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1  Harvest Muertos Costume - Day of the Dead! in Halloween Costumes by missjesswinkwink on: November 18, 2009 07:48:11 AM
I'm finally getting around to posting the results of my massive Halloween crafting surge - my costume turned out so well it's scary... no pun intended. I spent about 2.5-3 hours on my hair and makeup, which really paid off. Unfortunately I don't have a better photo of my garment, but it looked really nice. Let me just say - three cheers for eyelash glue - it was practically holding my face together.

I've decided to save this costume for next year, as I didn't get much of an outing with it this year. Husband was out of town, and many of my friends weren't participating in festivities. I did look good sitting on the couch though!

Harvest Muertos!

Please see http://rockinbdesign.blogspot.com/2009/10/halloween-costume-time.html for more info about my costume inspiration. I had a lot of fun with this project, and I hope to use this costume for various activities in the coming year. Why don't people have masquerade balls/dances anymore? It's not an activity that's confined strictly to the Halloween season, and I suppose I could be the one to host a masquerade event... but that probably won't be happening anytime soon.
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2  Pinup Perfect Pink Playsuit in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by missjesswinkwink on: March 02, 2009 01:38:38 PM
Sorry for the not-so-detailed pics, but this is a pink playsuit I made a while back as a sample for my clothing line, and decided to just keep as I wasn't planning on producing it anytime soon. I had an opportunity to wear it for one of my photoshoots, so now I actually have some pics of it. Yep, the goofy blonde is me.

Made out of a thick stretch cotton, absolutely bubblegum pink (the pics are a bit toned down). Under the skirt there are attached bloomer hotpants with lace trim on the leg openings, halter neck with princess panels and a back zip. The bust is shaped with darts and gathers, and has a little peek-a-boo cutout with a cute bow detail at the center front. I used teensy rickrack trim in 2 colors on most of the edges. The whole thing is fully lined with white swim lycra. Very thick, modest and supportive all at once. Gotta love cotton playsuits for that reason alone (no see-through issues!).

I'd like to make a few more of these in a limited edition I think.... hmm. We'll see. Thanks for lookin!

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3  Reclaimed Rockin' B Bauble Cuff in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by missjesswinkwink on: April 07, 2008 01:31:46 PM
This is a very shiny and v.e.r.y. pretty bracelet/cuff that I made using reclaimed leather from an old dead belt, with reclaimed chain stitched onto it in a sepentine pattern. After sewing on the chain, I then attached a multitude of glass and vintage wooden beads to create a deliciously decadent look. The leather is so soft that it just molds to the wrist, and the beading falls in such a flattering way when it's on. The best part about the cuff is that it is nice and tight (but stretches) so the beads don't end up on the bottom of the wrist. They stay put!  The closures are two shiny pearl snaps.

I had too much fun making this little bauble. Working with reclaimed materials is the bees knees Wink.

I always forget to post my jewelry crafts!
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4  Bombshell Embroidery in Needlework: Completed Projects by missjesswinkwink on: March 27, 2008 02:00:26 PM
I did this a few years back on a lovely 50's vintage Oriental style dress - this is down near the hem. All hail the mighty girl gang jacket club bandwagon! The Bombshells are still around, just a bit spread out these days... between AZ and IN.

My own design Smiley You can tell I was in LOVE with chainstitch!
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5  Drownin' Creek - Gothic Americana Pinup in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by missjesswinkwink on: March 22, 2008 12:06:15 AM

"Drownin' Creek" first in my Gothic Americana pinup series - "Rural Daughters".

This painting is based off of a bluegrass song called "Yellow-Haired Girl" by the Dixie Bee-Liners. Check them out on myspace, they're an awesome band!

Watercolor and pencil on paper, 11x15".

I posted my second painting in the series too - "Shady Grove". -- http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=220916.msg2381186#msg2381186
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6  Shady Grove - Gothic Americana pinup *updated with new pic!* in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by missjesswinkwink on: January 16, 2008 06:23:10 PM

"Shady Grove" second in my Gothic Americana pinup series - "Rural Daughters".

