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1  My first wearable FO - a Turkey Day skirt! in Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects by Aspiring Crazy Cat Lady on: November 21, 2006 02:06:41 PM
I started this thread http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=134442.10
to get help making a skirt out of some dogs playing poker fabric I found on clearance.  It's done!  Hooray!

I realize it's not very flattering because of all the fullness near the waistband, but I love it anyway and will be wearing it to the family dinner on Thursday Smiley




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2  Re: Dogs playing poker fabric - help me make a skirt! in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by Aspiring Crazy Cat Lady on: November 20, 2006 09:47:07 PM
I didn't lie exactly.  It *is* tomorrow.



It looks a little odd because there's no elastic and it's all just pinned together and on my ghetto fabulous dress form which, thanks to expanding foam, put on about 5 additional inches so it's not true either, but for a place to pin some outrageous fabric for the purposes of making an outrageous T-Day skirt, it works just fine.

Tomorrow I'll probably be sewing it up.  Anything I should know before I plunge in?  This will be my first time working with elastic.
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3  Dogs playing poker fabric - It's finished! in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by Aspiring Crazy Cat Lady on: November 20, 2006 12:15:41 PM


Ok so I'm at Walmart the other day and I come across this fabric on the clearance rack.  It's Coolidge's poker playing canines.  Immediately I think, "Self, this MUST become a skirt!"  Myself replies, "Not just any skirt, oh hell no, this'll be a THANKSGIVING skirt."

I'm full of brilliant ideas, but running a little behind schedule.

So I have this fabric.  What would be the best way to go about making myself a skirt?  The panels are wide enough that a little over two of them would make a great skirt for me.  They're about 4" shorter than I want.

What, O' Great and Terrible Crafsters, would be the best way for me to turn this into a skirt?  I'm thinking adding 4" of fabric at the top, would take care of the length issue and drop the image down enough so that I don't have to lift my shirt to show it off.  But what about the width?  I just need another 2" total to give it just enough ease and swing, how should I approach that?

Many thanks in advance Smiley
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4  Boobies! Tits! The biggest pair you ever did see! in Halloween Costumes by Aspiring Crazy Cat Lady on: November 03, 2006 01:13:51 PM
So my best friend and I had this idea.  I wanted to carry squirt guns of milk around, but the party was at our most anal friend's house and she would've had a litter of deformed puppies if we'd shot milk around.

They were made of chicken wire and thin foam spray painted the right colors.  The nipple rings were made of fishing bobbers and coat hanger wire.  They were really heavy after the first hour, but man, they were a hit.  We'll never, ever top it. 

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5  Dog Sling! in Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects by Aspiring Crazy Cat Lady on: October 25, 2006 08:41:36 PM
Isobel (my avatar) loves to be held.  I love to hold her.  Unfortunately for us both I have a lot of crap I have to get done and most of it requires the use of both arms.  So I sewed her up a sling.  It took me about half an hour from start to finish and I'm a VERY novice sewer.  I used some sheer, gold embroidered fabric I found in the remnant bin at Hobby Lobby and some dark green microfleece to line it with.  I wish I had better pics but the bathroom lighting leaves much to be desired.






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6  Temari! in Completed Projects by Aspiring Crazy Cat Lady on: October 12, 2006 05:41:16 AM
Ahhh!  I discovered this about a month ago and have spent time since starting, undoing, starting, throwing away and starting again trying to figure it out.  I finally did!  It's so easy once you get the basics down.



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7  Windchimes from harddrive parts! in Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects by Aspiring Crazy Cat Lady on: September 30, 2006 07:36:43 AM
My DH is a computer geek.  His office?  Packed to the rafters with old systems, parts and all sorts of 'crap'.  (I call it crap, he calls it stuff.)  Anyway, he derives great pleasure from disassembling harddrives that have died.  He like the magnets.  Upon my request he delivered a stack of platters and rings to me because I just KNEW there had to be a crafty use for them.

So I took a couple platters, a seperater ring, some pipe, some cut crystal chandelier prisms and some beadalon and made some windchimes out of them.  They sound amazing.  I think it's because the clapper (small platter) is also made of metal, so the tone is really resonant and rich.

The crystals fill my porch with millions of tiny, spinning rainbows and if I open my blinds my livingroom gets its fair share too.  The super cool thing is that the platters are highly reflective so they reflect the rainbows too.  I love these and they weren't hard to make or expensive.  The hardest part was drilling the holes in the platters.  Those things are TOUGH.

Hopefully the super extra special crimping job I did and the fact that I used beadalon wire instead of string will mean that these will hold up for a good long while.  I can't tell you how many windchimes I've bought that've fallen apart in less than a year due to cheap string rotting away.


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8  I can draw! in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by Aspiring Crazy Cat Lady on: September 26, 2006 07:36:19 AM
I didn't say well Wink  I started art school as a freshman back in April (I'm 32, better late than never, right?) and dreaded my drawing classes.  I've had exactly 3.  This is my final from the last class.  I know it's not perfect, but I'm so impressed because it actually looks like me and my dogs. 



Crtiques are most welcome.  I'm always looking to improve and please don't worry about hurting my feelings.  I've been through pro-writing peer group crits before.  Talk about BRUTAL Wink  My skin, it is thick (much like my ass) Smiley
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9  Designing patterns in Crochet: Discussion and Questions by Aspiring Crazy Cat Lady on: September 20, 2006 05:31:02 PM
I have a square motif that I found online eons ago.  I can't remember what site or who had posted it, we're talking many, many years.  All I had was the chart.  I worked up one and blocked it and created the image below to see this stunning pattern emerge when they were placed together.  I've designed a triangular shawl from this motif that uses the original motif, a self-designed triangular motif that is essentially half the square motif and a beaded border.

I am currently in the process of crocheting up the first one.  I am most assuredly not a designer (just an art student) and I have a few questions:

When and how do I advertise for test crocheters to give my pattern a go? Most of my blog readers are knitters, so I don't think that'd work.

and

Can someone tell me how to submit patterns to Knit Picks or tell me who I should submit to?

I should be done with the first one in the next couple of weeks (finals are coming due so I'm a bit busy).

Here's a rough image of how the motifs look singularly and the pattern they form when placed together.  I think it'll make a spectacular triangle shaped shawl.


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10  Ooops! I ripped my pants! in Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions by Aspiring Crazy Cat Lady on: September 08, 2006 12:13:02 PM
I watch entirely too much Spongebob for a 32 year old woman.

So I bought these great pants on clearance at Target.  They are a size 26/28.  I'm a size 20/22 so they're a little big on me, but they were comfy (the fabric is so soft and worn feeling).

Anyway, I ripped the bastards.  I don't know how it happened.  There weren't any holes or anything. 

So the ass rip is easy enough to figure out, they pants need to be taken in anyway.  But the rip on the horizontal on the thigh...what the hell do I do about that?  They aren't too long, they're just about right, so I don't really want to lose any length in the legs.

Is this hopeless?  Should I give up the ghost, cut 'em up and make the chihuahua another outfit?

Y'all probably want a picture, huh?  Damn, I'm a ditz.

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