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81  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Native American Surrealism, Watercolor on: July 30, 2011 12:16:37 PM
This is a recent watercolor I did, inspired by the style of Blackbear Bosin. I don't know much else to say about it than that, but I had a lot of fun painting it, and learned just how steady of a hand I have! Smiley

82  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: PROJECT RUNWAY: Season 9 - Season Premiere -Official Craftster Discussion Thread on: July 29, 2011 05:29:15 PM
I watch it on my mylifetime.com, but was really disappointed to see that they list the names of the winning and losing designers right there next to the play button! I hate that I got spoiled right from the get-go. Sad

Anyway, I wonder if Danielle will be this seasons Wretchin Gretchen. She just seemed a little too smug to me, and when she was in the green room after being told that her score was good enough to make it to the next round, she got all petulant and pouty, and said "WTF am I doing here?! This is just wrong!" or something to that effect. Someone said, "but you were good enough to make it to the next round!" and she replied with a snotty "well, that's just not good enough." Oh, give it up, whiner. No one likes a martyr.

I just love Anya and Bert, I can't wait to see what they come up with!
83  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Has anyone every made a home made bra for a DD?? on: July 13, 2011 05:04:38 PM
Yes! Yes, yes, yes! Once you wear a handmade bra, you'll never want to go back, especially to those horrific, saggy, smelly, sweaty, molded foam cups that are all you can find in plus size stores anymore (unless you want a sports bra or an ugly geriatric boulder holder).

I wear a 42J (yes, J), and I've been making mine about a year now. I took a class at a local sewing shop, which is owned by the sweetest, most kind and helpful person ever, Anne St. Clair. She taught the one-day class, and I couldn't believe how my bra was so light and thin, but held the troublemakers up where they belonged, with no digging in. He store is called Needle Nook Fabrics in Wichita, KS, at this site: http://ndlnookfab.blogspot.com/. She also published a book called "Intimately Yours, a Guide to Bra-Making."

Anyway, I know this probably isn't anywhere near you, BUT you can order all kits, supplies and the book from her online, and her prices are super cheap (look on the sidebar menu for bra making supplies). You can also call her and get help over the phone, she's very good and painting a visual with her explanations. If you have any sewing shops in your area (probably not places like Joann's, I haven't noticed that they do stuff like this. I would try specialty shops), pop in and see if they offer classes, and try on their model bras if you can. What a difference!

Anyway, I can crank out a bra in about 1-3 hours now (less time than I spend shopping for one), and they average about $4 each in supplies. I made a supportive underwire swimsuit, some sport bras, fancy and plain bras, lingerie, strapless, wireless, and bustier, and they all fit absolutely perfectly. I wash and dry mine like regular clothes, with no problems. I've only had one stretch out, because I had a failed experiment with a different fabric. All you have to do is pick out the seam where the hooks are sewn in to shorten the band, and it's fine now.

I went into Lane Bryant the other day and tried one one for the heck of it, and I just can't believe how uncomfortable and unsupportive it was. I mean, I'm only in my 20's, just because I have big boobs doesn't mean they should hang around my waist or be contained in an ugly straight jacket, right? Well, right?
84  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Custom Kitchenaid Mixer: Hawaii 5-0 Edition (lots o' pics!) on: June 28, 2011 03:34:43 PM
Is that high-gloss, acrylic diamond-finish sealant that you used the same kind that is used in stamping projects, or is that a regular artist's acrylic product?

No, it was Krylon appliance paint from the hardware store, in the spray paint section. It's diamond-finish, food-grade, clear, heat-resistant, acrylic high-gloss spray, about $5 for a can. I just sprayed and sprayed and sprayed until there was none left, so the entire can of finish is on my mixer. Smiley It comes in white, almond, black, and clear, so you can use it on your stove, fridge, etc. The finish was a little rubbery feeling the first week, but slowly hardened up to the point that it won't even scratch if I drag a knife across it. I have no doubts that this finish can take a beating (and for the last 6 months, it has! It looks just as good as the week I finished it!).
85  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / Re: where do you find your plus sized tights? on: June 26, 2011 02:20:44 PM
I've bought some at Lane Bryant, but I think they tend to run small, and they're far too expensive for what they are. I like to buy mine a size or two big so I don't get that skin-pinchy thing going on, but LB doesn't sell them larger than a 26/28-ish (I'm a 24, so I buy them 26/28, but since LB runs small, they're still more snug than I want).

Anyway, I get mine at Catherine's Plus Size, which is one of the stores affiliate with LB (along with Fashion Bug, Avenue, and some others, who probably sell the same tights). Catherine's sells regular-plus and super-plus, up to a size 40, I think. I'm able to get my tights on the larger and more comfy size while accommodating the fact that they run small, and they only cost $10 a pair. So yeah, Catherine's Plus Size, good tights. Smiley
86  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Plush time-traveling DeLorean (now IMPROVED!) on: June 22, 2011 09:17:13 PM
Added some new functionality today before taking it out for another spin.  A mad scientist's work is never done.

Gasp! U-uuhh.... (dies)  Shocked Grin
87  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: My Infinity Dress! on: June 16, 2011 08:05:10 AM
Did you hem the skirt and the sides of each strap, or leave them raw? Is the band just closely fitted, or does it have an elastic band to help keep it up?

Great job on this, and thanks for explaining about the band. I read about it in another tute, and was confused about how exactly to make it work. I have big girls and other fleshy bits, and it wasn't so much that I was afraid of the straps slipping, as it was that there wasn't really a way of tying them that was cute and would also hide the essential bra and extraneous back fat. Smiley Looks like this longer band would solve that problem!

Now, to just figure it out so that the band doesn't cover up all my delicious cleavage...
88  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Plush time-traveling DeLorean on: June 11, 2011 10:08:47 PM
O.M.F.G!!!!!!!!! DeLoreans are my favorite-est car in the world, and BTTF is my favorite-est movie ever!!! It's like you got in my head a made all my DMC/BTTF dreams come true, and I utterly love you for it!!!!!!

Beautiful craftsmanship, I am lying here in pools of jealous envy that this little D doesn't belong to me. Smiley
89  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Re: Large Rainbow Paper Beads on: February 28, 2011 07:22:42 PM
Or attach to a fancy stopper to make a wine corker, add a stem and the little one could be a toy top. Smiley
90  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Re: Large Rainbow Paper Beads on: February 28, 2011 07:20:25 PM
I second vote mobiles, ceiling fan pulls, and prettys for a windchime. Also, how about Christmas tree ornaments? string them together into garland or cluster bunches onto an existing garland? You could:
-fill a pretty glass bowl with them for a nice centerpiece
-hang in a window with some shiny beads
-hang from a rearview mirror
-cat toy if they aren't too delicate
-pencil topper for the kids (or kid-like adults)
-zipper pull
-make a cluster tied together with bright ribbon and maybe a bell to hang off a doorknob
-string together to make the handle of a purse
-glue several around the edge of a picture frame for color and dimension
-lamp finial (the bead that tops the harp of a lampshade)
-wire together with sparkly bits into a summer wreath for the door, or maybe in clusters on a boxwood or grapevine wreath
-big ol' earrings or statement bracelet/necklace
-finish with a bead to make bobbles to hang where one would ordinarily put a tassel- curtain pull, end of table runner, edge of furniture upholstry, piano or mantle skirt, etc.

Hmm, that's all I can come up with for now. These are pretty cool, love the colors!
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