A little while back, I went on a little wing making spree. They've made for some fun times at local music festivals. Now they are just waiting to go to Burning Man with me. They are made out of old stockings, heavy gauge wire (or a coat hanger in one case), a little bit of fabric, and fabric paint.
My favourite pair:
Same ones hanging in the sunlight:
And a detail shot:
These are the ones made from a wire hanger:
They've experienced a bit of wear and tear, here is what they look like now:
And an uber close-up of the design:
This pair glows-in-the-dark, but I have to trim off most of the feathers if I want to bring them to Burning Man, as the feathers are liable to get blown off in the dust, creating MOOP (matter out of place - basically loose garbage, and its a leave no trace event, so thats a no-no):
Yay I got my package from Octopusincclothing! Thank you soo sooooo soooooooo much Dawn, it is all so amazing! I hope your package shows up soon so you can (hopefully) be as happy as I am right now! WEEEE!
Righty-o, so pictures!
I didn't get a good picture of the box, which was decorated, but this is the note that was on top:
And here is everything that was inside:
An awesome pink t-shirt, with the cutest embroidery. So impressed!
A trash bin, which is the perfect size to keep by the coffee table in my living room, which is where I do most of my crafting! It has my name on the side, etched(?) in the plastic.
An awesome hippo box. I am in love with the sparkly hippo! I am going to fill it with sequins, I think.
A set of plastic take-out boxes for buttons, scraps, and misc, that also have my name kinda etched into the plastic. I have no idea how it was done, but it looks cool! And no I have no excuse not to tidy up the mess in my craft room. So I don't end up posting three thousand pictures, here's just one:
And there was also a fairy notepad:
Fairy stained glass booklet:
And the cutest little hippo bath poof guy:
And last but not least (ok, well maybe...) the packing peanuts were PINK!!!!!!! That rocks!
Again, thank you so so much Dawn, this was such an awesome swap. I hope you like your package as much as I like the one I got!!! (And I hope it gets there soon so I can stop worrying!)
Hi there! This is my entry for the craft challenge:
I made the whole thing from recycled and thrifted materials (because of course, thrift stores keep treasures out of landfills). The printed and plain white fabric I found just as weird shaped ends hanging with all the sheets in one thrift store, and on another occasion, found a bag of webbing, and a bag of crazy 70's pom-pom trim. The only thing that isn't reused is the iron-on on the front, and the thread.
I had quite a few sources of inspiration, and I figure I'll explain the whole thing
Well, I knew I had to enter this challenge, as we already shop at a grocery store where you have to bring your own bags, or pay 5 cents each for the plastic ones. So we bring our own bags of course, and we definitely need some more!
Immediately I knew I wanted to have something related to wind power on the front. My BF works in the wind power industry, so it is an issue that is personal to me. His work has sent him on several trips to visit wind farms and he always takes great pictures, so I decided to use one of his pictures for my tote bag. And after going through his bumper stickers and badges with windpower slogans, I thought they were all pretty cheesy. So I decided to use the lyric I did, kind of change its intended meaning a bit. I'm sure Bob Dylan would approve .
So I took the photo, my slogan, and went off to work in photoshop. I'm no expert at it or anything, but I had a lot of fun tweaking the colours, making it look like the turbine and trees were glowing and stuff. I'm pretty happy with how the image turned out.
For the shape of the bag, I sort of based it on the PC 'Canada's Greenest Shopping Bag' which you can get for 99 cents at any grocery store that sells President's Choice brand stuff. Here's a link to a picture of one:
And I also wanted to include pockets like the ones on a tote bag that my friend brought back from Japan for me. They are awesome pockets, so I copied them!
This is me holding the pockets up out of the bag so you can see:
Theres lots of tucks and stuff, and I am *super* proud of how they turned out. In the process of pocket-making, you can see the pleats:
And the finished pockets:
The pockets in use:
Here's a few more shots from different angles - the back:
The inside, empty:
And the inside, full. Well, not totally full, it can still hold way more:
All the seams are reinforced three times so it doesn't break, and so it holds its structure better, like the PC bag. And the pom-pom trim is sewn in between the layers at the top, then tacked down on the outside so it doesn't get in the way of putting groceries and stuff inside.
I hope you all like my bag! I'd be happy to answer any questions about it too .
Edit to add: OK, I got the image up, so that if anyone wants to use it as an iron-on, you can. Just make sure to flip it when you print it so that the words show up properly. Should be an option in printer settings for that I think...
