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1  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / small painting with handmade frame- belle and sebastian song on: August 09, 2008 08:50:37 AM
I made this little painting for my friend Maddie based off of the Belle and Sebastian song "If You're Feeling Sinister".  The "S&M" banner is a joke because those are our first initials and we used to put them on stuff before we realized what they stood for.  The speech bubble refers to the fact that we used to skip church all the time together.  And we also both drink tea constantly.  I'm leaving for a college in less than a month and so the painting is part of a little going-away gift. Oh, and I am the one with the short hair and she is the other girl.   

feedback appreciated  Cheesy
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / small pocket necklaces on: July 24, 2008 01:07:38 PM
I made the first one as a gift for my friend Maddie and liked it so much that I made another one.  I'm planning on letting her pick which one she wants and keeping the other one.  The black one has little beads sewn into the strap/necklace.

comments/criticism appreciated!
3  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / painted teacup and saucer- black apple inspired [img heavy] on: July 24, 2008 12:58:15 PM
First of all, I hope this is in the right forum.  I didn't make the teacup myself- I just painted it.  I actually work at a paint-your-own-pottery studio and get a decent discount, so I've gotten fairly good at it.
Also, I just wanted to make it very clear that most of the designs aren't my own- they were inspired by Emily Martin's work of the black apple (on etsy). 
Okay, here goes:

the quote painted in red is "Live each season as it passes; breathe the air; drink the drink; taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influence of each." -Thoreau

 Comments/ criticism appreciated.  Thanks for looking!
4  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Completed Projects / first real dying project- burgundy dress on: July 13, 2008 02:20:50 PM
I bought this dress on sale from Old Navy.  I loved the shape, but the color just made it look cheap and me look sallow.

I decided I wanted to dye it burgundy, but there was no burgundy dye to be found.  Instead I bought pink, brown, and red, and attempted to mix them. 

I then pretty much winged it, dying-wise.

And then I got a little carried away with the extra dye:


And here it is on:

5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Too Big 1940's Dress to Swingy Sundress on: April 04, 2008 06:35:40 PM
This dress came from an antique mall and the tag simply said "1940's Feedsack Dress".  I looooved the pattern and also the design for the dress, but it was simply waaay too big.  It turned out to be extremely challenging to make smaller, due to the fact that the material is very delicate and not at all stretchy.  I ended up having to take in the sides sortof diagonally (THAT took a lot of experimenting to figure out, let me just tell you).  I then cut down the front and added buttons as an alternative way to get it on, since I had to take out the side zipper in order to sew in the sides.  I also took up the skirt about a foot, ha.  I tried to keep the overall authenticity of the dress.  Let me know what you think, and sorry for the shoddy photos- bad lighting!

6  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / a few collages. on: February 24, 2008 10:20:28 AM
I make a ton of my collages for my friends (and they also make them for me- my walls are covered), and I thought I'd share a few.  I think I'm posting this in the right place... I guess they're reconstructed?

I made this one for my friend Maddie.

This one is for my friend Kasey, who's doing a month-long sabbatical from boys with me.  She's having a hard time with it, ha.

And I made this one a while ago for my good friend Jeremy (all the way to the right in the picture)

The first two are made mostly from pictures and words from Real Simple magazine- an excellent one for collaging.

comments/criticism appreciated   Smiley
7  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / birthday collage on: December 28, 2007 08:52:23 AM
This collage is for my good friend Brandon for his birthday! The little people are from a 1960s health book I found at Goodwill, though I've drawn quite a bit over them to resemble Brandon, myself, and our friend Brad.  Most of the text is from that book also (the best 2.50 I've ever spent in my life, I think). 

comments appreciated  Cheesy
8  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Ofelia from Pan's Labyrinth Costume on: October 27, 2007 01:30:09 PM
Pan's Labyrinth is my all-time favorite movie, plus people tell me I look like Ofelia all the time, so I figured, why not be Ofelia for Halloween? My school has a senior mixer that everyone wears a costume for tonight, so I'm wearing it for that too.

Hopefully the pictures work, I always have a hard time posting images.

  (I drew on the moon birthmark and everything!)


I made pretty much everything myself (excepting the shoes and socks, of course).  I have yet to learn how to use a pattern, so it was pretty much trial and error, particularly with the dress.  The apron was much simpler, but I'm still not quite satisfied with the way it came out.  The key is made out of a cut apart paper towel roll, the ends of plastic spoons, alot of tape, and gold spray paint.  The bow is my favorite part  Wink

Comments/criticism definitely appreciated!  Smiley

9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / fishie dress [image heavy] on: May 06, 2007 01:10:59 PM

...my attempt at darting

I'm pretty sure this is actually a pajama fabric but I just loved the pattern, and it's super comfy  Cheesy
As you can see, one of the big yellow buttons fell off and idk where it is, so I need to go back and get another one.
I didn't use a pattern or anything and the dress just slips on because the material is a little stretchy (another bonus to pajama material)

Doesn't show anything of the dress really... I just like my dog.

10  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / simple lemon tote on: May 05, 2007 08:22:29 PM
this is just a really basic tote I made on my sewing machine.  The fabric is Joann's, but I didn't use a pattern or anything. I also made a skirt out of the material.http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=168712.0

...as modeled by my floor.  and I have absolutely no idea why the picture is sliced in half like that... imageshack did something weird I think.

...as modeled by my chair.

comments/criticism/opinions much appreciated Smiley
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