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21  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 9 ENTRIES / Re: on: February 05, 2006 12:55:19 AM
Olenka, that is so beautiful. It is honest and raw and unafraid - everything that art should be.
22  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 9 ENTRIES / 30 Year Retrospective 2-D Me! on: February 05, 2006 12:52:31 AM
I usually miss the craft challenges, so I was very happy to see this one in time to participate! I immediately knew that I wouldn't be able to make a doll, because I tend to get carried away and there was no way I'd finish in time. What to do?? Well, I've always wanted to make a paper doll of myself and this was just the motivation I needed [as well as the stipulation that I would only be allowed to watch my 'Corpse Bride' DVD if I finished my craft project Cheesy].

Sample pictures first, explanation after. You can check out my Flickr photstream to view all the images - 27 in total - at a larger size.:

http://www.craftster.org/pictures/uploads/32009/doll_thumb.jpg
http://www.craftster.org/pictures/uploads/32009/1978_thumb.jpg
http://www.craftster.org/pictures/uploads/32009/1996_thumb.jpg
http://www.craftster.org/pictures/uploads/32009/2001_thumb.jpg

I took 4 days to develop the concept [30 Year Retrospective of Crimes Against Fasion I am Guilty of Committing] and final doll base to use. In order to limit my craziness, I decided to only draw 1 outfit to represent every year. QUITE the challenge! Clothing is such an important part of my life - and always had been - that when I think back to a certain time of my life, I remember what I was wearing first and then the other memories slip into place around that. 1996 and 1997 were especially difficult to only choose 1 look for Smiley The clothes were drawn out, traced and inked and then coloured with pencils - no photoshop colouring! Then the drawings were scanned and I assembled the final images using PS. I also included photos wherever possible. As the background to every page I included a recap of the year's important events and the key items of clothing that I wore.

This was a lot of work and a lot of fun! Thank you, Craftster, for giving me the opportunity and inspiration to complete this gift to myself and to be an active member of this community  Grin

Thank you for looking  Cheesy

23  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / Re: Whats your size/challenge? on: January 30, 2006 09:23:06 AM
:: SIGH :: My contribution:

- I'm 29, 5'11", 180lbs, lucky to be well-proportioned and carry the weight well (my doctor doesn't believe me when I tell him how much I weigh!)
- I wear anything from a size 10 to a 3XL <- seriously, WTFBBQ?? I have size M tops from the petite section, as well as 3XL cardigans from the "fat chicks" (I always call it that, with *much* sarcasm) section.
- My bra size is something around a 36E or F <- I don't really know, because I can't find a bra to fit, so I land up wearing a 38DD whenever I can find one and just suck it up.
- Hollow back + long crotch length + legs that are _just_ too long = have fun finding pants! I have to buy a size too big so that the pants ride lower, but I inevitably land up looking sloppy.
- My arms are also a little longer than "average", so I gravitate towards naturally 3/4 length sleeves so that I don't look like my clothes are too small.
- Button down tops are usually left open over the bust, or I have to buy a size so large that I swim around in it! The tops are always too short too, especially because *ta-da!* my pants are worn low. I have taken to buying the smallest men's t-shirts to wear under things, just to try and look a little bit more professional, without my belly hanging out. Of course, men's shirts are built for men's necks... ARGH!!!
- I also wear size 10-11W shoes. Try finding something cute when you're built like Saskwatch!

I would estimate 8 times out of 10 shopping expeditions, I leave crying. It's pathetic. One of my greatest dreams is to be signed up for "What Not to Wear"  Cry I know that there are special stores for tall girls (although I barely qualify), but the clothes are really expensive. I also can't afford designer shoes in larger sizes. My wardrobe is almost completely courtesy of Wal-Mart and Payless  Cry Cry The sad thing is - I can sew! I studied fashion design, for FSM's sake! But the only fabric I have at my disposal is from Fabricland (more expensive than buying clothes) or Wal-Mart (I'm a little too old and large to wear Strawberry Shortcake to work. Much as I'd love to.)

End result? I whine A. LOT. I feel fat and ugly and undeserving of pretty things. I think this is all part of the clothing industry's evil plan... The End.
24  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Handmade felt fairy doll on: November 17, 2005 02:53:26 PM
Thank you all for the continued compliments!

As if my above-average-sized head* wasn't large enough already  Wink

*It's like a wee planetoid...
25  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Handmade felt fairy doll on: July 22, 2005 03:45:36 PM
Thankyou for posting a pattern. Its a beautiful Beautiful doll. I'm going to have a go...but i can't make any promises. Yours is so wonderful. your friend os really lucky indeed!

My pleasure!  Cheesy

Just remember what I said to another poster who was intimidated by the idea of making their own: it's really not that difficult a project to complete, but you have to have patience to not rush any of the steps. If you do complete one, please share the end result!
 
26  CANADA / Alberta / Re: Edmonton? E-town? Anyone? on: July 10, 2005 09:50:51 AM
I don't know how many of you are also members of craftgrrl on lj, but I saw this post today which had me positively squealing with excitement: http://www.livejournal.com/community/craftgrrl/6455163.html?mode=reply

Somebody is organizing a craft show on October 15 & 16 in *I think* Edmonton. You can view the details here: http://members.shaw.ca/artsvscrafts/2.htm

We're always whining how nothing cool happens for us - let's make this happen!
27  CANADA / Alberta / Re: calgary, anyone? on: July 10, 2005 09:50:00 AM
I don't know how many of you are also members of craftgrrl on lj, but I saw this post today which had me positively squealing with excitement: http://www.livejournal.com/community/craftgrrl/6455163.html?mode=reply

Somebody is organizing a craft show on October 15 & 16 in *I think* Edmonton. You can view the details here: http://members.shaw.ca/artsvscrafts/2.htm

We're always whining how nothing cool happens for us - let's make this happen!
28  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / CANADA / Re: Calling all Canadian Crafters/DIYers! on: July 10, 2005 09:28:36 AM
There aren't enough !!!! to express my interest and delight Cheesy

*off to lj friend the new journal*
29  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Handmade felt fairy doll on: July 10, 2005 09:22:52 AM

my take: gallery show! installation view with fairies in setting...write-ups, stories. its a mini utopia! they are so in right now!



You just reminded me of when I went to a nursery [plants & flowers nursey, not baby nursey Smiley] exhibition whre the artist posed all the fairy dolls in amonst the plants. Some were hanging from the roof of the solarium, snuggled in amongst the violets, bathing at the fountains... it was beautiful! The dolls were actually more sculptures and the artist based them off different plants, birds and beetles. Absolutely exquisite  Shocked
30  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Handmade felt fairy doll on: July 06, 2005 07:34:16 AM
*blush* and *blush* again

She does love it... and so does her bf  Cheesy
It's the legs - nobody can resist those killer felt legs HA HA!
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