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41  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!
42  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.
43  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!





44  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!
45  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / gift bows! (yet another way to recycle magazines) tutorial added and more pics on: May 20, 2008 09:19:45 PM
(Another edit... four years later!)

Just wanted to share these enormous gift bows I made out of brown paper grocery bags. One is even bigger than the gift...



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(editeddddd cause I made more)



Cell phone photo tutorial...
What you need:

magazine page, brass paper fastener/brad, something sharp, scissors.

1.) Cut mag page into strips


2.) Loop a strip like so:

Then loop the other end like so:


3.) Poke a hole in the middle with the sharp thing and slide it onto the brad.


4.) Make another one and put it on the brad too.

And just keep going.

5.) Once you've got about nine strips looped on there just split the prongs on the brad.

And you're done!


WARNING: May cause serious addiction. Craft at your own risk.



-----old post-----

Yeah, I could recycle magazines by putting them in my recycling bin, but this is way more fun...


(I also reused a pretty shoe box to put the gift in)


And two more...


They're super easy. You just need a magazine, scissors and those little brass paper fastener things (a stapler might work too).
1. Cut some different size strips from the mag.
2. Loop the strips and stick the paper fastener through the middle. (it might be easier to make holes in the strips with something sharp first and then slide them on the fastener. I used a seam ripper). Put the smaller strips on first and then the larger.
3. Pull the prongs apart when you're done and then stick it to your gift with some tape. Fluff it up a bit for flair and voila!

Let me know if you have any questions. Thanks for looking!
46  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Croquet sundress! on: March 31, 2008 06:38:45 PM
Some background info: my friends and I have a tradition of dressing up in vintage looking outfits and playing croquet on one of the quads here at school. We're scheduled to play next sunday but it looks like it might rain.  Embarrassed  We'll keep our fingers crossed. anyway, without further ado, my croquet sundress...



I got the vintage bedsheet at a garage sale last summer for 50 cents. The material is really great, so it must have a high thread count or something. I embraced my shirring obsession and used it on the waist, neckline and sleeves.

I took way too many pictures, so I'll just link to them at the bottom so it doesn't take ages to load.







http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v332/NuffinMuffinUSA/0331082025a.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v332/NuffinMuffinUSA/0331082026.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v332/NuffinMuffinUSA/0307081956.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v332/NuffinMuffinUSA/0307081959.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v332/NuffinMuffinUSA/0307081958.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v332/NuffinMuffinUSA/0307082006b.jpg


Sorry, I guess I just got a little model-happy. Thanks for looking!
47  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / purple skirt to sundress! on: March 28, 2008 06:34:55 PM


I bought a really huge tiered skirt for an esmerelda costume a few years ago (sorry, no before pic), and last weekend I turned it into this. I've been kind of obsessed with shirring, so it's shirred across the bust and also on the sleeves.





My legs look so good in it! It's really light and comfy. I can't wait til it gets warm enough to actually wear it! Thanks for looking!
48  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / shirred pinafore jumper--- outer space! on: March 28, 2008 06:24:35 PM
Is it a jumper or a pinafore?



I made it out of some adorable scrap fabric. It's not my usual style, but it's so flattering on me! Sorry about the lack of make-up and bad cell phone quality photos. I don't know if you can see, but it's shirred on the waist.



Thanks for looking!
49  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / bright green and polka dots! (mod top? swing blouse?) on: March 08, 2008 11:05:30 PM
I'm not really sure what kind of shirt this is, but I love it! The fabric is a lime green knit with black polka dots. My style usually is not this funky, but the fabric sort of called to me. I'm still trying to decide it I should keep the buttons of not...







It's not really the right shade of green for saint patty's day, but I could probably pull it off.

I have a little less than a yard of this fabric left. What else can I make with green polka dot knit? Any ideas?
50  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Crafty Charitable/Social Causes / buying fabric to support women in africa on: March 06, 2008 09:57:45 PM
I remember reading something a while back about an organization that sells cloth that is woven and dyed by women in africa (tanzania, I think?) to support their economy. Unfortunately I did not write down the website address, and I have not been able to find it. I've been goolging all night! Maybe someone here knows of something like this?

It's supposed to be a non-profit organization, but everything I find on google is a big corporation, which is not what I want. Please tell me if you know of anything like this because it's something I really want to do.
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