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1  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Fairy/Woodland Nymph on: October 31, 2011 10:55:16 AM
First, let me say that almost everything was handmade/altered/embellished by myself. (Can you tell I'm proud of myself?). Second I apologize for my awful quality photos

 

I wasn't planning on making a Halloween costume, originally. I was going to a renaissance faire with a friend in September and thought, 'hey, I'll make something!'. I thought about making a corset, then about being a fairy but I quickly came to realization that I was lazy and never got around to doing it.

Then I got invited to a  Halloween party, my first adult costume party because normally my friends don't throw parties. But, being a curvy girl, I knew there was a fat chance (pun intended) I'd find something that fit me properly.

I went back to my fairy idea. I thought that was something I could really play with. So I started by making the wings. I finished those and then thought about my outfit. I didn't have much money, only about $20 at most to spend on the rest of the costume so I had to really think. I wanted to be something sexy since my normal outfit is jeans, sneakers and a random tshirt and I think the sexiest part of me are my boobs. I have a nice rack, what can I say? haha. So I decided that would be the showcase. I thought about fairies and all I could think of was flowers so grabbed a bunch at the dollar store. Then I was at Walmart and saw a $3 t-shirt on sale so I grabbed it. I found one of my dad's old suit jackets and grabbed that.  I found some old green flip flops I forgot I owned and grabbed some fabric I had lying around.

 

And this is what I came up with:



(you can't see the bottom half in this photo. I'll get to that but note there's more to come! lol)

 

I decided to showcase my lovely dcolletage, I would cover an old bra in flowers. However, I was not going to run around in just a bra (fat roll central over here) so I took the Wal-Mart $3 purple tshirt and cut it into a DEEP scoop with green bias tape. It was my first time with bias tape or really re-doing a tshirt and I think it came out okay.

I wanted something for my head because I recently cut my hair short and I hate how it gets in my face constantly, so I needed something to keep it still for when I was dancing. I told had left over wire from the wings and molded it perfectly to my head and with lots of floral tape, I made that masterpiece. I also bought a colorful hair extension at dollar tree. Here's a close-up.



Next is the corset. My favorite part. I've always wanted a corset but never had the guts to attempt making it but this time I did! It has real boning (which I've never used before) and real eyelets (again, never used them before). It somehow only took me an afternoon to whip this thing out which is a wonder for the me, the slow poke. It fits me like a glove...when its on right. In the photos it looks okay but I originally made it to lace in the back so that's the way it fits me best (because I'm so oddly shaped). The side you see in this photo is the fabric from my dad's old suit jacket. I wanted to make it wearable in the future so I made it reversible with a Chinese floral type pattern on the other side. Here's a picture (I attempted to lace it myself, I apologize for the lacing technique):



 

Here's a photo of the wings and the bottom half of my outfit (The wings aren't crooked, they were just attached to me crookedly):



First, in regards to the bottom half - I made handkerchief hem skirt? I think. I don't know the name of it but I didn't have money to buy more fabric so I made do with what I had. However, I hate wearing skirts because I have this swollen lump that never went down when I fell down at an anorexic hospital (the irony, I know. I think God was trying to tell me I didn't belong there) so I wore some leggings - which is the only thing I didn't make/embellish.

As of the wings, it's you standard homemade wings. I used some metal wire and pantyhose, then painted it, made some holes and even used some embossing powder. I originally had a total of six pieces but they were so big I couldn't fit through doors so I cut it down to four pieces. And here's some up close pics:





 

I embellished my old flip flops with some flowers:



Got a light stick wand at the dollar star and embellished it with some ribbon:



And of course, did my nails all cute with pink (it's pink, bad photo quality) and white:



And my friend did my eye makeup since I'm useless with makeup:



 

Unfortunately the Friday before the party, my back went into spasm and I couldn't move. I ended up still going to the party but didn't stay long and couldn't really dance. I spent most of my time sitting in a chair watching others dancing while I sipped my buttershots. I had to take my wings off almost immediately because they had beaded doorways and I was getting stuck to them. lol

And here's a photo at the party:




My first and only homemade costume for myself and I'm very proud. What do you all think?
2  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / True blood, kurt cobain, rocky horror and hearts on: October 14, 2011 02:15:02 PM
I haven't stenciled in a while but my friends bday was coming up so I made these (these are not my original stencil):


Rocky Horror


Trueblood



Kurt Cobain with some splatters

and a friend at work thought "she's crafty, she can make me some art work" but I'm not really a great painter...at all. So I stenciled this:
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Hanging Remote Control Holder on: May 08, 2011 04:50:09 PM
Being unemloyed, I couldn't afford much of a birthday present for my dad so instead he asked me to make him a remote control holder that can hang off one of bars in his bedroom (he's disabled and has those life bars to help him get out of bed).

He gave me specific measurements and what he wanted and I made it adjustable should he want to change the location and need it to hang lower. Here's the finished product.









