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1  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: GOGO dancer costumessss!! hooray! on: October 17, 2012 02:24:51 PM
I was at Bisco!!! I'm afraid I didn't see you preform Sad I was on top of the hooping for most of the shows. But awesome costumes!
2  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 73 ENTRIES / Re: Galaxy Dress. on: April 10, 2012 04:11:04 PM
WOW! Thanks everyone! I'm glad you like it Smiley
First thought: Amazing, awesome, gorgeous, beautiful dress!
Second thought: How in the world do you fit into something you wore when you were seven?!
It was HUGE on me Smiley like ridiculously huge! 
In other news, where are your boots from? They might have to be my birthday present to myself....
I think their sold out, I got them at off the Forever 21 website for $39 about 4 years ago Sad
I love it. I too have things fubar in the middle and have to salvage it into somthing awesome.
A tip for spraying RIT dye: put it in a glass bowl and nuke it in the microwave for 1-2 minutes
Thanks! I'll definitely try that next time.
Every girly outfit is made better by some biker-esque boots. <3
And may I say that this dress is EPIC.
Thank you, I completely agree about the biker boots! Wink
Now you have made two things I would happily steal from you and run away squealing... If I had to choose, I don't know if this or the fox mug would win!
Seriously awesome dress. Can't believe how much work you put into it!

LOL Thanks!
I must say that necklace is rockin'.. Yeah?? No?? Okay..
In all seriousness, I quite like how this turned out, and I love that I'm not the only person that holds onto things for umpteen years. Great job!
  Grin
My actual stream of thought regarding the awesomocity (yes, that is a word) of this dress is basically a string of expletives because I lack the necessary eloquence to explain how bloody amazing this is. Holy f-ing bananas, quite frankly... I am so totally pinning this.
Thank you! Awesomocity is quite possibly my new favorite word.
This is super pretty! You remind me of River Tam. Smiley
You just made my day Smiley
3  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 73 ENTRIES / Galaxy Dress. on: April 08, 2012 01:30:54 PM
This is my Galaxy Dress!


 
I'll to try to explain what I did with out being To long winded... we'll see how that goes Smiley Let me just start by saying: I am an idiot/perfectionist and most of the repeated steps probably could have been avoided if I only had a brain.


SO! this is what I started with... I know what your thinking, Why on earth would she have That in one of her drawers. Well I got this lovely garment from a garage sale, back when I was seven. (I grew up on a farm, and this was during my Princess/cowgirl phase). Anywho, I never got rid of it. fast forward 15 years and now I've got a rather interesting dress to demolish!

I'll be honest, when I started I had NO idea what the dress was going to be. Really my only thought was my complete and utter hatred of any, and all things pink.
My bright idea was to remove the pink with excessive amounts of bleach. This might have worked IF I had tried a diluted bleach bath... unfortunately my mind doesn't work that way... Instead I had the bright idea to put some bleach in a spray bottle and have at it. In my mind this was going to result in a perfect bleached out dress that was no longer pink... Alas (obviously) that was not the case. What I got instead was a splotchy yellowish top and whitish splatters on the skirt (apparently the  cotton/dye combination used for the eyelet parts were  different then what was used on the skirt/lining).
Since the outcome of the bleach was less then satisfactory I decided the next step would be dye! Blue dye!... the result was again, alas (obviously) not good, leaving me with a slightly blue tinged pink splotchy dress.

After trying it on a few times I noticed the dress was fully lined with the same thin (not yellow) cotton of the skirt! sooooo I decided to use it inside out! thus ridding myself of all eyelets and ruffles as well as giving me a smooth bodice to work with! That's when I had the idea to fuel my obsession with all things galaxy print and turn it in to a galaxy dress!

I refitted the top, took in the side seams and front darts. reversed the buttons. I cut the ruffle under skirt (used to be over skirt) off a few inches above my knees to act as a sort of petticoat. I cut the over shirt (used to be under skirt) in to a Hi-Low hem I.E. shorter in the front, longer in the back. added POCKETS! just what every dress needs!....then I added another layer of bleach.

I tried dying it black and teal with Rit dye in spray bottles but it didn't stick (I did it outside and it was to cold). then I tried store bought black spray fabric paint (it sucked). and then did one last round of bleach (I'm amazed the dress hasn't disintegrated yet).

Decided to try hand painting the black/blue galaxyish things on... 5 hours later, the dress was improving (slowly). But still not quite what I wanted. so I dip dyed  some spots/corners in really hot, really bright, teal dye.
IT FINALLY STUCK!!! 

added some white and gold stars and it was done!




I didn't have a necklace that would go with the dress, so I made this one last minute. just some rocks from my stream, wire, mod podge and glitter nail polish. I might do a post on the jewelry board if anyone's interested.

Sorry I'm not smiling in any of the pictures, it was 40 and windy... I was cold Smiley

Thanks for looking! Comments and Critiques always appreciated!
4  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 71 ENTRIES / Re: Beaded Earrings! on: February 10, 2012 09:41:50 AM
Thank you Smiley
5  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 71 ENTRIES / Beaded Earrings! on: February 06, 2012 12:49:17 PM
Hello!

