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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Altering a pattern to be smaller. on: June 23, 2010 10:55:23 PM
I am getting back into sewing ( and do not have a lot of experience) I have a lot of very cute patterns...from a time when i was almost 100 pounds heavier. The patterns range in size from 20-22 and I now wear a size 10-12. Most are skirt patterns.
Does anyone have any tips or wisdom for how to make these patterns fit?
Can I kind of follow along the inside of the lines for the smallest size to make them smaller...is there a formula. Should I just go with new patterns?
Thanks for ANY advice.
2  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Big dog swap? on: June 16, 2010 08:27:28 AM
Would any big dog owners/lovers be interested in a BIG dog themed swap?
Newfie , Great Dane, Berner owners/lovers, etc? Dogs that reach 80 plus pounds after reaching adult age.
Also BIG boy and girl mixes.
My dog is a 110 pound male Bernese Mountain Dog.
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Poppy Tee on: June 13, 2010 07:11:03 AM
T- shirt I painted. Used Jacquard Dye-Na-Flow and a Sharpie marker. Thanks for looking.



Ah...my Berner, Comet is in the background. He's never too far from me.

4  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Batik kids shirt on: June 11, 2010 07:16:01 PM
used Jacquard Dye-Na-Flow and Jacquard water based resist on an old and less than sparkling white kids Tee.
Thanks for looking.


My model was somewhat reluctant....



Edit: Am I in the wrong category with this?
5  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / No...it's not a dead fish. ( it was never alive.)Better photo added. on: July 01, 2008 07:41:50 AM


And a clearer pic while out of the water.



I made a fishy...because I just love fish. I put him in the waterfall for my pond and well away from my very curious real pond fish... my Mom said it looks dead at the angle it is sitting, and I agree. But nope...never was alive.

Materials...regular air dried earth clay for an armature of sorts...fish dont require much armature if they aren't going to swim. And then I built up the fish with Magic Sculpt...an air drying epoxy clay that I LOVE. ( and it is water proof!)And then I used those glass marble things, and watered down acrylic paint and also ...gold stuff that is wax based. It is about 9 inches long...took...not long in actual working time.
I think he is adorable...even if it is in a dead fishy kind of way.
6  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Some bronze... on: June 28, 2008 05:02:56 PM




This is titled "The burden" The egg is being used as a symbol for life. It was done as a way of managing the emotions involved when my husband was diagnosed with metastatic lung cancer. A disease that he was responsible for having given himself...and which killed him.


This is untitled

Both are cast in bronze using the lost wax process.
7  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / A couple of sculpture class projects on: June 26, 2008 07:16:58 AM
Both are air dry clay( made by Amaco ) and acrylic paint.
The angel is about 15 inches tall, built mostly by slab method and is hollow. ( and yes she has holes drilled into her head)and the dog is about 3.5 inches long.








Thanks for looking!
8  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Help me! I am overun by papers! on: December 21, 2007 09:03:50 AM
Hi there. I thought I would pose a long standing issue I have had and see what ideas you guys might have.
I think I am just too close to the situation.

My kids bring home a stack of papers a day. Plus I am an art student and generate lots of paper clutter too.
I throw away most of it and only keep really special papers from the kids...and even with doing that, I'm overwhelmed.

Some papers like old assignments of mine or the kids school work and art can be displayed or put away...as in out of sight. But other things I need handy or quite frankly...I will forget their existence as well as the existence of whatever they pertain to.
( talking fliers from school announcing important events, coupons or specials, etc.)

I am sure there are simple solutions and I am not normally stupid...I am just unable to see my way through the clutter and frustration. Plus there are some really brilliant people on this website.
OK...thanks for any ideas...and for reading all of this.

P.S.
I did actually consider asking the school to stop sending home all the correspondence...they wouldn't comply more than likely or I would end up missing something important, like when the girls are suppose to have their rabies shots or something like that.
That was an attempt at humor...ignore it I would think?

9  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / A nude and a skull ( tasteful nudity warning) on: December 17, 2007 09:40:58 AM




The naked lady was an assignment for figure drawing class and the skull for figure modeling class.
The skull could have been better. I didn't give myself enough time because I foolishly under estimated the difficulty of the project. I only got a B- on it. The lady hasn't been graded. I am so happy I don't have to draw her but one more time. She has something strange going on with her breasts and it ends up looking like I messed up. I tried to downplay it in this one without drastically changing her anatomy. The pointy breast IS how she looks at some angles. I think she works out a lot, and has maybe overbuilt the muscles in her chest to the point of having less soft breast tissue than she naturally would have.
ok...sorry for the long explanation. I have to get to work on the back view of her now.

Oh...charcoal and clay. I am sure you can guess which is which.  Grin
10  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / clay torso- tasteful nudity warning on: December 06, 2007 12:30:32 PM

An assignment for figure modeling class.
About 22 inches tall and about 55 pounds
...no armature
took about 20 hours
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