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31  Kurt Cobain!! On your keys!! in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by thankyoulocust on: January 01, 2008 11:31:59 AM
So, I recently bleach stenciled Kurt Cobain on a shirt for my 2 yr old niece.  Her mom totally spazzed over it and said how she had just watched Nirvana Unplugged and was reminiscing and everything.  I really think Kurt Cobain was a musical genius and I still get sad when I think about all the awesome music we're missing out on since he died so young.  Anyway, my SIL got so excited about the shirt for her daughter that I made her this key chain using the same image.  It's done with shrinky dinks, traced off of the image and then I colored it in with Prismacolors.  I used clear shrinky paper and roughed it up with sandpaper before doing anything.  Hope you like!



Close up


Even closer


And in this one, you can see his blue eye really good
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32  Needle Roll for Mom!!! Now with my friend's tutorial added on page 2!!! in Knitting: Completed Projects by thankyoulocust on: December 29, 2007 06:42:49 PM
This is my mom's Christmas present!  It's late, I suck.  But, at least it's done now!!  So, on to pics.

All rolled up and tied like a pretty little package:



Opened with the flap still down:



Close up on the pockets:



Annnnnd, all the way open to reveal my little message:



Close up on the words:



In case you can't tell, there are 3 levels of pockets.  Some are big enough for scissors, some for DPNs, some for straight needles, stitch holders, blah, you get the point.  I filled it with some of my knitting stuff so you can make the pockets out better.  Those needles on the top level are the 14" long kind.  Oh, and if anyone's interested, I did the wording by stenciling onto some of the leftover grosgrain ribbon and then just sewed it down (after burning the ends to prevent fraying).  All of this made possible because an awesome friend of mine made one for me and then made me a tutorial so that I could make this one for my mom!!

Comments, criticisms, suggestions?

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33  Re: Post Photos of Your Tattoos! in Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects by thankyoulocust on: December 28, 2007 09:38:16 PM
Here are a few of mine.  Not all of them, but the only ones I'd feel comfortable showing pictures of Wink  The others are in places that 3 pregnancies weren't kind to.

My sparrows!!  Love these!!  My husband drew them!!  They're just about 2 years old.



Close up of one:



Sacred heart on the back of my neck/upper back-actually a cover-up of a really tragic looking skanky angel I got when I was 19.  I need to go back and get it colored a bit more, but we moved away from MS and I haven't another artist I trust just yet:



Some Hebrew right under the sacred heart.  It says "I am my beloved's and my beloved is mine".  My husband has the same thing on his back. 



All 3 done by Sean from Jack and Diane's in Gulfport, MS. 
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34  Kurt Cobain in Bleach in Stenciling: Completed Projects by thankyoulocust on: December 28, 2007 09:18:50 PM
I love Nirvana.  Really really love them.  I'm still sad that Kurt left so soon.  He was such a musical genius.  Anyhoo, this is for my 2 yr old niece, Emma.  The shirt was white and I dyed it with some Rit powdered dye, which dyed very unevenly.  This would've made me angry, but it works out well for this kind of shirt, I suppose.  Done with freezer paper and my favorite bleach stenciling technique.







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35  Cuz who doesn't love Kurt Halsey? in Stenciling: Completed Projects by thankyoulocust on: December 27, 2007 08:27:56 PM
I made this for my daughter's BFF.  Her birthday party is tomorrow and this is her present.  I think it came out pretty cute, but this stencil was a bitch to do.  Lots and lots of little tiny pieces to keep.  Hope she likes it!





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36  Chocolate Balls (heh!)--With How-To! in Dessert by thankyoulocust on: December 27, 2007 12:59:38 PM
I say "how-to" because it's so easy that I felt funny calling it a recipe.  Also, call me juvenile, but at the age of 29, the word "balls" still makes me giggle.  Moving on........  I call these chocolate balls, but some people call them "White Trash Truffles".  I take issue with that, because what the heck is white trash about oreos, cream cheese, or chocolate chips?

Here's what you need: Regular size package of Oreos (15 oz?-3 sleeves), 8 oz. package of softened cream cheese, medium size package of chocolate chips (1 lb, I believe):



Using a mini-chopper, food processor, blender, whatever, smash the crap out of all of the oreos.  For real.  There shouldn't be any white part visible when you're done (every time I make these and I get to the part where there's no white stuff left in the oreo crumbs, I think "how mysterious......").  Anyway, toss that in on top of your softened cream cheese, like so:



Using your hands, mix those 2 things up until you have a dough, like this:



Next, make 1-inch balls with the dough.  I use a foil covered pan to put them on cause it makes for easier clean up.  Now, you have this:



Refrigerate those for an hour.

