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1  WTF IS THAT AROUND YOUR NECK! in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by imreallyjustsam on: April 06, 2007 09:01:15 PM
...That's what I imagine horrified/amazed onlookers screaming when I wear this necklace to work on monday.  Would you blame them?












photos hosted by flickr... http://flickr.com/photos/grayanimal
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2  new 3 color silkscreen tank top... flowers of my own invention in Screen Printing: Completed Projects by imreallyjustsam on: July 11, 2006 08:00:21 AM
for some reason these flowers were inspired by Norway and the 1970s.  the blue one is my favorite shirt to wear in the world.  isn't it nice to make your own clothes?  Cheesy





the yellow one is for my etsy store... i want to keep it but it's a liiiiitle too small/short on me  Sad  i mixed all the colors and hand-silkscreened it using two stencils and one screen that has been blocked out with screenfiller (for the outlines.)  i am realiziing that silkscreening is pretty much my favorite thing to do, other than ride my bike to the local pizza shop and eat garlic rolls.

what do ya think??
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3  pricing help-- vinyl deer cuff (xposted on etsy forums) in Get Product and Website Opinions by imreallyjustsam on: June 22, 2006 04:04:56 PM
hi there!  i'm in need of some help!  i made this cuff, and i don't know what's a fair price for it.  it's part of a series i'm working on of vinyl cuffs featuring my drawings of woodlands creatures and vintage fabric.

here are a few pics:






i would like to get from 10-15 each, not sure if that's unreasonable though. each one is hand drawn, painted, and sewn together by machine with snap closure. they are backed by sky blue felt.

also, are the pictures decent?

thanks for your help Smiley
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4  Re: Forest friends in The Swap Gallery by imreallyjustsam on: May 17, 2006 07:44:34 PM
yay!!!  finally rattfinkpink got her package, after it seemed the post office lost it or just plain forgot to deliver it!  here are som pictures of the things i made for her:



this is the box that everything came in... just a plain brown craft box with a picture of a deer decoupaged on.


this is a squirell's museum box type thing... i was trying to explain this to rattfink but decided to just send her one!  it has a tiny picture of a squirrekl (momma? an old lover?) along with some seeds, and a bag stitched with "treasure" containing little bits of colored glass.


this is a necklace of deer antlers made from fimo clay and painted.


cuff made from hot pink vintage owl trim.


notecards featuring forest creatures cut out from old national geographics... on polka dot paper and with hearts drawn on because she said she loves polka dots, and hearts  Wink


and a tote made from canvas and gray felt, handpainted with a young deer... watered down acrylic paint, looks kind of like watercolor, with glittery swirls. 

what's weird is that we made each other the EXACT same things.. spooky huh?  bobolink made a good match!  Smiley


rattfink, i'm so glad you like it!  i had a great time planning and creating your things, and i'm lovin' the stuff you sent me!!   Grin Grin Grin
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5  Re: Forest friends in The Swap Gallery by imreallyjustsam on: May 11, 2006 02:32:44 PM
i called my brother (who lives with me) form work around 3 and was disappointed to hear that no package had arrived for me   Cry  after waiting ALLLLLL day to get home from work, and expecting another long day of waiting ahead of me,  i was ecstatic to see a neat little package sitting on my doorstep! 

i can't believe what ratfinkpink sent me.  she could not have been more correct in assessing my tastes and wants!  everything she gave me is beautiful and useful, with a definite vintage feel-- i am in love with this stuff.  she put in so much time and effort to create some amazing pieces! prepare to feel painful twangs of envy!

first of all the box was padded with scraps of fabric, which is thrifty, recycle-y, and will aid me in creating one of those awesome fabric scrap necklaces from the featured projects  Wink.  inside was this:


there are a whole bunch, in different colors!!!


i LOVE owls, and especially anything 60s or 70s looking!  i love how mean and ornery he looks!


the inside of the owl box, and....


what was inside the box!  three AMAZING cuffs... my new favorite accessory!  i'm telling you, she reeeally read my list!  Smiley and, for the grand finale....


HOLY COW!  this is so beautiful.. i can't believe she made it, it's so professional.   here's a detail of the owls:


excuse my crappy camera...


well, this was my first swap and i must say i am soooo happy with how it turned out.  i only hope she likes the things i made for her half as much as i love my new owl accessories!  THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU, RATFINKPINK!!!!!!   Grin Grin Grin Grin





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6  felt collage envelope with assorted strange goodies-- letter for my friend amiee in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by imreallyjustsam on: March 09, 2006 09:04:55 PM
i made this tonight, instead of doing laundry, for my friend who moved to new england last month.  it's completely random and strange, just the type of thing she likes  Wink  the printed images are from a hebrew reader from the 1950s, and they're sewn onto felt with my sewing machine.

the little envelope that says "CONFIDENTIAL" (although i technically shouldnt be telling you this...) has a paper typed with her writing assignment on it, and sewn on the inside of the envelope.

his says 'recommended reading', typed over a little creature i tore out of the hebrew reader:

inside are copies of a few poems by bukowski, a short story from a book edited by david sedaris (my friend is an avid writer/reader and always seeking new stuff to read), and the first few pages of the book "hunger" by knut hamsun.  like a crack dealer, i'm going to get her hooked.. she'll be buying her own copy in no time.


