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1  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Our Burning Man-Inspired Winter Tree! on: December 14, 2011 07:04:40 PM
Thanks so much, guys! This project turned out to be so much fun that it's been helping to boot me out of my crafting block!
2  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Our Burning Man-Inspired Winter Tree! on: December 12, 2011 10:48:26 PM
One of the most memorable things for us at our first year out at Burning Man was a double decker art bus covered entirely with white fun fur over color changing LEDs. While we saw a lot of things following this concept, the bus stood out as the most ethereal. This idea came to me on the exhausting flight back home.

 I've always been a bit leery of cutting down an entire tree to just prop up in my home for a few weeks, so this is another effort in the long line of unconventional holiday tree-ish ideas. It's pretty simple. Two yards of faux fur sewn into a cone with struts made out of concentric rings of cardboard. The rings are actually supported by the tension caused by the cone being suspended from the ceiling and the lights are safety pinned to the inside of the fabric. There is a hula hoop sewn into the bottom to create shape and weight. The snowflakes centered over some of the lights were just stuck on like velcro due to their glitteriness! I love how they disappear in the light and then are backlit when in the dark.

 The struts are a bit wonky, but my husband says that it reminds him of branches slumping underneath the weight of snow Wink I can be  bit of a Grinch at this time of year (what with the twenty hours of darkness a day before the equinox hits) so it was fun to find a way to join in with hubby's usual holiday enthusiasm! Bonus: the kitties seem to not want to destroy it; it's a Christmas miracle!
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: 4 yards of fabric, 2 dresses :) on: July 25, 2011 11:04:48 PM
Ooh, good point about the halter! That's a lot of tape!
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: 4 yards of fabric, 2 dresses :) on: July 24, 2011 09:33:55 PM
Love them both! Can I suggest adding the tape to the armholes as well? I think it would bring it together a wee bit more!
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Pow-WOW Time!! on: July 16, 2011 08:03:23 PM
Love! I'm half Alaskan Native myself, though pretty distanced from the native side of my family. I've been wanting to get in touch with some of my family or tribe members so that I can learn our traditional bead and leatherworking, and this inspires me to take that step! Thanks you! This is gorgeous, can't wait to check out your beadworking when the time comes!
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: PANDA hoods on: May 20, 2011 10:29:25 PM
Thanks! I do think I'll recognize the swirls. Everything's better with swirls! I might take you up on the advice and such. Making it all the way from Alaska down into the middle of a strange desert is no easy task!
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: PANDA hoods on: May 18, 2011 02:24:34 PM
I like the hoods! This is my first year going to the festival so I might catch a glimpse of these walking around!
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: A new favorite dress for summer! on: May 14, 2011 07:25:52 PM
So cute! I had the same problem with my form. I used some control top undies and old pillow stuffing for mine, it worked really well because I could mold it to my specific, umm, lumps:p
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / "Green Hawaii" maxi on: April 30, 2011 10:27:17 PM
I found an old sarong from Hawaii in the closet the other day. While unable to sleep the other night I was pondering KylaStrong's maxi mission and this dress popped into my head. I got to use my new best friend/MORTAL ENEMY (shirring) for the back, failed to be able to shir further, put a tie on it to make it fit, draped, braided and then winged some fabric flowers to make the front a bit less plain. It's super comfy and pretty to wear (we'll see if it ever gets warm enough here to wear it) but I'm wondering about keeping the center slit.
 Please excuse the goofy photo shoot, my droopy money tree wanted to play jungle!

And, by-the-by, does anyone have a clue as to why my shirring will stop working when i wind another bobbin full ofthe elastic thread? It will bunch and just doesn't have tension. I've tried winding it with different tensions, but nothing seems to help but starting on a new shirring project. My machine is going on strike?
10  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: A field of daisies on: February 15, 2011 01:19:57 AM
"Respect your mother" with a depiction of the earth?
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