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31  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / cropped cardigan/jacket/shirt thingy... on: March 03, 2009 11:41:02 AM
Not sure what to call this, but I made it out of an old t-shirt with a huge superman S graphic and a basketball team graphic. It was hard to work around the images, but eventually i ended up with this--

It doesn't match with much since it's such a bright royal blue. I was thinking about maybe dying it navy so it would match more of my clothes? any thoughts?

also, any idea what to call it? it's not quite a shrug, not quite a shirt, not quite a jacket...
32  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / drapey grey top on: March 02, 2009 01:27:08 PM

I cut up a big old t-shirt and turned it into a pretty top with drapey sleeves. It was really easy. I started it friday afternoon and finished it in time to wear out to dinner.

33  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / sassy vest (made out of pants) on: February 23, 2009 10:04:58 AM
I had a pair of dress pants that didn't fit me anymore so I cut them up and turned them into this--

Everything on this vest is recycled from the pants (except the thread!). I made my own covered buttons out of the buttons on the pants, and I cut interfacing out of the waistband for the button-holes. I had just enough material from the pants to fully line it. I'm so thrilled that it actually fits and I didn't have to make darts or anything.

P.S. here is a tutorial for covering buttons-- http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=181926.0 --except I used regular buttons with holes. I just made my own shank out of a paper-clip, then I glued some felt over the top, and then I did the covering thing.
34  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / skirt with pockets! (from t-shirt) on: February 16, 2009 01:55:08 PM
I just made this fabulous orange skirt out of an old XL shirt i got for $1. I love the big slouchy pockets and the high waist.

It was really easy to make. I want to make another own in grey but I'm all out of elastic. Sad oh well, it's 20*F outside so it's not like I can wear skirts yet anyway... Thanks for looking!
35  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / pretty magazine valentines on: February 09, 2009 05:52:56 PM
I made a bunch of valentines for my friends out of old magazines and mod-podge.

I still have a lot more to make but I thought I'd share the idea. If you want to make them it's pretty straight-forward. Old magazines... Glue... But I put some descriptions and tips on my blog if you are interested---
(please visit my blog! it will make me feel special  Smiley )

So yeah, I took pictures of my two favorites, but i can probably upload more pics if people are interested. Thanks for looking!
36  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Notre Dame monogram pillow on: December 15, 2008 04:39:44 PM
I made this pillow for my friend's dorm. His futon isn't very comfy, so hopefully I'll be able to use it whenever I hang out there. selfish? probably... but I don't think he got me anything for christmas anyway...  Wink

a photo on my hot pink chair.

and I tried to take a close-up of the stitching. It's just plain old cotton with a zig-zag stitch, so it will probably start to fray right away, but I don't think he will mind too much.

Well, I hope he likes it!
37  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / SMC Barbie (women's studies class project) on: October 28, 2008 04:47:16 PM
For my Women's Studies class I had to make a "realistic modern day barbie doll" so i made Saint Mary's College Barbie (Saint Mary's is the school I go to). She comes with smc hoodie, emx sweatpants, ugg boots, pearl earrings, and a notre dame hat (to hide her dirty hair). I also drew dark circles under her eyes because she stays up late studying...

We read an essay about how barbie is a bad role model for little girls because she has an unrealistic body/face/hair etc. and she is always dressed in tight, revealing clothes, teaching girls that being thin and desirable is more important than anything else. So i guess the message i'm trying to send with my project is that educating the mind is more important than looking pretty all the time, baggy comfy clothes can be really cute, and excessive sexuality is really impractical in most situations. plus i kind of wanted to poke fun at the fact that almost everyone at my school dresses exactly like this...

here is a close up of the tiny ugg boots I made out of felt-

thanks for looking!
38  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / outfit ideas for an "anything but clothes" party? on: September 21, 2008 08:02:31 PM
my friend invited me to an anything-but-clothes party where you have to make an outfit out of anything except clothing. most people do trash bags, cling wrap or caution tape, but I don't want to use anything plastic because I don't want to end up all sweaty and gross.

I was thinking of using one of my flags that I have hanging on my wall, and just sort of wrapping it around somehow. That'd be pretty easy and it would probably hold up for the night. I was also thinking about maybe using paper towels and clear packaging tape to make a dress that's breathable and cool, but I'm worried about tearing, spilling, cramping my dance style, etc. I have some perforated off brand paper towels, but I also have access to the un-perforated plain flat kind in the bathroom on my floor. not sure which would work better.

any other ideas? I don't want to really have to spend much money on this, but i do have a small budget if i get inspired or excited. the party's on friday and i have a test and two essays this week. I'd like to craft something creative, but I don't want to spend too much time or money on it.
39  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Show off your dorm room! on: September 08, 2008 07:30:50 PM
Post pictures of your awesome dorm room in this topic!

I'm a junior this year and I finally have my own room to decorate however I want. My parents bought me a bunch of hot pink stuff freshmen year so I decided to work with that. I was going for something fun and bright, like I don't have to be a boring adult just yet...

I already had the comforter and pillow cases. I got the throw pillows from that cheapo section in target for $1.50 each. Sheets on sale for $13 at target also. Can't wait for this year's toga party... how hot am I gonna look in an orange toga? haha. I had an extra mirror, so I just stuck it up there cause I don't really need to see myself that often...

I got this tiny little sofa on craigslist. It's the perfect size (it fit in the elevator, thank god), and the black slipcover is machine washable. Big pink pillow on sale at target. I got my posters for free at the movie theater where I work, and I got the flags on my trip to europe over the summer. The batman got milk ad was in USA Today and I already had the white board calendar.

I made this shelf out of scrapwood I found in the garage! I used power tools all by myself and I'm very proud of it, even though it's simple and basic. I'm still waiting for someone to say "cute shelf" so I can brag about it, but it hasn't happened yet....haha. I found that cute little mirror with necklace hooks in a box of old junk in the basement.

I haven't gotten a tv yet, but when I do it's going on top of the desk and the books are relocating to the middle drawer. I made that lamp out of a shade from a garage sale and a base from goodwill. There was no frame so I made one out of coat hangers.

The chair was $20 at target (last thing I got there, I swear) and it was the last pink one left. It's super comfy and it just folds up if I need to move it (like when that radiator kicks on in the winter...) I also have an old bean bag under the bed if I need more seating.

frigde. food. dishes. I got some adorable plates and bowls for $1 each at hobby lobby at the end of the summer. I guess they were the "outdoor summer dishes" which for me just means they're colorful and durable... big popcorn bowl, four plates, four bowls.

You have no idea how useful these hooks are. I highly recommend them. I'll probably get some more...

I keep so much stuff under my bed, it's crazy. Oh, and I got those rugs on sale at bed bath and beyond. They're bathroom rugs so they don't slide around and they're easy to clean.

Yeah, that's probably more information than anyone needs, but I'm proud of my thrifty, creative decorating skills. And I'm really excited to have my own room.

Let me know what you think and post pictures of your own awesome dorm room!

40  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / my first holga photos! on: July 26, 2008 11:26:48 PM
I brought along an old-fashioned holga camera and 7 rolls of film when I went to Europe this summer.  I have no film photography experience at all, so I'm pretty proud of these.

Thanks for looking! Questions and comments welcome!
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