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21  Mojo Jojo and Him in Halloween Costumes by heathersy on: October 29, 2007 09:15:05 AM
Unfortunately all I have is a party snapshot (our camera was acting up that night) but I was deliriously happy with the Mojo Jojo and Him costumes I pulled together.

(Those who are less familiar with the Powerpuff Girls villians can look at the originals here http://www.cartoonnetwork.com/tv_shows/ppg/index.html in the pull tab labeled "Characters". These are the images I used for reference.)

I have been wanting to be Him for three Halloweens now and finally had the time to put together a costume. Dressing as the tutued tranny devil with a Santa belt, f*** me boots and lobster claws required only that I make the tutus and claws.

For the tutus I turned to this incredibly cheap, flimsy 'tablecloth' from a weird dollar-ish store near us called Amazing Savings. I cut pieces 2-3 times my measurements, doubled them over, stapled them and ran elastic through the resultant tubes to bunch them and then stapled them closed.

The claws got the most kudos and were dumb easy: red felt Elmer's glued to Styrofoam plate cutouts. 

(These were the last thing I made and when I admitted I was not 100% sure what materials I was going to use, my DH said, "We could go to the store and see if they have some red oven mitts." And I had a Craftster crackup; scurried around the house muttering, "Store! Oven Mitts!" tutting and shaking my head.)

I punched holes and used ribbon knotted at its center to both create a hinge for the claw halves and to tie the claws to my wrists. This is a better shot of how they work:

To make my DH into Mojo was a bigger challenge. Starting from the top, then . . .

The turban is the back panel from a very shiny, thick white polyester thrift store shirt stretched over a frame and Sharpied. I made the frame with strips of those dense, crosshatched hard plastic bands which are used to bundle newspapers and cardboard boxes. I have no idea what they are properly called but I love love love them.

Mojo's cape is a ladies dressing gown --also thrifted-- with the pocket and arms removed and their holes stitched shut. I moved the ties from the side seams up to the shoulders.

The tunic is a football jersey (thrifted, yes) turned back-to-front. What you cannot see in the picture is that I removed the sleeves and used some more of those miracle plastic shipping strips to make a more pronounced "V" shape in the garment.

The belt is a thrift store cummerbund turned back-to-front, to which I attached a purple triangle cut from one of the gown sleeves.

Mojo's fur is my proudest point. I found a suede ladies coat (interestingly in my size) at the thrift store which had this natty black faux fur trim. This is where the clouds parted, light shone down on me and trumpets sounded. The trim looked grotty on the coat, but was just what I was looking for for Mojo.

As you may know, fake fur can be pricey and tends to be short and shiny. Not what I was going for. So I removed the trim from the coat
and attached it to the sleeves of a black long sleeved t-shirt (which is worn under the tunic.) The fur on his neck is just wrapped and tucked, scarf style.

Not visable in the picture are the go go boots. As luck would have it, the DH and I have the same shoe size, soooo when I found some cute leather ankle boots with a snakeskin finish and a low chunky heel at the thrift store for $4.99 and I already had the shiny white shirt in my hand I KNEW. I chopped the shirt sleeves and slid them over the boots. A few staples to secure the sleeves to the soles and -presto- go go!

I used the remaining (front) panels from the shirt to make gloves, with the cuffs from the sleeves tacked on facing backwards to give them a nice flare (and perhaps distract from the sloppiest hand stitching ever.) You cannot see these in the snapshot because Mojo took his gloves off to eat Doritos.

The one piece of Mojo's costume I did not make or alter are the pants. In the PPG, one never sees Mojo's legs. I was not going to try to achieve this boots-meet-tunic effect on my DH. So I had him put on a pair of his kung fu pants, which have a great bowed shape to complement the Mojo stance.

All told, I spent $30 at the thrift store for costume components. Fully half of that was for the coat. I figured $15 was not too spendy for the fur. And the coat fits me beautifully. (I ususally have a hard time finding long enough sleeves.)

My question for you Craftsters is this: should I re-trim the coat OR use the outer suede shell to recon into a winter shirt dress?

I am leaning to the latter. I have a half dozen coats as it is (and perhaps a bit of a thrift store 'habit', yes.) And I really cannot see myself wearing one with floral embroidery. But a suede shirt dress could make for a hot January . . .

Either way, I also got a pair of boots in the bargin. And the best part of dressing as cartoon characters is that everything is clean lines and chunky color. No fussy details to trip up the noob costume maker.

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22  Can I Get A Sand Dollar Holler? in Beads: Completed Projects by heathersy on: October 17, 2007 10:09:48 PM
Pro'lly not. But, anyhow, I had a little fake sand dollar that came unglued from a post earring. It was pearly and pretty and inspired my to make five pointed sand dollary stars from these real fresh water pearl beads I had. I managed to break the inspiration piece in the process, but I really like the little stars.

