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1  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / I relived my childhood- Lisa Frank Unicorn Costume on: November 05, 2009 08:08:40 PM
Wow! There have been some awesome awesome costumes posted on here so far!! I am thoroughly impressed with the awesomeness of all the other craftster costumes!  Smiley

Just for fun, I decided to share mine. I was a Lisa Frank-themed unicorn. I loooooved Lisa Frank when I was a kid. I think it was something about all those neon colors and magical animals. For Halloween this year, I really really wanted an excuse to wear this ridiculous rainbow tutu that I had been working on, so this is the costume I came up with.

I made the under-skirt, the tutu, and the furry arm and leg warmers. I upcycled the unicorn horn and tail, by I cutting them off of costumes I found at a thrift store. I also pseudomade my wings, I cut these off another costume and sewed wire through them so that I could shape them, then I sewed on the elastic supports. I also painted my shoes and nails to look rainbowey. Anyways, here's the costume Smiley



this is me with my sister, who also made her costume!


just for fun, here is a picture of my make up. this was my favorite part.


glorious glorious rainbow tutu. I need to find more excuses to wear this thing.

thanks for looking!!
2  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Crafty Charitable/Social Causes / Darfur Matters: Women in Crisis- school project on: August 22, 2009 09:11:00 PM
Hi all,

I am a graduate student studying to receive my masters in social work. For a group project, we were supposed to do some sort of advocacy for an oppressed group. My fellow group members and I are passionate about the genocide in Darfur and the horrendous humanitarian crimes committed against women there. We decided to do passive advocacy by way of a large display board in the social work building. On it, we listed information about the things that are happening there (rape, genital mutilation, and oppression). We created a timeline of the political history in Darfur, personal stories of women affected by violence in Darfur, a series of facts and statistics, what needs to be done, and most importantly, what people can do to help create changes for these women.

I really enjoyed this because it was like a craft project disguised as school work!

Now...on to the pictures!!






I used my favorite fabrics on the timeline!



closeup on painted title



we made it interactive!



If anyone is interested in this issue and would like more information, I can send a copy of our "what you can do" section. Just PM me!!
3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / I've been lazy...a bunch of projects from the past few years on: August 22, 2009 07:01:42 PM
Hi all,

Though I still check craftster daily, its been over a year since I've last posted. I feel that this is totally unfair, because I get so much out of other people's posts without giving any back! Now I'm trying to post some of the projects that I've been working on before school starts and the vicious cycle of busy begins. Here are some jewelry crafts..



I live in Austin, and I went to this crafting event at AMoA where we made these adorable button bracelets! This is my favorite piece of jewelry lately. The trick is to sew all of the buttons onto the elastic individually so it stays stretchy.





I made this earring holder with yarn and a picture frame Smiley. The two swirly pairs are made with Fimo.



Shiner Black is one of my favorite beers.



This is my favorite necklace. It's a Fimo lotus flower. The color isn't really showing up very well, but its mixed purple, blue, and white.



More polymer clay earrings. I haven't had the nerve to wear the flowers yet... they're a bit ridiculous and big, but I have such a hard time getting rid of crafts, even if they're failures.



This one is made from a neck tie and shoelaces, and it's very hard to tie.







This last one isn't really a craft, but something that I thought fellow craftsters might appreciate. I just found this little sewing machine charm at Hobby Lobby the other day for a dollar, and I love it as a necklace.




Sorry for the IMG obesity. Comments/criticism welcome!
4  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Valentine's Day / sickeningly adorable valentines gift for a long distance relationship... on: February 23, 2008 09:05:36 PM
My boyfriend and I have been together for almost 2 years, and he recently got a kickass job 2,000 miles away in San Francisco. I'm stuck here for the next year and a half trying to finish up my degree in social work, so its gonna be pretty tough. He left 2 days after Valentine's day, so I made this for him for whenever he's feeling a little lonely....



(its a pillow!)


okay, technically its a pillowcase, it buttons onto the candy pillow so he can wash it after he drools everywhere on it Smiley


the states are pockets! we're slightly lame/ridiculously mushy and call each other really goofy pet names like "snugglepot" and "cuddlepie"...it comes from a kids book.



ignore the lines all over it, i hadn't washed the chalk off yet..the back is made out of a t-shirt and has a pocket with a cloth letter in it. its all pretty cheesey, but im pretty proud of it, and i think hes going to like having it there with him.
comments welcome!
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / thread banger on: June 21, 2007 01:53:39 PM
i've recently stumbled upon this excellent crafting source and thought  i ought to pass it on to fellow crafties. the folks at tread banger make short videos with crafting tips and tutorials as well as discuss crafty magazines and diy fashion. 

i think the latest video is "how to crochet"..and it has been an excellent resource for me since it is way easier to see a video of crocheting than tot try to figure it out by reading... and i finally learned how to make those cute little crocheted flowers!

as i said, they post stuff on their website.. but i use democracy player to view the videos..its free software thats kind of like tivo for the internet... you pick your channels i.e.: bbc news, the strongbad channel, thread banger... and you have access to all of the videos in the channels, it takes about a minute to download one and watch it whenever... i've only recently discovered it, but its pretty cool. and free, which is always a plus.

i think you can also watch the videos on youtube if you prefer.
 
