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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Men's hoody into a fitted sweatshirt on: November 12, 2013 10:57:18 AM
I traveled a lot and bought this men's size small hoody in Amsterdam as a souvenir. It was so awkward, I never ever wore it....but I couldn't throw it away either.



I cut off the hood, the sleeve ends, picked out the stitching for the kangaroo pocket and cut it off along the side seams. Then I put a fitted long sleeve shirt over the inside-out hoody and pinned around the edges. I used a zig zag stitch from the bottom all the way to the end of the sleeves, stitching just inside my pin markings. I wanted it really fitted. I tried it on and then trimmed the excess. I folded the front of the hoody in half and cut out a wider neckline and zig zag stitched around that. The whole thing probably took me less than 20 minutes, but I spent a long time staring at it in the mirror and thinking, lol. Over all, I am stoked about my "new" shirt. This is why I never throw away clothes!
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Noro Taiyo Tank Top on: June 30, 2010 08:38:25 PM
I designed this myself. I hope to be able to post a pattern on Rav soon, but I need to officially write the pattern and have it tested for errors. I love this tank top! It fits perfectly Smiley C&C welcome!



3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Rot-Aubergine Raglan on: November 04, 2009 11:54:25 AM
 Cool I finished this late last night. I am very happy with the fit and the feel of the yarn. Not bad for 6 dollars! More details about it on my blog if you're interested!

4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Felted Nesting Bowls in Heather - picture heavy :) on: September 16, 2009 07:46:54 PM
I've been knitting and felting some nesting bowls as Christmas gifts. I'm starting early because I married into a big family and I'm a new mom, so my time is limited. The way time has been passing recently, Christmas is just around the corner!











I made the bowls using Patons Classic Wool.
5  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / Tattooed Pin Up on: January 03, 2009 10:47:45 AM
Here's my newest one. Did this last night. My camera won't pick up all the colors, oddly. The red is more vibrant and her knickers are an all-over light green and not all choppy like on the picture.



What do you think?
6  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / First 3 ACEOs ever. Tattoo-themed roses! on: January 02, 2009 09:21:02 AM
After admiring all the tiny works of art out there I remembered how much I love to draw small. So.. I made my first 3 ACEOs. I'm going to work on a series of tattoo images. I used playing cards, acrylic paint and printed images of my original artwork from a design book I did for my tattoo parlor in Germany. What do you think?







I had a lot of fun making them, hope you enjoy!
7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Epoxy Resin Putty What?! on: December 15, 2008 11:36:18 PM
I have been (what feels like) on the internet all day trying to figure out how a favorite artist of mine makes her art. She has a short video on her myspace and she mentions using a two-part epoxy resin and it's obviously some kind of putty and looked slightly yellowish. Her website is http://www.elizabethmcgrath.com

I found something mentioned on here from a UK member about Milliput and managed to track down something called Sculpwood here in the US. I am not sure if either one of these products are what she is using. Can anyone help me out? I love the technique/idea behind it all and have a certain project in mind. I've also seen a lot of gallery artists using something similar to product their works of art but it seems hard to find out anything about the process/materials!
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Mary Jane slippers, pooch sweaters and more! Pic heavy! on: January 23, 2008 07:44:02 AM
Unfortunately I didn't get photos of everything I've made since the holiday stress started because the deadline got shorter when I realized how long overseas shipping would take... During the stress things wrapped themselves before I could get a photo Wink

Mary Jane slippers for Tiff. The pattern can be found on the tutorial list. I did a quick swatch on 6mm needles and calculated how wide the piece would have to be by measuring from one side of my ankle, under my heel and to the other side. After about two inches I decreased one stitch at the beginning and end of the next two rows for some pairs. Then I followed the pattern to the end. K2tog for the last two rows, cut yarn and thread through remaining loops, pull tight and stitch up about 3-4 rows. Done! I made many different kinds and styles of slippers using that basic pattern. Something that also looks really cute is to knit in garter stitch about 3/4 of an inch beginning and end of rows and knit in stockinette stitch in between.


http://www.marked-expression.com/craft/fiber/20071128_01.jpg

These slippers were the first pair I made before making the ones to be gifted.

http://www.marked-expression.com/craft/fiber/20071128_05.jpg

My finance's mother received these...

http://www.marked-expression.com/craft/fiber/20071211_33.jpg

And one of my best friends who loves skullies just as much as I do loved these...

http://www.marked-expression.com/craft/fiber/20071223_55.jpg

These sweaters were very easy to make. I made them up as I went along with a lot of trying on and adjusting.

http://www.marked-expression.com/craft/fiber/20071128_04.jpg

http://www.marked-expression.com/craft/fiber/20071128_07.jpg

http://www.marked-expression.com/craft/fiber/20080123_074.jpg

http://www.marked-expression.com/craft/fiber/20080123_068.jpg

A bathroom rug. My first round crochet piece and first pin motif. Winged it, no pattern.

