So, given that I'm a poor college student (who isn't?), I decided to only give gifts to close friends and my family: and even then, I've decided to make most of them. After all, I'm rather proud of my mad stencilling skillz (haha), and my family's pretty appreciative of such skills as well.
First off, for my father. He's always the hardest to figure out. So I just scrolled through the stencils at Stencilry until I found one that he might appreciate:
(FYI: He's actually gay, so the rainbow "happy" under the pocket can be taken both ways: as a reference to the "Is that a banana in your pocket..." and to the alternate meaning of 'gay,' I suppose.
My *other* father used to work for Lifetouch Photography, and every morning, I'd tell him to "shoot" lots of kids. ('Shoot' here meaning...with his camera! I don't condone violence! T_T)
I'm not super happy with this one: it was the messiest shirt I think I've done since my very first attempt with cardboard and spray paint, but I don't exactly hate it. And, yes, that's a paint smudge.
Next up is my little brother. He loved Pirates of the Carribean, of course, so I figured a pirate-esque shirt was required. I made him a shirt last year, with one of his favorite sayings on it, and he still wears it, so I'm fairly sure this one will get at least a bit of wear. I might go back and try to freehand a bandana across the skull, but then again, I might not. What do you think?
My little sister found a scarf on eBay last year, and asked if I could make it for her. Iended up not being able to--couldn't find the material or anything, and by then we'd both forgotten about it. So this year, I tried to make something similar. I actually like this one better. She loves My Chemical Romance, obviously. I freehanded the words, and I'm actually pretty proud, as they look at least a little like the font used on the actual logo, I think. It looks grungy because it's supposed to. Also, because it's really hard to stencil well on a felt scarf. The red stripes go all the way up the scarf.
Finally, my roommate! She loves the color pink and The Beatles/John Lennon, so what else could this shirt have become? I found the strawberries on stencilry, and while playing with a layout for the text, I decided that it actually worked better (and would be easier to cut out) if I didn't put the word "strawberry" in. I'm really proud of this one.
Ugh, I'm so sorry I took so long in posting these pictures, but I did tell my partner that I received, so maybe I will be less hated?
Anyway, I got some seriously amazing stuff, most of which I'm using right now. Well, not this very instant, but you know what I mean, right?
First off: a handmade shirt, that says "Property of Ravenclaw Quidditch on the front and my last name and favorite number (13) on the back. It's a little too small for me to comfortably wear right now, but I think of it as an incentive to lose some weight. ^_^
Next up, some blue nail polish, a Quidditch sticker (bumper sticker?) and a flashing LED light thing. It's amazing: thank you so much! ^_^
I also got a gorgeous photo album, with "Class of 07 Ravenclaw" on it. How did you know I have a million loose photos floating around my room?
A bookmark, a notebook, and some amazing stationery. I have no words. I love it all!
Ah! I got a tote bag with the Ravenclaw crest on it! I love this so much!
The back (got a photo, but it's too blurry to make anything out) says: "A warning: if you rip, shred, bend, fold, deface, disfigure, smear, smudge, throw, drop, or in any other manner damage, mistreat, or show any lack of respect towards this book, the consequences will be as awful as it is within my power to make them. -Hogwarts Librarian"
I also got a few pins (which were immediately affixed onto the bag, where they belong ^_^) and the sweetest knitted hat ever. I have no photos of it because I wore it around the house that night, and to school the next day, and promptly left it in my locker. D'oh.
All in all, an amazing first package. Thank you so, so much for being my partner in this swap!
So I went to Michael's today, to load up on blank shirts ($2 each, man: I have about ten, I think), and I wound up in the clearance aisle. I found screen filler *and* screenprinting ink, which reminded me that Id finally understood how to do the whole cheapie-screenprinting thing last night. So I bought the filler (originally $11: I got it for 5), and the ink (originally $6, I got it for 3) and went to get a couple of embroidery hoops. The only thing they didn't have was proper material, but I got it all anyway.
I lugged it all home, and looked around. Found this curtain-esque material in my ragbag. It works really well, but it's kinda tough to trace things onto: it's leopard-print. So I freehanded something, trying to see if it'd work right.
