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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Here There Be Dragons and Anarchy... apparently... on: July 03, 2007 04:41:17 PM
Someone save me from the armwarmer addiction!

Okay, first of all, there's this shirt:

Which, as you can see from the photo, is an awesome shirt. However, I've had it for forever and I'd lost it for a little while. When I found it again (it was beside the washer), it had some Bleach damage on it. And had a few holes in the back near the bottom. So, I held on to it...


Better view of the discoloration...

Well, I was reading about doing Bleach designs on shirts, and thought, "Hey! I could do that! And then it would make the discoloration around the design invisible! So I did, and then I hacked it up and made these:




Abstract diluted bleach splattering (it made the blue turn pink, which is kind of cute, but didn't harm the dragon!), plus black thread and sewing machine = Awesome armwarmers that are one of a kind!

The second one is a little different. Take this thermal shirt:


I LOVE the front of this shirt, and I love the thermal material. Love it. Would wear it ALL the time in the winter if I could. It's warm, it's snuggly, it's just tight enough to be unfrumpy. There's one problem though..

I've always hated the sleeves. For one thing, I'm not fond of the design. For another thing, long sleeves bug me (which is why I make armwarmers!)-- I always end up with my sleeves pushed up to my elbows if I wear long sleeves, and they still drive me absolutely bonkers! So, I said bye-bye to the sleeves on my lovely thermal shirt...




And made super-long thermal armwarmers! I still haven't decided what I'm going to do with the rest of the shirt. I've though about taking red sleeves out of something else and attaching them, and maybe a hood? Dunno yet. Any ideas?
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Two t-shirt recons! on: June 28, 2007 04:15:28 PM
I can't believe I'm actually posting in Clothing>Reconstructed... That's what happens when I actually bust out my sewing machine, huh? Smiley

I have two recons for you today-- my first two ever!

No before picture for this first one, I'm sorry. Sad This is a Spider-man t-shirt that I had loved until it was literally falling apart. I bought it back when the first movie came out and wore it probably at least once a week ever since. Well, anyway, the sleeves started to unsew themselves from the shirt and the bottom hem dropped out of it and was hanging limply before I decided to retire the shirt. I'd thought maybe I'd make a pillow out of it, so I'd already hacked the sleeves (what was left of them) off before I found a tutorial last night on making armwarmers out of a t-shirt! So, yeah, new life for my Spidey shirt!
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v230/lizstaley/spideyarmwarmers.jpg

This next one is the first big recon I've ever done. I'm feeling a little self-conscious about it actually because the shirt is still SO tight, but I didn't want to put too much extra room into it because I'm trying to lose weight, so I'd just have to redo the shirt anyway if I added too much to it. I was being ultra-conservative...

Anyway, this shirt was a prize for me in the Etsy.com "Haim On Fire" contest, and apparently "XL" in this particular shirt cut means "XL for people without a chest" so the shirt is really rather tight on me. I do believe the crack was that it made it "so you couldn't see the forest for the trees" because of how it fit across my bust. Well, I wanted to be able to wear the shirt, since I'm an Etsyholic, so I scoured the net high and low for a tutorial on making a shirt LARGER instead of smaller, and then merrily went at it with my scissors. I wish I'd thought ahead and bought knit material for the black, but oh well, hindsight is 20/20...

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v230/lizstaley/Etsyrecon001.jpg

Simple, still cute but a bit more modest and not so... conforming. Hopefully I'll lose a bit more weight and then it will be really comfortable!

So anyway, that's all I wanted to share. Smiley

 
3  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / The Fishnet Obsession never ends... on: June 06, 2007 03:26:12 PM
I made more fishnets... I know, I know! I need an intervention! They're so much fun though, I can't help it!