http://www.marked-expression.com/craft/fiber/20071220_45.jpg

Fiance's requested skull hat for Christmas:

http://www.marked-expression.com/craft/fiber/20071224_003.jpg

And my first crochet razor cozy with black snowflakes "embroidered" on... Picture doesn't show them well.

http://www.marked-expression.com/craft/fiber/20080123_067.jpg

Hope you enjoyed looking Smiley

xxx
9  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Nothing's better than eating AND crafting sushi! on: July 29, 2007 05:56:34 PM
The subject pretty much says it all... I made these three sushi plates for my friend's birthday. Whenever we have time we meet up for lunch at the sushi bar, so I made these in memory of all the rice we've spit at each other between conversations of copulation and sunburns.

Enjoy. And eat more sushi!

California Roll with sesame seeds on the outside and orange caviar on top, Nigiri, bowl of soy sauce and a bite of Wasabi on a dark blue square plate. Made of Fimo, less than one inch in size. I don't think I'll be putting a glaze on this, as I did on the other two.



Nigiri, 3 Maki (2 avocado, one tuna), dish of soy sauce and a bite of Wasabi on an oval dark purple plate. Made of Fimo, less than one inch in size.



3 Maki (tuna), square dish of soy sauce, bite of Wasabi and chopsticks on a round tan plate. Made of Fimo, less than one inch in size.



10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Art Studio Door Sign with Bamboo/Burgundy/Bronze-alicious + Tut! on: January 10, 2007 04:57:34 AM
I have this problem of being in the lower level of our building. Well, let's be honest, I'm in the basement, walled in with a couple small windows and an open sunny area from the patio. Anyways, the basement. That's where I am. Except no one has figured that out yet (after 11 months of renting). My neighbors come barging into my studio at all ungodly times of the morning thinking it's the laundry room / storage room / utility room /etc. I'm not happy about this. I try to lock the door from the inside at all times, but sometimes I forget (like in a high, drunken-stupor. KIDDING Wink).

So, the end result, after the umpteenth-time of unwanted "trespassers" I birthed the studio sign in 20 minutes. Now it's firmly nailed in with some sharp black spikes that say (Hi, I'm a nice person, an artist, maybe a little eccentric at times ... don't leave your shit in front of my door, it's not my fault if you get scratches on your shelves if they're leaning ON MY DOOR and I happen to open said door. Please knock. I don't have attack dogs. Yet.)

http://www.marked-expression.com/craft/sign/20070108_914.jpg

If anyone cares-

The Anti-Trespassing Tutorial.

Supplies:

-1 x Pre-sealed wooden artist painting thing (I swear I remembered the name 2 minutes ago!)
-3 x Pre-cut, pre-dyed bamboo pieces
-2 x glass globe beads (those marble-like things)
-Acrylic paints in various colors. I mixed red and purple to get the red that matches my walls. Otherwise I used black and bronze straight out of the tubes.
-Paintbrushes (duh)
-Polyurethane or Similar Sealer (optional)
-newspaper
-something to hold up sign
-latex or similar gloves
-Scissors
-Glue gun
-A big smile

INSTRUCTIONS (if it wasn't obvious enough...)

Paint the whole wood piece and let dry.
Paint sides in accent color and let dry.
Write name/words somewhere.
Paint random places on bamboo with black and bronze or other colors to match color scheme.
Paint glass beads with bronze or other accent color. Load it on thick and spikey to get texture. Needs about 10-15 minutes to dry.
If you're lucky and you have some "hairy" bamboo, snip or rip them off to use as "grass" later.
Before gluing position bamboo how you like. I chose a door, obviously. Make sure you like it, because once it's on, it's ON.
Glue down dryed bamboo pieces as you like with a glue gun. BE CAREFUL, those things are HOT.
Glue DRY (do a touch test first) glass beads on corners of bamboo pieces.
With normal, clear-drying glue, position and glue down bamboo rip-offs (grass).
Let the whole thing dry for a few minutes. Admire.
Put on some gloves, lay down newspaper, stir sealer. Find something to put under your sign so it's not touching the newspaper.
Paint one thin coat of sealer on top.
 If you're lazy like me, this is where the project comes to an end. If you're really ambitious and you want your sign to bling-bling in your neighbor's eyes, add a couple extra coats - but leave enough time for drying in between.

Admire.

Find hammer. Find nails. (alternative: hooks, see below)

Let your neighbors hear the joy of that sign being NAILED into the door. You officially exist. Your neighbors will, in the future, knock.

Alternative: Roof-roof.

 Kiss You made it to the end, congratulations!

Sarcastic tone to the side - crafty chics could put this on their craft-room door and alternatively make multiple signs that could be hung from two stationary nails and hooks attached to the sign. You could have things like... "Mom is working. Stay the $%(U)$% out or you don't get dinner tonight." You get it. Wink Have fun.

Thanks for looking!  Kiss
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