i have no idea why i made that little doll...


i'm exhausted!  i hope she likes it!  what do you all think?
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7  **UPDATED** NEW grotesque, gluttonous beasts-- handpainted on vintage plates - in Get Product and Website Opinions by imreallyjustsam on: March 05, 2006 12:20:02 PM

Thanks soooo much for all the support, kind words, and interest in buying these!  you all have made me feel so happy and confident about my artwork  :0)



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Yesterday I made a set of plates featuring beastly creatures dreaming of and savoring a variety of food:

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I put a lot of work into these and I'm thinking of selling them.  What do you guys think?  Would people buy these, possibly off of Etsy?  And for how much? (I'd like to package them as a set.)  I'm working on a few more, each plate will be one of a kind.  They're dishwasher safe, and can be eaten off of, that is if the pictures don't cause a loss of appetite.   Wink  Any comments, suggestions, or criticisms would be a HUGE help.  Thanks!   Grin


 Cheesy
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8  1st finished!! reconstructed 'little red riding hood-esque' storybook dress :0) in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by imreallyjustsam on: March 04, 2006 10:51:07 PM
hello hello!  finally finally finally i am able to operate a sewing machine, and turn this skirt i've had for years (and never worn-- waist was waaaayyy too small even when i bought it) and a dress i scammed from the thrift store for $3 last week... into something i can wear!

this is the dress i bought at the thrift store, before:

it's just a plain, cotton strapless dress with princessy bodice and gathered fabric zip-up for the back.  

this is the dress pinned together as i was working on it.. excuse my boyfriend's beloved converses and my messy room :0)


and me wearing the dress, in front of a dumpster, naturally.


better view of how the dress looks



here's a detail of my favorite part!  the inspiration for the dress. this was the waistband of the skirt, i hung it around my neck the other day and then kind of got the a-ha! i needed to start something.  helps the dress stay up too :0)


i wore it to work the other day and got a lot of reactions (i work in construction!)  a building department employee saw me and he said, "you remind me of something today... in that dress... what is it... little red riding hood, maybe?  something from a storybook..."  

what do ya think?  all critisms welcome, this is the first thing i've done.  the sash i made covers some truly grotesque stitching!  
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9  1st Felt Monster-- Valentine's Day Special! (xposted in v-day gifts forum) in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by imreallyjustsam on: February 10, 2006 06:46:51 PM
 
Grin  I'm SOOO happy!!!

Finally, I made my first felt monster!  Mine's a sweet, cute monster.  She is for my wonderful boyfriend, Christian.  She looks like this:







Since Christian will be out of town til tuesday morning, and I have the keys to his house, and I'm picking him up from the airport... I'm planning to sneak in and set her on his bed, with the card I made attached by thin thread:


Close-up of the card... it's my favorite picture of us.  we took it on our first real date :0) the picture was printed twice on vellum.  then I cut out horizontal strips from one picture, and vertical strips from the other, of the same width.  I wove them together and used my machine to stitch the weaving onto cardstock.


this is the inside of the card with my preliminary concept sketch for the monster, and an explanation of why I made just that...


I started off handstitching the monster, and most of it is in fact handstitched.  I thought my sewing machine is broken, but I took it to the shop and the lady there fixed the tension and all that for me (I've never successfully used the machine before.)  thank god she did.. my hand was starting to fall off.  I'm pretty happy with how it turned out, could be better, but I've never had to close a stuffed animal before and the top (where i hand stitched it closed after it was turned out and stuffed) doesn't look as awful as I expected, although it isn't perfect.  I hope he loves it half as much as I love him!   Grin 

What do YOU guys think???
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10  A Monstrous Valentine's Day Gift! (xposted to toys & playthings) in Valentine's Day by imreallyjustsam on: February 10, 2006 06:46:32 PM
 
Grin  I'm SOOO happy!!!

Finally, I made my first felt monster!  Mine's a sweet, cute monster.  She is for my wonderful boyfriend, Christian.  She looks like this:







Since Christian will be out of town til tuesday morning, and I have the keys to his house, and I'm picking him up from the airport... I'm planning to sneak in and set her on his bed, with the card I made attached by thin thread:


Close-up of the card... it's my favorite picture of us.  we took it on our first real date :0)  the picture was printed twice on vellum.  then I cut out horizontal strips from one picture, and vertical strips from the other, of the same width.  I wove them together and used my machine to stitch the weaving onto cardstock.


this is the inside of the card with my preliminary concept sketch for the monster, and an explanation of why I made just that...


I started off handstitching the monster, and most of it is in fact handstitched.  I thought my sewing machine is broken, but I took it to the shop and the lady there fixed the tension and all that for me (I've never successfully used the machine before.)  thank god she did.. my hand was starting to fall off.  I'm pretty happy with how it turned out, could be better, but I've never had to close a stuffed animal before and the top (where i hand stitched it closed after it was turned out and stuffed) doesn't look as awful as I expected, although it isn't perfect.  I hope he loves it half as much as I love him!   Grin 

What do YOU guys think???
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