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11  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Tacky gold + Antique lace= AMAZING brocade skater skirt on: June 06, 2014 02:55:58 PM
My MIL gave My some gold fabric that was a bit much on its own .. I  had  recently picked up a yellowish creamy lace antique curtain that was a bit plain  .. I combined the two and I LOVE the " Brocade" effect ! I made a simple high waist circle " skater " skirt and Im really proud of how it came out

The black velvet top with gold sequins was My cousins Grandmas ! and It goes perfect







Thanks for looking and have a great day
Jayne
12  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Rainbow " skater" circle dress on: June 06, 2014 01:05:43 PM
Hi everyone , I am so happy with My new circle " skater" dress made with red, yellow and blue striped vintage polyester knit fabric with coral colored vintage polyester  waist inserts






 This dress was so easy to make .. Had I not added the waist inserts I could have made this dress with only 3 seams ! Very easy to do even by hand ! I can make a tute if anyone wants

Have a great day and thanks for looking
Jayne
13  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / " Sure , Shes got everything " Ariel and Ursula costumes on: April 30, 2014 05:17:28 PM
Long awaited Ariel and Ursula shoot is finally finished so I can finally post the costumes . Ursulas tentacles are a removable belt and her corset closes with a separating zipper . The sequins on Ariels bra are all hand sewn as well as the large sequins on the fish tail . Ariels " Human legs " are hand painted jeans





 I lvoed making these costumes and had So much fun on the shoot a special thanks to Acid Candy Studios
 and Lavish Louise

Have a great day
Jayne  

Link to Acid Candy Studios for more pics

https://www.facebook.com/acidcandystudios1
14  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / sequin ribs and rib cage romper on: April 19, 2014 11:05:25 AM






Thanks for looking .. feedback welcome Smiley
Have a great weekend
Jayne
15  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / oversized skeleton sweaters on: March 18, 2014 10:52:23 PM




Sweaters and spray paint Smiley super simple . great results
thanks for looking
have a great night , Jayne
16  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Micro aquarium sponge filter from Hotel Shampoo bottle ! on: March 18, 2014 12:29:28 AM
 Cheesy
 Iv got a few experimental tiny planted aquariums going I recently "reset" them both with full dirt substrate and tonight I added DIY micro filters. The 1.8 gal is a totally reconstructed tank . Its started as this poorly designed catastrophy http://www.comparestoreprices.co.uk/educational-toys/national-geographic-undersea-aquarium.asp

I removed the no longer functioning " periscope sub "  added a whisper HOB planted it riparium style and tonight the sponge filter ! only plant inhabitants " The bowl to the side has the same sponge filter and a few snails



 I added some carbon to the sponge



Hotel Shampoo , cut off bottom , poke several holes , insert air stone and sit inside sponge with a hole carved out but not thru . The air stone pushes air that creates a vacuum inside the bottle which pulls water and waste into the bottle and forces it thu the sponge where it is filtered thru the carbon tablets

covered in lava rocks




Thanks for looking and have a great day
 I hope this helps anyone out there with tiny aquariums or fish bowls . I previously thought fishbowls couldnt be filtered ( other than thru live plants ) a sponge filter gives an additional place for beneficial bacteria to grow and the more "bb" you have per water ratio the cleaner your water will stay and the healthier your fish will be .Especially in bowls where the gravel to water ratio is low it helps to have added surface area . ALONG with LIVE plants of course

Have a great day
Jayne

 this is also a great way to recycle hotel shampoo bottles or any small bottle for bigger aquariums try a 20 oz pop bottle


17  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Hand painted Mermaid jeans and sequined shell bra on: March 03, 2014 10:04:22 PM
I have a Little Mermaid themed shoot coming up so Of course I made a shell bra and two mermaid tail skirts ( not pictured) But I wanted something casual to wear out dancing after the shoot so I  hand painted this great pair of mermaid scale jeans its a very pale sea foam green color on  med dark denim , The bra is a $ store shell bra I painted beaded and glued to a hand sewn sequined and beaded bra I made






 Thanks so much for looking and have a great day
Jayne

Ill add pics form the real shoot with Ursula costume as well once I get them
 
18  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / SHRIMP BREEDER a New take on the outdated " Betta vase " on: February 20, 2014 10:22:46 AM
Hi everyone.

