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21  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / What goes in my 'about me' section? Help! on: March 27, 2011 01:33:08 PM
Such a stupid question I know.. I'm just beginning to write an 'about me' section for my blog and am at a total loss for what to put.. What do people want to know? I'm worried I'll ramble on about stuff that will just bore peoples socks off!

Can anyone give me any key pointers that might help?

So far I've got as far as
*Who am I?
*Where am I from?
*What do I do?
22  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / TUTORIAL - Vintage style decoupaged mannequin on: March 22, 2011 04:00:55 PM
please please tell me this is in the right section?! *whispers - I have no idea where to post this project* GAH! Anyway, I am copying this over from my blog as I felt the world of craftster needed to see it!

I picked up this female torso at a car boot sale a few years ago and she's been hanging around in my wardrobe ever since just waiting for the perfect project to come along. I don't know why, but last week I suddenly had an overwhelming desire to try out decoupage and what better project to try it out on than this?



Like it? Here's how I did it:

First of all I cleared the area I was going to be working at, laid newspaper down and arranged my materials. For this project I used some old incomplete patterns I've had kicking about for a while, some cheap brushes and some PVA glue.



Other papers on my list of 'things I can use' were vintage letters, comic book pages, maps and sheet music but I opted for the pattern paper as it seemed more fitting & would be easier to work with as it was thinner.


I started off with a base layer of glue. Whilst waiting for it to dry I began tearing up my papers. Smaller bits are easier to work with - large pieces will only end up folding, creasing up and over-lapping where you don't want it to (as you can see on the first layers I laid down - duh).

Next up I put some glue down and started layering my paper. I found the glue to be a little too thick to work with to begin with so I thinned it by mixing it with a bit of hot water until I had a usable consistency, making it much easier to work with. As you can see, the pieces I started off with were too big to smooth nicely over all the curves, but I liked the textured appearance the larger pieces left on the torso, so I left them there.



I picked out as many interesting bits of print that I could, and placed them on the torso so they could be seen clearly. The little "Vogue Pattern" marks are my favourite and I put the little buttons on her neck.



I started off layering printed bits of the pattern paper but wasn't particularly keen on the bold appearance so went back over it all again with plain pattern paper to fade the lines out a bit.



I felt she was still looking a bit too naked, so I used the lines of the patterns to 'draw' a corset onto her.



After she'd dried I patched up some bits that needed a few more layers, folded over any over-hanging edges and glued them to the back so she is now smooth around the edges!

She's certainly not 'perfect', but overall I'm really happy with how she turned out and I now have a beautiful new mannequin to display my work on at craft fairs, and when she's not being used she'll look fabulous propped up on display in my home!



Enjoy!
23  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Doe, a Deer, a female Deer. FIRST EVER PLUSHIE! on: December 20, 2010 12:20:47 PM
I made this ADORABLE little deer from netterz pattern, you can find it on page 2 of this thread: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=222255.msg2397557#msg2397557

I've never made anything like this before so I guess felt would've been a lot easier! But I tried a vintage style floral print poly-cotton instead and used interfacing to strengthen it up a bit Smiley The stitches are a bit messy, but that's part of her charm (I think anyway!). I used vintage buttons from my Gran's stash for her eyes and used mother of pearl buttons for the markings on her back! I' SO happy with how she came out Smiley

I've read in other peoples posts that putting wire in the legs helps to keep her standing, so she has wirey bendy leggies and the dinky bow just added that little bit extra that I think she needed!

As a stuffed-stuff noob, I found it really quite easy to make so if you've never made one before, don't be afraid!!!

Love to know what you all think!




See more about this on my blog in my sig Smiley
24  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Are matching envelopes a necessity? on: November 20, 2010 01:43:40 PM
Just wondering, I've got a fair on Saturday and my cards are ivory but the envelopes are white. Are customers bothered about matching envelopes, or is it not an issue? Just wondering if I should but some ivory! Smiley
25  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / HEEEELP! zombie ragdoll costume ideas needed! :( on: October 25, 2010 02:57:25 PM
Hello! Yes, as per usual I have left it until the last minute to create my costume! I'm really wanting to go as a zombie ragdoll this year, with a sort of Sally (nightmare before christmas) look going on, and in the awesome style of weary drearies http://wearydrearies.deviantart.com/

I'm really interested to know how I can achieve the sort of.. webbed look with the fabric (as seen on the site linked), perhaps slashed tshirts pulled in the style of ed hardy/christian audigier custom shirts? And what fabric would be most suitable? Tshirt fabric of the fabric you'd find tights made out of?

