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1  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Rubberized Bicycle Tube Armor for Joan of Arc on: January 20, 2012 02:13:00 PM
Whoa, that is super cool! It turned out great!
2  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Holiday Hoopla on: December 11, 2011 10:04:11 AM
I love the way you covered the outside of the hoop with the tape to give it a new look. These both turned out great!
3  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Felt Embroidery - How I do it (tutorial)! on: December 11, 2011 09:59:44 AM
So cute, and the tutorial was great! I've really been enjoying doing more cross-stitch and embroidery projects for myself and friends lately, so I might have to figure out some project to work this technique in soon!
4  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: "The Pandorica Opens" - Doctor Who Embroidery on: December 11, 2011 09:56:11 AM
Just discovered this, and I'm blown away! I was thinking of doing some simple Tardis & Dalek inspired outlines, embroidered on tea towels as Christmas gifts, but this has put my ideas to shame.

Great work!!!
5  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: Tank Girl on: March 11, 2011 03:08:45 PM
Nice work! And I agree - I'd love to see some pictures from the photo shoot or what these pieces look like on a person, because they look great as is!
6  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / stuffed animal dress for Mardi Gras 2011 on: March 11, 2011 02:35:45 PM
http://www.missmalaprop.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/MG2011_stuffedanimaldress.jpg

I just posted about this on my own blog, but I thought I'd share it here as well in case anyone is interested! This was my recent Mardi Gras costume - a dress I covered in stuffed animals! I managed to sew through my finger on the sewing machine for the first time ever making this thing, and it ended up requiring a mixture of machine sewing and hand sewing, and a whole lot of seam ripping to get those stuffed animal guts out, but it was worth it! Here are a couple of before and during shots:

http://www.missmalaprop.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/MG2011_sneakpeek.jpg

http://www.missmalaprop.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/MG2011_costumeprogress.jpg

I found a denim halter dress at the thrift store, which was too big, so I altered the size of the dress, and added some extra fabric into the skirt to make it fuller, and then basically patchworked the animals onto it. For most of the stuffed animals, I left the stuffing in the heads and took out the rest of the stuffing (although I left it in some on the legs or arms... it kind of depended on how I placed the different animals onto the dress).

http://www.missmalaprop.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/MG2011_DragonHouse2.jpg

It was a LOT of fun to wear, and VERY soft!
7  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Dolores de los Muertos on: February 11, 2011 10:06:18 AM
She's so cute and colorful! Love it!
8  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Live model embroidery on: February 11, 2011 10:05:28 AM
It's beautiful! I love non-traditional embroidery, and the combination with watercolor turned out lovely.
9  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: my Mardi Gras Indian tribute from recycled materials (plus a lot of sequins!) on: February 11, 2011 10:03:55 AM
Hah, Julianne, yes we do!

I could see how it might read Mardi Gras beads from far away - it was already a pretty heavy costume, I can only imagine how much heavier it would be if I'd used Mardi Gras beads! You can see detail of some of the sequin work in this picture:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/uproar/3938232849/in/set-72157594563159340/

10  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Tips for Participating in Craft Fairs / Re: First Craft Fair. AH! on: February 11, 2011 10:00:26 AM
What everyone above said - but I would also suggest if you're super nervous about it, you could always do a test run of your booth setup / display ahead of time at your home and invite some close friends over. Have them give you feedback and you never know, they might even buy something from you at the same time!

I'm a big fan of handmade home shopping parties anyway, but in your case, I think a casual home shopping party might help you do a trial run and ease some of your fears.
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