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1  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / hand-painted creepy-skull faux-vans (what a mouthful!) on: August 25, 2008 05:16:48 PM
I got these off-white fake vans for 9 bucks with the express intention of painting *something* on them (why else would a craftster buy plain anything?). I wasn't sure what I wanted, so I started flipping through my CD covers for inspiration, and settled on the skeleton couple from Chiodos' Bone Palace Ballet (freakin' awesome album btw). Without further chatter, here they are!




He's a scooch blurry, but you get the deal. I'm quite proud of the shading on this guy, because I am by no means an artiste, and it came out surprisingly good!  Grin


I love her hair, it's like creepy undead Marie Antionette-chic.

That's all I've done so far. I haven't decided if I'm going to add anything to the sides or back. I'll need to see 'em on my feet first.

Whatchu think?
2  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / my very own little tony, just in time for his album release! on: August 05, 2008 07:03:30 PM
So my very favourite singer, Anthony Green, from my very favourite band, Circa Survive, released a veeeeeeeery long-awaited solo album today. Needless to say, I was mad excited. I actually started my Little Tony ages ago, but I figured the album release was as good a reason as any to finish him up!  Grin

Without further ado, Anthony!

Posin' with his gorgeous album, Avalon. He's felt, all handsewn, and his clothes are painted on...unfortunately  Roll Eyes


His eyes pretty much look like that in real life too. HUUUUUGE and gorgeous blue. Heh.
He's got a little smile because, contrary to the next picture, he always has this crazy awesome smile when he sings.


Here he is with his real-life counterpart, for comparison. Yeah, I made him a little matching coat. The dark grey on the lapels is about a million french knots. Yes I am crazy. The hair on Little Tony is closer to Anthony's normal hair colour. That photo just makes it look really dark. Oh yeah, and no facial hair because I didn't really want to push my luck with the painting lol. He rarely has as much as in this picture, so I'm cool with it.  Smiley

Apologies for the mini-essay. You like?
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Sew Everything Workshop by Diana Rupp-Flouncy Tank Top into a dress? (one image) on: June 16, 2008 08:19:39 PM
Backstory: I found a bedsheet at Salvation Army today. A SPACEJAM bedsheet!!!!  Grin ! For $1.99!!! Double  Grin !!

I decided on the spot that I needed a Spacejam dress; however, I have never sewn a dress before (but I've sewn other things), and I'm a little scared. So I was flipping through this great book I have, called Sew Everything Workshop (S.E.W) by Diana Rupp, and I found a project that I think I might be able to tweak into a dress. The Flouncy Tank Top. The body of it is just three rectangles pieced together, and I'm thinking of just making it dress-length and flaring out the sides of the rectangles in order to have a fuller skirt part, rather than it just hanging straight down. The only worry I have is that it might be rather shapeless. I plan on belting it at an empire waist level, which I think will add some shape, but I'm still not sure beyond that.

SO. Long question short, do I need to add in some darts or something? Will my idea work, or will I still look like a sack of potatoes? Because, as much as I love eating potatoes, I don't want to look like a sack of them Sad

Here's a picture of the shirt for reference:

(If you can't see there, the top of it is gathered...might this also help with adding shape?)

Sorry for the essay, I ramble when I write.  Embarrassed
4  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Discussion and Questions / Tim Lambesis from As I Lay Dying stencil....recognizeable? on: November 25, 2007 07:21:42 PM
Kayso, I'm throwing Tim Lambesis on a shirt for my friend for Christmas. Just want to make sure it is generally recognizeable as him before I do it. And for reference, here's the picture I used:

http://www.decibelmagazine.com/uploadedImages/Issues/2005/009_July_2005/Features/mask_aild.jpg

And here's Mr. Stencil:


Disregard the "re ro ro re." It's an inside joke, and I'm sure you don't need my long-winded explanantion.  Wink

Also, for AILD fans...Is this a good present? Would YOU want Tim's face on your chest?  I know I do.  Roll Eyes
5  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / pom pom rug from craftivity, OR, crocheting a flat circle!!! on: March 12, 2007 07:56:48 PM
Is it really that hard to crochet a flat circle? Well, it's not working for me.

I'm trying to make this rug from the book Craftivity. The base is a big double crochet circle. Except, it doesn't really say anything besides double crochet a circular base. It tells me to chain 7 and slip stitch for the first round (I can do this!!!!). Then it just says increase every round until you have a flat circle.

But...it doesn't say how or where to increase. I thought it was like, increase in each st on the first round. 2nd, increase every second st. 3rd, increase every third st. and so on.

But that's not really working for me. It keeps kind of buckling and curling, like I'm making a hat. But I'm not. A hat is not a rug!!

Any help guys?
6  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Sad little bunny... on: January 31, 2007 02:09:20 PM
So here's the bunny I made yesterday. He was inspired by some little stuffed animal things I saw on a Japanese website (I think). I'm not sure why he's so sad. Maybe he wants a carrot from that nice orange felt he's sitting on.



And his cute little tail:


(sorry 'bout the sideways pic...I'm new at this)

Hope you like him. This is my first post with pictures by the way. I'm excited!!  Grin
7  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Discussion and Questions / Stevie Wonder stencils...? Please? on: January 01, 2007 01:37:27 PM
I will officially love anyone who can point me in the direction of a Stevie Wonder stencil, besides the ONE(!) on Stencilry.

I'm looking for mostly just his face, preferably smiling Cheesy

I tried making one myself, but alas, no photoshop, and Word is being mean to Mr. Wonder and I... Sad

8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Hama/ Perler beads paper... on: November 20, 2006 06:16:26 PM
I just bought a bunch of those little hama, or perler beads (the ones that you iron) at Ikea. They came with two sheets of the paper that you use to iron them, but I was wondering if there were any alternatives I could use (once i run out). The paper kind of looks like wax paper, but it is thin like tissue paper. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks! Smiley
9  KNITTING / Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller / Skully sweater pattern problem... on: March 19, 2006 08:39:49 AM
Okay, I'm having a problem with the neck shaping (this is my first sweater, by the way). I think I did the first little paragraph all right, but where it says "BO 2 sts at neck edge at beg of every other row..." and so on, that's where I'm having problems. When I go to bind off the 2 sts on the first shoulder section, won't the yarn end up at the other end of the bound-off sts? Does that question even make sense? Please help, I'm really confused, and I was doing so well up to this point... Cry
10  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Discussion and Questions / Monty Python Stencils anybody? on: January 27, 2006 05:31:01 PM
Anything from Monty Python and the Holy Grail would be awesome, especially the Black Knight (tis but a scratch!). Thankies!
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