So click that picture and it should take you to the post about this project on my blog, where you will be able to click on the same picture again (scroll down to the bottom), and it will get very very big, so you can use it too!
OK, I took some blurry in the mirror shots of the pants...
Sorry they are kinda wrinkly and blurry... and my house is a mess - I'm in the middle of cleaning the guinea pig cages, so I had to crop hay and poo out of the bottom of the pictures .
So, anyway - the pants!
I was going to put in an elastic waist, but ran around the house searching for thick elastic for hours and hours before I gave up and decided to just sew on ties. I had to wear a big long t-shirt and the bow looked all poofy underneath so that wasn't good, but I think elastic may have looked weirder. Of course pretty much as soon as I got home from wearing the costume, I found the jar of elastic hiding behind a box that I'm sure I looked behind at least a dozen times while hunting. Oh well.
I also realize now that you can't see the fabric very well, so I'll go take a close-up of it.
And the shoes - I just put new laces in my old sneakers... kinda like my own take on the ones Luna wore in the movie:
The release of the Deathly Hallows was a great excuse for me to do some crafting, since I work in a bookstore. We didn't have a midnight release party, but we did open super early Saturday morning, and had lots of decorations and stuff.
I really wanted a little purple sweater, so I decided to dress up as Luna. I ventured into the realm of polymer clay for the first time, to make her radish earrings:
I also made a pair of pants based on ones Luna wore in OOTP, and also put crazy shoelaces in my all stars like Luna's. I'm hoping to get some pictures from my coworker, since I forgot my camera that day. Then I will post action shots! And hopefully pics of the pants and shoes if they don't turn up well in her photos.
I also made a bunch of buttons. Some to give away to kids coming to get the book:
And some for those of us working to wear:
And wands! These were everyones favourite! People kept asking to buy them, so we started giving them away for a donation to charity. They are based on the tutorial here. I ended up making a few more batches, but only took pictures of the first one:
Hope you like my HP stuff Hopefully I'll be able to get those action shots soon.
Nice! I really like the pendant on the left, and the leafy earrings.
Here is what I got from TAOJ! It is so awesome, I am am super thrilled with everything I took a lot of pictures, I hope thats okay!
Here is everything all together:
First was a magic yarn ball in the most beautiful shade of pink, that TAOJ dyed herself:
I immediately unwound it to find the treasures inside:
There's a mask, kool-aid for dying yarn (with instructions), and eyes to use in dolls. The eyes made a great rattling sound wound up inside the yarn, which made me even more curious to get to the middle. here's a close-up of the eyes:
And then wound the yarn back into a ball. I am not sure what I am going to make with it yet... any suggestions?
Then there were two little books. The first has two recipes for chocolatey stuff:
And the second is a mini scrapbook of my guinea pigs! TOAJ stalked me good! It is so awesome, you get to see every page!
And finally, a beautiful knitting needle roll, with flower applique:
OK, first a little teaser/extreme close-up shot, just in case TAOJ gets all the way here without opening the package first, she has a chance to look away before spoiling the surprise:
The close-up was of a Hello Kitty dishcloth I knit for TAOJ, since she said she likes Hello Kitty. Hopefully the character shows up okay in the picture, its hard to photograph:
A wallet with cherry print. It's lined with lime green, and has two small pockets, and one larger zippered pocket. I thought I'd made peace with bias tape after the last apron I made, but apparently I was wrong. The bias tape is a little wonky, but for the sake of my sanity, and as a monument to my ongoing battle with bias tape, it stays a little wonky:
And this is a close-up of the button I made to close the wallet, using a phrase TAOJ suggested. I did it in illustrator and tried to make it match the fabric:
And the last small item is a set of buttons (badges, pins, whatever you call them!) There's two done in illustator, two done by hand with markers and gel pens, and one is fabric. The words on them are both things I thought up, and things my partner requested:
And finally the medium (large?) item - a skirt! TAOJ listed brown as her favourite colour, and said she liked retro fabrics too, and I thought the teddy bear print sort of had that feel. It's made from a free pattern from fitzpatterns.com, but I fudged the pattern to get the panel of contrasting fabric. It's a wrap skirt with a kangaroo pocket. I really hope it fits her, it's adjustable, but still, I am nervous!
So that's it! I hope when TAOJ is less busy with everything that she'll have a chance to post some action shots!