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71  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / star struck belt on: January 20, 2009 04:20:46 PM
This is the first belt I've made for myself. I've always been sad to walk into Spencers or Hot Topic and see really awesome belts that won't fit, so I decided to make my own. It's not as skull and roses as I was originally planning, but I like it a lot.

this is the buckle, it's hard to tell but it's got really pretty engravings on it.

I dyed the leather navy blue, and cut out the holes for the buckle. I used my metal tools to stamp stars into the leather, and painted them randomly. In this picture you can see dark purple, lavender, light blue, ocean blue and teal, there were also a few navy blues in other places.

Approximately where my left hip would be, I stamped out this quote. You can read it fairly well on the belt, but it's hard to take pictures since it's shadow work.

Here's a better picture of it. Gotta love Jiminy Cricket!
72  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / rockin' leather belt on: January 08, 2009 04:32:03 PM
so i knew i had to make my best friend's girlfriend something to wear for christmas. she was extremely unhelpful, wouldn't tell me favourite images or colours or quotes or bands or songs. so i finally ended up sneaking into her room, and checking out her clothes. she had a lot of alexisonfire merchandise, so i went with that.

i cut the leather, then cut the notches. i stained it with red, but it turned a bit more fuschia then i had expected. i stamped out the letters, and painted them white.

a blurry closeup of the letters. they're so fancy, i love that the tips of the letters curl in different directions.

i also wanted to put a quote on it. it's a bit hard to read from the pictures, but it's really clear on the belt.

it says "i was cast away once, but i will be found again" which is from counterparts and number them, i believe.

the belt is 1 1/4 inches, the white letters are 1 inch, and the quote is 1/4 inch. the buckle is stainless steel. she loved it, and so did my other best friend, so i may make him a marilyn manson belt for his birthday.
73  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / daycare crafting on: January 06, 2009 04:47:52 PM
so when i went for my third apprenticship, i was supposed to do emergant cirriculum. basically it's not planning any activities beforehand, just doing them on the spur of the moment based on the children's interests. if you do it right, a project emerges. i ended up with a milk/ice cream project.

one of the things i did was read them "it looked like spilt milk" and the story was so popular i had to read it about 10 times a day. so i decided to make it interactive by turning it into a felt board story.

these are some of the pieces. at least two are missing.

obviously because of confidentiality issues, i'm not allowed to show anyone pictures of the children at the daycare. but this is the story in action:
74  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / festive hands? on: December 21, 2008 07:54:13 PM
i was working on a belt for a christmas present. she's emo, so it's supposed to be red with black paint. i just got a new container of red dye, and it has foil across the top. i guess i tried to rip it off too enthusiastically, because all of a sudden there are drops EVERYWHERE. a lot on the newspaper, but a lot on my hands and a bunch on the white carpet. getting it wet, patting it dry, then using prosolve seemed to get most of it out of the carpet, it's now a very light pink instead of a dark fushia/red.

but my hands! the right palm and fingers are fully red, my left thumb, index and middle finger are red. it even got under my fingernails.  Angry

really, it's not so much having colourful hands. i have a apprenticeship at a daycare, i'm used to coming home with several colours of markers. and when i paint with acrylic, sometimes i leave some smears on my hands when i go to school, because i want to be like "oh, i was painting and i didn't have time between being creative and coming here to shower". (i'm a bit proud sometimes).

it's that she's going to see me between now and christmas, and if she sees red dye all over my hands, she'll guess what she's gotten for christmas.  Angry  Angry Angry
75  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / blues brothers! on: October 29, 2008 02:40:49 PM
this is the first movie i ever remember watching. i basically credit the blues brothers and nightmare before christmas for my entire life, seeing as it was because i liked musicals that i joined drama class, and drama class brought my my entire circle of friends. with my mental disorders, without my friends i'd be in a very bad place now, if i was still even around. ANYWAY, i thought jake and elwood deserved a tribute.

the shirt is more baby blue in real life.

then on the back is this quote:

after my dad saw it, he demanded his own, but "with better font". he pestered me until i finally got around to it.

his doesn't have the second quote on the back.
76  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / hippie jewelry? on: October 27, 2008 04:39:06 PM
so i have the peasant top, and the bellbottoms and the shoes. i have the antiwar sign, and i'm trying to figure out how to make a headband with my extremely rudimentary sewing skills.

my question is, what did they wear for jewellry? when i google i come up with eco friendly stuff, but i know for a fact hippies wore leather because my mom has tons of leather working tools. but she won't tell me anything about the past, because my dad was a cop back in the day.

so google is only giving me ads, and my parents are useless. so i bring it out into the open, and especially for any older women that want to help. i have free wrists and neck, what would you have worn?
77  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / emo? not emo? you decide. on: October 18, 2008 01:54:56 PM
so like i've seen a few times on here, i got the great bat stencil from stencillry. i guess i wanted a rockabilly look more then a halloween one, because black bats had to go on fushica.

the placement might seem a little off, but it's for two reasons. a: i'm fat and i don't want smaller details up my side making the person notice how fat i am, when i can draw their attention elsewere. b: after i got the shirt home from the thrift store i noticed a few black spots (like spilled paint, not food). so i had to cover those with my bats.

but it seemed way too boring, and repeatitive. (At least online repeatitive, i haven't seen anyone in rl wearing this). so i was like... what can i do? aha! a quote:

so "the world has no goodness happiness kindness" is totally depressing and emo, but "but i can survive without it" is strong and not emo. so, what do you think?
78  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / cancelled/completed show swap on: October 14, 2008 12:02:04 PM
is there a show you love that either got cancelled, or had it's previously decided on run? for me things that come to mind are futurama, drawn together, wondershowzen, buffy/angel (comic books do not count!) queer as folk, etc. clearly the only way to prolong your love or have an easier withdrawl from the pain of losing the show is to swap for it.

i have no idea about swap requirements, or any of that stuff (though i would be willing to organise). i just like the idea of getting a little polymer bender necklace charm.
79  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / shirts made for swaps on: September 17, 2008 02:26:27 PM
for a coffee lover:

for a third party gamer (not sure if it was magic or d&d though)

for a husband:

for an aquarius:
80  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / lyrics swap? on: September 04, 2008 06:45:47 PM
to me, music isn't real music unless it has lyrics i can sink my teeth into (which drives my tubular bells loving dad insane). i have a few collections based on lyrics i really love. in the song Born Again, Manson's got the lyrics "the valley of the dolls, is the valley of the dead", and i've started to collect a zombie doll collection. in Voltaire's Goodnight Demonslayer, "there's a creature that lurks behind the door" i've started to collect an art collection of monsters to put on my door.

personally, i've always wanted to make a alt-barbie based on the lyrics to Tori Amos bouncing off clouds- "wrapped in metal, wrapped in ivy", i've heard the song once and it's poked at me forever, but i don't actually know anyone who likes tori amos. or stencil a sexy girl for Queen's fat bottomed girls.

i would be totally willing to organise the swap, and the questionairre would have a "is there anything you find personally offensive in lyrics" as to not pair for example myself and my love of the Antichrist Superstar album with a devout catholic.  Smiley

so, what lyrics do you like?
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