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1  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / lookie! creative writing final ;; an altered personal anthology book. on: January 29, 2006 11:09:36 AM
i can't believe i never thought of posting this before. last year, when i took creative writing, our final was to create a personal anthology out of a blank childrens book. here's a few things out of mine. all the text in the book, except for a short story in it, was printed on vellum paper.


the title is called 'story of a girl', based off a song. "this is the story of a girl who cried a river and drowned the whole world.." ..yeah. i had it stuck in my head when i was thinking of a title. anyways, all those little bits of text are various peices of songs, quotes, and my own writings. the gloss i used over it smeared some of the ink, makes for a cool effect.


dedication page and table of contents. the sections are 'favorite poetry', 'short story', 'my thoughts on the short story', 'favorite book', 'memory map' (memory poem we wrote), 'headline poem', 'own works', 'favorite songs', 'quotes', and finally, 'pictures'. i love my titles for the sections.


my headline poem and two of my own written works. on the plaid page, the small poem is about wishing on stars, and the larger is a 'note' poem; we created it out of the notes we've written, like you have on the table and stuff to your parents/siblings/whatever.


the quotes page. you can kind of read them..sorry for the slight blurry-ness.

i wish i took a picture of it but the last page of the book is a blank white page and, in stickers, says 'the end.'  i hope to create another one soon for my years at highschool, since i'm graduating this year. ...i think i got a 96 on this one..
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / and you thought YOUR room was colorful.. on: January 29, 2006 10:47:10 AM
i've been re-doing my room for a few months now, going with a colorful/mish-mash theme. so here's what is done so far, and i apologize for the mess.


this is my door, obviously. i have blue christmas lights going around the ceiling and the edge of my door. i stole the poster off of my band teacher. above that there's a little peice of paper i got from a college flyer that says "what inspires you?".


my bed..with the infamous rainbow bedding from PB teen. i fell inlove with the bedding in the magazine and thats where the whole rainbow idea for my room came from. originally my room's theme was stars and moons.


closeup of the shelf above my bed. that charicature of me was done when i went to ocean city, maryland, this summer. some guy was wandering around and he drew your picture with a sharpie in 60 seconds for a little tip. there's a little wooden yellow star that hangs off of the bottom of the shelf too.


told you my room was a mess.


my dressers. that cyan-ish thing on the top of my window is a feather boa.


my closet, which i really really want to paint a mural on it. you can see my star lamp and one of the yellow glittery wooden stars that i have hanging from the ceiling. there's actually ten, and they're held up my tape and fishing line. i painted them myself. the lamp i found in boston at a store called FUNusual.

and that's my room..and i really need to finish cleaning it. XD
3  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / In dire need of help to get my custom monster bags site off the ground!! on: November 13, 2005 07:47:24 PM
So I'm doing it. I'm finally going to create and sell my monster bags, custom ones of course   ....What am I getting myself into?

I'm in need of your opinions on the best web-hosting company; including price, service, functionality, etc..etc.. This venture will hopefully blossom and bring in a good deal of money for me, and I don't want a sub-standard hosting company holding me back. Remember, I'm a highschool senior with a minimum wage job. XD

http://photobucket.com/albums/v161/pixelani/rawrmonsterbags_comingsoon.png

Don't go to that website at the bottom..It's just a 'placement' url for the actual ad. Heh.
4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / making another monster purse, but i need fabric and a gift help! on: October 13, 2005 02:19:11 PM
So, after about a half a year since I finished my first monster purse, the poor thing is starting to come apart. The seams are ripping ((it was handsewn, so they're not that strong to begin with)), the fabric loops for the straps are breaking, the fur is all dingy, and the edges of the mouth are fraying. Here's the purse when it was first finished.

My friend Angelia is absolutly positively inlove with my purse. She even named it Sir. Scrumpalots, a.k.a. Scrumps. She ADORES this thing. I was thinking of emptying it out and sewing the main part shut like a pillow, leaving the flap intact as a mouth, and giving it to her as a Christmas present or something. What do you guys think?

Fabric help! What is that soft, fuzzy fabric called that they use on baby plush toys a lot? Here's an example, its a TY baby beanie baby. I'm sure Wal*Mart or Jo-Anns Fabrics has it, I just need to know the name. Is it some kind of chenille or something?

5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / yes, another jeans to skirt recon. shoot me. on: October 02, 2005 12:20:11 PM
So last night at around midnight I decide that I want to make something that doesn't require a lot of sewing. Suddenly it hits me, "Oh, I have a pair of jeans with a very large hole in the crotch, why don't I make a skirt out of them?"

