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1  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / plus size panties on: May 16, 2005 11:21:12 AM
has anyone nailed down a good pattern for panties/thongs/boyshort undies in larger sizes?
it's not a matter of taking a small pattern and making it a little larger--that's what the manufacturers do, and that's why they don't fit.
i've made lots of t-shirt reconstructed panties, and they've all sort of turned out, but i'm looking to try my hand at making thongs, because the storebought ones that fit me properly are few and far between.
any thoughts?
otherwise, i suppose i will take one of the pairs i managed to find that does fit and try to make a pattern from that.
has anyone had success with this?
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / fuzzy pink yoke/mini- poncho thingy on: April 22, 2005 05:30:28 PM
usually when i decide to knit something i don't know what it is that i'm going to end up with when i start.
I just kind of experiment.  Since i'm not very good at it, lots of things get taken apart and redone.
this is one of the experiments that worked rather well--plus it only took a few hours.


3  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / lame chairs reupholstered on: April 16, 2005 12:21:03 PM
i wish i had a before picture.  The chairs were this awful textured blue grey lumpy fabric.  The only way i could have hated them more would be if they were beige.  but i fixed that.
they were suprisingly easy to recover.  i just unscrewed the seat and back and handstitched the new fabric on top of the old.   they're much more interesting now.

4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / yet another incarnation of the jordy bag on: April 16, 2005 12:09:44 PM
that was so ridiculously simple i need to make more, in fabrics more befitting my style. 
this was just a "first try" one made from some scraps that were handy.
perhaps this one will go to my sister--she's more of a hippie than i am.



5  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / spooky bat temporary piercing corsage on: April 14, 2005 03:57:11 PM
 creepy !  Shocked

i went to a bdsm/halloween themed wedding last halloween and had to have a costume
i hadn't come up with a brillant costume yet when my date suggested piercing a bat corsage on me.
so that's what we did.
she brought over some plastic bats off an old halloween garland, and i chopped up some glue gun glue sticks to cork the needles with, then she pierced them on.
ta da! instant spooky cleavage.


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6  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / pulp fiction coasters (not the movie) With tutorial on: April 14, 2005 09:57:50 AM

http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y72/mandyology/craftster/forcraftsterandsale010.jpg

Here's how it's done:

To make one coaster you need:
Cardboard/posterboard/cardstock/or even plastic
glue
mac-tac (the clear sticky paper/shelf liner stuff)
felt or craft foam
and whatever picture you want on the coaster.  you could use something out of a magazine, or you could use photos. your favorite album covers, maybe?  the possibilities are endless.  I used postcards of the front covers of  old pulp novels.  

ok, so cut our a circle of card stock, a circle of felt, and a circle of your picture.
glue the carstock to the picture to stableize it, and make it stronger.
stick the picture, face down, to a piece of mac tac larger than your circle.  
http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y72/mandyology/craftster/coastertut.jpg

cut slits in the mac tac, all the way around, then fold them over and stick them to the back of the picture.
(i did two layers of this to make absolutely sure that no moisture would get onto the picture and ruin it)
finally, all you need to do is glue your circle of felt on the back of the coaster.
now you can be stylish when you're being anal about not leaving watermarks on your coffee table.
(please note that the table in the photo was one that was being refinished, not one i was worried about protecting  Wink )




7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / pasties and nipple jewelry on: April 09, 2005 03:03:28 PM
these are all made out of craft foam shaped into a shallow cone with fun stuff glued on the front
(sequins, tassles, shiny fabric, and big fake flowers)
when i wear them, i attach them with double sided sticky tape. 
it's sturprisingly strong, and less messy than spirit gum






some nipple jewlery(no piercing necessary, though that does take some of the fun out of it):
easy to make just a stretchy string with a loop that you can open and close by tightening with a bead
the ones with the tiny  bells are my favorite.

8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / now i don't hate my old work shirt anymore (with half assed tutorial) on: April 09, 2005 11:02:48 AM
it wasnt' a bad shirt really, just a plain black longsleved shirt.
but i wore it to work almost everyday, to a job that i HATED.
so when i quit the job, i didn't want to turf a perfectly good shirt just because it had bad memories associated with it (like making carrot juice for cranky yuppies six days a week for minimum wage).
anyhow, here's what i did.

chopped off the arms (they had bleach stains on them) and the collar
turned it inside out and pinned a chunk of hideous neon paisley fabric on
turned it right side out and sewed the two layers together, stitching in star shapes.
got out the scissors and trimmed away the excess paisley and the shirt fabric on the inside of the stars.
just that easy!


http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y72/mandyology/craftster/forcraftsterandsale021.jpg
http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y72/mandyology/craftster/forcraftsterandsale020.jpg
sorry the photos are a bit washed out. 
here's a better view of the fabric (from a different project)
http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y72/mandyology/craftster/forcraftsterandsale003.jpg
9  COOKING / Dessert / Hello "Kitty" Cake on: April 03, 2005 11:38:13 AM
Since hallmark doesn't make a card for this particular occasion, I recently made this cake to celebrate the anniversary of the sex-reassignment-surgery (vaginoplasty) of one who is near and dear to me.  I mean, what seven year old pussy wouldn't want a Hello Pussy cake to celebrate? 



It was ridiculously simple to do, too.
I just printed out a picture of the face, cut it out, placed it on the cake, traced around it, and cut away the bits of cake that were not kitty shaped.  Then i put the cake on a cake rack, with a plate underneath, and poured melted white chocolate over it.  It made such a perfect smooth finish, without the fuss of icing.  Some licorice, a few jelly beans, and some pink sprinkles, and voila!
Hello Pussy!
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