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1  CLOTHING / Costumes: Discussion and Questions / Knight Costume Christmas Gift on: December 13, 2016 11:16:07 AM
So, I made this knight costume as a Christmas gift for my step-son. He's 7, and loves playing dress-up. I'm really, really proud of it. All told this project took me a good 4 days of work!

I designed it myself, drew the wyvern (inspired by images I googled), and did most of the details with a blanket stitch by hand. The "shirt" is reversible, so he can either be a "George who slew the dragon" style knight or a Crusader (not that I think the crusades were a good thing). There are snaps on one shoulder so I wouldn't have to worry about his head not fitting through the hole, and I installed elastics around the torso for an easy fit.

The shield has two pieces of cardboard hidden within to make it sturdier.

2  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Record Jacket becomes food journal on: August 08, 2011 09:48:33 AM
So I've been trying to eat healthier and to help me do that I've been tracking what I eat. Sort of. Not so consistently.  I finally realized that I needed some incentive to actually keep track of all this boring data. So I created a beautiful folder that serves as both a healthy recipe book and a food journal. Because as sad as it is, I am much more likely to follow through on my goals if they involve something pretty.

An image of the cover, with the title hand-stitched on:

And on the inside:

And a sneak peek at my recipe for high protein vegan waffles! They're delish!
3  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / The most labour intensive christmas tree ever...... on: June 01, 2010 03:13:59 AM

Because I spent this past Christmas far from my family, I was determined to decorate our house so that my flatmates and I would get into the Christmas spirit. I had two self-made rules - that all of the decorations had to be handmade, and that they shouldn't be expensive. Which is how I determined that I should make an Origami Christmas tree.... the first and last Origami tree that I will ever make.

From this top view you can see the 6 boxes in each layer. It took me two days to make 150 paper boxes for the tree. I know that it doesn't look like that many, but there are 6 boxes in each layer, and each box had a top and bottom that fit together. There are 12 layers, plus the three boxes at the top, and I had to construct the boxes so that they would slowly get smaller, and leave me with a cone shape rather than a cylinder.

The lucky stars that decorate it were a bit of an afterthought. I had made about 500 lucky stars which I chained into a garland to decorate a real Christmas tree, and I had a couple of leftovers which I glued onto the tree in the spiral design.

In some respects, this should be in the Christmas thread, but the thing is that when Christmas ended, I couldn't bring myself to put the tree away. I love it too much - and so while I have moved it off my dining room table, it now sits on my desk in my room.

Here are a few pics of the tree in all it's glory:

4  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / mail art drawings on: May 22, 2010 05:44:29 AM
These are a series of drawings that I made for a mail art project that I recently started. I have been living abroad, working as a math teacher for about two years, and had basically stopped making art all together. I decided that to make sure that I would get back into the habit of drawing and making art, that I would start mailing at least one art postcard every working day. (I could have said it would be every day, but I decided that I needed weekends off!) That way, I would have to keep drawing to keep up with mailing the postcards. A friend helped me build a website so that I could document the project. I'm putting up a few of the images here for you to see, but if you want to see the project as it unfolds, you should go to www.thisisart.ca.

Niels Bohr, the physicist

And it came in the night....

5  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / kickin it old school: mix tapes on: July 28, 2005 06:59:26 PM
Does anyone else miss making mix tapes in this vast sea of c.d. swaps? I'm going to be the first voice in a call for a mix tape revolution! Or at least one swap based on tapes.
6  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / -SWAP CANCELLED- Video Swap, Amélie style on: July 23, 2005 08:53:36 PM
edit: as no one has PM'd me to sign up for this swap, I'm cancelling it

Swap name: Video Swap, Amélie style
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: gink
Sign-up date range: July 24th 2005 - August 7th 2005
Date to send item by: September 11th 2005

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): No

Non-U.S. participants allowed? Yes

All ages allowed? Or 18+? All ages.

Organizer is aware of current list of "suspended traders"
list and will not allow those members to participate: YES

Organizer meets the 4 conditions for swapping and will make sure that every participant meets these conditions: YES

Details of swap:
Remember the scene in Amélie where she makes a video for her neighbor of random things that interested her? In this swap, you compile a collection of images/moments that interest you off the TV or with a video camera, record them onto a VHS tape, and send them to your partner. No more than 45 min. of footage please. You don’t want to deluge your partner. As this is an all ages swap, no rated R content please.

If you want to participate, information to send to organizer:

Name of swap: Video Swap, Amélie style
Craftster username
Email address
Your real name
Mailing address
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside of the US?
Will your VHS include profanity, or other things likely to offend?
Would you mind getting a VHS with profanity or other things likely to offend?


Also remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find out how to ship your item and other details about participating in a swap.
7  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Amélie-style video swap on: July 16, 2005 10:50:36 AM
I've noticed that while there are lots of mix c.d swaps, there arn't any swaps involving video or film. So... I wracked my brain for an accessable way that a film/video swap could be created, and I thought it would be neat to have people fill a video tape with random images/moments off of TV or films or their video cameras and swap them. It would be a sampler of the things that caught your interest, very much like in the film Amélie where she tapes random little things and anonymously sends them to her neighbor.

In the art world, the re-contextualization of film/video footage has long been an easy way for people to get started in the medium. Some have devoted their lives to it (think: Arthur Lipsett's Very Nice, Very Nice, Bruce Connor, Martin Arnold, etc.).

Does this interest anyone else? I havn't organized a swap before, but this would be a pretty neat place to start.
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