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11  Re: Red Dwarf Swap 2.0 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by RachOfTheJungle on: April 02, 2009 02:56:22 PM
OK got my F-A-B-U-L-O-U-S package from thelastkodama today!

I've been having really long days at work (no lunches, either! Sad) So when I came home to this lovely package of gifts, it really made my day brighter.

Thanks, thelastkodama, you are uber-generous and waaaay talented.

OK here are the pics! (sorry for the sub-par quality of the images... thelaskodama, if you have pics that do better justice to your work, please post away!)


The package said "Ouroboros", but instead of a baby Lister, I found these amazing items:



A Holo-headband, an Alphabetty Spaghetti frame, a sweet paperweight to show off at work, and plenty of Tension Sheets (copyright Thicky Holden) Not pictured in the above photo: Embroidered patch, silkscreened shirt, see below...

This is a closeup of the sweet (interchangable) Rimmer-themed paperweight:



And of the Alphabetty Spaghetti frame with some sharp-looking button accents:


Check out this clip if you want to remember why a frame with a pic of a "Wild Stallion" and "Alphabetty Spaghetti" written on it is hilarious!!!!!!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Irt18dhFhHw

This amazing shirt came with the memo: "What could possibly be amiss?' I think I will wear it (along with my hologram headband) on my next visit to the Potato King:



Sleeve detail:



Closeup of the Holo-headband:



I also got this great patch that I will wear proudly to show my RD love!




Hooray!
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12  Pink shotgun case for a pink shotgun in Completed Projects by RachOfTheJungle on: March 07, 2009 07:29:32 AM
My brother, the hopeless romantic, bought his fiance a lovely pink .20 gauge for Christmas. (It's actually more appropriate than it sounds: my family [including my soon-to-be-sister-in-law] and I recreationally and competitively target shoot. So I think she actually wanted one!)

As badass as she is, she's also a girly-girl, thus the pink gun. My brother asked if I'd make a cosy for it. I had one day's notice so I ran to Jo-Ann's and found the perfect pink cameo fabric (my bro is in the military) and black quilted fabric, as well as sweet pink nylon webbing. The cameo fabric is that waffle-weave stuff used for PJ's. It is a pain in the ass to sew with. I was up into the wee hours of the night but it was worth it!




You can see the pink woodgrain stock of the gun here.



Handy loop for hanging the empty case. I think it's strong enough to support the weight of the gun too if she wanted to hang it as well.

I was originally going to put the pink cameo as the lining with the black on the outside for a more subdued look, but I had a change of heart, and I'm glad I did. Imagine the looks on the Good Ol' Boys' faces when she steps out on the range with this little number and whips out her sweet pink shotgun! Hope you enjoy. :-)

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13  Red Dwarf Swap... You Know You Wanna in New Swap Theme Ideas by RachOfTheJungle on: January 30, 2009 10:41:47 PM


Oooh man Red Dwarf is such a great show. I searched the forums and found a smeggin' sweet Red Dwarf swap- from 2006! http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=111772.0

I saw recent (2008) discussion of doing another, but didn't find evidence of this coming to fruition.

Please make my day! Even if we only get 3 or 4 people interested I think it'd be loads of fun.


Also, am I the only one that thinks Rimmer is kinda hot? I mean I know he's kind of a jerk but there is something about nerdy dudes like that... Kiss


Arnold J. Rimmer, 1st Officer of my Heart

Anyway, make my day! Let's do this!

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14  archaeopteryx hoodie in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by RachOfTheJungle on: March 01, 2007 09:54:21 AM
Reppin' fossil lovers everywhere with my bleach-pen archaeopteryx lithographica hoodie:


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15  Re: Worth Your While Apron Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by RachOfTheJungle on: February 27, 2007 08:51:03 AM
Rach...are you back from your weekend away yet?  I remembered that you had said you were to be out of town for the weekend.

Yeah I posted them last night and they are not up for some reason... I finally accessed Craftster in between the times it was down for the switch, I guess it got lost in that.

Anyhow here they are again:

(pardon the PJ's)








So colorful! So lovely!

Thanks for brightening my kitchen, Moilulu!

-Rach

PS I said so awhile back on this thread, but Moilulu is quite the skilled seamstress! My pics aren't great and they don't show all the meticulously well-done seams and straps.

I can tell there was a lot of love and time put into this apron; I will certainly cherish it!
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16  Re: I Knit My! Knitted Unmentionables. Now Updated With Bra on pg.3!! (A must s in Knitting: Completed Projects by RachOfTheJungle on: February 19, 2007 04:45:52 PM
Too sexy!

Reminded me of this:



That girl looks like your project's the next thing on her project list, hee hee!
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17  Re: candy bouquet? in Valentine's Day by RachOfTheJungle on: January 21, 2007 11:44:09 PM
This might be a bit of work, but you can make chocolate leaves!