    Let start with a little history . I have a 30 gal planted tank with a huge ACF  a few tetras a few mystery snails a pleca and a colony of ghost shrimp . The Ghosties act as clean up crew and a live food source for Frank the African Clawed Frog . When the numbers get to low I buy some more but recently I decided why run to the pet store every month when I can breed these little ghosties myself !

steps and tools

1 gallon glass fish bowl , set up for 4 weeks to allow  nitrate cycle to form and micro life to establish ( copepods , worms , micro crustations etc ) join on thier own from seemingly no where .  Before you think of adding snails or shrimp

play sand and pea gravel for bottom

pants - Anacharis aquatic plant ( great for removing amonnia and adding oxygen )

air stone for water flow and more oxygen

plant liner tray ( for lid and upper plant support )

plant for top ( Im using anthurium )
 river rocks or marbles and moss - sphagnum or spanish

screw driver and exacto knife to cut a large  hole for roots and poke smalls holes for the air tube and extra vents

additional  step ! I dont want to have to remove the lid and plant every day to add food so I used an old " bong"  Embarrassed from My younger days  lol ! to insert thru a larger hole with the top sticking above the rocks and moss so I can drop food in easily and only remove the top once a week for water changes ( any large tube would work even a meds bottle with the  bottom cut out would be great )

 Ghost shrimp and or snails look great in these and are quite interesting to watch

The concept of keeping a betta in a bowl like this was proven unhealthy for the fish . Using this idea for ghost shrimp however is a great way to house them and add a little decorative flair to any room . Ghost shrimp do not require as much room as a beta and do not have nearly the high bioload . The plants do a great job filtering things and keep the water quality nice with 25 % weekly changes only . I get nervous about air flow so I added the extra air stone ran by a standard air pump power head and a 60 watt grow light on the desk other than that its very Low tech !

Note aquatic plants must be used in addition to the upper lid plant in order to provide enough filtration air and vegetation

 also pictured My repurposed  1.8 gallon ( in the process of growing out ) planted nano tank with only a few snails micro life plants and Marimo with mech filter
and My NO TECH amphiapod and snail jar aprox 2/3 gallon



thanks so much for looking . Ill update pics of My nano aquagarden once it fills in some more Smiley
 Video link shows everything much more clearly View My Video
19  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / another lace rib cage on: February 06, 2014 09:21:15 AM
I cant get enough of rib cage shirts ,   from spray paint to antique lace so many things can be used to create a unique rib cage shirt
 I upcycled this 80/90s v neck sweatshirt using antique lace and a rosette heart !



 thanks for looking and have a great day
 Jayne
20  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Micro Terrariums and biospheres from recycled jars Now w/ tute on: January 22, 2014 11:46:30 PM
Hello , I hope this si the right board . I usually post clothing

Being trapped inside this snowy winter I find Myself becoming obsessed with plants and My window garden

Recently I recycled a mason jar an old flour jar and a wine bottle from My hubby and My  vacation to Key West last year into self sustaining bio gardens complete with live snails ! No need to feed the plants and snails take care of everything for each other .. The jars can even be sealed shut then you never need to add water - the plants create Oxygen . Im going to add some tiny ghost shrimp to the wine jar in a day or so


I also decided to try a few  micro terrariums with some tiny hen and chicks



open air micro garden with  fossilized rock



and just for fun My collection of  " Indian beads " crinoids


Thanks for looking and have a great day
Jayne
 Tute added  and more pics :

Thanks for the positive feedback  Smiley Im having a lot of fun with these . The jars with the snails are purely aquatic , The snails can breath air and they do need a small area at the top so they can come out of the water from time to time - also to lay their eggs  . I havent sealed any of the  snail jars yet because Im giving the water plenty of time to culture with good bacteria first ( ideally you would add a few drops of pond water to get the micro  organism and bacteria  going )- since its to cold to access pond water I used a few drops from My aquarium as well as taking some rocks from the aquarium gravel to get My base going .

If its warm enough you can actually collect almost all your materials from the wild !

materials :
recycled or new jar or bottle
" treated " tap water
a few drops of pond muck - try to include any copepods , annelids ,  and other water living buggies - they all add to the ecosystem and help act as
 cleaners
gravel or sand substrate
plants

its best to let your jar sit with the  micro organisms and plants for a few weeks before you add snails - this allows time for bacteria and algae to grow so your snails will have a bit of a buffet when you add them

for the land  terrariums I used just plants ( although you can add worms and rollie pollies if you have a large jar )

add some gravel or sand to the bottom of your jar - mix in a sprinkle of activated charcoal ( the kind for fish )

then a few spoons of potting soil - I used a paper cone to get it in without messing up the sides of the jar and use a long pair of tweezers to plant your plants - I added a few droppers of water and sealed them up - they should self sustain as long as they dont dry out .. if they get dry just add a few more drops of water



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