4  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Geronimo!!! Eleventh Doctor/Matt Smith Figurine on: May 03, 2011 04:04:53 PM
So, series 6 of Doctor Who is awesome. I think I figured out who River Song is but I won't bore you with my personal opinions.

Anyways, I've been crafting Doctor Stuff lately and I've made a dalek previously, figured I should make a doctor. I'm not an artsy person, I can't draw and I consider sculpting more artsy then crafty so i'm proud of myself. It took me a few days and towards the end I was getting sick so I hurried it up and didn't get to finish it how I had hoped (his hands are awful, I had wanted to have him holding his sonic screw driver but didn't get to). He's also shiny...I only have glossy finish so that's why and I dropped him while taking photos and his neck cracked (super glued it though, you can hardly tell now)....

The finished product:





 I started with a wire and aluminium foil base. The base screwed me up which is why he's looking off to ths side rather then to the front:


I used spare clay to smooth it out:



Him next to my previously made dalek (obviously, they're not to scale) :


And for reference, here's the elventh doctor (on a windy day apparently):


5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Clockwork Altered Doll type thingy on: January 07, 2011 06:49:43 PM
So I recently did a doctor who swap and I really loved varifiresis's weeping angel statue and wanted to try something similiar. My partner didn't like the weeping angels so i decided to try my hand at the clockwork robots.

Here's a reference pic:


Its hard to see in this pic but the face has a cracked/crackle type look. I ended up using a barbie and some air dry clay for the face. I tried to do the crackle affect using the old elmers glue and paint trick (which works amazing if you've never done it) however I didn't water down the glue and paint enough so the cracks came out bigger than I hoped. I painted the face detail on and then I painted on the gloves and shoes and around the neck and then made the the dress (my first time making clothes so tiny!). I attempted curling the hair but I couldn't get it to stay (i read online using steam worked, like over a boiling pot of water but it wouldn't stay).

Anyways, here's some pics -






6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Coffee cozies on: November 14, 2010 11:27:47 PM
Nothing original but I've never made them before.




7  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Wedding photos in paper on: November 14, 2010 11:24:30 PM
I wasn't sure where to put this but I figured this was the best place - its most paper crafts and a little painting.
So Christmas is around the corner and I'm trying to get my crafting done early. A friend of mine got married in April and I was a bridesmaid. I wanted to do something different with her wedding photos. The original photos were actually taken by our boss whose an amazing photographer - Little Rosie Photography (www.littlerosiephotogaphy.com).

I've decided tracing paper is my new friend. I can't draw or copy at all. I got the idea for this first one of a blog but unfortunately I can't remember the name of it. The black is paper, not painted etc. (Don't mind my poor framing - I was in a bit of a hurry)

and the original pic-




the original:


this one I'm extremely proud of. As I said I can't draw so when I realized I can 'cheat' with tracing paper I was excited but not to hopeful, I figured it would come out badly regardless. But it didn't!



And I don't have the original pic of this but it was from their engagment photo shoot


Comments always appreciated!
8  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Craftster Itself / [RESOLVED] Huge font on: October 24, 2010 06:48:51 AM
Okay, so I like to think of myself as somewhat computer savy and maybe I'm just not getting it because I only slept 5hrs and I'm working on a Sunday at 9:30am but - my font on this site is huge. I hit something on my keyboard on my last visit and noticed the change in font size. I was in a rush and left it. I figured it would go back to normal but when I returned but its still big. It's either a 12 or 14...normal craftster shows up as 10 I believe...does anyone know how to fix this?
9  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Doctor who pillow on: September 05, 2010 05:15:39 PM
Hello all!

My friend got me a doctor who tshirt that I love but it shrunk in the wash  Angry  So, I decided to make throw pillow. Nothing original, but I'm happy.

10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / 11th doctor outfit - vest, fitted shirt, skirt - updated 10/3 - new pics! on: September 05, 2010 05:12:28 PM
I'm on a doctor who crafting kick. I've never made clothes before so this is a first.

I decided to make a doctor who inspired collection. I have some original designs coming but this particular one was mainly based off Tara Reich, who I heard about on a geek website I follow.
Here's her drawing:


And here's a pic of the 11th doctor:


I had no idea what I was doing, I never have the attention span for patterns, instructions, etc.  Tongue I went to salvation army and got an oversized mens button down, an old lady's blazer that was far to big and a pair of pants two sizes too big (this outfit isn't for me, my dress form is of a friend. I'm a big girl and wanted to start with smaller items).
I'm so proud of how it came out. Its not the best certainly but I love it (and I hardly like anything I make). I wanted to wait till I had pics of my friend in the outfit but I'm too excited.

Don't mind the green underneath, its the covering of my dress form.


puffed sleeve detail:


UPDATE!
And I finally got some pics of the outfit on my friend. She's posing with a screwdriver...if you watch doctor who you get it.
(I know, she's trying to open a WOODEN door with a sonic screwdriver...she doesn't watch the show)


The back:


Comments always appreciated!

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