I Love beads. I have way to many yet i keep buying more, Seed beads in particular are nearly impossible for me to resist, so when I saw this challenge back in the beginning of January I know I had to do it, then I (of course) completely forget about it for the entire month of January. so this is what I came up with in the 4 days I had left.

I've never tried beading like this before so it was a lot of trial and error, I'm pretty happy with the outcome, but I think I need to make some super long shoulder dusters Smiley

I added jump rings to the top so I can switch them out on my gold Lever Backs (I'm allergic to everything else), that's why the tops look a bit weird.





The necklace pendent thing was an after thought, I ran out of time so It's just strung on a cord for now, not really sure what I'm gonna do with it yet.

SIDE NOTE.

I also made a mermaid and a faerie!
Little creatures made with seed beads and wire, made up as I went along. pretty useless... but cute!:)



Comments and critiques always appreciated Smiley
6  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Snowboader canvas on: January 30, 2012 10:13:12 AM
That"s AWESOME, seriously WOW! I would love to see a more zoomed in picture if you have one:)
7  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: FOXES!!! on: January 22, 2012 11:58:07 AM
WOW! Thanks Everyone! I'm flattered and so happy you like it!

This is beautiful!  Are there three foxes or four?  It's interesting to see the different techniques all on the same basic concept like that, and it makes for a very unique and interesting mug.  It's wonderful!  Are the paints food safe?

There are three foxes:). there's some controversy as to if they are food safe or not, the paints are Pebeo Porcelaine 150, the web site states that the paints are non toxic before baking and "Inadvertent contact with food or drink is not a health hazard" but they are not FDA approved, the website sent this reply to the editors at Adorn;

"Hi Ginger. We have contacted Pebeo and have confirmed that the Pebeo Porcelaine Paint 150 used in our Adorn feature is food safe. The paint has been tested at Duke University, and was reported non-toxic and food safe for food contact.
Though the paint is non-toxic, it is not recommended for use on a dinner plate because sharp objects, such as a steak knife, could damage the design and bacteria could potentially become trapped in cracks caused by utensils. However, the paint itself is not harmful to ingest even if scraped off.
The reason the paint is not currently FDA approved is cost. The cost for FDA approval is approximately $50,000 per paint color, which Pebeo may pursue at a future time."

I plan on selling these In the future so I will avoid painting the top half inch of mugs just to be safe. hope this helped:)

This is fantastic! I am such a sucker for anything containing wild critter whimsey, and this is delightful. It's always nice when testing something, that even though you may not think it to be cohesive, it's too adorable to even matter Grin thanks for the description on the paint as well, I almost picked some up the other day, but it was on a whim and I had passed, this gave me a little bit of an idea on what to expect.

Thank You:) the paint I used is Pebeo  Porcelaine 150 Smiley most of the colors are definitely a bit Transparent, but when mixed with ivory they become more opaque, an example is the foxes are just Transparent paints mixed together and the tree is Transparent mixed with ivory, I also suggest buying a few Pebeo Porcelaine 150 Paint Markers they are very useful, I used the black for outlining and brown for most of the owl and some bits on the tree (both are semi Transparent ). Have fun!
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Psychedelic Bedouin coat on: January 19, 2012 01:45:03 PM

Sadly it's the last of the fabric. Well, actually the very last is set aside to make one of these for my honey.

Chances are good that you'll get a ticket, especially if you can afford to buy in more than one tier. There are carpools from NY, or you can fly into San Francisco, LA, or Reno, and catch a ride from there, either with friends, from Craigslist, or from Reno there is a Playa shuttle! It can be done!

Also the boots are from a mother/daughter company in Thailand. I think I need a second pair, just trying to decide which style! http://www.siamesedreamdesign.com/servlet/StoreFront
Also, I love the way you used the fringe to your advantage and didn't chop it off Smiley

Cheesy Thanks for the advice and link! I definitely need some, I'm thinking ether the Bluebird boots or the Rainbow Brite Cyndie shoes! Smiley
Congrats on your upcoming nuptials!! I'm sure they will be spectacular!
9  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / FOXES!!! on: January 19, 2012 12:52:17 PM
Hello!

I honestly don't know if this is the right place to be posting this:) It is painting, but it's on a mug sooo...?

Anyway, this was my first time playing with my new porcelain paints! I didn't have a plan when I started painting. I was just testing out which painting techniques work best, so the whole layout is not very cohesive.


Everything is free hand..


Interesting paints though, kind of difficult to work with, but oh so much fun! they work best if you have a super light hand. you can see in the different foxes what it looks likes if you layer
(I don't recommend it, tends to want to pick up the previous layer and ruin the whole thing)



Comments and critiques always appreciated:)
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Psychedelic Bedouin coat on: January 19, 2012 11:42:15 AM
I can see them! Let me just say 1. I love your boots! 2. the coat is rather wonderful. 3. I want that fabric. and 4. Yay Burning man! I'm planing  on going for the first time this year! just hope I (a) get a ticket. and (b) find a way to get myself and my hula hoops all the way from NY to NV Smiley
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