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11  Embroidered Chickadee Tote Bag in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by giantsquid on: October 09, 2007 11:25:24 AM
I made this bag last Friday.  It was inspired by this bag http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=7365845 by homegrown skinny on etsy. 



I embroidered the chickadee on this wool tweedlike material I got at a church thrift shop.
 


This is the back.  The tree and hedgehog fabric is from superbuzzy.com.  The plovers are from the marukai 98cent store. 



the inside pocket



I made the (not actually cut on the bias) bias tape from material that was onsale at ikea.

I really like how it turned out but my stuff kind of keeps falling out of it when I put it down.  I guess I made the bottom part to shallow.  Maybe if I added a button closure it would keep my stuff inside better.
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12  Fish Block Print in Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects by giantsquid on: September 25, 2007 09:15:26 AM


This is a linocut relief print of a menagerie of fish that I printed in black and then colored in with watercolors. I was going to use oil based block printing ink so that when I went over it with water colors the outlines wouldn't smudge.  Of course once I was ready to print it I couldn't find that ink anywhere even though I distinctly remember buying it a few months ago.  I printed it with water based ink instead.  I tried to paint in between the lines and didn't use too much water which kind of prevented the black from smearing. If I print more of these I will definitely buy some oil based ink first. I started painting another one of these with just two colors of fish but I think I like this one better.



Here is just the block print before water coloring it.  I think this was the first one.  It's a little off center because I forgot about registration. 



Here is the block inked and ready to be printed.

I have more about it on my blog.  I might end up carving an extra block to print the backgrounds of all the fish and print a uncarved block for the background.
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13  Ikea Animal Fabric Skirt (too kiddy for a 28 year old?) in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by giantsquid on: September 24, 2007 09:54:59 AM
I made this skirt from fabric I got at Ikea for really cheep.  I love animal prints so I couldn't pass it up. 



My boyfriend thinks it looks really juvenile but I like the fabric.  I was going to make a dress out of it but thought that might be a little much. What do you guys think?



Here is the yellow zipper that matches.
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14  Fish Scale Dress in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by giantsquid on: September 11, 2007 10:39:29 AM
This is my second compleated dress.  It was way easier than my first one.  Again I didn't use a pattern but this is pretty much the same design as my last one but with a few added details.  The top was threatening to be too small again so I added extra panels to the sides.  This made it a little less fitted than I would like but much more comfortable.


I got the fish scale fabric on sale for about $2.50 a yard thinking it would be good for a halloween costume or something but I think it doesn't look too weird made into a dress.
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15  Gnome Wedding Cake Toppers in Weddings and Bridal Showers by giantsquid on: September 04, 2007 09:30:58 AM
I made these cake toppers for my friend's wedding.  They were inspired by merwing's nom's http://dreamfollow.com/  They are made from self hardening clay and painted with tempera paint.


Here they are on the actual cake, which was one small cake for cutting and tons and tons of cupcakes.

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16  Blowfish Dress in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by giantsquid on: September 04, 2007 09:02:37 AM
So this is my first actually compleated dress.  Of course I didn't use a pattern or anything so it ended up taking quite a bit of tweaking to get it to sort of fit and it's still quite tight in the bust.  The fish fabric I printed myself on muslin (that's why it doesn't really drape that nicely) but it's great fabric for screen printing.  I printed similar fabric for this bag that I posted earlier http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=193069.0

Here is a close up of the skirt fabric.  They are blowfish and grunions.

And here is the back


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17  blowfish bag in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by giantsquid on: August 29, 2007 07:54:29 AM

I made this tote bag for my mom's birthday based on the exact size and shape of a trader joe's grocery bag. 

It is made using unbleached muslin that I screen printed with tons and tons of blowfish.  The handels are just twill tape that matched the muslin.  I printed the fabric in a checkerboard pattern so that I wouldn't smudge the wet images.



Then I filled in the spaces with more blowfish printed in darker blue.


I really like this weird angel picture. 

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18  corn beef and salmon tin cans repurposed into plant pots in Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects by giantsquid on: July 27, 2007 09:18:18 AM

I was trying to think of things besides boring terracotta pots to plant my plants in.  I went to this store called http://www.pot-ted.com/ in Atwater Village that had lots of really cute succulents and cacti in really interesting containers that they charge ridiculous amounts of money for. They were using all sorts of old found objects at plant pots: tea cups, bowls, ceramic elephants. The only problem with these things is getting a drainage hole drilled in the bottom without cracking the thing. Too scary for me. The items that seemed most promising as future plant pots were the metal containers. They had all these antique coffee cans, cookie tins and even a metal crayola crayon box. These you could easily just pound a few holes in with a nail for drainage.

Walking around an Asian grocery store I was noticing all the cool looking cans of vegetables, seafood and meat that had the labels just printed directly onto the can instead of a glued on paper label. It took me lot of searching but I finally found a giant can of Australian corned beef that had an interesting label and would be large enough for this cactus that needed a home.  I also got this can of salmon that a succulent now lives in.

Here is a picture of the drainage holes that I hammered into the can. It seems to work pretty well.

I still have a can of crab meat that has a really cool picture of a crab on it in my cupboard.  I've got to think of a good recipe for canned crab before it can become a home to some more succulents.
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19  Blowfish Dish Towels in Screen Printing: Completed Projects by giantsquid on: July 25, 2007 09:14:13 AM

I printed these dish towels this weekend as kind of an homage to Japanese tenugui towels which are 35 by 90 cm cotton towels usually printed with really cute repetitive patterns http://shisomama.wordpress.com/2006/06/25/tenugui/  I printed the blow fish and grunion one first (grunions are these weird little fish that spawn in mass only one night of the year only on south facing beaches) then decided that I liked the blowfish print so much that I wanted to make one that was all blowfish.  



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20  Patchwork Bag with Bird in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by giantsquid on: July 24, 2007 03:21:31 PM
I've gotten out of the habit of making bags lately but I finally decided it was time to make myself a new bag.  I screen printed the goldfinch design and the embroidered the leaves.  The handle is made from an old belt.

Here is a close up of the bird screen print.
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