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21  taking off our hats/illustration friday in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by boygirlparty on: April 02, 2005 06:17:01 AM
it is so incredibly cool to see so many painters among the craftster community!

here is some of my work:





i have a solo show coming up on april 15th in seattle, WA at a place called schmancy, if any of you are in the area!

does anyone out there participate in http://www.illustrationfriday.com?
i just started, it's a fun little exercise!
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22  Re: a very particular tchotchke in Crafty Business Discussion by boygirlparty on: September 26, 2004 07:59:03 AM
hello!
i'm revisiting this thread because:
a) it's been about six months since i started doing these little handpainted buttons of mine!
b) i just finished a 100 yard roll of tulle...that's a lot of buttons!!
c) this thread was so incredibly helpful in getting my handmade work off the ground and up for sale!  thank you so much again to everyone that helped, all the wonderful suggestions and encouragement!  i thought i'd update with a picture of some of the handpainted buttons i've been making over the last six months!  at this point, i've made hundreds + consign them at some great stores, but mostly just use them as an excuse to try out little tiny paintings!

here we go... (sorry, the image is pretty big!)

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23  hummingbird tote! in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by boygirlparty on: September 10, 2004 08:19:45 AM
i got a print gocco a couple days ago and have been having so much fun learning to use it, and screen printing at home, something always hated doing before because of the huge mess it makes.  so i whipped up an ink jet printout of a drawing i had done of a hummingbird and started printing:



okay, so i still made a bit of a mess...



but then i started sewing with my little prints and here's what i just finished:




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24  Re: Button / Badge / Pin Makers in Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions by boygirlparty on: September 08, 2004 07:18:03 AM
just a question... someone mentioned that the badge-a-minit button backs have the logo on them. Whats the logo look like and how big is it?
Thanks Cheesy

here's a sample of what the logo looks like:
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25  a-line tablecloth tree skirt in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by boygirlparty on: September 07, 2004 08:12:35 PM
i found this linen-y weavey tablecloth at savers, and thought it was the perfect fall color for a fall skirt.  so i whipped up an a-line skirt and here is the result, the first in what i hope will be a series of tree skirts!  if i make more, i'll post 'em here!

old tablecloths, drapery, etc. make kind of nice skirty material because they're a bit heavier than something like a cotton blend, but always hang nicely - good for fall weather!

please bear with me, as my digital camera takes kinda crappy low-light pictures...







love,
susie
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26  Re: help! i'm a mess. in Discussion and Questions by boygirlparty on: July 05, 2004 05:59:59 PM
if you happen into enough cigar boxes of the same size, you can make yourself something like this:



mine is intended to organize metal type for letterpress, but it would be awesome for holding anything.  if you're terribly bad at all things 3-d like me, you can also buy them new on lots of letterpress supplier websites.
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27  Re: help! i'm a mess. in Discussion and Questions by boygirlparty on: July 05, 2004 05:39:48 PM
here's a follow up on how my mess is evolving into organized clutter (sort of) - i still am searching for the perfect solution to my odd amounts of fabric - both remnants and larger bits.  here's what i did:

i realized that almost nothing i own can go against a wall with a bay window, so i picked up a bunch of these collapsible shelves from staples (got a few of them on sale for $25 ea, and if your order on staples.com is over $50, they deliver to your house for free, which is nice cause these suckers were a little hefty.)  part of the reason why i went with this solution is because in an apartment, it tends to be kinda frowned upon to install permanent shelving.  this way, when i move in a year or maybe ten, these shelves will fold right back down to a single sheet of wood and i can take em with me!

here's what that part looks like:



for the larger bits of clutter, such as the huge amounts of japanese stationery i've acquired, as well as notebooks to collage in, wood to paint on, and archaic office supplies i am convinced i will one day have a use for, i filed and labeled them in these photo boxes - kind of a budget solution for those who crave a card catalog:



for some smaller pieces of fabric - especially felt that gets warped in this especially humid weather, i stacked them off to the side - a temporary solution until i think of something better:



and all the little tiny supplies got divided up into canisters i could pull out or rifle through, depending on the specific project i have in mind.  for instance, if i'm making buttons, i can pull out all the silver canisters.  here's an example of how i divided up my supplies:



overall, it's been really refreshing to have a method of organization - with drawers and containers that all look similar, i find i mix everything up, or when i start a project, it all turns into one big mess anyway.  hopefully this will keep me in check!

any suggestions or further developments are appreciated!
anyone else try reorganizing their clutter?
thanks for all the great input!
love,
susie
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28  Re:bike re-vamp in Completed Projects by boygirlparty on: April 04, 2004 09:27:31 AM
i did that to my bike a few years ago too!



i  taped off the wheels and anything else i didn't want to get paint on, and spray painted the base coat (because that totally looks better than handpainting a base color) and then did the white detail using enamel house paint (similar to the toy stuff sinnimaria is talking about, not as tough, but there's more of it)

it got some nicks and bumps, but bikes are supposed to!  and it got stolen about two months later.

i painted a new bike blue with lots of airplanes but that bike died awhile ago and i haven't replaced it.  if i find a picture, i'll post it!

r.i.p. little bikes!
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29  Re:a very particular tchotchke in Crafty Business Discussion by boygirlparty on: March 08, 2004 07:23:42 AM
thanks for your input, everyone!!!  i ended up experimenting a little bit with the tiny paintings this week and came up with some other things.. here they are!:

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30  providence's bazaar bizarre isn't too far! in Massachusetts by boygirlparty on: March 02, 2004 11:31:32 AM
as220 in providence holds a monthly bazaar bizarre (completely unaffiliated but aiming for the same type of thing as boston's)

i'm participating in my first this sunday, mar 7. if you're in the area, please come check it out!

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