I've turned two long dresses that my husband got me in Iraq a few years ago into skirts. Over the last few years, I apparently have become a little more...busty. Yeah, sure, busty, that's what it is. I'm sure it wasn't a weight gain or anything. Each dress was a tank top style and I cut the tops off and made new waistbands.
Before of the blue/grey one. This is a beautiful color in real life! See how the tank couldn't be buttoned?
After of the blue/grey one.
I forgot to take a before one of the khaki one. I really like this one, because the left side hem on it has a random point coming down from the asymmetrical hem. That one is secured on the side with a snap.
I'm really proud of how these turned out. I've tried other clothing modifications before and they haven't turned out yet. Granted, I ripped out the waistband a couple times to get it right, but I feel like I've turned a corner with my sewing with these projects. I can't wait to wear these to work!
The on-going saga of my Jedi costume has another item complete=the Jedi robe! I finally finished it up last night. This is actually going to be a part of the Jedi costume I made and submitted last year for the costume contest.
I don't have any finished pictures of it yet and I need to head out the door to work, so here's a picture of it when it was about 3/4 of the way complete.
It's made of 100% linen from Joann Fabric, and the color is called "potting soil." I tried buying the remaining yards that I needed online but the fabric store's website kept saying there was an unknown error. The Va Beach store didn't get any more in since I bought all of what they had, so I had to go to the Chesapeake store to get the rest. That was a bit of a bummer too. If I had been able to buy it online, I would have saved a few more bucks over what the in-store sale price was.
Anyway, I bought a total of 7.8333 yards of this stuff ($95.07...YIKES!) and I don't even know how much I used for the robe as I have a lot left over. But the plus side is this: I have enough left over of this stuff to remake the tabbards and sash of the costume. Since I'm going for the best costume I can make, this is a good time to take another crack at it.
The only thing I wish I had done differently was the hem on the sleeves. For the very bottom hem and the hem around the hood, I used an X style of stitch, instead of a straight stitch, in matching brown thread. I thought having those XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX's all the way around the hems might add a little detail to the robe that only I would notice. If I had been thinking, I would have done those same X's around the bottom of the sleeves as well.
I actually made my sleeves an inch or so longer than the pattern, and I made the hood larger as well.
One of the Jedi robe "trademarks" is that the hood has to be large enough to "pool" on both sides of the head on the shoulders. Sons of the Suns had a nice image there to help show how large the hood should be.
I used an I sized crochet hook and one ball of Lion Brand Yarn 100% pure cotton (189 yards of cotton per ball), in Americana #211).
I've had this yarn in my stash for about a year so it was time to do something with it. I love it and I bought it at Hancock Fabrics because I had come across a wonderfully soft red, white and blue yarn up in Yorktown, VA that would have made some killer socks, but it was $30 a SKEIN. This was my substitute purchase (I still have two more balls of it left), even though the 100% cotton doesn't really lend itself to something cozy an wearable. Those are going to be turned into another grocery store bag as well.
This bag is deceptively strong, by the way. I used it already at the grocery store. While I didn't have any produce to go in it (I see this bag as a replacement for plastic when I'm buying fresh produce), the bagger we had put a half gallon of orange juice, two cans of dog food and one other thing in it (I don't remember what else there was) and it held up just fine!
I've seen a variety of web pages of projects for little potion cabinets and bottles and I decided I wanted to try something like that for myself for Halloween. But I decided to make mine be full size bottles.
I actually thought, in the beginning, that I'd need some friends so to save some glass bottles and jars for me, since I didn't really want to buy any. I didn't think that just my husband and I would be able to come up with enough glass on our own. Boy, I was wrong!
I didn't want to have hand drawn labels on my bottles and jars, because I knew I'd never be happy with how they turned out. Somewhere online, I came across vintage looking Halloween labels and I started saving them. I'm still working on a few other containers, but these are pretty much done.
Wow, excuse the crappy pictures! For some reason, I couldn't get a decent photo of these bottles, no matter what kind of setting I was using. And I actually used my real camera instead of my cell phone!