Blurry little stars . . .

. . . make a delicate necklace.

Not the tidiest work, but I love the shape and could see adapting it in other projects. What say ye?
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23  Beading on a Craftster OD in Beads: Completed Projects by heathersy on: October 17, 2007 10:02:08 PM
After spending a better part of the day looking at fellow Craftsters' hair and tattoo photos, I retired to the couch to watch Comedy Central with my DH  . . . and bead.

My poor eyes hate me right now. Which may have something to do with the less-than-stellar photos.

But before I fall into an Americone Dream-induced coma, I feel compelled to post my efforts and beg for feedback. Not perhaps as pathetic as the dreams I will have about Jon Stewart and Sarah Silverman tonight, but there it is.

This little guy came from a friend's stash. He looks kind of sleepy too, come to think of it.

And the close ups.

Have I mentioned my loathing of plastic-wrapped wire?
No matter, this is all for practice.

But I luh-uhv long ear wires.

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24  Re: Show Off Your Hair! in Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects by heathersy on: October 17, 2007 05:09:26 PM
Having spent a few hours today checking out my fellow Craftsters' do's, I am basking in a big slumber party confessional feeling. So here goes. My hair history is not as nicely organized as many who went before me (I need to work on my image editing skills) so apologies for the many images. But, I did try to keep honest and only post those cuts and/or colors which were suicidal (e.g. cut, dyed by my own hand.)

The first thing I ever did to my own hair was to dye it purple for back-to-school senior year. (This would be fall 1992.) I naturally have A LOT of hair, which is very thick and somewhat curly. Can you believe another girl in my creative writing class hit the same tub of Manic Panic? So goes the 17 year-old's struggle for independence.

When the purple washed out I dyed my hair black. And tried to wear it straight. Without hot tools or professional thinning. UGH. The glasses help, though, right?

By graduation I gave up on the straight act and my roots were coming in.

I had however started shaving under the black up to my ears. When I got to college, the first thing I did was shave my head. Not that I was really a skin chick, but there you go. Fringe and steel toed boots.

When my hair stated coming back I subjected it to more under-shaving and dye. I think this was meant to be a bleach job, but ran low on chemicals.

For my 20th birthday my girlfriend Marisa (who is in the newspaper clipping with me above) made me a card chronicling the adventure to date.

I let my hair grow out to its long brown state again, which was good for me when I was living in Jerusalem and commuting once a week to Gaza. But as soon as my work in the Gaza Strip was done I had my hair chopped and bleached it out to a pale blonde. That tripped my step mom up when she came to pick me up from the airport.

As soon as I got back to the States I dyed my hair a red red red. This photo was taken with a disposable camera inside a hall closet. So it sucks.

As the red faded to a pinky color and my roots came in, I went through a poorly documented but highly popular "neopolitan" phase. (You know, like the ice cream: chocolate, vanilla andstrawberry stripes.) Then I decided my hair needed a break. So I went bald again, minus the fringe.

There was a lot of growing out from then and some highlights and learning how to use a flat iron. But nothing I did. So the next leap came when I could not decide whether or not to cover the grey . . . and just shaved it all off, again.

This is not actually my hair. It is Olympic National moss. But I did technically style it. And worked really hard for the shot. So, maybe green dye is in my future.

This is it all grown back in. Thankfully the grey went white while I was bald and formed a nice, uniform highlight. George has gotten older too.  Smiley From here the changes are more frequent and subtle.

This is the same cut, teased in the back. From my avatar shoot.

This is after the trim where I forgot to use a gaurd.

And this is today. The shaved bits have grown in and I moved the part all the way to one side. And I am getting compliments from my MIL to my stylist friends.

I may dye again -- especially after all the inspiration here. But I have not tired of my white streak quite yet.

Thanks for your patience with the scrolling and for sharing.
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25  Re: Post Photos of Your Tattoos! in Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects by heathersy on: October 17, 2007 01:22:34 PM
Thanks to the rabbit hole that is Craftster for hours of writer's procrastination. And thanks to all before for sharing their work and backstories.

Mine is the first and (as yet) only. I am hoping to do some inner wrist and spine work at a future date when I have more money to spend. This was my 30th birthday present to myself.


I love words more than anything else in the world. This is one which Anais Nin made up. Literally, it means 'star-like.' The figurative meaning is a bit more involved.

(The curious may find Henry Miller's essay Un Etre Etoilique http://books.google.com/books?id=uzz94pR0VQsC&pg=PA287&lpg=PA287&dq=etoilique&source=web&ots=eh9qHu-En3&sig=cq2IzpyapVRXzQO1VrHxbTJRcg8#PPA287,M1 helpful. But the short of it would be that it is a play on lunatique (lunatic, literally 'like the moon.'))