My two latest creations:

I like to call this pair the "Moulin Rouge" set. They're actually more fingerless-gloves than my usual design-- with a hole for the thumb and all. I did a cuff with fun-fur type stuff and then did a double-layered ruffle at the bottom. And, of course, I had to pose with my second favorite hat-- the red top hat! Because red top hats make everything cooler. Smiley


This pair is much closer to the ones I normally make-- except for the whole pink thing. These also have a longer cuff than I usually put on them, and of course! had to be trimmed in black eyelash yarn. (Modeled with my first favorite hat-- my black fedora) I think they're too cool!
4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / More Keyboard Jewelry on: June 06, 2007 03:13:04 PM
Well, just one more, but still... I finally, finally, FINALLY made a "BYTE M3" (read as "Bite Me") choker after having someone suggest it in my last keyboard jewelry topic and wanting to make one for a month or more. Busted out the power tools and whipped this up though:







I think the pink makes it especially cool Smiley Extra bit of girly to the message. Perfect for nerds like me! And instead of attaching the keys with jump rings I sewed them on this time. As much of a pain in the butt that it was, I think I'm going to stick with doing it that way. Works a little better and makes them sturdier.
5  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Papercraft Dragon and Maneki Neko on: May 12, 2007 03:33:55 PM
Okay, I didn't make these patterns or anything, they actually came off the Canon website, but I wanted to show them off because I put so much time and effort into them. I hope it's okay to show off things you just assembled..

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v230/lizstaley/nekocomp.jpg
Maneki Neko, a cat with the left paw raised in a "beckoning" posture. These are usually seen in businesses and are believe to bring good luck! I've always thought these were darling, so to find out I could make one from paper, I was ecstatic! I'm making 5 more to use as table centerpieces for my wedding party on the 26th as well. This was the first papercraft sculpture I ever made-- took about 5-7 hours.

This one is also for the party this month, but I'm only making one of him, and if anyone touches it I'm going to smack their fingers!

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v230/lizstaley/dragoncompcopy.jpg
This dragon is also from the Canon site. Took 17 sheets of paper, and about 25-30 hours of construction (including cutting time, which took me two days to complete cutting out all 43 pieces of the dragon). Assembly was fairly simple compared to cutting, although the claw on the bottom of his right leg (the one that's holding the pearl) keeps coming off, which is irritating me.

As you can see from the photo with the soda can, he's HUGE! I have no idea what I'm going to do with it until the party-- or how I'm going to transport it safely to Virginia, but man was it fun to make!

Thanks for looking! Oh, the Canon site is: http://cp.c-ij.com/english/3D-papercraft/lucky/index.html
6  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Spidey Fan-girl strikes again! (IMG HVY, amigurumi and armwarmers) on: April 18, 2007 02:13:22 PM
I've been working on this amigurumi Spider-man for a few weeks now and finally sat down last night to finish him. Then, of course, I had to gather up my hubby and don my "Fan-girl costume" to get pictures!

The obligatory non-action photo of amigurumi Spider-man:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v230/lizstaley/P1010136.jpg

Now, I realize that the doll isn't precisely accurate to the comic/movie Spider-man, however, he is accurate to what I was working off of, which is a comic I do where the character (Spidey Fan-Girl Liz, my alter-ego) has this plushie. It was so cute that I always wanted one, and just finally made one so I can have it for Spider-man 3.

Now, on to fun action shots with my crocheted Spider-man gloves!

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v230/lizstaley/P1010137.jpg
Both the gloves and the plushie have acrylic paint webbing painted on that took forever.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v230/lizstaley/P1010139.jpg
I forgot the blue on his back so I had to glue on felt. Good thing, actually, because I needed to paint that logo on too.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v230/lizstaley/P1010141.jpg
Awww, aren't we cute?

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v230/lizstaley/P1010142.jpg
Spidey shows he's not afraid of heights-- which is easy to do when you're 13 inches tall standing!

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v230/lizstaley/P1010144.jpg
Awww, Super Eskimo Kisses! His arms and legs are stuffed with dry beans so they're floppy and he'll stand and sit.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v230/lizstaley/P1010145.jpg
Waiting for the third movie together.

7  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / More fishnet obsession, plus a thong! (IMG HEAVY) on: April 01, 2007 04:18:07 PM
Well, I have still been busily making my little gloves for my store. Thought I would pop by with a small batch to show off.

This first pair is Size 10 cotton crochet thread and clear glass seed beads. Lots and lots of little seed beads.. Drove me CRAZY but I think it was worth it.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v230/lizstaley/001.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v230/lizstaley/002.jpg
(I love modeling my creations. Can you tell?)