Check these out!!! HOW AMAZING!!!! http://wearydrearies.deviantart.com/art/Ragdoll-Stockings-73227663?q=gallery%3Awearydrearies%2F536002&qo=69

pleeeeeeeease help meee! I will do some fashiony experimenting tomorrow after work and report back! Smiley

Any ideas to go with this costume are MUCH appreciated ie, footwear, hairstyles, makeup, accessories etc etc
26  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / How in the flip do I make antlers..!? on: October 11, 2010 06:56:14 AM
Hello!

I'm looking to make some lightweight little antlers for my models to wear as head pieces in my photos. They won't be for sale so they don't need to be top quality, just something that looks nice! I'm open to any and all ideas from shaping, creating and mounting to the head, I'm stumped!

So far I've seen people using wire / electrical wire and masking tape, papermache etc. I was thinking of mounting them of plastic hair combs (used for bridal veils and head pieces) so that the actually look like they've popped out of the models head!

Any ideas? Thank you Smiley
27  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / How do you clean up unknown antique metals?! arghhh! on: October 07, 2010 01:23:26 PM
Hallo!

Figured this'd be the nest place to post this - I hope someone can help!
I've got a bunch of old keys I'd like to use for various craft projects, but I want to make sure they're cleaned up before adding them to clothing or anything, to avoid unwanted marks etc from any dirt or rust that might be on them!

I have no idea what metals the keys are, they're all different! I've heard all sorts of ways to clean them up, from leaving them in KETCHUP!!! to vinegar, baking soda, washing up liquid..

Is there a specific way?!

Thank you!
28  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Please help those who know ANYTHING about early 1970's female hippie style! on: August 06, 2010 07:31:25 AM
Hellooo!

Ok ok.. I have a dilemma..There's this amaaazing new festival starting locally to me, you can see what it's about here http://www.vintageatgoodwood.com/ and basically brings all things vintage together to create one big huge festival! I'm SO excited to be going IN A WEEK (14th August 2010)!!
My sister, her friend & I are planning on going as hippies, but I'm stumped if I can find ANYTHING that I like in my size!

Now.. because of this, I have decided to make my own hippie attire. I give myself 2 choices and only 2.

Choice number 1:
I really really wanted to wear a sort of.. smock / chemise mini dress thingy in cream, with a bit of lace/crochet with big poofy sleeves gathered at the wrist, with a big brown leather belt (or maybe not), cowboy boots (or gladiator style sandals), my leather satchel that you can see HERE http://dearestjackdaw.blogspot.com/2010/05/look-what-i-found-vintage-leather.html (I need it big enough to stash my lunch is and take my 1970s cameraaa!) and a floral head wreath which I'll make once I've decided what I'm wearing, so I get the colours right!

But I'm starting to wonder if what I've just described is actually accurate? I don't know.. I was born 18 years too late so I don't have the foggiest. Google doesn't seem to know either Sad BOO GOOGLE. But here is an example of what I REALLY wanted to wear, but with the poofy gathered sleeves and a bit more gathered fabric at the front under bust:


And here is what I actually bought about 2 months ago but then refunded because it was a waste of 50

I love the square neck line and the romantic feel to this style!

But is it accurate? If it is, then I will make something like that! I just need the 'go-ahead' before I buy all my fabrics & search for a pattern! - So pleeease I BEG YOU please if you can give me any hints?!

PS, I do already have this fabric (it's much lighter than the image as my camera is poop! I could use that or I can buy some more when I go in search of a pattern.


Choice number 2:
using vintage bed sheets that I have picked up on my thrifty journey to buying things that I probably actually don't need, I will create my very own hippie dress!!

My only problem being, that I don't actually know which sheets come from which decade. Id really love for this to be as accurate as possible to the era, so I was wondering if any of YOU crafty folk who know your stuff are able to tell me which of the following patterns/colours are the most accurate to those of the late 60's early 70's flower child / hippie 'movement'?
I'd like to make a mini or maxi dress with what I've got (NB-I am also unsure of a style for this dress.. gah!)!