And that's exactly what I did. I call it my '1 a.m. skirt'..I finished it at 1 a.m.  Cheesy








Did I mention I drew nautical stars on the back pockets with a sharpie?
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / OMG! It's an...OMG hat! on: September 22, 2005 01:39:45 PM

I apologize for the scariness of the picture. I'm not on crack, I swear.


I decided, while sitting in my sewing class, that I was going to make a hat. But not just any old hat, I was going to make the hat of my dreams; the OMG. Why? Because on Gaia, it's the hat I always wanted. And yeah, I know rosemary an AFK. I followed her tutorial pretty much except for the details.

Yay!! Pictures!! And sorry luvs, no tutorial with this one. I couldn't take pictures of the construction process, my school has something against students and electronics. No cameras, cell phones, cd players, etc. *rolls eyes*




100% Handsewn, due to my lack of faith in myself when it comes to the sewing machine. The tail is stuffed with polyfill because I didn't want a limp, floppy tail. Th\at was the hardest part of the whole thing actually, attatching the tail. In the end I sewed it on one of the triangular panals (there's five), and added extra fabric at the bottom to made it more "3D". Black fleece, white felt, black thread, and white embroidery thread.

I could of bought one of these on Genkigang.com for $30, or from Gaia's site for $25. But why do that when I could abuse the school's fabric and make myself one for free?  Grin
7  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / what would -you- pay for a monster purse? on: August 04, 2005 09:28:07 AM
I know there are a lot of purses out there that are either ridiculously expensive or incredibly cheap. How they get that way, I don't know. But here's my question anyways.

I've been starting to seriously think about selling my monster purses, like creating a name, label, website, etc.. for it. And I know a lot of crafters would love me for it if I did. One problem: How much would you pay for something like this?



I know a posted a tutorial for it and everything but I'm still thinking about selling them. I can't right at the moment because I don't have a sewing machine, but once my mom buys me one, I get a job where I can buy my own fabric, and school starts ((use their sewing machines, fabric, thread, HA!)), then I'd sell them.

So yeah, what would you pay for a monster purse by me?
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / little help with a t-shirt corset please? on: July 31, 2005 07:30:05 PM
so i have this awesome t-shirt my mom bought me for christmas..problem is the back stretched out on me, and is rather unflattering. so today i thought "hey! why not make a pseudo-corset out of it!" so that's my plan, using satin or some type of shiny thin red ribbon.


the shirt on my bed. yes, my sheet is hot pink.


the logo on the shirt.


the front of the shirt when i'm wearing it. my apologies for the blurryness. my hands shake.


the back of the shirt..see how it's big? i don't like it. i do love my mickey mouse boxers though!  Cheesy
look, there's a hand on my bum!  Shocked  Grin

so..i saw a good tutorial on how to go about this, but there's one question still floating around. when it's all laced up and everything, how do i prevent the material underneath the strings from bunching up? like this.. should i cut that panel smaller or something?
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / a black t-shirt, bleach, and stencils..help? on: July 31, 2005 02:06:41 PM
i have this old black t-shirt that i don't wear much anymore, given the fact it has an n'sync logo on it. i love the shirt because it fits me snugly, and i wear it inside out often. but i want to add a design to it.

i was inspired by justinexcore's skeleton ribcage shirt, and wanted to make my own.
my question is, instead of silkscreening or iron-on's, can i simply cut out a stencil and use bleach on the shirt?
10  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Tutorial: literally, a monster purse! ((reposted, and an apology)) on: July 31, 2005 01:29:03 PM
remember that wonderful monster purse that perfectlyflawed posted, and never did a tutorial?
well..she's back. on a new account.. with an apology, and the official tutorial. yes, foureyedgirl is perfectlyflawed.
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i know i let a lot of crafters down when i disappeared and never posted the tutorial. i was iffy about it, and a bit selfish. i wanted my monster purse..for me. then i saw another girl, who's name escapes me at the moment, post a tutorial, and i got huffy about it and left. that was childish of me. it was also childish not to keep my word. i took down the pictures, and it was removed from the special features. i typed out a tutorial..though it may not be needed now. but most importantly, i'm asking for forgiveness from the craftster community, and i'm sorry. i don't care if it's put back into the special features..i care about you guys and crafting. so, will you forgive me?

so, that off of my shoulders now, here is the official monster bag monster tutorial. it's long. and there's no pictures of in the making..because i didn't think of it. whoops. stupid me, anyways!

