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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Owl Pegboard Thread/Craft Supply Rack on: August 03, 2015 05:15:29 PM

I saw a pegboard thread rack on pinterest and realized that it would work perfect in the tiny corner I rearranged to fit my new old singer treadle sewing machine. The sewing machine still needs to be cleaned up before I can use it but I decided the work on the pegboard first.

Humble beginnings:

I glued wooden dowels into the pegboard with gorilla glue and arranged them based on the crafting supplies I needed to store/display.

Once it was dry I painted the entire thing with acrylic paint. I wasn't perfectly happy with the plain blue so I took a owl stamp and dipped it in white paint to create the owl accents. Then I just painted simple branches to connect the owls.

Finished Paint (The picture is crooked because of me not the wall)

Then I organized my thread according to color and discovered that I own a ridiculous amount of pink thread for reasons I don't understand and that I desperately need to go buy some black thread. So for anyone who struggles to keep track of their thread supply might find this very helpful. And you can add as many or as little pegs as you want based on how much thread you own.

Thanks for looking!

2  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Steampunk Bicorn Hat on: July 07, 2015 06:01:59 PM
My husband is steampunking as Riker from Star Trek so in keeping with the naval feel of his costume he wanted a bicorn hat. I searched for a pattern but was unsuccessful so I bought a yard of black felt and started draping it till I got the look I wanted.

Below you can see where it is built over top of a top hat because it was easier than trying to create the whole thing from scratch. And I also already had the top hat from our wedding and past steampunking.

Because it needed help to maintain its shape/stay upright I weaved black zip ties through the back of the gold braiding and then glued it to the edges of the hat for trim. It made a huge difference and provides the hat with the structure it needed. The red fabric strip in the center also has zip ties inside to help the sides stay rigid.

Close up of details: Made from an assortment of gears and other paraphernalia that is leftover from other projects.

Thanks for looking!
3  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Steampunk Victorian Dress on: June 08, 2015 09:53:26 AM
For my friends Steampunk Tea Party this summer I needed an appropriate costume. My husband is going as a Steampunk Riker from Star Trek so I decided to make my costume in blue to be his Troi (but with allot less cleavage).

Updated! New pic after finishing my comm badge and taking the costume for a spin

I didn't make the triangular points on the sleeves in blue like I should have because with the gathered sleeve I didn't have the patience to try and fuss with it to make it line up. As a result it looks more inconspicuous than my husbands costume.

Close up of top:

The gold trim and buttons match what I used on my husbands costume so that when we are together they will compliment each other. Now I just have to sculpt the comm badges.

Pattern: Simplicity 2207

I mostly stuck to the pattern except for the bustle which I didn't like so I made my own by improvising. I also added the blue trim on the bottom of the top as trim to make it longer since I like a little more coverage around the middle.

The ruffle on the bottom was a major pain and time consuming. And I have about 4 yards of fabric just in the bottom ruffle alone. It still needs to be hemmed but I am saving that for another day when I am very bored.

Sorry for the poor camera photos and thanks for looking!
4  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Steampunk Trek on: May 25, 2015 07:06:19 AM
Updated: New Pic after getting my husband to model it

My friend Graverobbergirl has a steampunk tea party every summer so I needed to work on new costumes. And because I have been slaving away on Star Trek costumes for my husband and his friend for a convention this summer I decided to mesh the two together.

The yokes is leftover poly poplin and the black is a cheaper cotton twill lining fabric since I couldnt afford to keep working with gabardine like the rest of my star trek pieces.

The jacket is trimmed with gold braiding and has gold button accents. I still have to make a steampunk style communicator badge to go with it.


The jacket is a hybrid of two patterns and some liberal adjustments by myself.
McCall's Patterns M4745

And Voyager jumpsuit pattern I had purchased from badwolfcostumes.com

I was inspired by this piece, it was very impressive and deserves credit for the design idea, link to his gallery is included:


Thanks for looking!

