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11  Re: a portrait is a good thing in Needlework: Completed Projects by LuluB on: January 31, 2007 03:53:00 PM
here's a better picture of her in natural light (and a small shot of my roommates dvd collection!):
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12  a portrait is a good thing in Needlework: Completed Projects by LuluB on: January 15, 2007 01:09:46 PM
wow!  it seems like forever since i've had a project to post!  ever since i started doing fairs and selling online i've had no time to craft for myself.  but being busy is a good thing!

speaking of good things. . . the reason why i'm here. . . ms. martha stewart!



she's all felt.  appliqued and then embelished with embroidery.  the "wood" frame is from the sheets of felt i paint and use in bags and pillows.  it just seemed to suit for where the piece was going.

here's a close up on one of the birds, her hair, and some of the lettering:


and one more shot with moody lighting for good measure!


thanks for looking!
it's nice to be back.

hearts,
erika

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13  new portrait, new style in Needlework: Completed Projects by LuluB on: July 20, 2006 05:01:52 AM
hi all!
wow, it's been a long time.  they took my craftster away at the day job and my nights have been so full of stitching and sewing for my new diy venture, my imaginary boyfriend.  so busy!  anyway, i've been trying to figure out a way to mix the felt applique that i've been doing for my design line with my love of doing portraits and this is what i've come up with.



i found the image in a magazine, it's the singer jenny lewis.  at first i didn't realize it was her, i thought it was just some model.  but as i was making the pattern i was like, "hey! that's jenny lewis, cool."  it was really just a test to see how it would work and i'm really happy with it.  next i move on to children and pets.  i hope to soon make custom portraits available on the site so i need to build up that portfolio.

thanks for looking!
erika
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14  Bridal Bag in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by LuluB on: July 18, 2006 03:28:01 PM
hi all!

it's been forever since i've shared something!  this is a bag that i made for my friend who just got married.  she needed something to carry all of her necessities the day of the wedding so i offered to figure something out.  the bag was originally designed as a clutch but she didn't want it getting dirty from her hands so she asked me to add the handle.  it looks nice but since it was a last minute addition it's not the greatest, the handle had to be attached to the flap and whenever the bag has anything heavy in it the clasp comes undone due to the weight.  oh well, next time i'll know better. 

it's made from golden yellow wool felt and a piece of vintage eyelet from an old slip i'd thrifted (the bride's dress was eyelet and the colors were green and yellow).  the lining (that i forgot to photograph, gggrrrrr) is a vintage reproduction of a green polka dot type calico.  anyway, enough talk, here it is:



enjoy!
erika
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15  Re: Cakey! the cake from outer space!!! in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by LuluB on: May 08, 2006 06:21:49 PM
cakey sneek peek for craftsters!

cakey babies!!!

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16  Re: Is there a NYC Craft Mafia? (And if not, lets start one!) in New York: NYC and Long Island by LuluB on: March 17, 2006 09:16:28 AM
my imaginary boyfriend and i would love to join!  this is us at the bust craftacular:




the pm has already been sent.

erika
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17  Re: Panty Raid Swap Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by LuluB on: March 11, 2006 07:48:47 AM
I doubt she knew I happened to be a redhead with the middle name of Rose:) How perfect!

i'm psychic!!! wow!

here are the absolutly adorable pants i got from ms. mrgrita:


i've got puppy pants!

aw yeah!

thanks so much,
erika
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18  Cakey! the cake from outer space!!! in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by LuluB on: February 03, 2006 02:07:05 PM
there's this thing 'round my parts called channel 102 ( www.channel102.net ) where people make short pilots and, hopfully, series that then compete for ratings and the chance to continue the series.

anyway, enough with the back story.  meet cakey! the cake from outer space!
from my friends dyna and kirk (the people who brought you "my wife the ghost"). . .

the original cakey drawing (by dyna):


and the realized cakey puppet (by me!):





cakey! he's the moist delicious friend around!

erika
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19  Re: Love your wedding? Then show off your photos here! in Weddings and Bridal Showers by LuluB on: January 24, 2006 11:53:59 AM
not my wedding, but 2 of my dearest friends.
becca and joe
september 13, 2003.  the log cabin, san francisco.

the bride and her attendants made all the flower arrangements and, with the help of the mothers, altered all (save one) of the bridesmaid's dresses ourselves.

i made the wedding album, garter, and acted as secondary photographer.

here are some of the shots:
the album (including the adorable couple):

making sure the dress is a-okay and then the bride helps load the van:

the beautiful bride and her beautiful flowers:

becca and me!
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20  Re: DIY garter instructions? in Weddings and Bridal Showers by LuluB on: January 24, 2006 11:21:30 AM
i made one for my friend once.

i took the measurement of her thigh and cut a length of 1" wide elastic slightly shorter (i think i was about 1/2", but whatever's the most comfortable for the person wearing it and remember seam allowance).

then i took 2 lengths of 1 1/2" grosgrain ribbon twice the length of the elastic and sewed the top and bottom of the ribbon.

after the ribbon tube was finished, i threaded the elastic in (using the good ol' safety pin as needle trick!) and then sewed the ends of the elastic together. make sure you sew it together very well, you don't want the elastic to pop apart and the garter to drop to the floor!

then i folded the rough edges of the ribbon in and sewed them together.  i put the decoration where the seam was so that the whole thing looked nice and neat!

as for decoration, you can do what you want, use your favorite things, colors. . .
my friend, rebecca, VERY handy (her nickname's tool girl) so i made a little glittery hammer and yellow tape measure with her and her hubby-to-be's initials on it.  i had ribbon coming out of the tape measure, like tape and then wrapped that around the medallion using little flowers that matched her dress.

here's a not so great picture of it (but it's the only one i have):
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