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21  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Fallout Themed Wedding on: December 26, 2015 03:37:07 PM
Hi everyone!  My bf proposed last week.  We haven't set a date or anything, but I want to start a little planning because I know it's a lot of dang work (especially since we don't have a lot of money and most things will have to be DIY).  I want to do a Fallout theme. Fallout is a post-nuclear war world with a retro 50's theme.

Here's some stuff I need help with:
1. Birdcage veil tutorial or pattern.  I found my dress at Torrid and it's an off-white color.  It's not a long dress, so I don't want a traditional veil.  People on Etsy want $30+ for a birdcage veil and I thought to myself "self, I bet you can make one of those."
2. Favor ideas.  I have no idea what kind of favors to make for a Fallout themed wedding.
3. Cake designs.  Either myself or my coworker can make the cake, but I'm not sure what a good design would be.  I hate fondant, so anything without fondant is game.  I'm looking for something either traditional 1950's or with a fun retro feel.  It doesn't have to be huge- we'll have less than 50 people.
4. Centerpieces.  I have no clue.  I'd like to shy away from anything with candles/open flames because most places I'm looking at don't allow that kind of thing.

I'm sick in bed right now, so I thought doing a little planning and research would perk me up.  Any help is appreciated!
22  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Rustic Truck Cross Stitch on: December 14, 2015 07:14:04 AM
My mom found this free pattern online and texted me at 6am to tell me she wanted it for Christmas since she doesn't cross stitch. Why she had to tell me this at 6am is still unclear. So being the good daughter I am, I downloaded the pattern and stitched it up. I didn't want to make a hoopla so I went looking for a frame and found the perfect one! 



I think she'll like it. Only problem is that my bf's sister saw it and now she wants one. But I can't find the frame again!
23  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Persona 4 Tarot Card Designs on: October 01, 2015 04:47:17 PM
I'm learning how to draw and I want to make a Tarot deck with all the characters from the video game Persona 4.  I decided to start with Teddie and the fox since I'm not very good at people yet.  I would like some feedback on my drawing and any tips you can offer.  I'm taking a drawing class in November, so I'm hoping I'll be able to start on the people cards by then.  These are not the finished designs, I just wanted to try a design before making the final product.



Again, C&C is welcome!
24  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Crocheted Tarot Pouches (Pic Heavy) on: September 28, 2015 06:46:28 PM
I wanted a pretty pouch to put my Tarot cards in, and when my coworker saw it she wanted one for herself.  Then I got a second deck of cards, so I needed to make one for that... and I ended up with 4 of my own bags.  They're really quick to make and I found some fun yarn in my stash.

Here's the one I made for my coworker


Here's a pretty pink one I made.  I have my Nicoletta Ceccoli deck in it.




A Halloween one I have my Rider-Waite deck in right now.




A pretty silver one




And I tried another type of closure with a Jade bead instead of a button.




These are so much fun to make!  I'd like to make more for gifts for my friends.
25  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Monster High Day of the Dead Custom on: August 31, 2015 08:18:18 PM
One of my bosses collects day of the dead stuff and the other day she told me she'd like a doll because she adds something new every year.  I had a skeleton head laying around from a Create-a-Monster set, and I had to use a Spectra (the ghost) body because she's the only white body other than Katrine (the cat), which is hard to find.  That is why this doll's hands and feet are clear; because she's a ghost character.

Anyway, I haven't had good luck doing my own face-ups because I have trouble with eyes so I added to the factory face (spider web, swirls, heart, dots, mouth).  I painted a small rib design on her neck/chest as well.  I had a wig laying around from a create-a-monster set and I added a veil and some flowers to it.  I made the dress and shawl as well.







I hope this is what she had in mind.  I had a lot of fun making her and I may do another for myself!
26  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Sabine, Daughter of a Hagraven (Monster High Custom. Lots of pics) on: August 19, 2015 01:18:46 PM
Forever ago I found a Create-a-Monster add-on set for a harpy.  Being the huge geek I am, I though she would make a cool Hagraven (from the video game Skyrim.  See here: http://elderscrolls.wikia.com/wiki/Hagraven_%28Skyrim%29).  The problem with the add-on sets is that they're missing a torso and the upper part of the limbs.  This makes color matching difficult.  I was trying to decide if I wanted to paint a whole doll and add on the parts or if I should just mash-up 2 similar colors.  I ended up doing the latter, so that's why the coloring is a bit off.

Normally I wipe the factory paint and make a whole new face.  I was feeling lazy so I just decided to enhance the factory paint job by adding some shading around the eyes, giving her some cheek definition, and making the lips a bit darker.  I blushed the wings and legs to make them less bright and more defined.  I also painted her little finger and toe nails black.  I made the shirt and added feathers to it, and added feathers to a skirt I already had.  I also made her wig out of costume fur.

On to the pics!  It started getting windy outside so I had to finish the shoot inside.













She's my third video game inspired doll I've customized.  I had a lot of fun with her!
27  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Lovey Kitty on: July 12, 2015 05:44:08 PM
I had some sparkly aida left over from the other cat project I did, so I used it to stitch up this sweet little kitty.



I wish my camera picked up on the sparkles a little better, but there's not too much I can do about it.  This little guy was a lot of fun to stitch up!
28  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Lots of Doll Clothes on: May 26, 2015 06:10:00 PM
After sewing a billion little Monster High clothes for a craft fair, I took about 4 months off from sewing.  The other day I felt like sewing for my big dolls.  I found the patterns for free online.

Dark Alice- arm warmers, leggings, and tube top are made from jersey knit fabric.  Dress is cotton with lace trim.


Twisted set- dress is cotton with a warped checkered pattern.  Arm warmers and tube top are made out of some kind of evil stretchy fabric I found in the Halloween fabric last year.


Butterflies- cotton and ribbons.


Brown dress- also cotton and ribbons.


White dress- eyelet cotton and ribbons.


These were all a lot of fun to make.  Thanks for looking!
29  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Supernatural Swap? on: May 23, 2015 06:38:56 PM
I'm a bit of a late-comer to the Supernatural fandom, but I thought a Supernatural swap would be fun.  I can't organize, but I thought I'd put the idea out there.  If you're interested in organizing or swapping, please post in this thread.

P.S. No spoilers, I haven't seen any of season 10 yet!
30  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Sparkle Kitties on: May 07, 2015 05:10:48 PM
I found this amazing sparkly aida at Hobby Lobby and looked forever for a pattern to stitch on it.  I thought this cat one would look really pretty on it, and I was right!  I found the pattern on Etsy.  The pink thread is silk that my mom gave me forever ago, and I ran out right before I was finished!  So the pink cat's ears are a little off, but I still think it looks good.





Thanks for looking!
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