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31  Re: Recycled Halloween- Post your ideas in Halloween Decor and Parties by tamagotchi on: October 13, 2005 12:24:23 PM
Such great ideas tamagotchi! I immediately went on a hike to get some twigs and came up with this fall tree! Its just twigs spray painted black with "leaves" made of twisted up tissue paper glued on with a glue stick.


 Keep the ideas coming! I know we have some "greens" in here!

these are so beautiful!  I am in awe of your recycled-craft godliness!
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32  spock: the final frontier in Halloween Costumes by tamagotchi on: October 11, 2005 12:21:39 PM




voila!  the beginnings of my amazing spock halloween costume.  made 100% from scratch.  I even drafted my own pattern!  I think I'm going to actually try and find an insignia pin at my local nerd store, also I haven't had time to make my tricorder yet.  but geez, I'm so proud of myself!  what do you guys think?!?
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33  don't you love it when couples dress alike? in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by tamagotchi on: September 16, 2005 03:17:26 PM
One rainy day + too many romance comics = jilted john tshirts!!  I made matching ones for me and my boyfriend, because we are both completely, super in love with jilted john.  (Who is jilted john? http://www.shuttleworths.co.uk/jj/jilted.html)  His shirt is one of his old turtlenecks, mine is a reconstructed men's undershirt.  I sketched out the designs with a soft pencil and then inked them using my beloved fabric markers.  Halfway through my shirt the black marker went kaput, so the lines are not quite as clean, but oh well.  On with the show!

Here is the sketch for his shirt:


And here is the finished product:

It has a very forties feel, which works with the off-white color of the shirt.  The pencil guidelines are still visible if you look hard.  Note Jane the mouse hanging out on John's name.

For my shirt I wanted something more pop art.  Here's the sketch:


Final product:

This woman is the result of reading a million romance comics.  Again, ignore the pencil marks.  The lettering reads "Goin' Steady with Jilted John."  Pretty snazzy, right?
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34  rat's revenge car in Stenciling: Completed Projects by tamagotchi on: September 14, 2005 08:36:51 AM
I said in my last post that I was going to post this...well here it is!

The car:


The stencil:


Best song, best stencil!
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35  McDonaldland pillowcases in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by tamagotchi on: September 13, 2005 08:43:05 AM
Them sitting on our bed:


Closeup of ribbon trim and embroidery:


I made these pillowcases for my boyfriend out of a vintage McDonaldland sheet.  It was too amazing to pass up.  As you can see in the second picture, Big Mac is saying my boyfriend's initials.
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36  ice cream in Stenciling: Completed Projects by tamagotchi on: September 12, 2005 09:53:43 AM


Not a good picture, but oh well.  I stenciled this on the back of my sweatshirt (the writing says "ice cream!").  Done on heavy cardboard, which is why the lines are so thick.  I just like to eat, you know?

Coming soon: stenciled car
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37  skating champion (knitty coif) in Knitting: Completed Projects by tamagotchi on: September 12, 2005 09:49:56 AM


I made this cute little cap for a friend of mine last christmas.  (This really isn't a good picture of me or the hat, but you get the idea.)  The basic pattern is the coif from the Knitty archives.  I knit it in a sort of teal color, then added brown pompoms on the ends of the ties and some brown flowers.  I embroidered light pink stamens in each flower and put a pink button in the center.  It reminds me of something you would wear while ice skating on a lake.
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38  you're a winner! in Completed Projects by tamagotchi on: September 12, 2005 09:43:45 AM


I made one of these for my friend, and it turned out so beautifully I made one for myself, too.  Now I can be a winner everyday!
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39  the motherload! (img heavy) in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by tamagotchi on: September 12, 2005 09:41:27 AM
Since I finally got around to joining Craftster after meaning to for over a year, I figured I'd show off some of my past projects.  I apologize in advance for crappy photos, but most of these were taken back when I still had a crapola webcam.  I actually enjoy doing reconstructions more than sewing from scratch.  I like to think that it's more of a challenge, but really I just have a short attention span.

#1: dress to shirt

This I reconstructed out of a giant linen dress that went down to my ankles.  Simple enough.  I just cut off the bottom and the sleeves.  Then I brought it in on the sides and added a cute waistband.  Voila.

#2: men's to women's

This one took forever, I wish I had a better picture of it.  My boyfriend is a supershopper and has tons of vintage clothes lying around.  I reconstructed this out of one of his old shirts.  I had to take in everything, including making the sleeves shorter and the shoulders narrower.  Then I embroidered an abstract design on the front.  I have actually gotten pretty good at doing this, so I can put up a tutorial if anyone's interested.

#3: plain to pretty

After making this sweater smaller I had lots of leftover fabric, so I decided to make this lovely decoration on the shoulder.  I think it came out rather nice.

#4: art shirts


These aren't really reconstructions, although I did resize the shirts before I used them.  Both are done with FabricMate fabric markers (which I highly recommend, by the way.  I've washed these shirts a million times and they've hardly faded at all!)  The dino is expressing my love of daily dinosaur comics (http://www.qwantz.com).  The lettering next to spock says "leonard nimoy for president".

So that's a sampling of what I do.  Currently I'm involved in reconstructing a dress back-to-front.  It's exciting in a nightmarish way.
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