5  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Star Trek Voyager Jackets on: May 17, 2015 05:23:14 PM
The jackets are made of a poly gabardine (because my budget doesn't support wool gabardine) and the yokes are poly poplin because that's all my local area had available in these colors.

Our friends jacket is modeled after Chief O'Brien:

I struggled finding the right kind of yellow. The one I ended up getting was a tad too bright so I actually layered a orange cotton fabric behind it to change the color tone which helped considerably in the end result. Of course with my camera and the lighting in my apartment the jacket looks different in every picture)

My husbands jacket is modeled after Riker:

The bottom is different/not screen accurate because he wanted the elastic to stretch all the way around to give him a more snug fit at the waist. The O'Brien jacket is more accurate to the screen uniforms since the elastic is only at the sides.

In order to make the jackets I adapted a Voyager jumpsuit pattern I had purchased from badwolfcostumes.com for this project:

Thanks for looking!

6  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Voyager Jumpsuit on: April 15, 2015 04:56:59 PM
My husband has been asking/begging for a Voyager jumpsuit for the past year and after finding a pattern created by Bad Wolf Costumes I decided to give it a go.

The jumpsuit is made of a poly gabardine (because my budget doesn't support wool gabardine) and the red yoke is poly poplin because that's all my local area had available in this color.

Pattern Link: badwolfcostumes.com
These two are serious costumers and the tutorial is 198 pages long but if you want a great pattern this is the one to get. They have serious research behind the design and construction for the hard core costumers out there.

Close up of the side. I hated working on the sleeves and getting the line up on the triangle point to not bunch up.

Thanks for looking!
7  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Princess Luna Plush on: November 11, 2014 05:52:15 PM

My friend Graverobbergirl got me a my little pony pattern for my birthday so after making myself a pony I have been making Christmas presents for a cousin of mine who happens to love Princess Luna.  While I love how she came out and I want one for myself I am probably never making her again because she was so much work.

For the wings I reinforced them with strips of boning since I didn't like how they looked stuffed. The stars are actually scrapbooking brads that I found cheap on eBay.

Pics before wings were attached for more detail:

She is made of felt and fleece and is over 13 inches tall.

The pattern for the body was created by Dolphinwing (I used the standard pony pattern) and can be purchased from her etsy store. She has a separate pattern specifically for the princess ponies that is different but I just made the wings larger and drafted the mane and tale patterns myself to save money since I already owned the standard pattern:

Thanks for looking!
8  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Of course you can have another cupcake! on: August 14, 2014 07:04:50 PM

My friend Graverobbergirl got me a my little pony pattern for my birthday so after making myself a super awesome Rainbow dash I had to make a trip to the store to pick up fabric to make a Pinkie Pie  Smiley She is going to be a Christmas present for my cousin and I have enough leftover fabric I might make another one. Its become a little plushy factory in our apartment. My husband says its creepy coming home to pony heads sitting on the desk since I hadn't finished the bodies yet.

Cutie Mark Close up

She is made of fleece and is about 11-12 inches tall.

The pattern was created by Dolphinwing and can be purchased from her etsy store here:

Thanks for looking!
9  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / I could clear this sky in ten seconds flat! on: August 13, 2014 04:36:13 AM

For my birthday my awesome friend graverobbergirl sent me the pattern and all the supplies to make my very own Rainbow Dash Plushy! It was so much fun getting a sewing kit for my birthday because I definitely enjoyed putting it together myself.

The pony is about 12 inches tall and is made from fleece.

The pattern was created by Dolphinwing and can be purchased from her etsy store here:

Thanks for looking!
10  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / TwoFlowers Luggage ATB on: February 04, 2014 02:51:59 PM
I recently participated in the ATB swap and my block originally had a very different inspiration but when the legs came they were two large to make it standing upright so I decided to craft a piece of luggage that was inspired in part by my love of The Colour Magic which features a magical piece of luggage with a mind of its own.

The luggage is covered in little maps that represent all the places its been, the places it wants to go and all the places it will go. Like I said it has a mind of its own  Wink

The top has a miniature album that opens up to keep track of your adventures.
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