Melt your chocolate chips.  You can use a double boiler, but I used the microwave method given on the back of the bag.  Roll each ball in the melted chocolate till it's completely covered, then place it back on your pan.  When they're all done, refrigerate for another hour.

Then, you have this:



I ended up with 45 total, but the kiddies had already gotten to them before I artfully arranged them to take a picture.

The inside of one:

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You will not BELIEVE how good these are!!!!  Store them in the refrigerator and take them out right before serving.  You can also just eat them straight out of the refrigerator.  That's a personal preference thing.  On a side note, I packed some up for my husband to take to work and he was in a rush and forgot them.  I called him, specifically so I could ask "Hey, did you know you forgot your BALLS???" and then laugh like an idiot.

Also, maybe people call them "White Trash Truffles" because your nails look like this when you're done:




Try them!!!  They're super easy and sooooo sooooo good!!
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37  Not to toot my own horn, but............. in Stenciling: Completed Projects by thankyoulocust on: December 25, 2007 04:46:19 PM
TOOT TOOT!!!!

I tried a new bleach stenciling technique and it worked out really well.  Basically, I used the Bleach Gel Pen and I squirted some out on a plate and just used it as if it were paint.  Then, using a paint brush, I "painted" just inside the lines of my stencil to try to get as little as possible on the freezer paper (to prevent any bleeding).  This was a Christmas present for my husband and he really likes it!  Oh, and the font is intentionally very raggedy looking.  The name of it is "Mailbomb".



Close up on the whole shirt:



Close up on the dude:



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38  Shirts. Lots and lots of shirts. (also, lots and lots of pics) in Stenciling: Completed Projects by thankyoulocust on: December 21, 2007 10:02:15 AM
Ok, I've made most of these for Christmas presents.  All but the Boondock Saints one were made in the last week.  I'm tired!  All of them were done with freezer paper and acrylic paint unless otherwise stated.

First, these are both for my husband, not for Christmas, just cause:

Boondock Saints (done a couple months ago and both words are the same color-there's just a glare on the bottom one)


The Get Up Kids (which my husband accidentally prematurely washed, but it gave it some cracking that makes it look authentically vintage)


Both of these are Christmas presents for my 9 yr old nephew, Julian:

Green Day done with freezer paper and Bleach Gel Pen


Mr. T rules-this is one of my favorites (and one of the hardest)


Both of these are Christmas presents for my 2 yr old niece, Sophia:

Guess who her mom is gonna vote for!  I love Obama!!


She really is bad!!!  But, she's so cute that you can't get mad at her!!  This one's done with freezer paper and acrylic, then bleach splattered, and rinsed immediately so that most of the paint would come off.  I also rubbed it with sandpaper to faux distress it up.  I love how it turned out.


This is a Christmas present for my other 2 yr old niece, Emma.  Done in the same method as described above.


This is a Christmas present for my other OTHER 2 yr old niece, Allianna.  She got a new baby brother earlier this year, so I thought this was appropriate.


And this one is for said new baby brother.  He can crawl really fast.




Phew!!!!!  I may hate stenciling now.  So, comments, criticisms, suggestions?
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39  2 Teacher Bags!! in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by thankyoulocust on: December 18, 2007 12:04:02 PM
I made these for my son's pre-K teacher and her assistant.  I was desperately worried and sad when he started pre-K because he's never been in day care or anything.  So, I was very grateful to both of these ladies for being so loving and patient and making his first school experience such a wonderful one.  These were their Christmas presents.  They seemed to like them, so yay!!  I made a questionnaire that I gave to each of them asking about color, pattern, shape, and style preferences and asked what they would mostly be using the bags for.  The teacher said she would use hers to take stuff to and from school, so hers reflects that (I also asked if they wanted their names on them; teacher said yes, assistant said no) and the assistant said she'd mostly use hers as a purse/diaper bag.  Ok, enough rambling.  What do you guys think?

For the teacher, Mrs. Brandy:



to show scale:



outer pocket:



inside:



For the assistant, Mrs. Jessica:



outer pocket:



inside:




Oh, and they each have 2 outer pockets that close with velcro and one inner pocket that doesn't have a closure.

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40  Re: Crafty Onesie/Lap Tee for your Little One Swap 2 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by thankyoulocust on: December 14, 2007 12:57:24 PM
I just got my package from reeneybry and I LOVE my stuff!!!!  They're both perfect!!!







Action shots!







I really love both of them!!  The anarchy one is definitely fitting.  The baby device isn't made that can hold him!!  High chair, swing, bouncy seat...........Dorian spits on convention.  Thanks ever so much reeneybry!!!

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