They worked up really quickly.

The top I had a bit more difficulty with. I think it is because I was using a slippery fabric that frayed horribly. I might try it again with a different fabric. This pattern requires a bit more technique than the shorts, as it uses gathering and bias tape. This was my first time really working with bias tape and I thought that it was a really easy way to finish the underarm area of the top. But I got frustrated making the gathers even (perhaps due to the fraying).

I hope this review helps! I'm really proud of myself for completing these and am working on another shirt pattern now. I may post pics when I finish all of my projects.
10  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / 2 year Anniversary Gift, Need Ideas Please! on: March 10, 2009 10:54:26 AM
My boyfriend and I will  be celebrating our 3 year anniversary in mid-April, and I need IDEAS! It doesn't have to be crafted, but I am out of ideas. He always gets me really nice things and I feel like my gifts always fall flat. I've read the Generic Boyfriend Thread (yes ALL 90 PAGES), but couldn't find anything perfect for him. Here's a little about him:

-26 years old
-likes comics (and is an aspiring comic book artist)
-steampunk style (but no jewelry)
-lives at home with parents right now (so no "housewares" like etched glasses, coasters, etc.)
-hates his job at a call center (hey, it's difficult to break into the comic biz) I've considered a "saving to quit my job" coin bank
-likes Joss Whedon stuff (Serenity/Firefly, Buffy, Angel...)
-I'll post anything else I can think of later...

Thanks for any help (and as for my craftiness, I'll pretty much try anything).
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