-double duvet cover & 2 pillow cases, pattern to both sides


-single duvet cover only, pattern to both sides


-single duvet cover only, pattern to both sides


-double duvet cover only, pattern to one side


-double duvet cover only, pattern to one side


-double duvet cover only, pattern to one side
This pattern continues down the duvet to the 'foot' in the floral pattern. Stripes are only at the head of the duvet. (the floral pattern gets smaller as it gets down the bed!


-double sheet only, snipped a little bit for bag lining!

I know, this is a looong post, but if anyone is able to help me in any way I would be truely grateful for your advice!

Thanks, Lou Smiley
29  CLOTHING / Clothing Sewalongs / I <3 Gibbous Altered Fashions sew-along! on: July 20, 2010 10:26:55 AM
After the success of woodland_faerie's altered fashions swap, It seemed only right to start a sew-along for those itching to try this wonderful technique out and for those already familiar with the scrappy wonder of the gibbous style, to help others out as they try their hand at making a garment of their own!


You can see the swap thread here http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=339447.0
and the simply AMAZING gallery here http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=344323.0

PLEASE folks, pretty pretty please do put a link in your signature to this thread if you don't mind - we love new people joining in!

Of course you must check out the gibbous website here http://www.gibbousfashions.com and the beautiful flickr stream here http://www.flickr.com/photos/missmust and be prepared to be totally overloaded with inspiration!

I've recently (2012) started a pinterest board called 'Tattered Inspiration' for you to all swoon over. Find it here:
http://pinterest.com/dearestjackdaw/tattered-inspiration/ Constant updates at the moment, so keep checking back ♥

You simply MUST check out Magnolia Pearl.. think traditional free gypsy rose, romantic, whimsical, lacey crochet rags sewn together in a way I can't quite describe http://magnoliapearl.com/

For some scrappy mixed-up inspiration, check out Ludi's thread here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=271663.0

Whether you like the simple, minimal style with just a few messy stitches here & there, or the absolutely outrageous scrap-box-wonder style, let's all get together and work as a team to make our very own Gibbous-inspired garment Cheesy

Ideas (and I will edit this as the thread comes along!):

*Work on an old item of clothing, or start from scratch! (If you're planning of stitching lots of pieces down to an old item of clothing, start off with something one or two times bigger than your usual size as the stitches will shrink the garment the more you play!)

*If you make a mistake, cover it up, rip it out or make a feature of it!

*Pick out scrap fabrics that have been sitting around waiting for the perfect project.. what better project than this?

*Check out carboot sales/garage sales/thrift stores and look for interesting vintage linens, patterns and laces.

*Take a beautifully embroidered pocket off of a boring shirt and add it to your new garment!


Let's BEGIN!!
30  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Tattered Ragdoll Dress on: June 26, 2010 03:59:07 AM
HELLOOOO!!!

Well, I've been a busy little bee working on a 'gibbous inspired' garment for the wonderful cassadee for the "I <3 Gibbous Altered fashions" swap http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=339447.msg3931111#msg3931111 which has been completely amazing and so far everyone has made some pretty awesome stuff!

So, here's the pretty little dress I made for cassadee.

It's made from all sorts of bits & pieces, old & new Smiley vintage laces, old fabrics, neeewwww fabrics, ribbons, BUTTONS GALORE, doilies, silk.. sooo many things!
I left the straps just pinned so she can decide whether she wants a halterneck strap or normal over the shoulder straps Smiley

The bodice part of the dress is my own drafted pattern adapted so it'll fit Cassadee. I've used it before for a college piece you can see here http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=342691.msg3979964#msg3979964 I added all the bits & pieces from above. There was no method, but that's the way to get these things looking their best I reckon Smiley
I then cut a bunch of fabrics on the bias so they were all pretty & floaty and draped & pinned where appropriate Smiley The back fastens with three big vintage buttons, there's a bit of elastic across the skirt part at the back so it's easy to slip over bum/boobs without a struggle & then I added some ribbon belt-loops and bows to gather the elastic neatly (it was a bit saggy without and made it look bulky and untidy!)

First up, an arty-farty photograph of me wearing the dress (unfinished but I had to use it for a pic!)




And some detail shots of the finished piece!









Hope you all like! Smiley

EDIT: oh oh oh oh if anyone wants to see the BEAUTIFUL dress that cassadee made for me, just follow the link! http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=350969.0
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