I designed the font after a couple of weeks poring over 1930's fonts in books borrowed from the DC public library. I skipped the accent aigu on the leading "e" for symmetry's sake. The tat artist (at Jinx Proof (do not have the artist's name on hand)) shortened the tail of the "l" as it would have extended into my mons the way I Sharpied it. And he dotted the "i"s --since I somehow forgot that little detail. 

It is nearly three years old now and still fairly saturated. There are just a couple of milky spots from the original session that I would like to have touched up.
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26  Re: zip cuffs in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by heathersy on: October 17, 2007 11:37:20 AM
oooh, disturbedpenguinpoo, your key fobs have totally inspired me. I was all tore up over my beloved keyring cracking (see?)

I wanted to make one to replace it that would have the same over-all-four-fingers functionality. But the zipper is a big one-up. Soon I will be able to roll down to the corner store knowing that my beer money is in my keyring (and I am old and grey enough to get away without my ID.)
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27  Re: Share your Mess...Then let's clean it up! in Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions by heathersy on: October 16, 2007 04:03:29 PM
graced, bless you for reviving this topic. I went back and found that it has been two months since I posted my mess. And, well, it is an entirely different beast now. (Two pieces of furniture have been extracted, but there are new ones in their place, plus a clothes rail. Eek.) But I am making in roads and came here to get that "I'm okay, you're okay," twelve step feeling. Purge and sort, sort and purge. Breathe.

This one piece will make everything possible.  ;)The medusa lamp that I bought at Home Depot and somehow bent one of the base poles out of shape moving. It would not stand up and neither my DH nor I could figure a work around -- until I zip tied the sucker to the IKEA shelves. Now I actually have task lighting (as opposed to one sad little recessed light. Honestly, recessed light in a basement?)

And this is the best idea I have had so far in terms of actual organization. It is a surplus bi-fold door, the slats of which I have used to hang clear bags containing cut and pieced recons to sew. (To the right is my inspiration board. Too much inspiration, too little organization.)

And here is my decorating instead of tidying spectrum of paint chips over my sewing(in name only at this point) table. To the left is the clothes rail I slapped together to clear my going out clothes out of the spare room.

More shame, sharing and and sorting out to follow . . . soon.
My name is heathersy and I am a craftster.
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28  Goooooooooal!!! in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by heathersy on: September 07, 2007 01:05:39 PM
This is one of my favorite summer outfits and one of my first recons. I made the skirt in 2004 BC from a soccer jersey, the pattern of which was to glorious for it to be relegated to bike ride gear. (Vanity has me kneeling to obscure knobby knees.)

This is pretty much a no-sew (there are a couple of hand-stitched details.) I flipped the jersey so the tail became the skirt waist and made shoulder to armpit cuts in opposing diagonals along the front and back for an asymmetrical 'hem.'

From the scrap I cut flower appliques for the side of the skirt and the back of the coordinating racer top.

I used strips cut from the collar to make ties at the side for a more secure fit. This is not a full waist drawstring.

The pattern does not photograph too well. This is a detail. It is super stretchy; comfy and flattering.

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29  Paul Frank, Andy Warhol and Me -IMAGE FATTY in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by heathersy on: September 07, 2007 12:48:20 PM
Chicago 2005: my first visit to a Paul Frank flagship store. (For the uninitiated, Frank started out making wallets from scrap boat vinyl and progressed into a global clothing and accessories brand, best known for his monkey, Julius.) And that season their collection was "Paul Frank Tells the Story of Andy Warhol." I was utterly beside myself. Which is why, as a in-no-way-petite girl, I bought an XS
A-shirt. And was able to wear it once before washing turned it into a Yentl-quality boob-binder. But I had to have the image of Julius screenprinting flowers alongside Warhol in my life. So, a little snip-snip a little stitch-stitch and a $0.50 wool sweater my amazing bargin magnet mom found at Rugged Wearhouse became the hoodie I was honored to have a gay boyfriend try to steal.

Hood up.

Hood down. Pretty, useless pocket.

Not so good at taking pictures of my own back. Not that I did not try  . . .

A tag from the original shirt appliqued alongside vinyl flowers from a cosmetics case and a leather swatch from IKEA.

Sharpied text is the story of Warhol's life as recounted on the tiny trifold tag that came with the shirt. 
"[ . . .] inspired by everyday objects [ . . .]"

Thanks for looking. Sorry about the gianormous photos.
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30  Distressed Green Orbit in Beads: Completed Projects by heathersy on: September 07, 2007 12:16:39 PM

I made these earrings just because I had none that I felt really went with the t-shirt detailed below.
The beads were once gold and have worn in spots to a pale Statue of Liberty green.

The acorn is for scale (no quarters lying around in the back yard) and the cat hair is for, well, realism?

Two questions: What do you think of the use of worn out beads?
-and- Do you feel you have a sense of the craft from the photos?
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