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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Jumping the Shark with a Singer on: January 17, 2008 08:44:14 AM
This started out as a simple hoodie recon. (Hence the kangaroo pocket.)

But then I somehow got sidetracked and scissors happy.

So now the top has a gathered back, a very wide asymmetric neckline, epaulettes (one of them flying),
(the flying epaulette)
 -- also thumb holes and hella topstitching.

This was made from three t-shirts: a long sleeved pale pink American Apparel Girl S; a short sleeved bright pink Hanes youth L and a tiny short sleeved girl shirt from Doe was the inspiration piece from which the cat and the text I do bad things came.
The shirt drapes much better when I am not stretching to try to get a good picture of myself in the bathroom.
This is especially true of the right front semi-detached collar.
So here's an inaction shot.

Feedback would be very much appreciated as this is the first machine sewing recon I have done for myself. Obviously, technical skills need plenty of practice. What do you think of the direction of the piece?
2  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Freehand Monogram - First Time Project on: December 22, 2007 11:58:23 PM

I have this foolhardy habit of trying new crafts out on gifts.
This was for my stepsister's baby shower.
She and the one on the way have the same monogram and middle name, Rose.
Hence the raised herringbone rosebud.
The leaves are bullion stitches, the letters stem stitches and the border is composed of crosseyed, sleep-deprived Craftster stitches. I designed the letters as I was going along.
It looks a little better from a distance, no?

Anyhow, I have gobs of floss left over and really liked cutting my teeth on this project; so I may pop back in to this board soon.
3  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Godzilla Spike Hoodie on: December 20, 2007 11:07:59 AM
Happily, I pulled this off. The hoodie recon loosely follows losingstreak's tute:

I variated the style of spikes to mimic Godzilla's mix of single pointed spikes and coral-y multipointed spikes.
(For reference:http://images.google.com/images?q=godzilla&gbv=2&ndsp=18&svnum=10&hl=en&start=0&sa=N)

This is a Christmas present for my niecie, Marlo, nicknamed Mozilla. She is 2 1/2 and wears a 4T.
Unfortunately, I do not have any gigantic toddlers hanging around the house to model for me.

So the couch cushions will have to do for our purposes here.

Hood down (and colors flash-washed out Tongue)

And spike detail.
BTW, this is my first machine sewing project; feedback would be greatly appreciated. Smiley
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / le decoupage, il continue . . . on: December 13, 2007 10:51:06 AM
Here are two more plates that I made yesterday when I was high on Mod Podge and sealant fumes:

The back plate explains the central action here:

The front reads:Try as hard as you can for whatever you believe in.

And this one is pretty simple, stark:

The front reads: A visit to a strange place will bring you renewed perspective.
I am hooked on making these now. And while they are by no means perfect, I am getting a lot better with the composition and application.

Tonight my MIL and I are hunkering down to decoupage more candle glasses (and melt and scent and pour the gel for the candles.) So let me know when you are getting bored.  Tongue
5  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Kid Robot Box on: December 13, 2007 10:27:27 AM
My BFF's little brother is mad for big kids toys, so I made him this little bottle cap magnet and box from a Kid Robot ad.

I have been having lots of fun making little gift boxes from cereal box board.
6  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Coen Brothers Country Journals -Image Heavy on: December 13, 2007 10:23:56 AM
Okay, I am a total whore for the New York Times Sunday magazine. On November 11th, they had a photo shoot of character actors from Coen Brothers movies in dramatic scenes inspired by the mood of No Country for Old Men. I regularly razor cut magazine and newspaper articles and mail them to friends, especially my brother. But these images were too brilliant to stay flat. So they got caught up in my recent burst of Mod Podge madness and made into a set of notebooks for my brother's Christmas present.

This is the short stack.

The largest book is the journal. Kelly MacDonald is on the cover . . .

. . . and on the back of the journal we see the bar door ajar, it looks like . . .

