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1  New warm-weather beachy dress and bathing suit in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by balletfreak on: April 08, 2008 07:19:50 PM
This past weekend I went to my friend's engagement party at the beach, and I decided to neglect my giant essays for my Major American Writers course and make some things instead. I am a speed demon and I love crafting but I have not been doing enough recently. I made a snappy new dress and matching bikini (sadly I don't have many great pictures since  don't have a camera and I have to rely on pictures others were taking for pleasure). Anyway, I meant to make the dress longer but I accidentally trimmed the fabric so oh well, it's not indecent. I really like it, so did my friends.
Full shot with funky color:

Up close on the top pleats:

With our sandcastle:

Talking to friends (back view):

Walking in the breeze...my friend is funny...:

In the car going home:

Oh and about my crochet bikini, I have never crocheted much before, except for detailing, a hackeysack, and flowers/hair doodads. The cups sort of don't match but they are close enough. I made it all up as I went along to get the shape right. Oh, and I've heard rumors crochet bathing suits don't work for swimming but it is unlined and was great for a rough day of diving in the ocean! I want to make so many more now! I am all wet from wave swimming in these pictures, sorry there is no good shot of the bottom, but I love it!
Rockin' out (I wish my towel wasn't covering it!):

Close of the top:

Guys let me know what you think! You are all the experts, and I love feedback, especially so I can improve my future endeavors.  Cheesy
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2  Re: I *heart* the library swap gallery in The Swap Gallery by balletfreak on: June 08, 2007 08:47:01 PM
heres my amazing package from miss. cellaneous!!!
these are the best things ive ever gotten ever!!!
she put so much thought into her package and its absolutely amazing....
Miss. Cellaneous you're the best!!! Grin
no group shot because its all already in use!
she included way too much extra stuff!
its so great!
and itsz all dance theme!!! my favorite!!!
first, some ballet stickers and corn pads!!! i definitely have the ugly signature "dancers feet"...these will go to use!

second some foot scrubs!!! perfect for a dancer!!

also some hairnets/ thread for sewing pointe shoes!!! always need more!

then she made not one.....but FOUR awesome bookmarks!! i love them so much!!! good when youre reading a million books at once!

amazing bag!!!! ive used it multiple times....as you can see from its location in the very front of my bag place!!!!!! its so cute!!!!!!!!

then threeeeeee!!!! stunnning shadowboxes of angelina ballerina!!!!! i love them!!!!! so beautiful!!! they look amazing in my room!!!!

as you can see she sent way too much and is so awesome and i was so lucky to have her as a partner!!!!
thanks again miss. cellaneous!
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3  Re: Yarn Swap for Rapunzel Scarf - Round 3 in The Swap Gallery by balletfreak on: June 08, 2007 08:38:42 PM
i made this last weekend but have been busy/camera trouble so im finally posting pics of my rapunzel scarf!
thanks so much for all the great yarns again!
i added in an additional 15 lengths of my yarn for volumfe...sorry no action shot...i dont like to take pictures of myself too much...
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4  Re: Yarn Swap for Rapunzel Scarf - Round 3 in The Swap Gallery by balletfreak on: May 24, 2007 04:57:32 PM
got all my yarns!!!
thanks so much everyone theyre beautiful!
left to right--misplacedhippie, eendol, pikabean, tygir, and in the front the pastels are from lucy van pelt. thanks again!!!