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to start out with, you need the following:
a yard-yard and a half of monster fur fabric. any color.
a yard-yard and a half of lining fabric that matches the fur. or doesn't. up to you.
half a foot of white fabric, preferably shiny.
three sheets of felt - white, black, and red.
two D rings
a purse strap ((or make your own.))
and your basic sewing accessories; needle, LOTS of thread, scissors, etc.


it's actually rather simple, the biggest part of it would be all the details added ((eyes, teeth, etc)). and you can make this any dimension..i believe mine turned out to be 12 inches wide by 10 inches tall.

to start, cut out the main parts of your purse from the monster fur and the lining fabric. this would consist of the "front and back" of each, the two sides, and the bottom peice, like shown:

do this for both the lining and the monster fur. now put this aside.

the flap is your next part, but that's easy. using the same width as your "body" fabric, but add around three inches or so to the height so you can sew it on the back, cut out two peices from the monster fur. next take the lining fabric and cut out a large oval shape, this will later form the mouth. cut that oval in half.

now to cut out the details!! taking your white shiny fabric,  cut out two circles. doesn't matter if one's bigger than the other or not. also cut out four medium sized triangles, these will form your front teeth. then take your felt, and cut out two black circles that are smaller than your white ones, a tongue from the red felt, and a bunch of little triangles from the little felt. with my purse i had twenty triangles. also from the monster fur cut out two small rectangles, these will hold your strap on later. and lastly, cut out two rectangles, one big enough to hold a phone or whatever, and another about double that width.

hand tired yet from all that cutting? well, now you have to sew it together.

sewing the "body" together is pretty straightforward, and i'm sure you can do it with a sewing machine. i followed chainreaction's messenger bag tutorial for most of this. the only part that differs would be the flap, mine's all one peice. just make sure when you're sewing the fur that it's all going in the downward direction, otherwise it looks odd. and <b>don't</b> sew together the outer and inner yet..we have details to add.

for the flap, just put your fur wrongside out ((make sure the fur is going in the same direction)) and sew together along the bottom edge and the two side, do NOT sew together the top yet.

okay, body: check. flap: check. details: next!

take one of your semi-circles and center it on the top edge of your monster fur "body". sew it on using a thread similar in color. now take your tongue and center it on the top, but this time bring it down about a centimeter or so. sew that on. using black thread, sew a straight line starting from the top of the tongue going about 3/4th's of the way down. sew up and down in that line until the line is as solid as you like. going around the edge of the "mouth", starting where the top of the tongue is, sew about half of your felt teeth on. it works nicely if you have an even number of teeth. also at this point grab your two tiny rectangles and your D rings.
fold the rectangles in half through the D rings, and sew them on the inside sides of your bag, this will hold the strap on.

lay your flap on a flat surface, open side right in front of you. take your body with part of your "mouth" sewn on, and lay it towards bottom edge of the flap. this is trial and error to find where the top of your mouth is going to go. basically you're putting the flap over the body to find how far down you have to go before it covers the "mouth". using your finger or a pin mark the flap where it just starts to come over the "body", and thats where the edge of your other semi-circle will be. sew that on. also sew on the other half of the felt teeth like you did before. congrats, you made the mouth.

now take your lining and turn it rightside in, the way it will sit in the purse. figure out which side will be the back. take the two rectangles you cut out for the pockets, and sew them on about the middle of the "back side". to create two pockets from the large rectangle, sew a line down the middle of the rectangle. i made the mistake of putting my pockets in the front..whoops!

go back to your flap now, it's time to give your monster eyes. this i found was the hardest part. this next part is hard to explain, but basically you're going to want to make a hem around the whole white part of the eyes. it helps to have those throw-away plastic cups, two of them to be precise.. cut the cup part away, leaving the plastic rim, and cut through it, then re-attach the cut sides when you're happy with the size of the circle. one eye on mine is larger than the other. now here's the tricky part: place your white circles over your plastic circles and, like those embroidery rings, fold the extra white under and sew it to itself. still following me? good. sew on the black circles. now, take your eyes and sew them onto your flap, little lower than the middle. walah, eyes. sew the rest of your flap closed.

now sew your flap to the back of your purse, making sure it covers the "mouth". i just attached an adjustable strap from another purse onto the D rings, but you can certainly make your own.

and there you have it. your own monster purse.

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