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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2013 Annual DeStash-Along on: January 01, 2013 01:55:53 PM
I was gonna be in last year but I totally lost the link (and couldn't for the life of me remember how I got here!) so I've already pinned this page in order for me to participate!
Now I just need to bring my whole stash to my dorm with me......I feel like my roommate won't like me very much this semester.
2  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: Post your CRAFTY Tattoos! on: July 08, 2012 08:03:14 PM
I don't know if this counts as crafty...But I did draw it myself, which I'm proud of because usually I have chicken scratch. It took a lot of looking at other, actual typographic tattoos.



It's a really obscure Doctor Who reference.
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Decoupage Jewelry Box on: July 01, 2012 01:45:02 PM
So I'm going off to college in the fall and realized I probably need better organization than an empty makeup container and a glass vase for all my jewelry. So, off to the thrift store to buy a jewelry box I went...And I ended up with a pretty big, white faux-leather jewelry box that screamed for decoupage.
So, I found old pictures, fortune cookie fortunes and concert tickets, as well as printing pictures out from the internet...And set to work! It's all Mod Podge-d with Hard Finish Mod-Podge, it says it's for furniture, so I guess it should hold up well...Honestly I just couldn't get the other container of Mod-Podge open.

Here's the top of the box, it has three parts that open up.


The left section has all Doctor Who stuff.


The middle has all Harry Potter.


The right has all Avengers.


Here's the front, it has...Everything...But I tried to put my Dr. Horrible pictures here.


The left side.


The right side.


The back.


And with all the compartments open.


Also...Some crappy cell phone pictures of before (I didn't think to take good Before pictures until after I started gluing)


And with everything open.


Thanks for looking!
Comments and criticisms are appreciated!
4  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / Selling My Prom (Art?) Dresses on: June 07, 2012 06:55:44 PM
Okay! So I'm 18. I'm going to college in the fall and working a full-time, minimum wage job just isn't going to cover what scholarships and loans isn't (and my parents aren't pitching in). So my last ditch effort to get money is to sell my three one-of-a-kind prom dresses, in hopes they will help me out some.
I have made (okay, the first two with the help of my Mother and an Aunt) a prom dress out of Doritos bags, one out of Pop tabs and one out of Cardboard. So you might have heard of me on here. Also, just Google "Doritos Prom Dress", "Pop Tab Prom Dress", "Cardboard Prom Dress" or "Maura Pozek" and there's news stories and blog posts and everything else (Mainly about the Cardboard one...That got me all the attention in the world including a Huffington Post article, an NPR interview and a ton of radio interviews around the country).
So...Broke, soon-to-be-college-student Maura needs money, and everyone has told me I could make bank if I ever sold my dresses. Some may remember last year when Ripley's Believe It Or Not wanted to buy two of my dresses, but they offered too little ($450 for both, and they wouldn't budge), so I turned them down, and they haven't knocked on my door since.
I don't know what forum would be the best of which to sell my dresses? (Etsy or Ebay seem the most practical?) How would I price my dresses? All those other questions...
All three of my dresses have been worn exactly twice, once for Prom night, and once for an interview. I didn't sweat or anything in them, they didn't get ripped or stained (actually the Pop Tab one has some bbq sauce on a spot, but won't that come out?)...Basically they're in great condition!


Thanks in advance for any help! And here are pictures of each dress.

Cardboard (Senior Year)


Pop Tabs (Junior Year)


Doritos Bags (Sophomore Year)



Again, THANK YOU!!!
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Cardboard Prom Dress! Update: My News Story! on: April 24, 2012 12:07:39 PM
HEY!! I saw you on the national news~!!!!!!!   Congrats!!!!!

Where?!?
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Cardboard Prom Dress! Picture Heavy on: April 20, 2012 08:37:07 AM
This is truly amazing. It and the pop tab dress are my favourites of the lot. I'd be so worried about tearing it if I was wearing it though, for me it would be a wardrobe malfunction just waiting to happen.

I'm super surprised it didn't rip! One shoulder did come up since I didn't glue it down properly, but after I ripped that off it was all good! I crumpled the skirt a lot though...
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Cardboard Prom Dress! Update: My News Story! on: April 15, 2012 04:53:32 PM
Update! The local news came to my house and did an interview today! Here's a link!
 Link to my news story!
Another Update! The Huffington Post did a story on me! Here's the link! Huffington Post.

Okay! This is the last time I get to (have to?) do this!!! You may remember me from such classics as my Pop Tab Prom Dress and my Doritos Prom Dress. As a senior, I decided that I needed to go out with a bang so many moons ago I decided upon Cardboard. In my defense...I didn't do any research on how hard this would be. I wanted to use completely corrugated cardboard. After procrastinating for the semester (the other dresses didn't take very long!), I started over Christmas Break on my pièce de résistance! It was hard. I had made a cardboard boat over the summer, and that was hard...I should've remembered humans have curves

Pictures of my other prom dresses are at the bottom.
My freshman year, my Mother and Aunt Ann made my prom dress for me. My sophomore year, my Mother helped figure out how to make Doritos into a dress, I made the pattern pieces, and she sewed it together. My junior year, I did everything almost by myself (my Mother and Aunt Louise did help a bit). So this year, SENIOR YEAR, I wanted to do every. Single. Thing. ...Alone.

The dress turned out amazing, and held up insanely well through the night (yes I danced in it!) It's technically a bodice that laces up in the back and a skirt with a zipper, and they overlap.
ONWARD TO PICTURES!!!!


The bodice is made of corrugated cardboard, separated, and I used the middle wavy part. I then used scraps from failed projects and cut random shapes and spray painted them. After they dried, I attached them to my dress form and glued them all together. Later I used glitter and clear tacky glue (mixed together) and painted on the glitter.


The skirt is made out of paper bags and hot glue. With a zipper (of course)


The back. It laces up with paper ribbon (keeping in theme) and the skirt zips up with a recycled zipper.




My proud parents!


My prom posse. (Note the matching boutonniere and corsage)


My wicked sweet limo!



And my dresses through the years!

Freshman Year (My Gothic Lolita Dress)


Sophomore Year (My Doritos Bag Dress)


Junior Year (My Pop Tab Prom Dress)
8  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Re: T-shirt for the Toad on: December 27, 2011 09:24:46 AM
That is super cute! Good job!
9  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: My first painting class. on: December 19, 2011 07:12:07 PM
Gah! I wish I could paint as well as you! Especially on the first try!! You gotta keep posting your paintings!
10  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Cubies....what I've been up to lately! (IMAGE HEAVY) on: November 24, 2011 06:44:41 AM
Oh my god!! I just want it all!!!!!
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