. . . Javier Bardem is right on her heels. (text reads: she questions her fate in the draw of the cards)

The journal has magnet closures and two interior pockets for ephemera.

Next in the stack is Steve Buscemi on the cover of the Places to Go notebook.

Bound at the ankles . . .

 . . . with a rubber band closure.

On the inside front cover Holly Hunter looks for People to See.

The Calls to Make notebook has a twine wrap and (broken) pencil tuck closure that imples violence.

The back cover continues the image, but only begins the story.

A page torn from the C's in the phone book provides the lining.

John Turturro graces the cover of the Books Read/To Read notebook.

His riboon bookmark continued in the red rubber band closure.

Inside, the words that echoed through the Hotel Earle.
7  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Anime Christmas: I spilled the milk on Santa, now where are the cookies? on: December 07, 2007 09:03:57 AM

Okay, so I am all Mod Podge happy. A little too happy, as it happens. It seems that I am heavy handed at more than pouring drinks Grin
I totally failed to mask off the exposed glass before spraying sealant on the project. Hence the milkiness.  Tongue

But this ad for Robert's Anime Corner (from last Christmas) was begging to be 3-D.
While I managed to bullocks it on the finish, I like the overall effect of the staggered image.
And it is going to my BFF who will love me still Smiley
I plan to fill the glass about a third of the way up with Dove chocolate minis.
If I add bows, they will look like a stack of presents between the kids and Santa, no?

Please, hit me with feedback as to where this falls on the Suck to Sweet Scale.
8  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Tea Tin for Tea Heads on: December 07, 2007 08:52:48 AM

Indeed, how high is up? The world may never know.

I decoupaged this Republic of Tea tin with a vintage textbook image and accompanying text for some of the DH's stoner friends.
This is a very simple project, but I am thrilled to have hit upon the best use for this amazing image and caption.
I have been hoarding these tins and am certain to get all Mod Podgelated on the rest of them.
Hopefully, next time I'll think to check for dents in the lid before sealing on a OOAK clipping.   Tongue
9  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Sexy Soy Sauce -- NEW Sushi Plates Added on: December 07, 2007 08:45:34 AM
I got into some crazy collage flow state yesterday and produced these to go with the soy sauce bottle.

The geisha image is a larger version of the same one used on the soy sauce bottle.

A detail of the text: a silky piece of tofu tests the experience of a young geisha in training. (Edited from original caption for poetic continuity.)

My signature on the back.

The fish plate fortune cookie: Today you should spend some time to search in yourself.

Fish plate back. (The background image on the fish plate is from a champagne ad.)

I think of these as a His and Hers set. They are for my step-sister and her husband for Christmas.

Just a little decoupage job.
The image is from National Geographic July 1987: The Prodigious Soybean cover story.
I have been hoarding copies of it from library bookstores and thrift stores.
I am going to decoupage four glass bread plates to coordinate with the theme and present them as a sushi set for Christmas.
Also, I am thinking of doing a little black wire wrapping/beading embellishment around the neck. Maybe mini chopsticks fashioned from wooden skewers.

What do you think?
10  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Silk means something else in this context . . . on: December 07, 2007 08:37:28 AM
Inspired by Phranc's piece in the holiday issue of Craft, I was going nuts making gift boxes from grocery paperboard scraps and magazine pages (of which I keep multiple file folders. I have a bit of a magazine addiction and the only thing that keeps me from suffocating beneath a stack of the things is my Xacto-aided save and purge sessions.) And, well, I got to the Silk soymilk two pack cardboard and got carried away with the handle and its potential. Instead of a gift box, I ended up with a clutch.

Front and back views.*

I used magnet tape for the closure.

This little bag is going to my Niece Momma, with these earrings inside.

*The stripes are actually photos of paintings. I cannot remember the artist's name. His work was featured in Breathe magazine about three years ago. That is all I can recall. A quick Google search only confirmed that these paintings are sharper and more compelling than any other stripe paintings I have seen. So if anyone out there recognizes the work, please let me know.
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