From left to right: The Swamp Fog jar was a jelly jar in a previous life. For fun, I packed it lightly with Fiber Fill. The Fur of Werewolf jar used to have gravy in it. Now, it's stocked with fur that was shed by my German Shepherd. The Graveyard Dust bottle is actually one I bought because I didn't want all the jars and bottles to look the same. It's got white sand and some shell fragments in it, from Tampa, FL. Last on the right is the Mermaid Scales bottle, which used to have sweet chili sauce in it. It now has cut up rubber fishing minnows in it. Word to the wise: when you buy rubber minnows from Wal-Mart to use them in a project like this, make sure you aren't buying SCENTED minnows. These suckers reek, and unfortunately, I will have to reopen this bottle. I want to add some more minnow pieces to it, and I need to buy one more package. But I did like these minnows: they are two colored, grey on top, silver/white on bottom. All I did was snip them in slices and then I had to put my scissors in the dishwasher.
From left to right: The Powdered Horn of Unicorn was a former hot sauce bottle. Now, it's filled with broken and crushed chunks of white chalk. The Earth Worms jar was a pie filling jar. Now it's filled with rubber sticky fishing worms. The Twisted Twigs jar used to have olives in it. Now, it's filled with small sticks from our maple tree. The Cemetery Dirt jar was a gravy jar in it's previous life. Now, it's got dirt from one of my flower beds in it.
To be on the safe side, I left the jars of dirt and twigs open and sitting on my kitchen counter for a few days, trying to dry them out. I didn't want condensation build-up on the inside of the jars. I printed out the labels at work on the color printer on regular paper and used a glue stick to put them on.
I actually have a couple more bottles at home, that I'm going to be working on soon: poison, human skin and petrified butterflies. I think I'll fill them with iced tea (so I be seen drinking out of it for Halloween), some candied ginger (so I can be seen eating them for Halloween), and some silk butterflies from AC Moore.
But I have so many more fun labels that I want to use, so I probably aren't too close to being done after all. I intend to scatter these around the kitchen and dining room for Halloween as decorations. I figure if I got an early start on them now, then I'd have plenty of them when Halloween rolls around so it wouldn't be a mad scramble at the last minute. My husband was actually surprised that I was starting my Halloween crafts so early this year. I think it's cute I was able to get that kind of honest reaction out of him.
I just completed a new prop for the Jedi costume I've been working: the Jedi communicator. From all the research I've been doing online, it looks like the various communicators are somewhat the same but not all identical.
It's been a little while since I looked at the Rebel Legion's costume standards page for a generic Old Republic Jedi, so I gave that a quick check today.Which I was glad I did...I realized i need to pick up two more small belt pouches. I'm going to hold off on dying the one I have. It's kind of expected that you have some accessories, that aren't toys, to be a member.
Some of the pages I looked at for communicator inspiration and guidance were Kin-Char Bamin, the Grand Florida Alliance, and the Padawan's Guide (of course!). Fun Star Wars fact to share: did you know the communicators from Episode 1 were made from ladies Gillette Excel razors? They are super difficult to find now. I couldn't find one in any store, so I bought mine from a seller on eBay.
So here's what I used to make my communicator: --1 pink ladies Gillette Excel razor --Instant Krazy Glue, in the craft bottle --1 can of Rust-O-Leum Painter's Touch in Aluminum --1 can of Rust-O-Leum Painter's Touch in clear coat (You aren't going to use entire cans, it's just what I swiped from my husband's stash of goodies.) --2 scrapbooking brads--unknown size of these, but they were part of the Craftster Flat Rate Paper Craft Supply swap --2 nuts, from the garage here, the brads just happen to fit perfectly inside these --assorted washers, I used four --assorted flat pieces of metal, bought from a local Ace Hardware, I used 9 and don't even remember what they were called --2 air valve caps from my bike (replaced with some new ones from Christmas) --2 aluminum rivets, also from Ace Hardware --tiny bit of red craft paint (for the end of the rivets)
In the interest of not overloading you with progress pictures, I'll just post three:
We moved into our house in 2002. It was built in either 1940 or '41. Off hand, I don't remember. I think the bathroom may have been remodeled once. One of the things done to it was to put the same white plastic tiles that are on the upper part of the bathroom walls onto the top of the toilet tank. I didn't take pictures of it, because it was pretty gross, right from the get-go. It also had, at one point, wallpaper on the underside of the toilet tank lid () that was black and white with drawings of rubenesque women on it, in a kind of Raphael-esque-style. I suppose that was probably done to make the lid reversible or something.
Over the years, I've picked away at the wallpaper and tiles. I covered the top with some kind of purple, Mardi Gras-theme with a fleur de lis print wallpaper. After awhile, I just threw a folded hand towel over it to keep it covered when I got sick of that print.