This painting is based off of a traditional American song, "Shady Grove", specifically the Doc Watson version.

Yay, I posted a new picture! I bought a scanner and finally scanned in some of my work.

Watercolor on paper, 11x17".

I am posting my first painting in the series too - "Drownin' Creek". -- http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=235232.msg2575164#msg2575164
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7  Re: Retro 50s Swap (SIGNUPS CLOSED!!!; MAIL BY 02/12/08) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by missjesswinkwink on: January 12, 2008 10:29:00 PM
and if there weren't enough styles and subsets and so on already listed, there're the <a href="http://jackadandy.net/blog/2005/09/teddy-boys-teddy-girls.html">teddy girls and boys</a> of british fame. 

Fantastic!  So I guess my style of dress firmly drops me into the 50's Teddy Girl meets Dale Evans category. Kinda funny:

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8  Burly-Q Chair Recon in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by missjesswinkwink on: December 17, 2007 06:06:31 PM
So, I have this great antique rocking chair that's been in my family for a long time. She was on her last legs decoratively speaking, and she's quite visible because she's my desk chair. I hadn't really given much thought to redoing her until I saw this post --> http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=194715.0 and I was TOTALLY inspired!

I have a ton of trim remnants that were given to me by a friend who's an interior designer. The chair got a heavy dose of fabric, tassels and fringe, because she is meant to be a s.t.a.r. (a star that I sit on all night while browsing Craftster!).  1 giant grab bag of stuff + 1 hour =

Sorry I don't have any before pictures, my camera was being crappy and it was pretty much just bare bones anyway. Also, I like the beat up look of the wood as it is - someday I may get around to refinishing it, but it has character right now. So I left it and just played with fabric and trim. Yum!

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9  Re: petticoat?! in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by missjesswinkwink on: November 20, 2007 03:50:10 PM
You will need the following tute to make a circle skirt: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=12439.0

If you use less length in the strips, then you will have a smaller petticoat. Try cutting the fabric length to 5 yards instead of 8 yards, that will probably give you the fullness you desire.
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10  Retro Pinup Cowgirl Kitsch-en (pic heavy!) in Interior Decorating: Completed Projects by missjesswinkwink on: November 08, 2007 03:13:24 PM
Hi all, I am the same one who had the cherry blossomed apartment -->http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=143297.0 -  a while back. Well, I moved after graduating from college, and my new place kicks my old place's butt. I'm posting my fun thrifted/revamped/painted/crafted kitchen for all to see, I'm pretty happy with how it came out!  I think I spent a total of $30-$40 on everything, including supplies and furniture.  Hooray for good thrift stores!  I guess I call this my "Western Swing" room.  Oh yes, and I'd just made dinner when I took these, so excuse the food... my boyfriend insisted I take pics with the table set!

Curtain detail:  I used pearl snaps to hold up the accent curtain over the gingham "utility" curtain. Each part of the curtains are edged with pom-pom trim, and there are rickrack hearts on the gingham which you can't see. They're cute.

Focal point is this lovely dame above my stove - "Miss Western Swing 1942" - (I'm a pinup artist also, that's why there's the visual attack of pinups everywhere!)

My cabinets were boring - I found a thread on here discussing the use of ribbons to decorate, so I glued ribbon around my doors with hot glue (peels off when I'm done, with no trace!).  The ribbons echo the giant racing stripe/pinstripe around the room.

I made some really cute potholders from "state souvenir" fabric, super retro Smiley  The tabs are held on with pearl snaps.

I found this very beat-up stool at the thrift store for 5 bucks. I cleaned it, sanded, and with a coat of aqua, she was ready to roll. However, I also decided to attempt pinstriping on the seat, for my first time it came out pretty well.

I think that's it!  Thanks for looking. No chairs as of yet, I have to find the right ones to match the table. I'll be adding a new post of my bedroom sometime soon (when I actually get everything cleaned up Sad).
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