You pick some non-poisonous leaves (rose would be ideal, since it would go with the buds). Then, you take some chocolate chips (or maybe some fancier chocolate in a double boiler. Smooth it on the backside of the leaf, cool, carefully peel the leaf off, and voila!

I would add a little edible canning wax (they sell it in the baking isle) to the hot mix to make them more likely to survive room temperature.

If you google chocolate leaves you can get some tutes with pictures, too. Here's one:
*http://gskck.tripod.com/themepartiesnmoregalagarnishes/id19.html

Another idea I just had: Make-your-own flower heads to go on stems w/chocolate leaves! I have never done this before but in theory it could work.

*Choose a round-ish truffle (or variety of truffles like white chocolate drizzled, mini reese's cup, etc for each flower, even.)

*Then, get some chocolate disks (you could do colored ones or white chocolate ones if you wanted, too)

*Use royal icing or another such strong, binding icing to "paste" the disks petal-style around the truffle. You can use another for a base if you need too.

You can use chocolate-filled cookie tubes like these as the stems:


Like I said, I've never tried it. It'd be some work but it'd be SOOOOO very DIY ;-)

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18  Help make me a pin-up girl! (2/12 - some pics) in Discussion and Questions by RachOfTheJungle on: January 04, 2007 06:51:04 PM
(I deleted the old message I had written for brevity's sake, since the pictures are now taken and the replies giving advice/suggestions speak for themselves.)

If you haven't read this thread before, I wanted to take pinup pictures for my old-school 40s-50s loving boyfriend. Search for the artist Gil Elvgren if you want to see what I was going for.

Several people suggested making a whole calendar's worth and getting one custom printed up, so I took enough pics to do so! I shopped thrift stores and took all the great advice here to make myself into a passable pinup.

ON TO THE UPDATE!

UPDATE 2/4/06:

I took all the pics today! It took FIVE HOURS!!! I had 3 friends help me. They are saints. Goddesses among women! It's their eye for makeup, pose, and photography that made these worthwhile!

Anyway, these shots are all pre-photoshop. We intend on adding in a minimalist background to most of them, just like the old paintings. I'll be sure to post here when I get some of them fixed up.

Here are a few of my favorites:

this one is based on the original painting below it:





For this one I will be photoshopped onto the hood of a 50s hotrod.



We originally shot about 250 pictures of 11 poses/outfits. There are about 40 or so that we've narrowed down to the final calendar-worthy pictures. You can see where I started off (housewife) and where we finally got into the groove (knitting, drawing, and the leggy one).

Let me know what you guys think! I'd be happy to hear feedback and suggestions for what I should fix up/put in the background.

And THANK YOU to everyone who has given advice so far. I was so inspired by everyone's suggestions.


UPDATE 2/12/07:

I just took some of the more "leggy" ones out after another unrelated thread about faces in craftster pictures brought to my attention that sexy pics (however PG/retro/crafty in nature) might stir up some opposition if on the slim chance my employer or patrons of where I work saw 'em.

I know it's a little paranoid, but the world is a crazy place Sad

Besides, I figure by now all of you who gave me great advice earlier and asked for pics have seen them.

I'll post some select G-rated finished photos along with tutorials and some condensed advice under the misc. completes sometime soon. Thanks again!


http://s159.photobucket.com/albums/t137/thegreatpinupproject/






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19  Re: Firefly/Serenity Swap 4 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by RachOfTheJungle on: November 19, 2006 05:23:52 PM
Hooray I finally got batteries so I can get the pics of Merliquin's AWESOME SHINY Firefly goodies that she made for me. (I got em about a week ago) THANKS SO MUCH!

First of all, I got this awesome stenciled tank top that says "Hero of Canton" so that everyone knows how cool I am :-P Plus, it fits sooo well and is really comfortable.





I also got a Jayne hat, which is classic of course. But then I realized it was a PURSE. How genius! Now I can "wear" it all year long instead of just when it's cold. It's really well made and it's lined with a nice suble black print.



When I picked up the bag I heard a tinkling, and thus discovered four awesome pins featuring Jayne, Mal, Jayne's hat ("Pretty cunning, don't ya think?") and the Serenity Chinese characters (not shown, it's on my messenger bag at home.)



Then I discovered this sweet etched message in a bottle with the Blue Sun logo.



Inside that ws a recipe for Mudder's Milk! I gotta try it out sometime. Merliquin, have you made it before? I love root beer so I'm sure to love it too!



So, thanks again Merliquin for the sweet gifts! All your hard work shows and I've gotten a lot of compliments already! :-)

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20  12 foot tall caterpillar eating a tree! Aggh! in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by RachOfTheJungle on: October 16, 2006 05:07:19 PM





Peek-a-boo!


Me next to Caterpillar with its model. I'm 5'8".

(I hope you can see the pictures OK. I lightened them a little in photoshop; hope it helps)

I made most of it last night. It's entirely cardboard, hot glue, and spray paint. It's free-standing :-)

Hope you like!

-Rach
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