I call this next pair "Turquiose Temptation". I was originally going to put a ribbon or something around the wrist but I just did a stripe and called it a day. Made of Lion Brand Micro Spun. I love how soft this yarn is!
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v230/lizstaley/P1010094.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v230/lizstaley/P1010095.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v230/lizstaley/P1010097.jpg


I had to go a red and black set, because I love how red and black looks together. I like to call this pair the "Red Darts" set because of the triple crochet edging.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v230/lizstaley/001-1.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v230/lizstaley/002-1.jpg

And the next pair is my newest ones. I worked on them for forever yesterday. Had to restart the rose 4 times because the instructions were a little hard to figure out at first. However, I think the results are great. I'm even making some pairs to put in a local shop!
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v230/lizstaley/002-2.jpg

Oh, did I forget to mention that they lace up in the back?

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v230/lizstaley/003.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v230/lizstaley/001-2.jpg
(My hair was wet when we were taking these)

And, I promised a thong so, here you go...
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v230/lizstaley/001-3.jpg
A Keyboard Key BOOK thong.  Grin Made extra long to go into those oversized role-playing books!
8  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / I made chokers out of WHAT? on: March 23, 2007 04:18:57 PM
I was trying to think of some more things, and you know how it is... laying awake at night, trying to go to sleep, and suddenly you get blindsided by an idea? Well, this was one of those moments.

I contemplated putting these in Crochet, but they don't really go there, so I decided to put them here. Hope they're in the right spot!

And now, I present:



Keyboard Key chokers! I popped all the keys off of two keyboards, washed and sanitized them in a little bit of bleach and detergent, then filed down the backs of the keys and drilled holes in the top. The choker bands were made of crochet thread.

Right now I'm also working on a Pirate one, including a painted "Jolly Roger" key. I think these are so neat and unique, so I wanted to share!
9  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / My latest obsession has taken over... (IMG HEAVY) on: March 21, 2007 05:58:00 PM
Armwarmers, and fishnets! I'm addicted! My fiance keeps telling me to stop, but I have too many ideas for new ones... and since I haven't posted in awhile, I thought I'd come show them off.

"Asymmetrical" Spring set

This is the set I posted about in Stitch and Botch-- the cuffs are two different sizes. But you can't tell, and I think it actually makes the set kind of interesting. Pair it up with the asymmetrical scarf with random solid stripes in it, and this set is perfect for slightly-chilly days!


(Better picture of the scarf)

Black and White Armwarmers
Black 4Ply acrylic and white sparkly 3ply acrylic. These are probably my favorite "armwarmers" of what I've made so far. As you can see, they look awesome with casual wear!



Beaded Black Fishnet Gloves
My first try at crocheting with beads (well, technically... I haven't done it in probably ten years, so it might as well have been the first time). 100% cotton black thread and plastic beads. I love these sooo much-- they're sexy!





"Western Silver" Gauntlets
My mom actually suggested this design, and I think they look awesome. Made of acrylic Lion Brand MicroSpun sport yarn and silver colored beads (not sure what the beads are made out of, I think they're probably plastic). Little different from all my other designs!




(Close up of those lovely beads!)


And finally...
White Queen Fishnet and Scarf

Another creation for a slightly chilly spring day. 3ply Acrylic sparkly white yarn set of fishnets and a scarf. Gotta have the fun fringe too, of course. XD




Thanks for looking. Any feedback?
10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / Next time, write down how many chains you started with.. on: March 05, 2007 05:19:40 PM
All day yesterday I worked on some arm warmers, right? I did the first one, then started in on the second one. Well, I couldn't remember exactly how many stitches I started with, so I just kind of eye-balled it since I wasn't working off a pattern...

And must've eyeballed it horrendously wrong, becaus eonce I got the second one all done, I realized it was a good INCH shorter than the other one. I was so upset and it was so late by that time that I decided to add two more rows onto the cuff just to even them out. I was devastated-- I worked so hard on those!

So now I have no idea what I'm going to do with them. I hope I can find a good home for my slightly imperfect arm warmers.. Especially since I purposely made them too small for me so I wouldn't be tempted to keep them.  Embarrassed
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