But a few days ago, I had inspiration strike and I don't know why. I had some Asian newspapers that came as padding in a couple of Christmas gifts and I saved them. I decided I wanted to use those in the bathroom. I thought about wallpapering the cabinet with them, but I didn't think it was smart to tackle that much space so I did a smaller project with them. I covered the top and sides of the toilet tank lid with those newspapers and some Mod-Podge.
To cover up the folds of the newspaper around the sides, I used some Aleene's New Sew Glue to attach some black satin ribbon from Hancock's all the way around the tank lid. It also matches the trim in the bathroom already.
Just for the sake of breaking up the print, I printed out some vintage Asian postage stamps (some were cancelled when they had been photographed) and laid those on top of the newspaper as well. I tried to stick to warm toned stamps, but I really liked that blue one.
I had a good time with this little project. It's only 2-3 layers of Mod-Podge total. It's nice and slick. Right now, I've got my little make-up basket on the back of the toilet, along with some of my husband's shaving things and a little candle. It's kind of an odd, out of place thing in the bathroom, but it's visually interesting, at least to me anyway, and it's going to be easier to keep clean than regular wallpaper was.
We've got blooming flowers here, so I decided to hang my spring wreath on the front door on Thursday.
I made this on June 25, 2009 with stuff I bought from A.C. Moore and Michael's. It seems strange that I would remember that date, but I do and I know it's correct. Anyhoo, everything is hot glued on and I used extra ivy leaves on the back and sides to hide some spots where there was more glue.
I had just gotten home with my stuff to start working on this. I knew Farrah Fawcett had just passed away. My friend Michelle called me and asked if I heard the news yet. I thought she was talking about Farrah and she said nope. Michael Jackson had just died at that point.
It's kind of weird that I think about Michael Jackson and not Farrah Fawcett when I look at this wreath.
I recently took a couple pieces of clothing over to my friend, Nicole the Knitter. She needed me to hem some pants and mend a shirt. When I bagged them up to return them to her, I tucked a couple little guys into the bag for her to find.
About two years ago, Nicole got me the Creepy Cute Crochet book for my birthday. She said it was for selfish reasons because she wanted the minions in the book for herself.
I made the devil a little taller than he should be, and decided I liked these guys short, like Nosteratu (which, by the way, I just got around to seeing that movie on Netflix because of this little project). They were made with just a little bit of leftover scrap yarn, which is why Nosterfatu's collar is red instead of black...I ran out. But damn it all, his little ears...do you know what they reminded me of? Christopher Eccleston's (Doctor #9) ears. Hmmmm, i might be able to turn Nosferatu into a tiny Nine. BTW, the googly eyes came from IHeartsTheArts, my partner in the Jim Henson swap on Craftster.
I swear to God, I didn't stuff these guys with catnip. I buy the good 'nip from PetsMart and while I do like to get Dixie and Odin both high, I meant these minions for Nicole, so they care catnip free.
That being said, Odin kidnapped the minions for himself.
Oh wow...we need to do this swap a little more often! Mandys_momma and I were partners. I received my package the other day. She outdid herself!!!
I got stickers, a glue stick (I can go through those like nobody's business!), ribbons, bingo cards, brads, fasteners, paper flowers, GREAT papers, paint samples, wood samples, tags, jewels, a strip of red film, partial inchies, and two corks...I got spoiled!
And I had to laugh because at one time, I had some of the same opaque card sentiments as the ones she sent me again and that made my happy. I always wanted more of them but couldn't find any. Love the textured papers she sent (I'm guessing she made those herself...very cool!), and the corks will probably be used in some Halloween bottles I'm going to make for my kitchen.
Sorry to be a couple days late with my entry from Humboltcherry. I actually received her package on Monday but just got around to the photos today. Meant to do it last night but was just really run down after work last night.
Uber-geek that I am, I mentioned liking Spider-Man. I received a Spidey Pez dispenser (that candy didn't last long!), Pop Rocks, a water bottle, toothbrush with cover, a little flip book, and a puzzle.
--Sorry for the bad cell phone photos!
And the package of goodies also included a painted wooden sign with Spidey, Batman and Wondy's logos on it. But the piece de resistance...a small Spidey wall quilt hanging, with Spidey actually embroidered on. LOVE IT!