It did! The only problem is that the ink I got, is the acrylic ink. Drat. I'll have to do some testing, but I've acrylic-painted shirts before, so it's not really a big deal.
(It's so cool to be able to make multiple images, without having to cut out a ton of copies of the same stencil!)
My AP English teacher is leaving for Kansas soon, and at first I wanted to get him ruby slippers or something, but...zero dinero.
We read Macbeth in class, and on Devil's Night (October 30th), we performed it for parents and students and everything. He says that that was one of his favorite parts of the year, so I decided to give him something to remember that by.
The skull is wearing a crown, see? Hah. It's supposed to be Macbeth's head...self-explanatory, I think. The "Something Wicked" is both in reference to a line from the play ("By the pricking of my thumb/something wicked this way comes") and, I'll say, because he is wicked sweet, or something.
And that's the back. The date is 10.30.06 (not 10.20.06: I'll have to touch that up later), and, like I said, is the date that we performed the play. Great fun. I just hope he'll wear it...
And for myself (blank shirts were 5/$10 at Michael's today! Score!), I made this shirt:
Of course, when I looked at it to take that picture, I realized that it was pretty horribly crooked. So I wanted to add something that would make it look less accidental.
That's the final product. I'm really happy with how it turns out, though I'll end up wearing a shirt under it (it's thin, and I prefer long sleeves anyway).
So I posted this bag in the Stenciled thread, but now that it's all personalized and embellished, I'm posting it here as well. If that's against the rules, smack me with a dead fish and I'll remove it.
Originally it had regular canvas straps, but those were too short, so I went out and bought some purse straps, and attached those. I reinforced my stitched on the handles like CRAZY because I carry some really heavy books. And do you know how hard it was to sew that strip of sequin-trim on? Seriously seriously so. I think the fairies were playing with it, because my thread kept getting snagged on the sequins. Aaaah I wish my sewing machine was working.
What do you think?
And to heat-set acrylic paint, you just iron both sides of the image for five minutes or so, right?
Oh good LORD this was painful. I wanted to make myself a tri-fold wallet, because I don't have one. Well, I do, but it is small and doesn't hold much.
But my sewing machine is broken or misaligned or something, so I had to sew all of this by hand. It took about three hours, but I'm kinda proud of it. The top three or four card slots don't really hold my cards securely, but the bottom ones do, so I'm okay. It doesn't have a coin holder, even though I was planning to add one, because by the time I got to that point, I was tired of sewing and decided I'd just keep coins in my pockets.
I found a couple of stencils on Stencilry that I fell in love with. I also bought some blank totebags from Amazon for about $2 each. Result?
Stencils are from Stencilry, as I said. Paints are my acrylics (you just iron 'em for five minutes on each side once they're dry to heat-set them, right?), and the words are lyrics from a really great song.
I have this adorable dangly trim I'm going to sew around the top, and I'm probably going to switch the handles from that fabric into some long purse handles I found at Michael's. I'm just impatient, so I'm posting now. ^_^
EDIT: I've finished the bag--adding straps and girly trim and all that--and here's what it looks like now:
Not that different, I know, but...meh. I guess I'll see what the general consensus is tomorrow, when I go back to school.
So this may or may not be my first post (honestly I can't remember), but the shirt is definitely not my first stencil. (Dude, it's totally my...fourth. ^_^)
Front. The words say "Even if saving you sends me to heaven," which is, of course a line from The Acoustic Song/Guardian Angel. Down in the corner, not exactly where I wanted it, is a little marionette ("use me as you will/pull my strings just for a thrill").
Back. Of course there are wings: the song is sort of talking about angels. I drew 'em myself, and purposely made them kind of small/simple/pathetic: guardian angels don't necessarily want everyone to know what they are, right? I have since filled in the islands and gone over those wings with glitter-paint.
What do you think? I'm proud of it, despite the slight underspray that's going on in some of the words and stuff.
Also, last summer, I made my first (semi) multilayered stencil. It was pretty sweet. I actually made it for someone, but when she saw it, she decided it wasn't exactly what she was looking for, and didn't want to buy it anymore. Ah, well. (It's a size S if anyone out there wants to trade something for it? *grin*)