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5  little ballet skirt!! in Knitting: Completed Projects by balletfreak on: May 24, 2007 04:33:31 PM
this is a skirt i made for ballet, so its actually meant to be worn with a leotard and tights but i had already done ballet today and i didnt want to put my clothes back on.
i designed this myself because its really fun to wear warmups in ballet and useful too, and this is one thats light and swingy and not too hot to dance in...so it can be worn in warm summer weather!!
ive seen some skirts like this in ballet catalogues, so thats where i got the idea, but ive never seen a pattern for something like this so i made it up.
it has a ribbed fold-down top with i-cord drawstring drawn through holes in the front and back. it then flares out a bit and is bound off little by little at the bottom so it gives a nice line to the legs and is shortest in front, tapering down to the back.
and yes, it is meant to be short so its cool and you can move and see your legs (important for dance) in it.
here it is lain out before blocking to make the stockinette lie flat, which i did later...

icord drawstring tie closeup...

and various action shots (including some ballet-esque Smiley)

hope you enjoy!!! let me know what you think..input appreciated. yes it is my first time designing Smiley
and if anyone ever wants im happy to share the pattern Cheesy
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6  A Dream..... in Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) by balletfreak on: May 19, 2007 04:16:22 PM
So i was interested in this challenge when i first saw it.  I go to craftster often, and i do a lot of crafts, but i had never made an ATC before.  Proudly, this challenge is my first whack at an ATC (not my last!).
Of course, I'm a "balletfreak" most things i make have to do with ballet. I got this idea from the infamous ballet "The Nutcracker"..but its loosely related
The girl is supposed to be sort of like Clara, who is made princess for her bravery...but its really only sort of an inspiration.

The guy is supposed to be sort of like the nutcracker prince...

And together, it says "'Are you my prince?' she asked."

But....aha a transformation! The prince becomes...

only a toy nutcracker!

So in answering...
"'Are you my prince?' she asked."        "But he was only a dream"

Thats kind of the idea behind the nutcracker, that the whole thing is not really real..(or is it)...and is only a girls dream.
After all, who doesnt want to dream of a handsome prince, especially if you are a princess of bravery!

Anways, I don't have a scanner and it took me forever to take pictures with my camera!! That's why they're so blurry!!!! I'm sorry, it was hard.

The cards are drawn on, have pictures, fabric for clothing, hair, wire/bead crowns, and calligraphy.

Let me know what you think, I hope you enjoy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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7  Re: Magic Yarn Ball Swap 4!! in The Swap Gallery by balletfreak on: April 29, 2007 04:41:54 PM
i received yesterday..and knit up last night! of course, i unwound as i went. after all that it was late so i decided pictures would be today
first of all...thanks maiziemama!!! everything is perfect...i love it all!
she sent the best stuff!
first of all, here's the headband i knit from the pattern she sent me...the pattern was great! super fast and easy but still interesting with a neat stitch design:
and now all the thoughtful goodies together!
close up oif the handspun yarns plus my extra yarn from the ball!!!!! she is so awesome...great spinning!!!!
and the yummy foodstuffs (including tea!!!), plus sunflower and pea seeds Smiley
and everything else!! some really pretty charms, row counter (tiny and cute!!! ive been wanting one), nice buttons, a satchet, felted soap, letter papers, bath gels and chapstick, a washocloth, and two red things that say "hero sombrero" that i dont know what they are......any help?
anyways i love everything, thank you so much!!!!!! i cant wait to use the yarn!!! thanks amillion!
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8  Re: Earth Day/Environmental Swap 2 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by balletfreak on: April 16, 2007 08:30:08 PM
djsemira, im so glad you like everything!!!!!!!! i just was just thinking of thigns you said you like in the survey and how to reuse and wanted you to enjoy the things!
but what are really much more incredible than the things i made are what you made!!!
thank you a million!!!!!!!
it is all so nice and wellcrafted and has talent!
she is so great!!!
everything together---shes an amazing beader:

the adorable kitty hat from a old sleeve--with delicate little beading--the closeups of the beading were blurry though, sorrry
the cute pink recycled cardboard bookmark and its beading, with gorgeous nature pictures:
and the journal!! with a ballerina on the cover--i lvoe ballet!
 and full of interesting tips and quotes and inspirations...all recycled!!! its really nicely made too! i lvoe it all!inside pages decorated with tips and quotes!!!!
thank you a million this was so fun!
and we should do more recycle swaps!
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