but anways... the website for threadbanger is http://www.threadbanger.com/  and the website for democracy player is http://www.getdemocracy.com/

happy crafting!!
6  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Discussion and Questions / i can't get the splotches out of my batik on: June 21, 2007 01:35:59 PM
the saga of the batiked picture:
alright, so im making a huge batiked picture of a photograph of my boyfriend and i for our anniversary. everything was going well until after i dyed the first color, i couldnt get all the wax out...
first, i ironed it between newspaper, but that left weird greasy looking spots and black ink stains. aand i still couldnt get all of it out.
so the, i boiled it in a big pot and sunk it to the bottom so that the wax would hopefully all rise to the top and the fabric could stay at the bottom. a lot of it did rise to the top, but much of it got trapped in the folds of the fabric since it's too big to lay flat. i let it cool and by this point most of the color had  left and there were new wax splotches.
i scraped all that wax off and ironed it between paper towels which kind of worked, but not there are still weird splotches...
then i decided that i was done trying to but wax on there and so ive resorted to just painting more concentrated dye on, but its making the wax splotches show up more  because the dye cant fully pennitrate the fabric.

here is a picture of it... i still have several more colors to put on... but i cant decide if its hopeless or if i should start over or try to paint over some spots. any suggestions would be WONDERFUL!



also, im kind of having a problem with the color bleeding.  some of the brown from where i tried to paint hair bled all over our faces... and ideas for preventing that? this thing is tricky... ive messed up so many times already!
help! this is by far the most frustrating project ive ever tried.
thanks!!

ps: i was thinking about painting a big tree or something cool to cover the sky a bit.. do you think that acrylic paint will stick to if if its there still some wax hiding in there.
7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Tutorial: applique messenger bag + easy-peasy picture (heavy) on: December 22, 2006 02:12:38 PM
i made this for my sister for christmas... it was pretty easy to do. the only thing that took a while was cutting out and sewing on the applique, but i used a machine so it wasn't too bad.  Grin

here is the bag:


and i will try my best to explain how to make it Smiley post questions if you got 'em!

step 1: cut out 6 equally sized peices of fabric...
you will probably want 3 of these peices to match, as they will be the "outside peices" (front, back, and flap).  the other 3 peices are just used for lining the insides and the flap.

step 2: make pockets!
what good is a purse without nice pockets?
i went a little pocket crazy, because i really like to have a lot.
sew these pockets onto your 2 peices of fabric that will line the inside of the bag.


step 3: sew your liner fabric to the two outside peices.
you might want to trim the edges after doing this if the edges don't line up just right. this is optional, though, as this will only show on the inside of the bag.

step 4: sew it up!
take the two pocketed peices and lay them on top of each other, pocket sides on the outside. sew this up on 3 sides, leaving the top open. Smiley now turn it inside out, and you should have the baisic purse. you might want to iron it to make it flat.

step 5: cut and sew
cut out some pattern or something to sew on the flap. i used some flower material from the cheapie section at walmart. pin  then sew it on.

step 6: line yer flap, matey! ( yar!)
i dont know?
alright.. take your beautiful appliqued flap and sew it to your other liner peice. right-sides in, and then turn it inside out. ive kind of learned to make bigger seams to make the flap a little smaller than the bag peices on the sides so it fits better. hold it up to your bag and see if it needs adjusting. you probably want to iron this peice so its nice and flat. then, sew it closed.

step 7: attach!
sew your flap to the inside of the bag. heres a picture of how all of mine came together.


step 8: add a long strap.
i used an old tie. size it to where you want and then sew it to the inside.

step 9: ta da!!!
you have a stylin' new messenger bag! ...yay! i think that there are already several messenger bag tuts, but ive never really gotten to make a good tutorial, so i hope it helps someone!


action shot at my parents house (woot woot!)
http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g66/elleohellein/P1020010.jpg

please post questions, comments,criticisms, revisions, etc  thanks!:D
8  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / stencilitus! on: July 23, 2006 12:32:24 PM
ya know.. some stencils

rocketman!



my purpley stenciled shirt



aaand the back of a wife-beater (god, couldn't we have made a better name for those??)


thanks!
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / ...my favorite jeans got a hole! + the tree-shirt. on: July 23, 2006 12:15:12 PM


painteed patches...i wasnt really quite sure where to put these, since theyre not stencils, but theyre sort of recons in their own way, i think.
anyways... feel freee to steal my ideas, if you want... they work great for covering holes!!


favorite jeans, ocopus patch.. now theyre even more favorite! i just sewed the shape on and freehanded it with black acrylic paint



an old tee shirt that my best friend gave me (thanks hempy!!) i made the tree shirt in honor of earth day! (and just because i needed the excuse to expand my wardrobe) again, just sewed on some fabric and used acrylic to paint the tree. easy-peasy



treeeeee


10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / tee shirt recons: the tee-tank, and the tee-shirt-skirt on: July 20, 2006 02:11:42 PM
I made the shirt today, and the skirt i made to procrastinate during finals last semester.

bigg ol' souvenier tee before:

*snip, snip*

easy-peasy tank after:



for the tee shirt skirt, i just made a pattern out of one of my favorite skirts, and cut out peices of all these too-small  teeshirts that a friend gave me Smiley

front:


le back:


thanks for reading!
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